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Wentworth NSW

Darling River Towns

A place that, in 1844, was described as "Magnificent trees droop like willows to the water's edge with evening's mildest radiance in their foliage, throwing a soft haze over the distance...", and has lost nothing of that ethereal beauty, has to be a place to visit.

The person who wrote these words was no other than the explorer Charles Sturt, and anyone visiting Wentworth to sit on the banks of the Murray or Darling can see why Sturt was moved to describe the river junction as he did.

Attraction Partner - Wentworth River Cruises

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The best way to explore the Murray and Lower Darling River in the comfort of a modern river cruise and function vessel!

The boat is fully fitted out to cater for a variety of function styles to experience our two icon rivers.

Wentworth is located at the junction of the Murray and the Darling Rivers and was originally named Hawdon's Ford, before being surveyed in 1858 and named Wentworth in 1859 after the Australian explorer, journalist and politician William Charles Wentworth.

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Wentworth is located at the junction of the Murray and the Darling Rivers and was originally named Hawdon's Ford, before being surveyed in 1858 and named Wentworth in 1859 after the Australian explorer, journalist and politician William Charles Wentworth.

Before the the inland and the Darling River was opened up, Wentworth was the hub to which much of the wool clip was brought for shipment to either Echuca (for transport to Melbourne) or Morgan (for transport to Adelaide).

Accommodation Partner - Willow Bend CP

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A true waterfront Caravan Park and the only caravan park within the Wentworth & Mildura areas where you can fish right from your own powered site or take a short walk to all town services.

Caravan and Camping at Willow Bend is quite unique we are situated right where the rivers meet walking distance to town and at the same time we are only a short walk to the junction of Australia's TWO greatest rivers.

Due to the efforts of the early river piorneers in the late 1850's, William Randell (Mary Ann) and Francis Cadell (Lady Augusta), the Darling river was opened-up for trade and Wentworth became the first river port of the Darling - although its early development can also be attributed to the river trade already being developed along the Murray. By the late 1880's Wentworth was Australia's busiest inland port. In 1895, 485 vessels were recorded as passing through the Customs House (31 in one week alone).

Today, Wentworth is a large and prosperous township with lots for the traveller to see and experience and is an ideal base to explore some amazing sites in the area, especially Lake Mungo in Mungo National Park.

Wentworth is the start (or finish) of the Darling River Run and is the upstream section to Menindee is great for exploring the central Darling region including Broken Hill and beyond.

Destination Partner - Wentworth

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For thousands of years local Aboriginal people have been meeting for corroborees and ceremony. Wentworth was one of Australia’s busiest ports during the paddlesteamer era of the late 1800s and the great rivers of the Murray and Darling join as one here.

Wentworth is considered the gateway to Outback NSW, and is situated on the junction of the Murray and Darling Rivers in south­western New South Wales.

Wentworth See & Do:

  • Thegoa Lagoon
  • River Junction and viewing tower
  • Perry Sandhills
  • P.S. Ruby
  • Mungo National Park
  • Old Wentworth Gaol

Getting to Wentworth:

By Car:

  • From Brisbane: 1,600km
  • From Sydney: 1,040km
  • From Melbourne: 580km
  • From Adelaide: 400km

Wentworth Information Centre:

Darling Street, Wentworth, NSW

Wentworth Visitor Information Centre Website

Telephone: 03 5027 3624


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