Bindara on the Darling, Outback NSW

There’s a farmstay on the Darling River that may have slipped under your radar.

No matter whether you’ve flown or driven into luxury resorts or ramshackle stations, rough or chic, this one is a standout. Here you will find the very best of genuine Australian country hospitality. Your hosts, Barb, David & Sharyn Arnold, have lived at Bindara Station in western NSW for 35 years and their love of the land is totally infectious. They will make you feel welcome from the moment you arrive and relish the opportunity to share their lifestyle with you. (Shelly Ross Aviation Journalist)

Bindara has seven double rooms across a couple of cottages, two of which can sleep four people. The historic homestead and the guest accommodation are set in the shade of big old River Red Gums, a few paces from the river bank and a five minute drive from the airstrip.

Accommodation

Bindara Accommodation

  • Jillaroo's Cottage:

    • Built in the 50's as part of the shearers complex it was relocated to the present position for use by the station Jillaroos.
    • Presently used as two separate family type rooms. Full linen provided.
    • Room 1 - Queen bed & two king singles. From $75.00 double, self cater central kitchen.
    • Room 2 - King size double & two king singles.
    • From $75.00 double, self cater central kitchen. Bathrooms in separate building.
  • Cooks Quarters :

    • King size singles, and set single bunks includes linen & towels.
    • Self cater at central kitchen. Shared bathroom in separate building.
    • Priced from $70.00
  • Boundary Riders Cottage

    • Three bedrooms: - 1 queen with ensuite - 1 double - 1 kingsize double Kitchen/dinning.
    • Priced from $110.00 double.
  • Camp Sites

    • For caravan, campers & tents.
    • River campsites with access to bathroom facilities & campfire ring.
    • Bush campsites near sandbars.

Getting To

Bindara Station Location:

Getting to Bindara:

  • From Pooncarie - approx 92kms. Cross the Darling at Pooncarie, after about 3km keep right at the sweeping bend T intersection (Polia Road). Continue for approx 20kms to the next T intersection and turn right here at little Bindara road sign(Polia/RooRoo Roads). Follow this road approx. 68km to Bindara.
  • From Menindee - approx 90kms. Travel through Kinchega National Park and follow the signs to Tandou Farm, then take next road left (Old Pooncarie Road) towards Pooncarie. Approx 30kms to Bindara, usually one double gate shut to come through.

Driving to Meninee

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There are many different routes that can be taken when driving from any of the capital cities to Menindee. The following is an overview of the routes from Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide that may help you in planning your outback experience.

From Brisbane:

Warrego Hwy <> Darling River Run (Unsealed): Distance = 1,387km approx

From Sydney:

The Great Western Highway > Mitchell Highway > Darling River Run (Unsealed): Distance = 1,105km approx

From Melbourne:

Calder Highway <> Darling River Run (Unsealed): Distance = 802km aprox

From Adelaide: 

Barrier Highway <> Menindee-Broken Hill Rd: Distance = 630km approx

 

See & Do

Bindara Station See and Do:

  • Walking tracks along the bank - upstream from the homestead.
  • Grab a mudmap and see if you can find all the points of interest including the special canoe tree.
  • Take the birdlist your camera & binoculars and see how many you can see.
  • Canoe available to take yourself paddling.
  • Fishing is great right from the bank and there maybe a yabbie or two still to be had for cooking on the campfire BBQ.
  • There is the 4WD challenge for those who like to put themselves over the edge.
  • Plenty of grass where you can chill out on the river bank under the trees with a good book or sit and yarn around the campfire.
  • History Tours are available at the homestead by arrangement.
  • Other interesting looks are: station cemetery & historic woolshed, either with our Station Tour Guide to hear the stories or self guided.

More About Our Place

Bindara on the Darling (cont)

Bindara has seven double rooms across a couple of cottages, two of which can sleep four people. The historic homestead and the guest accommodation are set in the shade of big old River Red Gums, a few paces from the river bank and a five minute drive from the airstrip.

The river plays an enormous role in life at Bindara. Not only is it a source of food (fish and yabbies) but it’s teeming with birdlife, and is a Mecca for wildlife.

Sustainable future

With a lifetime of living in the outback, the Arnolds are acutely aware of the need to be as self sufficient as possible. A thriving fruit and vegetable garden piled with natural mulch, a windlight power generator, solar panels on the water pump and for those who order a meal, freshly grown (or caught) produce on your plate are testament to the hard work that goes into the clever and sustainable use of what nature has on offer.

There are wonderful walking trails along the river so grab a mud map and see if you can find the points of interest, or just do a casual walk with your camera at the ready. You may prefer to catch yourself some yabbies or yellow bellies or just on the bank in contemplation and absorb the romance of the Darling. It’s unlikely, though, that you’ll find yourself drifting too far away from the main campfire, the social hub of your outback stay.

Experience the outback - ‘Stay in the outback with friends’.

The Arnold family invite you to experience the outback with them at Bindara on the Darling, south of Kinchega National Park, Menindee. Bindara is the perfect location to stop unwind. The property first settled in 1849 as Netley, has a wealth of colonial & river history including historic buildings and cemetery. A wide range of native wildlife and more than 140 species of birds to spot, the chance to fish or yabbie in the river, or simply sit on the riverbank, watch the activity and absorb the sounds of nature.

Barb and family, Outback Beds members own Bindara on the Darling and offer visitors a range of accommodation, campsites right on the river with access to bathroom facilities and warm outback hospitality. Guests at Bindara also have the opportunity to check out the bio-organic orchard and vege garden Or try a History tour, taking in such things as the beautiful Homestead, the outbuildings, station cemetery, and much more that only Barb can show you. And the camp fire meals are delicious too!

Bill & Barb Arnold lived on the river all their married life. First on the Murray before moving to the Darling in 1975, and in 1981 the move further upstream to Bindara.
Their two children Sharyn & David received their primary education through School of the Air under the supervision of their mum and completed their higher education in Victoria.

Both are now married, but continue to be involved with the property.

Towns & Touring

Towns & Touring:

Bindara - Touring & Towns

The beautifully penned 'The Man from Snowy River' by Banjo Paterson is an immortal Australian poem and in it there is the line,
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In theory it is nothing more than the remnants of an ancient lake (completely dry and with ancient sand dunes running 20+ km along one side) in the middle of the New South Wales outback. In reality it is one of the most significant anthropological and archaeological sites in the world.
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The famous explorers Bourke and Wills reached the Darling River near Pooncarie at nearby Tarcoola Station and made camp at what is now Bilbarka Park in September 1860 on the way to their ill-fated expedition to the Gulf of Carpentaria.
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A place that, in 1844, was described as
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Map & Contact Us

Contact Bindara on the Darling

For bookings and further details contact:

Barb Arnold

Bindara on the Darling, 'Bindara Station' via Broken Hill, NSW 2880

Ph:  (08) 8091 7412 Mob: 0429 917 412

Bindara Station Website

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