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Lake Mungo To Cameron Corner
Outback Touring Routes
Experience the awe-inspiring landscapes, indigenous heritage and ethereal wonderment of the iconic Lake Mungo before venturing across to the Darling River and onto the Corner Country of Outback Australia.
Along the way, stay at some of the best outback farm-stays as well as the iconic Packsaddle Roadhouse.
This touring route starts at Balranald, located on the Sturt Highway between Hay and Robinvale (and Mildura further west) before heading along well maintained unsealed roads for an authentic outback experience.
This touring experience is punctuated with a trip along the Darling River between Menindee and Wilcannia before heading to the opal town of White Cliffs, then past Mutawintji National Park before joining the Silver City Highway to Packsaddle and the run to Milparinka and Tibooburra.
The adventure does not finish there though with Tibooburra providing the base for exploring the Corner Country of Outback Australia.
Total Route Details:
- Distance: 970 km - Mostly Unsealed Roads
- Allow: Min 7 Days (6 Nights)
The touring route starts at Balranald, between Hay and Robinvale, which is easily reached via the Sturt Highway from Sydney to the east and Adelaide the west or along the Cobb Highway (Long Paddock) from Melbourne.
About 10 minutes (17km) drive north of Balranald, is Lake Paika Accommodation, the first night's accommodation.
Take a step back in time, unwind, relax and enjoy unique accommodation in the restored self-contained Workmans' quarters. Experience this natural wetland, reinstated in 2012, after more than 100 years of being stranded from its lifeline, the Murrumbidgee River.
After staying at Lake Paika Accommodation just north of Balranald, the first destination is Lake Mungo. Mungo National Park is part of the Willandra Lakes Region World Heritage Area which covers 2,400 square kilometres and takes in all 19 lakes of the Willandra Lakes.
Lake Mungo is unique in terms of indigenous anthropology as it possesses evidence of continual human habitation for 40,000+ years. The lunar-landscape of the Walls of China was created over millennia through a process of wind and rain erosion.
Mungo Lodge offers to rest your mind and body. Right on our doorstep, you can explore Mungo NP and the World Heritage Willandra Lakes Region. With a full range of Mungo accommodation options available.
The touring route heads upstream to our next station-stay at Nelia Gaari Station, about one hour southwest of Wilcannia.
With only a short drive to the next destination of Wilcannia where the Barrier Highway crosses the Darling River, there is plenty of time to experience Nelia Gaari or Warrawong on the Darling.
The final section of this great touring experience includes a bit of the back-country of Outback NSW via the iconic opal town of White Cliffs, Australia's oldest (seam) opal field, then over to Packsaddle past Mutawintji National Park.
The final run from Packsaddle to Tibooburra is along the Barrier Highway and should include a stop at Milparinka, about 30 minutes south of Tibooburra.
After a great drive up from Balranald, it is time to settle in and explore all the wonderful experiences on offer around the Corner Country.
How 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.
The 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.
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.
Tibooburra 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.
Safe Outback Travel
Driving Outback Australia
Safe Outback Travel
The Outback is easily accessible and a safe place to travel. Like any journey, correct planning, preparation and common sense will ensure a memorable and wonderful experience.
Safe outback travel is about common sense and potential dangers come from the hot & dry summers and distances between towns & services.
The Outback experiences very hot and dry summers. Travel is safer and more enjoyable March – October.
The best advice for any traveller is.. “it is better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it”