Packsaddle, Outback New South Wales
Corner Country, Outback Australia
About mid way along the Silver City Highway between Broken Hill and Tibooburra is the area known as Packsaddle, named after the gum-lined creek which crosses the highway a short distance to the north of the Packsaddle Roadhouse.
Some say the creek was named when Burke and Wills crossed the area to the east, near Wonnaminta, and lost a packsaddle from a camel or horse.
What-ever the reason, this is one of many ephemeral creeks in the district which flow westward through adjoining properties.
In exceptional years the flood waters reach the South Australian border. Even Sturt during his Inland Expedition, is believed to have camped on the creek.
After settlement of the area Packsaddle Station was established, one of properties that formed part of the Goldsborough and Company holdings.
At that time it had one of the largest shearing sheds in the district.
During the days of coach travel a a shanty hotel operated in the vicinity of today's roadhouse, providing exchange horses, accommodation and a meal and drink for the traveling public.
Just a simple corrugated iron structure, the hotel closed in the 1920s when the advent of motorised transport changed outback travel for ever.
Today the region hosts an annual gymkhana at Easter time and the roadhouse provides travelers with refreshments and accommodation.
Driving to Packsaddle
As a general overview:
Warrego Hwy <> Newell Highway <> Darling River Run <> White Cliffs Road <> Kayrunnera-White Cliffs Rd (Unsealed): Distance = 1,495km approx
Castlereagh Highway > Golden Highway <> Mitchell Highway <> Barrier Highway <> White Cliffs Road <> Kayrunnera-White Cliffs Rd (Unsealed): Distance = 1,195km approx
Calder Highway <> Silver City Highway: Distance = 1,133km aprox
Barrier Highway <> Silver City Highway: Distance = 712km approx
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