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Sturt's Touring Route

Drive Broken Hill to Cameron Corner, Outback Australia

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 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.

Sturt's Steps Touring Route, Outback NSW, AustraliaMy second trip through the Corner Country in 2008 - retracing some of Sturt's Expedition. Outback NSW, Australia

Preamble

In 2020, a tourism route (called Sturt’s Steps) was developed from Broken Hill to Cameron Corner and returning to Broken Hill. That project is in no way related to this or any touring routes covered by Red Dust Snow/Photouring.

The following adventure and experience route is similar to one I covered many years ago. From that, my preferred way includes Eldee Station (Silverton), Packsaddle Roadhouse, and a stopover in Tibooburra before heading out to Cameron Corner. I have also included an option to start at Mt Gipps Station.

Sturts Touring Route - Overview

Sturt's Steps Touring Route, Driving Broken Hill to Cameron Corner, Outback NSW, Australia

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.

Sturt's 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

Via Silverton and Eldee Station: Total Distance: 578 km

Eldee Station, Silverton, Broken Hill, Outback NSW, AustraliaMulti-award winning Eldee Station is the only working sheep and cattle station and farm stay welcoming tourists in the Mundi Mundi Plains/Barrier Ranges region in Outback NSW. 

  1. Broken Hill to Eldee Station 53 km
    • Head out on Silverton Rd 23.75 km
    • Silverton
    • Continue onto Wilangee Rd 28.74 km
    • Arrive at Eldee Station
  2. Eldee Station to Pine View Station 130 km
    • Head back to Wilangee Rd 1.2 km
    • Continue along Wilangee Rd 26.9 km
    • Slight Right onto Wilangee Rd 25.5 km
    • Turn left onto McDougalls Well Rd 17.8 km
    • Turn left onto Corona Rd 23.8 km
    • Continue onto Border Downs Rd 34.3 km
    • Arrive Pine View Station
  3. Pine View to Packsaddle Roadhouse 164 km
    • Border Downs Rd 44.9 km
    • Right onto Sanpah Rd 6.58 km
    • Continue along Sanpah Rd 84.4 km
    • Turn left onto Silver City Hwy 28.5 km
    • Arrive at Packsaddle Roadhouse
  4. Packsaddle Roadhouse to Pincally Station 93 km
    • Head north on Silver City Hwy 33.9 km
    • Turn left onto Mount Arrowsmith Rd 12.4 km
    • Continue along Mount Arrowsmith Rd 46.7 km
    • Arrive at Pincally Station
  5. Pincally Station to Depot Glen 80 km
    • Head northwest on Mount Shannon Rd 13.2 km
    • Keep left to stay on Mount Shannon Rd 52.8 km
    • Arrive Milparinka
    • Continue onto Hawker Gate Rd 13.9 km
    • Arrive Depot Glen
  6. Depot Glen to Tibooburra 55 km
    • Back on Hawker Gate Rd 13.9 km
    • Continue straight onto Milparinka Rd 1.46 km
    • Turn left onto Silver City Hwy 39.9 km
    • Arrive Tibooburra

Via Silverton and Eldee Station: Total Distance: 578 km

Mt Gipps Station, Borken Hill,  Corner Country, Outback AustraliaNorth of Broken Hill - Breathtaking county in the heart of the outback and only 40km from the heritage-listed and iconic town of Broken Hill. We offer various accommodation options including private cottages, caravan sites, shearers quarters and camping.

  1. Broken Hill to Mt Gipps Station 41 km
    • Head north via Silver City Hwy 30.92 km
    • Turn left onto Corona Rd 8.61 km
    • Turn right 1.23 km
    • Arrive at Mt Gipps Station
  2. Mount Gipps Station to Pine View Station 121 km
    • Head northwest along Corona Rd 86.6 km
    • Continue along Border Downs Rd 34.3 km
    • Arrive at Pine View Station
  3. Pine View Station to Packsaddle Roadhouse 164 km
    • Border Downs Rd 44.9 km
    • Right onto Sanpah Rd 6.58 km
    • Continue along Sanpah Rd 84.4 km
    • Turn left onto Silver City Hwy 28.5 km
    • Arrive at Packsaddle Roadhouse
  4. Packsaddle Roadhouse to Pincally Station 93 km
    • Head north on Silver City Hwy 33.9 km
    • Turn left onto Mount Arrowsmith Rd 12.4 km
    • Continue along Mount Arrowsmith Rd 46.7 km
    • Arrive at Pincally Station
  5. Pincally Station to Depot Glen 80 km
    • Head northwest on Mount Shannon Rd 13.2 km
    • Keep left to stay on Mount Shannon Rd 52.8 km
    • Arrive Milparinka
    • Continue onto Hawker Gate Rd 13.9 km
    • Arrive Depot Glen
  6. Depot Glen to Tibooburra 55 km
    • Back on Hawker Gate Rd 13.9 km
    • Continue straight onto Milparinka Rd 1.46 km
    • Turn left onto Silver City Hwy 39.9 km
    • Arrive Tibooburra

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, Corner Country, Outback AustraliaPacksaddle 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.

The route then continues a short way north of Packsaddle before heading back west, Mount Arrowsmith Rd, to Pincally Station.

After visiting Packsaddle Roadhouse, the route continues north along the Silver City Highway, 34 km, then west along Mount Arrowsmith Rd to Pincally Station.

Pincally Station, Milparinka, Corner Country Outback NSW, AustraliaPincally Station is the home to Matt and Zanna Gale and their three daughters Bella, Lucy and Millie. The rugged Mount Arrowsmith Hills, named by Sturt during his expedition through the region, form a backdrop to the property and homestead.

From Pincally Station, the route north passes Mt Arrowsmith, Mt Shannon, and Mt Browne, before reaching Milparinka.

Milparinka is one of only two townships surviving in the Corner Country - the other being the larger community of Tibooburra - and is 296 km north of Broken Hill, 39 km south of Tibooburra, and 1,465 km from Sydney. All around the red dusty soils of Outback New South Wales stretch to the horizon. Gold was discovered in 1880, Milparinka became a thriving town, but today it is a shadow of its former self. A reminder that only the hardest of human beings can live in such severe conditions.

Milparinka Partners

Milparinka Heritage Town - Conter Country Outback NSW, AustraliaHow outback do you want to go? You drive 296 km north of Broken Hill, 39 km south of Tibooburra and 1,465 km from Sydney to a small turnoff from the Silver City Highway. 

Albert Hotel, Milparinka - Corner Country Outback NSW, AustraliaBuilt in 1882, the Albert Hotel was the first to be licensed in Milparinka and just one of four hotels in the historic township at the height of the gold rush. Despite renovations, through the years parts of the hotel remain as travellers would have found them more than a century ago.

Pincally Station, Milparinka, Corner Country Outback NSW, AustraliaPincally Station is the home to Matt and Zanna Gale and their three daughters Bella, Lucy and Millie. The rugged Mount Arrowsmith Hills, named by Sturt during his expedition through the region, form a backdrop to the property and homestead.

Milparinka is one of only two townships surviving in the Corner Country - the other being the larger community of Tibooburra - and is 296 km north of Broken Hill, 39 km south of Tibooburra, and 1,465 km from Sydney. All around the red dusty soils of Outback New South Wales stretch to the horizon. When gold was discovered in 1880, Milparinka became a thriving town but today it is a shadow of its former self. A reminder that only the hardest of human beings can live in such severe conditions.

During the 1870s goldrush, those seeking their fortunes headed to the region, with miners travelling overland from Wilcannia, and Farina on the Ghan Railway line, travelling overland across mostly waterless terrain. No visit to Outback New South Wales can be considered complete without pausing at Milparinka and thinking about the lives of the early settlers.

For More on Milparinka

Not far from Milparinka along the touring route is an area that provides some great insights to the Sturt's expedition; Depot Glen, Pooles Grave and Mount Poole.

After visiting Poole’s Grave, Depot Glen, and Mt Poole (Red Hill), the adventure continues back at Tibooburra, about 55 km back up the highway, the perfect base to explore the Corner, including the drive to Cameron Corner!

Tibooburra Partners

The Two-Story Hotel, Tibooburra. Corner Country Outback NSW, AustraliaThe Two-Storey Tibooburra Hotel offers accommodation in Tibooburra's iconic 'Two Story Hotel', built in 1882 during the gold rush and is the oldest surviving hotel in Tibooburra.

Packsaddle Roadhouse, Corner Country, Outback AustraliaThe 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.

Packsaddle Roadhouse, Corner Country, Outback AustraliaThe 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. 

Tibooburra Beds, Tibooburra,  Corner Country, Outback AustraliaTibooburra Beds & Camping, we've set out to provide you with everything you need. Our spacious, clean, and comfortable motel style accommodation provides a reprieve from the outback.

Albert Hotel, Milparinka - Corner Country Outback NSW, AustraliaThe 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, Restuartant and Supermarket, Tibooburra, Corner Country Outback NSW, AustraliaTJ'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 three great touring experiences, the main loop getting you to Cameron Corner.

Cameron Conrer Store - Corner Country Outback NSW, AustraliaCameron Corner Store has a range of accommodation options. There are family, double and single air-conditioned rooms. These are detached from the store and have shared bathrooms. All bedding supplied. Meals at the store.

Cameron Corner Loop:

The drive from Tibooburra to Cameron Corner takes the visitor through a diverse landscape including the Waka Claypan, past Fort Grey, and on to the Corner and the world's longest fence. When constructed, the 5,000+ km Dog/dingo Fence kept roaming Dingos of the north and west out of the pastoral lands of NSW. The Cameron Corner loop takes in the western section of Sturt National Park and is an authentic outback experience and affords the visitor with a diverse landscape with the colours and hues that are synonymous with Outback Australia.

Cameron Corner Loop, Drive to Cameron Corner from Tibooburra, Outback NSW, Australia

The return section heads south then across to Milparinka and all it has to offer including the nearby Depot Glen and Mt Poole, then back to Tibooburra.

Total Drive 392 km

  1. Tibooburra to Cameron Corner - 140 km
    • Head south to follow Silver City Hwy 1.65 km
    • Turn right onto Cameron Corner Rd 42.7 km
    • Turn left to stay on Cameron Corner Rd 73.9 km
    • Turn left onto The Dunes Scenic Dr 21.3 km
    • Continue onto Riecks Rd 0.26 km
    • Arrive Cameron Corner
  2. Cameron Corner to Depot Glen & Mt Poole - 185 km
    • Turn left onto Riecks Rd 0.26 km
    • Continue onto The Dunes Scenic Dr 21.3 km
    • Turn right onto Fortville Rd 0.12 km
    • Continue onto Cameron Corner Rd 39.1 km
    • Sharp right onto Waka Rd 45.05 km
    • Merge onto Waka Rd 21.4 km
    • Turn left onto Hawker Gate Rd 55.4 km
    • Sharp left (Signposted) 8 km
  3. Mt Poole to Milparinka - 19.7 km
    • Return to Hawker Gate Rd 8 km
    • Continue along Hawker Gate Rd 11.7 km
    • Milparinka to Tibooburra - 41.6 km
    • Milparinka Rd 2.6 km
    • Turn left at Silver City Highway 39 km
    • Arrive Tiboobura

If wanting to explore the central and eastern sections of Sturt National Park, there are two great, interconnecting, touring routes.

The Gorge Loop Road

The tour around Mt Wood and the Mount Wood Hills covers the outdoor pastoral heritage museum, Mt Wood Homestead & shearers quarters, the Gibber and Mitchell Grass Plains, the Twelve Mile Creek Gorge, and the old pastoral remains at Torrens Bore and Horton Park Station. Wildlife such as Emu, Kangaroo, and Wedge-Tail eagles are commonly sighted.

The Jump-Ups Loop Road:

The ancient land-forms that are known as the Jump-Ups are the remains of an ancient mountain range eroded over millions of years. As a result, a 150m plateau (Mesa) and the granite strewn plains which form the catchment of the Connia Creek (Ephemeral) which follows south-east into the Twelve Mile creek. A truly spectacular sight.

Jump-Ups and Gorge Loop Touring route, Tibooburra, Outback NSW, Australia

For more detail on the above routes, be sure to visit the NPWS Office in the main street of Tibooburra and collect the brochure on Sturt National Park.

Sturt's Route - Guide Download

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