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Bindara on the Darling

Menindee Accommodation

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Welcome to Bindara on the Darling!

Bindara hosts

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.


Sustainable future

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.

Our Towns

  • "There was Harrison, who made his pile when Pardon won the cup...." so penned Banjo Paterson in the immortal poem 'The Man from Snowy River'. The 'Cup' actually refers to the Presidents Cup at Menindee and not the Melbourne Cup as many people have assumed. Menindee is a town steeped in legend and history for Indigenous and European culture.


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.


Accommodation at Bindara

Jillaroos' Quarters:

jillaroos quarters 03jillaroos quarters 02Built in the 50's as part of the shearers complex it was relocated to the present position for use by the station Jillaroos.

Presently used as two separate family type rooms. Full linen provided.

Room 1 - Queen bed & two king singles.

Room 2 - King size double & two king singles.

Bathrooms in separate building.

Cooks Quarters

cooks quartersKing size singles, and set single bunks includes linen & towels.

Self cater at central kitchen.

Shared bathroom in separate building.


Boundary Riders Cottage

boundary riders quarters 01boundary riders quarters 02Three bedrooms:
- 1 queen with ensuite
- 1 double
- 1 kingsize double




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River campsites with access to bathroom facilities & campfire ring.

Bush campsites near sandbars.

Things to Do

Things to at Bindara

  • Walking tracks along the bank - upstream from the homestead.
  • Grab a mudmap and see if you can find all the points of interest including the special canoe tree.
  • Take the birdlist your camera & binoculars and see how many you can see.
  • Canoe available to take yourself paddling.
  • Fishing is great right from the bank and there maybe a yabbie or two still to be had for cooking on the campfire BBQ.
  • There is the 4WD challenge for those who like to put themselves over the edge.
  • Plenty of grass where you can chill out on the river bank under the trees with a good book or sit and yarn around the campfire.
  • History Tours are available at the homestead by arrangement.
  • Other interesting looks are: station cemetery & historic woolshed, either with our Station Tour Guide to hear the stories or self guided.
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Getting Here

Getting to Bindara

  • From Pooncarie - approx 92kms. Cross the Darling at Pooncarie, after about 3km keep right at the sweeping bend T intersection (Polia Road). Continue for approx 20kms to the next T intersection and turn right here at little Bindara road sign(Polia/RooRoo Roads). Follow this road approx. 68km to Bindara.
  • From Menindee - approx 90kms. Travel through Kinchega National Park and follow the signs to Tandou Farm, then take next road left (Old Pooncarie Road) towards Pooncarie. Approx 30kms to Bindara, usually one double gate shut to come through.

Driving to Menindee

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There are many different routes that can be taken when driving from any of the capital cities to Menindee.

The following is an overview of the routes from Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide that may help you in planning your Outback Beds experience.

From Brisbane:

Warrego Hwy <> Darling River Run (Unsealed): Distance = 1,387km approx

From Sydney:

The Great Western Highway > Mitchell Highway > Darling River Run (Unsealed): Distance = 1,105km approx

From Melbourne:

Calder Highway <> Darling River Run (Unsealed): Distance = 802km aprox

From Adelaide: 

Barrier Highway <> Menindee-Broken Hill Rd: Distance = 630km approx


Touring Routes

Touring Routes

  • The Broken Hill Loop allows the visitor to explore the wonderment of southwest NSW, from the ethereal Mungo National Park, to the Darling River and picnic areas of Kinchega, this region is rich with indigenous history and culture as well as European/Pastoral history. A large part of this touring route focusses on the Darling River and some of the iconic towns of the Lower Darling including Wentworth, Pooncarie and Menindee. But it is not all about river towns as the ‘Capital of the outback’, Broken Hill, is a highlight of this route that deserves a visit for at least a few days.

  • Experience the awe-inspiring landscapes and the anthropological significant Lake Mungo as well as a taste of the lower Darling including Menindee Lakes before heading upstream and to Wilcannia and onto the iconic opal town of White Cliffs… this touring route is a must for the adventure minded.

  • The Darling River Run is a journey of discovery along one of Australia’s most iconic rivers. Steeped in indigenous culture and pastoral history, an adventure along the Darling can include staying at any of the Outback Beds members along the river, and in the surrounding area when venturing away from the river to explore the wonderful Outback NSW. Like many parts of Outback Australia, the Darling basin is rich with Indigenous history, spirituality and living culture, as well as being an integral part of early European history and exploitative efforts of iconic Australians like Burke & Wills, Sturt, and Major Mitchell.


Guest Book

What others have said

"We had a wonderful holiday and an experience we will never forget staying at Bindara. Your warm, kind and caring way of receiving us and letting us share your wonderful oasis made some very special memories." Erik & Rikke Folkersen Denmark


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