The largest side track (loop) off the Darling River Run takes in the western-most part of outback New South Wales, the Corner Country.
The Corner Country is the area in far north-west of New South Wales, bound by the Queensland border to the north and the South Australian border to the west; the borders meet at Cameron Corner (aka Camerons Corner).
The area is characterised by diverse and beautiful landscapes dissected by the rugged Barrier and Grey Ranges, with the Simpson and Strzelecki Deserts to the west and the Bulloo overflow in the northeast.
The Corner Country is an area rich in Aboriginal heritage, endeavours of explorers such as Sturt and Burke and Wills, as well as stories of European settlement as pastoralists and miners.
Within the Corner Country, there are some iconic outback pioneer towns like Milparinka and Tibooburra that share a heritage of early explorers like Charles Sturt, (1845) as well as the short-lived gold rush of the late 1870’s.
Ephemeral creeks and lakes are interspersed amongst the Barrier and Grey Ranges and sand dunes of the Simpson-Strzelecki Dunefields, whilst sandstone mesas rise from ancient sea-beds.
The iconic outback townships of Milparinka, Tibooburra and Wanaaring are located in the Corner Country, each with their own measure of character, characters and history.
Roads through the Corner Country are dry weather only. Some follow the route of explorer Charles Sturt while others follow travelling stock routes or the Cobb and Co tracks with each leading to a station property or township for an unforgettable Corner Country experience.
Destination Partner - Corner Country Australia
Welcome to Corner Country Outback NSW, one of the most popular travel regions of Australia.
Anyone who travels though Outback New South Wales will understand the deep historical and cultural connections; with experiences of Indigenous heritage and culture, pastoral history, ethereal National Parks, iconic outback towns and legendary waterways. It is just one of those places.
Originally called "The Granites", in reference to the ancient granite tors that surround the town, Tibooburra was part of the Albert Goldfields.
Tibooburra is the closest town to the magnificent Sturt National Park, situated in the north-west corner of NSW, bordering South Australia to the West and Queensland to the north, this massive park provides the visitor with a great insight to the geomorphology of outback Australia.
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 (Dog) Fence.
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 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: Part of this tour is on dry-weather roads.**
At 750km's it is an adventure in itself and can also include The Opal Miners Way which takes in the Opal town of White Cliffs.
Broken Hill <> Tibooburra: Distance = 335 km - about 3 hours 50 mins
Route: Silver City Highway (Dry weather road)
Tibooburra<> Bourke: Distance = 417 km - about 5 hours
Route: The Cut Line (Dry Weather road)