Menindee the first town to be established along the Darling River, quickly became a port for the river steamers carrying cargoes of wool downriver.
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Menindee - True Blue Heart of the Outback
Mecca for bird watchers, fishermen & photographers – nestled between the Menindee Lakes and the Darling River in the Central Darling Shire, 110km south east of Broken Hill. The Menindee Township was the first to be established along the Darling. Visited by famous explorers Mitchell, Sturt, McKinlay with several months stop-over by the famous Burke & Wills Expedition. The area is rich in pastoral, aboriginal and paddlesteamer history. Menindee is also renowned for its ‘Menindee Seedless’ grapes and other horticulture.
Menindee the first town to be established along the Darling River, quickly became a port for the river steamers carrying cargoes of wool downriver. The town was an important outpost that made European settlement viable for the sheep stations scattered across the parched semi-desert of western NSW.
The Maidens Hotel, the second oldest pub in the State still serving beer, underlines the town’s long history. Its most famous visitors were the explorers Burke and Wills, who arrived by river steamer in 1860 during their ill-fated expedition to the Gulf of Carpentari.
Rediscover the history of Menindee while journeying through the Heritage Trail. Arrive at the gateway to Kinchega National Park before setting your eyes on the Menindee Lakes, home to a variety of magnificant waterbirds including pelicans, spoonbills, egrets, cormorants and swans. The best time to see the wildlife is at dawn or dusk to foreground the beautiful colours of the outback. While you enjoy the spectacular views, why not throw a line in to catch the finest freshwater fish including; cod, perch, European carp, crayfish and catfish. Cook up a storm, while watching the sunset before heading to The Maiden's Hotel to enjoy a cold beer and pleasant town company.
There is much to explore in and around Menindee, from the wreck of the paddle steamer the 'Providence', the Woolshed, late afternoon drives watching the animal and birdlife. Menindee also boasts great accommodation and delicious places to eat.
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