Camping on the Darling – Kinchega National Park

We wanted to visit the Menindee Lakes on this trip but sadly they have been completely dry for quite a few months now, that wasn’t going to stop us from pitching the tent on the Darling River though. The Menindee region is a pleasant 1 1/2 hour drive from Broken Hill, we seem to have arrived when the countryside was at it’s best with lots of wild flowers on the side of the road and green as far as you can see. Travelling this far west really gives you an idea of how large Australia is, totally flat in all directions so talk about big sky country.

We arrive at Menindee which is a sleepy little place and went straight to the information centre, had a good look around and bought myself a Menindee camo cap. With my newly established beard progressing well I look a bit like an extra on Duck Dynasty wearing it.

Camping at Kinchenga National park is really straight forward, there is a registration area on the entry track where you pay $7.00 per day for vehicle access and $5.00 per person per day for camping so our night on the Darling cost us $17.00 (Bargain!).

We found a fantastic campsite a picnic table and drop toilet down-wind (thankfully) we I set up cam then sat down with a glass of wine and soaked up the tranquillity then a rather large goanna walked by to say g’day.

We arrive at Kitchenga National Park
We arrive at Kitchenga National Park near the town of Menendee NSW
Campsite view
The view from our camp site, ahhh the serenity
The campsite all finished, the Coleman "Instant Up" tent is truly a simple set up and we parked the car next to the picnic table and extended it's awning over the table for a nice shady eating spot.
The camp site all finished, the Coleman “Instant Up” tent is truly a simple set up and we parked the car next to the picnic table and extended it’s awning over the table for a nice shady eating spot.
Goanna
A friendly goanna walked by and said “hello”, I won’t mention what Lea said when she saw him 😉
Night time at the camp
Dinner time. Jaffles, dairy milk chocolate and bug flavoured tea (don’t forget the insect repellent)
Sunrise
A glorious sunrise over the Darling River, no fish or yabbies caught but we had a great time. Next stop – Port Augusta SA