Milparinka, Outback NSW

 
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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. When gold was discovered in 1880 this became a thriving town but today it is a shadow of its former self. A reminder that only the hardest of human beings can live in such difficult conditions.

Milparinka is one of only two townships surviving in the Corner Country, the other being the larger community of Tibooburra. When gold was discovered in the 1870s , a rush to the Corner Country began, with miners traveling overland from Wilcannia, and from Farina on the Ghan Railway line, travelling overland across largely waterless terrain. No visit to Outback New South Wales can really be considered complete without pausing at Milparinka and thinking about the lives of the early settlers.

Gold was never found at Milparinka, but something more precious, water. A township developed along the waterhole in the Evelyn Creek, whilst gold was mined at Mt Browne, Albert, and The Granites (Tibooburra).

In time, Milparinka grew into a substantial township with four hotels, a bank, shops, a library, a newspaper office, police station and courthouse, a Cobb and Co office, school, post office and more. Plans were made to build a hospital. The telegraph was linked to Sydney in 1896, and coach services arrived twice a week from Wilcannia and later Broken Hill.

Today, Milparinka is a ghost of its former self, but as heritage township has much to offer. A devoted local community group has restored four of the most significant buildings, the courthouse, police station, gaol cells, and former kitchen and turned them into a vibrant, awarding winning Heritage Precinct, and one of the original hotels, the Albert ( now known as the Milparinka Hotel) still operates.

A walking trail around the township connects significant historic locations, whilst ongoing survey work is reconstructing the original town layout. A pastoral museum, public gardens and pioneer memorials complete the attractions.

Today beautifully restored colonial buildings provide the venue for interpretive and visitor information, while garden-sites combine recreation and learning with hands-on mining displays for children (and the young at heart).

Don't drive past! Call in and say hullo to Visiting Volunteers who manage the facilities and share a complimentary coffee or tea with friends.


 

Milparinka Weather Outlook

 

Milparinka - 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

 

Driving to Milparinka

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There are many different routes that can be taken when driving from any of the capital cities to Milparinka; 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): Distance = 1,370km 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: Distance = 1,130km aprox

From Adelaide:

Barrier Highway <> Silver City Highway: Distance = 910km approx

 

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 4 hazards in this region.

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