Darling River Run - Complete

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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 riverbed 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.

Lightning Ridge is a truly must-see destination, and something every traveller should do.

If travelling from the Ridge, the run to Brewarrina can be done via Walgett along Bill O'Brien Way and then the Kamilaroi Highway. This route will cross the Barwon River just to the north of Walgett.

A great alternative though is to go via the Grawin opal fields for a unique experience of the original opal fields (before the Ridge). This option can include a lunch break at the Club in the Scrub, Sheep Yard Flat, or the Glengarry Hilton.

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