Station stays

Submitted: Monday, May 28, 2007 at 09:14
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We are planning a trip out to the far west of NSW - bourke - - possibly the corner then B/hill and Mungo lakes.

Whilst camp ground areas are ok and the national parks make for some interesting places I also want to include a couple of station stays.

Those in the know - can you recommend a site or know of a number of properties which have some facilities and also welcome guest to their property.
These could be along the darling etc


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Reply By: Member - John G- Monday, May 28, 2007 at 10:03

Monday, May 28, 2007 at 10:03
G'day Mark,

At the risk of offending IT Beyond, have a look at the Members Trip Reports on the site. We wrote a report on the Darling River Run and referred to Idalia Station, Trilby Station, and Kallara Station - all are between Tilpa and Louth. We stayed at Idalia and it was great; we had a look at Trilby and it also looks good and I think it permits camping along the river away from the main camping area. Don't know anything about Kallara. Some of the photos in the trip report are taken at or near Idalia Station.

There is also another station between Menindee and Pooncarrie, not far south of Menindee, but I don't have my Hema outback NSW map to hand at the moment - it is marked on that.

John & Vicki
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Follow Up By: slave - Monday, May 28, 2007 at 10:12

Monday, May 28, 2007 at 10:12
I think Tolarno Station is the one that John G is refering to between Pooncarie and Menindee.

We called in on one trip in the area and were quite impressed.

Mrs S
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Follow Up By: Member - Mark F (NSW) - Monday, May 28, 2007 at 10:27

Monday, May 28, 2007 at 10:27
Thanks for the info - we were looking at Tolarnostation as one of the options - now that we have address we can view in more detail.

John in your note you referred to some trip notes - can provide me the url as my searches have drawn a blank

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Follow Up By: Member - John G- Monday, May 28, 2007 at 10:32

Monday, May 28, 2007 at 10:32

The website is

The site was offline when I responded to your forum thread earlier but it is up and running now

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Follow Up By: Member - Mark F (NSW) - Monday, May 28, 2007 at 10:42

Monday, May 28, 2007 at 10:42

thanks - a great read and looking at your notes - I will endeavour to include the marshes in the plan

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Reply By: Macleod - Monday, May 28, 2007 at 12:38

Monday, May 28, 2007 at 12:38
Try this site: useful - it has a large number of station stays in NSW & SW Qld

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Reply By: Member - Vince B (NSW) - Monday, May 28, 2007 at 12:40

Monday, May 28, 2007 at 12:40
Hi Mark.
I am heading out to the corner country from tweed heads on 1st July
I have done a little research on camp sites. If you have time try Currawinya National Park(217ne of Bourke).
There is also camping at Camerons Corner Wanaaring & Theldarpa farmstay(50km west of Milparinka)
Try outback nsw web site.
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Follow Up By: Member - Vince B (NSW) - Monday, May 28, 2007 at 12:43

Monday, May 28, 2007 at 12:43
Forget to mention the section on corner country under Treks.
When are you going?
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Reply By: ruafrood - Monday, May 28, 2007 at 16:14

Monday, May 28, 2007 at 16:14
We have just come back from a trip up the Darling River Run. Sadly in most of the places the Darling is really just a trench.

We did two Station stays “Bindarra on the Darling” (just south of Menindee on the west side of the river) and “Trilby” (just south of Louth), both members of the Outbackbeds group.

At Bindarra there was a little more water in the river and the areas surrounding the homestead had grass which was a surprise. Trilby, although there was some grass around the bunkhouse, is clearly suffering more from the drought at this point in time. The riverside camping areas at Trilby are in need of a little clean up at present however it is worth the stop over just to follow their mud map around the property to see the variation in the countryside just on that property.

Ironically we got rained in at Trilby with the roads being closed for a couple of days.

Both places were $20 per night, Trilby had 240v at the campsites near the bunkhouse and we would stop at both again.

If going up along the Darling a must stopover is the NP Campground at Wilga, about 40-50km up river from Wilcannia. Magic spot that would only be better if there was more water in the river.

Ron Dickson
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Reply By: Lorna M - Monday, May 28, 2007 at 17:53

Monday, May 28, 2007 at 17:53
The once dry Darling river is now flowing again at Trilby Station. We stayed there last weekend ( in one of the cottages, very nicely set out with fabulous meals) and were fortunate enough to see the water coming down. What a sight. There is a beautiful body of water flowing past now and the fish are biting too which is an added bonus.

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Follow Up By: ruafrood - Monday, May 28, 2007 at 19:31

Monday, May 28, 2007 at 19:31
That is great news and would have been a memorable sight.

I actually, walking on the top of the river bank on the 27th April, followed mother wild pig (Boar?) and three piglets walking down the “river” from the entrance to Trilby all the way to a very small waterhole which was near the first “riverside campsite”. Probably about 1km along the riverbed. Mind you there was no water up the river as far as the eye could see from the entrance to Trilby anyway.

A few years ago we visited Redbank Weir north of Balranald and was quite impressed. This year the weir gates were up in the air undergoing maintenance and there was just a few small waterholes under the gates and no water flow what so ever.

At Bindarra they had a large waterhole that was keeping them going but the owners were talking of what plans they had in place for when this got too low. Maybe now they, along with all the others along the river, will be OK at least in the short term.

Ron Dickson

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Reply By: Member - Mark F (NSW) - Monday, May 28, 2007 at 20:00

Monday, May 28, 2007 at 20:00
Thanks to all in the replies ,the links and suggestions have been great - makes me want to pack and go now - but sadly it will have to wait.

In terms of a decision re timing - we are considering sept/oct or perhap waiting until april 08 as this will mean the night time temps are OK.

Or for those who have ventured out in july perhap you could give me view on the comfort levels - at night as we will be in tents ?

thanks Mark
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