For latest information on services, roads, tours and events, please call Tourism Association president, Bill Elliott, on mob. 0429 915467, or enquire via the contact form.

Wildlife & country

Sights, prominent landmarks, wildlife.

This section includes stories, photos and articles of wildlife and country around Wilcannia -- Barkandji country.

Also gems and opals from White Cliffs, and other geographical sights and attractions in and around Wilcannia.

 

National Parks and Wildlife

Addr.: Tel/mob: Hours:
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(Open all year)

national-parks-and-wildlife.pngParoo-Darling Visitor Centre Tel: (08) 8080 3200

The Coach and Horses campground is open all year round.  This exception is that this area is susceptible to road closures due to flooding and rain.

Coach and horses campground PAROO-DARLING NP

It’s such a pretty spot by the majestic river red gums along the Darling River. We did a bit of fishing, but didn’t manage to catch anything – lucky we brought plenty of supplies with us.”

In a delightful, shady spot next to a bend in the Darling, the Coach and Horses campground offers a bush camp with views up and down the river.

Spend the day exploring the river in a kayak or canoe or enjoy a spot of fishing. If you’re walking along the banks of the river, be sure to keep an eye out for the local birds.

See the Relevant National Parks links (section, below)

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Birds of Wilcannia

Wilcannia has a rich variety of bird life, with flocks of Red-Tailed Black Cockatoos frequently in the trees and on grass areas in Wilcannia.

According to the Eremaea Birds website, there are around 116 species of birds that have been sighted in the Wilcannia area. Including:

  • Square-tailed Kite
  • Black Kite
  • Wedge-tailed Eagle
  • Black-breasted Buzzard
  • Whistling Kite
  • Little Eagle
  • Black-shouldered Kite
  • Spotted Harrier

Warrawong on the Darling

Addr.:

Barrier Highway, Wilcannia NSW 2835 (1.5 Kms East of Wilcannia township)

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Hours:
24 hours 7 days

Warrawong on the Darling is located on the banks of the Darling River and offers modern cabins, powered caravan sites (some with water frontage) and bush camping.

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Red Earth Opal Cafe and Showroom

Addr.:

White Cliffs

(clear, easy to follow directional signs from town centre)

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(02) 8091 6900

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Open typically 7 days
10.00am - 5.00pm most days

The restaurant features a large display of opals mined from the local area.

more details coming soon

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Sturt Desert Peas, Wilcannia

Sturt Desert Peas, around Wilcannia

** Due to recent heavy and consistent rains in the Wilcannia region (over summer, 2011-2012) we should expect to see "acres of desert peas" when in season (best along the White Cliffs road). More details as they come to hand. We'll post a front-page news item when appropriate.

From Wikipedia:Sturt Desert Peas, Wilcannia

wainsona formosa, Sturt's Desert Pea, is an Australian plant in the genus Swainsona, named after English botanist Isaac Swainson, famous for its distinctive blood-red leaf-like flowers, each with a bulbous black centre, or "boss". It is one of Australia's best known wildflowers. It is native to the arid regions of central and north-western Australia, and its range extends into all mainland Australian states with the exception of Victoria.[1]

History

Specimens of Sturt's Desert Pea were first collected by William Dampier who recorded his first sighting on 22 August 1699.[citation needed] These specimens are today in the Fielding-Druce Herbarium at Oxford University in England [2].

The taxonomy of Sturt's Desert Pea has been changed on a number of occasions. It was initially treated in the 18th century in the genus Clianthus as Clianthus dampieri,[3] and later became more widely known as Clianthus formosus (formosus is Latin for "beautiful"). However it was later reclassified under the genus Swainsona as Swainsona formosa, the name by which it is officially known today.[2]

Welcome

Wilcannia (historic) Post OfficeWelcome to the Wilcannia Tourism Association's website.

Wilcannia offers a stunning display of beautiful heritage building, including the local hospital, (old) post office, council chambers, police station and courhouse, to name a few.

Wilcannia wildlife is also rich and diverse, particularly the birdlife.

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