- Wentworth, New South Wales
Infobox Australian Place | type = town
name = Wentworth
state = nsw
caption = Darling Street, Wentworth
lga = Wentworth Shire
postcode = 2648
pop = 1303 (2006)Census 2006 AUS | id = UCL182600 | name = Wentworth (Urban Centre/Locality) | accessdate = 2008-28-08 | quick = on]
maxtemp = 24.3
mintemp = 10.9
rainfall = 286.1
stategov = Murray-Darling
fedgov = Farrer
dist1 = 1034
dist2 = 402
dist3 = 570
dist4 = 266
location4= Broken Hill
dist5 = 34
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 Australialies approximately 100 km to the west. The town of Wentworth is in the Local Government Area of the same name.
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]
Wentworth is now an important tourist
outbackdestination 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 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..
* [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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