The Corner Country Official Touring Route, Sturt’s Steps
The Sturt’s Steps Touring Route approximates the route taken by Charles Sturt’s when his Inland Expedition came into the Corner Country in 1845. It connects about 1100 kilometre of sealed and unsealed roads from Broken Hill to Milparinka, Tibooburra and Cameron Corner to create a circular touring loop and adventure experience for all visitors.
Originally designed by the Milparinka Heritage and Tourism Association in 2008, the route has been recognised as the “official” touring route of the region, and attracted significant funding through Restart NSW to expand the journey to include the now-sealed Silver City Highway and to build or enhance visitor experiences along the route.
What can the visitor expect in the future? Along the route will be wayfinder directional and attraction signs. New interpretive shelters or totem information posts will be built at places such as Yanco Glen, Pine View Station, Sturts Depot, Hawker Gate Road, Fort Grey, Milparinka, Tibooburra, Byjerkerno and more, providing information about Sturt’s expedition, but also the settlement of the region, the land, transportation through the years and more. Some will have digital enhancements. New maps will be produced to ensure that travellers are safely on the right road.
At key locations along the route new interpretive sculptures will be constructed, creating an art trail from Broken Hill to Cameron Corner. Several of them will have local indigenous themes.
In Milparinka visitors will be able to find more information about the region, covering Sturt’s expedition, the Kidman era, the wild dog fence, the night sky and more.
The cairn built by Charles Sturt’s men will be stabilised on top of Mount Poole to prevent further erosion around the base, and a walkway constructed to ensure that the climb is safer.
Tibooburra Local Area Land council will also develop new museum spaces, there will be interpretive signage around the town, and the reserve will have a camp kitchen built. A second camp kitchen will be placed in Milparinka.
At Fort Grey where the University of NSW have an endangered species project sculptures made from the left over exclusion fence will enhance the visitor experience.
Along the entire route station stay properties the owners of the hotels, motels, caravan and camping areas will continue to offer visitors a truly fabulous Corner Country experience and look forward to seeing you when you travel. For more information about the Sturt’s Steps project please click here.