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Darling River Run XTM

The Darling River Source to Sea

The Darling River XTM is a great way to drive from Brisbane to Adelaide via South East Queensland down through Outback NSW, along the Darling River and onto the route beside the Murray River to Lake Alexandrina. Or a great way to get to Brisbane from South Australia along the Darling River Run.

The Condamine–Balonne Rivers catchment forms one of the largest catchments in the Murray–Darling Basin, rising from elevated areas of the Darling Downs.

The Condomine is sourced from near Mt Superbus in the Main Range National Park and passes through Killarney; becoming the Balonne near Condamine. 

The Maranoa River, a tributary flowing from the Carnarvon Gorge, meets the Balonne at Lake Kajarabie (Beardmore Dam) near St George from which the Culgoa River flows southwest to join the Darling River about 20km east of Bourke.

At 1,195 km (Condamine, Balonne and Culgoa channel) it provides a wonderful, and natural, touring route from Southeast Queensland down to Bourke.

* NOTE: for those travelling with a caravan, the route to and from Killarney-Brisbane should be done via Warwick and Toowoomba as the route across the Great Dividing Range via Spring Creek Road, Head Road, Carney Creek Road is not suitable for caravans as it is too narrow and too windy.

If you are travelling with a caravan do an overnight at either Killarney or Warwick, un-hitch and explore the area around the source of the Condamine near the Head and Main Range National Park.

Condamine River Main Range National Park Queensland

Safe Outback Driving Guide

To get the most out of any outback trip, it is best to remember a few golden rules to this type of travel and while the Darling River Run is relatively close to towns and cities, the same rules apply to ensure the best possible experience.

  • All ways let someone know where you are and heading.
  • Make sure your vehicle is well prepared.
  • Include at least one spare tyre.
  • In the event of a breakdown, stay near your vehicle.
  • Carry adequate fuel, food, and water.
  • Drive to conditions.
  • Keep to, or below, the speed limit.
  • Slow down on dirt and gravel roads when your vision is obscured by the sun or dust.
  • Dust from other vehicles, especially oncoming vehicles, can obscure hazards.
  • Avoid travelling at dawn, dusk and at night as wildlife and stock wander.
  • Observe RTA and local council advisory signs and notices concerning road closures.
  • Rain may cause the closure of unsealed roads.
  • Care for the environment and take your rubbish with you.
  • Leave gates as you find them.
  • Random access through private property is not permissible.
  • Stop, Revive and Survive.

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