Outback travellers dream of the “must visit” places which tell the story of Australia. Cameron Corner is one of those Outback destinations.
The most remote of all NSW parks, Sturt National Park is an unforgettable experience for any outback adventure.
Travel to the surveyed north-west corner of NSW to Cameron Corner, where you’ll be able to stand in three states at once! Cameron Corner is the spot where the states of NSW, Queensland and South Australia meet, and it’s also the the north-west boundary of Sturt National Park.
Spanning red rolling sand dunes of the Strzelecki Desert, across the ancient Mesas of the Grey Range and Mt King (known to the locals as The Jump-Ups), through ironstone Gibber Plains to the gorges and hills of Mount Wood, Sturt National Park is one of the largest in NSW, at 340,000 hectares.
When you travel through ancient eroded mountain ranges and vast gibber plains you will easily understand the concept of the inland sea which early explorers like Charles Sturt believed covered the interior of Australia. The iconic Dingo fence traverses east to south -west, and forms part of the western and northern boundaries of Sturt National Park. At 5614km long, it’s the world’s longest fence, built in the 1880’s to keep dingoes away from sheep flocks in the southern states.
In the eastern section of the park, there are 3 self drive tours to enjoy the nature, pastoral heritage and amazing scenery:
The Gorge Loop Road
This 3 hour drive around Mt Wood and the Mount Wood Hills takes you through the outdoor pastoral heritage museum, Mt Wood Homestead & shearers quarters. You’ll travel through the Gibber and Mitchell Grass Plains, and the Twelve Mile Creek Gorge. You’ll see lots of wildlife – be careful of the times that Emu, Kangaroo and Wedge-Tail eagles want to share the road with you!
The Jump-Ups Loop Road
The landforms that are known as the Jump-Ups are the remains of an ancient mountain range erodedover millions of years leaving the 150m plateau (Mesa) and the granite strewn plains which form the catchment of the Connia Creek. Starting at Tibooburra, the 3hour drive has opportunities to stretch your legs along the Jump-Up Walking Track, or photograph the sunset from the Olive Downs Campground.
The route from Tibooburra to Cameron Corner wanders through a diverse landscape including the Waka Claypan, past Fort Grey. Charles Sturt built his provisions stockade here for his inland expeditions. At Fort Grey you can take the Wells Walk, and perhaps camp at the Fort Grey Campground before heading home the next day.
Sturt National Park is an “must do” for any outback adventure. It is located 330km north of Broken Hill (80/20 gravel/sealed) and 400km west of Bourke (unsealed).
Summer in this part of Australia is VERY hot. Autumn/winter/spring is best time to travel through Outback NSW.