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WHERE Lo­cated 1300km north-west of Syd­ney and 330km north of Bro­ken Hill, Sturt Na­tional Park has hid­den trea­sures and some great camp­ing. The park cov­ers more than 3500km2 and in­cludes dunes in the jump-up coun­try, semi-dried desert ar­eas and a few flood plains. Within the park there are walk­ing trails, ru­ins and lakes. This is one of NSW’S most re­mote parks.

CAMP­ING Fort Grey is lo­cated on the western side of Sturt Na­tional Park, with Lake Pi­na­roo close by. Fort Grey’s camp­ing area has pit toi­lets, shel­ters with free gas bar­be­cues, and sev­eral water tanks. There’s am­ple room for camper trail­ers, tents and of­froad car­a­vans. Un­for­tu­nately, no wood fires can be lit in this camp­ing area, though gas bar­be­cues are most wel­come. Self-reg­is­tra­tion is avail­able at Fort Grey for pay­ment of camp­ing fees, which at the time of writ­ing was $5 per adult and $3 per child per night. Other camp­grounds within the park in­clude Olive Downs, Mount Woods and Dead Horse Gully.

SUP­PLIES AND FA­CIL­I­TIES Out here in the Cor­ner Coun­try you need to be self­suf­fi­cient, as it’s a re­mote park. There is no phone ser­vice. Fuel and ba­sic items can be found at Ti­booburra. The Cameron Cor­ner store, 140km to the west of Ti­booburra, has both diesel and un­leaded fuel, but it can be hit or miss. Camp­grounds have ba­sic fa­cil­i­ties.

MAPS AND GUIDES NPWS has sev­eral visi­tor guides, which pro­vide rel­e­vant and nec­es­sary in­for­ma­tion. Hema Maps’ Out­back NSW cov­ers the area and shows camp­grounds, points of in­ter­est and other rel­e­vant in­for­ma­tion. TRIP STANDARD When the con­di­tions are good, this area can be tra­versed in most four-wheel drives and soft-road­ers. Be aware of cor­ru­ga­tions and the re­mote­ness of this area. Your ve­hi­cle must be well-pre­pared and you need to be self­suf­fi­cient with spares, water, food and com­mu­ni­ca­tion. FUR­THER IN­FOR­MA­TION Ti­booburra NPWS is lo­cated in Briscoe Street, Ti­booburra. The visi­tor cen­tre also houses dis­plays on lo­cal Abo­rig­i­nal cul­ture and wildlife in the area. Con­tact NPWS at Ti­booburra on (08) 8091 3308, or visit www.en­vi­ron­ment.nsw.gov.au.

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