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Darling River Run tag-along tour

Paroo-Darling National Park

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Overview

Follow the Darling River on a 15-day driving trip with Xpedition Tagalong Tours. Explore the incredible attractions in Outback NSW as you journey from Lightning Ridge through Broken Hill to Wentworth.

When

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Where
Paroo-Darling National Park
Accessibility
No wheelchair access
Grade
Easy. A basic level of fitness is required for this tour.
Price

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Bookings
Bookings required. Book online or email or call Xpedition Tagalong Tours on 0403 731 739.
Please note
This tour travels across roughly 500km of unsealed roads. It is suitable for all types of vehicles.
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Immerse yourself in nature, culture and history on a driving tour through Outback NSW with Xpedition Tagalong Tours.

Starting at Lightning Ridge, your expert guides will lead you south-west through Bourke before heading towards Broken Hill.

On your journey you’ll learn about Broken Hill’s mining history and stay at Silverton, an old silver mining town. Visit spectacular Mungo National Park, home to the Walls of China and the resting place of the famous Mungo Lady and Mungo Man.

Lastly, finish up at Wentworth, a place rich in heritage where the Darling River meets the mighty Murray. Keep your camera handy because you’ll be treated to incredible outback scenery as you travel. You may even spot some of the many animals that call the outback home.

Xpedition Tagalong Tours is a licensed commercial tour operator with a Parks Eco Pass.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

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    Darling River Run tag-along tour is in Paroo-Darling National Park. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

    A unique and diverse ecosystem

    A mob of emus (Dromaius novaehollandiae) in Paroo Darling National Park. Photo: John Spencer

    The Paroo Overflow and its associated wetlands sustain a unique ecosystem, including such threatened species as the freckled duck and blue-billed duck. You may also see black-breasted buzzards, pink cockatoos, pied honeyeaters and any one of 55 bird species that visit the lakes. Peery Lake, a major part of the system, is part of an internationally significant wetland and protected under the Ramsar Convention.

    Aboriginal heritage

    Aboriginal rock engravings in Paroo Darling National Park. Photo: John Spencer

    The Paakantyi and Ngiyeempaa People have traditionally made this area their home. The park is a historically and culturally important site: with its hearths, quarries and specialised microblade occupation sites, the area provides significant information about changing technologies and ways of life over the last 10,000 years.

    European history

    Coach and Horses campround, Paroo Darling National Park. Photo: John Spencer

    Pastoralists were also attracted to the banks of the Darling River. As well as water, it provided a major transport corridor. Riverboats began navigating the system in the 1850s, and Cobb and Co also ran several routes through this important pastoral region.

    • Darling River Run tag-along tour Follow the Darling River on a 15-day driving trip with Xpedition Tagalong Tours. Explore the incredible attractions in Outback NSW as you journey from Lightning Ridge through Broken Hill to Wentworth.

    Plants and animals you may see

    Animals

    • Wedge-tailed eagle. Photo: Kelly Nowak

      Wedge-tailed eagle (Aquila audax)

      With a wingspan of up to 2.5m, the wedge-tailed eagle is Australia’s largest bird of prey. These Australian animals are found in woodlands across NSW, and have the ability to soar to heights of over 2km. If you’re bird watching, look out for the distinctive diamond-shaped tail of the eagle.

    • Emu, Paroo Darling National Park. Photo: John Spencer

      Emu (Dromaius novaehollandiae)

      The largest of Australian birds, the emu stands up to 2m high and is the second largest bird in the world, after the ostrich. Emus live in pairs or family groups. The male emu incubates and rears the young, which will stay with the adult emus for up to 2 years.

    • Red kangaroo, Sturt National Park. Photo: John Spencer

      Red kangaroo (Macropus rufus)

      The red kangaroo is one of the most iconic Australian animals and the largest marsupial in the world. Large males have reddish fur and can reach a height of 2m, while females are considerably smaller and have blue-grey fur. Red kangaroos are herbivores and mainly eat grass.

    Plants

    • Mulga. Photo: Jaime Plaza

      Mulga (Acacia aneura)

      Mulga are hardy Australian native plants found throughout inland Australia. With an unusually long tap root, the mulga is able to withstand long periods of drought.

    • Saltbush. Photo: Jaime Plaza

      Saltbush (Atriplex nummularia)

      A hardy Australian native plant, the saltbush is a small spreading shrub that can withstand dry salty soils such as those found in the desert plains of western NSW. It is grey-white in colour and has small spear-shaped succulent leaves. It flowers from December to April.

    Environments in this park

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