Darling River Touring
Touring Outback NSW, Australia
One of Australia's best driving adventures, the Darling River Run, crosses Outback NSW from Walgett (or Lightning Ridge) to Wentworth, over 730 km, along well-maintained dirt roads. The Run follows the Darling River, Australia's third longest (1,472km), and best experienced over two weeks, with longer itineraries adding more opportunities to enjoy Far West NSW.
Driving along the Darling River is an Outback NSW adventure everyone should do it at least once... it is a bucket list thing!
The Darling River Run is an adventure along Australia's third-largest river, which traditionally starts at Walgett but should also include the iconic opal town of Lightning Ridge and the Grawin.
As a waterway (including its longest tributaries), the Darling is Australia's longest stretching from South East Queensland through Outback NSW to Wentworth - on the NSW/Victorian border - where it joins the Murray River. From Wentworth, the Murray flows into South Australia and onto Lake Alexandrina.
On the map above, GREEN is the preferred route.
The Darling River Run is not a single journey, but an adventure across the Far West of NSW, through adjoining regions like Cameron Corner and the Corner Country, the point at which the states of New South Wales, Queensland, and South Australia join.
The Darling River is a tributary of the Murray River and an integral part of the Murray-Darling basin, which provides countless opportunities to explore a region covering almost 14% of Australia's land area.
While the Darling River is, in itself, nothing short of an amazing and unique experience, that is only part of a Darling River Run experience.
The side-trips that flow off the Darling River Run, link the visitor to other Far West NSW places like Broken Hill, Wannaaring, and Tibooburra, as well as touring routes like the Corner Country Loop and the Sturt's Steps touring route linking Broken Hill to Tibooburra (via Packsaddle) and onto Cameron Corner via the Corner Explorer.