Cameron Corner, Outback QLD/NSW

 
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"Wherever I go in the bush I always find my way back and always come out at the place where I want to go". Alfred Howitt, 1859. 

The surveyed north-west corner of NSW, Cameron Corner, is the point at which the states of NSW, Queensland and South Australia meet and it is this corner that forms the north-west boundary of Sturt National Park – one of NSW's largest National Parks at 340,000 ha.

The drive from Tibooburra to Cameron Corner takes the visitor through a diverse landscape including the Waka Claypan, past Fort Grey which was a provisions stockade built by explorer Charles Sturt for his inland expeditions, and on to the Corner. Along the way is the Dog Fence which, at 5,000+km, is worlds longest fence.

The fence was constructed to keep roaming Dingos of the north and west out of the pastoral lands of NSW. It is beyond even the vast arid desert beauty of New South Wales' most northern park, Sturt National Park which is over 310,000 hectares.

History: Cameron Corner was named after the New South Wales surveyor, John Brewer Cameron, the following report has been drawn from the document "Queensland-NSW-Border" (downloadable)

The official survey of the 29th parallel was conducted by J. B. Cameron (New South Wales) and G. C. Watson (Queensland) in the period 1879 to 1881. An account of the survey of the 29th parallel reported by W. D. Campbell in The Surveyor in 1895 states:

"The final determination for the 29th parallel was commenced in 1879 on the responsibility of the Occupation Crown Lands Branch. The annual report of that branch for the year 1879 stated that 450,000 acres on the Queensland border cannot be leased until the position of that border has been determined.

Preliminary work was undertaken by Mr. W J Conder, superintendent of the trigonometrical survey, New South Wales, who observed the latitude of Barringun, a border township on the Warrego River with a zenith telescope, having a 21/4 inch objective glass and 30 inch focal length. The latitudes, of three other stations were also observed and connected with it by traverse, and the mean of a large number of observations for the value of each station was deduced. The difference in longitude between this station and Sydney was then determined by telegraphic interchange of star observation and clock signals with the Sydney Observatory. The position for the border and the longitude of a point on it having been thus fixed, and the direction of the true meridian being found by azimuth observations of stars, the work was continued by Mr. John Cameron, Geodetic Surveyor, New South Wales [see figure 7], in conjunction with Mr. George Chale Watson, representing Queensland.

These gentlemen started the survey westerly on 15th September 1879, from a point on the east bank of the Warrego River. There the surveyors erected the zero obelisk [see figure 8]. The first five mile chord was then produced westerly and the mile posts offsetted from this chord to the arc, and so continued until the 141st meridian was reached, a distance of 285 miles 24.96 chains. The latitudes of five stations, averaging fifty miles apart, were also taken with the zenith telescope with an average error of 11/4 seconds between the observed value and surveyed line; every part was chained at least twice and some portions several times. The line was marked by well squared posts at every mile, concrete obelisks at the extremities of the initial five mile chords, east and west and two brick obelisks at Hungerford, and permanent marks at all important points."

Cameron Corner See & Do...

  • Cameron Corner Survey Marker
  • Stand in 3 states at once (NSW, QLD & SA)
  • Visit the iconic Cameron Corner store
  • Journey through Sturt National Park (Western section)
  • Visit the Dog Fence
  • Visit Fort Grey (on the way)
  • Marvel at the Waka claypan
 

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Cameron Corner - Touring & Experiences

Cameron Corner - Accommodation

Cameron Corner is the most remote location in outback New South Wales, and one of the busiest. Each year several thousand people pass this way, either heading toward the Strzelecki Track, or into the Corner Country from South Australia.
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Driving to Cameron Corner

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There are many different routes that can be taken when driving from any of the capital cities to Cameron Corner; there are highway routes and adventure routes along the 'road less travelled' via sealed and unsealed roads..

As a general overview:

From Brisbane:

Warrego Hwy <> Adventure Way <> Noccundra-Warry Warry Rd (Unsealed) <> Cameron Corner Road (Unsealed): Distance = 1,506km approx

From Sydney:

Castlereagh Highway > Golden Highway <> Mitchell Highway <> Bourke-Hawker Gate Road (Unsealed): Distance = 1,250km approx

From Melbourne:

Calder Highway <> Silver City Highway <> Cameron Corner Road: Distance = 1,305km aprox

From Adelaide:

Barrier Highway <> Silver City Highway <> Cameron Corner Road: Distance = 985km approx

 

Food, Fuel and Emergency Services

Outback NSW is very well serviced by food and fuel outlets as well as emergency services but the Counter Country is more remote so good planning is the key to safe outback travel.

The following downloadable file highlights what is available in the Corner Country; download, and even print a copy, as a ready reckoner.

 

Outback NSW Road Alerts

This traffic region is bounded by Broken Hill and the South Australian border to the west to Mudgee and the Blue Mountains in the east. This region extends as far north as Tibooburra and the Queensland border and as far south as Cowra and Marsden. The region includes the towns of Dubbo, Parkes and Bourke. There are currently 4 hazards in this region.

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