MENINDEE

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.

While in Menindee, Burke stayed at the Maiden's Hotel, which was then owned by Thomas Pain and was known as Pain's Hotel. The Menindee Hotel is a block removed.

A weir on the Darling River near Menindee diverts water from the river into a series of shallow, otherwise dry, overflow lakes.

There is plenty of evidence that suggests heritage and history is an important feature of this remote small town.

The Anglican , Unitedand Catholic Churches are the two main denominational faiths.

The Menindee War Memorial is quite a worthy acknowledgement, and is near the main street.

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.

 

 

 

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