The main weir on the Darling River at Menindee
While located in what could be considered to be a rugged region of the New South Wales outback, the lakes would previously fill and empty based on the seasonal conditions. Due to the damming of the Darling and the creation of the lakes as a water supply, they are now never empty and cover 47,500 hectares of fresh water. The lakes are an important bird area.
Water is pumped from the lakes to the city of Broken Hill via a 100 kilometer pipeline.
The Darling River after it passes through the main Menindee Weir.
The small township of Menindee sits within the lake system on the banks of the Darling River. The township stared out as river crossing serving the sheep farmers in the district.