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Jump-Up Loop Road drive

Sturt National Park

Overview

A fantastic self-guided car tour of the outback country of Sturt National Park, Jump-Up Loop Road drive offers scenic desert views, historic heritage and excellent birdwatching.

Where
Sturt National Park
Distance
110km loop
Time suggested
3hrs
Grade
Easy
Price
Free
Entry fees
Park entry fees apply
What to
bring
Hat, sunscreen, drinking water
Please note
  • Remember to take your binoculars if you want to go birdwatching.
  • This park or attraction is in a remote location, so please ensure you’re well-prepared, bring appropriate clothing and equipment and advise a family member or friend of your travel plans. 
  • Sturt National Park is an isolated park, and distances are quite long. This is one of the largest and driest parks in NSW and due care needs to be taken.
  • The weather in this area can be extreme and unpredictable, so please ensure you’re well-prepared for your visit. Check the weather before you set out as Jump-Up Loop Road can become boggy when it rains.
  • The walking opportunities in this park are suitable for experienced bushwalkers who are comfortable undertaking self-reliant hiking.
  • There is limited/no mobile reception in this park.
  • Please note there’s a speed limit of 60km per hour in Sturt National Park.

For a tantalising taste of outback NSW, load up the van or 4WD and revel in the wide open spaces along Jump-Up Loop Road drive, in Sturt National Park. Starting at Tibooburra, it’s a 110km self-guided round trip to Olive Downs and back, via Silver City Highway.

It’s an exhilarating drive that takes in a variety of distinct landscapes typical of Wangkumara country – from the distinctive granite tors near Tibooburra, to the rolling downs and gibber plains, before reaching the iconic Jump-Ups to the north.

There’s plenty to experience along the way, including spectacular birdwatching from the bird hides at Mount King Tank and South Myers Tank. Stretch your legs along Jump-Up walking track and soak in the vast desert views, or check out the historic remains of Mount King Station. If you’re tempted to experience an outback sunset, pitch your tent or park the van at Olive Downs campground.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

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Park info

  • in Sturt National Park in the Outback NSW region
  • Sturt National Park is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

  • Park entry fees:

    $8 per vehicle per day. The park has coin-operated pay and display machines - please bring correct coins.

    Buy an annual pass.
    • Tibooburra
      (08) 8091 3308
      Contact hours: 8.30am-4.30pm Monday to Friday
    • Briscoe Street, Tibooburra NSW
    • Fax: (08) 8091 3309
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Jump-Up Loop Road drive, Sturt National Park. Photo: John Spencer