Ivanhoe is most likely the most isolated town in NSW. Ivanhoe is a crossroads town the services a vast and sparsely populated region in the central west. This is a treeless region of NSW and Ivanhoe is a true outback town but has most essential services. The township is characterized by a particularly wide main street. At the 2006 census, Ivanhoe had a population of 265 people.

The town was founded in the early 1870s, and was named after Sir Walter Scott’s  work of historical fiction, Ivanhoe. The reason for the naming remains a mystery. The township was situated on well-used coach and stock routes connecting Wilcannia on the Darling River with Balranold on the Murrumbidgee.

In 1869 George Brown Williamson, the postmaster and a storekeeper at Booligal, purchased 40 acres (160,000 m2) from the “Waiko” pastoral run at the site which was to become the township of Ivanhoe. Williamson selected the location as a business opportunity, being the junction of two roads from Booligal and Balranald leading to Wilcannia on the Darling River.

A hotel was built at Ivanhoe in 1871 (the Ivanhoe Hotel); the licensee was James Eade, who remained publican until 1875. A post office opened at Ivanhoe on 1 January 1874 at Williamson’s store (renamed ‘The Post Office Store’). The Ivanhoe Post Office building, though it has been renovated in recent years, still stands adjacent to its original site. When visiting Ivanhoe clearly heritage factors are important.

In 1879 a police presence was maintained at Ivanhoe to protect local residents from the Hatfield Bushrangers.

The Ivanhoe Hotel is a shadow of its former historical contribution.

The Congregational Church faiths are all still represented in the town. The Anglican, United are semi modern. The Catholic Church is well over 100 years old.

The Ivanhoe War Memorial is in the centre of the small township.

Ivanhoe is a representative town of the ‘long paddock’ tourist route with a museum.

There is a remote possibility for Ivanhoe to be encounted when travelling the far distant western region of NSW, but that is unlikely. The drive to Ivanhoe though is interesting and should not be missed.



Fireplace Dump Station
General Store Bottled Gas
  Internet Caravan
Camping 4WD
Kitchen Facilities Disabled access
  Laundry Toilets
Campervans Accommodation
Meals   Airport
Pets Allowed   Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
Roadside Rest Area Electricity
Scenic Swimming
Tap water   Thermal Area
Stream Water   Walking tracks
  Rotary Club   Lions Club
  Gymnasium   Gardens
  Winery   Whitewater Rafting
  Surfing   Skydiving
  Skiing Scenic Flights
Postal Service Police
  Movie Location   Mountain Biking
  Kayaking   Jet Boating
Information Hospital
  Hang Gliding   Golf Course