Willcannia to Menindee west or east road

Submitted: Monday, Mar 09, 2009 at 16:08
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Will be travelling from Willcannia to Menindee in early April, which is the best route the east side of the darling or the west side. Took the east road 2 years ago and enjoyed it. Thanks
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Reply By: Member - Richard H (NSW) - Monday, Mar 09, 2009 at 16:57

Monday, Mar 09, 2009 at 16:57
Though the road on the western side is maintained in better condition, I think the eastern side road is more picturesque as it follows the darling iver more closely.

About 30-40 km north of Menindee there is a new National Park that has facilities for camping. It's not bad at all.

Dick
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Follow Up By: Member - Burto (NSW) - Monday, Mar 09, 2009 at 17:02

Monday, Mar 09, 2009 at 17:02
Thanks for the reply, the east road was good last time when I took my 80 year old dad out to the bush, for his birthday, thanks for the heads up about the nat park will look out for it
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Follow Up By: Member - Richard H (NSW) - Monday, Mar 09, 2009 at 17:28

Monday, Mar 09, 2009 at 17:28
If you propose to buy fuel in Wilcannia, get ready for a shock, in Menindee a little less of a shock.

I suggest you fill up at Cobar if you are coming that way, and take enough fuel with you to make Broken Hill. The cheapest in the Caltex servo just through town. They don't take Coles fuel dockets.

There should be some water in the upper lakes at Menindee, so the river should be up a bit.

As you come down, cross over at the main weir, there are some really good places to camp along there.

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Follow Up By: Member - Burto (NSW) - Monday, Mar 09, 2009 at 17:48

Monday, Mar 09, 2009 at 17:48
Yeah, been to Willcannia before and experienced their prices, never needed to fill up though, will fill at Cobar and then run to Broken Hill as have 160 litres in cruiser and 40l on camper traler so shouldn't be a problem. Thanks for the info about the Caltex.
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Follow Up By: dindy - Monday, Mar 09, 2009 at 18:01

Monday, Mar 09, 2009 at 18:01
Just check with locals before you go. I have friends who have a property at the river on the eastern road between Louth and Willcannia.
They had a fair bit of rain out that way recently and some of the roads are still unpassable or have detours around washouts. A quick call to the local pubs will usually give you the good oil on road conditions.
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Follow Up By: A J - Monday, Mar 09, 2009 at 18:08

Monday, Mar 09, 2009 at 18:08
Burto - if coming from the east cross over the river and turn left - go down about two blocks and get fuel from a depot on the left again.

Cheapest fuel in town last year - there is a sign when you turn off the bridge.

A J
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Follow Up By: Member - Burto (NSW) - Monday, Mar 09, 2009 at 19:39

Monday, Mar 09, 2009 at 19:39
Thanks to all for your responses and good advice. Burto
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Follow Up By: Member - Cram (Newcastle NSW) - Monday, Mar 09, 2009 at 20:02

Monday, Mar 09, 2009 at 20:02
We were there, Wilcannia last September. The BP Depot is on the way out of town you go past the police station. Alot cheaper then town.

Wilcannia is one of the saddest places I have ever seen.

We travelled the West road, not a lot to see really and they were grading it when we went through so it proved a bit of challenge.

Another place to consider staying is Tolarno Station. It is about 50ks out of Menindee towards Wentworth.

Historic old sheep station, camped on the banks of the Darling for $10 a night. No facilities but you can use the toilets in the old shearers quarters.

We ended up staying there for four nights. Lovely.
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Reply By: slave - Monday, Mar 09, 2009 at 20:10

Monday, Mar 09, 2009 at 20:10
We have travelled the western side a number of times, which I found to be very scenic.

We have access to a number of properties which probably helps too.

We camped on one property where the river was in plain view of the road, a lovely place and the owners had no objection to us staying ( not people we knew either)

Mrs S
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Reply By: Member - Glenn H (NSW) - Monday, Mar 09, 2009 at 20:42

Monday, Mar 09, 2009 at 20:42
Hi, for a look at what can go wrong on the western road, just go to Places and type in the Wilcannia to Menindee Road. Very muddy and able to trap most vehicles. Cheers, Glenn
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Follow Up By: Member - Glenn H (NSW) - Monday, Mar 09, 2009 at 20:44

Monday, Mar 09, 2009 at 20:44
Whoops, all you have to do is click on it and you're linked to it...Glenn
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Reply By: Inkbandit79 - Friday, Mar 13, 2009 at 16:16

Friday, Mar 13, 2009 at 16:16
Is the new NP called weintrriga station by any chance my brotheres and i had the time of our lives growing up in some of the remote places in the outback, I would love to get back there soon but living in Perth its a fair way to drive for a Sunday, How is the river at the moment?
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Follow Up By: wilcanniares - Sunday, Mar 22, 2009 at 13:02

Sunday, Mar 22, 2009 at 13:02
At the moment the west road Wilcannia /Menindee is best. Not sure about the N.P. The reference may be to Wilga, part of the Paroo Darling on the riverbank of the east road from Bourke to Wilcannia. That is a nice spot to camp.
Weinterriga is NOT National Park. It is a working station owned by the Wilcannia Local Aboriginal Land Council. If you were looking for a camp I'm pretty sure the Manager would permit it (probably with a fee) . There is usually someone at the property, if not suggest you don't camp without permission
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