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.
The massive Sturt National Park 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.
- 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.