Lake Menindee, in Kinchega National Park, at dusk, is a sight to behold. Pic: John Spencer/

One for the red dirt lovers. The Darling River Run is a long dusty route through inland New South Wales, stretching from Walgett down to Wentworth, at the confluence between the Darling and Murray Rivers.

This trip can be as big as you want it to be, with a tantalizing array of side trips on offer, but at the very least you’ll want a few days to drive along the darling and lap up the gorgeous riverside camping on offer.

For those embarking from Sydney, set aside a full week for this trip to give yourself enough time to take in the landscape and get out of the 4WD occasionally.


4WDING: The full route is 950km from Walgett to Wentworth. Plenty of unsealed road and dirt tracks on offer, but the grading rarely diverges from anything an AWD vehicle couldn’t handle. Be aware that road conditions can deteriorate rapidly after heavy rain.

PHOTOGRAPHY: The New South Wales outback is a photographer’s dream come true. Take advantage of the perfect natural light at dawn and dusk to snap some memorable shots of the tranquil river and muted outback landscapes.


LOCATION: The drive itself stretches for 950km from Walgett to Wentworth, although those coming from Sydney must factor in a 640km highway burn to the starting point.

CAMPING is available along the route at Trilby Station and Idalia Station in Louth, at Menindee Lakes, Kallara Station in Tilpa and in Kinchega National Park.

FUEL is available at Walgett, Bourke, Brewarrina, Wilcannia, Louth, Tilpa, Menindee and Wentworth.

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