Darling River Camping

Camping along the Darling River

The are many great places to stay along the Darling River and throughout our Outback NSW touring routes… from 5-Star B&B’s and assorted Farmstays, but for those who like to camp under the stars, here is a guide for our favourite places to camp.

Some of the following are Free-Camps (no charge), some are Farm Stay and National Park camping with applicable (reasonable) charges with some facilities provided.

  • Lightning Ridge
  • Walgett
    • Walgett camping area
    • Burren Junction Bore Baths and Campground
  • Brewarrina
    • Four Mile Camping Reserve
  • Bourke
    • Kidman's Camp
    • Mt Oxley
    • May’s Bend (North Bourke)
    • Yanda campground (Gundabooka NP)
  • Louth
  • Tilpa
  • Wilcannia
  • Menindee
  • Pooncarie
    • Padda Park
  • Lake Mungo
    • Main Campground (Mungo NP)
    • Belah Campground (Mungo NP)
  • Wentworth
    • Thegoa Lagoon

Darling River Run 4WD

It is a question often asked... "do I need a 4WD to travel the Darling River Run?"

While 4WDs are a great way to travel through the outback, the 4WD functionality is certainly not essential when touring along the Darling River Run through Outback NSW.

You may have seen many off-road magazines, television shows and media personalities tout that it is a 4WD only track... it is not and they are just trying to sell an adventure and are misinformed about the region and what a modern SUV (AWD or two-wheel drive) or passenger vehicle is capable of; after all, people have been travelling through outback NSW (and other regions) for decades well before the boom in 4WDs that has happened over the last 10 years or so.

Roads on either side of the Darling River are unsealed country roads that are used by locals on a daily basis to get around. They are not purpose-built 4WD tracks that many would have you believe. In fact, many who live along the Darling don't always drive 4WDs and they survive just fine.

What if it rains? Won't I get stuck?

When it rains, the roads are closed, so even if you have a Hummer or a tank, you won't be going anywhere because the councils in the area are very conscious of keeping the roads in good condition and leaving them open to vehicles when they are wet will only chew up the roads and make them hard to drive on when they dry out; additionally, the cost to grade a road is very expensive and they prefer to only do it as scheduled.

It is not advisable to drive on closed roads for three main reasons:

  • It is inconsiderate to those who live in the area and rely on the roads
  • If caught, the fines are very expensive
  • If you break down on a closed road, it can be a day or two until anyone comes along, so it is dangerous!

So, it is safe to do it in a passenger vehicle or SUV, but always drive to the conditions, watch out for wildlife (i.e. slow down) and if in a traditional passenger vehicle, careful of cattle grids as that can have uneven approaches/departures which can damage lower riding vehicles if travelling too fast.

Regardless of what vehicle you take along the Darling, there are some steadfast rules you should be aware of for any outback/rural/remote travel.

** Caravans and Motorhomes can also travel the Darling River Run - drive to conditions and follow the Outback Driving Guide.


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