Menindee is a junction town some 100+k from Broken Hill, and 200+ks from Wentworth, to the south and Ivanhoe to the East. Wilcannia is 150k to the North. Unsealed roads from the latter towns. Menindee is not the sort of town that is encounted by chance.
Broken Hill is remote, so Menindee is an extremely isolated outback town. That said, most essential services are available. Menindee is also usually a dry dusty location. For this visit the town was lush green, with an overflow Darling River and full Menindee Reservoir. Menindee has a sign-posted population of 980 and a 2006 census population of 633.
Menindee is the oldest European settlement in western New South Wales, and the first town to be established on the Darling River. The first European to visit the area was the surveyor and explorer Major Thomas Mitchell in 1835. He was followed by Charles Sturt in 1844 and the town was the advance base for the Burke and Will expedition in 1860.
A weir on the Darling River near Menindee diverts water from the river into a series of shallow, otherwise dry, overflow lakes.
There is a certain quaintness and friendliness that gives Menindee character; add the isolation then the visitor gets what the outback really means. When in Broken Hill, this is the time to make the effort to visit.