The Broken Hill Loop

Outback Driving Adventures

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Total Route Details:

  • Distance: 785km - Mostly Unsealed Roads
  • Allow: Min 4 Days (3 Nights)

Overview:

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.

Wentworth, located at the junction of the Murray and Darling rivers, is a good starting point for those coming from Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney; and it includes a nice drive north along the Silver City Highway to Broken Hill.

Route Sections:

Wentworth <> Broken Hill:

  • Route: Silver City Highway (267 km - about 3 hours) - Sealed

Broken Hill, regarded by many as the epicentre of Outback NSW, may have developed from mining and the origins of BHP, but the town has evolved to one rich in arts and culture with much on offer for the outback traveler. Our Member Imperial Fine Accommodation make the perfect place to stay in Broken Hill,

Broken Hill <> Menindee:

  • Route: Broken Hill - Menindee Road (112 km - about 1.5 hours) - Sealed

From Broken Hill, Menindee and the Menindee Lakes is the next destination and an opportunity to experience the Darling River, particularly Kinchega National Park which is regarded by many as the best place to camp on the Darling River. Add to that, there is some wonderful pioneering history to experience as the park was once part of a much larger sheep property.

Menindee <> Bindara Station:

  • Route: Lake Tandou Road <> Bindara-Tandou Road (85km - about 1.5 hours) - Unsealed

Heading downstream from Menindee, on the western side of the river though Kinchega, the next destination on the loop is Bindara on the Darling, about 85km downstream, which makes a perfect place to stay a night or two.

Bindara <> Lake Mungo:

Route: Polia Road <> High Darling Road <> Top Hut Road (180km - about 3 hours) - Unsealed

Next stop, the magneficent Lake Mungo and Mungo National Park.

From Bindara, continue downstream on the Darling River Run, crossing the river just south of Pooncarie, then onto Mungo National Park.

Lake Mungo is one of those places that always at the top of any list of things to experience in Outback NSW. Its spectacular lunette and Walls of China are an ethereal experience; it is one of the most significant anthropological and archaeological sites in the world. For accommodation options, be sure the check out our member Mungo Lodge.

Lake Mungo <> Wentworth:

Route: Arumpo Road <> Silver City Highway (140km - about 2 hours) - Unsealed

From Lake Mungo, it is a short drive to Wentworth (via Mildura)


Outback Beds Members & Towns along the way

 

  • 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, ...

  • Elegant 4 1/2 star accommodation with a personal touch awaits you at The Imperial, a beautifully restored heritage bluestone building (circa 1906) in the heart of Broken Hill where modern facilities sit happily alongside the gentle spirit of an Australia long past. Enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of...

  • In theory it is nothing more than the remnants of an ancient lake (completely dry and with ancient sand dunes running 20+ km along one side) in the middle of the New South Wales outback. In reality it is one of the most significant anthropological and archaeological sites in the world. Lake Mungo,...

  • Broken Hill, known as 'The Silver City', is the largest centre in Outback NSW and is often referred to as “The Jewel of the Outback”. Located 1,160 km from Sydney, the city came into existence in 1885 after Charles Rasp recognized the mineral potential of the area two years earlier. Today the city...

  • "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 ...

 

Safe Outback Travel

This touring route encompasses remote outback drive and as such some safety precautions will ensure you get the most out of your adventure.

PRE-TRIP:

  • Determine if your vehicle is appropriate for the intended journey.
  • Ensure you vehicle is fully serviced before embanking on your holiday.
  • Take spare parts that may be needed. (Fuses, tyre, belts etc)
  • Carry spare fuel.
  • Buy a first aid kit.
  • Do not overload your car – especially if using roof racks
  • Water – carry enough water for at least 1 day (10+)

DRIVING:

  • Plan to stop and explorer the areas you are travelling through. This will break the trip up and keep you fresh. Plan to do this every 2-3 hours.
  • Be aware when approaching livestock as they will not necessarily keep off the road and can cross when you least expect it.
  • Try avoiding driving at sunrise and sunset as many native animals (Roos and Emus) will be active then and will be attracted to your headlights and can jump in front of your vehicle – and cause serious damage.
  • If you wish to overtake trucks, a quick flash of you lights is often appreciated.
  • Road trains (double semi-trailers) are long and will take twice as long to overtake than a normal truck. Plan to overtake with caution.

UNSEALED ROADS:

  • Drive at a safe speed (10-20kms less) as conditions on unsealed roads can change quickly.
  • If approaching another vehicle, slow down and move to the left as this will reduce stone damage (windscreen and paint) and reduce dust which may inhibit vision to what is behind their vehicle and yours.
  • Slow when approaching cattle grids as some may be raised or dropped and can be hazardous if crossing at speed.
  • Don’t drive on closed roads.
  • If stopping for some reason, pull over and don’t stop in the middle of the road. If venturing off the main road, take care as the side drain may look dry but maybe wet underneath.
  • Approach creek crossing with caution… they may be washed out and can cause serious damage to your car.

BREAK DOWNS:

  • If for some reason your vehicle breaks down or gets stuck. STAY WITH YOUR VEHICLE. Some one will always come by.

ETTIQUITTE:

  • Country people are renowned for their hospitality but remember that their property is their home and livelihood and not all are amenable to random access of their properties; in the same way you would not be at your home or office.
  • Always leave gates as you find them not as you think they should be.
  • Ask permission for camping at the homestead. Check with the station owner before camping and let them nominate a place for you.