Part of the Bourke Shire, 132 km north of Cobar, 450 km north
west of Dubbo and located on the Darling River, is the small village
of Louth. The town came
into existence in 1859 when a man named Matthews built a pub to
cater for the passing river trade.
Mary Mathewss Monument:
In Louth you can visit the local cemetery, with the magnificent
granite monument erected by the towns founder in memory of his
wife, Mary Mathews, who died at the age of 42 in 1886. On the 19th
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 crosss 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.
Louth Horse Races:
11th August 2007
The population is small, just under 50, except when the Louth Turf Club hold
their annual race meeting, which is held on the first or second Saturday in
August. Although the event is certainly not turfed, looking more like desert
then a manicured Sydney race track, the event is very popular with the local
airfield usually hosting anywhere up to fifty aeroplanes and drawing a crowd of
around 4,000 people to the village for a great day out.
An ideal opportunity to experience the real Outback, you can
make Louth your base to visit the surrounding region.
Check out our listing of Louth accommodation.
In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local
tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local
maps and other information.