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No visit to Corner Country is complete with visiting and exploring Milparinka. it was here that the Maliangaapa people lived alongside a beautiful treelined waterhole, it was here that Sturt's expedition first camped in 1845, and it was here that the first town was proclaimed in the far north west of New South Wales to service the Albert Goldfields.

Whilst an early European population lived huddled in huts and tents, by the mid-1880s the town boasted a police office, newspaper, chemist, blacksmith, photographer, two butchers, four hotels, a school, a hospital and a general store. But by the mid-1920s the golden years were only a memory and just a few people remained.

Today Milparinka celebrates its rich heritage with community owned museum and interpretive displays, active walking trails and friendly volunteer staff at the Milparinka Heritage Precinct.

Milparinka: Where To Go / Sightseeing

Milparinka Heritage Precinct


The Milparinka Heritage Precinct is a complete surprise. A visit to Corner Country is not complete until this Precinct has been explored. It's a beautiful place in the midst of a desert landscape where the spirit of the past merges with the present.

Comprising a collection of colonial buildings the Precinct has no rival in Outback New South Wales. The "hub" of the Precinct is the Milparinka Visitor Information Centre where friendly Visiting Volunteer staff provide local information and service in a museum and gallery-like atmosphere.

The adjacent Courthouse houses local history and a substantial collection of family history research material, whilst the adjoining cells provide an insight into the region's remarkable mining heritage.

The pastoral heritage and natural history of the area are also represented in displays and public gardens surrounding the precinct.

A small entry fee is payable which helps to maintain the heritage buildings of the community.




Loftus Street
Milparinka, NSW, 2880

Located 0.1K from Milparinka

Milparinka Architecture Trail


There are few buildings left standing in Milparinka, but those buildings that do, are representative of the colonial architecture of the late 1800s.
This trail includes one designed by the colonial architect of the day, public works such as the former police station and post office, and the hotel which was built in 1882. All the buildings that still stand were constructed of locally quarried sandstone.





Milparinka
Milparinka, NSW, 2880

Located 0.5K from Milparinka

Milparinka Heritage Gardens


Adjacent to the Milparinka Heritage Precinct are three separate garden areas, each containing specimens of local flora, but also interpretive panels or museum items.

Two of the gardens have bench seats and tables for picnic lunches.

An small entry fee covers access to all locations of the Milparinka Heritage Precinct.




Loftus Street
Milparinka, NSW, 2880

Located 0.5K from Milparinka

Milparinka Heritage Walk


A walk around the outback township of Milparinka reveals many of its secrets. There are, of course, the obvious structures, the buildings which remain from the 1880s and 1890s, restored and in use. But, amongst the laid out streets and their signs, there are also the ruins of former homes, former shops, former businesses, the post office and the bank.

It's here amongst the sandstone former walls, that the real secrets lie: shards of glass and pottery, old nails, broken horse shoes, wash-tubs, a dairy cellar or two, bottle dumps behind what used to be one of the four hotels.

And on the hillside above the town, the remains of the school, and the very uniquely preserved signage that was used in it's time, the spelling of the name of the school with quartz boulders, and a mosaic of the Australian coat of arms. So worth a visit.




Loftus Street
Milparinka, NSW, 2880

Located 0.6K from Milparinka

Milparinka Courthouse Interpretive Centre


Designed by Colonial architect James Barnet and built in 1896, the Milparinka Courthouse is a classic example of the fine design and construction of the day. Its function as a courthouse ceased in the 1920s and by the 1980s the building was in disrepair.

Restored by the local community, the beautiful sandstone building today forms the hub of the Milparinka Heritage Precinct. Interpretive panels explain the region's history from Aboriginal times, through exploration to settlement. Family histories can be explored though the many references available.

During the school holiday periods, activities are available to engage younger people in learning about the region's natural and human history.

No visit to Milparinka can be complete without a visit to the Courthouse.




Loftus Street
Milparinka, NSW, 2880

Located 0.6K from Milparinka

Depot Glen, Pooles Grave and Sturts Cairn


The sites of Depot Glen, Poole's Grave and a cairn were all established and built by the men of the 1845 Sturt Expedition. They are located on a privately owned sheep station, Mount Poole, and are accessible from Hawker Gate Road and Milparinka township.

History in brief: In 1845, Captain Charles Sturt and his expedition ventured into the region known as the Corner Country. For several months the group camped beside a water hole in a rocky basalt glen, known as Depot Glen. By the time the rains finally came in July, James Poole, Sturt's second in command was very ill. He died a few days after the expedition broke camp to continue their search for an inland sea. Poole's body was buried beneath a beefwood tree, not far from Depot Glen.

There are many books written on the Burke and Wills Expedition and worthy of reading prior to travelling this region.




Access by Hawker Gate Road
Milparinka, NSW, 2880

Located 15.1K from Milparinka

Milparinka: Events

Milparinka Gymkhana


The Milparinka Gymkhana is held annually on the second Saturday of the NSW July School Holidays. The day long event takes place on the Milparinka Sports Grounds, just on the north side of Milparinka, alongside the Evelyn Creek.

The gymkhana is a truly bush family day affair, with riders bringing their horses from local station properties as well as some distance away in Queensland and South Australia.

The riders, aged from about two years to, well, who knows, compete in a range of events including novelties such as the bending race, or flat races such as the Milparinka Cup.

All days meals are available, and at night, after prize presentation, entertainment to get everyone up and dancing. Visitors are welcome to join locals at the Milparinka Gymkhana each July.




Milparinka-Hawker Gate Road
Milparinka, NSW, 2880

Located 1.3K from Milparinka

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