Tilpa, Outback NSW

 
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"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.

 

Tilpa Weather Outlook

 

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

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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

 

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.
  • Regional NSW - West
    Central Darling Shire Various Roads
    FLOODING
    Started 09/10/2017 9:44am, last checked today 9:55pm
    Website:
    Advice:Exercise caution
    Other Info:Several roads in the shire are affected by flooding.

    For more information on the condition of roads in the Central Darling Shire, call the 24-hour telephone information line on (08) 8091 5155.

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  • Regional NSW - West
    Coonamble Shire Council Area Unsealed Roads
    FLOODING
    Started 09/10/2017 9:02am, last checked today 6:55am
    Advice:Exercise caution
    Other Info:All unsealed roads in the Coonamble Shire are open but motorists are advised to exercise caution. Motorists are reminded to always drive to the conditions.

    For more information, contact Council on (02) 6827 1900.

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  • Regional NSW - West
    Unincorporated Area of the Western Region Silver City Hwy
    FLOODING
    Started 09/10/2017 4:19am, last checked 12/10/2017 5:40pm
    Advice:Check signage
    Avoid the area
    Other Info:The following regional roads are open but motorists are advised to exercise caution:
    The Cut Line - Tibooburra to Borrona Downs
    The Cut Line - Borrona Downs to Wanaaring

    There are also changed conditions for several local roads. For a complete list call (08) 8082 6660 for a recorded message.

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