Stop for a cold one at the pub where three states meet.
Corner Country is the area where Queensland, New South Wales and South Australia meet. For many, it’s a great destination because you can be there and back in a week, going home happy after a top-up of open space and great sunsets.
While you’re out there you’ll likely swing open the border fence gate – the fence is dog-proof and more than 5000km long – and wander over to the Cameron Corner Store.
On the day we popped in it was a bit warm (40 degrees Celsius) and we’d just driven the couple of hundred kays down from Innamincka (thirsty work). With no more driving for the day, publican Fenn Miller had an ice-cold Coopers – one of 14 brands in the fridge – in our hands within seconds. In the proceeding hours, a few more coldies exchanged hands as we relaxed and chatted to other travellers below the pub’s trademark hats – the overhead decoration of choice.
Owners Cheryl and Fenn Miller have been at Cameron Corner for six years. “We fell in love with the place,” Cheryl explains. “We’d been bouncing through the place for a few years before we took it on. We’d been on the road for five years before that.
“The season kicks off at the beginning of April and it’s steady through to the end of October.”
For many southerners Cameron Corner is on one of the main routes to Birdsville, so heading through this region in late winter means you’ll be mixing with plenty of traffic to and from the annual Birdsville races. Up the road is Innamincka, down the road is Tibooburra and in between is the classic rolling desert-edge terrain of low sand dunes.
The road out here was in good shape when we passed through but be wary of sandy holes in the road surface just over the crest of dunes; the road’s clay running surface that caps the dunes can crack, leaving nasty surprises that are unavoidable. We had an oncoming caravan combo that lacked manners when passing and added a couple of new stone chips.
Like most remote pubs, there’s fuel (petrol and diesel) not far from the front door. There’s a choice of accommodation, too; a patch out the front of the pub for camper trailers or roof-toppers and powered and unpowered sites out the back with a basic amenities block. There are also 11 cabins with air-con. Meals are available at the store but we had our own tucker, so our little group took advantage of the basic camp kitchen’s fire-pit to cook our dinner and breakfast before hitting the road south.
Cameron Corner Store is located at the corner of NSW, SA and Queensland state borders. Call (08) 8091 3872 for more information.