Head to Sturt National Park on your journey into the Australian outback. Camp for a few days to really explore the landscape and historic heritage of the park.
Sturt National Park protects an enormous arid landscape of space and solitude. From the rolling red sand dunes of the Strezlecki desert to the flat-topped mesas and the 450 million year old granite tors around Tibooburra, a visit to this outback park is a once in a lifetime experience for many.
One of the best ways to explore the park is along one of the self-guided drives or you could join a guided tour with one of the tour operators that visit the park. For more up close views of the landscape, try the short loop walks at Fort Grey or Dead Horse Gully. If you’ve only time for one walk, head to Mount Wood hills for a walk to the summit where stunning views of this spectacular landscape are waiting.
The Wild Desert Program covers about 40,000 ha, where leading organisations are introducing locally extinct mammals, controlling invasive species and managing kangaroos to restore the desert ecosystem. They are using large fenced exclosures, a Wild Training Zone and a range of innovative predator control and research techniques.
The Wild Deserts site and field station are located in the north-west corner of New South Wales within Sturt National Park, where New South Wales, South Australia and Queensland meet at Cameron Corner.
There’s also the historic Wild Dog Fence that runs east to south-west along the eastern third of Australia and along the western and northern boundary of Sturt National Park. Originally built in the 1880’s to keep dingoes away from sheep flocks and the southern part of the country, at 5,614km, it’s the world’s longest fence.
Spend the night at one of the park’s four campgrounds, each of which offers sites suitable for caravans and camper trailers as well as barbecue and picnic facilities. You may have the campground all to yourself; however you might share the space with some of the park’s resident kangaroos and abundant birdlife.
Find out more about the feral predator-free areas project in Sturt National Park. Source: NSW National Parks.