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Drive Melbourne to Cameron Corner:
The Corner Country, just the name conjures up images of the iconic nature of outback Australia and Cameron Corner, the point at which three States meet is the pinnacle of outback adventures.
Driving to the Corner is a challenge (sometimes of the mind, sometimes of the ability, sometimes of the vehicle, and often a challenge of all things combined), but only if you do it right.
Sure there is the more relaxed/direct route which will soon be bitumen all the way to Tibooburra. Direct routes are efficient and effective but often lack the spirit of adventure.
This route from Melbourne to Tibooburra, and onto Cameron Corner, is an adventure taking in two other touring routes I have published recently.
** While this is an 'off-bitumen' rather than a serious 'off-road' trip. It is certainly doable in an AWD SUV (with care and with driver ability) with the proviso that conditions along these touring routes can change. Alternative roads should be used in times of rain and flooding.
The Corner Country, Outback Australia
The Corner Country, encompassing the outbacks of New South Wales, Queensland, and South Australia, is one of the most popular travel regions of Australia. Travelling to the Corner Country provides the visitor with an understanding of the deep historical and cultural connections to the region; with experiences of Indigenous heritage and culture, pastoral history, ethereal landscapes, iconic outback towns and legendary characters. It is just one of those places.
“Wherever I go in the bush I always find my way back and always come out at the place where I want to go” Alfred Howitt, 13 September 1859
Cameron Corner (sometimes referred to as Cameron's Corner) is the surveyed north-west corner of New South Wales and the point at which the states of New South Wales, Queensland and South Australia meet. The corner also forms the north-west boundary of Sturt National Park – one of New South Wales's largest National Parks at 340,000 ha.
This touring adventure touring route from Melbourne to Cameron Corner incorporates two other great touring routes:
The run from the Darling River to Tibooburra is through the wonderful back-country of northwest New Sout Wales. ** If you want a more direct route, with a few adventure options, please see the More Direct Route Options
- Cadell Fault and the Edward River
- Mungo National Park
- The Darling River
- White Cliffs
- Mutawintji NP
The real adventure of this touring route starts at Echuca/Moama, which is an easy highway drive from Melbourne via the Hume Highway and Northern Highway. At about 225 km, it will take less than 3 hours to get to Moama (depending on traffic and departure point in Melbourne).
Welcome to Murray River Council, covering Moama, Mathoura, Barham, and Moulamein. The vibrant tourism region of the central Murray River region stretching from Echuca/Moama and including iconic access to the Murray, Edward, and Wakool Rivers.
The Final Push - Cameron Corner
Towns & Localities
The Two-Storey Tibooburra Hotel offers accommodation in Tibooburra's iconic 'Two Story Hotel', built in 1882 during the gold rush and is the oldest surviving hotel in Tibooburra.
The Family Hotel will welcome you with that great outback hospitality that is a welcome change from the rushed and impersonal ways of the ‘big-smoke. Located in Tibooburra, Outback NSW, Australia.
The Corner Country Store is situated in the town centre of Tibooburra, look for the "i" offering visitor and road information. Offering friendly service, selling fuel, tyre repairs, gas refills, ice, real coffee, homemade food and more.
Tibooburra Beds & Camping, we've set out to provide you with everything you need. Our spacious, clean, and comfortable motel style accommodation provides a reprieve from the outback.
The Granites Motel/Caravan Park was established in 1985 in time for the Tibooburra School Centenary Celebrations. It started with five motel rooms and four second-hand caravans with an amenities block and a few powered sites.
TJ's Roadhouse, Supermarket, Restaurant & Cafe. For all your travel provisions including Supermarket, Cafe, Restaurant, Beer Garden, Post Office and Vehicle Repairs, TJ's Roadhouse, Supermarket, Restaurant & Cafe, has everything you need for your visit to Tibooburra and Corner Country.
How outback do you want to go? You drive 296 km north of Broken Hill, 39 km south of Tibooburra and 1,465 km from Sydney to a small turnoff from the Silver City Highway.
Built in 1882, the Albert Hotel was the first to be licensed in Milparinka and just one of four hotels in the historic township at the height of the gold rush. Despite renovations, through the years parts of the hotel remain as travellers would have found them more than a century ago.
Pincally Station is the home to Matt and Zanna Gale and their three daughters Bella, Lucy and Millie. The rugged Mount Arrowsmith Hills, named by Sturt during his expedition through the region, form a backdrop to the property and homestead.
Safe Outback Travel
Driving Outback Australia
Safe Outback Travel
The Outback is easily accessible and a safe place to travel. Like any journey, correct planning, preparation and common sense will ensure a memorable and wonderful experience.
Safe outback travel is about common sense and potential dangers come from the hot & dry summers and distances between towns & services.
The Outback experiences very hot and dry summers. Travel is safer and more enjoyable March – October.
The best advice for any traveller is.. “it is better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it”