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Lake Mungo To Corner Country Adventure
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.
Accommodation - Lake Paika 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. Lake Paika Station is one of the oldest properties in the area.
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.
Accommodation - Mungo Lodge
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.
Mungo Bar & Bistro and full dining with our great hearty country meals along with bar facilities to ensure your experience on the edge of the Mungo National Park is both memorable, relaxing and enjoyable!.
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.
Destination Partner - Milparinka
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. All around the red dusty soils of Outback New South Wales stretch to the horizon.
When gold was discovered in 1880 this 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 difficult conditions.
Accommodation - Two-Story Hotel
The Two-Storey Tibooburra Hotel offers accommodation in the iconic 'Two Story Hotel' in Tibooburra, the Corner Country, Australia. The Tibooburra Hotel offers quality accommodation, beautifully renovated bar and superb meals. The Tibooburra Hotel was built in 1882 during the gold rush and is the oldest surviving hotel in Tibooburra.
In a very happy and relaxed atmosphere, Tracey and her family provide modern-day service in an old-world pub, specialising in catering to individuals just touring the outback, families or groups of mates, tag-along tours, 4WD groups, motorbike groups, pilots and aero-clubs. Large charity rallies can also be catered for..
Accommodation - The Family Hotel
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 the Corner Country town of Tibooburra in outback NSW, Australia... our town is the gateway to the Sturt National Park, Cameron Corner, and the vast outback interior.
Food & Provisions - Corner Country Store
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. Eat-in a very comfortable, relaxing cafe or order food to take away. Bring your own alcohol after 5 pm with evening meals. Accommodation bookings for Tibooburra Beds Motel.
Accommodation - Tibooburra Beds
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.
Our generous campsites offer ample space for RV's, camper trailers and motorbikes The clean, fresh amenities allow for weary travellers to relax and recharge.