The ultimate Outback NSW experience
Staying with the Murray’s on their historic 6th generation, 320,000 acre sheep and goat station on the banks of the beautiful and iconic Darling River is described by many as their ultimate Outback NSW experience.
Liz and Gary have raised their four children at Trilby, are passionate about their outback way of life and enjoy sharing their experiences and lifestyle with visitors to the station.
Why not recapture the spirit of the wide, open spaces as you take a peek at the station with a ‘mud map’ in your hand…. throw a line in and fish for Cod and Yellow-belly …. boil your yabbies on an open fire and eat them fresh …. walk with the wildlife….smell the bush…. canoe this great river…. Or simply relax on the riverbank under the shade of the massive river red gums.
A new edition to our accommodation here at Trilby is Mitch’s Hut, a cute purpose built cottage for couples.
Our secluded river campsites are dotted along more than 3km of Darling River frontage.
Facilities include a gas BBQ, camp kitchen, gazebo, paved campfire area and bathrooms.
Today’s shearer’s would be hard pressed to find more comfortable lodgings anywhere.
This cottage has been transformed from its once humble beginnings to very comfortable guest accommodation.
The fully renovated Overseer’s Cottage, originally built in the 1960’s for the station overseer and his family.
Liz and Gary have lived at Trilby since their marriage in 1981. Gary is a 5th generation Murray who settled here on the Darling River in 1860, when you could buy 60 acres for 60 pounds sterling anywhere in NSW.
They have four children… Alex – 37, having completed her Masters in Architecture in 2009, has established Design Tribe, Tom – 35, is home on the station most of the time, but flies helicopters for rescue work (mainly bushfires or floods) when called on to do so; AJ – 26, ditched is Uni studies to chase his dream – and is now a Commercial Pilot based near Katherine in the NT; and Will – 24, is home working on the station after a year Jackarooing in the Northern Territory and then gaining his pilot’s license.
Gary is very hard to get off the station, commenting work is his hobby, but Liz enjoys the challenges of remote area hiking; which she likens to ‘physical meditation’ – having tackled the Kokoda Track, Mt Kilimanjaro, the Larapinta Trail, The Anti-Atlas Mountains in Morocco, the stunningly beautiful Simien Mountains in Ethiopia, Mt Everest Base Camp with Alex and AJ, the Indian Himalayas in Ladakh, Northern India, the Milford Track in New Zealand, The Annapurna’s in Nepal (Nepal is just one of those countries you’ll long to return to after your first visit), the Indian Himalaya India, this time the Darjeeling and Sikkim region and the Al Hajar mountains of Oman.
This year? … well the plan was a week-long hike around Wadi Rum and Petra in Jordan, but that’s been put to rest with Covid!
Things to do
We want your visit to Trilby Station to be memorable and we take great pride in our accommodation and the quality service we provide for all our guests. R and R is what we’re about …so if you want to just put your feet up and relax with a good book and a drink – then do it.
But if you do fancy a spot of fishing or yabbying, or maybe to paddle a canoe – the majestic Darling River and billabong are there waiting. Ask Liz for her station Bird List and enjoy bird watching and bush walking with the wildlife on the many walking tracks around the accommodation complex.
And if the ways-of-the-west are what you seek – grab one of Liz’s Mud Map tours and head off for a peek about. Wandering around this historic station sets you to wondering what life must have been like in this remote spot at the turn of the century. It’s fascinating and will draw you in for sure.
More than 75% of guests at Trilby wish they’d stayed at least a second night, to take advantage of the station Mud Map drives, the chance to catch and cook yabbies, maybe paddle lazily down the river, observe seasonal station activities or take in the amazing Mathew’s Monument at sunset each evening. A station stay is far more than just an overnight ‘motel stop’ – and it’s wise to plan time to enjoy the unique experiences on offer here.
Whatever you do – do not solely use a GPS navigation system – look at a road map too!! They are riddled with faults in outback areas and will send you hundreds of km out of your way. Trilby Station is located on the west/north side of the river, between Louth and Tilpa.
Cross the Darling River and after 3km turn left at the T section. Sign here says Trilby 19kms. Follow for 19km and turn left at the Trilby Station mailbox and large billboard. It is 3km from here to the Homestead and accommodation complex.
Follow the Tilpa to Louth road on the western side of the river for approx 70km. On your right you’ll see the Trilby Station mailbox and large billboard. Turn right here and follow 3km into the Homestead and accommodation complex.
Driving to Louth
There are many different routes that can be taken when driving from any of the capital cities to Louth. The following is an overview of the routes from Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide that may help you in planning your Outback Beds experience.
|Brisbane||Warrego Hwy <> Darling River Run (Unsealed)||1,016km|
|Sydney||The Great Western Highway > Mitchell Highway > Darling River Run (Unsealed)||960km|
|Melbourne||Hume Highway <> Cobb Highway <> Long Paddock <> Darling River Run (Unsealed)||1,027km|
|Adelaide||Barrier Highway <> Darling River Run (Unsealed)||930km|
Towns & Touring
The Darling River township of Louth (present population about 30), was established in 1859 when an Irishman named Mathews built a pub to cater for the passing land and river-boat trade.
Situated less than 1 hours drive from Bourke on the Kidman Way, Gundabooka National Park provides the traveller with a wonderful place to explore the wonders of the landscape.
Contact us for information & bookings
For more information on rates, accommodation, bookings, etc, please contact us directly by visiting our website or giving us a call. We look forward to hearing from you!
Phone: 02 6874 7420