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Menindee

Copi Hollow - Menindee
Menindee is an oasis in the Outback, a beautiful spot to soak up the outback atmosphere with the convenience of modern services at your fingertips. Dubbed the first town on the Darling River, Menindee has a rich Indigenous and European history. Menindee is located close to Kinchega National Park where visitor can enjoy spectacular views of the Menindee lakes and the Darling River, as well as close encounters with local wildlife. For more information contact the Menindee Transaction Centre on (08) 8091 4392 or the Menindee Visitor Information Centre on (08) 8091 4247. For information on Kinchega National Park call (08) 8080 3200.

Menindee is located 1106 km north-west of Sydney via the Great Western, Mitchell and Barrier Highways. If you are approaching Menindee from Broken Hill it is 111 km south-east along a sealed road and, if your departure point is Wilcannia, it is 143 km south-west on a mostly unsealed road.
Menindee and the Darling River together with the Menindee Lakes provide an interesting contrast to the semiarid desert that surrounds them.

The Lakes provide a great recreation spot for water skiing, sailing, safe swimming and good fishing. A visit to the Main Weir gives visitors access to Lakes Pamamaroo and Wetherell and a look at the Burke and Wills campsite. Sunsets over the Lakes are often spectacular, a photographers delight.

Menindee is associated with bold explorers of the outback, Burke and Wills, Mitchell and Sturt, and the pastoral tradition of wool production and laboring paddle steamers transporting bales to market. Many travellers today are surprised to find great fields of grapevines and fruit under irrigation beside the Lakes that Major Mitchell originally named "Laidley's Ponds".

Accommodation in Menindee ranges from modern motel, hotel with bed and breakfast, caravan parks with powered and unpowered sites to camping in Kinchega National Park along the banks of the Darling River or shores of Lake Cawndilla. Food, fuel and general supplies are available during business hours from local retailers, seven days a week.

There is much to explore in and around Menindee, from the wreck of the paddle steamer the "Providence", the beautiful Kinchega National Park, the Woolshed, late afternoon drives watching the animal and birdlife at their most active part of the day, to angling for perch and cod under a River Red 1960.

Today, Menindee produces much sought after produce such as table grapes, rock melons, and many varieties of apricots, tomatoes and oranges