History and heritage in Milparinka
Milparinka was once the centre of a historic mining district; today, it’s a living heritage site in a dramatic desert setting. Follow the Milparinka Heritage Walk to gain fascinating insights into the town’s past – you can even work as a volunteer at the Milparinka Heritage Precinct.
Located 42 km south of Tibooburra on the Silver City Highway in Outback NSW, Milparinka is in the midst of what is known as Corner Country, where the borders of New South Wales, Queensland and South Australia converge.
The town's colonial buildings, including a police barracks and cells, have been lovingly restored as part of the Milparinka Heritage Precinct. They now provide insight into life in Milparinka in its heyday.
Nearby, you’ll find the ruins of a ghost town, Mount Browne, the site of former goldfields where you can still try fossicking for gold. At Depot Glen, a visit to the grave of James Poole, one of Charles Sturt’s men who explored this region in the 1840s, will make you reflect on the journeys these pioneers made through the outback.
You can continue to explore the history of the area at the Milparinka Shed Museum and the Milparinka Courthouse Interpretive Centre, where interpretive panels cleverly explain the region’s history from Aboriginal times to exploration and settlement. Younger visitors can enjoy the engaging activities that teach them about the region’s history.