Outback New South Wales

Corner Country, Outback Australia

About midway 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 floodwaters reach the South Australian border. Even Sturt during his Inland Expedition is believed to have camped on the creek.

After the settlement of the area Packsaddle Station was established, one of the 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 shanty hotel operated in the vicinity of today's roadhouse, providing exchange horses, accommodation and a meal and drink for the travelling public.

Just a simple corrugated iron structure, the hotel closed in the 1920s when the advent of motorised transport changed outback travel forever.

Today the region hosts an annual gymkhana at Easter time and the roadhouse provides travellers with refreshments and accommodation.

Driving to Packsaddle

There are many different routes that can be taken when driving from any of the capital cities to Packsaddle; there are highway routes and adventure routes along the 'road less travelled' via sealed and unsealed roads..

As a general overview:

From Brisbane:

Warrego Hwy <> Newell Highway <> Darling River Run <> White Cliffs Road <> Kayrunnera-White Cliffs Rd (Unsealed): Distance = 1,495km approx

From Sydney:

Castlereagh Highway > Golden Highway <> Mitchell Highway <> Barrier Highway <> White Cliffs Road <> Kayrunnera-White Cliffs Rd (Unsealed): Distance = 1,195km approx

From Melbourne:

Calder Highway <> Silver City Highway: Distance = 1,133km aprox

From Adelaide:

Barrier Highway <> Silver City Highway: Distance = 712km approx


Packsaddle Weather Outlook


Food, Fuel and Emergency Services

Outback NSW is very well serviced by food and fuel outlets as well as emergency services but the Corner Country is more remote so good planning is the key to safe outback travel.

The following downloadable file highlights what is available in the Corner Country; download, and even print a copy, as a ready reckoner.