Sturt's Steps Touring Route
Corner Country Touring, Outback Australia
Sturt's Steps 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 that the line taken by the expedition. (Note: this is not an official touring route and is not signposted as such)
Leaving Broken Hill the journey begins at the old Yanco Glen turn-off on the Silver City Highway and heads over the ranges past Mt Gipps Station and Tarrawingee township ruins before meeting the road running northward from Silverton.
Accommodation - Mt Gipps Station
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.
Visitors will enjoy a wealth of authentic country experience on this majestic outback property.
Pine View Station and the Sturt's waterhole on Flood's Creek is just a few kilometres further along.
Continuing on, the journey breaks away to the east soon after Pine View Station Whilst the expedition travelled north-easterly from this point our route will link approximately with the direction through Pimpara Lake and Pincally Stations.
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 - Albert Hotel
Built 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.
Located just one kilometre off the Silver City Highway, The Albert is the only hotel remaining between Broken Hill and Tibooburra. Accommodation is available in some of the original rooms, or motel-type cabins, share a bathroom.
Accommodation - Pincally Station
Pincally Station is the home to Matt and Zanna Gale and their three daughters Bella, Lucy and Millie. Pincally Station was originally settled in the early 1900s by the Moyle family, and consists of 65, 893 hectares of grazing land under Western Lands Lease.
It has been owned by the Gale family since 1990. The rugged Mount Arrowsmith Hills, named by Sturt during his expedition through the region, form a backdrop to the property and homestead.
The journey continues northwards past Mt Arrowsmith and into Milparinka and Depot Glen.
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 - 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.
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.
Accommodation - Granites Motel & Caravan Park
The 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.
Over the years it has grown into a ten-unit motel plus four cabins, two cottages, a very spacious four bedroom country residence, at least twenty-six powered sites and a much larger camping area with all the facilities required for a very comfortable and extended stay.
Food & Provisions - TJ's Roadhouse
TJ'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.
From Depot Glen Sturt's final foray into the interior was actually to the north-west, to Fort Grey, then on to Sturt's Stony Desert. A number of short expeditions were taken northward past what is now Tibooburra and so this route continues in that direction before turning toward Cameron Corner.
Accommodation & Provisions - Cameron Corner Store
Cameron 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. There are also powered and unpowered campsite, and a camp kitchen for self- catering. Bush camping also available.
The Cameron Corner Store is open seven days a week for meals, fuel, and minor vehicle repairs.
Points of interest along this route include
- The Barrier Ranges
- Ephemeral creeks
- Flood's Creek Campsite
- Sandhills, Salt Lakes and Pine Forest
- Mt Arrowsmith Hills
- Evelyn Creek
- Depot Glen
- Fort Grey