Darling River Run Itinerary
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- Last Updated: 06 October 2018 06 October 2018
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The Darling River Run is one of the best Australia’s best touring routes encompassing some of the best destinations, attraction, and experiences of Outback NSW and while it is touted by some as a 4WD adventure, the reality is that it is easily done in an AWD SUV and even a traditional passenger vehicle with care. The route is also caravan and RV friendly with many of the accommodation options along the way perfectly suited to BYO accommodation including traditional camping as well.
Quick Link: Darling River Camping
Best Times: Autumn - Spring *Summer is hot, but still great!
The Darling River Run is regarded by many as one of the best outback touring routes in Australia. While it might not the the extreme off-road, 4x4, that some seek, it is one that is easily done in almost any mode of vehicle, and has the added benefit of being easily accessible from any of the east coast capital cities; less than a days drive to get to the Darling River.
The touring route also joins many side-trips that enable access to some of the best known, iconic travel experiences in Outback NSW; and some great ‘hidden gems’.
Darling River Run Itinerary
Darling River Run Itinerary - 14 Day Adventure
The Darling River Run can be done in either direction, downstream (from Lightning Ridge) to Wentworth or upstream from Wentworth to Lightning Ridge.
Even though the ‘Ridge’ is not on the Darling, it is included in the touring route as it is a real ‘must-see’ destination, and a perfect ‘fit’ for the start or end of this great touring route.
Destination Partner - Lightning Ridge
Travelling through this vast land, one often discovers places that envelope the soul with tangible elements; a beautiful river, majestic native forests, indigenous culture, or unspoiled pristine beaches.
Every now and again though, one can come across a place where the same feeling is experienced without any tangible elements to account for that feeling. Lightning Ridge, home of the unique Black Opal, is one of those places!
There are many ways to travel the Darling River Run, and the following route covers most things on offer along the way, and those that are not incorporated into the route can be experienced by one of several side-trips list towards the bottom of the page.
For most of the ‘Run’, it is possible to travel on the eastern or western bank of the Darling, but for this guide, the route will follow one side or the other depending on the section.
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.
- Always 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.