Louth - NSW



DEG: -30.533871 145.115402
DMS: 30º 32' 1.93" S 145º 06' 55.45" E
UTM: 55 J 6620544mN 319200mE
Altitude: 97.42m


Place Type

Population - Town


646.34kms NorthWest of Canberra - Driving 823 km (9 hours 1 min)
682.36kms NorthWest of Sydney - Driving 860 km (9 hours 54 mins)
781.12kms NorthEast of Adelaide - Driving 1224 km (13 hours 14 mins)

Address & Contact

Bourke Wilcannia Rd
Louth NSW 2840
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Louth is a small service town (Pub, fuel and general store) on the Darling River about 100km downstream from Bourke and 100km upstream from Tilpa.

Normally a quiet and sleepy settlement, once a year it is the scene for an classic annual country race meeting in August each Year and attracts travellers form far and wide to the 7 race event.

The town of Louth was created when T.A Mathews established a Hotel to service the river trade and the Cobb & Co coaches that used it as a stop over.

Nearby, the historic Dunlop station was the first sheep station in the world to use mechanical shears

Louth is ideally located for access to the Darling River Run and affords a choice of eastern or western route along the Darling River downstream to Tilpa as well as the upstream section to Bourke and beyond 'Back o Bourke'.

Louth also is the site of an amazing and emotive structure known as ‘The Celtic Cross’, a polished granite 24 feet high cross that dominates the cemetery on the hill overlooking the town.

The cross was erected by the founder of Louth, Thomas Matthews, who had the monument built as a perpetual memorial to wife, Mary Mathews, who died in 1866.

The cross would be significant anywhere and is even more so here. Every year on the anniversary of her death on August 19, it reflects the setting sunlight to the space where the front door of their house was located.

The monument is no only testament to the love and devotion of a husband for his wife but also the accuracy of navigation technology of the 1860’s as its alignment was reportedly aided by one of the river boat captains of the Darling River.

Anyone visiting Louth can observe the occurrence and the locals have thoughtfully marked the places throughout the year that the visitor can experience the 3 minute lightshow.

'a place that loved a drink, a party and a punt..' So wrote Henry Lawson about Louth.
Text courtesy of Outback NSW Tourism
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Closest Weather Station

Bourke at 19/07:30pm EST
Distance from Louth 97.49km NE
TemperatureFeels LikeRel. HumidityDew PointPressureRainfallWind DirectionWind SpeedGusts

Closest Climatic Station

Bourke Airport Aws
Distance from Louth 97.49km NE
Mean Max. °C37.335.332.227.922.518.818.421.425.729.432.435.0
Mean Min. °C22.221.618.
Mean Rain mm29.337.340.724.824.526.514.211.317.122.743.340.0

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