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In the 1880s a miner’s trek to the Albert Goldfields began in Wilcannia, and ended several weeks later on the goldfields of Mt Browne, Milparinka or the Granites (Tibooburra). The demand for transportation and a postal service led to the introduction of coaches, with Cobb and Co opening a branch in Wilcannia in 1882. This service ran twice a week to Cobham, Milparinka, Mt Browne and Tibooburra. Another service traveled to Sturt’s Meadows, Langawirra, Mootwingee (Mutawintgee), Gnalta, Tarella Tarrawingee and Eurowie.

The service was eventually taken over by Morrison Brothers, and later Kidman and Nicholas.

The coach service required a network of change stations between 16 kilometres and 40 kilometres apart.  Here fresh horses were kept.  The stations became shanty hotels selling liquor to passengers and providing accommodation.

Points of interest along the Cobb and Co routes:

Wilcannia and especially the old post office

White Cliffs to Milparinka Road:

  • Koonenbury Range
  • Ruins of shanty hotels
  • Historic grave in Cobham Sandhills

* Burke and Wills crossed this area in 1860 having travelled from Menindee to Mutawintji. They were heading northwards towards the Queensland border before turning westwards towards Innamincka.

White Cliffs to Broken Hill:

Mutawintji National Park and Rockholes Hotel ruin

Silver City Highway - Broken Hill to Packsaddle:

  • Series of former shanty hotels including Stephens Creek, Yanco Glen and Fowlers Gap
  • Former township site Euriowie
  • Euriowie Gorge
  • Barrier Ranges
  • Fowlers Gap Research Station and roadside sculpture
  • Packsaddle Roadhouse
  • Koonenbury Hills

Tibooburra Weather Outlook

 

Cobb & Co Tracks - Accommodation

Built in 1882, the Albert Hotel was the first to be licensed in Milparinka and just one of four hotels in the historic township at theheight of the gold rush. Despite renovations through the years parts of the hotel remain as travellers would have found them more than a century ago.
Milparinka Accommodation
The Family Hotel in Tibooburra was built in 1882 by Francis Bladon. Originally known as the Tattasall's Hotel its name was changed to Downie's Family Hotel in 1887, and has since retain its title of the
Tibooburra Accommodation
Mount Gipps was one of the first properties settled west of the Darling River in the 1860s. It has a rich mining history dating back to the 1880s and several old mines and miner's huts pepper the hillsides.
Corner Country Accommodation
The Packsaddle Roadhouse is located adjacent to the Silver City Highway, 175 km north of Broken Hill, and is home for Mia and Arnie Degumois and family. It provides a welcome stopping place for travellers to the Corner Country and beyond.
Packsaddle Accommodation
The Tibooburra Hotel was built around 1882 during the goldrush. It is believed that originally it was named the Albert, but since an Albert Hotel already existed in Milparinka, the name was changed to the Tibooburra Hotel locally, it is affectionately known as 'The Two Storey'.
Tibooburra Accommodation

Cobb & Co Tracks - Towns & Attractions

Broken Hill, the oasis in the outback and considered the capital of Outback NSW, is a large outback city that has become a premier travel destination known for its artists, living indigenous culture, and the evocative Living Desert Reserve with internationally renowned Sculpture Symposium.
Towns & Localities
How outback do you want to go? You drive 296 km north of Broken Hill, 39 km south of Tibooburra and 1,465 km from Sydney to a small turnoff from the Silver City Highway. All around the red dusty soils of Outback New South Wales stretch to the horizon.
Towns & Localities
About mid way along the Silver City Highway between Broken Hill and Tibooburra is the area known as Packsaddle, named after the gum lined creek which crosses the highway a short distance to the north of the Packsaddle Roadhouse.
Towns & Localities
There is something impossibly romantic about Tibooburra; there it is in the far north-western corner (Corner Country) of New South Wales. Tibooburra is 335 km north of Broken Hill, 1504 km north-west of Sydney, 900 km from Adelaide.
Towns & Localities
Like silence? Tired of the bright lights and noises of the city and want a really quite night's sleep under a million brilliant stars? White Cliffs has that for a truly restful night and plenty to explore during the day.
Towns & Localities
Wilcannia, on the Barrier Highway between Cobar and Broken Hill, is largely undisturbed port on the Darling River. Cross the bridge driving from Sydney to Broken Hill and turn either to your right or left when you enter the town and you will be amazed at the richness of the architecture.
Towns & Localities

 

Food, Fuel and Emergency Services

Outback NSW is very well serviced by food and fuel outlets as well as emergency services but the Corner 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 3 hazards in this region.
  • Regional NSW - West
    Central Darling Shire Various Roads
    FLOODING
    Started 09/10/2017 9:44am, last checked today 9:55pm
    Website:
    Advice:Exercise caution
    Other Info:Several roads in the shire are affected by flooding.

    For more information on the condition of roads in the Central Darling Shire, call the 24-hour telephone information line on (08) 8091 5155.

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  • Regional NSW - West
    Coonamble Shire Council Area Unsealed Roads
    FLOODING
    Started 09/10/2017 9:02am, last checked today 6:55am
    Advice:Exercise caution
    Other Info:All unsealed roads in the Coonamble Shire are open but motorists are advised to exercise caution. Motorists are reminded to always drive to the conditions.

    For more information, contact Council on (02) 6827 1900.

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  • Regional NSW - West
    Unincorporated Area of the Western Region Silver City Hwy
    FLOODING
    Started 09/10/2017 4:19am, last checked 12/10/2017 5:40pm
    Advice:Check signage
    Avoid the area
    Other Info:The following regional roads are open but motorists are advised to exercise caution:
    The Cut Line - Tibooburra to Borrona Downs
    The Cut Line - Borrona Downs to Wanaaring

    There are also changed conditions for several local roads. For a complete list call (08) 8082 6660 for a recorded message.

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