A historic goldmining town in Outback NSW, Milparinka is a fascinating place to explore, 293km from Broken Hill. Walk the streets and you’ll find beautifully restored colonial buildings, evocative ruins and stunning scenery. There are also incredible national parks nearby.
The Courthouse is the centrepiece of the Milparinka Heritage Precinct. Built in 1896, the sandstone building was designed by James Barnet, the architect of the Sydney Post Office. It explains local Aboriginal heritage and the Charles Sturt expedition that stopped here.
Discover local history too. Part of the Milparinka Heritage Precinct, the Baker House is an old family home that offers an insight into the lifestyle of Milparinka's original inhabitants. The town’s former police station now serves as an art gallery, souvenir shop and tourist information centre.
The Albert Hotel is the town’s sole operating business, a friendly Outback pub with accommodation and a campground. Parts of the hotel are still as they were when the hotel was built in 1882. Back then it was one of four hotels that served the mining township.
Some 10km northwest of Milparinka, a headstone marks the grave of James Poole, Sturt’s second in command on the ill-fated 1845 expedition in search of an inland sea. Sturt's Steps Touring Route follows the route taken by Sturt from Broken Hill northward during the expedition.
There are three spectacular national parks to explore in Corner Country including Sturt National Park. Self-guided drives are a great option for well equipped four-wheel drive vehicles, or you can join a guided tour with a local operator. There are also many sealed and unsealed roads that will take you to Broken Hill.