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Darling River Towns
Wilcannia, the Darling River town on the Barrier Highway between Cobar and Broken Hill, is a largely undisturbed port on the Darling River. Cross the bridge driving from Sydney to Broken Hill and turn either to your right or left when you enter the town and you will be amazed at the richness of the architecture.
About one hours drive (sealed) north of Wilcannia is the opal town of White Cliffs. Well worth a visit!
Being at the junction of the major east-west highway and the iconic 'Long Paddock' (The Cobb Highway which runs down to Echuca-Moama on the Murray River), it is a great access point for the Darling River Run. Upstream from Wilcannia is Tilpa and downstream is Menindee and the Menindee Lakes.
It is easy to see that Wilcannia was once a very important Outback NSW town and Darling Riverport and the remnants of a once-important inland port are evident. Some of the town's historic treasures include the National Trust classified old centre-lift bridge (1896), the beautiful 1880 post office, the Athenaeum Library (1883) and the impressive courthouse (1880), police station (1881), and the police residence (1880), which were all built of locally quarried sandstone and designed by James Barnet.
Wilcannia is located 965 km northwest of Sydney via the Great Western, Mitchell and Barrier Highways. It is on the very edge of the New South Wales desert experiencing only 252 mm of rainfall per annum, and much of that rain will fall in violent, if short, desert storms
Accommodation - Warrawong on the Darling
Warrawong on the Darling allows you to experience the real Australian Outback in comfort. With an abundance of wildlife and unspoiled tranquillity, simply sit and watch the amazing variety of birds and the ever-changing colours of the sunsets.
Take day trips to White Cliffs, Tilpa, Louth, Paroo Darling National Park, Menindee, and the Menindee Lakes, Broken Hill, and the historic river port of Wilcannia – the rough diamond gem of the Outback.
Wilcannia Visitor Information:
- Wilcannia See & Do:
- Paroo-Darling National Park
- Darling River
- Getting to Wilcannia (Car):
- From Brisbane: 1,250km
- From Sydney: 950km
- From Melbourne: 815km
- From Adelaide: 715km
- Wilcannia Information Centre:
- Reid Street, Wilcannia NSW 2836
- Telephone: 08 8083 8910