The Darling River

Our most Iconic Australian Waterway

The Darling River, information on the history (Indigenous and European) and river facts of one of Australia's most iconic and longest waters that flows from southeast Queensland to the southwest corner of NSW at the point it joins our other iconic river, the mighty Murray River.

One of the most iconic rivers of Australia, the Darling River has always been an integral part of the Indigenous culture, a culture that can be traced back at least 45,000 years, and today the river remains the lifeblood for their living culture.

To the indigenous, the river had various names according to the local communities (to the Paakantyi, or Barkindji, it is the Barka) along the river but the European name was assigned it was 'discovered' by explorer Charles Sturt in 1829 who named it in honour of Sir Ralph Darling, the then Governor of New South Wales.

The Darling is undoubtedly Australia's most iconic waterway; the Darling River (as named) is a section of a much larger waterway which together forms longest waterway in Australia, dissecting the extensive Murray Darling Basin.

The Murray Darling Basin covers around 14% of the land area of Australia and reaches inland to near Broken Hill, north to central Queensland, east and south to the Great Dividing Range.

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Darling River - Quick Facts:

Darling River Tributaries

The Darling River system consists of over ten tributaries with the Upper Darling River (Barwon-Darling) being a complex waterway made up of many individually named waterways.

The Darling River, and its tributaries, is such an iconic and extensive area that attracts travellers in all forms of SUVs and RVs from all around Australia.

There is so much to see and do along our most iconic waterway including the Darling River Run, (See website link for more information.)


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