“If you are up for an adventure and have a well-equipped 4wd, the far north-west outback of New South Wales — known as Corner Country — is an incredible regional road trip. This area of New South Wales is indeed remote, but you will be rewarded by stunning desert vistas, iconic Australian pubs, magical sunsets, vast national parks and an abundance of wildlife. There are many possible routes to this journey, but you won’t want to miss out on my top experiences below.”
“Established in the 1880’s when gold was discovered in the area, there are many historic buildings and ruins to visit in Milparinka. A highlight for me was a tour with one of the local Historical Society volunteers, who brought the town alive and shared stories of Sturt’s perilous journeys through this region. Sturt was searching for an inland sea, and you can see a replica of his boat that was carried all the way from the coast in the Pioneer Park in Tibooburra.”
“Tibooburra is also home to Australia’s shortest pub crawl. Have a beer at the Family Hotel, adorned with crazy murals and art and then cross the road for another cold one at The Two Storey Hotel. You don’t want to miss all the saddles at the famous Packsaddle Hotel, and if you are travelling in winter, a fun night with locals is assured in front of the fire at The Albert Hotel in Milparinka.”
“Sturt National Park takes up the whole north-west corner of the state. Join a guided 4wd tour or take one of the three self-guided drive loops. My highlight was the lookout over the Jump Ups, and seeing the 5000km long Dingo Fence up close. This park is one of the easiest ways to see the eastern dunes of the Strzelecki Desert, and we can recommend a drive route to take in the best of the pastoral or the natural heritage of the area.”
“This spot on the map is a “must-do” for many and it feels good to have stood in three states at once. It is a bit of fun travelling through the gates of the Dingo Fence and crossing borders to arrive at this iconic destination. The Cameron Corner Hotel, the only building there, is another on the iconic pub list and I can vouch for the excellent egg and bacon rolls.”
White Cliffs and Mutawintji National Park
“I would highly recommend taking a detour off the highways and travelling via White Cliffs for a taste of underground life and opal mining. Not everyone knows you can stay in an underground hotel In New South Wales and it certainly is a different experience. Here you can take a tour in a working opal mine, and even try your luck fossicking for your own. On this route the Mutawintji National Park is rich in Aboriginal history, and is best explored with a private Aboriginal guide so you don’t miss a thing.”
This is a regional road trip that can be as easy or as challenging as you are prepared for. Contact your local Travel Associates adviser to start planning your personalised regional Australian holiday. No matter how big, small, near or far, our experienced advisers will make it unforgettable.
Contact your local Travel Associates adviser to start planning your personalised regional Australian holiday.