Broken Hill - Lake Mungo Loop
Outback NSW Touring
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Overview:The Broken Hill Loop, a wonderful touring route for experiencing some wonderful highlight of the southern area of western NSW from the ethereal Lake Mungo, the Darling River, Menindee Lakes and Kinchega National Park; a tour to experience the rich indigenous history & culture as well as European/Pastoral history.
A large part of this touring route focusses on the Darling River and some of the iconic towns of the Lower Darling including Wentworth, Pooncarie and Menindee.
But it is not all about river towns as the ‘Capital of the Outback’, Broken Hill, is a highlight of this route that deserves a visit of least a few days.
Wentworth, located at the junction of the Murray and Darling rivers, is a good starting point for those coming from Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney; and it includes a nice drive north along the Silver City Highway to Broken Hill.
Wentworth <> Broken Hill:
- Route: Silver City Highway (267 km - about 3 hours) - Sealed
Broken Hill, regarded by many as the epicentre of Outback NSW, may have developed from mining and the origins of BHP, but the town has evolved to one rich in arts and culture with much on offer for the outback traveler.
Broken Hill <> Menindee:
- Route: Broken Hill - Menindee Road (112 km - about 1.5 hours) - Sealed
From Broken Hill, Menindee and the Menindee Lakes is the next destination and an opportunity to experience the Darling River, particularly Kinchega National Park which is regarded by many as the best place to camp on the Darling River. Add to that, there is some wonderful pioneering history to experience as the park was once part of a much larger sheep property.
Menindee <> Lake Mungo:
Route: Polia Road <> High Darling Road <> Top Hut Road (260km - about 4 hours) - Unsealed
Next stop, the magneficent Lake Mungo and Mungo National Park.
From Menindee, continue downstream on the Darling River Run, crossing the river just south of Pooncarie, then onto Mungo National Park.
Lake Mungo is one of those places that always at the top of any list of things to experience in Outback NSW. Its spectacular lunette and Walls of China are an ethereal experience; it is one of the most significant anthropological and archaeological sites in the world.
Lake Mungo <> Wentworth:
Route: Arumpo Road <> Silver City Highway (140km - about 2 hours) - Unsealed
From Lake Mungo, it is a short drive to Wentworth (via Mildura)
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