Darling River Run: Walgett to Louth

The upper Darling section of the Darling River Run encompasses the upper 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 offer plenty for the 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.


1) Walgett to Brewarrina

The first downstream sector of the Darling River Run follows the Kamilaroi Highway along the Barwon River before crossing the river just before Brewarrina.

Western Route

Road Type = Sealed

Distance: 133 km

Road/Routes: Kamilaroi Highway



2) Brewarrina to Bourke

The Brewarrina to Bourke section of The Darling River Run is an easy drive along the Kamilaroi Highway with not much access to the river. There is an alternate route via the Culgoa River which follows its path down to where it meets the Darling River.

Western Route

Road Type = gravel (dry weather road)

Distance: 137 kms

Road/Routes:

  • North east along Kamilaroi Hwy 8km
  • Left at Collerina Rd: 36km
  • Left at Weilmoringle Rd: 77km
  • Left at Mitchell Highway to Bourke: 16km

3) Bourke to Louth

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: 125 kms

Road/Routes:

Out through Nth Bourke, 
Take the Wanaaring/Tibooburra rd 
Turn off at Pera Bore (21km)
Head southeast: 104km

(Crossing over the Warrego after about 80km)

Towns - Upper Darling