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Old 12-04-10
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Default Darling River Run - worth it?

We're looking at a trip to Mungo NP via the Darling River Run in June - has anyone done the stretch between Bourke & Wilcannia?

We're thinking about doing this part over 3-4 days, then Mungo for 2-3 days, then Kanungra and Jenolan for 3-4 days - any suggestions or alternatives for those that have been around these parts?

Overall it looks like about 4,500km round trip from Brissie, planning this for a 20 day trip.

Tips & ideas please!
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I grew up in Bourke so know the area well.

Bourke to Wilcannia is a good drive, just take your time and soak up the scenery and serenity

Went through a few days ago and the landscape is looking great after recent rain.

TIP? Take a few fishing rod's

....there's nothing like camping along side the Darling River!
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2-3 days for Mungo is overkill IMO.
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2-3 days for Mungo is overkill IMO.
I disagree! Spent three nights there and want to go back.
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Thanks guys - good tips. Sounds like we are on the right track. If we feel a couple of days is enough for Mungo we'll just leave earlier for Kanangra.
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i have always wanted to do the darling river run, i m a tour guide at jenolan and mate for the traveller kanangra and jenolan are great places to visit, if you want more information , maps and stuff just give me a call or email me
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i have always wanted to do the darling river run, i m a tour guide at jenolan and mate for the traveller kanangra and jenolan are great places to visit, if you want more information , maps and stuff just give me a call or email me
Joshua, that's amazing. It's incredible who is on this forum! I'll drop you an email - would love to get a decent map of the fire trails and some inside info on the best campsites.

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Forgot to say, Bourke isn't near as bad as people would have you believe.

The reputation stems from is a small blown out of proportion disturbance which occurred over 15 years ago which the media portrayed as a riot that took over the whole town.

Then, if anything small happens to the odd person (which happens anywhere/everywhere) people say "yeah well that's Bourke for you" etc. I was born and bred there, living there until I was 18 and never had a single problem living in the town.

Tip, while you're there, have a look at the exhibition centre and go to the tourist centre, there's a few tours you can do to really appreciate the agriculture that's going on there, learn some history of the Darling, way back to the wool carting days along the rivers, and even take a relaxing cruise on the Jandra Paddle boat.
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Cheers for the Bourke tips Dazza, we're planning to spend a day and a half there.

Joshua - email sent.
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Cheers for the Bourke tips Dazza, we're planning to spend a day and a half there.
If you want to have a traditional Bourkiette lunch, head into the local Bakery (Morall's Bakery) and get a meat pie and a bottle of local soft drink called Splashe Cola. It's the stuff Jesus lives on I swear!

They have the best meat pies, and once you've tried Splashe you'll be hooked. I know a lot of people used to come through and try it and leave with large cartons of the stuff.
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