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In Sturt's Steps Touring Route

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Take a step back in time and relive the journey of one of our most famous explorers.

The historic In Sturt’s Steps drive follows a similar route to that taken by Captain Charles Sturt during his 1844-45 inland expedition through NSW. Along this drive, you will be greeted with numerous ephemeral creeks, superb local flora and fauna, sand hills, salt lakes and pine forest.

The journey begins further north than the original route, as there are no public roads across the Barrier Ranges.

Leaving Broken Hill, the drive starts at the Old Yanco Glen turn-off on the Silver City Highway and then heads over the ranges. After admiring the rugged Barrier Ranges you will then pass Mount Gipps Station and the historical Tarrawingee township ruins before meeting the road running northward from Silverton. If you travel a few kilometres further, you will discover Pine View Station and the Sturt’s waterhole on Flood’s Creek.

Soon after Pine View Station, the journey then breaks away to the east. Although the expedition travelled north-easterly from here on, this route will travel in the same direction through Pimpara Lake and Pincally Stations. As you continue northwards on this journey, you will pass Mt Arrowsmith and then travel into Milparinka and Depot Glen.

After Depot Glen, Sturt’s final foray into the interior was to the north-west, to Fort Grey, then on to Sturt’s Stony Desert. Quite a few short expeditions were taken northward past what is now known as Tibooburra, so this route continues in that direction before turning toward Cameron Corner.

On this spectacular drive, you will be exposed to incredible history and the diverse scenery of the NSW outback.

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