Corner Country Area
At the far edge of western NSW, where three states meet, the magnificent Outback stretches left and right as far as the eye can see. Welcome to Corner Country, where you’ll find dramatic scenery, fascinating history, exhilarating drives and the tiny goldfield towns of Tibooburra and Milparinka.
One of the largest in NSW, Sturt National Park covers a vast 340,000 hectares of red sand dunes and flat-topped mountains, teeming with wildlife. Encounter soaring wedge-tailed eagles, noisy flocks of corellas and striking red kangaroos. Self-drive tours include the Gorge Loop Road and Jump-Up Loop Road drives.
In Mutawintji National Park, discover incredible Aboriginal history, including well-preserved rock art dating back thousands of years. Spot wildlife on the scenic Byngnano Range Walk and then camp under the stars. In the Paroo-Darling National Park, tens of thousands of birds can be spotted on the lakes.
If you have a well-equipped 4WD, you can explore the area on a self-guided drive, or join a guided tour with a local operator. There are many sealed and unsealed roads that connect the Corner Country area with Broken Hill, passing a backdrop of sheep stations, creeks, sandhills and Cypress pines.
The historic sandstone towns Tibooburra and Milparinka were founded in the 1880s, when gold was discovered in the region. A number of historic buildings are still standing in both towns, including pubs, courthouses and police stations. The Milparinka Courthouse Interpretive Centre gives a fascinating insight into the area’s history.
Close to Tibooburra, Mount Wood Homestead offers a unique opportunity to experience the remote beauty of Sturt National Park from a comfortable base. The homestead is located on the oldest sheep station in northwest NSW and surrounded by a lovely bush garden that attracts red kangaroos.
At Cameron Corner, 145km northwest of Tibooburra, you can stand at the intersection of three states: NSW, South Australia and Queensland. Here you can see the famous Dingo Fence, the world’s longest fence at over 5,000km long. It was built in the 1880s to keep dingos out of the fertile sheep country in the south.
Near Milparinka, a headstone marks the grave of James Poole, Captain Charles Sturt’s second-in-command on his ill-fated 1845 expedition in search of an inland sea. Sturt's Steps Touring Route follows the route taken from Broken Hill northward during the expedition.
Getting there & where to stay
Corner Country is a 16hr drive from Sydney and Brisbane, 12hr from Melbourne and 10hr from Adelaide. You can also fly into Broken Hill and hire a car for the 3hr 30min drive. You may need a 4WD for unsealed roads and national parks. Accommodation includes pub rooms, homesteads, shearer’s quarters and campgrounds.