One of the most well known ‘corner’s of the Australian
outback is Cameron Corner, where the borders of the states of New South
Wales, South Australia and Queensland meet. Here you can hit a golf
ball out of NSW, it will fly over part of Qld before landing in SA.
This is also where one can celebrate the New Year three times (also in
Poeppel Corner and Surveyor Generals Corner), because it’s on the
corner of three time zones. The roads and tracks in this region are
generally earth-formed and corrugated but despite plenty of bulldust,
are usually suitable for conventional vehicles with care.
Located about 1,400 kilometres west-southwest of Brisbane,
Queensland, this corner is named for the surveyor, John Brewer Cameron,
from the New South Wales Lands Department, who spent two years during
1880-82 marking the border between New South Wales and Queensland. Mr.
Cameron erected a post there in September 1880 to mark its intersection
with the border of South Australia. He placed a wooden marker every
mile (1.6 km) eastwards along the interstate boundary.
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This general area, which includes Sturt Stony Desert in the Lake
Eyre Basin, was first explored by Captain Charles Sturt, who in 1844
went in search of a supposed inland sea in the center of Australia.
New Year’s Eve occurs three times a year in Cameron Corner
(also in Poeppel Corner and Surveyor Generals Corner), because
it’s in the corner of three time zones.