The largest town in Corner Country, Tibooburra is one of the most remote places in NSW. Explore the unique history of this former goldmining settlement on the edge of the Outback. And with the spectacular Sturt National Park on its doorstep, it’s a great base to explore the region’s magnificent gorges and rippling red sandhills.
History in Tibooburra
For thousands of years this region has been home to the indigenous Wadigali, Wongkumara and Malyangapa peoples, whose middens and quarries can be found throughout the area. The Keeping Place Museum honours this history through a fascinating collection of artefacts and photographs.
Step back in time at the Courthouse Museum, where you will get an insight into life for the pioneers who came to this remote town in search of gold. Browse artefacts from sheep stations, pack saddles, historic photographs and an original medical kit from the Royal Flying Doctor Service.
Tibooburra’s Pioneer Park is the site of a remarkable sculpture, Myth and Mirage 1999. The upside-down whaleboat is a replica of the boat Captain Charles Sturt dragged from Adelaide, believing that it would be used to cross the inland sea, the expedition’s goal.
Sturt National Park
From Tibooburra, venture into Sturt National Park, home to incredible wildlife such as giant red kangaroos, emus and wedge-tailed eagles. Retrace the inland sea expedition on the Sturt’s Tree Walk. Self-drive tours of the park include the Gorge Loop Road and Jump-Up Loop Road.
Eat and drink
Enjoy some Outback hospitality at the Family Hotel, a popular watering hole where the walls have been decorated by great Australian artists including Russell Drysdale, Eric Minchin and Clifton Pugh. Across the road is the equally welcoming Tibooburra Hotel. You can pick up supplies at the Corner Country Store.
Getting there and where to stay
Tibooburra is around 16 hours’ drive from Sydney and Brisbane, 12 hours from Melbourne and 10 hours from Adelaide. You can fly into Broken Hill and hire a car for the 3hr 30min drive north. You may need a 4WD for unsealed roads and national parks. The town has a range of motel, pub and campground accommodation.