The outback town of Wentworth lies at the confluence of Australia’s great Murray and Darling rivers. Being at the confluence of two great rivers, Wentworth was of significant importance to local Aboriginals, the Paakantyi and Latje Latje.
Wentworth continues to be an important centre for the surrounding landholders. It is a town steeped in history and as a tourist area of great diversity, Wentworth has much to offer including houseboats, watersports, history, clubs and galleries and wineries.
The Wentworth region is home to some of the oldest known human remains not only in Australia but the world. There was human habitation 40,000 years ago. Wentworth is a gateway to the World Heritage Willandra Lakes system and Mungo National Park. Fascinating and important finds were made which included the cremated remains of a woman (of 26,000 years ago), a tall male (estimated to have lived 28,000 to 30,000 years ago) and numerous mega fauna remains.
The Mungo National Park Visitors Centre provides the information needed to understand the region’s natural and cultural history. It is located at the park entrance. Mungo National Park Tours can be taken with Mungo Lodge where you can unearth Mungo’s ancient story!
On the outskirts of Wentworth the Thegoa Lagoon was an important meeting place and food resource. The area contains numerous sites including burial sites, scarred trees, middens and campsite remnants. Nearby Perry Sandhills are situated 6km west of Wentworth just off the Old Renmark Road, the red, sandy dunes reach heights of 20m and are remnants of a previous ice age.
Opposite Wentworth Gaol is Pioneer World Museum with interesting displays of the region including the unique mega fauna such as the Diprotodon and Procoptodon.
60km up the unsealed Old Renmark Road is Lake Victoria. The lake is a naturally occuring shallow freshwater lake and as a regulated, off-river storage is part of the Murray River system. Lake Victoria was an important centre for traditional Aboriginal people, and remains so for associated Aboriginal people today. The cultural heritage of Lake Victoria is recognised as being of exceptionally high importance to Aboriginal people, and of traditional and historic significance to the broader Australian community nationally.
Enjoy a drive or walk about historic Wentworth. Once one of the busiest ports on the Murray Darling, Wentworth has a fascinating living history with beautiful architecture and local stories…and natural landscapes. Some of the points of interest include:
Wentworth is considered the gateway to Outback NSW, and is situated on the junction of the Murray and Darling Rivers in southwestern New South Wales. Wentworth is often marketed under the banners of “Murray Outback” and “Sunraysia”.
Wentworth is located within New South Wales, on the border of Victoria.
Melbourne VIC, 572km, 6hrs; Sydney NSW, 1,1039km, 13hrs; Adelaide SA, 401km, 5hrs; Broken Hill NSW, 267km, 3hrs; Mildura VIC, 30km, 20mins
The Wentworth Aerodrome is located 5kms from Wentworth on the Old Renmark Road. The aerodrome can cater for aircraft up to and including 5700 kilograms and there is no landing fee. Although no commercial airline operate from the Wentworth Aerodrome, private planes and chartered services, such as Kirkhope Aviation, use the aerodrome daily.
The Mildura Airport is just 30kms from Wentworth and is the largest, busiest regional airport in Victoria. Commercial airlines fly in and out Mildura daily and hire cars are available for the short 20minute drive to Wentworth.
Wentworth Visitor Information Centre
66 Darling Street, Wentworth NSW 2648
Phone: (03) 5027 5080
Open: Monday-Friday 9am-5pm. Weekends & Public Holidays 9am-1pm.
Closed: Good Friday & Christmas Day