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Kinchega Shearers’ Quarters, Kinchega National Park
Valley of the Eagles walk
Rose Isle Station
Emu Lake Campground, Kinchega National Park
Main Campground, Mungo National Park
Brewarrina Visitor Information and Exhibition Centre
Mungo Shearers’ Quarters, Mungo National Park
Little Mountain walking track
Dunlop Station
Beds on the Barwon
Goodooga Artesian Springs
Kinchega Woolshed
Peery Lake picnic area
Discovery Trail Wentworth
Brewarrina Aboriginal Cultural Museum
Kallara Station
Darling River Campground, Kinchega National Park
Back O’ Bourke Gallery
Thulii Ngemba

The Darling River Run

The Darling River Run is a thin, winding line describing a route through the NSW outback, characterised by landscape, history, culture, literature and adventure. Taken as a whole, or in its various component parts, the route provides an opportunity to see the real Australian Bush and experience some safe and easy off-road driving, connect with Aboriginal culture and iconic Towns & Locations along the Darling River, and drench yourself in the history, and contemporary life of a part of the country that is central to the national psyche.

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The Darling River is the third longest river in Australia and is the lifeblood of Outback NSW. Only a small percentage of the Darling’s water comes from within the Western Catchment - the majority of “fresh” enters the system from Queensland rains (rain falling west of the Divide in Queensland). Be sure during your drive that you call in to the Visitor Information Centres in each township and chat with the friendly staff who are knowledgeable on the best vantage points, local attractions, river history and updated road conditions.

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All the latest flood information in detail from the NSW SES Far West Command  Western Zone

All the latest flood information in detail from the NSW⚠ MODERATE FLOODING OCCURRING AT BOURKE AND LOUTH.

⚠ MAJOR FLOODING OCCURRING AT TILPA .

⚠ MINOR FLOODING OCCURRING AT WILCANNIA WITH MODERATE FLOODING LIKELY FRIDAY.

The main flood peak along the Darling River is now at Louth, which peaked Sunday 23 January with moderate flooding.

Major flooding is occurring along the Darling River at Tilpa where river levels exceeded the major flood level (11.50 metres) Tuesday 18 January. River levels at Tilpa are expected to peak at the end of January.

River levels at Menindee are likely to remain near the minor flood level until late February, as releases from the Menindee Lakes system are made to make room for the upstream flood waters.

‼ What we are expecting:
Based on the prediction provided by the Bureau of Meteorology:

💦 Bourke
• Moderate flooding is occurring along the Darling River at Bourke.
• The Darling River at Bourke peaked at 12.29 metres early Saturday 15 January and is currently at 11.53 metres and falling slowly, with moderate flooding.
• Floodwater is expected to impact the Bourke - Weilmoringle Road (RLR 49) 16km North of Bourke.
• Dry Bogan Road (RLR42) is closed at Little Bogan Creek Bridge.
• Floodwater has closed Parkdale Road (RLR22) 3km west of Bourke.
• Kamilaroi Highway (SH29) has reopened with caution between Bourke and Brewarrina.
• River Road (RLR-16) is closed at The Big Billabong.
• Bourke - Wilcannia Road (MR-68) has closed at Jandra Creek, preventing direct access from Bourke to Louth.
• Floodwaters have impacted the southern approach of Deadmans Creek Bridge on the Bourke - Wilcannia Road (MR-68).

💦 Louth
• The Darling River at Louth peaked with moderate flooding at 11.97 metres around 07:00 am Sunday 23 January. The river level is currently at 11.94 metres and steady, with moderate flooding.
• Louth - Tilpa Road (SH29) is closed with no access to Louth or Tilpa on the eastern side of the Darling River.
• Floodwater is expected to impact the Louth - Tilpa Road 13km south of Tilpa. Alternate routes may be available via Wilcannia, White Cliffs and Cobar.
• Floodwater is expected to reach the deck level of Talyawalka Bridge.

💦 Tilpa
• Major flooding is occurring along the Darling River at Tilpa.
• The Darling River at Tilpa may peak near 12.30 metres around 31 January - 1 February, with major flooding.
• Tilpa - Wilcannia Road (SH29) is expected to close at Marra Billabong 40kms South of Tilpa Road.
• Tilpa - Wilcannia Road may be closed at Wygilla Crossing.
• Tilpa - Louth Road is closed at the 1 Mile Creek and 5 Mile Creek.
• Tilpa - Louth Road North of Darling River may be impacted by floodwater near Tallywalka Crossing.
• The 52-Mile Road south to the Barrier Highway may be closed with 900mm of water currently aross the roadway.
• Louth-Tilpa Road South of Darling River is closed at Stoney Creek crossing.
• Tilpa - Wilcannia Road North of Darling River is expected to close at numerous locations, including Marra, Mount Murchison Station and Rosedale.
• Floodwater may flow over the Talyawalka Creek Bridge.
• Tongo Road is closed 3km North of Tilpa at Boat Hole Creek crossing.
• Tilpa may become isolated by road.
• Tourists and visitors are advised to reconsider travel plans as roads may close at short notice and will isolate travellers and tourists in this area.

💦 Wilcannia
• Minor flooding is occurring along the Darling River at Wilcannia where moderate flooding is likely in February.
• The Darling River at Wilcannia is likely to exceed the moderate flood level (9.70m) during Friday and may reach around 10.00 metres around 13 February, with moderate flooding.
• Victory Caravan Park is likely to become inundated.
• Wilcannia - Tilpa Road (SR1) is closed by floodwater.
• Wilcannia-Tilpa Road (SH29) is expected to close at Mara Creek, 85 km from Wilcannia.
• Wilcannia - Menindee East Road (SR10) is closed due to flooding.

💦 Menindee
• Near minor flooding is occurring along the Darling River at Menindee.
• The Darling River at Menindee Town is likely to remain near the minor flood level (8.50m) until late February.
• Floodwaters may inundate low-lying areas of Crick Park at the end of Wilcannina Street.

‼ What you need to do:
• ACT NOW, before it’s too late.
• Prepare now to minimise damage to your property and possessions.
• Consider evacuation as an option if severe flooding is predicted. Deciding to remain on your property when it is inundated or surrounded by floodwater can be dangerous.
• Ensure you have a plan to leave the area safely if flooding worsens.
• Stay up to date with information. Listen to flood warnings and follow advice on how to protect yourself, family, and property.
• Tourists and visitors are advised to reconsider travel plans as roads may close at short notice and isolate travellers and tourists in these areas.
• People working or camping along the Darling River should relocate to higher ground.
• Farmers and landholders are advised to relocate livestock, pumps, chemicals and equipment to higher ground. Do not wait until the flood peak approaches.
• Be aware of vermin, snakes and spiders seeking refuge from floodwaters.
• If you become trapped by rising floodwater, seek refuge in the highest part of a sturdy building. Stay there and call triple zero (000) if you need rescue.
• Never drive, walk or play in floodwaters. Floodwater may be deep, fast-flowing and may contain hidden snags and debris.

For emergency help in floods and storms, call the NSW State Emergency Service on 132 500.
In life-threatening situations, call triple zero (000) immediately.

Latest River Heights for the Darling River:
www.bom.gov.au/cgi-bin/wrap_fwo.pl?IDN60148.html

‼ For more information:
• Visit www.ses.nsw.gov.au or follow us on Facebook
• Tune in to your local ABC Radio station
• For the latest Weather, Warnings, Rainfall, and River Heights visit www.bom.gov.au or phone 1300 945 108
• For rural animal and livestock assistance, contact your Local Land Services Office on 1300 795 299 or visit www.lls.nsw.gov.au
• For road closure information visit: www.livetraffic.com.au, call 131 701 or contact your Local Council.

‼ The next flood bulletin will be issued by 2.00 pm on Wednesday 26 January, 2022.

NSW SES
Central Darling Shire Council
Bourke Shire Council
Steph Cooke MP
Roy Butler MP
Mark Coulton MP
ABC Broken Hill
ABC Western Plains
Outback Radio 2WEB
Barrier Truth
The Western Herald - Bourke
Bourke Community Information
Tilpa Community Notice Board
Wilcannia
WiLCANNiA MOB
Menindee Region Community Group on the Darling River
Broken Hill, Menindee Lakes: WE WANT ACTION
Menindee Lakes On The Baaka Darling River Western NSW
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Too bad they never listened to Bradshaw in 1932 hey.

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Looking forward to seeing all this in a couple of months.

You’ve done an amazing job with your restoration work it’s a credit to you

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Beautiful Darling River sunrise at Nelia Gaari Station between Menindee and Wilcannia on the #DarlingRiverRun

Beautiful Darling River sunrise at Nelia between Menindee and Wilcannia on the #DarlingRiverRunSensational Sunrise on the mighty Darling River.
Red in the morning a Shepherd's Warning
Red at night a Shepherd's delights 🌅
📸 Hayley Mayne
#campingneliagaaristation #neliagaaristation #outbacknsw #sunrise #abcbrokenhill #DarlingRiverRun
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You are right that is beautiful.👍😊😊

Stunning colours

Stunning!!

Spectacular!

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Explore a bit further on the #DarlingRiverRun and experience the ancient landscape of Mutawintji National Park, north east of Broken Hill. Explore the rich Aboriginal history, bushwalks and camp under the outback night sky for a unique Australian experience not to be forgotten.

Explore a bit further on the #DarlingRiverRun and experience the ancient landscape of Mutawintji National Park, north east of Broken Hill. Explore the rich Aboriginal history, bushwalks and camp under the outback night sky for a unique Australian experience not to be forgotten.This week's off-the-grid location is brought to you by Mutawintji National Park, the traditional home of the Malyankapa and Pandjikali people. 😮 If you're looking to feel worlds away from the hustle and bustle, you need to visit this ruggedly beautiful landscape near Broken Hill in Outback NSW.

Please plan ahead and check the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service website for the latest park details and alerts. #NSWParks

Thanks for sharing your #feelNSW moment, IG/_roamingaus_
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Awe I want so to go back, we were washed out a couple of years ago and wet each time we’ve tried to go back, we’ll get there💫

Terri Fenning

Jake Fieldus

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Good to see mother nature giving people anather chance to survive and look after this place we call home for the time we have to put our mark in the landscape

What an absolutely Majestic sight!!

1864 would one think that it would have flooded quite differently With more trees etc around 🤔💃🏾

What about the floods of 74 and 76

Keryn Sarkies Chris Clark

Rod N Jen Miller

Looks like you guys have a little bit of water up there.

Liquid gold, interesting stats also.

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Absolutely Spectacular!!

I'd planned on leaving Bourke Monday for a run down the river to Menindee. Bugger not looking good. Any suggestions please? Or estimates on road openings? Thanks Ian

Mitchell Firth we have to get out there soon surely 🤦🏼‍♀️

Todd Bell

Fiona Gooding

Brendan Hargraves

Lachlan Lfa Miller

Justin Splithof Gary Pollard

David O'Malveney Brendan Flannery

Anne-Marie McQualter

Jamie Woodward .! 😳

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