(This post appeared in Bobby Dazzler Newsletter #58.)
Tibooburra is in the north-west corner of New South Wales, about 330 kms north of Broken Hill and about 425 kms west of Bourke. From Tibooburra to Cameron Corner is about 140 kms. (Many people don’t realise that you can drive 500 kms west from Bourke and still be in NSW!)
There are two pubs in “Tib” – the Family Hotel (with pictures painted on some of its interior walls by famous artists such as Clifton Pugh and Russell Drysdale, some of which are not exactly suitable for “family” viewing), and the Tibooburra Hotel, also known as the “Two-Storey Hotel” (for obvious reasons).
The Two-Storey is of stone construction, and at least superficially similar to other two-storey stone pubs in Marree and Copley, both in South Australia. It claims to be the tallest building in NSW west of Bourke — which I think needs to exclude places south-west of Bourke, such as Broken Hill. (Although I haven’t got measurements to check, I’ve sometimes wondered whether a two-storey section of the now-closed Milparinka Hotel could be taller.)
The bar contains a fine collection of well-worn bushmen’s hats. Recent renovations include a new dining room. The owners Mac and Kaz provide a very friendly and efficient service.