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Outdoor Pastoral Museum

Sturt National Park

Overview

Part of the historic Mount Wood homestead complex, a visit to the Outdoor Pastoral Museum will give you an insight into the life of workers in the Australian outback.

Type
Historic buildings/places
Where
Sturt National Park
Price
Free
Entry fees
Park entry fees apply
What to
bring
Hat, sunscreen, drinking water
Please note
  • Check the weather before you set out as roads within Sturt National Park may be closed during wet weather.
  • This park is in a remote location, please ensure you are thoroughly prepared, bring appropriate clothing and equipment and advise a family member or friend of your travel plans.

 

A museum out in the open may seem a little unusual, but what better way to see how the early European settlers used to work on the land? The building blocks of early European bush life on display at the Outdoor Pastoral Museum are part of the historic Mount Wood homestead complex. The museum exhibits original and reconstructed artefacts that’ll help you piece together the life of a pastoral worker. It includes numerous examples of equipment used by pastoral properties in the 19th and early 20th century.

Learn how horses were used to draw water with the reconstructed walking beam and whim. See the original Mount Wood Station wool scour where sheep fleeces would’ve once been cleaned – there’s even a partly excavated drying ground where fleece was bleached and dried in the sun. And don’t forget to look inside the cane grass shed where there’s a dredge, Tumbling Tommy scoop and well bucket.

Look out for the interpretive panels so you can learn about each item and its usage, and remember to pick up the Mount Wood complex brochure at the Tibooburra Visitor Centre for additional information.

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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Outdoor Pastoral Museum, Sturt National Park. Photo: John Spencer