Lake Mungo To Corner Country Adventure
Outback Touring Routes
Experience the awe-inspiring landscapes, indigenous heritage and ethereal wonderment of the iconic Lake Mungo before venture across to the Darling River and onto the Corner Country of Outback Australia.
Along the way, stay at some of the best outback farm-stays as well as the iconic Packsaddle Roadhouse.
This touring route starts at Balranald, located on the Sturt Highway between Hay and Robinvale (and Mildura) before heading along well maintained unsealed roads for an authentic outback experience.
The touring adventure is punctuated with a trip along the Darling River between Menindee and Wilcannia then head to the opal town of White Cliffs and then past Mutawintji National Park before joining the Silver City Highway to Packsaddle and then the run to Milparinka and Tibooburra.
The adventure does not finish there, as Tibooburra provides the base for exploring the Corner Country of Outback Australia.
Total Route Details:
- Distance: 970 km - Mostly Unsealed Roads
- Allow: Min 7 Days (6 Nights)
The touring route starts at Balranald, between Hay and Robinvale, which is easily reached via the Sturt Highway from Sydney to the east and Adelaide the west or along the Cobb Highway (Long Paddock) from Melbourne.
About 10 minutes (17km) drive north of Balranald, is Lake Paika Accommodation, the first night's accommodation.
Accommodation Partner - Lake Paika Accommodation
Take a step back in time, unwind, relax and enjoy unique accommodation in the restored self-contained workmans' quarters.
Experience this natural wetland, reinstated in 2012, after more than 100 years of being stranded from its lifeline, the Murrumbidgee River.
Lake Paika Station is one of the oldest properties in the area.
After staying at Lake Paika Accommodation just north of Balranald, the first destination is Lake Mungo. Mungo National Park is part of the Willandra Lakes Region World Heritage Area which covers 2,400 square kilometres and takes in all 19 lakes of the Willandra Lakes.
Lake Mungo is unique in terms of indigenous anthropology as it possesses evidence of continual human habitation for 40,000+ years. The lunar-landscape of the Walls of China was created over millennia through a process of wind and rain erosion.
After Lake Mungo, it is a wonderful outback drive to the Darling River slightly downstream of the Menindee Lakes for a stay at Bindara Station and then a visit to Menindee and the Menindee Lakes.
The touring route heads upstream to our next station-stay at Nelia Gaari, about one hour southwest of Wilcannia.
With only a short drive to the next destination of Wilcannia where the Barrier Highway crosses the Darling River, there is plenty of time to experience Nelia Gaari or Warrawong on the Darling.
The final section of this great touring experience includes a bit of the back-country of Outback NSW via the iconic opal town of White Cliffs, Australia's oldest (seam) opal field, then over to Packsaddle past Mutawintji National Park.
The final run from Packsaddle to Tibooburra is along the Barrier Highway should include a stop at Milparinka, about 30 minutes south of Tibooburra.
After a great drive up from Balranald, it is time to settle in and explore all the wonderful experiences on offer around the Corner Country.
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.