Just north of Mildura, close to the New South Wales border with South Australia and Victoria, you’ll find the very spot where the Darling meets the Murray.
They call it the Confluence, the point at which Australia’s two great rivers come together, and you can see it in the town of Wentworth.
There’s a viewing platform to give you an elevated look at the two rivers and their distinct colour differences – the milky water of the clay-based Darling and the dark, clear water of the Murray – right where they meet.
There’s also a walking track, picnic tables and barbecue facilities at the site.
Six kilometres from Wentworth are the beautiful Perry Sandhills with their unique colours and textures. Formed by wind erosion over thousands of years, there’s 300 hectares of ever-changing sand dunes to climb.
Wentworth is also home to the Australian Inland Botanic Gardens featuring Australian and exotic species and a rose garden with more than 1600 colour coordinated bushes.
Heading 10-minutes east, you’ll find the small town of Gol Gol, famous for being one of the only places you can pull up your houseboat at the local pub.
The award-winning Gol Gol Hotel, known as “the Golly” to locals, looks out over the Murray at its rear and is renowned for its cold beers, tasty food, great entertainment and friendly service.
Further along the river is the lovely Trentham Estate winery, cellar door and restaurant.
A picture-perfect spot where you can enjoy a local produce on the banks of the Murray while tasting Trentham’s full range of wines.
Also in the Shire of Wentworth, but some four hours drive away, is Mungo Lodge, the perfect launch point to explore the magical Mungo National Park and the World Heritage Willandra Lakes region.
Mungo Lodge is an oasis in the desert and has a range of accommodation options, from deluxe cabins to budget shearer’s quarters style accommodation and camping and caravan spots.
- Find out more about attractions, accommodation and events in the Wentworth region at visitwentworth.com.au.
DID YOU KNOW? Wentworth is the region’s oldest town, located at the junction of Australia’s two largest rivers, where the Darling ends and joins the Murray. Its location made Wentworth an important port in the paddle steamer era. Once the busiest inland port in NSW, it was considered as the site for the Australian capital. Wentworth retains many historic buildings, including the Old Gaol, the courthouse, the old convent /schoolhouse buildings and Customs House.