Wilcannia, Outback NSW


Wilcannia, on the Barrier Highway between Cobar and Broken Hill, is largely undisturbed port on the Darling River. Cross the bridge driving from Sydney to Broken Hill and turn either to your right or left when you enter the town and you will be amazed at the richness of the architecture.

It is easy to see that Wilcannia was once a very important Outback NSW town and Darling River port and the remnants of a once-important inland port are evident.

Some of the town's historic treasures include the National Trust classified old centre-lift bridge (1896), the beautiful 1880 post office, the Athenaeum Library (1883) and the impressive courthouse (1880), police station (1881), and the police residence (1880), which were all built of locally quarried sandstone and designed by James Barnet.

Wilcannia is located 965 km northwest of Sydney via the Great Western, Mitchell and Barrier Highways. It is on the very edge of the New South Wales desert experiencing only 252 mm of rainfall per annum, and much of that rain will fall in violent, if short, desert storms.

Being at the junction of the major east-west highway and the iconic 'Long Paddock' (The Cobb Highway which runs down to Echuca-Moama on the Murray River), it is a great access point for the Darling River Run. Upstream from Wilcannia is Tilpa and downstream is Menindee and the Menindee Lakes.


Wilcannia Weather Outlook


Wilcannia Visitor Information

  • Wilcannia See & Do

    • Darling River
    • Paroo-Darling National Park
  • Visitor Information Centre:

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

Wilcannia - Touring & Accommodation

Wilcannia - Touring & Accommodation


Driving to Wilcannia


There are many different routes that can be taken when driving from any of the capital cities to Wilcannia. 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 = 1,230km approx

From Sydney:

The Great Western Highway > Castlereagh Highway > Barrier Highway: Distance = 950km approx

From Melbourne:

Hume Highway > Cobb Highway <> Long Paddock (50% Unsealed): Distance = 810km aprox

From Adelaide: 

Barrier Highway: Distance = 718km approx


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