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When I reflect back upon my travels throughout Australia, I realise that often I am attracted by a point on a map that draws me in to ponder, 'now, that would be a great end-point to a journey'. Rarely are these places a few hours away, more often than not, they are a couple of days drive away as they are the true adventures.
One of my first ever big adventures into the outback was to Cameron Corner (yes, correct is without the 'S') during the 1980s, the point at which New South Wales, South Australia, and Queensland meet. And I have returned many times since!
The adventure though is not just about a drive from one point to another, but an opportunity to experience the outback landscape, its pastoral and indigenous history, as well as a way to connect with the courageous (but often foolhardy) efforts of the explorers that ventured into the interior during the later parts of the 1800s.
Cameron Corner is the surveyed north-west corner of Outback NSW and named after surveyor John Brewer Cameron who marked the border between NSW, SA, and Queensland for the NSW Lands Department in 1880. Once the Corner was marked, his job was then to travel east, back to the coast, placing a marker every mile along what would become the interstate boundary; a task that took two years to complete.
The region that radiates known as the Corner Country, encompasses the towns of Packsaddle, Tibooburra, Milparinka and Cameron Corner itself. Also within the region is Sturt National Park, NSW's largest park which covers 340,000 hectares and spans the dunes of the Strzelecki Desert across the ancient mesas of the Grey Range and Mt King (the Jump-Ups) and to the gibber plains, gorges and hills of Mount Wood. While not precisely defined, the Corner Country is bounded by the Darling River in the south, the Simpson Desert in the west, and Charleville & Windorah in the northeast.
The northern and western boundaries of the Corner is made of the Dog Fence, the world's longest fence at 5,614 kilometres that runs from near Dalby on Queensland’s Darling Downs to Cameron Corner and then onto the Eyre Peninsula in South Australia.
With so much to experience in each state, it is easy to see why it is such a 'must-see' region for outback explorers (contemporary and historic)
In terms of service towns, Tibooburra (NSW) is the capital. It is still more than a service town, food and accommodation (including the Family Hotel with its famous murals adorning its walls. Tibooburra about 130 km from the Corner and 330 km north of Broken Hill. While Milparinka (40 km south of Tibooburra) provides a 'look back in time' experience.
The Darling River catchment borders the Lake Eyre Basin (Lake Frome catchment) just north of Broken Hill and south of Cameron Corner. A great way to understand the region's geology/hydrography is through the Watershed Loop touring route. The touring route also connects the Darling River Run to other Corner Country Touring Routes.
Driving to Cameron Corner from Broken Hill is an experience every avid traveller should do, and there are many options for driving to the Corner. There are several great routes from Broken Hill to Tibooburra and onto Cameron Corner.
- Drive Broken Hill to Cameron Corner
- Drive to Broken Hill
Driving to Cameron Corner
Driving from Brisbane to Cameron Corner offers many touring route options. The main one is a ...
The Corner Country, just the name conjures up images of the iconic nature of outback Australia and C...
Having travelled often throughout the Outback NSW region over the last decade or so, I tend to like ...
Drive Broken Hill to Cameron Corner
Driving to Cameron Corner from Broken Hill via the (almost totally sealed) Silver City Highway is th...
Sturt's Touring Route, Drive Broken Hill to Cameron Corner, Outback Australia. Around forty years ag...
Leaving Broken Hill head out to historic Silverton to take in the many attractions. Enjoy lunch at o...
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