Once a busy port for the bustling river trade, Tilpa is a fascinating stopover on the scenic Darling River Run that winds between Bourke and Wentworth. Enjoy camping, fishing and local hospitality in this peaceful and historic town on the western banks of the Darling River.
The Tilpa Hotel is a classic timber pub, and walls inside are covered in travellers' messages. Chat to the friendly locals as you tuck into steak sandwiches and enjoy a cold drink after a day of exploring. The pub offers comfortable accommodation and you can purchase a fishing licence at the Hotel and go boating or fishing for Murray cod in the Darling River.
Every year the pub’s owners make a substantial donation to the Royal Flying Doctor Service, collected from visitors who donate to add their own contribution to the pub walls. Further north along the Darling River you will find Trilby Station, which also offers camping and cabin accommodation.
Just under two hours' drive north is Louth. Enjoy lunch at Shindy’s Inn, on the banks of the Darling River. Surrounded by photos of life on the Darling, this pub is known for its hospitality. If you are travelling in August you might experience the amazing annual Louth Races, which sees the town thrive with activity.
For those who wish to stay longer and explore, the area is rich with prolific birdlife making it a great destination for camping and bushwalking. Join a tour, or visit the Paroo-Darling National Park to the west, or Gundabooka National Park towards Bourke. Gundabooka is rich in Aboriginal heritage and of great significance to the local Ngemba Aboriginal people.