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Wilcannia, NSW

Darling River Towns

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.

  • uncle-ray-hunter-memorial-park-wilcannia-outback-nsw-05Uncle Ray Hunter Memorial Park Wilcannia Outback NSW
  • uncle-ray-hunter-memorial-park-wilcannia-outback-nsw-06Uncle Ray Hunter Memorial Park Wilcannia Outback NSW
  • wilcannia-lift-bridge-darling-river-outback-nsw-10Wilcannia Lift Bridge Darling River Outback NSW
  • wilcannia-architecture-post-office-03Wilcannia Architecture Post Office
  • uncle-ray-hunter-memorial-park-wilcannia-outback-nsw-07Uncle Ray Hunter Memorial Park Wilcannia Outback NSW
  • uncle-ray-hunter-memorial-park-wilcannia-outback-nsw-04Uncle Ray Hunter Memorial Park Wilcannia Outback NSW
  • wilcannia-lift-bridge-darling-river-outback-nsw-08Wilcannia Lift Bridge Darling River Outback NSW
  • wilcannia-architecture-st-james-church-01Wilcannia Architecture St James Church
  • wilcannia-lift-bridge-darling-river-outback-nsw-09Wilcannia Lift Bridge Darling River Outback NSW
  • wilcannia-architecture-st-james-church-02Wilcannia Architecture St James Church


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 See & Do:

  • Paroo-Darling National Park
  • Darling River

Getting to Wilcannia:

By Car:

  • From Brisbane: 1,250km
  • From Sydney: 950km
  • From Melbourne: 815km
  • From Adelaide: 715km

Wilcannia Information Centre:

Reid Street, Wilcannia NSW 2836

Telephone: 08 8083 8910


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