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In Sturt's Steps follows a route that approximates that taken by Captain Charles Sturt during his 1844-45 inland expedition. With no public roads across the Barrier Ranges we begin the journey further north that the line taken by the expedition.

Leaving Broken Hill the journey begins at the old Yanco Glen turn-off on the Silver City Highway and heads over the ranges past Mt Gipps Station and Tarrawingee township ruins before meeting the road running northward from Silverton.

Pine View Station and the Sturt's waterhole on Flood's Creek is just a few kilometres further along.

Continuing on, the journey breaks away to the east soon after Pine View Station Whilst the expedition travelled north-easterly from this point our route will link approximately with the direction through Pimpara Lake and Pincally Stations.

The journey continues northwards past Mt Arrowmith and into Milparinka and Depot Glen.

From Depot Glen Sturt's final foray into the interior was actually to the north-west, to Fort Grey, then on to Sturt's Stony Desert.  A number of short expeditions were taken northward past what is now Tibooburra and so this route continues in that direction before turning toward Cameron Corner.

Points of interest along this route include:

  • The Rugged Barrier Ranges

  •  Numerous ephemeral creeks

  • Flood's Creek Campsite

  • Sandhills, salt lake and pine forest

  • Mt Arrowsmith Hills

  • Evelyn Creek

  • Depot Glen

  • Fort Grey

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Sturts Steps - 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
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.
Corner Country 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
Pimpara Lake is a typical sheep and cattle station property in the Corner Country of outback New South Wales. The wonderful rains of 2010 and 2011 have helped to create very special wetland and grassland environments. Birds are especially plentiful.
Packsaddle Accommodation
Pincally Station is the home to Matt and Zanna Gale and their three daughters Bella, Lucy and Millie. Pincally Station was originally settled in early 1900's by the Moyle family, and consists of 65, 893 hectares of grazing land under Western Lands Lease.
Corner Country Accommodation
Pine View Station is a working sheep and cattle property located 180 kms from Broken Hill on the Silverton to Hawker Gate Road. It is owned and operated by Mark and Jenny Lacey and their young family.
Corner Country 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

Sturts Steps - 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
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.
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
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

 

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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