Tibooburra and The Corner Country

Thursday, Jan 07, 2016 at 16:00

Baz - The Landy

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Tibooburra, nestled in the far north west of New South Wales, speaks loudly of Australia’s Corner Country and will be a town familiar to many outback travellers.

An area rich in aboriginal culture and a place of early European settlement, Tibooburra’s remoteness is matched by the tenacity of the characters that live and work in this arid outback environment.

Numerous explorers’ have visited the region over the years, most notably Charles Sturt as he went in search of an inland sea.

And it has had its fair share of modern day visitors, including Clifton Pugh, the famous Australian artist who painted a mural on one of the walls of the Family Hotel; in fact he even owned the pub at one time.

And for a very short period in its early history the area experienced a gold rush of sorts. But as was normally the case on many of the goldfields, it was the storekeepers supplying provisions to hopeful prospectors and the pubs serving grog to thirsty miners that struck the most gold…

Although, they do say patient prospectors may still be able to find a nugget or two. And if you manage to find one, or even if you don’t, there is always a cold beer to be found in one of the town’s two pubs.

Whilst I am an advocate for responsible drinking, a cold beer in hand is a pleasant way to spend days end as the sun slides gently below the western horizon.

And be sure to visit the museum which has a wealth of information on Australia’s original inhabitants as well as other topical information that will assist visitors get the most out of a trip into Sturt National Park.

If travelling to, or from, the Innamincka region don’t overlook taking a route often less travelled that will take you through the spectacularly beautiful jump-up country before passing through the iconic dog-fence at Toona Gate.

Heading north from Tibooburra you will traverse sand dune country, passing Omnicron Lake, which will most likely be dry, and Epsilon Station, before joining the northern section of the Bore Track. The track exits onto the road that will take you into Innamincka at a point just east of Cullyamurra water hole.

The northern section of the Bore Track is well worth the effort and don’t forget to drop by and visit the place that Robert O’Hara Burke was reported to have died; a peaceful resting spot beside the waterhole not far from the Innamincka township.

Mind you, the region is a destination in its own right, so don’t just pass through Tibooburra and the Corner Country, add a few days to your trip and immerse yourself in all it has to offer…

Outback Australia – it’s so good, you would not want to be dead for quids…

Just in case you were wondering “Baz – The Landy” came about as a consequence of owning three Land Rover Defenders, but as you can see this has now changed...

And yes, thank you, I've recovered fully from the experience!

But “Baz – The Landy” reference has stuck...!

Cheers, Baz – The Landy, Outback Australia…
“Those who don’t think
it can be done shouldn’t
bother the person doing it…”
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