Tilpa, Outback NSW


"Tis said the land out west is grand, do not care who says it", ('The Paroo River' 1893). Mr Lawson certainly knew how to eloquently sum up the outback and those that venture down the Darling River and through Outback NSW cannot help but agree, the land out west IS grand. Located on the western banks of the Darling River, the very welcoming town of Tilpa is a must for a stopover, whether you have a few hours or a few days for camping and fishing on the Darling River.

The old pub is a true classic and has been welcoming travellers and locals for over 100 years. The walls of this timber and corrugated iron pub are covered with graffiti of written by vistors who make a gold coin donation to the Royal Flying Doctor Service for the privilege. The graffiti which makes for an intriguing read while having a cold beer and a chat to the locals and other fellow travellers.

Originally a busy port servicing the river trade and local agriculture, Tilpa was a 'crossroad' in the outback as the bridge of the river served as a stock crossing and port for the wool clip being transported down to Wentworth and onto either Echuca or Adelaide.

Tilpa distinguishes itself in a few unique ways:

  • It has the only Boer War memorial that includes a commemorative to Harry (The Breaker) Morant.
  • It also has the shortest heritage trail in Australia comprising just two signs on either side of the main road.
  • The Tilpa cemetery is the only one in Australia with no one in it.
  • The Tilpa Trading Post provides the traveller with many stores and also serves up the most unbelievable hamburgers; many say they are the best in the world!

Tilpa is a great stopover point for a quick refresher, meal or even a few days fishing before exploring upstream to Louth or venturing downstream to Wilcannia while doing the Darling River Run.


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Tilpa Visitor Information

  • Tilpa See & Do

    • Boer War memorial
    • Heritage trail
    • The empty Tilpa cemetery
    • Tilpa Trading Post
    • Fishing & Camping on the Darling
    • The iconic Tilpa pub
  • Visitor Information Centre (Wilcannia):

    • Reid Street, Wilcannia NSW 2836
    • Website
    • Telephone 02 8083 8910

Tilpa - Touring & Accommodation


Driving to Tilpa


There are many different routes that can be taken when driving from any of the capital cities to Tilpa. 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 = 1,105km approx

From Sydney:

The Great Western Highway > Mitchell Highway > Darling River Run (Unsealed): Distance = 950km approx

From Melbourne:

Hume Highway > Cobb Highway <> Long Paddock <> Darling River Run (Unsealed): Distance = 944km aprox

From Adelaide: 

Barrier Highway <> Darling River Run (Unsealed): Distance = 842km approx


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