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5 days Itinerary

Itinerary: Darling River Run

Overview

Immerse yourself in nature and culture on this journey through the rugged national parks along the Darling River. The drive from Bourke to Wentworth is an unforgettable experience where you’ll discover ancient rock formations, historic landmarks and plenty of wildlife. This is your chance to see all that the outback has to offer, from stunning red sand hills to coolabah woodlands and vast flood plains.

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Take a week out from everyday life to explore the incredible attractions on offer in Outback NSW national parks. This region truly has something for everyone, from invigorating hikes to scenic views and plenty of opportunities to spot a rich array of wildlife.

Keep your binoculars close by; they’re sure to come in handy when exploring the ancient rock formations of Mungo National Park and the floodplains at Mount Talowla lookout.

History buffs will enjoy the fascinating Aboriginal culture and shearing history of this area, from ancient rock carvings along the Mulgowan (Yappa) Art Site walk to the Australian pastoral heritage of Kinchega Woolshed.

For those looking to relax, there are many tranquil spots beside the Darling River where you can stop for a picnic lunch or set up camp under a star-filled Australian desert sky.

Day 1: Rugged ranges and ancient rock art

It’s an easy 70km drive from Bourke to Gundabooka National Park, where the patchwork of red sandstone, woodlands and floodplains stretches from Gundabooka Range to the banks of Darling River. Be amazed by the Aboriginal rock art on the Mulgowan (Yappa) Art Site walk and marvel at the park’s striking geography. At the end of the day, relax on the verandah at historic Redbank Homestead under a starry desert sky.

Day 2: A cultural and historic visit

Journey to Toorale National Park to visit the fascinating historic site of Toorale Homestead precinct. You’ll gain an appreciation of the spiritual and cultural connection between the Kurnu-Baakandji People, the Pastoral industry and the land. Listen to the stories and tour around the homestead to really immerse yourself in Toorale’s past. After your visit, head back to Redbank Homestead in Gundabooka National Park. Here you can paddle, fish or relax by the river before settling down for the night.

Day 3: Wildlife encounters

Make your way through White Cliffs to Peery Lake picnic area where you’ll be treated to a birdwatcher’s paradise. Unwind by the lake and enjoy the stunning views as you listen to the waterbirds play. After a relaxing barbecue lunch, journey to Kinchega Shearers’ Quarters where you’ll get a taste of life as a shearer as you bunker down for the night in this unique heritage building.

Day 4: A glimpse of shearing history

Explore historic Kinchega Woolshed, a classic piece of pastoral heritage, and imagine the heyday of this place where six million sheep were sheared. Then travel to Mungo National Park where you’ll be treated to ancient archaeological treasures including the famous Mungo Man and Mungo Lady. Before night falls, make your way to Mungo Shearers’ Quarters and get a taste of shearing history in this unique refurbished accommodation.

Inside the historic Kinchega Woolshed, Kinchega National Park. Photo: Boris Hlavica

Kinchega Woolshed

Visit the beautiful historic Kinchega Woolshed for a glimpse into Australian pastoral history and imagine the heyday of this place, where six million sheep were sheared.

Price
Fees apply. Free park entry.
Wheelchair
access
Medium
Where
Kinchega National Park in Outback NSW

Day 5: Old world discovery

Start your day with a tour of the iconic Walls of China. Discover its rich Aboriginal history and learn how the ancient rock formations of this landscape have been shaped over thousands of years. Stop for a leisurely lunch before finishing your outback adventure with a sunset drive along Zanci pastoral loop, a route that includes some of the oldest evidence of human and animal life in the world.

Walls of China, Mungo National Park. Photo: John Spencer/NSW Government

Mungo walk the Walls of China tour

When you visit Mungo National Park, take a tour to the Walls of China guided by an NPWS Aboriginal ranger. It's one of the most spectacular outback landscapes in NSW.

Price
Fees apply. Park entry fees apply.
When

Tours run 9am to 11am and 2pm to 4pm. 2018 tour dates:

September

Monday to Friday, Monday 3 September to Friday 28 September. 

Weekends, Sunday 23 September to Sunday 30 September. Note: Tours on Saturday 22 September cancelled.

October

Monday to Sunday, Monday 1 October to Sunday 14 October.

Monday to Friday, Monday 15 October to Wednesday 31 October.

Where
Mungo National Park in Murray-Riverina
Zanci Pastoral loop, Mungo National Park. Photo: Wendy Hills/NSW Government

Zanci Pastoral Loop

Cycling or car touring the historic Zanci Pastoral loop through Willandra Lakes World Heritage area in Mungo National Park, offers superb wildlife and birdwatching.

Price
Free. Park entry fees apply.
Distance
10km loop
Time
1hr 30min
Grade
Easy
Where
Mungo National Park in Murray-Riverina
Length
5 days
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Dry Tank picnic area, Gundabooka National Park. Photo: David Finnegan