The township of Milparinka lies adjacent to the ancient tree-lined creek that was named by Charles Sturt after his brother Evelyn. It is mostly accessed by a short drive from the Silver City Highway, with the turnoff just 40 kilometres south of Tibooburra.
At first it was a shanty collection of rough huts and tents close to the water’s edge, but after being surveyed in the early 1880s more substantial sandstone and corrugated iron buildings were built on the sandstone plateau to the west. Milparinka became a supply town for the Albert Goldfields but as the population ebbed and flowed with drought-filled seasons and the fortunes of miners, it became apparent that none of the once grand ambitions would be realised. Since the 1920s, from a population base of around 300, there have been but a handful of people left in the community of Milparinka.
Yet, today it has been revitalised through the efforts of an inspired community group which has overseen the restoration of most of the remaining heritage buildings and purpose built new centres to create an award winning heritage complex.
No visit to Corner Country is complete without spending time exploring all that Milparinka has to offer.
Accommodation is available at the Milparinka Caravan Park adjacent to the Heritage Precinct, and at the Milparinka Hotel.
The Heritage Precinct is in two parts. The restored historic buildings and a new history centre are all located on the eastern end of Loftus Street, behind the Courthouse, while additional purpose-built centres are adjacent to the public toilets.
When all spaces are completed in early 2023 the entire complex will provide visitors with an unforgettable and rewarding experience in 16 different areas.
There is an entry fee which provides access to all of the interpretive spaces, camp kitchens, gardens and shelters, as well as public toilets.
The reason for this is that Milparinka does not have a local council and the Precinct has to be self-sustaining. Children in the company of an adult are free; adult entry (payable at the Courthouse Visitor Information and souvenir Centre) is $8.00 per person (50c per space).
Coach tour guests are $5.00 per person.