4X4 PUB: ALBERT HOTEL, MILPARINKA, NSW
A RIPPER OUTBACK PUB TO DIVVY UP A DUSTY DRIVE.
NOT MUCH beats watching a sunset while enjoying a beer with a good crew, and that’s exactly what we did in Milparinka during a recent NSW outback trek. We plonked our butts down on the bench at the Albert Hotel’s verandah to enjoy the last rays of another cracker outback day.
Located in the top left corner of NSW, Milparinka is just off the Silver City Highway some 294km north of Broken Hill and 42km down the road from Tiboburra. As such, this tiny town is perfectly placed to be a great drop-in for any Corner Country trek.
We arrived from the west after looping through the Mundi Mundi Plains from Broken Hill, Silverton and Eldee Station, driving through the type of country that challenged 19th century explorers Sturt, Burke and Wills.
Milparinka was established in the 1880s, with the pub, former police station and courthouse – built from locally cut sandstone – standing as a testament to the flurry of activity and investment in the area after gold was discovered. The ruins of the local post office and bakery can also be found.