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The Darling River Run

Driving the Darling River

For many, the Darling River Run is regarded as one of the best outback touring routes in Outback NSW. While it might not be an extreme 4x4 adventure route that some seek, it is one that accessible in a conventional passenger vehicle, AWD SUV, motorbike, as well as a 4WD; with the advantage of being less than a days drive to get to the Darling River.

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The Darling River Run is one of Australia's great outback experiences, it touches the spirit and replenishes the soul; a places for reflection, a place to inspire. The touring route allows the traveller to experience some of the best Outback country in Australia; flora, fauna, wondrous landscapes, outback characters and truly remarkable sunrises and sunsets.

Best Times: Autumn - Spring (*Summer is hot, but still great!)

The Darling River Run, Outback NSW Attractions

The Upper Darling

The upper section of the Darling River Run encompasses the tributaries that flow from Queensland's Darling Downs as well as those flowing north-west like the Macquarie, Namoi, and Barwon.

Iconic towns like Walgett, Brewarrina, Bourke, and Louth provide unique experiences for the Outback NSW visitor (not to mention Lightning Ridge to the north). The towns and regions of the upper Darling are steeped in indigenous history and living culture as well as European pastoral history.



The Central Darling

The middle (or central) section of the Darling River Run covers the more remote and outback areas of river plain; including the ephemeral Paroo River.

Iconic towns like Tilpa, Wilcannia and Menindee (Menindee Lakes) offer plenty if iconic outback experiences.



The Lower Darling

The Lower Darling section of the Darling River Run, Menindee Lakes to Wentworth, covers some of the best outback attractions and experiences of Outback NSW including the iconic Lake Mango (Mungo National Park), a ‘must-see’ destinations with its much-photographed ‘Walls of China’, dunes, and Lunette landscapes. Lake Mungo is more about just an outback landscape of ethereal beauty as it has its very own unique story it has to tell about the richness of indigenous culture.

The other major unique feature of the Lower Darling is the confluence of the Murray River and Darling River, the point the the tow rivers meet before continuing, as one, to Lake Alexandrina.


The Darling River Run - Junction Island at the confluence of the Murray River and the Darling River. Wentworth, Outback NSW


Darling River Run Outback Safety

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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