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Dareton is the centre of the Coomealla Irrigation Area, best known for its superior dried fruit and wine grapes. The irrigation area was once known as 'Nine Mile' and owes its existence, in part, to the visionary 'The Million Farms' scheme that flourished following World War One.

The cornerstone for Coomealla's ambitious horticultural development was laid in 1922, when Murray Lands Advisory Committee members inspected the area and recommended an irrigation scheme be established. The town is named for Water Conservation and Irrigation Commissioner Henry Harvey Dare, a staunch proponent of the proposal.

The Dareton Coomealla 90th celebrations were held June 4th to 7th 2015.

Dareton: Where To Go / Sightseeing

Coomealla Golf Club

Coomealla Golf Club is the picturesque golf club on the banks of the mighty Murray River.

Situated right on the banks of the Murray River, the Coomealla Golf Club is arguably one of the country's finest.

The Golf Club offers a comprehensive range of facilities including a comfortable, air-conditioned clubhouse. Light snacks and meals are available, complemented by a well stocked bar.

There is the welcoming Pro-Shop with a comprehensive range of equipment for sale and hire. There is also the popular outdoor barbecue area.

Golf Club Drive
Dareton, NSW, 2717

Located 1.1K from Dareton

ODonnell Park at Curlwaa

O'Donnell Park at Curlwaa is a picturesque park on the banks of the Murray River. It is a scenic place to enjoy a picnic, let the children try out the playground or simply relax from a long drive.

The park is named after Larry O'Donnell, a prominent Curlwaa man. Mr O'Donnell worked tirelessly for the good of the settlement and its industries, particularly those of dried fruits, water and salinity issues.

In the park also is a monument erected in 1959 to thank and recognise all those who worked tirelessly to save Curlwaa from inundation of the 1956 flood waters.

Silver City Highway
Curlwaa, NSW, 2648

Located 6.6K from Dareton

Possum Statue

The 'Possum' lived for 50 years as a hermit around the Wentworth area.

A life size statue of a man known as 'The Possum', who when disgruntled by life during the "Great Depression" (1929) took to living off the land around Wentworth. He slept in trees (thus his name), walked many miles, swam the rivers, living the life of a hermit and avoided human contact for some 50 years before his death at the age of 81.

A proud man, 'Possum' worked for graziers in exchange for food and clothing, although he would always wait until the folk had left for town before he began his work. He was known to upset some of the property owners when he let the dogs loose because he felt sorry for them.

Hear his story via voca-phone by placing 20 cents in the green metal box close to the statue.

Fotherby Park,
Silver City Highway
Wentworth, NSW, 2648

Located 11.0K from Dareton

PS Ruby Wentworth

Step back in time as you are welcomed onboard the authentic 1907 heritage paddlesteamer PS Ruby, operating from the Murray Darling Junction. Feel a tinge of excitement and adventure as the steam chambers breathe life into the powerful paddles propelling the 205 ton riverboat. Note the lovingly restored woodwork and polished brass fittings and be amazed by the 132 foot nine inch vessel that only dips two and a half feet into the water below. Imagine how the outback opened up through the Murray and Darling rivers. Fuel had to grow out of the surrounding bush to fire up the boiler.

Now the billabongs and lagoons are teeming with bird life and the spectacle of cruising on a commercially surveyed New South Wales heritage paddlesteamer is a unique opportunity.

Volunteers are thrilled to welcome visitors aboard for guided and self-guided tours on various days.

Fotherby Park,
Silver City Highway
Wentworth, NSW, 2648

Located 11.0K from Dareton

Junction Island Nature Reserve, Canoe Tree and Walking Track

The Junction Island Nature Reserve and Walking Track is the shoal of land between the Darling and Murray Rivers. The junction sandbar is where a large number of Aborigines, armed with spears and weapons, threatened Captain Sturt as he sailed down the Murray on his expedition to find the inland sea. Luckily the Aboriginals were calmed down by four Aboriginals from across the river whom Sturt had befriended earlier and therefore the intruder's presence was accepted.

You can visit the Island and stand on the footbridge between both the Darling and Murray Rivers or walk to the point where the rivers meet. Standing right in the middle of Australia's two greatest rivers is a unique Australian experience not to be missed.

Flora, fauna, wildlife and birdlife abound within this island reserve. A canoe tree is located at the beginning of the walking track that leads to the point.

Two Rivers Ski Reserve
Wentworth, NSW, 2648

Located 11.2K from Dareton

Captain John Egge Statue

John Egge was born in Shanghai China in 1830. As a young man he worked a sampan on the Yangtze River. At 16 he sailed to Australia as cabin boy with Captain Francis Cadell.

Egge was the cook on Cadell's PS Lady Augusta which raced with Captain Randall's vessel, PS Mary Ann in 1853.

In 1866 he chartered his first river boat PS Treviot. By 1870, Egge was established as one of the biggest traders on the Murray Darling and his on-shore business interests had expanded at the same rate as his river trade.

Captain Egge died in Wentworth in 1901, and is buried in Wentworth Cemetery.

A bronze statue of Captain John Egge was unveiled at the Wentworth Wharf on 12 June 2009 during the 150th Anniversary of Wentworth. The statue was commissioned by the Wentworth Branch of the National Trust and sculpted by Lynne Edey.

Port of Wentworth,
Wharf Street
Wentworth, NSW, 2648

Located 11.2K from Dareton

Wentworth Wharf

The Wentworth Wharf was originally built in 1879 using local timber and was a major landmark of the town - a hive of industry. Boats, large and small were to become a 'way of life' in the town on the junction of the Darling and Murray Rivers. Throughout the riverboat era Wentworth was the busiest inland port within NSW (third busiest port after Sydney and Newcastle). During one week 31 steamers were docked at the wharf.

The original wharf deteriorated and was demolished in 1983. A replica was built (including the little customs office) and now stands in its place.

Wharf Street
Wentworth, NSW, 2648

Located 11.3K from Dareton

Dareton: Events

Wentworth Melbourne Cup Races

Enjoy having a flutter on the local races, join in the fun of the Fashions on the Field and catch up with friends at this great annual social event.

Not everyone can get to the real thing so the next best way to celebrate the Race that stops a Nation is to go to the Race Meeting that stops the Country! Yes the famous Wenty Races.

Wentworth District Racing Club's one and only race meeting for the year is held on Melbourne Cup Day. Refer to the website for programme details.

Event Dates
      1st Nov

Armstrong Avenue,
Wentworth Showgrounds
Wentworth, NSW, 2648

Located 10.8K from Dareton

Pooncarie Field Day

Come and see popular favourites such as the Pen of Three Lambs and the Fleece Comp as well as the art and craft events - the Bush Photo Comp and Boot Art.

For those wanting to watch the Goat Dog Trails and Sheep Dog Trials are always entertaining. Watch out this year for the Whip Cracking twist to test just how talented they are.

Making its return after being a roaring success in its first year in 2011 is the Ladies Trailer Backing Competition. The kids will be occupied all day with colouring competitions, Mothers Day Cup Cake Decorating Competition, Bush Photo Competition, whip cracking, boot art, Well Worn Bush Hat and free jumping castle.

Some of the new and returning exhibitors include all major sponsors as well as Koolaman Designs, Think Water, Mildura Native Nursery, Sunrise Ag, Wallers, The Pit Stop and Outback Whips and Leather.

Livestock Exhibitors will be attending and there is plenty for the ladies and mums. The Bar and food stalls will be open all day and there is a fantastic line up of entertainment starting in the afternoon and continuing into the evening.

As always the community auction is being held raising funds for various community health organisations and for the first time the Pooncarie Field Day will hold their own stand selling some local goods and merchandise to raise funds for the Broken Hill Outback Mobile Resource Unit - affectionately known as Toy Library - who provide a valuable service to preschool aged children from Tibooburra south to Gol Gol.

Event Dates
      6th May

Racecourse Road
Wentworth, NSW, 2648

Located 11.1K from Dareton

Henley On The Darling Rowing Regatta

This year, this event will be held on the Saturday for the Wentworth Regatta and Sunday for the Mildura Regatta both at Wentworth. Wentworth Rowing Club has an extremely long history with the townships with a 100 year connection with the sport. This event attracts top rowers from far and wide.

Event Dates
      26th Mar
      27th Mar

Wharf Street
Wentworth, NSW, 2648

Located 11.3K from Dareton

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