Tibooburra is a friendly and historic goldmining town on the doorstep of the spectacular Sturt National Park, one of the treasures of Outback NSW. The town is also the gateway to Corner Country, 335 km north of Broken Hill, and a great base to explore magnificent gorges and rippling red sandhills of the region.
For many thousands of years this region has been home to the Wadigali, Wongkumara and Malyangapa Aboriginal people, whose middens and quarries can be found throughout the area. Keeping Place Museum bears witness to their history with a fascinating collection of artefacts and selected photographic material.
The town’s Courthouse Museum also offers a fascinating glimpse of life, work and play for the pioneers who came to this remote in search of gold. Exhibits include artefacts from sheep stations, packsaddles, historic photographs and an original Royal Flying Doctor Medical Kit.
Tibooburra’s Pioneer Park is the site of a remarkable sculpture, Myth and Mirage 1999, an upside-down whaleboat suspended high in the air. The boat is a reference to the whaleboat Captain Sturt dragged from Adelaide, believing that it would be used to cross the inland sea, the expedition’s goal.
With spectacular wildlife, from giant red kangaroos and emus to wedge-tailed eagles, infrequent rains also bring a blush of colour to Sturt National Park when the wildflowers spring to life. At the western end is the Explorers Tree where Sturt once buried food. Self-drive tours include the Gorge Loop Road, the Jump-Ups Loop Road and Cameron Corner.
You will find accommodation that offers comfort and convenience for travellers looking to experience this remarkable part of Outback NSW. For a cold refreshment head to the Family Hotel, a local institution. The walls have been decorated by some of the greats of Australian art - Russell Drysdale, Eric Minchin and Clifton Pugh, whose paintings leave nothing to the imagination.