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Corner Country Explorer
The massive Sturt National Park spans the dunes of the Strzelecki Desert across the ancient mesas of the Grey Range and Mt King (The Jump-Ups) and to 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.
The eastern section features adventurous drives including the Gorge Loop Road and the Jump-Ups Loop Road, exploring this eroded mountain range.
The other great drive includes a drive out the Cameron Corner via Waka Claypan, Fort Grey, and the actual Corner (the place were Queensland, NSW, and South Australia meet)
For the return trip, a great option is diverting at the Waka claypan and head south to Depot Glenn (a permanent water hole, great for camping, made famous by the explorer Charles Sturt and his expedition party) and the not-to-miss town of Milparinka.
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.
If making Tibooburra a base, there are a few great options for staying in town... the Family Hotel (famous for its murals), the historic Two-Storey Tibooburra Hotel (famous for its gold-laden timber bar), and the iconic Granite Motel and Caravan Park.
If Milparinka is your choice for a base, there is some great camping and RV spots in this 'not to be missed' town, as well as the iconic Albert Hotel.
With Milparinka and Tibooburra being less than 40 km apart, both towns should be experienced and either town makes a perfect terminus for driving to Cameron Corner regardless of where you base yourself.