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Things to See and Do in Menindee

Menindee has a number of interesting things for you and the family to see and do.

The Heritage Trail 
The Menindee Heritage Trail takes you on a journey through time, rediscovering the many people, places and events in the history of this fascinating town. The Trail extends out from the town into Kinchega National Park where the Kinchega Woolshed, original homestead site and remains of the PS Providence are brought to life as the story unfolds.
Out by Lake Pamamaroo, the Burke and Wills Expedition Site and Menindee's Own Tarzan explained on the trial markers. Beautiful lake views and an opportunity to see the Main Weir that holds back the Darling River are highlights of this short drive The Menindee Transaction Centre can furnish you with a pamphlet which will lead you around the town's heritage trail: 19 sites with informative signposts that connect physical locations with their historic significance. Lastly, remember that many of the local roads are gravel and can be hazardous or impassable after wet weather. Phone (08) 8091 5155 for an up-to-date report on their condition.    

Kinchega National Park 
On entering Menindee from Broken Hill on the right hand side you will find the turn off for Kinchega National Park. The 44 000-ha park was created in 1967 from land that was previously a part of Kinchega station. It includes river red gum forests, black soil flood plains along the Darling River where kangaroos and emu flocks are frequently seen, the varied and colourful vegetation of the red sandhills and sand plains, and a series of tall lunettes (crescent-shaped dunes) on the eastern side of the lakes created by a combination of westerly winds and waves. These lunettes have proven a treasure trove of information about past environmental conditions and archaeological material, including remnants of Aboriginal culture.

Visitors may find scarred trees where bark was stripped for canoes or shelter, middens, hearths, and stone implements. The area attracts a variety of waterbirds including pelicans, spoonbills, egrets, cormorants and swans. The best time to see the wildlife is at dawn or dusk, not only because they venture out at these times but because the colours of the outback are quite remarkable. The park contains several remnants from the pastoral days. By 1881, Kinchega covered one million acres and had 143 000 sheep. It was regularly visited by paddle steamers. Steam engines were being used to irrigate the paddocks as early as 1875 and the station prospered as a sheep run shepherded almost entirely by Aboriginal people.  

Kinchega woolshed is an attraction for visitors. Standing in the wall of the woolshed visitors can imagine what life was like for pioneering men and women. The Kinchega woolshed saw six million sheep shorn over the course of a century. At its peak in the 1880s it had stands for 26 blade shearers. The remains of the homestead and cemetery are nearby, as well as an old water regulator and trough used to furnish the homestead with water. The homestead, built of locally kilned bricks, probably in the 1850s, was used as an overseer's house and stockmen's quarters from 1872 to the 1940s.

The park has 35 camping areas with limited facilities. Caravans can be accommodated but there are no powered sites. Bookings can also be made to stay at the old shearer's quarters. Morton Boolka picnic area is especially good for bird-watching and the woolshed picnic area has fresh water. There are numerous self-guided walks and, for a more comprehensive overview, the Lake Drive and the River Drive. The Homestead Loop is a shorter journey through the park's European historical remnants. There are guided tours in the school holidays and the park is ideal for photographers. For enquiries about bookings, fees and information pamphlets contact the National Parks and Wildlife, 80914 214 or the Broken Hill office 80803200

Lake Pamamaroo and Main Weir 
The lake system has become a tourist attraction and recreational facility for local residents alike. Located 8 km north of Menindee on the Broken Hill Rd there is a signposted right turn to Lake Pamamaroo and the Main Weir. There are recreational facilities at both sites. A plaque on a tree, at the weir, indicates the location of the Burke and Wills campsite.

Burke and Wills site at Pamamaroo Creek 
On the Pamamaroo Creek is the site of the base camp of the 1860 Burke and Wills expedition. The expedition party included 15 men, 23 horse, 27 camels and 21 tons of stores. At the time of Burke's arrival in Menindee it was an outpost with no other settlements between here and the vast interior. On 19 October the small party of Burke, Wills, Brahe, King, Gray, McDonagh, Patton and Dost Mahomet, 15 horses and 16 camels left the Pamamaroo camp and headed north. 
 

Copi Hollow 
Located 13 km north of Menindee on the Broken Hil Rd, signpost right turn leads to an all-weather road to Copi Hollow.  Visitors and locals alike can enjoy speed boating, sailing, swimming and waterskiing. There is a well-shaded shoreline park with picnic facilities, amenities block and a caravan park with full facilities

Sunset Strip 
20 km north of Menindee, along the Broken Hill Rd, is a signpost turnoff, on the left, to Sunset Strip which is situated on the northern shore of Lake Menindee. A unique outback take on the holiday by the sea. Many local residence of Broken Hill enjoy a weekend escape at Sunset Strip. Facilities include: Golf Course, Community Hall, Post Office

Fishing in the Lakes 
Not surprisingly perhaps Menindee is considered one of the finest freshwater fishing spots in NSW. Murray cod, golden perch, silver perch, European carp, crayfish and yabbies are in abundant supply along the Darling River and in the Menindee lakes.

Contact Details
Margot Muscat
Phone: 08 80914 392
Fax: 08 80914 518
muscatm@centraldarling.nsw.gov.au