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Bindara on the Darling
Welcome to Bindara on the Darling!
There’s a farmstay on the Darling River that may have slipped under your radar.
No matter whether you’ve flown or driven into luxury resorts or ramshackle stations, rough or chic, this one is a standout. Here you will find the very best of genuine Australian country hospitality. Your hosts, Barb, David & Sharyn Arnold, have lived at Bindara Station in western NSW for 35 years and their love of the land is totally infectious. They will make you feel welcome from the moment you arrive and relish the opportunity to share their lifestyle with you. (Shelly Ross Aviation Journalist)
Bindara has seven double rooms across a couple of cottages, two of which can sleep four people. The historic homestead and the guest accommodation are set in the shade of big old River Red Gums, a few paces from the river bank and a five minute drive from the airstrip.
The river plays an enormous role in life at Bindara. Not only is it a source of food (fish and yabbies) but it’s teeming with birdlife, and is a Mecca for wildlife.
With a lifetime of living in the outback, the Arnolds are acutely aware of the need to be as self sufficient as possible. A thriving fruit and vegetable garden piled with natural mulch, a windlight power generator, solar panels on the water pump and for those who order a meal, freshly grown (or caught) produce on your plate are testament to the hard work that goes into the clever and sustainable use of what nature has on offer.
There are wonderful walking trails along the river so grab a mud map and see if you can find the points of interest, or just do a casual walk with your camera at the ready. You may prefer to catch yourself some yabbies or yellow bellies or just on the bank in contemplation and absorb the romance of the Darling. It’s unlikely, though, that you’ll find yourself drifting too far away from the main campfire, the social hub of your outback stay.
Experience the outback - ‘Stay in the outback with friends’.
The Arnold family invite you to experience the outback with them at Bindara on the Darling, south of Kinchega National Park, Menindee. Bindara is the perfect location to stop unwind. The property first settled in 1849 as Netley, has a wealth of colonial & river history including historic buildings and cemetery. A wide range of native wildlife and more than 140 species of birds to spot, the chance to fish or yabbie in the river, or simply sit on the riverbank, watch the activity and absorb the sounds of nature.
Barb and family, Outback Beds members own Bindara on the Darling and offer visitors a range of accommodation, campsites right on the river with access to bathroom facilities and warm outback hospitality. Guests at Bindara also have the opportunity to check out the bio-organic orchard and vege garden Or try a History tour, taking in such things as the beautiful Homestead, the outbuildings, station cemetery, and much more that only Barb can show you. And the camp fire meals are delicious too!
Bill & Barb Arnold lived on the river all their married life. First on the Murray before moving to the Darling in 1975, and in 1981 the move further upstream to Bindara.
Their two children Sharyn & David received their primary education through School of the Air under the supervision of their mum and completed their higher education in Victoria.
Both are now married, but continue to be involved with the property.
Also, a little further downstream is Pooncarie
Pooncarie 'The Port' on the Darling River showcases the traditional outback lifestyle (population 50)is a picturesque location surrounded by rangelands.
Explore the history that is scattered among the township itself: Old police Station & Lockup, Old Wharf site, walking trails, Return Soldiers Memorial, Cemetery, Plaque Commemorating the sealing of Pooncarie to Wentworth Road, opened by the late Slim Dusty, as well as many heritage listed buildings still occupied by local residents.