Menindee Lakes, Tourism New South Wales

Population 331

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.

Visitor Information

Yartla St; (08) 8091 4274.

Nearby national parks

  • Willandra National Park

    Scrubby red sand plains stretch to the horizon in Willandra National Park, in the state’s remote west. In its heyday Willandra was one...more

Nearby towns

  • Broken Hill

    In the arid lands of far-western New South Wales, Broken Hill was first an intermittent home for the Wilyakali people. When Charles Sturt...more

  • White Cliffs

    White Cliffs is first and foremost an opal town. The first mining lease was granted in 1890, and a boom followed with an influx of 4500...more

  • Wentworth

    Situated at the confluence of the Murray and Darling rivers, Wentworth was once a busy inland port. With the introduction of the railways it...more

In Town

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

Darling River camping areas 6 km

There are 34 campsites scattered along the Darling, accessible from 10 km south of Menindee along River Dr. Many of the sites are on groves of ancient river red gums, and while you should not set up camp directly... Find out more

Emu Lake camping area 12 km

On 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

Lake Pamamaroo camping area 12 km

Lake Pamamaroo camping area is 16 km north of Menindee, and comprises part of the Menindee Lakes system. Take the Menindee–Broken Hill Rd north of Menindee, and after 8 km you’ll see the turn-off to Lake... Find out more

Main Weir camping area 12 km

To 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 km

The 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

Lake Cawndilla camping area 16 km

On Lake Dr off Old Pooncarie Rd, this camping area is right on the lake’s foreshore, which offers beautiful early-morning or late-evening views. Following years of drought that saw the lake dry out, it is now... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Bindara Station

At the heritage-listed Bindara Station, guests are invited to experience life in the outback on a working homestead on the banks of the Darling River. There are a variety of riverside accommodation options available and... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Little Topar rest area 70 km

At Little Topar

Adjacent to the roadhouse.

Spring Hills rest area 78 km

74km W of Wilcannia (R) or 122km E of Broken Hill (L)

Just off the highway among the trees.

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