Wilcannia, Outback NSW
Outback Touring & Destinations
There is a lot more to Wilcannia than people know.
Located along the Darling River within the Central Darling Shire of Northern Western NSW, Wilcannia was the third largest inland port in the country during the great river boat era of the mid-19th century. Perhaps this is why the Resch’s Brothers chose this location to build their first brewery in Australia (and still partly comprises the Wilcannia Golf Club today).
Rich in history, Wilcannia offers many beautiful heritage stone buildings built during the 1800s, including the local hospital, the (old) post office, council chambers, police station and courthouse.
Here are the remnants of a once-important inland port. Some of the town's historic treasures include the old centre-lift bridge which was built in 1896 and is now classified by the National Trust, the beautiful 1880 post office and its attached residence, the Athenaeum Library (1883) and the impressive courthouse (1880), police station (1881), and the police residence (1880), which were all built of locally quarried sandstone and designed by James Barnet. In the right seasons the area near the bridge is ideal for picnics.
Wilcannia is located 965 km northwest of Sydney via the Great Western, Mitchell and Barrier Highways. It is on the very edge of the New South Wales desert experiencing only 252 mm of rainfall per annum - and often much of that rain will fall in violent, if short, desert storms
The River Run - Halfway between Broken Hill and Nyngan, Wilcannia is situated on the Darling River and is where the Barrier Highway crosses the mighty waterway.
Being at the juncture of the major east-west highway and the iconic 'Long Paddock' (The Cobb Highway which runs from Echuca-Moama on the Mighty Murray River), it is a great access point for the Darling River Run. Upstream from Wilcannia is Tilpa and downstream is Menindee and the glorious Menindee Lakes.