Tibooburra Explorer

Tibooburra and Sturt National Park Drive

 

** While not actually on the Darling River Run, anyone venture out to the Corner Country via the Tibooburra Loop from Broken Hill or Bourke, should include this touring route while visiting Tibooburra.**

Tibooburra, often identified as the capital of the Corner Country, was originally known as the Granites after the rocky outcrops that surrounds the town, and was later renamed named after the aboriginal word for 'heaps of rocks', as it was the Wangkumara and Maljangapa groups that roamed these parts for over 25,000 years and scattered throughout the area are camp sites, ceremonial sites, tool productions sites and scarred trees.

While isolated and small, the geat Outback NSW service town of Tibooburra as plenty to offer the outback visitor not only in town, but also throughout the surronding area and provides the perfect base for expoloring the region.

If making Tibooburra a base, there are a few great options for staying in town... the Family Hotel famous for its murals, and the Historic Tibooburra Hotel. Accommodation is available at the pubs as well as the Granites Caravan Park.

Sturt National Park, the largest National Park in NSW, spans the dunes of the Strzelecki Desert across the ancient mesas of the Grey Range and Mt King (The Jump-Ups), the Gibber plains, gorges and hills of Mount Wood.

The Dingo (or Dog) Fence, at more than 5,000 km the worlds longest, forms the north and western boundary of the park.

Jump-Ups and Gorge Loop Drive

Jump-Ups and Gorge Loop Drive

The eastern section features adventurous drives including the Gorge Loop Road and the Jump-Ups Loop Road, exploring this eroded mountain range.

Of course a trip to Cameron Corner is a must! A great adventure route is via Middle Road for fantastic vistas at regular lookouts along the way. Fort Grey, Olive Downs and Dead Horse Gully or up to the summit of Mt Wood are also excellent options for moderate walks.

The two easy drives start and end in Tibooburra:

  • The Gorge Loop Road: This trip 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 and Depot Glen Loop

The other great drive includes a drive out the Cameron Corner via Waka Clayplan, Fort Grey, and the actual Corner (the place were Queensland, NSW, and South Australia meet)

For the return trip, a great option is divert at the Waka claypan and head south to Depot Glenn (a perminant water hole, great for camping, made famous by the explorer Charles Sturt and his expedition party) and the not-to-miss town of Milparinka.

Milparinka has a great pub with also offers great accommodation, and some wonderfully restored sandstone buildings from when Milparinka was a thriving pioneer outback town.

Sturt National Park is 330 km north of Broken Hill on a sealed and unsealed road and 400 km west of Bourke on unsealed road. GPS: -29.099377* 141.72226*

Autumn, winter and spring are the best times to visit, avoiding the extreme summer heat.