Over 150 Years of Pioneering History...

Wentworth was named after the New South Wales explorer and politician William Charles Wentworth. The area was named a municipality on January 23, 1879. Wentworth is the region's oldest settlement located at the junction of Australia's two largest rivers, the Murray and the Darling.

In 1829 exploration parties headed out west of Sydney towards the then unknown Murray and Darling rivers in an endeavour to discover an inland sea. Although no inland sea was found, Captain Charles Sturt, entered the headwaters of a wide river which he named the Darling. On his return to Sydney a Government conceived expedition then sent Sturt to trace the Murrumbidgee River. It was during this expedition that he entered a mighty river which he named the Murray.  

In 1830, while navigating the Murray, he came across a river junction which he was convinced was the Darling.

With the arrival of the river steamers in 1853, the small European settlement found itself to be ideally situated as an administrative and commercial centre for the untapped wealth of the vast Outback. For many years Sydney was the only port in New South Wales to handle more cargo than Wentworth. The steamers brought a new sophistication to the rugged river towns. They carried the hopes and dreams of fragile communities for over three quarters of a century.

William Charles Wentworth (1790-1872)

The Historic Port of Wentworth

In the early 1900's the first irrigation settlement in New South Wales was commenced at Curlwaa, seven kilometres east of Wentworth. Irrigation breathed new life into the district which led to pastoral properties being divided into smaller allotments (now referred to as "blocks") and enabled regeneration and the production of fruits and vegetables of high quality. Citrus fruits are extremely popular, but with changing market trends, the more recent planting of vines to accommodate the demand for wine production had become more popular.

The constant change in market values and limited water alocations have since seen a change in focus for our town and as history has shown, the folks of Wentworth once again take up the challenge to move forward.

Wentworth continues to be an important centre for the surrounding landholders. It is a town steeped in history and as a tourist area of great diversity, Wentworth has much to offer including; the Confluence of the mighty Murray and the tranquil Darling Rivers, Locks and Weirs, Paddle­steamers and Houseboats, Watersports, Historic Buildings, The Old Wentworth Gaol, Pioneer Museum, Aboriginal Culture, Art Galleries, River Cruises, Wineries, Perry Sandhills, Thegoa lagoon , unique scenery and native wildlife combined with a thriving cafe, pub and club culture.  Our Wentworth Services Sporting Club also caters for the visitor with golf, tennis and bowls facilities all within minutes of our town centre.  

Township of Dareton 

The town of Dareton is at the centre of the Coomealla Irrigation Area, an ambitious horticultural development begun in 1922. 

The bush landscape was transformed into an orderly pattern of  vineyards and orchards. by soldier settlers after two world wars.

The Dareton Agricultural Research and Advisory Station has operated for 60 years providing scientific data for vine and citrus industries. 

The Coomealla Memorial Club is a superb entertainment and dining centre, and also operates a championship golf course on the banks of the Murray River. The area is an angler’s paradise and habitat for fauna.


Township of Gol Gol 

 Established in the late 1870’s, this town was historically significant as an important coach stop. Coaches were vital for communication, Royal Mail and transport in the Wentworth Shire. Up to six lines operated to and from the area to Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide. The Gol Gol Inn was one of the major change stations. 

Today, the Gol Gol Hotel is still a favourite stop. The town hosts a range of accommodation and  recreational activities on the picturesque banks of the mighty Murray River.  An award winning boutique  winery can be found at  Trentham Cliffs.

Township of Buronga 

Early explorers and overlanders no doubt would have passed by this site in the mid 1800s before pioneering graziers took up the land between the Murray and Lower Darling Rivers. 

Originally part of the Tapio run, Buronga is situated on the Sturt Highway, just five minutes from Mildura., a modern close-knit community based on light industry, horticulture and viticulture. The Australian Inland Botanic Gardens are situated close to town,  plus winery production and citrus and olive orchards. A riverbank caravan park and motels cater for accommodation needs.

 

Township of Pooncarie 

Set on the sloping banks of the Darling River, 115km north of Wentworth, is the  town of Pooncarie., known locally as  ‘The Port’.

A great spot to break your drive, stretch your legs and grab a bite to eat, Pooncarie provides a unique insight into life in the Outback, albeit on the banks of a river.  The locals are only too happy to share a yarn about the town, its characters, and its history.

Like Wentworth, Pooncarie was once a thriving port town, with paddlesteamers laden with wool plying the Darling downstream for South Australia. The old Wharf site still exists today for visitors to explore.