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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.

Route Sections:

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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Broken Hill - Mungo Loop: Accommodation

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.
Menindee Accommodation
Elegant 4 1/2 star accommodation with a personal touch awaits you at The Imperial, a beautifully restored heritage bluestone building (circa 1906) in the heart of Broken Hill where modern facilities sit happily alongside the gentle spirit of an Australia long past. Enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of this family run boutique hotel .. small enough to be personal but large enough to find your own space and privacy.
Broken Hill Accommodation
This unique outback property near Mungo National Park, has cabin-type accommodation, camping sites and caravan sites. Its commitment to eco-sensitive management means catering for a limited number of guests, which ensures intimate and memorable experiences topped with warm hospitality.
Lake Mungo Accommodation
Lookinq for a quiet convenient spot on the Darling River to park your caravan/camper van or four wheel drive for overnight or as long as you like?
Menindee Accommodation

Broken Hill - Mungo Loop: Towns & Locations

Broken Hill, the oasis in the outback and considered the capital of Outback NSW, is a large outback city that has become a premier travel destination known for its artists, living indigenous culture, and the evocative Living Desert Reserve with internationally renowned Sculpture Symposium.
Towns & Localities
The beautifully penned 'The Man from Snowy River' by Banjo Paterson is an immortal Australian poem and in it there is the line,
Towns & Localities
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.
National Parks
A place that, in 1844, was described as
Towns & Localities


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