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Sturt National Park
Sturt National Park is
often referred to as "the jewel of the Outback". Covering 340 000
hectares of semi-desert country, the park is situated in the far western corner of New
South Wales. It is an amalgamation of several former station properties,
including Mt Wood, Olive Downs, and Fort Grey.
The park is named after the explorer Sturt who's
expeditions through the Corner Country set the stage for the settlement
of large areas of inland Australia.
In the east of the park flood plains dotted with occasional trees give way to
small rocky gorges and dry creek beds. The Olive Downs, or
"jump-up" country is where the flat topped mesa rise up to 150 metres
above the surrounding plains. Further west the gibber plains are replaced
by the sandhills of the Strezlecki Desert.