Darling River Run: Louth to Menindee

Central Darling River Run, from Louth to Menindee Lake, is a real Outback adventure through the heart of Outback NSW. Wonderful farm-stays along magnificent stretches of the Darling River with outback small iconic towns like Louth & Tilpa and boom towns of yesteryear like Wilcannia.
The lifeblood of the outback is water and the magnificent Menindee Lakes, into which the Darling River flows, is a mecca for outback visitors wishing to camp on the shores of these expansive lakes.

Add to that, Kinchega National Park, with its great riverside camping and wonderful interpretive indigenous and European historical displays.


1) Louth to Tilpa

The Louth to Tilpa section of along the Darling is one of the best with 2 great options; the east route provides some great access to the river along the way while the western route passes some great historic properties like Trilby Station, Idalia Station and Kallara Station. (all providing camping and farm stay facilities)

Western Route

Road Type = Gravel (dry weather road)

Distance: 89 kms

Road/Routes:

Take MR68A from Louth <> Tilpa: 89km

2) Tilpa to Wilcannia

With the choice of an eastern and western route, the Tilpa-Wilcannia section of The Darling River Run passes though some wonder country of the Central Darling. The eastern route passes though the Paroo-Darling National Park (and the wonderful Wilga camping site) while the western route tracks through the Paroo-Darling conservation area.

Western Route

Road Type = Gravel (dry weather road)

Distance: 129 kms

Road/Routes:

Take MR68A from Tilpa <> Wilcannia: 129km


3) Wilcannia to Menindee

Travelling The Darling River Run from Bourke to Louth is normally via the Bourke-Wilcannia rd on the east of the river past Gundabooka NP. An alternative route is possible on the west as it passes through some wonderful red soil country and across the Warrego River.

Western Route

Road Type = gravel (dry weather road)

Distance: 158 kms

Road/Routes:

South along Barrier Highway: 8km
Right onto SR10 <> Menindee Rd: 142km
High Darling Rd <> Pooncarie-Wentworth Rd: 7km
Menindee Rd <> Menindee: 1km

Towns - Central Darling