Menindee is like an oasis in the middle of a desert. Although located in the state's arid inland plains, its immediate surrounds comprise fertile land, thanks to the 20 lakes in the area fed by the Darling River and a dam constructed in the 1960s. The orchards and vegetable farms provide a stark contrast to the vast freshwater lakes full of dead trees, and surrounding saltbush and red soil, on the way into this tiny settlement.
Yartla St; (08) 8091 4274.
Nearby national parks
Maiden's Menindee Hotel: Burke and Wills lodged here in 1860. Meals and accommodation are available; Yartla St.
Ah Chung's Bakehouse Gallery: William Ah Chung established one of the first market gardens in town. His bakery (c. 1880) now houses a gallery featuring local artists. Open for groups by appt from visitor centre; Menindee St.
Heritage trail: through town; maps from visitor centre.
Kinchega National Park When full, the lakes support waterbirds such as egrets, cormorants, black swans and spoonbills, and numerous other wildlife. There are giant river red gums growing along the banks of the Darling River, and campsites along the river in the north. Attractions include the wreck of paddlesteamer Providence, the old homestead and woolshed from Kinchega Station, and accommodation in the restored shearers' quarters. There is also a cemetery near the homestead. Activities include swimming, fishing and canoeing. 1 km W.
Menindee Lakes: in dry times only the upper lakes have water, making them the most reliable for fishing, swimming, birdwatching and watersports, and the best place for camping; details from visitor centre.
Menindee Lake Lookout: good views of the lake; 10 km N.
Copi Hollow: great spot for waterskiers, swimmers and powerboat enthusiasts, with campsites on the waterfront; 18 km N.
Campsites around town
Emu Lake camping area 12 kmOn Woolshed Dr, not far from the visitor centre, this camping area is a great base for investigating the park. It’s also nearby the Shearers’ Quarters’ facilities, including hot showers and bore water,... Find out more
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Main Weir camping area 12 kmTo get to this camping spot in the Menindee Lakes area, take the Menindee–Broken Hill Rd north of Menindee, and after 8 km you’ll see the turn-off to Lake Pamamaroo and Main Weir on the right. Bring your own... Find out more
Burke and Wills Campsite 12 kmThe famed 1860 Burke and Wills expedition saw the first successful north–south crossing of the continent between Melbourne and the Gulf of Carpentaria. The expedition’s leader, Robert O’Hara Burke, and... Find out more
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