Rolling red sand dunes, wetlands, woodlands, flat-topped mesas, undulating gibber and grass plains combine in one of the largest, most distinctive national parks in New South Wales.
Named after the famous explorer, Charles Sturt, Sturt National Park is located in the north-west corner of the state, about 65km from Tibooburra.
It is bounded to the north and west by the ‘wild dog fence’ – the longest fence in the world stretching 5614km – which was built in the 1880s to keep dingoes away from sheep flocks.
Sturt National Park protects an enormous arid landscape of space and solitude, with 450-million-year-old granite tors surrounding the town of Tibooburra and lining the road on the way to the park. They contrast with the red sand of the desert on the western side of the park, and with the ‘jump ups’ that rise from the plains in the central section of the park.
There are several walks and drives within the park, as well as places to stop and soak up the beautiful surroundings. For more up-close views of the landscape, try the short loop walks at Fort Grey or Dead Horse Gully. While the climb to the summit of Mount Wood will reward visitors with stunning views overlooking the park.
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