Perry Sandhills Wentorth
Perry Sandhills, located about 10kms from Wentworth, are a remarkable sight; especially at dawn and dusk when the low sun illuminates the dunes revealing amazing colours, textures, and shadows; well suited to landscape photography and those venturing out are rarely disappointed.
Experts believe the sand hills originated around 40,000 years ago at the time of a severe ice age and have resulted from thousands of years of wind erosion picking up and depositing the fine sand forming the shifting dunes.
In a similar way to Lake Mungo the constant erosion of the dunes reveals evidence of past forms of human habitation and mega-fauna; an area of great biological significance and particular relevance to anthropology.
Its beauty is evident but it has not always been aesthetically appreciated; during the Second World War, the site was used for bombing practice. But today, its beauty is appreciated by visitors and camera crews alike as it has been the set for many advertisements and films including 'The Man From Snowy River', Burke and Wills, and The Flying Doctors. Perry Sandhills cover 10 hectares and are part of the Thegoa Lagoon floodplain. Included by many as a top photographic destination, the sandhills reveal their splendor more so at sunrise and sunset; which also means there tends to be less people traipsing over the dunes.
Wentworth is located at the junction of Australia's two great rivers - The Murray and The Darling. Originally named Hawdon's Ford, it was surveyed in 1858 and named Wentworth in 1859 after the Australian explorer, journalist and politician William Charles Wentworth.
Before the Darling River was opened up, Wentworth was the hub to which much of the woolclip was brought for shipment to either Echuca (for transport to Melbourne) or Morgan (for transport to Adelaide).
Due to the efforts of the early river explorers in the late 1850's William Randell (Mary Ann) and Francis Cadell (Lady Augusta), the Darling River was opened-up for trade and Wentworth became the first river port of the Darling; although its early development can also be attributed to the river trade already being developed along the Murray.
By the late 1880's Wentworth was Australia's busiest inland port. In 1895, 485 vessels were recorded as passing through the Customs House (31 in one week alone).
Today, Wentworth is a large and prosperous township with lots for the traveller to see and experience and is an ideal base to explore some amazing sites in the area.