Tilpa, Outback NSW

Outback Touring & Destinations

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Tis said the land out West is grand, I do not care who says it", Henry Lawson: 'The Paroo River' 1893. Located on the western banks of the Darling River, the very welcoming town of Tilpa is a must for a stopover, whether you have a few hours or a few days for camping and fishing on the Darling River.

About Tilpa

About Tilpa

The old pub is a true classic and has been welcoming travellers and locals for over 100 years. The walls of this timber and corrugated iron Pub are covered with traveller's graffiti which makes for an intriguing read while having a cold beer and a chat to the locals and other fellow travellers.

Visitors can add their own literary work or just sign their name for a small fee which is donated to the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

Originally a busy port servicing the river trade and local agriculture, it was a 'crossroad' in the Outback as the bridging of the river here served as a stock crossing and port for the wool clip being transported down to Wentworth and onto either Echuca or Adelaide.

  • Tilpa disguises itself in a few unique ways:
  • It has the only Boer War memorial that includes a commemorative to Harry (The Breaker) Morant.
  • It also has the shortest heritage trail in Australia comprising just two signs on either side of the main road.
  • The Tilpa cemetery is the only one in Australia with no one in it.
  • The Tilpa Trading Post provides the traveller with many stores and also serves up the most unbelievable hamburgers - many say they are the best in the world!

Tilpa is also a wonderful stopover point for The Darling River Run and provides the traveller a place for a quick (or slow and relaxed) refresher, meal or even a few days fishing before exploring upstream to Louth or venturing downstream to Wilcannia.

Outback Beds

Outback Beds near Tilpa

  • The McClure family welcomes you to stay with them at Kallara Station, situated on the banks of the Darling River near Tilpa. Kallara is the perfect place to experience what the outback has to offer… friendly people, fishing, bird-watching, four-wheel driving, sitting by the fire, getting away from it all.

Getting to Tilpa

Driving to Tilpa

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

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 = 1,105km approx

From Sydney:

The Great Western Highway > Mitchell Highway > Darling River Run (Unsealed): Distance = 950km approx

From Melbourne:

Hume Highway > Cobb Highway <> Long Paddock <> Darling River Run (Unsealed): Distance = 944km aprox

From Adelaide: 

Barrier Highway <> Darling River Run (Unsealed): Distance = 842km approx


Travel & Touring

Tilpa Touring Routes

  • 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.

Visitor Information

Tilpa Visitor Information Centre (Wilcannia)

Ph: 0429 915467


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