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In Sturt's Steps Touring Route
Drive Broken Hill to Cameron Corner
Around forty years ago, I saw a video by Broken Hill identity Jack Absolom present what he referred to as 'In the Steps of Charles Sturt'. Jack's passion for the outback was evident, and it struck a chord with me immediately for a couple of reasons. His love of the outback was an inspiration to me as an aspiring photographer, and his character/style was reminiscent of the rural characters I met as a teenager around our farm.
Additionally, I was always fascinated by Australian history and hearing him speak about the explorer Charles Sturt (and others) motivated me to know more.
Fast forward to 2008, and I was lucky enough to have undertaken the following route while sourcing travel content. I would often mention to others about this fantastic adventure from Broken Hill to Cameron Corner.
The following adventure and experience route is similar to one I covered many years ago. From that, my preferred route is either:
- Eldee Station (Silverton), Packsaddle Roadhouse, and a stopover in Tibooburra before heading out to Cameron Corner.
- Mt Gipps Station Packsaddle Roadhouse, and a stopover in Tibooburra before heading out to Cameron Corner.
Sturts Touring Route - Overview
The following touring route follows the approximate route 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 than the line taken by the expedition.
Starting in Broken Hill, and travelling either via Eldee Station (Silverton) or Mount Gipps (Corona Road), to Milparinka then on to Tibooburra that provides a great base for exploring Sturt National Park as well as a great touring route known as the Cameron Corner Explorer.
In Sturt's Steps Touring Route
- Total Distance: 635 km
- Road Type: Maintained unsealed road (Dry weather only)
- Vehicle Recommendations: 4WD/AWD with clearance. 2WD with clearance and experience.
- Wet Weather Alternative: Silver City Highway
Despite the mention of Mundi Mundi (just west of Silverton) in accounts of the expedition, the published touring route of Sturt's Steps heads northeast from Broken Hill, then north at Corona Rd to Mt Gipps Station.
For those interested in a more western route via Silverton and Mundi Mundi, please see Silverton to Cameron Corner (via the Dog Fence) touring route.
Sturt's Steps Route Detail
From Pine View Station, the touring route continues north along Border Downs Rd, crossing Packsaddle Creek before heading back southeast along Sanpah Road.
It should be noted that the actual route Sturt took was more northeasterly, through what is now Pimpara Lake Station and Pincally Station. With Sanpah Rd roughly the midpoint to Cameron Corner (as the crow flies), there is an excellent option east to Silver City Highway and one of the best roadhouses in Australia for a meal, refreshments, and some great hospitality at the Packsaddle Roadhouse.
Packsaddle Roadhouse is located on the Silver City Highway, 175 kilometres north of Broken Hill, and is home to Mia and Arnie, who offer a welcoming stop for weary travellers.
After visiting Packsaddle Roadhouse, the route continues north along the Silver City Highway, 34 km, then west along Mount Arrowsmith Rd via Pincally Station, passing Mt Arrowsmith, Mt Shannon, and Mt Browne, before reaching Milparinka.
The Family Hotel will welcome you with that great outback hospitality that is a welcome change from the rushed and impersonal ways of the ‘big-smoke. Located in Tibooburra, Outback NSW, Australia.
The Corner Country Store is situated in the town centre of Tibooburra, look for the "i" offering visitor and road information. Offering friendly service, selling fuel, tyre repairs, gas refills, ice, real coffee, homemade food and more.
The Granites Motel/Caravan Park was established in 1985 in time for the Tibooburra School Centenary Celebrations. It started with five motel rooms and four second-hand caravans with an amenities block and a few powered sites.
TJ's Roadhouse, Supermarket, Restaurant & Cafe. For all your travel provisions including Supermarket, Cafe, Restaurant, Beer Garden, Post Office and Vehicle Repairs, TJ's Roadhouse, Supermarket, Restaurant & Cafe, has everything you need for your visit to Tibooburra and Corner Country.
With Tibooburra as a base, it is time to explore the region, and there are several great touring experiences along the Cameron Corner Explorer.
Sturt's Route - Guide Download
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