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Menindee Lakes, Menindee, NSW

Darling River Towns

Menindee Lakes, Lake Pamamaroo, Menindee, Darling River, Outback AustraliaMenindee, and the wonderful Menindee Lakes, is a beaitiful central Darling River destination where you can experience the best of what the Darling River can offer.

An iconic Darling River town, an hour south-east of Broken Hill, Menindee a perfect base to explore the Darling River, the Lakes and one of the best National Parks in Outback NSW, Kinchega National Park.

Discover also that the beautifully penned 'The Man from Snowy River' by Banjo Paterson is an immortal Australian poem there is a line, "There was Harrison, who made his pile when Pardon won the cup".

While many assume it was the famous Melbourne Cup being referred to, it is actually the Presidents Cup at held at Menindee.

There is a story to tell and something to learn in most outback towns, and Menindee on the Darling River is no exception.

Accommodation Partner - Nelia Gaari Station

North of Menindee

Nelia Gaari Station

If you are looking for a quite convenient spot on the Darling River to park your caravan/campervan or four wheel drive for overnight or as long as you like, call in and check out our great camp sites.

Our camp sites have shared toilet and shower facilities. Relax and experience the quiet and restful solitude of the Darling River.

Accommodation Partner - Bindara Station

South of Menindee

bindara station menindee

Historic Bindara Station is located on the West side of the Darling, south of Kinchega National Park. The Station is ideally situated between Pooncarie & Menindee and also a convenient stop off between Mungo & Kinchega National Parks.

Grab a mudmap to search & find points of interest. Go birdwatching, fishing or walk our river tracks and get up close to the wildlife, or just sit & relax at the campfire, watch the Darling flow by.

Steeped in legend and history, Menindee and the surrounding area is of great indigenous significance and European pastoral history. The area is known to the Barkindji people as 'Minandichee' and it is believed this is how the name originated.

The explorer Major Thomas Mitchell followed the Bogan and Darling Rivers down to this area in 1835 and came across the naturally formed lakes which he named 'Laidley's Chain of Ponds' , the Barkindji people referred to these as 'Wontanella' meaning 'Many Waters'.

A decade later, explorer Charles Sturt travelled up the Darling River from Wentworth through Menindee on his expedition to find the fabled inland sea.

With the coming of the pastoralist and the opening up of the outback meant a violent time of conflict with the Barkindji who were subsequently decimated by European disease, driven from their traditional lands and forced into government missions.

This era saw two horrific massacres of the traditional owners; one via poisoning of leasehold stipulated provisions for the Barkindji people with arsenic by leaseholders and the straight-out slaughter of a tribe on the banks of Boolaboolka Lake.



In 1852, Tom Pain and his family arrived in Menindee and opened up the Menindee Hotel in 1953 and with this and the ability to supply provisions, the town established itself as Darling River Port in light of Captain Francis Cadell, accredited with opening up the Darling, establishing a store next to the Hotel in 1856.

Australia's most famous explorers Burke and Wills passed through Menindee for their Melbourne to the Gulf of Carpentaria expedition. The expedition arrived at Menindee on October 14 1860, and made camp at Kinchenga Station after crossing the Darling River. A depot camp for the expedition was established at the Pamamaroo Creek (a sign and cairn mark the site of the camp). Upon their departure, Burke and Wills carved an arrow in the door post of the hotel to indicate the expedition's direction.

Menindee Lakes

River boat trade continued to develop the area and plans for a weir to control the flow of the river and level of the lakes to ensure river traded were shelved in the 1890's and by the time the rail-head reached the area in the 1920's the future of the river as a transport route were doomed.

The idea to control the flow of the river came to fruition in 1949 and completed in 1960 allowing for some retention of water in the naturally formed lakes to maintain some continuity for water supply and irrigation.

The Menindee Lakes originally comprised 9 natural ephemeral lakes covering an area of 453 km2 As a result of the weir, there are 4 major lakes Wetherell (including Lake Tandure), Pamamaroo (connected by a small lake called Copi Hollow), Menindee, and Cawndilla.

For the visitor, there is great fishing on the lakes, the magnificent Kinchega National Park, bird watching on the lakes, Lake Pamamaroo and Main Weir, Copi Hollow, Menindee War Memorials, the 1872 wreck of the paddle-steamer 'Providence', and the self-guided heritage walk around Menindee.

Menindee and the Menindee Lakes, right on the Darling River Run, is one of the best Darling River experiences as it is only 1 hrs drive from Broken Hill (sealed road) and is located on the eastern boundary of Kinchega National Park.


Menindee See & Do:

  • Kinchega National Park
  • Copi Hollow
  • Lake Pamamaroo
  • Main Wier
  • Interpretive walking trail

Getting to Menindee:

By Car:

  • From Brisbane: 1,600km
  • From Sydney: 1,150km
  • From Melbourne: 840km
  • From Adelaide: 565km

Menindee Visitor Information:

Menindee Website

Telephone: 08 8080 3560


Menindee Lakes Images

  • menindee-lakes-filling-lake-menindee-menindee-outback-nsw-australia-51Filling Lake Menindee
  • menindee-lakes-main-weir-outlet-menindee-outback-nsw-australia-40Main Weir Outlet
  • menindee-lakes-lake-pamamaroo-2018-menindee-outback-nsw-australia-57Lake Pamamaroo 2018
  • kinchega-np-shearing-shed-menindee-outback-nsw-australia-22Shearing Shed
  • menindee-lakes-copi-hollow-sunset-menindee-outback-nsw-australia-44Copi Hollow Sunset
  • kinchega-np-1976-flood-level-menindee-outback-nsw-australia-081976 flood level
  • kinchega-np-daring-river-2018-menindee-outback-nsw-australia-65Daring River 2018
  • kinchega-np-darling-river-menindee-outback-nsw-australia-34Darling River
  • menindee-lakes-lake-menindee-menindee-outback-nsw-australia-63Lake Menindee
  • menindee-lakes-tandure-and-wetherell-lakes-menindee-outback-nsw-australia-49Tandure and Wetherell Lakes
  • kinchega-np-shearing-shed-menindee-outback-nsw-australia-14Shearing Shed
  • kinchega-np-old-machinery-menindee-outback-nsw-australia-25old machinery
  • menindee-lakes-main-weir-outlet-2018-menindee-outback-nsw-australia-60Main Weir Outlet 2018
  • kinchega-np-sheep-yards-menindee-outback-nsw-australia-24Sheep Yards
  • kinchega-np-bottles-menindee-outback-nsw-australia-20bottles
  • menindee-lakes-block-dam-menindee-outback-nsw-australia-62Block Dam
  • kinchega-np-darling-river-weir-menindee-outback-nsw-australia-31Darling River Weir
  • kinchega-np-river-gums-menindee-outback-nsw-australia-07River Gums
  • kinchega-np-traction-engine-menindee-outback-nsw-australia-10Traction engine
  • menindee-lakes-tandure-and-wetherell-lakes-menindee-outback-nsw-australia-48Tandure and Wetherell Lakes
  • kinchega-np-koerstz-wool-press-&-scourer-menindee-outback-nsw-australia-15Koerstz Wool Press & scourer
  • menindee-lakes-filling-lake-menindee-menindee-outback-nsw-australia-52Filling Lake Menindee
  • kinchega-np-darling-river-menindee-outback-nsw-australia-37Darling River
  • darling-river-block-dam-menindee-outback-nsw-australia-45Darling River block dam
  • menindee-lakes-main-weir-2018-menindee-outback-nsw-australia-55Main Weir 2018
  • kinchega-np-daring-river-2018-menindee-outback-nsw-australia-68Daring River 2018
  • kinchega-np-koerstz-wool-press-menindee-outback-nsw-australia-11Koerstz Wool Press
  • kinchega-np-darling-river-red-gums-menindee-outback-nsw-australia-42Darling River Red Gums
  • kinchega-np-darling-river-menindee-outback-nsw-australia-36Darling River
  • kinchega-np-old-machinery-menindee-outback-nsw-australia-26Old Machinery
  • kinchega-np-daring-river-2018-menindee-outback-nsw-australia-69Daring River 2018
  • menindee-lakes-main-weir-2018-menindee-outback-nsw-australia-56Main Weir 2018
  • menindee-lakes-daring-river-camping-menindee-outback-nsw-australia-61Daring River camping
  • kinchega-np-above-weir-menindee-outback-nsw-australia-64Above Weir
  • menindee-lakes-tandure-and-wetherell-lakes-menindee-outback-nsw-australia-46Tandure and Wetherell Lakes
  • kinchega-np-woolshed-menindee-outback-nsw-australia-21Woolshed
  • kinchega-np-wool-shed-menindee-outback-nsw-australia-27Wool Shed
  • menindee-lakes-main-weir-2010-menindee-outback-nsw-australia-54Main Weir 2010
  • menindee-lakes-lake-pamamaroo-2018-menindee-outback-nsw-australia-59Lake Pamamaroo 2018
  • kinchega-np-wool-shed-menindee-outback-nsw-australia-28wool Shed
  • kinchega-np-daring-river-2018-menindee-outback-nsw-australia-67Daring River 2018
  • menindee-lakes-tandure-and-wetherell-lakes-menindee-outback-nsw-australia-47Tandure and Wetherell Lakes
  • kinchega-np-2008-drought-menindee-outback-nsw-australia-332008 Drought
  • kinchega-np-koerstz-wool-press-menindee-outback-nsw-australia-18Koerstz Wool Press
  • menindee-lakes-lake-pamamaroo-camping-menindee-outback-nsw-australia-53Lake Pamamaroo Camping
  • menindee-lakes-lake-pamamaroo-menindee-outback-nsw-australia-02Lake Pamamaroo
  • kinchega-np-darling-river-menindee-outback-nsw-australia-38Darling River
  • railway-sign-menindee-outback-nsw-australia-01Menindee Sign
  • kinchega-np-wool-shed-menindee-outback-nsw-australia-23Wool Shed
  • menindee-lakes-lake-pamamaroo-2018-menindee-outback-nsw-australia-58Lake Pamamaroo 2018
  • kinchega-np-darling-river-menindee-outback-nsw-australia-35Darling River
  • kinchega-np-darling-river-menindee-outback-nsw-australia-39Darling River
  • kinchega-np-woolshed-menindee-outback-nsw-australia-19Woolshed
  • darling-river-red-gums-menindee-outback-nsw-australia-29Darling River Red Gums
  • kinchega-np-koerstz-wool-press-menindee-outback-nsw-australia-16Koerstz Wool Press
  • menindee-lakes-main-wier-menindee-outback-nsw-australia-41Main Wier
  • kinchega-np-darling-river-weir-menindee-outback-nsw-australia-32Darling River Weir
  • kinchega-np-koerstz-wool-press-menindee-outback-nsw-australia-12Koerstz Wool Press
  • kinchega-np-river-gums-menindee-outback-nsw-australia-05River Gums
  • kinchega-np-red-gum-roots-menindee-outback-nsw-australia-43Red Gum Roots
  • menindee-lakes-lake-pamamaroo-menindee-outback-nsw-australia-04Lake Pamamaroo
  • kinchega-np-shearing-shed-menindee-outback-nsw-australia-13Shearing Shed
  • kinchega-np-2008-drought-menindee-outback-nsw-australia-092008 Drought
  • menindee-lakes-tandure-and-wetherell-lakes-menindee-outback-nsw-australia-50Tandure and Wetherell Lakes
  • kinchega-np-river-gums-menindee-outback-nsw-australia-06River Gums
  • kinchega-np-koerstz-wool-press-menindee-outback-nsw-australia-17koerstz Wool Press
  • menindee-lakes-lake-pamamaroo-menindee-outback-nsw-australia-03Lake Pamamaroo
  • darling-river-red-gums-menindee-outback-nsw-australia-30Darling River Red Gums
  • kinchega-np-relics-menindee-outback-nsw-australia-66Relics

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