Covering nearly 950kms of spectacular landscape and history through Outback NSW, the Darling River Run follows the course of the Darling from Walgett to Wentworth, a journey rich with indigenous history and the memories of Australia’s pioneering days.
Explore heritage trails and museums and enjoy quality fishing on the beautiful Darling River, where you will find ancient man-made fish traps. From rock art and incredible wildlife to historic landmarks, you’ll find plenty of things to see and do.
For more information on the Darling River Run driving routes, maps, accommodation and road safety conditions please contact the Back O’ Bourke Information and Exhibition Centre or Wentworth Visitor Information Centre.
The Darling River Run
The Darling River Run from Walgett to Wentworth is a spectacular journey stretching nearly 950 kilometres following alongside the mighty Darling. This memorable road trip is rich in history of pioneering days, showcases impressive scenery and highlights indigenous history and culture. Meandering alongside the Darling River be sure to keep your eyes peeled for an abundance of ora and fauna endemic to the region.
- Distance: 1,000km – Mostly Sealed Roads
- Allow: Min 7 Days (6 Nights)
A journey of discovery along one of Australia’s most iconic rivers. Steeped in indigenous culture and pastoral history, an adventure along the Darling can include staying at any of the homesteads and Warrawong on the Darling along the Darling the river, and in the surrounding area when venturing away from the river to explore the wonderful Outback NSW.Like many parts of outback Australia, the Darling basin is rich with Indigenous history, spirituality and living culture, as well as being an integral part of early European history and exploitative efforts of iconic Australians like Burke & Wills, Sturt, and Major Mitchell.
The Darling River, Australia’s longest, is 2,740km through outback NSW. Part of the Murray-Darling basin, the river is fed primarily from the summer rains of southern Queensland that makes its journey south-west across the state to Wentworth where it joins the mighty Murray River, the two rivers flow as one on to Lake Alexandrina and into the Great Australian Bight.
The touring route, one of the best Outback NSW attractions and travel experiences, can be undertaken in whole or in part… that is the beauty of this adventure. Many people cover particular sections of the Run enroute to or from other parts of Outback NSW and beyond or take one of the many side-trips and then rejoin the route to continue along the course of the river.
The river starts near Walgett, but the route should also include Lightning Ridge as well as other towns off the actual river as it is the best way to experience the best of Outback NSW towns and National Parks. The touring route follows the course of the Barwon River past Brewarrina onto its junction with the Bogan and together they flow, as the Darling River, to Bourke, Louth, Tilpa, Wilcannia, Menindee, Pooncarie and then on to the confluence with the mighty Murray River at Wentworth.