Louth - Darling River, Outback NSW

Located 132 km northwest of Cobar, 100 km southwest of Bourke and 836 km northwest of Sydney, Louth is a tiny little village on the banks of the Darling River which was established in 1862 when an Irishman called Matthews selected 40 acres from the Toorale holding (where he was employed as a shipwright and wheelwright) and built a pub to cater for the passing river and land-based trade.

He named the new settlement after his native town in Ireland and it grew considerably in size in the years to follow, boasting several hotels, shops and even a newspaper.

Now a sleepy little hamlet of less than 30 residents, Louth is well known for hosting NSW's premier Outback Race Meeting – held on the Saturday following the Monday bank holiday at the beginning of August. The next races will be Saturday, August 10th, 2013 featuring a 7 race program and $74,500 in prize money.

Festivities begin in the week leading up to race day, with the Gundabooka Golf Challenge on Wednesday 8th, a Royal Flying Doctor Service fundraiser. Many campers make a week of it, enjoying the excellent fishing, great company, live music on Friday and Saturday nights, and cold beer served late into the night at Shindy's Inn. Camping, hot showers and limited firewood are on site at the race course which is only a stone's throw from the village and Darling River, and courtesy transfers are provided from the Louth airstrip.

In Louth you can visit the local cemetery and marvel at the magnificent granite monument erected by the town's founder in memory of his wife, Mary Mathews, who died at the age of 42 in 1886. Each 19 August, the anniversary of her death, the reflection from the Celtic cross atop her resting place can be seen from where the doorstep of her home once was. Recent scientific analysis with the help of GPS technology has established the accuracy of the surveyors and ships' captains of the past.

With the sun setting in a slightly different position on the western horizon each day, the cross's reflection travels a kilometre and back across the village boundary each year. Anyone visiting Louth can observe the spectacular reflection for just three minutes each evening. Pegs have been positioned for most days of the year to make finding the spot easy.


Visitor Information Centre:

Kidman Way Bourke 2840


Telephone: 02 6872 1321

Booking Terms & Conditions

Terms and Conditions – Trilby Station

Booking confirmation:

  • Overseer’s Cottage, Jillaroo’s cottage and Shearer’s Bunkhouse: A 50% deposit is required to confirm your booking. Payment of this deposit is via EFT or Credit Card. Balance payable on arrival via cash or credit card (MasterCard, Visa, Eftpos)
  • Powered Sites and River Campsites: Credit card details required for guarantee.
  • Louth Races week: All accommodation and camping attracts a premium for the week of Louth Races. Payment is required in full to confirm any booking. We do not refund cancelled bookings.

Checking in and out:

  • Check in is from 2pm and Departure time is 10am for all accommodation, caravan and camping sites.
  • Late check out will incur an automatic $30 charge that will be added to your bill.
  • An additional cleaning fee of $40 will be incurred if cottages/Bunkhouse are not left in a clean and tidy state.  Guests should ensure dishes are washed, dried and put away.

Cancellations and Refunds:

  • We do not refund cancelled bookings, however you may reschedule your dates.  Cancellations made less than 48 hours prior to arrival cannot be rescheduled and payment is forfeited.
  • Where cancellation of your booking occurs due to weather conditions locally that are beyond our control we are happy to renegotiate your booking, or you may cancel without any loss to you.


Please contact us for details for paying deposit.