Central Darling Region

Diverse beauty across diverse communities

A member of the Far West Joint Organisation, Central Darling Shire Council is the local government authority for the Central Darling region.

Central Darling Shire is the largest Shire in NSW covering an area about the size of the main island of Tasmania.  In contract to its vastness is the size of its population, being less than 2,000 people.

There are four main communities which make up the Shire, being Wilcannia the administration centre of the Shire, Menindee on the banks of the Darling River, Ivanhoe once a thriving rail town and White Cliffs an opal mining town.  Each being different in their commerce, geography and cultures, they form the richness of this Outback region.

The principal economic activities within the Shire include pastoral, horticulture, agriculture, opal mining and tourism.  Tourism is Central Darling Shire’s developing industry with visitors attracted to the region’s many significant natural and manmade attractions and its unique cultural and heritage resources.