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Old Kinchega Homestead

Kinchega National Park

Overview

Tour the historic ruins of the Old Kinchega Homestead to discover the harsh and fascinating history of life on an outback sheep station.

Type
Historic buildings/places
Where
Kinchega National Park
Accessibility
Hard
Price
Free
Entry fees
Park entry fees apply
Please note
  • Discovery tours of the Old Kinchega Homestead are available during the Easter, winter and spring school holidays
  • The weather in this area can be very hot in the summer months; please ensure you are well prepared for your visit

Built on the edge of a billabong off the Darling river in the mid- to late-1870s and occupied for some 60-80 years, Kinchega Homestead was of great significance to the area, and tells an enthralling story of the area’s Aboriginal and European heritage.

The main building housed the overseers and there was an Aboriginal camp close by to house workers. Today all that remains of the homestead is some ruins, however interpretive signage along the way will give you an idea of what the building looked like. Take your time to wander through the ruins, imagining what life was like for people living on this remote station. You might also notice the cemetery, a permanent home to the victims of the ill-fated paddle steamer Providence, whose boiler exploded killing all but one of the crew.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

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Edward River canoe and kayak trail, Murray Valley National Park. Photo: David Finnegan.

Conservation program:

Kinchega National Park joint management program

NPWS is working with the Menindee Aboriginal Elders Council to protect the age-old Aboriginal heritage of this region through the Kinchega National Park Memorandum of Understanding and Joint Management Program.

Aboriginal Joint Management, Kinchega National Park. Photo: John Spencer

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Looking along the banks of the river. Photo:Dina Bullivant