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See Sturt National Park

Sturt National Park, TibooburraCREDIT: Destination NSW

Sturt National Park, near Tibooburra, combines the best of the Australian outback in one location.

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See Sturt
National Park

Sturt National Park, Tibooburra CREDIT: Destination NSW

Sturt National Park, near Tibooburra, combines the best of the Australian outback in one location.

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Tucked into the remote northwestern corner of outback New South Wales, Sturt National Park incorporates almost 350,000 hectares of floodplains, desert, rocky gorges, creeks, lakes and ‘jump up’ country — flat-topped mesas rising 150 metres above the plains. Wildlife, birdlife, Aboriginal sites and pastoral history are huge attractions. Here’s how to enjoy this corner of the state, a five- to six-hour drive from Broken Hill or around six hours from Bourke.  

Take a self-drive tour 

The most popular way to explore Sturt National Park is to drive yourself, but leave your sedan or convertible at home — a four-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive vehicle is a must, as a splash of rain can turn the gravelly red-dirt roads from dust to mud in minutes. The small town of Tibooburra, 6km from the park, is the last place to top up with fuel and stock up on water and snacks for your road trip.  

Three of the park’s most well-worn tracks are the Gorge Loop Road, the Jump-Ups Loop Road and Cameron Corner Drive, the latter of which takes you past the Waka Claypan and Fort Grey, where explorer Charles Sturt built his provisions stockade for his expeditions. Look out for kangaroos on the road — the park is home to the ‘big red’, the largest of all the ’roos. 

Follow a pro  

The beauty of tagging along is that it allows you to explore Sturt National Park in your own vehicle with an expert guide leading the way. Vic Widman of Great Divide Tours operates tag-along Corner Country and outback NSW tours and has plenty of secret spots to share, as well as being there to winch you out of trouble if the dirt roads get muddy. With Spirit Safaris, you can follow along in your own four-wheel-drive or be a passenger with founder Richard O’Neill, who’s been touring the Sturt for more than 25 years — choose from either five-day, nine-day or 12-day tours. 

Sturt National Park, Tibooburra CREDIT: Destination NSW

Kangaroos in the outback in Sturt National Park, Tibooburra.

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Sturt National Park, Tibooburra CREDIT: Destination NSW

Kangaroos in the outback in Sturt National Park, Tibooburra.

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Enjoy an aerial view 

To see the outback from above with Outback by Air is an extraordinary experience. Cootamundra businessman Phil Hines partnered with Australian cricket legend Glenn McGrath to set up outback tours in a luxuriously fitted-out Cessna Caravan 208. Flights leave from Sydney’s Bankstown Airport and, within hours, Sturt National Park sweeps beneath, the aerial perspective showcasing the expanse of the park.  

What you see from the air in an hour would take days by road. The aircraft lands in Tibooburra, where there’s time to visit the famous Family Hotel, decorated with murals and paintings by Australian artists Clifton Pugh and Russell Drysdale, who both once stayed there. And the Tibooburra Hotel serves some of the outback’s best lunches, eaten at a timber bar inlaid with gold. 

Volunteer and stay for free 

Milparinka, on the outskirts of Sturt National Park, has a Visiting Volunteer Program that allows guests to lodge free of charge for two weeks. Volunteers stay in Evelyn Cottage, part of the town’s Heritage Precinct on the banks of Evelyn Creek, named by Charles Sturt during his 1845 Inland Expedition. The cottage was once the kitchen for the police station and is next door to the old courthouse, police barracks and telegraph station.  

In return for free accommodation, volunteers are asked to be a friendly face at the Courthouse Visitor Centre, give advice and information about the area, keep the facilities clean and do odd jobs around the precinct. It’s not a full-time gig, so there’s ample time to explore the park.

Milparinka Courthouse and Barracks CREDIT: Jeff Catford

Visiting Volunteer Program guests enjoy free lodging right next door to the Milparinka’s historic buildings.

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Milparinka Courthouse and Barracks CREDIT: Jeff Catford

Visiting Volunteer Program guests enjoy free lodging right next door to the Milparinka’s historic buildings.

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