Experience captivating history, warm hospitality and natural attractions in the friendly town of Menindee, located between the birdwatchers’ paradise of Kinchega National Park and the Darling River. Here you can also stay in the pub where explorers Burke and Wills once visited.

Just over an hour southeast of Broken Hill, Menindee is the oldest European settlement on the Darling River and was an important port during the mid-19th century. Take a cruise on the nearby Menindee Lakes with River Lady Tours and marvel at the forest of dead black box trees rising from the waters.

A tour group boards the River Lady cruise boat on the Menindee Lakes

Spend the night at the Maidens Hotel, the second oldest continually operating hotel in NSW. It was made famous by a visit from Burke and Wills in 1860. The explorers were passing through Menindee on their ill-fated cross-continent expedition from Melbourne to the Gulf of Carpentaria.

In nearby Kinchega National Park, take a boat tour across wetlands, surrounded by river red gums and birdlife. Flocks of black swan, pelican, duck and egret live on these banks. The Kinchega Homestead Billabong walking track takes in historic homestead ruins and ancient Aboriginal sites.

Afternoon sun shines over a herd of cattle grazing on grassland near the Menindee Lakes

The remnants of the Old Kinchega Homestead tell the story of the region’s Aboriginal and European heritage. Once the heart of a vast sheep station, the ruins paint a captivating picture of life in the late 1800s. Don’t leave without exploring the historic Kinchega Woolshed.

Built in 1875 from corrugated iron and river red gum, the woolshed is a well preserved piece of Australian pastoral heritage, with six million sheep sheared here during its 97-year history. See the presses, machinery room and original steam engine that powered the hand shears.

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