VISITED BY EXPLORERS MAJOR THOMAS MITCHELL AND CHARLES STURT, AND LATER USED AS A BASE BY BURKE AND WILLS IN 1860
Menindee is the first town on the Darling River (gazetted 1863), settled in 1853 between the Darling River and Lake Menindee. Menindee currently has a population of around 550 residents. he lakes and river area were first discovered by the Barkindji People who lived around the Menindee Lakes and along the Darling River (Baaka) dating Bak over 40,000 years.
The natural flood plain lakes now partially modified, sometimes empty sometimes full, provide a significant breeding and feeding grounds for thousands of water birds, fish and aquatic life. Bordering the town is Kinchega National Park Woolshed. Menindee played an important role in early exploration of our vast continent, as well as our states pastoral,riverboat and rail history, still providing access across the Darling for the transcontinental railway.