Wilcannia, Outback NSW

Outback Touring & Destinations

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About Wilcannia

About Wilcannia

There is a lot more to Wilcannia than people know.

Located along the Darling River within the Central Darling Shire of Northern Western NSW, Wilcannia was the third largest inland port in the country during the great river boat era of the mid-19th century. Perhaps this is why the Resch’s Brothers chose this location to build their first brewery in Australia (and still partly comprises the Wilcannia Golf Club today).

Rich in history, Wilcannia offers many beautiful heritage stone buildings built during the 1800s, including the local hospital, the (old) post office, council chambers, police station and courthouse.

Here are the remnants of a once-important inland port. Some of the town's historic treasures include the old centre-lift bridge which was built in 1896 and is now classified by the National Trust, the beautiful 1880 post office and its attached residence, the Athenaeum Library (1883) and the impressive courthouse (1880), police station (1881), and the police residence (1880), which were all built of locally quarried sandstone and designed by James Barnet. In the right seasons the area near the bridge is ideal for picnics.

Wilcannia is located 965 km northwest of Sydney via the Great Western, Mitchell and Barrier Highways. It is on the very edge of the New South Wales desert experiencing only 252 mm of rainfall per annum - and often much of that rain will fall in violent, if short, desert storms

The River Run - Halfway between Broken Hill and Nyngan, Wilcannia is situated on the Darling River and is where the Barrier Highway crosses the mighty waterway.

Being at the juncture of the major east-west highway and the iconic 'Long Paddock' (The Cobb Highway which runs from Echuca-Moama on the Mighty Murray River), it is a great access point for the Darling River Run. Upstream from Wilcannia is Tilpa and downstream is Menindee and the glorious Menindee Lakes.


Outback Beds

Outback Beds at Wilcannia

  • Warrawong on the Darling, a brand new purpose built Modern Cabin, Caravan and Camping accommodation ground situated just off the Barrier Hwy on 12km of Darling River frontage between Cobar and Broken Hill, 3km from historic Wilcannia.

Getting to Wilcannia

Driving to Wilcannia

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

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 = 1,230km approx

From Sydney:

The Great Western Highway >Castlereagh Highway > Barrier Highway: Distance = 950km approx

From Melbourne:

Hume Highway > Cobb Highway <> Long Paddock (50% Unsealed): Distance = 810km aprox

From Adelaide: 

Barrier Highway: Distance = 718km approx


Travel & Touring

Touring Routes

  • While the Barrier Highway is the most direct route between Broken Hill and Wilcannia, anyone who has travelled it knows it is not the most exciting way to spend a few hours behind the wheel. So the route out via Mutawintji NP and White Cliffs makes for a wonderful adventure to visit these two icons of Outback NSW.

  • 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.

Visitor Information

Wilcannia Visitor Information Centre

Wilcannia NSW 2836
Ph: 0429 915467


Wilcannia Weather Outlook