Menindee - NSW

Population - Town 

Position

DEG: -32.39286 142.418228
DMS: 32º 23' 34.3" S 142º 25' 5.62" E
UTM: 54 H 6415133mN 633391mE
Altitude: 66.88m

Description

Place Type

Population - Population - Town

Location

452.28kms NorthEast of Adelaide - Driving 628 km (7 hours 4 mins)
644.56kms North of Melbourne - Driving 945 km (10 hours 11 mins)
698.87kms NorthWest of Canberra - Driving 1199 km (12 hours 38 mins)

Address & Contact

Perry St
Menindee NSW 2879
Phone: N/A
Email: N/A
Web: N/A

Information

Menindee is a town steeped in Legend and History for Indigenous and European culture. The area was known to the Barkindji people as 'Minandichee', and it is believed this is how the name originated.

The explorer Major Thomas Mitchell followed the Bogan and Darling Rivers down to this area in 1835 and came across the naturally formed Lakes which he named 'Laidley's Chain of Ponds', the Barkindji people referred to these as 'Wontanella' meaning 'Many Waters'.

A decade later, explorer Charles Sturt travelled up the Darling from Wentworth though Menindee en-route to the North West.

With the coming of the pastoralist and the opening up of the land meant a violent time of conflict with the Barkindji who were subsequently decimated by European disease, driven from their traditional lands and forced into government missions. This era saw two horrific massacres of the traditional owners; one via poisoning of Leasehold stipulated provision for the Barkindji people with arsenic by leaseholders and the straight-out slaughter of a tribe on the banks of Boolaboolka Lake.

In 1852, Tom Pain and his family arrived in Menindee and opened up the Menindee Hotel in 1853 and with this and the ability to supply provisions, the town established itself as Darling River Port in light of Captain Francis Cadell, accredited with opening up the Darling, establishing a store next to the Hotel in 1856.

Australia's most famous explorers Burke and Wills passed through Menindee for their Melbourne to the Gulf of Carpentaria expedition. The expedition arrived at Menindee on October 14 1860, and made camp at Kinchenga Station after crossing the Darling River. A depot camp for the expedition was established at the Pamamaroo Creek (a sign and cairn mark the site of the camp). Upon their departure, Burke and Wills carved an arrow in the door post of the hotel to indicate the expedition's direction.

River boat trade continued to develop the area and plans for a weir to control the flow of the river and level of the lakes to ensure river traded were shelved in the 1890's and by the time the rail head reached the area in the 1920's the future of the river as a transport route were doomed.

The idea to control the flow of the river came to fruition in 1949 and completed in 1960 allowing for some retention of water in the naturally formed lakes to maintain some continuity for water supply and irrigation.

The Menindee Lakes originally comprised 9 natural ephemeral lakes covering an area of 453 km2 As a result of the weir, there are 4 major lakes Wetherell (including Lake Tandure), Pamamaroo (connected by a small lake called Copi Hollow), Menindee, and Cawndilla.

For the traveller, there is great fishing on the lakes, the magnificent Kinchega National Park, bird watching on the lakes, Lake Pamamaroo and Main Weir, Copi Hollow, Menindee War Memorials, The 1872 wreck of the paddle-steamer 'Providence', The self-guided heritage walk around Menindee.
"There was Harrison, who made his pile when Pardon won the cup...." so penned Banjo Paterson in the immortal poem 'The Man from Snowy River'. The 'Cup' actually refers to the Presidents Cup at Menindee and not the Melbourne Cup as many people have assumed.
Text courtesy of Outback NSW Tourism

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Closest Weather Station

Broken Hill Airport at 14/08:00pm EST
Distance from Menindee 99.27km NW
TemperatureFeels LikeRel. HumidityDew PointPressureRainfallWind DirectionWind SpeedGusts
15.9°C11.0°C32%-0.8°C1020.3hPa0.0mmN15km/hr
8knots
22km/hr
12knots

Closest Climatic Station

Menindee Post Office
Distance from Menindee 0.13km SW
 JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Mean Max. °C34.433.830.725.620.717.317.019.322.926.530.032.8
Mean Min. °C18.518.215.210.97.55.04.15.38.011.314.616.8
Mean Rain mm24.021.718.716.022.721.918.317.918.422.821.221.8

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