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 - Tibooburra 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.
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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.
Cameron Corner 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.