Tibooburra, Outback NSW

Outback Touring & Destinations

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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 tough and life in Tibooburra was no exception.

About the Corner Country

About Tibooburra

Tibooburra is the closest town to Sturt National Park, an expansive park located in the north-west corner of NSW and bordering South Australia to the West and Queensland to the north, 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 believed covered the interior of Australia.

The park also provides several vantage points to the Dingo Fence.

Tibooburra is a great service town for locals and visitors alike, with facilities including:

  • Two hotels,
  • Motel rooms, cabins and a caravan park and hostel to accommodate visitors.
  • Post-office with banking and internet access
  • Supermarket
  • Two cafes facilities.
  • The Royal Flying Doctor Service visits each Tuesday for a clinic.
  • Modern roadhouse and local stores provide meals and fuel, or undertake vehicle repairs.

There Pioneer Park on the north side of town with a wonderful replica of a full-size 27-foot long whaleboat perched on the top of some poles; a replica of the whaleboat Charles Sturt hauled across inland Australia.

And here, on the edge of the huge Sturt National Park you can really feel as though you are in the heart of the desert… the real and remote outback.

Tibooburra is the perfect base for exploring Sturt National Park, and there are three 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 clay pan, past Fort Grey which was provisions stockade built by explorer Charles Sturt for his inland expeditions, and on to the Corner and the world’s 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.

** NOTE: This area of Australia is VERY hot in summer so correct travel procedures should be followed. Autumn/winter/spring can be a more favourable time to travel for those new to outback travel.

Outback Beds

Corner Country Outback Beds

  • 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.

Getting to the Corner Country

Driving to the Corner Country

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There are many different routes that can be taken when driving from any of the capital cities to the Tibooburra.

The following is an overview of the routes from Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide that may help you in planning your Outback Beds experience.

From Brisbane:

Warrego Hwy <> Newell Highway <> Gwydir Highway <> Bourke-Hawker Gate Rd (Unsealed): Distance = 1,334km approx

From Sydney:

Castlereagh Highway > Mitchell Highway <> Adventure Way <> Bourke-Hawker Gate Rd (Unsealed): Distance = 1,179km approx

From Melbourne:

Calder Highway <> Silver City Highway (10% Unsealed): Distance = 1,169km aprox

From Adelaide: 

Barrier Highway <> Silver City Highway (10% Unsealed): Distance = 849km approx


Travel & Touring

Corner Country Touring Routes

  • 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.

Visitor Information

Corner Country Visitor Information Centre

Ph: 08 8091 3862


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