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Pooncarie, NSW

Darling River Towns

Pooncarie, Darling River town, Outback NSW, Australia

Pooncarie is a beautiful destination that connects visitors with famous explorers Bourke and Wills who reached the Darling River in September 1860 on the way to their ill-fated expedition to the Gulf of Carpentaria.

The Bourke and Wills expedition camped at what is now Bilbarka Park and reached the Darling at nearby Tarcoola Station.

Gazetted initially 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 unlawful (and unfenced) claims.

More settlers followed, and the town established itself as a service hub for outlying stations and more importantly, at the time, a port for the Paddle-steamer trade that was pushing up the Darling River.

Today, Pooncarie is an excellent little Darling River service town for those travelling the Darling River Run or exploring the lower Darling region of Outback NSW.
The highlight on the social calendar is the Pooncarie Cup (October).

Nearby Lake Mungo is one of the most visited National Parks in Outback NSW, and for a good reason. It is not only about the much-photographed Lunette and 'Walls of China', but it is the site that provides evidence of continual human habitation of over 40,000 years.

Experiencing the history and live indigenous culture can only be fully appreciated via one of the several very well organised and informative tours. It really is a 'must-see'.

Pooncarie provides terrific access to the Darling River with the Darling River Run; extending upstream to Menindee (and the Menindee Lakes) and downstream to the confluence of the Murray and Darling rivers at Wentworth.

  • Pooncarie See & Do:
    • Lake Mungo National Park
    • Darling River (Old wharf site)
    • Pooncarie Cup (October)
  • Getting to Pooncarie (Car):
    • From Brisbane: 1,600km
    • From Sydney: 1,141km
    • From Melbourne: 680km
    • From Adelaide: 520km
  • Pooncarie Information Centre:
    • Wentworth Visitor Information Centre
    • Telephone: (03) 5027 5080


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