August 19 - 25, 2018: Issue 372



Cameron's Corner.

By George Repin

Sturt National Park, the driest, most remote of the National Parks of New South Wales, lies in the far north-west corner of the State covering an area of 344,097 hectares.  It is arid, semi-desert country with an average rainfall of only 175 mm per year – and that is unreliable.  However, when the rain does come it can be torrential, and the unsealed roads within the park quickly become impassable.  Access by vehicles then is strictly controlled, not only because of safety considerations but also, when the surface is transformed by the water to mud, vehicles cause considerable damage to the roads.

Sturt National Park - map.

The Park is named after Captain Charles Sturt who spent a year in and around the area between 1844 and 1845 in search of the great “inland sea”.

The aim of our group was to travel through the National Park from Tibooburra to the “corner peg” at Cameron Corner. Rains greeted us in Tibooburra.

The Tibouburra Hotel.

Distances from Tibouburra.

The saturated road surface.

The Park is just north of Tibooburra stretching to the Queensland border in the north and the South Australian border to the west.  A smaller section of the Park stretches east to Mt. Wood. Tibooburra means “heaps of rocks” in the local aboriginal language – ancient granite tors surround the town.  Payable gold was discovered in April 1881 and up to 2000 diggers flocked to the area, which was named the Granite Diggings, but the shallow gold soon petered out and prospectors left the field.

Sturt National Park is the traditional land of the Wangkumara people who travelled widely through the arid land to make the most of waterholes, permanent soaks, useful plants and animals. Middens and stone relics can be found throughout the park.


Wild horses.

A wide range of vegetation types are in the Park – woodlands, shrublands, grasslands and swamplands. Major plant communities exist in these habitats, identified by the dominant plant species present. Five habitat types have been identified.

For example there are continuous tracts of red sand/clay plains of stable low dunefields around the Fort Gray area in the west.  Throughout the plains and between the dunes are claypans, temporary canegrass/lignum swamp communities and lake basins with characteristic white sand/clay soils.  As a contrast, to the east there are Gibber Plains with undulating, stony areas with low shrubs of saltbush, bluebush and tussocks of Mitchell grass.  Around Tibooburra are the Granites – the oldest rock formations in the park dating back 450 - 400 million years.

A typical dead tree (on the right!!)

Sturt National Park Information Sign..

Vegetation on a hillside.

A mesa.

Low shrubs.

Another variety of small shrub.

Along Frome’s and Twelve Mile Creeks are flood plains of connecting channels near Lake Pinaroo.

Lake Pinaroo is around 80 Km north of Tibooburra and 24 Km south-east of Cameron Corner. It plays a crucial role in the survival of many plants and animal species, and supports large numbers of water birds and waders, including international migratory and threatened species.  When full, as we saw it, the Lake is a stunning contrast to the dry landscapes of Sturt National Park.

Lake Pinaroo in flood.

Wild life includes Emus - with males up to 2 m high – living in pairs or family groups and Red Kangaroos.  The Wedge Tail eagle, Australia’s largest bird of prey with a wing span of 2.5 m may be seen.  In season the most famous desert wildflower – Sturt’s Desert Pea – with  vibrant red leaf shaped flowers and black centres can’t be missed. It thrives in red sandy soil.

The three states – Queensland, South Australia and New South Wales meet at Cameron Corner.  The dingo proof fence, seen well there, runs 360 km along the Queensland border and 270 km along the South Australian border. 

Cameron's Corner.

The Dog Fence.

The area, in the unusual conditions of heavy rain in which we saw it, could not have been different from the extreme heat and dryness that faced Charles Sturt.   

The Border Fence.

The road east toward Cooper Corner.

An occasional tree.

The "Corner Peg".

Beside the "Corner Peg" at Cameron Corner.

Photographs by George Repin in May 1990

Previous Reflections by George Repin 

The Nineteen Thirties  Remembering Rowe Street  The Sydney Push  Saturday Night at the Movies  Shooting Through Like A Bondi Tram  A Stop On The Road To Canberra  City Department Stores - Gone and Mostly Forgotten  An Australian Icon - thanks to Billy Hughes  Crossing The Pacific in the 1930s  Hill End  The Paragon at Katoomba  Seafood In Sydney  How Far From Sydney?  Cockatoo Island Over The Years  The Seagull at the Melbourne Festival in 1991  Busby's Bore  The Trocadero In Sydney  Cahill's restaurants  Medical Pioneers in Australian Wine Making  Pedal Power and the Royal Flying Doctor Service  Pambula and the Charles Darwin Connection  Gloucester and the Barrington Tops  A Millenium Apart  Have You Stopped to Look?  Gulgong  Il Porcellino  Olympia  Durham Hall  Sargent's Tea Rooms Pie Shops and Street Photographers The Ballet Russes and Their Friends in Australia  Hotels at Bondi  Alma Ata Conference - 1978 Keukenhof - 1954 The Lands Department Building and Yellowblock Sandstone  The Goroka Show - 1958  A Gem On The Quay  Staffa  The Matson Line and Keepsake Menus Kokeshi Dolls  The Coal Mine At Balmain  The Hyde Park Barracks  The Changing Faces Of Sydney From Pounds and Pence to Dollars and Cents Nell Tritton and Alexander Kerensky  Making A Difference In Ethiopia  William Balmain  J C Bendrodt and Princes Restaurant Azzalin Orlando Romano and Romano's Restaurant   Waldheim  Alcohol in Restaurants Before 1955  King Island Kelp  The Mercury Theatre   Around Angkor - 1963   Angkor Wat 1963   Costumes From the Ballets Russe Clifton at Kirribilli  Chairman Mao's Personal Physician  The Toby Tavern The MoKa at Kings Cross  The Oceaographic  Museum  in Monaco  The Island of Elba  Russian Fairy Tale Plates  Meteora  Souda Bay War Cemetery Barrow, Alaska  Cloisonné  Tripitaka Koreana Minshuku The Third Man Photographs and Memories  Not A Chagall!   Did You Listen? Did You Ask?  Napier (Ahuriri, Maori) New Zealand  Borobudur  Ggantija Temples Plumes and Pearlshells  Murano  University of Padua  Ancient Puebloe Peoples - The Anasazi   Pula  The Gondolas of Venice Cinque Terre  Visiting the Iban David The Living Desert Bryce Canyon National Park   Aphrodisias   The Divine Comedy Caodaism   Sapa and local Hill People  A Few Children  Cappadocia  Symi Jean-Marie Tjibaou Cultural Centre   Aboriginal Rock Art on Bigge Island    ANZAC Cove (Ari Burnu) 25 April, 1997  Hotere Garden Oputae  Children of the Trobriand Islands  Page Park Market - Rabaul  Rabual   Kotor, Montenegro   Galleries of Photographs I   Lascaux  Galleries of Photographs II   The Cathedral of St. James – Šibenik, Croatia  Ivan Meštrović  - Sculptor   Delphi   Gallery of Photographs III  The Handicrafts of Chiang Mai Raft Point  San Simeon - "Hearst Castle"  Floriade - The Netherlands - 1982  Russian New Year   Mycenae  "Flightseeing" Out Of Anchorage Alaska  The White Pass and Yukon Route  Totem Poles  Tivkin Cemetery  Krka National Park - Croatia   Tavistock Square and the BMA  Orthodox Easter   Wieliczka Salt Mine  A Walk on Santorini  Indonesian Snapshots  Ephesus - The Library of Celsus  Ephesus - Some Places Of Interest  Waimea Canyon and the Kalalau Valley  United Nations Headquarters 1958  A Miscellany of Flower Images   Gardens  Bath St. David's In Wales   Zion National Park Nicholas Himona - Artist   Kraków   Lilianfels  Collonges-La-Rouge  Gingerbread Houses   Cape Sounion  Delos  Wroclaw  Colonial Williamsburg   Gruyères   Strasbourg  Coventry Cathedral  The Roman Theatre at Aspendos  Turkish Carpets The Duomo of Orvieto   Rovinj  The City Walls of Dubrovnik  Monaco - Snapshots   Bonifacio, Corsica  Autumn in New England USA  The Great Ocean Road  Pompeii   Didyma  Lawrence Hargrave 1850-1915  The Corinth Canal  Malta  Snapshots of Amsterdam Café Central - Vienna  The Forbidden City - Beijing, China  A Ride on the Jungfrau Railway - 1954   Snapshots in the Highlands of Scotland 1954  Must See Sights in Paris - 1954  Corfu Reflections On the Nineteen Thirties The Gold Souk in Dubai  Stromboli Ha Long Bay Vietnam   Lake Argyle The Bungle Bungle Range Langgi Inlet, W.A.  White Cliffs, NSW - 1990

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