This is an interesting route through remote but colourful outback New South Wales
and is quite popular with 4WD travellers heading up to the Strzelecki Track
and beyond to Innamincka
. Most people begin their Corner Country tour from Broken Hill
- the region's largest centre for supplies and facilities, however the most direct and more adventurous route from eastern NSW would be to start from Bourke
and head west along the Bourke
Road via Wannaaring. This route is very susceptible to flooding and can be closed and impassable after heavy rain.
This trek note leaves Broken Hill
, and instead heads north on the Silver City Highway. This highway runs in a north-south direction close to the border of NSW and SA. It links the towns of Wentworth
, located at the confluence of the Murray and Darling Rivers, to the mining city of Broken Hill
, and the village of Tibooburra
in the remote north-west corner of NSW.
Some of the towns that lie adjacent to the Silver City Highway are Packsaddle, which is the main stop for fuel and supplies, Milparinka
- a former mining town with an interesting bush pub and historic buildings, and Tibooburra
- a grazing town surrounded by granite boulders. North of Tibooburra
is the large Sturt National Park
, which is a popular run out to the corner post of the three states (SA, NSW, QLD). This route can be done as a loop trip, departing and rejoining at Tibooburra
, else you can continue west past Cameron Corner
and join up with the Strzelecki Track
and head up into Innamincka
and the Cooper Creek
How to Use this Trek Note
In this trek note, we provide Place to Place distances (see Directions tab), a downloadable plot file, and POI files to enable you to use this as your driving itinerary, or as a base guide to add other side trips. As with all ExplorOz Trek Notes
, you can reverse the order of the direction notes by clicking the arrow alongside the words Start/Finish at the very top of the information on this page.
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In the Corner Country of eastern New South Wales
, mulga and whitewood typically dominate the sandplains and dunefields. In channel and flood-out areas, you will find black box, river red gum, coolibah and river cooba. Curly mallee, rosewood and belah dominate the ranges and hills, whilst bladder saltbush, black bluebush thrive on the stony plains.
In regards to fauna, there are 195 species of birds, 58 species of reptiles, and 37 species of mammals recorded within the Broken Hill
bioregion. Some of the fauna species you may see roaming the lands include: red kangaroos, eastern and western grey
kangaroos, euros, red-necked wallabies, parma wallabies and red-necked pademelons.
is the surveyed north-west corner of NSW, located at the point where the states of NSW, QLD and SA meet. The Corner is also the north-west boundary of Sturt National Park
, which is one of NSW’s largest National Parks - at over 3100 square kilometres.
This region was first explored by Captain Charles Sturt, who in 1844 went in search of a supposed inland sea in the centre of the Australian continent. Cameron Corner
was named after New South Wales
Lands Department surveyor, John Brewer Cameron, who spent two years from 1880 marking the border between NSW and Queensland
and erected a post there in September 1880. He placed a wooden marker every 1.6kms along the interstate frontier.
According to the Brisbane
Courier Mail, the sole permanent resident of the town is Bill Mitchell, who operates the Cameron Corner
Store and a golf course. Apparently, it "is a Queensland
business, with a NSW postcode and a SA telephone number."Cameron Corner
also features the world’s longest vermin fence. The 5,000 plus kilometre Dog Fence was constructed to keep roaming Dingos from the north and west out of the pastoral lands of NSW.
Make all the necessary plans and take enough provisions and equipment for remote travel. This includes: recovery gear, navigation and communications equipment. It is wise to calculate your fuel requirements and consider all the fuel stops along way. Take plenty of food and water for the trip, and obtain entry permits for any National Parks where applicable.
A general warning for travelling on the Silver City Highway, particularly north of Broken Hill
as it passes through some very remote country. The roads and tracks in this region are generally earth-formed and corrugated but despite plenty of bulldust, are usually suitable for conventional vehicles with care. Please be cautious especially during wet conditions as the road surfaces do tend to be slippery when wet and it doesn't take much rain to make them impassable! It is therefore important to take weather conditions into account, and adhere to road closures.
Entry and camping fees apply for the Sturt National Park
. Walking track guides, tour drive guides, displays and road and weather condition updates are available. For more information please contact:
Tibooburra Park Office
Address: Briscoe Street, Tibooburra
Phone: (08) 8091 3308
Fax: (08) 8091 3309
For information on the Sturt National Park
entry fees, camping fees, conditions and opening hours, please click: Sturt National Park Information
Fuel Supplies & Usage
Best Time To Visit
The best to time to travel on the Silver City Highway and visit this semi-arid desert region is during the cooler months between March and September.
Closest Climatic Station
Tibooburra Post Office
Distance from Trek Mid Point 138.12km NE
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Best time to travel Ok time to travel Travel NOT recommended
Services & Supplies
The following locations have various services and supplies: Broken Hill
, Cameron Corner