Wilcannia is the first town after
Broken Hill. The town, on the banks of the Darling River
has an air of being ‘run down’ but this perception is not an accurate
assessment. When spending an overnight and that is recommended to the
traveler, once getting to know the people there is a high degree of
The name Wilcannia is said to be derived from an
Aboriginal term for either 'gap in the bank where floodwaters escape'
or 'wild dog'. Neither meaning has been linguistically verified.
Wilcannia in an earlier era has been a quite
dynamic river port town. The third largest in Australia. A second life
came from the land;
the surrounding area is very sparsely settled by
pastoralists who have large land holdings, used primarily to run
livestock. The majority of these holdings are held as 99-year leases.
The old buildings in Wilcannia have been identified
for heritage listings.
The Anglican Church is a centaury plus building.
The surviving hotel is a classic pub that has
enjoyed greater prosperity.
said check out the classy artwork from the teenage aboriginal seeking
to build awareness.
The Museum is located off the main highway.
The Wilcannia War Memorial is near the Police
Station and is an appropriate acknowledgement.
When the river is in flood an interesting dimension