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Great Outback Drive

There are many classic outback drives and one of my favourites is the drive from Tibooburra to Innamincka via Cameron Corner. This particular area is referred to as `Corner Country`. It encompasses the north-west corner of New South Wales, the north-east corner of South Australia and south-west corner of Queensland. Cameron Corner is where the three states meet and yes there is a corner store which provides fuel, a drink and a feed.

Roller Coaster Road

For those interested in the early white exploration of the inland you should commence your journey a little south of Tibooburra at Milparinka an old gold mining town with a pub and a few restored ruins. Just west from here it is worthwhile visiting Depot Glen and nearby Mt Poole.

Depot Glen

It was here where explorer Charles Sturt and his men were trapped by drought from January 1845 to July 1845. They were indeed fortunate to stumble upon this permanent water supply. To relieve boredom and give his men something to do, Sturt instructed his men to build a cairn on nearby Mt.Poole which he named after his second in command. Little did he realise that he was erecting a monument to John Poole who later died here. This rock cairn and John Poole`s crude grave and blazed tree can still be seen today.

Explorers Cairn

Getting back to the drive. After leaving Cameron Corner it is a roller coaster ride over clay capped sand dunes until you reach the Strezlecki Track near Merti Merti Station. Although the dunes are clay capped and generally pose no problems except when it is wet,it is wise to take care at the crests for in times of drought they can sometimes break up and be a trap for the unwary.

Near Merti Merti there is a line of sandunes providing a good bush camp and an opportunity to photograph the sand dunes at sunset. From here you also have the choice of taking the old Strezlecki Track which follows the creek line or continue on to the wide and usually well graded new Strezlacki Track to Innamincka and the delightful Cooper Creek.

Merti Merti Sandune

For the intrepid traveller I would recommend the old track. While it doesn`t offer too much difficulty it gives you more of a feeling of being outback and isn`t that what we go there for.

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A classic outback journey from Milparinka to Innamincka.

Having visited many overseas countries and travelled extensively all over Australia since my early teens you can see by my portfolio that the Australian landscape is my favourite subject. I used to take slides because I liked the big picture but having been converted to digital I now shoot with a Nikon D5200, A Panasonic Lumix FZ18 (love that 500mm zoom) and a Samsung compact.

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  • Clive
    Cliveabout 5 years ago

    Great images Terry and a fantastic place to visit, been many a year since I’ve been that way, but will do it again, thank you for sharing

  • Thanks Clive for taking the time to readit.

    – Terry Everson

  • HG. QualityPhotography
    HG. QualityPho...about 5 years ago

    Oh Wow Mate that’s the way to go. You have wetted my appetite for something new. I never had the curage to-do something like this as my spelling and gramma is criminal, however my daughter has offered to help me.
    Cheers Terry excelled work and beautiful images!!

  • Thanks Hans, There are plenty of people to help you here Daren Stones and Susan Adey helped me a lot.

    – Terry Everson

  • SusanAdey
    SusanAdeyabout 5 years ago

    Well done, Terry :)

  • Thank you Susan and thanks for your advice.

    – Terry Everson

  • Darren Stones
    Darren Stonesabout 5 years ago

    Terry, I’m glad to see you put this together. Well done.

    Now to the story. Charles Sturt sure had a difficult situation to contend with from the sound of things, and for six months. Yikes.

    A beaut informative read, and the photos compliment the story.

  • It took a while but thanks to you I got it done. I appreciate the time you took to help me put it to-gether.

    – Terry Everson

  • Lynda Robinson
    Lynda Robinsonabout 5 years ago

    This is such an interesting article Terry. One of these years I am DEFINITELY going to do that drive! Fantastic images. Thank you for this.

  • Thanks Lynda, if you like the outback you would enjoy it and it is a drive anyone can do.

    – Terry Everson

  • Joe Mortelliti
    Joe Mortellitiabout 5 years ago

    Great read Terry, I also posted a story dealing with slightly different part of this area only this morning:-)…great that you put this together

  • Thanks Joe, look forward to seeing your story. I enjoyed that Oodnadatta Track.

    – Terry Everson

  • Richard  Windeyer
    Richard Windeyerabout 5 years ago

    Well constructed Terry. A good read with excellent photos.
    Didn’t realise you could do this sort of stuff on this site.
    PS. Love the other photos you have put up as well.

  • Thanks for looking in Richard. I`m sure you have some stories to tell.

    – Terry Everson

  • Gary Kelly
    Gary Kellyabout 5 years ago

    Onya, Tezza… that’s a really worthwhile piece!

  • Thanks Gazza, glad you liked it. By the way is that a good mug of billy tea you are drinking.

    – Terry Everson

  • jadeast
    jadeastabout 5 years ago

    Great infomercial Terry, I’m sure the tourist bureau would love to have it!

  • Thanks Jade , I`ll have to look in to that.

    – Terry Everson

  • Gary Kelly
    Gary Kellyabout 5 years ago

    Tea? Of course it’s tea! Tea, tea, tea…. wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! He he he… ho ho ho. Yeah, tea. Pretty strong brew, tho.

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