Sturt National Park

Outback NSW National Parks

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The innate quality of those who travel the Outback is to see the icon destinations that are ingrained in the Australian psyche and Cameron Corner is one of those Outback destinations. The surveyed north-west corner of NSW, Cameron Corner, is the point at which the states of NSW, Queensland and South Australia meet and it is this corner that forms the north-west boundary of Sturt National Park - one of NSW's largest National Parks at 340,000 ha.

This massive park which spans the sandy dunes of the Strzelecki Desert across the ancient Mesas of the Grey Range and Mt King (The Jump-Ups) and to the Gibber plains, gorges and hills of Mount Wood.

The area provides the visitor with a great insight to the geomorphology of Outback Australia with ancient eroded mountain ranges and vast gibber plains easily illustrating the concept of the inland sea that early explorers like Charles Sturt believed covered the interior of Australia. The park also provides several vantage points to the Dingo Fence (at 5,000+ kms it is the world's longest fence) which forms the north and western boundary of the park

In the eastern section of the park, there are 3 wonderful and informative self drive tours:

  • The Gorge Loop Road: This around Mt Wood and the Mount Wood Hills covers the outdoor pastoral heritage museum, Mt Wood Homestead & shearers quarters, the Gibber and Mitchell Grass Plains, the Twelve Mile Creek Gorge, and the old pastoral remains at Torrens Bore and Horton Park Station. Wildlife such as Emu, Kangaroo, and Wedge-Tail eagles are commonly sighted.
  • The Jump-Ups Loop Road: The ancient landforms that are known as the Jump-Ups are the remains of an ancient mountain range that have been eroded down over millions of years leaving the 150m plateau (Mesa) and the granite strewn plains which form the catchment of the Connia Creek (Ephemeral) which follows south-east into the Twelve Mile creek.
  • Cameron Corner:The drive from Tibooburra to Cameron Corner takes the visitor through a diverse landscape including the Waka Claypan, past Fort Grey which was provisions stockade built by explorer Charles Sturt for his inland expeditions, and on to the Corner and the worlds longest fence; the 5,000+ km Dog Fence which was constructed to keep roaming Dingos of the north and west out of the pastoral lands of NSW.


The most 'Outback' of all NSW parks, Sturt National Park is an essential destination for any outback adventure and is located 330km north of Broken Hill (50/50 gravel/sealed) and 400km west of Bourke (unsealed).

** This area of Australia is VERY hot in summer so autumn/winter/spring is best time to travel through Outback NSW.

For more information on Sturt National Park.


Nearby Destination

Along the Adventure Way of SW QLD

Thargomindah

For the traveller, Thargomindah and the surrounding area offers wonderful National Parks (Lake Bindegolly NP and Currawinya NP), friendly farm stays, unique birdlife, amazing geomorphology of ancient land forms including massive sand dunes, historic pubs, and carpets of outback wildflowers after replenishing rains.
Preserving explorer history...

Milparinka

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.

 

Outback Beds Members & Touring

Members

Experience the best of the Corner Country

Pimpara Lake Station

Pimpara Lake Station is a family owned and operated station property located in the far west of outback New South Wales, in the area known as Corner Country. It is a property traversed by the Packsaddle Creek and features a number of ephemeral and salt lakes. One of the historical features of the property is that it backs onto the sand dunes and salty creeks over which Sturt's expedition struggled between the campsite on Flood's Creek and their most famous site at Depot Glen.
The iconic Corner Country pub & hospitality

Noccundra Hotel

Serving Beer since 1882, the Historic Sandstone Noccundra Hotel, on Nockatunga Station South-West QLD, invites you to experience a little bit of the past on our gum-lined river-fronted bush camp grounds. The Noccundra Hotel is the only surviving building in the historic township of Noccundra, and it serves as an important link with the establishment of pastoral settlement in the area. The Hotel was built of quarried sandstone, and transported to Noccundra by camel train. The township of Noccundra has a population of 3 and is situated adjacent to the Wilson River, 142km west of Thargomindah.
Few pubs in Australia are more iconic than the Family Hotel in Tibooburra and few places are more welcoming than the Corner Country town of Tibooburra.

Family Hotel

Few pubs in Australia are more iconic than the Family Hotel in Tibooburra and few places are more welcoming than the Corner Country town of Tibooburra. The hotel, run by Melissa and William Thomson who have owned it since 2013, was built in 1882 by Francis Bladon. Originally it was known as the Tattersall’s Hotel but its name changed to Downie's Family Hotel in 1887. Despite having eighteen owners in its 128 year history, it has always retained ‘Family’ in its title.

Touring

Going around the Corner...

Corner Explorer

How outback do you want to go? The Corner Explorer touring route is one for the adventurer. While this involves outback driving on unsealed roads, it is possible to do it in a conventional vehicle (although a higher clearance SUV is probably better). On trips like this, always phone ahead to get an update on road conditions. Explore More


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