The Darling River is generally considered to begin a little to the east of Brewarrina with the confluence of a number of rivers flowing from northern NSW and SW Queensland.
From the 40,000-year-old Aboriginal Fish Traps at Brewarrina, the Darling joins the Murray at Wentworth and flows on to Lake Alexandrina, Lake Albert, and the world-renowned Coorong National Park in South Australia. This diverse region showcases some of Australia’s iconic landscapes, picturesque river ports, historic outback communities, spectacular nationally and internationally-listed national parks and conservation reserves, important Aboriginal sites, abundant wildlife, and productive farming land. Citrus, stone fruit, olives, honey, dates, almonds, wheat, cotton, grains, yabbies, sheep, cattle, and vineyards are grown or raised along this route. We will be making stops to taste the local produce or sample the wines at well-established vineyards, or perhaps we’ll stop at one of the small craft brewers to see how they are getting on.
These rivers are long, very long. The combined Darling and Murray River system is 2,844 km long from its longest tributaries in the Darling Downs of Queensland state. Our tour follows the river for only 2,400 km which we will do in 13 days including a side trip to the heritage-listed city of Broken Hill. Major attractions include the remarkable Mt Oxley, the Aboriginal paintings of Gundabooka National Park, the abundant birdlife at Menindee lakes, visiting Australia’s first biosphere reserve, the Morgan Conservation Park (famous for its untouched lagoons, swamps, and creek systems), the ochre-coloured cliffs of Ngaut Ngaut Conservation Park and the Coorong National Park (now recognised as a wetland of international significance).
Along the way, we will stay at authentic accommodation and experience real outback hospitality with home-cooked country food, and fresh local organic produce. Depending on the season we will also experience farm activities and community events. Travel by train from Sydney to Dubbo and fly home from Adelaide. Our accommodation will range from renovated farm quarters to luxury houseboats.
Note: We offer a unique hospitality experience in regional Australia. All properties have been hand-selected by our local ground operator Bill. This is in keeping with our overall philosophy and intention to support tourism in these areas. If you are joining the tour as a single traveller and purchase a single supplement, you will receive your own room. However, on occasions, you may need to share a bathroom with other travellers. On some occasions, twin/double travellers may also need to share a bathroom. We trust you will be understanding in these circumstances.
- Experience some of the most scenic sections of the Murray and Darling rivers
- Visit fabulous regional food and wine producers
- Stay at working stations and enjoy local country hospitality
- View the Aboriginal rock art at Gundabooka National Park
- A trip to Silverton outback ghost town
- Kinchega shearing shed showcasing a bygone era of Australian farming history
- Visit Mt Oxley for an abundance of wildlife and beautiful landscapes
- Watch a video on Youtube https://youtu.be/DxkvqFYVOag
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- No more than 6 clients on any trip
- Tour cost excludes domestic flights and train travel
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