Bourke Tours and Attractions

PV Jandra River Cruises

A pleasant surprise and something you would probably not expect in a small outback town like Bourke is a paddle boat.

From the end of the nineteenth and early into the twentieth century, the Darling River was busy with river boats carrying wool bales up and down the river and the Port of Bourke was one of Australia’s busiest inland ports during this time.

The three-tiered wharf at the northern end of Sturt St is a reproduction of the original wharf built in 1897.

A cruise along the mighty Darling River aboard the PV Jandra is a journey back to this time, reliving memories of life on the river when river trade was king and paddle boats were the major means of transporting wool and other produce all the way from the railhead at Bourke to the Murray junction at Wentworth   

The PV Jandra is a faithful reproduction of the original 1894 steam paddleboat that pulled a barge behind as it went from station to station along the Darling River to collect wool bales. 

Captain William Hockins’ most interesting commentary tells of station life, history and facts on the Jandra and the Darling River, floods and drought, the North Bourke lift- span bridge, birdlife and wildlife.

2 Cruises per day leave from behind Kidman’s Camp in North Bourke during the winter tourist season and 1 per day Mon-Fri during the summer.

Tickets are available from the Back O’ Bourke Exhibition Centre on the Kidman Way (Mitchell Hwy); Northern edge of town.

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