Louth, NSW

Darling River Towns

The Cletic Cross at Louth, Darling River, Outback NSW. AustraliaLouth, NSW, the iconic Darling River town between Bourke and Tilpa. Visit Louth and connect with famous Australian poet Henry Lawson lived and worked for a period in and around Louth and referred to it as, 'a place that loved a drink, a party and a punt.'

Lawson's adage perfectly summed up the town and its people; his impressions from that period are even more relevant today if one is to experience the famous outback race event known as the Louth races whereby the normally sleepy Darling River hamlet swells by the thousands for, well, a drink, a party and a punt (gamble).

The iconic outback NSW town is perfectly located for access to the Darling River Run via the eastern or western side of the river for travelling downstream to Tilpa then onto Wilcannia as well as the upstream to Bourke and further up to Brewarinna and Walgett.

Unique to Louth is an amazing and poignant structure known as 'The Celtic Cross'; an eight-metre high polished granite cross that dominates the cemetery on the hill overlooking the town. The monument was constructed by the founder of Louth Thomas Matthews as a perpetual memorial to his wife, Mary Mathews, who died in 1866.

This granite monument was so skilfully designed and positioned that at sunset each day it reflects the sun's light into the village of Louth.

On the 19th August, the anniversary of her death, the reflection is able to be seen from The Retreat, which was Thos and Mary's home. The monument is not only a testament to the love and devotion of a husband for his wife, but also the accuracy of navigation technology of the 1800s as its alignment was reportedly aided by one of the riverboat captains of the Darling River.

Dunlop Station Louth, Darling River, Outback NSW.Experience a Darling River icon - established 1880. Camping, fishing, touring the historic Dunlop Station, Louth.

A truly unique experience while travelling the Darling River Run through Outback NSW.

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Recent studies by the Surveyor General's Department of NSW expressed amazement in the skills of the surveyors and riverboat Captains of the 1870s who were able to develop this engineering phenomenon with the limited equipment of the time.

Visitors to Louth can observe this just occurrence just prior to sunset on a cloudless afternoon, and the locals have thoughtfully marked the places throughout the year that the visitor can experience the 3-minute light show.

Louth is located on Darling River Run, and many properties in the area, like Trilby Station, offer a variety of accommodation options from Bed and Breakfast lodgings in the converted shearers quarters to caravan/motorhome and camping sites on or nearby the Darling River.

Louth Visitor Information:

  • Louth See & Do:
    • Louth Races
    • Shindy's Inn
    • Darling River
    • Celtic Cross
    • Gundabooka National Park
  • Getting to Louth (Car):
    • From Brisbane: 1,020km
    • From Sydney: 870km
    • From Melbourne: 1,100km
    • From Adelaide: 1,123km


.louth races..capture the magic of the great Australian outback at one of the friendliest – and most unique – country race meetings. Situated on the banks of the Darling River 100km south-west of Bourke and 132km north-west of Cobar, Louth has an undeniable reputation for staging a great annual race meeting that keeps crowds coming back … year after year.

Louth is a small service town consisting of a pub, fuel stop and general store (all rolled up into one) on the Darling River about 100km downstream from Bourke and 100km upstream from Tilpa.

Originally established as a service point for the Cobb & Co coaches, Louth founder TA Mathews opened a hotel and general store to service both the booming Darling River trade as well as Cobb & Co coaches servicing pastoralists throughout Outback NSW and Queensland.

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