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.
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.
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.
A classic outback journey from Milparinka to Innamincka.