Tilpa is a fascinating Outback town that boasts an incredible collage of Australian and indigenous history. The town is set in semi-arid terrain dominated by red dirt, and lies 130km north of Wilcannia. Tilpa means ‘floodwaters’ in the local Aboriginal Paakantji language, which is fitting considering the landscape here is so flat that floodwaters can spread for many kilometres.
Tilpa is perhaps best known for its pub made entirely from corrugated iron and covered with graffiti that displays the dry wit of the bush. You can add your own to the Tilpa Hotel’s walls for the price of a donation to the Royal Flying Doctor Service.
Natural wonders also abound in the area, with national parks, watering holes and prolific birdlife and wildlife nearby. With its distinctive landscape, you can truly understand why Australia is known as the sunburnt country.