1 Darling St, Tilpa Phone: 02 6837 3928
Tilpa Hotel’s on the Darling, 145km north east of Wilcannia and 190 south west of Bourke.
It only has four accommodation rooms, with three twins and one room with a double and a single. The overnight rate is just 30 bucks a head. When we lobbed there only one other room was taken so we were given separate rooms at no extra charge.
The rooms all have strong hooks, good powerpoints and reverse cycle air-con and window screens which are a godsend as the mozzies here can only be described as epic. Make sure you whisk them outa the toilet bowl before you sit down!
The showers are beside the rooms and are clean with good pressure and immediate hot water. They remain unlocked and seem to be available to campers but you’d be best to ask.
It’s owned by the McLure family who also own a farm stay arrangement on their Kallara station a bit out of town and the pub is evidence that backpackers can indeed run a friendly outback watering hole, although they still don’t have much local knowledge.
The bar is cosy and is one of those typical ‘sign your name on the walls’ arrangements and there is a good dining area out the back. Schooners are five bucks.
For dinner, Robb tucked into a very decent $22.00 steak from an extensive menu of mostly shipped in pre-prepared food.
There’s (very expensive) standard fuel available from a rickety old bowser out front and it’s better to fill up at both Wilcannia and Louth which is just under 90kms in the direction of Bourke.
We had some great conversations with a couple of the locals, one a fencer and the other a retired station hand as a grey nomad couple slowly sat on their drinks (he a beer and she a free water) before they left to cook their own meals in their caravan. Don’t get me started!!!!
I’d definitely stay there next time I’m riding the Darling.
T: 02 6837 3928