While it is the Barwon River that flows over the elaborate network of rock weirs and pools and through the Baiames Ngunnhu (Fish Traps), just downstream the Culgoa River intersects with the Barwon, which marks the start of the Darling River.
The Darling River proper starts at the confluence of the Barwon and Culgoa Rivers approximately 40 kilometres East of Bourke near where you will cross the Wayne O’Mally bridge over the Bogan River.
The mountain in the distance is Mt Oxley. Permits for a drive to the top are available from the Back O’ Bourke Exhibition Centre.
West Route: West Culgoa Road (unsealed) 139km – an alternate route from Brewarrina to Bourke following the Culgoa River path. Depart Brewarrina east on the Kamilaroi, turn left onto Twin Waters Road then left onto West Culgoa Road. Left onto the Mitchell Highway to get to Bourke.
East Route: Kamilaroi Highway (Sealed) 98km
West Route: West Culgoa Road (unsealed) 139km