The Darling River
Australia's Greatest Waterway
The Darling River is Australia's most iconic river and when combined with its longest tributaries, forms Australia's longest waterway stretching from Queensland's Darling Downs across Outback NSW to its meeting with the Murray River at Wentworth in the south-west corner of New South Wales. The Darling River is a major part of the expansive Murray Darling Basin which covers an area of 1,061,469 square kilometres (14% of the total area of Australia).
The Darling River provides a basis for Australia's indigenous population and culture, as well as being the basis for pastoral expansion across the outback by providing the lifeblood of water for irrigation and transport; but it is a boom-bust river which fits perfectly into the character of this land and its people.
Covering such a large area, across diverse landscapes, the Darling River provides visitors with a vast array of activities, destinations, attractions, and wonderful accommodation options.
The Darling River tributaries are sourced from South East Queensland via the Condamine (Ballone and Culgoa rivers) as well as the ephemeral Paroo and Warrego rivers while the border rivers (mainly the Barwon and MacIntyre rivers) straddle the NSW/QLD border to feed the Darling. Coming from the western plains of New South Wales including the Bogan, Macquarie, Castlereagh, and Namoi rivers feed the system from the east.
A great adventure for anyone wanting to experience this wonderful part of Australia is the Darling River Run; a true outback adventure suitable for SUV, traditional passenger vehicles, motorbikes, or RV's.
There is some much to see, do, learn, experience, along the Darling River, it is truly our most iconic river.