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 who has visited Wentworth and sat on the banks of the Murray or Darling can see why Sturt was moved to describe the river junctions as he did.

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).

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.

See & Do:

Wentworth See & Do:

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