The Darling River

The Darling River, Australia. Photographed at Trilby Station, Louth, NSW OutbackThe Darling River is Australia's most iconic river. When combined with its longest tributaries, it creates Australia's longest waterway stretching from Queensland's Darling Downs across Outback NSW to its meeting with the Murray River at Wentworth in the southwest corner of New South Wales.

One of the best ways to appreciate Australia's greatest waterway is to travel its length on the Darling River Run, or the entire length on the Source to Sea touring route.

Part of the Murray Darling Basin, which covers 1,061,469 square kilometres (14% of Australia's total area), the Darling River rises from Queensland's Darling Downs and New South Wales's northern rivers region.

The Darling River catchment borders the Lake Eyre Basin (Lake Frome division) just north of Broken Hill and south of Cameron CornerCameron Corner. A surprise to many is the opal town of White Cliffs is also with the Darling River catchment. 

A great way to understand the region's geology/hydrography is through the Watershed Loop touring route. The touring route also connects the Darling River Run to other Corner Country Touring Routes.

The Darling River system is primarily sourced from the subtropical summer rains of the Darling Downs (South East Queensland. Conversely, the Murray River receives its flow from the New South Wales/Victorian alpine region's snowmelt, and as such, the Darling River is more 'boom/bust' regarding its flow.

The river has always been one of extreme, either in flood or in drought. That is the nature of the Darling River and provides the ethereal majesty of our most iconic river. After flowing southwest across outback New South Wales, the Darling River joins the Murray River at Wentworth on the New South Wales/Victoria border and flows through South Australia's Riverland region onto Lake Alexandrina and into the Southern Ocean.

Early European exploration, of the land and river, created the need for towns and ports along the water and today the towns of the Darling River have become synonymous with the outback.

From the source to the mouth of the Darling River, they include

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