The Corner Country Explorer

Outback Driving Adventures

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Total Route Details:

  • Distance: 1,050km - Mostly Unsealed Roads
  • Allow: Min 4 Days (3 Nights)


Starting at the national heritage listed city of Broken Hill or the iconic outback town of Bourke, this route takes you on a true outback adventure. You will drive through historic towns and villages and detour into some fantastic national parks. Whilst this is an accessible and safe outback drive, you will find that you are really embracing the spirit of adventure by going to
unique places that not many people have the opportunity to get to. Get in touch with Indigenous culture and marvel at how and why European settlement came this far out a century and a half ago!

You can enter or leave this route at a number of places depending on your final destination or combine it with other Outback Beds routes (see below). But remember that no matter how experienced you are in travelling the outback, Outback Beds will provide you with a comfortable stay, a friendly smile, a safety network of members and the knowledge of a local.

Travel Details:

Distance: 1,400 km (approximately, depending on side excursions and final route).

Duration: 3-5 days.

Road Surface: Approximately half is sealed, half is well to average graded dirt road.

TOP 10 ALTERNATE TIPS (from the people that live here)

  1. Walk the Heritage Trail at Silverton for fantastic views over Mundi Mundi to the Flinders Ranges
  2. Test your skills at the Broken Hill mountain bike path (near the golf course)
  3. Pan for gold at Tibooburra or fossick for opals at Quilpie
  4. Take a detour to Cameron’s Corner and be in 3 states at once
  5. Canoe the Wilson River at Noccundra (ask about canoe hire at the pub)
  6. Meet Australia’s largest dinosaur at the Eromanga Natural History Museum
  7. Go fishing or yabbying on the Bulloo River at Toompine (ask at the pub) and see if you can double the population of 2
  8. Go bird watching at Currawinya National Park
  9. Experience the sunset from the top of remarkable Mt Oxley
  10. Or simply relax in front of an open pit fire and count the stars and satellites


The Corner Country Explorer Route connects with the following Outback Bed touring routes.

Or try one or more of these side excursions and loop trails that intersect our Corner Country Explorer


Safe Outback Travel

This touring route encompasses remote outback drive and as such some safety precautions will ensure you get the most out of your adventure.


  • Determine if your vehicle is appropriate for the intended journey.
  • Ensure your vehicle is fully serviced before embarking on your holiday.
  • Take spare parts that may be needed. (Fuses, tyre, belts etc)
  • Carry spare fuel.
  • Buy a first aid kit.
  • Do not overload your car – especially if using roof racks
  • Water – carry enough water for at least 1 day (10+)


  • Plan to stop and explorer the areas you are travelling through. This will break the trip up and keep you fresh. Plan to do this every 2-3 hours.
  • Be aware when approaching livestock as they will not necessarily keep off the road and can cross when you least expect it.
  • Try avoiding driving at sunrise and sunset as many native animals (Roos and Emus) will be active then and will be attracted to your headlights and can jump in front of your vehicle – and cause serious damage.
  • If you wish to overtake trucks, a quick flash of you lights is often appreciated.
  • Road trains (double semi-trailers) are long and will take twice as long to overtake than a normal truck. Plan to overtake with caution.


  • Drive at a safe speed (10-20kms less) as conditions on unsealed roads can change quickly.
  • If approaching another vehicle, slow down and move to the left as this will reduce stone damage (windscreen and paint) and reduce dust which may inhibit vision to what is behind their vehicle and yours.
  • Slow when approaching cattle grids as some may be raised or dropped and can be hazardous if crossing at speed.
  • Don’t drive on closed roads.
  • If stopping for some reason, pull over and don’t stop in the middle of the road. If venturing off the main road, take care as the side drain may look dry but maybe wet underneath.
  • Approach creek crossing with caution… they may be washed out and can cause serious damage to your car.


  • If for some reason your vehicle breaks down or gets stuck. STAY WITH YOUR VEHICLE. Someone will always come by.


  • Country people are renowned for their hospitality but remember that their property is their home and livelihood and not all are amenable to random access of their properties; in the same way you would not be at your home or office.
  • Always leave gates as you find them not as you think they should be.
  • Ask permission for camping at the homestead. Check with the station owner before camping and let them nominate a place for you.

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  • The most isolated town in NSW, Tibooburra is the ultimate destination of those travelling to the Corner Country and beyond. Originally named The Granites due to the ancient granite tors that surround the village, Tibooburra formed part of the Albert goldfields. Life in the Albert goldfields was to...

  • 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 r...

  • On the Silver City Highway between Broken Hill and Tibooburra, you'll find Packsaddle. A gum-lined creek crosses the highway a short distance to the north of the Packsaddle Roadhouse and some say the creek was named when Burke and Wills crossed the area to the east, near Wonnaminta.

  • "If you know Bourke, you know Australia" so wrote the famous Australian poet Henry Lawson in 1882. Although Bourke is a town, it is something that is etched in the psyche of Australia and is commonly used as a reference point to the start of the true Outback. 'Back o Bourke' is a colloquial term f...

  • Broken Hill, known as 'The Silver City', is the largest centre in Outback NSW and is often referred to as “The Jewel of the Outback”. Located 1,160 km from Sydney, the city came into existence in 1885 after Charles Rasp recognized the mineral potential of the area two years earlier. Today the city...

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