Visiting Darlington Point
Check out the video above about Taste Riverina, featuring a snippet about the Murrumbidgee River and Altina Wildlife Park (at 20:29 minutes)
The gorgeous riverside town of Darlington Point has some of the most beautiful camping and leisure spots in the Riverina.
Affectionately known as 'the Point', it's located on the banks Murrumbidgee River, offering an array of aquatic activities such as fishing, swimming and boating.
Mix that with the good old fashioned country hospitality that you'll find anywhere in our town and you can't find a better place to spend a few days, a week or more.
We're located only 30 minutes from Griffith which also has some fantastic tourist experiences.
The majesty of the river entices visitors to stay and experience more than one magical Murrumbidgee day in our RV friendly town.
Pack a picnic and enjoy lunch at any number of tranquil spots along the river or visit Altina Wildlife Park for an unforgettable experience.
Our gorgeous little town is the perfect base for day trips to Griffith, Leeton and surrounding communities.
We have a strong connection with our first Australians who are Wiradjuri people. The town was home to the Warangesda Aboriginal Mission from 1880-1884. During that time it was the site of early political activism, including an Aboriginal community strike in 1883.
The town itself was established as a river crossing town with pastoral leases. From 1850, paddle steamers transported produce, with a redgum wharf being built in 1881. Old wharf pylons can still be seen 200 metres upstream from the caravan park. Travellers once crossed the river by punt. A singe bascule bridge was later built to accommodate both road and river traffic and remained in use until 1979. This magnificent old bridge was re-assembled at the entrance to the Darlington Point Caravan Park by engineering students from the University of NSW and the community.
Irrigation has enabled the development of intensive fruit, vegetable, grain and rice production. The district is an important part of the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area food bowl, which provides outstanding produce for Australia and the world.
Darlington Point is strategically located on the Kidman Way, where you can 'Backtrack to the Outback. It is a 644 km trek of ‘Bucket List’ proportions from Jerilderie to Bourke. Travellers can join the Matilda Way for an additional 1,812 kms of outback adventure up to the tip of Carpentaria.
Darlington Point township is situated 3 km north of the Kidman Way-Sturt Highway intersection and 30 km south of Griffith, heart of the Riverina wine area. We are just over 400 kms from Melbourne, just over 600 kms from Sydney and about eight hours from Adelaide.
Altina Wildlife Park
Visitors flock from near and far to visit the famous Altina Wildlife Park. Located on the Sturt Highway, you'll have a fabulous zoo-safari experience like no other. Enjoy the Zoo-fari like no other, meet the animals up close and personal with your guide whilst travelling in style on personalised horse drawn or motorised carts. Altina's guides take all visitors around the park to meet the animals during their daily feed times to see these magnificent animals closer than you ever thought possible. The guided tour around the park goes for 2.5 hours and is the only way to see Altina’s animals, spots fill up fast so be sure to book for your experience of a lifetime.
For something a little more exciting try our Behind The Scenes Encounters where you feed and have the ultimate Altina experience with your chosen animals.
Location: 14432 Sturt Highway, Darlington Point
Telephone: +61 412 060 342
Enquiries and Bookings PHONE Line Open: 8 am - 7 pm Daily
Please Note: ENTRY BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
Our birdlife and other native animals
The unique river environment with majestic river red gums (Eucalyptus Camaldulensis) is a haven for bird and animal life. Kingfishers, honeyeaters, parrots and waterbirds.
Kangaroos, wallabies, possums, and the occasional emu makes caravanning and camping an Aussie bush experience, in town or out along the river.
The magic birdlife haven of the 2,000 hectare Cuba State Forest is 11 km east of Darlington Point on the Whitton Road. Willbriggie Regional Park on the north side of the Murrumbidgee River is also a popular bird watching area.
Boating Fishing Camping Picnicing
Stay for a day, a week, or more, the Murrumbidgee River road is accessible both upstream and downstream, and the town beach adjacent to the Caravan Park makes access easy for boating, canoeing and fresh water fishing. The boat ramp is accessible from the Caravan Park entrance.
"Forest Drive" leads to some six beaches with basic toilet and BBQ facilities.
Cuba Forest also provides access to river beaches, camping grounds and an abundance of bird and animal life in close proximity to fuel, provisions and facilities at Darlington Point.
The Dennis historic display, Lions Park
How good does Dennis look in his new home at the Lions Park in Darlington Point? This incredible old vehicle, built in 1955, was used as Darlington Point's town pumper fire fighting unit up until about 20 years ago.
Dennis is housed in the display and amenities building. The project costing $580,712 included the new purpose built toilet block and display area for historic items, as well as storage facilities for the local Lions Club.
Funding for this project was provided by the NSW Government's Stronger Communities Fund.
Goanna Walking Track
This is a very enjoyable walk on the south side of the Murrumbidgee River. The track was developed in close consultation with Aboriginal elders. It starts at Fig Tree Park and meanders for 1.8 km beside the river through red river gum and black box forests.
It finishes at the clay banks, known by the locals as the 'Bunyip hole'. The bunyip is an mythological aboriginal creature who lives in deep water. It resembles a large black hairy dog with long pointy ears, big teeth and a loud howl. Keep an eye out for it!
At the end of the walk is a meeting place with a native garden, red gum table and seats. These were made to commemorate the significance of the Wiradjuri connection with the river and out of respect for the Aboriginal elders.
You'll see signs along the way about our local flora, fauna and history. Always beware of the red river gums which have a tendency to drop large limbs.
Kayaking trips are available down the river. Contact: Matt Moon on 0413 621 503. Facebook.
Willbriggie Regional Park
Part of the Murrumbidgee Valley Regional Park, the Willbriggie Regional Park offers access to the Murrumbidgee River from both sides of the river around Darlington Point. There's 15 beaches within the park around Darlington Point. These are: Swaggy's Beach, Alfie's Beach, Dolan's Beach, Clive's Corner, Horrie's Beach, Paradise Beach, Bunyip Hole, Whittaker's Bend, Reserve Beach, Lady Jane Beach, Boomerang Beach, Waradgery Beach, Digger's Beach, The Point Beach and what's affectionately known as Town Beach at the Darlington Point Caravan Park.
For those that like to fish or head out on the water, there's a boat ramp to access the river near the Darlington Point Bridge.
You can camp for free at a number of spots along the riverfront, including Bunyip Hole and Whittackers Bend. The road is suitable for caravans in dry weather (dirt road access).
Please obey all signs within the Regional Park.
Darlington Point Museum
The local history museum in Darlington Street, opens on special occasions. It includes the original Police Station and Council Chambers as well as a variety of fascinating pioneering machinery supported by historically minded locals.
The Bend town clock
Just near the Council Chambers in Carrington Street, you'll find 'The Bend’, digital town clock. This design was created by internationally acclaimed Australian artist, Jonathon Leahey and reflects Darlington Point's hidden treasure and life blood - the Murrumbidgee River. Like it or loathe it, the clock has certainly caused some robust discussion in the township!
Festivals and events
Riverina Classic Catch and Release Fishing Competition
This highly popular annual event is held annually over three days in February each year. As a charity event, proceeds are distributed to a chosen charity each year and also used to re-stock the Murrumbidgee River with native fingerlings. The restocking program is vital to securing a healthy and sustainable fishing future. The next event will be held on 12-14 February 2021.
Annual Spring Festival
The Spring Festival, held annually in September in the CWA Park, attracts crowds from near and far. The day has a wonderful atmosphere with live music and food, craft and produce from over 40 stalls, and train rides which takes passengers for a picturesque ride around town. There is also a highly popular car display with cars and bikes on show from the Expatriates Auto Club.
Riverina Redneck Rally
This is an annual fundraising event that has been running since 2017 which attracts entries from across Australia. Money raised from the rally is donated to Country Hope, a Riverina/Murray-based organisation that offers support to children diagnosed with cancer and other life threatening illnesses. As part of the event, Riverina Redneck Rally competitors raise funds to aid Country Hope. Once teams are accepted they must raise a minimum of $2500 to be eligible to participate in the rally.
Darlington Point has a superb range of eateries, including cafes, pub and club food and a great Italian restaurant.
Darlington Point Sports Club - Li's Chinese Restaurant
The Darlington Point Club or DP Club as the locals like to call it, is situated on the south side of Darlington Point on the Kidman Way.
The club is a fantastic social outlet with a very popular licensed Chinese restaurant.
The club prides themselves on our friendly and courteous service and customer satisfaction is their number one priority.
Opening hours: Wednesday - Saturday 5.30 - 8.00 pm and Saturday - Sunday 12 - 2 pm
The Club is open Monday and Tuesday - 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Wednesday - Sunday - 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
6 Demamiel Street
T: 02 6968 4146
You can view the menu here.
The best fish and chips in town!
Open everyday from 6.00 am. Closing hours: Sunday - Tuesday 8.30 pm, Wednesday - Saturday 9.00 pm.
53 Carrington Street
T: 02 6968 4333
Hygge Living & More
Visit Kylie at Hygge Living & More for fabulous tea and coffee, a light meal or lunch. Kylie also has a great range of homewares and gifts.
Open Tuesday - Friday 9.00 am - 3.00 pm and Saturday 9.00 am - 2.00 pm.
2 Punt Road
T: 0421 855 451
Head along to the Punt for a fantastic meal and amazing country pub atmosphere. The best beer on the Bidgee! View the historic photos of Darlington Point in days gone by.
5 Punt Road
T: 02 6968 4108
Rivadestra Pizza & Pasta
You can enjoy an amazing range of pizzas, pastas and other Italian dishes at this amazing licensed restaurant. Dine in or takeaway.
Open Tuesday to Saturday from 5.30 - 8.00 pm
8 Punt Road
T: 02 6968 4881
River Walk Coffee & Books
Amazing menu with tea, coffee, shakes, juices and smoothies. Delicious breakfasts, light lunches and homemade cakes.
Sit down or takeaway.
Open Wednesday - Friday 8.00 am - 3.00 pm and Saturday - Sunday 8.00 am - 2.00 pm.
14 Bridge Street
T: 0431 929 205
Waddi BP Road House
Fuel up and grab a feed at the Waddi Road House. Showers also available.
7 Sturt Highway
02 6968 4369
Darlington Point Accommodation Village
20 Narrand Street
T: 0447 639 442
Darlington Point Club Cabins (at the Darlington Point Club)
Darlington Point Riverside Caravan Park
Hawkesbury Park Country Cottage
4-6 Punt Road
T: 02 6968 4108
Villa By Rivadestra
There are also many free camping spots along the picturesque Murrumbidgee River. Free camping and dump points make Darlington Point a safe and comfortable place to break the Sturt or Kidman Way journey with an overnight stay. In Willbriggie Regional Park, there's free camping at Bunyip Hole and Whittackers Bend, suitable for caravans in dry weather (dirt road access). You can camp next to the Murrumbidgee River. Please obey all signs within the Regional Park. You can find more information on National Parks and Wildlife website.
Golfers, bowlers and tennis players are all welcome at the Darlington Point Sports Club.
The town has a very attractive and well maintained swimming pool complex.
Our parks are located at:
Shaded seating and table area. This park is the perfect spot to stroll over to the bank of the Murrumbidgee or to the levy bank. The levy bank is vital to keeping our community safe in times of flood.
CWA Park and skate park, McAlister Street
This includes a fully fenced playground, concrete skate park, shaded tables and chairs with barbecues, swings, slide, rock climbing walls, various climbing apparatus and rocking/bouncing toys. The play equipment is shaded and is located next to a toddler bike path with stop signs, give way signs and a roundabout. Toilets are located across the road next to brand new outdoor gym equipment. A great park for all ages!
Darlington Point has all the basics covered with a great range of stores and true country friendly service.
Heath's Family Butchery ‘meats’ your protein needs. Jodie is famous for her in-house smoked bacon, cabanna and hams. Location: 9 Carrington Street, Darlington Point. T: 02 6968 4156. Open Monday-Saturday.
Davis Supermarket offers opportunity to replenish your supplies. Location: 10 Bridge Street, Darlington Point. T: 02 6968 4243. Open seven days a week.
Central Garage has fuel, snacks and papers. Location: 22 Carrington Street, Darlington Point. T: 02 6968 4275. Open seven days a week.
Post Office. Location: 4 Punt Rd, Darlington Point. T: 02 6968 4112. Open Monday-Friday.
Massa Pharmacy. Location: 5 Carrington St, Darlington Point. T: 02 6968 4376. Open Monday-Saturday.
Darlington Point Medical Centre. Location: Carrington Street, Darlington Point. T: 0481 813 740. Open Monday afternoon, Tuesday morning, Thursday afternoon, Friday morning. A hospital is located in Griffith.
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