Wilcannia is a historic Darling River port town in Outback NSW, 200 km east of Broken Hill and part of the White Cliffs area. The town's role in the prosperous riverboat era is evident today in the many fine heritage buildings quarried from local sandstone.
Once a thriving port for cargoes of wool shipped along the Darling River by river steamers, Wilcannia today boasts a legacy of historic treasures including well-preserved sandstone buildings quarried from local sandstone and a National Trust-listed bridge.
Visit the former Athenaeum Library from 1883, now the town's Pioneer Museum, to learn the histories of the town’s heritage, including the 1880 post office and its attached residence, the Club Hotel which dates from 1879. The Athenaeum's original committee included Charles Dickens's son, Edward Dickens.
The historic town of White Cliffs is an easy drive on the sealed road from Wilcannia. Australia's oldest commercial opal field, White Cliffs began mining opals in the 1880s and is home to local opal showrooms. White Cliffs is also famous for its cool, all-white underground hotels and dwellings.
Paroo-Darling National Park is an area of outstanding beauty just over one hours’ drive from White Cliffs, and almost two hours’ north of Wilcannia, where you can swim, fish and relax by the river. Settle down for the night at Coach and Horses campground if you wish to spend more time in the area.
Mutawintji National Park, 203 km north of Wilcannia, is home to incredible historic Aboriginal sites. You can also take a tour and visit Homestead Gorge and Amphitheatre Gorge with Mutawintji Historic Site. This route continues to Broken Hill.
NSW TrainLink’s Explorer trains and the Indian Pacific connect Sydney with towns and cities of Outback NSW including Nyngan, Cobar, Wilcannia, Menindee and Broken Hill. The Indian Pacific also connects Adelaide and Perth with this region.