Darling River Run

Submitted: Friday, Jul 16, 2004 at 20:18
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I've been meaning to do this one for ages and might well do it for a long weekend very soon. I'm not much of a camper though so my question is about non-camping accommodation between Menindee and Bourke - motels, farmsteads, that kind of thing. Any suggestions much appreciated.
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Reply By: Jim - Friday, Jul 16, 2004 at 20:36

Friday, Jul 16, 2004 at 20:36
We have just returned from the Darling run. We stayed at Trilby station just down from Louth in the shearers's quarters at $30/person/night. It was excellent. Liz Murray is a great host and we had a great time. It is heavly booked in school holidays and may be worth a call. They also have two cottages for hire.

The road was in good condition but be careful if it has rained.

Go as it was a great run.

jim
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Follow Up By: Mungo Explorer - Friday, Jul 16, 2004 at 20:43

Friday, Jul 16, 2004 at 20:43
Thanks Jim, that's just what I was looking for! I was aware that there's accommodation in Wilcannia (and yes, I have been there several times and never had any major trouble) but it's rather too soon if I start the run from the south (as my ID suggests, I'd probably come from Mungo NP).
Where do I find the phone number for Trilby?
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Reply By: Waynepd (NSW) - Friday, Jul 16, 2004 at 21:13

Friday, Jul 16, 2004 at 21:13
hi mungo dude,

http://www.trilbystation.com.au/

i can thoroughly recommend trilby to anyone as I have said in other posts.

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Follow Up By: Mungo Explorer - Friday, Jul 16, 2004 at 21:22

Friday, Jul 16, 2004 at 21:22
Cheers waynepddude, will surf there immediately!
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Follow Up By: Waynepd (NSW) - Saturday, Jul 17, 2004 at 09:55

Saturday, Jul 17, 2004 at 09:55
hi again Mungo dude,
Saw a story on Kallara on that ET fishing show....looks pretty good.
I am going to try it out next time I get up that way.
Tilpa is nearby and it has a famous pub....just can't remember what it was famous for :).....grey hair increasing, grey matter decreasing....

On joining Exploroz...it has been the best investment i have made in a long time and (unlike anything else to do with 4wding) it doesn't cost an arm and a leg.
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Follow Up By: Mungo Explorer - Saturday, Jul 17, 2004 at 11:46

Saturday, Jul 17, 2004 at 11:46
"grey hair increasing, grey matter decreasing...."

I know the feeling :-)

Both places sound ideal for a spot of outback driving and fishing.
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Reply By: crowie - Friday, Jul 16, 2004 at 22:07

Friday, Jul 16, 2004 at 22:07
There are a couple of others. Idalia Station, 20 km south of Trilby Station has a well equipped cottage on a river bend. and 85km from Louth is Kallara Station Farmstay. Tilba has hotel, motel and caravan accomodation. Louth has a camping/ caravan site only.

I'm hoping to take a Canadian visitor on that trip some time next month and take him on to Mungo and down to the Murray before heading home to Canberra. As someone said don't go if it been raining. The roads get closed.

Enjoy The trip.

Crowie
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Follow Up By: Mungo Explorer - Friday, Jul 16, 2004 at 22:26

Friday, Jul 16, 2004 at 22:26
Thanks for that - more to investigate. Do they have websites/email/phones? This forrum's becoming an invaluable resource, I suppose I'll have to join soon or I'll feel like a parasite :-)
Have just been to Mungo and Canberra myself, last weekend, showing American/Japanese friends around. Mungo is one of my favourite places on earth, even though last weekend the Mungo Lodge was fully booked up because of someone's birthday party and we therefore had to beat a late afternoon retreat to Mildura. Believe it or not, I'm considering spending New Year's Eve there - my brother's coming over from Germany and I've promised him and his wife a new year experience to remember (45 degrees and loads of flies, probably, apart from a kingsize hangover). If not Mungo, then perhaps Tibooburra or Innamincka... Anyone ever been out at any of these places for New Year?
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Follow Up By: Mungo Explorer - Friday, Jul 16, 2004 at 22:37

Friday, Jul 16, 2004 at 22:37
Found details of Kallara station on the WWW, looks perfect! Anyone here ever stayed there?
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Follow Up By: Puddin & Gumnut (Sydney) - Saturday, Jul 17, 2004 at 13:31

Saturday, Jul 17, 2004 at 13:31
We were at Mungo last new years eve & it was lovely, nice cool breaze from the sth west.
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Follow Up By: Mungo Explorer - Saturday, Jul 17, 2004 at 13:56

Saturday, Jul 17, 2004 at 13:56
Did you stay in the Lodge or the shearers quarters? Or did you camp? Were there any NY celebrations going on?
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Follow Up By: Puddin & Gumnut (Sydney) - Sunday, Jul 18, 2004 at 10:18

Sunday, Jul 18, 2004 at 10:18
We camped & only 4 other groups there & no NY noise.
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Follow Up By: Mungo Explorer - Tuesday, Jul 27, 2004 at 00:11

Tuesday, Jul 27, 2004 at 00:11
I was actually looking for some noise :-) The idea is to combine an outback trip with some NY celebration, perhaps in some outback pub.
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Follow Up By: Puddin & Gumnut (Sydney) - Tuesday, Jul 27, 2004 at 16:49

Tuesday, Jul 27, 2004 at 16:49
You can always start the show off yourself & see who joins in.
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Reply By: Lyds - Saturday, Jul 17, 2004 at 08:04

Saturday, Jul 17, 2004 at 08:04
http://www.outbackbeds.com.au/index.html
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Follow Up By: crowie - Sunday, Jul 18, 2004 at 11:00

Sunday, Jul 18, 2004 at 11:00
If anyone is heading Mungo way there is a property about 40km south towards Balranald called "Bidura". You will find it's location on maps. Owner allows camping near the shearers huts and I believe you can book them if you want to. Chip heater for the showers and a nice BBG. Fairly basic but it's nice to help these people, particularly during a drought. I think it's about $25.00 per night. Stayed there once on a club run so don't have all the details. The owner took us on a bit of a tour. Has a very interesting machinery graveyard, nothing buried of course.

Crowie
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Reply By: crowie - Sunday, Jul 18, 2004 at 11:59

Sunday, Jul 18, 2004 at 11:59
Louth Races on 7th August. That could be a good day.

Crowie
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Follow Up By: Mungo Explorer - Monday, Jul 26, 2004 at 20:42

Monday, Jul 26, 2004 at 20:42
Probably impossible to find accommodation then? Sounds interesting though.
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