Exploring the Corner Country
Things to see and do in Tibooburra:
- Tibooburra Keeping Place: Located in Briscoe Street, the Keeping Place features a display of fauna, local photographs, and indigenous artifacts of wood and stone from the Wadigali, Wongkumara and Malyangapa tribes. There are also arts and crafts for sale.
- Tibooburra Pioneer Park: At the end of the main street is the Tibooburra Pioneer Park which was established in 1999. The main attraction in the park is a full-size whaleboat (by Anthony Hamilton) perched on the top of some poles. This is a replica of the whaleboat Charles Sturt hauled across inland Australia on a wagon with the intention of using it to row around the continent’s ‘inland sea’. It was abandoned at Depot Glen near the current site.
- The Church of the Corner: This church was erected in 1963 by the Australian Inland Mission now succeeded by the Uniting Church Frontier services. It is open for use by visiting clergy by arrangement. It is a church for all the people of the area.
- Tibooburra Public School: This is a unique school of the air in the sense that the kids on the outlying properties actually interact with a real class of children in the Tibooburra Public School. It is the only dual mode school in Australia and can be toured, cost of $4 per – Please contact school to tour.
- Golden Gully: Golden Gully, adjacent Dead Horse Gully camping ground, is a reconstruction of mining sites and methods with explanatory plaques. The turnoff is 1 km north of Tibooburra.
Things to see and do around the Corner Country:
- Sturt National Park: Remote and majestic landscapes greet the visitor and provides three great road tours though the park to encounter pastoral history and natural history. It is remote, but sometimes the best things are. The massive arid landscape of Sturt National Park has unique beauty; it’s a place of peace and solitude, the most outback of our outback parks. Adventurous travellers are often drawn to iconic destinations, and Cameron Corner, bordering three States, is such a place.
- The Gorge Loop Road: This around Mt Wood and the Mount Wood Hills covers the outdoor pastoral heritage museum, Mt Wood Homestead & shearers’ quarters, the Gibber and Mitchell Grass Plains, the Twelve Mile Creek Gorge, and the old pastoral remains at Torrens Bore and Horton Park Station. Wildlife such as Emu, Kangaroo, and Wedge-Tail eagles are commonly sighted.
- The Jump-Ups Loop Road: The ancient landforms that are known as the Jump-Ups are the remains of an ancient mountain range that have been eroded down over millions of years leaving the 150m plateau (Mesa) and the granite strewn plains which form the catchment of the ephemeral Connia Creek which follows south-east into the Twelve Mile creek.
- Cameron Corner: The drive from Tibooburra to Cameron Corner takes the visitor through a diverse landscape including the Waka Claypan, past Fort Grey which was provisions stockade built by explorer Charles Sturt for his inland expeditions, and on to the Corner and the worlds longest fence; the 5,000+ km Dog Fence which was constructed to keep roaming Dingos of the north and west out of the pastoral lands of NSW.
- Milparinka: About 40km to the south of Tibooburra, on the Silver City Highway, is the historic town of Milparinka which provides an insight to this former ‘boom’ town, although the ‘boom’ was very short lived. Here you can observe life of a bygone era at the beautifully restored courthouse, jail and other old buildings. By sure to drop into the visitor centre and pub also to say hi.
- Depot Glen, Pooles Grave, & Mt Sturt: To the west of Milparinka is an area synonymous with explorer Charles Sturt and his expedition to explore the interior of Australia. Depot Glen is a permanent water supply that was essential for the survival of Sturt and his team. While Sturt and some of his party headed north, the others remained behind at Depot Glen, and to occupy their time, Sturt had the team construct a rock cairn on top of Mt Sturt which they were using as a lookout to view the return of the advanced party. Poole’s Grave is the last resting place of James Poole who died while on the expedition.