4X4 PUB: AL­BERT HO­TEL, MIL­PARINKA, NSW

A RIP­PER OUT­BACK PUB TO DIVVY UP A DUSTY DRIVE.

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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.

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