Theldarpa Station, Outback NSW
Theldarpa is a 50000 ha sheep and cattle property located in the heart of the Corner Country, little more than a half hour drive west of Milparinka along the Hawker Gate Road.
It is owned by the Sandow family who have lived in the area for thirty years, and is home to Sarah and David.
The homestead and accommodation places are located on the confluence of two local creek systems which meet to form the historic Yandama Creek.
In the early days of settlement in the Corner Country the creek formed part of the track from Mt Browne to the Transcontinental Railway at Farina, in South Australia and was used by Afghan camel teams as well as miners from Mt Browne.
The remains of a historic wool-scour and shearing shed can still be found on the creek.
Theldarpa Station Accommodation
- Theldarpa's range of accommodation options will suit individual travelers, or groups.
- Visitors to Theldarpa are welcome to camp alongside the Yandama Creek where they can watch native animals and birds coming in to water at dawn or at the end of the day.
- The showers, laundry and toilets in the nearby shearers' quarters are available for use.
- The shearers' quarters are made up of a series six adjoining rooms with two single beds, and two rooms with double beds.
- It is preferable that visitors use their own bedding ( swags etc) although some can be supplied upon request.
- The kitchen has a gas stove, micro-wave, refrigerator and electric fry pan, plus crockery and cutlery, all available for self catering. A barbecue is also available.
- The large dining room features an open fire-place and two large tables which will seat around 20 people. Games are available for children to use.
- Power for caravans or campervans is available from shearer's quarters.
- Ask about group catering, or a self-guided property tour. Station tracks are suitable for high clearance 4WD.
Theldarpa Station Location:
Getting to Theldarpa Station:
- Theldarpa is located 47 kilometres from Milparinka on the Hawker Gate Road. If arriving from Milparinka take the road which leads west toward the Depot Glen turn-off, but continue straight on over the white quartz-covered hills.
- After 33 kilometres you will cross the Theldarpa boundary cattle grid. Continue on through two station paddocks ( still on the main road).
- The road turns slightly after crossing a shallow creek and starts to climb a gentle rise. At the top of the rise is a white 200 L drum ( the mail-box).
- Take the track which turns off the main road to the right ( to the north) and following along the graded road, through two gates, one near the mail box, one a kilometre or so on. The Yandama Creek is clearly visible to the north.
- Cross the two arms of the creek and follow around the dam bank. As you emerge from the trees on the creek the homestead will be visible immediately ahead.
- Call in and see Sarah or David upon arrival. Should they not be available please make your way to your accommodation and catch up later.
- Campsites are accessible by taking a secondary track (signed) to the left, and, keeping to the left of the concrete tank, veer left down to the creek.
- The Shearers' Quarters are located at the far rear and left of the homestead complex. Keeping the station sheds and tanks on your right drive straight across to the quarters and make yourselves at home.
- There are few rules... please, avoid driving over or along either the airstrip, especially when it is wet, or the furrows nearby which are intended to aid rehabilitation of the area.
- If arriving from the west, ie via the western route from Smithville ( dog fence) or from Cameron Corner, Theldarpa is located just 6.5 km east of the Yandama homestead which is right on the Hawker Gate Road. At the mail box turn left and follow the above instructions.
See & Do
Theldarpa Station See and Do:
- Many visitors to Theldarpa are attracted to the sheer space, the open skies, sunsets, stars at night, and the peace. There are scenes to paint, scenes to photograph and views just to remember.
- For others the wild-life are an attraction, with kangaroos often grazing close to the shearers' quarters, many species of birds, some regularly seen heading in to the house dam close to accommodation to drink in the evenings. A myriad variety of desert plants and flowers grow when rain has fallen.
- 4WD tracks are accessible to those with high clearance vehicles. Station tracks lead across seemingly endless gibber plateaux to look-outs across wide vistas. Jump-up mesas dominate, but there are plenty of smaller attractions also...lizards beneath overhanging rocks, or the nest of a wedge-tail eagle high in a mulga tree.
- Most creek and hillsides have been adapted for use as habitat by kangaroos and other native animals and are worthy of investigation.
- The remains of the historic Yandama shearing shed ( where 60,000 sheep were shorn in the 1890s) and wool-scour on the Yandama Creek are also quite an attraction. The waterhole on the creek often has water in it making it a lovely spot for a walk and picnic.
- As on most stations, work with the sheep and cattle is seasonal. Recent droughts have led to a significant reduction in stock numbers as the property recovers. Visitors are welcome to be involved in low-level activities should the situation arise.
- Other activities include yabbying. Ask about our sunset champagne drive!
More About Our Place
Theldarpa Station (cont)
Theldarpa is known for outback vistas that stretch for endless kilometres before meeting a red-gum or gidgee lined creek.
Sandstone mesas rise above saltbush plateaus that shimmer with reflective skies. Local 4WD is available with high clearance drives. It is a popular spot for for birdwatchers, photographers and artists, as well as bush walkers.
Theldarpa is also an ideal stopover place for those traveling the loop around the Corner Country, or towards or from Innamincka.
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