Corner Country

Beyond Broken Hill, bounded on two sides by the dingo fences of Queensland and South Australia, lies the Corner Country of New South Wales.

You could get 'lost' out here. Not lost on the partially sealed Silver City Highway, or any of the side roads that link Milparinka, 'First Town of the Albert Goldfields', the dingo fence's Cameron Corner, and the Capital of the Corner Country', Tibooburra. Nor lost on the loop roads that lead around Sturt National Park, an amalgamation of several historic pastoral properties, including Mt Wood.

But you could become immersed in the landscape of the ever-changing hues of rugged hills and sand-stone escarpments that rise from a gibber-strewn desert floor, or red dunes dotted with bushes and wildflowers.

You could become 'lost' in the history, from the earliest Aboriginal habitation to one of the greatest survival stories of Australian exploration, Charles Sturt's 1845 expedition. Even Burke and Wills came this way in 1861. Or you could lose yourself in the thought of men and women pushing wheelbarrows laden with their few belongings from one shanty hotel to the next, headed from the Darling River port of Wilcannia to the gold mining leases of the 1880s.

Today, in Milparinka, a walking guide will lead you around the historic settlement. You can stay at the Albert Hotel, learn more about the region's history in the Courthouse or adjacent Barracks, and visit nearby Sturt's Depot Glen. Tibooburra's community will welcome you to its unique Outback School of the Air, Aboriginal Keeping Place or National Parks and Wildlife Service Courthouse Museum and office.

With accommodation in either or two historic hotels, or its caravan park and motel, you will be assured of a memorable visit. So, for your next holiday, do something unforgettable. Try getting 'lost' in the Corner Country.

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