Sturt National Park

national park of New South Wales, Australia

Sturt National Park is a national park in north west New South Wales (Australia), 1059 km northwest of Sydney. The park is named after the explorer, Charles Sturt, who travelled through the area in 1845. The park was created in the 1970's from six large sheep and cattle stations (farms). These stations included Mount Wood, Olive Downs, Whitta Brinna, Mount King, Binerah Downs and Fort Grey.[1]

Sturt National Park
IUCN category II (national park)
Nearest town/city Tibooburra
Coordinates 29°05′37″S 141°30′31″E / 29.09361°S 141.50861°E / -29.09361; 141.50861
Area 3106.34 km²
Established February 25, 1972
Managing authorities New South Wales National Parks and Wildlife Service
Official site Sturt National Park

The park is large, covering more than 340,000 ha (840,158 acres) of arid area. The east of the Sturt National Park has flood plains, some trees and small rocky gorges and creek beds. Lake Pinnaroo, near Fort Grey, is a Ramsar listed wetland.[2]

The central area of the park, near the old Olive Downs sheep station, has "jump-ups", flat topped mesas rising up to 150 metres (492 ft) above the plains. In the far west of the National Park, the gibber (stone) plains are replaced by the red sand dunes of the Strezlecki Desert.[3]

The Mount Wood Station used to cover 500,000 acres (202,343 ha) and had 86,000 sheep. It employed 100 people.[1] The homestead buildings have been renovated and an outdoor farm museum has been started. The historic homestead, built in 1884,[4] has been turned into a place for up to 15 tourists to stay, and the old shearer's house can hold 38 people.[5] There is also camping areas at Dead Horse Gully at Tibooburra, Olive Downs, Fort Grey and Mount Wood.[4]

Cameron's Corner is a very remote but popular place for tourists to visit. It is where the borders of the states of New South Wales, South Australia and Queensland meet.

Sturt National Park was shown on a British TV documentary called "Planet Earth".

WildlifeEdit

Red Kangaroos, Western Grey Kangaroos, Eastern Grey Kangaroos and Euros are common throughout the park.[6]

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ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Jameson, Julietta (2001). Tibooburra. Sydney: Simon and Schuster. ISBN 0731810074.
  2. "DECC | Ramsar sites in New South Wales". environment.nsw.gov.au. Retrieved 10 September 2010.
  3. "DECC | Sturt National Park". www.environment.nsw.gov.au. Retrieved 2009-04-19.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Tibooburra - New South Wales - Australia - Travel - smh.com.au". smh.com.au. Retrieved 2009-05-17.
  5. "DECC | Sturt National Park - Accommodation". www.environment.nsw.gov.au. Retrieved 2009-05-17.
  6. "DECC | Sturt National Park - Camping". www.environment.nsw.gov.au. Retrieved 2009-04-19.