Australia's outback history is epitomised by Tolarno Station. Tourists are welcome to step back into the 1860's to see the homestead in which Bourke and Wills stayed on their trek to inland Australia. The property boasted 3 hotels, a school and a jail. Tolarno had the largest fleet of paddleboat steamers in inland waterways in the Southern hemisphere.
Recently, the RM Williams outback magazine said of Tolarno (November 1999)
"There is a pride evident in Robert McBride's voice as he escorts his visitors around the old homestead and grounds. The more you see of Tolarno, the more you can understand this pride."
The magazine "Caravanning Australia" had in its August 1999 issue
"...aim for Tolarno Station, for the fascinating insight in the early history of the wool barons of the Darling. At one stage it supported two hotels on the property, for the "benefit" of the extensive work force. Now owned by a member of the well respected South Australian pastoral family, McBride, there is a return to hospitality. Caravanners are very welcome, with accommodation in the converted shearers' quarters, as well as camping by the river."
Please click on the link to the History page above which offers more information on Tolarno of earlier days.
Tours of Tolarno are conducted on an appointment basis with accommodation available at the riverfront shearers' quarters.
Excellent fishing is also possible along the 33 kilometre frontage of the Darling River, with the main species being caught are perch, yellow-belly and Murray cod (a fishing licence is required in New South Wales. These are available from the NSW Department of Fisheries and local tourist offices).
*Shower and toilet facilities are available to all guests at the shearers' quarters.
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