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.

Darling River Towns

Steeped in Indigenous and European history, the towns of the Darling River provide unique experiences for the traveller and no trip through though Outback NSW or Corner Country would not be complete without experiencing the unique outback towns.

Early navigation of the Darling River provided the opening up of the outback, and river ports along river were be needed for the pastoralists to access the sea ports of Melbourne and Adelaide . With the ports, towns grew around them to service the river trade and the outlying farms.

Towns like Wentworth, Wilcannia and Bourke became integral centres for the transport of Australia's wool clip and today the centres still provide a similar integral link; although the transport today is not by the river but via road and rail.

Darling River Touring

With the Darling River as its centrepiece, Outback NSW has many great touring options with the iconic river forming the basis of some of the best outback driving adventures.

The Darling River Run is one of the best ways to experience the Outback NSW and includes routes along the river as well as many side-trips to experience the wider region; people, places, farmstays, National Parks, etc.

With a vast array of experience and accommodation along the way, the Darling River provides a great addition to those venturing further into the outback and out to the Corner Country.

Darling River Accommodation

Accommodation options along the Darling River are as diverse as the area itself. With magnificent riverside campsites for camping and RVs, delightful farm cottages, bed and breakfast options, as well as in-town accommodation, the Darling River has it all!

Darling River Parks

Boasting some of the best in NSW, the National Parks of the Darling River region provide not only a great way to experience the rich pastoral and indigenous history, but also the ethereal beauty of the landscape of Outback NSW.

The indigenous culture along the Darling is rich and many National Parks provide wonderful insights to the river’s significance to the many indigenous groups who have live on its banks and surrounding plains.

Most of the National Parks provide wonderful facilities for day-visits as well as excellent campgrounds for traditional and RV camping as accommodation facilities in shearers quarters and the like.

Darling River History & Heritage

The Darling River has always been the lifeblood for those who live on its banks or surrounding plains; whether indigenous or European. The living Indigenous culture of the region reveals an amazing lineage reaching back over 20,000 years.

While the European connection to the region is far less in regard to time, it is in many ways no less significant as more people we are appreciating the European history and culture to a greater extent and with a greater form of identity; much the same as the indigenous culture and history.

This connection is what makes us Australian and a trip through Outback NSW and along the Darling provides a wonderful opportunity to further understand our history in the context of the early explorers, pastoralist as well the indigenous cultures.

Outback NSW Road Alerts

This traffic region is bounded by Broken Hill and the South Australian border to the west to Mudgee and the Blue Mountains in the east. This region extends as far north as Tibooburra and the Queensland border and as far south as Cowra and Marsden. The region includes the towns of Dubbo, Parkes and Bourke. There are currently 3 hazards in this region.

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