Milparinka, Outback NSW
Outback Touring & Destinations
Milparinka, 40 kilometres to the south of Tibooburra, is something of an enigma, a town that thrived during the 1890s but gradually declined as the prospect of growing wealthy from gold discovery also declined.
Set on the banks of Sturt's Evelyn Creek its heritage value is outstanding. The Albert (Milparinka) Hotel and the beautifully restored sandstone Courthouse and police station complex complement each other. A volunteer-run Visitor Information Centre and local history interpretive museum operates from March through to October.
About the Milparinka
After the 'Gold Rush that swept through the Corner, and despite gold not being found in Milparinka, the town grew into a substantial township with four hotels, a bank, shops, a library, a newspaper office, police station and courthouse, a Cobb and Co office, school, post office and more. Plans were made to build a hospital. The telegraph was linked to Sydney in 1896, and coach services arrived twice a week from Wilcannia and later Broken Hill.
Today, Milparinka is a ghost of its former self, but as heritage township has much to offer. A devoted local community group has restored four of the most significant buildings, the courthouse, police station, gaol cells, and former kitchen and turned them into a vibrant, awarding winning Heritage Precinct. A Visitor Information Centre operates with the help of "visiting volunteers" during the tourist season.
A walking trail around the township connects significant historic locations, whilst ongoing survey work is reconstructing the original town layout. A pastoral museum, public gardens and pioneer memorials complete the attractions.
Today beautifully restored colonial buildings provide the venue for interpretive and visitor information, while garden-sites combine recreation and learning with hands-on mining displays for children (and the young at heart).
Don't drive past! Call in and say hullo to Visiting Volunteers who manage the facilities and share a complimentary coffee or tea with friends.