Packsaddle Rest Area

Packsaddle Rest Area is a free overnight campsite located 100km south of Milparinka or 195km north of Broken Hill on the Silver City Highway in the Unincorporated Region of Far West New South Wales.

The Paddlesack Rest Area is a very isolated basic rest area with just a shelter over a picnic table and some rubbish bins. It is right beside the road just north of the roadhouse and past the Packsaddle Creek crossing. It has easy access from the road and the area is flat and large enough for big rigs but you need to check the road conditions before arrival.

This rest area is a combined motorist and heavy vehicle rest area where trucks, motorists, and caravans can stop and have a rest.

There are no toilets at this rest area so it is only suited for fully self contained travelers.

There is some mobile phone service here, but it will depend on your carrier.
Dogs are welcome at this campsite but please be responsible!

The maximum time limit for staying here is less than 24 hours.
*Please obey any signs at the site regarding length of stays.

Please Note:
The maximum permissible stay in a rest area is not specified as motorist’s needs are different, with varying levels of fatigue, at varying times of night and day. Some may need to stop for a few hours until they are ready to continue their journey safely.
Rest areas are not designed to be camping grounds or caravan parks.
Using rest areas for multiple overnight stays as part of a planned itinerary is not in keeping with their intended purpose and reduces the availability of space for motorists needing a break before continuing on their journey.
Those needing facilities for an extended stay are encouraged to look for camping areas or caravan parks in towns along the way. (source:

Packsaddle Rest Area at a glance


  • Dogs Allowed
  • Must Be Self Contained
  • Time Limits Apply


  • Scenic Outlook


  • 2WD Accessible
  • Close to Road
  • Suitable for Big Rigs


  • Caravan
  • Motor Home
  • Non‑Powered Sites


  • Rubbish Bins
  • Sheltered Picnic Tables