The Murray Darling Basin is Australia’s largest river system. Roger and his mate Dave Archer, from ARB Toowoomba, followed the rivers from the Toowoomba Range to the Southern Ocean, about 2000 kilometres away. The idea was to follow a raindrop that falls in Toowoomba to where it flows into the sea in South Australia.
And just over the border is the town of Bourke, which lies on the banks of the Darling River. In the old days, Bourke was one of the busiest water ports in the world.
A great route to take when following the Darling River is the Darling River Run. It goes through little bush towns like Louth and Tilpa and offers up plenty of outback beauty.
Just outside the town of Wilcannia is a great place to rest your weary head when on the Darling River Run. ‘Warrawong on the Darling’ is a beautiful tourist park on the banks of the Darling River that offers camping sites, modern cabins and country hospitality.
The Darling River meets the Murray River at the town of Wentworth, near the South Australian border. Being at the junction of the two rivers made Wentworth a major player in the paddle steamer era. It was even in contention to be the nation’s capital!
Not far from Wentworth is Lake Victoria. It is a naturally occurring shallow lake that acts as an ‘off river’ storage, helping to regulate the flow of the river into South Australia.
The Murray River meets the Southern Ocean at Goolwa in South Australia… the final destination. Four-wheel drivers are able to access the river mouth by driving up the beach, but it is important to check tide times, as the water rises quite dramatically. It’s easy to see why this is one of Roger’s favourite trips!
Another incredible natural feature in South Australia is the Flinders Ranges! It’s a four-wheel drivers’ paradise. A little while back Roger set off north from Adelaide into the stunning Flinders Ranges and met some incredible people along the way… you can read more about his travels to Lake Eyre here.