Once a thriving port for cargoes of wool shipped along the Darling 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.

Historic Post Office Building - Wilcannia

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 motel 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.

Guided tour of Aboriginal art - Mutawintji National Park

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 NynganCobar, Wilcannia, Menindee and Broken Hill. The Indian Pacific also connects Adelaide and Perth with this region.

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  1. White Cliffs Music Festival

    Event dates to be confirmed: May 2019 , White Cliffs

    The White Cliffs Music Festival showcases a wide variety of musical genres with artists from all walks of music, many of whom are internationally acclaimed performers. The Festival has hosted fantastic performances from highly…

  2. Milparinka Gymkhana

    Thursday 11 July 2019 , Milparinka

    The Milparinka Gymkhana is held annually on the second Saturday of the NSW July School Holidays. The day long event takes place on the Milparinka Sports Grounds, just on the north side of Milparinka, alongside the Evelyn Creek. The…

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