The Outback, Broken Hill. Credit: Maxime Coquard;Destination NSW
View of New England. Credit: Destination NSW; Murray Vanderveer
Kiama, South Coast. Credit: Destination NSW; Murray Vanderveer
The Touring Routes of Corner Country
Follow the route taken by explorer Charles Sturt from 1844-45 and discover the vast and beautiful landscapes that make up Corner Country, the section of outback NSW where three states meet. Travel from Silverton to Milparinka and on to Epsilon Station, Innamincka and Birdsville and discover what Outback Australia has to offer.
Experience Nature in Corner Country
Drive through the wide open spaces of Corner Country, to the point in Outback NSW where New South Wales, Queensland and South Australia meet. Follow the dirt roads through vibrant sandstone escarpments, red sand dunes, and past creeks and waterholes and discover one of the most remote and visually stunning areas in the state.
Visit the vast Sturt National Park, one of NSW’s largest National Parks, covering an area of 340,000 hectares. The park is vast, arid and dramatic, with the red sand dunes in the western section of the Strzelecki Desert giving way to wetlands surrounded by white sands. Experience the rich bird and animal life found there from the red and grey western kangaroos, to birds like the Grasswren and the Pied Honeyeater, with its distinctive blue-rimmed eyes. There are four campgrounds within the park, including Dead Horse Gully Campground, the Olive Downs Campground and the Mount Wood Campground.
Check out the longest fence in the world, the 5,614 km Dingo Fence, which stretches out from Cameron Corner, in the centre of Corner Country, the official junction of New South Wales, Queensland and South Australia, which runs from the Darling Downs through the Nullarbor Plain. Originally constructed to keep the rabbits out (the Rabbit Proof fence), the fence protects livestock from dingoes (wild dogs). The environmental impact of the fence is controversial, creating different environments on either side of the fence; one side with dingoes and one without.
Although the landscape in Corner Country is arid, it bursts to life after rain with bright wildflowers blooming in vast numbers across the plains in August and September each year. This is a great time to explore the region’s many walks; check out the Jump-Up Walking Track, with its scrubby desert landscapes and carpets of wildflowers after heavy rains, and the Granites Walking Track, with its striking rock formations.