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Darling River - Corner Country Loop
Bourke <> Tibooburra <> Milparinka <> Broken Hill
The largest side-trip (loop) off the Darling River Run takes in the western-most part of outback New South Wales, the Corner Country. The adventure route links Bourke on the Darling River with Tibooburra via Wanaaring. In turn, Tibooburra (and Milparinka) is linked to Broken Hill via Packsaddle with Menindee being the southwest terminus for this adventure.
The Corner Country is the area in the far north-west of New South Wales, bound by the Queensland border to the north and the South Australian border to the west; the borders meet at Cameron Corner (aka Camerons Corner).
Wanaaring Store and Caravan Park, right on the Paroo River, a tributary of the Darling River, Life is too short to stay in one place....so come and visit the outback!
The area, characterised by diverse and beautiful landscapes, is dissected by the rugged Barrier and Grey Ranges, with the Simpson and Strzelecki Deserts to the west and the Bulloo overflow in the northeast.
The Corner Country is an area rich in Aboriginal heritage, endeavours of explorers such as Sturt and Burke and Wills, as well as stories of European settlement as pastoralists and miners.
Within the Corner Country, there are some iconic outback pioneer towns like Milparinka and Tibooburra that share a heritage of early explorers like Charles Sturt, (1845) as well as the short-lived gold rush of the late 1870s.
Ephemeral creeks and lakes are interspersed amongst the Barrier and Grey Ranges, and dunes of the Simpson-Strzelecki Dunefields, while sandstone mesas rise from ancient sea-beds.
The iconic outback townships of Milparinka, Tibooburra and Wanaaring of the Corner Country each have their measure of character, characters and history.
Roads through the Corner Country are dry weather only. Some follow the route of explorer Charles Sturt. In contrast, others follow travelling stock routes or the Cobb and Co tracks with each leading to a station property or township for an unforgettable Corner Country experience.
** NOTE: Part of this tour is on dry-weather roads.**
At 750km's it is an adventure in itself and can also include The Opal Miners Way which takes in the opal town of White Cliffs.
North 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.
Broken Hill <> Tibooburra: Distance = 335 km - about 3 hours 50 mins
Route: Silver City Highway (Dry weather road)
Tibooburra<> Bourke: Distance = 417 km - about 5 hours
Route: The Cut Line (Dry Weather road)
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”