Darling River Run
12 days in Central and Outback NSW


We’re thrilled to release our 12-day Darling River Run through Central and Outback NSW in October. We’ll follow the river through outback towns, sheep stations, spectacular scenery and freshly-filled lakes as we travel from Sydney to Broken Hill. Then sit back and watch the scenery unfold with a first-class train ticket back.

Just 8 places still available.

Call 1300 738 168 or email enquiries@forwardtravel.com.au
to book your place

FRIDAY 08 OCTOBER  SYDNEY – MUDGEE – GULGONG
From Sydney, we head across the mountains to Govett’s Leap, one of our favourite lookouts in the Mountains. We’ll have a welcome lunch at a Mudgee winery and look Forward to our exciting days ahead.  Then it’s a short drive to Gulgong, the historic town on the $10 note where we stay tonight. Soak up the history with the signposted walk around town with over 60 of the 130 heritage buildings still standing.
Meals: Lunch

DAY 2: EMU FARM – WARRUMBUNGLES
Follow the country roads to an emu farm to meet, feed and learn about this global industry over morning tea.  The scenery is beautiful as we take a leisurely drive to the mystical  Warrumbungles, celebrated for its exceptional scenery and starry nights. Take a tour of Australia’s largest optical telescopes.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 3. SCENIC TOURING – PRIVATE OBSERVATORY AND SKY TOUR
Explore the scenic Warrumbungle’s, combining views, lookouts and easy walks on a spectacular day trip. Highlights include a wonderful panorama over the ‘crooked’ mountains across to the impressive BreadknifeIf anyone is interested, there is an option for an extended day hike instead. This evening we visit a private observatory for some guided stargazing.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 4. WALGETT – LIGHTNING RIDGE
Heading north we touch on the Pilliga National Park, which stretches for more than half a million hectares. There’s time to stop for a cuppa in Walgett, before continuing to Lightning Ridge to explore the opal mines, and have the chance to fossick for our own opals. Our cabins are next to the artesian bores, so you can let the water soothe your aches while gazing at the starry night sky above.
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5. BREWARRINA – BOURKE
Return to Walgett to officially, start our ‘Darling River Run’. Our first stop is Brewarrina, an important indigenous meeting point, and home to Fish Traps (Ngunnhu) estimated to be the oldest man-made structure on earth. Our guided tour shares the history, Dreamtime legends and traditional methods, some of which are still in use today. A short drive takes us to Bourke, for our 2-night stay.  We’ll join an indigenous-led walk to hear the rich history of the Aboriginal people; the land, and the spiritual connection to the waterways that surround their community.
Meals: Breakfast

Jandra paddle steamer Bourke | Travel NSW | Forward Travel

DAY 6. BOURKE – DARLING RIVER CRUISE
Morning cruise on The Darling, taking us back to the historic riverboat era. The remainder of the day is yours to explore and enjoy Bourke as you please. Visit the Fred Hollows Vision Way, Poets Corner, the Historic Cemetery or the Nancy Bird Air Terminal. There are plenty of historic buildings well over 100 years old. The local Bourke Aboriginal Artists gallery showcases local artists who paint and carve using traditional and modern techniques.
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7: SHEEP STATIONS
Visit Dunlop Station once covering almost 400,000 hectares (one million acres) and the first shed in the world to use mechanical shearing. Nearby is the 320,000 acre Trilby Station, a working sheep station, where the owner Liz welcomes us with a walk to understand the remote lifestyle. Enjoy drinks and nibbles as the sun sets before savouring a proper bush dinner. Sit around the fire as the night sky lights up the darkness.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, dinner

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DAY 8. TILPA – WILCANNIA – MENINDEE
Drive across the dry outback roads today as we head south to Menindee. Visit the historic Tilpa Hotel, one of the last true bush pubs, and pass through Wilcannia, before we reach The Menindee Lakes. Heavy rains have flooded the lakes, bringing an abundance of wildlife. With the amazing reflections and the ghost-like figures of the River Red Gums, Menindee Lakes is famous for its sunsets, so we’ll cruise on the peaceful calm of the late afternoon and watch the sunset behind the River Red Gums.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 9. KINCHEGA WOOLSHED- MUNGO NP- WENTWORTH
The Kinchega Woolshed, built-in 1875 is a vast and very well preserved piece of Australian pastoral heritage.  Follow the Darling to Pooncarie and detour to Mungo National Park, one of the most important archaeological sites in Australia. Our tour takes us to restricted areas in the sand dunes to hear the remarkable story of how a culture stayed strong and cared for Country. A short drive south brings us to Wentworth, where we’ll walk along the banks to see the Darling and Murray meet.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 10. MURRAY RIVER CRUISE – WINERY LUNCH – BROKEN HILL
Complete our Darling River Run with a relaxing cruise on the Murray River, before we celebrate our journey at a family-owned winery on the river bank. Drive to Broken Hill and visit the Living Desert Reserve, a stunning display of 12  sandstone sculptures, with panoramic views over the plains as the sunsets
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 11. BROKEN HILL – MUTAWINTJI
Tour through heritage-listed architecture before heading to Mutawintji National Park, with its colourful gorges, rockpools and tree-lined creek beds. The rock art is superb, and our aboriginal guided tour takes us to restricted areas with great insight into culture and country. Tonight we have dinner at the famous Palace Hotel. The hotel and its murals were featured in, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, and is a fitting place to mark the end of our road trip too.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 12. TRAIN TO SYDNEY
Have an early breakfast before being boarding the train for your journey back to Sydney. The XPT travels across the plains and your First Class seat gives you the best and most comfortable view of the plains and mountains pass by.

The train departs Broken Hill 07:45
The train arrives Sydney 21:38
Meals: Breakfast

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Price per person: (including GST)

$3,950 twin share
$5,180 single room

Inclusions:

  • Limited to just 16 travellers, on a 25 seater bus
  • Follow the Darling River’s entire journey from Walgett to Wentworth
  • Guided tour of Sidings Springs Observatory in The Warrumbungles NP
  • Exclusive night sky guided tour at a private observatory
  • Opal fossicking soak in artesian bores in Lightning Ridge
  • Tour of the Fish Traps in Brewarrina, the oldest human-made structure Earth
  • Paddleboat cruises on The Darling River and the Murray River
  • Cultural riverbank walk in Bourke and visit to Back O’Bourke centre
  • Hosted stay at an authentic sheep station, with a tour by the owner, sunset
    nibbles, bush dinner and drinks by the campfire
  • Have lunch at some of the most iconic and remote outback pubs
  • Visit Bourke & Will’s last campsite before their ill-fated journey to the desert
  • Sunset cruise on Menindee Lakes
  • Guided tour in the incredible Mungo World Heritage site
  • Broken Hill Living Desert Sculpture trail
  • Rock art tour in Mutawintji National Park
  • 1st Class XPT Train travel from Broken Hill to Sydney
  • Guided night sky photography and stargazing in the outback
  • Winery lunches in Mudgee and Wentworth
  • Breakfast daily, 4 lunches and 2 dinners
  • Comfortable hotel/motel accommodation with private facilities
  • Escorted by Forward Travel co-founder, Rose Toohey

8 places are already booked, so just 8 places still available.
Call 1300 738 168  or email enquiries@forwardtravel.com.au to book your place.

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