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The Darling River Run is one of Australia's most iconic touring routes encompassing some of the best experiences, destinations, and attractions along the Darling River, Outback NSW, Australia. The region is known as the 'accessible outback' as it is less than a days drive from each of the east coast capitals.
The Timber Cutter's Runtm, is a unique touring route along ancient waterways and through ethereal forests.
This driving route is not just another tourism hidden-gem, but the real deal. It reveals a story of an earthquake 60,000 years ago, the Cadell Fault, the Narrows (Barmah Choke), a 50 km sandridge, the redirection of the Murray River, and the creation of the Millawa-Barmah forests - the largest stand of River Red Gum in the world.
Driving to Cameron Corner is high on the list for many outback travellers; not only as a destination but also part of a more extensive journey.
While not precisely defined, the boundary of the Corner Country includes the Darling River watershed in the south, the Simpson Desert in the west, and Charleville & Windorah in the northeast.
With Broken Hill as the ideal start/finish of this great adventure, the Watershed Loop can also be accessed from the Darling River Run (Wilcannia or Menindee) as well as when heading south from Tibooburra and the Corner.
Explorer Captain Charles Sturt (and others) believed there was an inland sea into which the few known rivers of eastern Australia flowed; this premise was the basis of his 1844-5 expedition, and there is merit to that belief.
The following touring route follows the approximate route taken by Captain Charles Sturt during his 1844-45 inland expedition. With no public roads across the Barrier Ranges, we begin the journey further north than the line taken by the expedition.
Around 2006 I took a trip into the unknown, a journey of discovery, and got as far as the drought-ravaged Darling River (at Louth). Even though the river was not flowing there was something magical about it.
Within its banks, the river-bed exuded intangible energy that stirred something in me. I had to learn more and discover the mystical river that has been an integral part of the First Nations, particularly the Barkindji, who have been living in the area for over 30,000 years and the European explorers and pastoralists who came much later.
*** Safe Outback Travel ***
Before heading out to the outback, for the safety of you and fellow travellers (and as a courtesy to those living in the outback), please to the Safe Outback Travel for tips and hints to get the most out of your next adventure.