What the Dickens? Uncanny Wilcannia….

Wilcannia (pop700) is a township on the mighty Darling River in outback NSW. Its heyday was the 1880s when paddle steamers carried wheat and wool from the inland downstream to the mouth of the Murray River in South Australia. As a result of its former prominence, Wilcannia boasts some beautiful sandstone buildings from the Victorian age, which gleam under the blue outback skies.

Amazingly, British novelist Charles Dickens’ son was on the committee of the Athenaeum Club and Anthony Trollope’s son was a member of the cricket club. The Darling River has a historic split bridge which could open to allow tall boats to pass through. The renovated hospital provides excellent bush care with a river view. I couldn’t resist photographing a sunflower-like weed on the floodplain. Its brilliance seemed to typify the shining day. Warning: the nights are a contrast, however, with a frost this morning.

We recommend the Heritage Trail and the excellent Chinese cuisine at the Golf Club.






Australian pioneers remembered

Swan Hill, on Australia’s mighty River Murray was home to paddle steamers and you can experience life in the nineteenth century at the Pioneer Settlement. At night, you can travel round the settlement and listen to stories and a light show. It costs Seniors $32 for the package.