07-Aug-2006 -- Toward the end of a Simpson Desert & Innamincka trip in northern South Australia, we took a detour to the east into New South Wales to visit the interesting outback town of Tibooburra.
This area was visited by Charles Sturt, one of the early Australian outback explorers, on one of the many quests to find the elusive "inland sea". A replica of the boat he took with him is in an outdoor museum at the end of the main street. Later the town grew quickly when gold was discovered nearby, but the glory days were short-lived.
The town and nearby campground are interestingly sited among hundreds of massive granite boulders, one of the hotels has a collection of "interesting" murals and the other is widely known for its excellent meals. Instead of the more direct main road south to Broken Hill, we took the back roads along the border. These roads vary from good smooth gravel, to sand, mud, rocks and everything between.
We travelled west from Milparinka through various pastoral properties, then south through more properties very close to the Dog-proof fence along the NSW-SA border, opening and closing many gates along the way. Since this is a remote area visited by few travellers, we stopped briefly to record our visit to this remote location and to explain the Degree Confluence Project to the other members of the party.
Coordinator's Note: This visit is marked as incomplete only because it doesn't meet the photo requirements.