Wentworth, New South Wales


Wentworth, New South Wales

Infobox Australian Place | type = town
name = Wentworth
state = nsw



caption = Darling Street, Wentworth
lga = Wentworth Shire
postcode = 2648
est =
pop = 1303 (2006)Census 2006 AUS | id = UCL182600 | name = Wentworth (Urban Centre/Locality) | accessdate = 2008-28-08 | quick = on]
elevation= 37.0
maxtemp = 24.3
mintemp = 10.9
rainfall = 286.1
stategov = Murray-Darling
fedgov = Farrer
dist1 = 1034
location1= Sydney
dist2 = 402
location2= Adelaide
dist3 = 570
location3= Melbourne
dist4 = 266
location4= Broken Hill
dist5 = 34
location5= Mildura

Wentworth is a small border town in the far south west of the state of New South Wales, Australia. It lies at the confluence of Australia's two most important rivers, the Darling and the Murray, the latter forming the border with the state of Victoria to the south. The border with the state of South Australia lies approximately 100 km to the west. The town of Wentworth is in the Local Government Area of the same name.

History

Named after the famous explorer and politician William Charles Wentworth, the town is 34 km to the west (via the Calder Highway) of the Victorian regional city of Mildura. The famous mining city of Broken Hill is 266 km to the north along the Silver City Highway.

During the late 1800s Wentworth was an important river port; however, like many such towns, its significance faded with the development of the railways (railroads).

The town has been flooded many times by the two rivers. The most significant was in 1956, when both rivers flooded simultaneously. Local farmers, supplemented by the army and navy, worked for months to build levee banks to hold the water out of the town. [http://mildura.terranehosting.com/1956-flood-of-wentworth.html The 1956 flood of Wentworth] , "Mildura Tourism Inc", Accessed September 16, 2007]

Visitor attractions

Wentworth is now an important tourist outback destination and provides a welcome break for those travelling to or from Broken Hill. In addition to its authentic outback charm, the town offers some interesting attractions:
*P.S.Ruby - a restored 1907 side-wheel paddlesteamer
*The annual Great Wentworth Tractor Rally
*The Wentworth Gaol

The Great Wentworth Tractor Rally is a commemoration of the grey "Fergie" tractors that were used to maintain the levee banks and save the town from the 1956 Murray River flood.

Wentworth was a popular destination for 'pokie tour' bus rides from Adelaide, the capital city of South Australia, prior to the legalisation of poker (gambling) machines in that state Fact|date=September 2007..

Gallery

References

External links

* [http://www.wentworth.nsw.gov.au/index.php Wentworth Shire Council]
* [http://www.wentworth.nsw.gov.au/fergie/ The Great Wentworth Tractor Rally]
* [http://www.psruby.com/ Paddlesteamer Ruby]


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