PS Jandra at Bourke on the Darling River Outback NSW. Photo by Simon Bayliss

The magnificent and majestic Darling River, with its primary source on Queensland's Darling Downs, meanders its way south west through Outback NSW onto its confluence with the Murray River at Wentworth on the NSW/Victorian border before flowing as one through South Australian and onto Lake Alexandrina.

Part of the Murray Darling Basin, which covers 1,061,469 square kilometres (14% of the total area of Australia), the Darling River is Australia's longest river flowing 2,739 km.

The river has always been an integral part of indigenous culture and was named the Darling after being 'discovered' by explorer Charles Sturt in 1829 who named it in honour of Sir Ralph Darling - the then Governor of New South Wales.

 

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