Known for its fishing and iconic outback pub, Tilpa is a rewarding stopover on the scenic Darling River Run, as it winds from Walgett to Wentworth. This peaceful and historic town on the western banks of the Darling River was once a busy port for the bustling paddle-steamer river trade.  

Established in 1894 to service the river boat trade, the Tilpa Hotel is one of the last remaining bush pubs in Australia. Built of corrugated iron and timber, it's the place for a chat with the friendly locals while you tuck into a classic counter meal. The pub also offers comfortable accommodation if you wish to stay the night.

A wheelbarrow outside the historic Tilpa Hotel

The Tilpa Hotel’s walls are an entertaining read, covered in travellers’ messages. Visitors pay to leave a message, with the money donated to the Royal Flying Doctor Service. Further north along the river, you’ll find Trilby Station, which also has a campground, cabin accommodation and caravan sites.

Two hours' drive northeast is the small town of Louth. Enjoy lunch at Shindy’s Inn, on the banks of the Darling River. This pub is known for its hospitality, covered in photos of life on the river. If you are here in August, you might get to experience the amazing annual Louth Races.

Sunset over the Gundabooka National Park, near Tilba

The White Cliffs area is home to prolific birdlife making it a great spot for bushwalking and camping. Top nature attractions nearby are the Paroo-Darling National Park or Gundabooka National Park towards Bourke , where you can go camping and see Aboriginal rock art.


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