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Drive to Cameron Corner

Outback, Australia

Cameron Corner (aka Camerons Corner) is the surveyed north-west corner of Outback NSW and named after surveyor John Brewer Cameron who marked the border between New South Wales 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.

While not actually on the Darling River, it is one destination that should be included in the iconic Darling River Run touring route; one of the best in Outback NSW!

Before Cameron surveyed the area, famous explorer Charles Sturt led an expedition from Adelaide in 1844 in search of the fabled inland sea, and many places of the Corner Country were integral in the party's journey north; none more so than Depot Glen, a permanent supply of water near Milparinka. This oasis in the desert was the saving grace for many, but not all, in this and other expedition through the outback.

The area around Cameron Corner, known as the Corner Country, encompasses the towns of Packsaddle, Tibooburra, Milparinka and Cameron Corner itself, a small one shop/pub settlement just over the border in Queensland. 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.

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.

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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.

Eldee Station, Silverton, Broken Hill, Outback NSW, AustraliaMulti-award winning Eldee Station is the only working sheep and cattle station and farm stay welcoming tourists in the Mundi Mundi Plains/Barrier Ranges region in Outback NSW. Hosted by 4th generation farmers and passionate environmental advocates, Naomi & Stephen Schmidt, this historic property features some of the most spectacular landscapes in Australia and has been featured in commercials and movies worldwide.

Mt Gipps Station, Borken Hill,  Corner Country, Outback AustraliaNorth 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.

The Two-Story Hotel, Tibooburra. Corner Country Outback NSW, AustraliaThe 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.

Mt Gipps Station, Borken Hill,  Corner Country, Outback AustraliaNorth 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.

TJ's Roadhouse, Restuartant and Supermarket, Tibooburra, Corner Country Outback NSW, AustraliaTJ'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.

Pincally Station, Milparinka, Corner Country Outback NSW, AustraliaPincally Station is the home to Matt and Zanna Gale and their three daughters Bella, Lucy and Millie. The rugged Mount Arrowsmith Hills, named by Sturt during his expedition through the region, form a backdrop to the property and homestead.

Albert Hotel, Milparinka - Corner Country Outback NSW, AustraliaThe 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.

Albert Hotel, Milparinka - Corner Country Outback NSW, AustraliaBuilt 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.

Packsaddle Roadhouse, Corner Country, Outback AustraliaThe 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. 

Packsaddle Roadhouse, Corner Country, Outback AustraliaThe 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 Tibooburra,  Outback NSW, Australia... our town is the gateway to the Sturt National Park, Cameron Corner, and the vast outback interior.

One of my first ever big adventures into the outback was to Cameron Corner, the point at which New South Wales, South Australia, and Queensland meet. 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.

the jump ups sturt national park outback nsw 01The Jump-Ups, Sturt National Park, en-route to Warri Gate and Cameron Corner

There is so much to experience in outback Australia, although the uninitiated may perceive there is nothing out there, it just takes one visit to garner insight and understanding about the essence of this wondrous country.


Driving to Cameron Corner

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