Pooncarie, Outback NSW

Outback Touring & Destinations

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Pooncarie, NSW, is a wonderful destination to connect with famous explorers Bourke and Wills who reached the Darling River near Pooncarie at nearby Tarcoola Station and made camp at what is now Bilbarka Park in September 1860 on the way to their ill-fated expedition to the Gulf of Carpentaria.

Originally gazetted as Pooncaira' in 1863, the area was first 'established' by Europeans in the 1840s as settlers took up illegal livestock runs on crown land. By the 1860s the federal government, in an attempt to gain control of the area, formalised these illegal (and unfenced) claims.