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Mar 4, 2017 - The Train Part #3 - Feb. 27

As we rambled along we were still under the command of the room Stewarts. They had changed crews in Adelaide and we had new, by the book,get off the train for breakfast, now orders. We got off the train walked a city block to sit at large wooden tables for breakfast. Nothing wrong with that, I had ,till this point,survived on bread and 1/4 cup of rice. Oh no, it can't be, but they are, black flys every where. They ate quesh in 90 degree heat outside with a horde of black flys. I walked the extra half block to get juice for my favorite 85 yr...

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Over to Downunder

Nov 25, 2016 - Silverton, White Cliffs, Wilcannia and Broken Hill

We have had a thoroughly wonderful time here in Broken Hill NSW and surrounds. First day was spent out at the almost-ghost town of Silverton, location of the Mad Max2 movie. We then did an underground tour of the Daydream Mine. Visited the Living Desert and the huge limestone sculptures on view, done by 12 artists from around the world. Finished up in Pro Hart's wonderful gallery. The following day, an 0700 start for the 600km (372mile) round trip to White Cliffs and Wilcannia. Worth doing the drive once!! Scored a gorgeous opal ring from...

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Oct 15, 2016 - Back to Broken Hill

First stop Mildura Shopping Centre just a few hundred metres from the caravan park to do a shop for groceries and to fuel up. Up the highway through Wentworth and then a long drive with a head wind all the way to Broken Hill. Used a lot of fuel - worst fuel consumption for the whole trip @ 16.3. It makes the driving hard as you keep fighting a very strong wind. Weather forcast says there should be some more of it tomorrow as we head east to Cobar. Another early start tomorrow as the trip is quite a long one.

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Sep 27, 2016 - Silverton and Mad Max

We travelled the 25kms out to the Mundi Mundi look out to see where they filmed the car sequences for Mad Max 2 and then out to the back up water supply for Broken Hill - Umberumberka Reservoir. The view from the lookout was impressive - how vast the outback is hard to take in. Then back into Silverton to visit the Mad Max II museum which had lots of artefacts, photos and replicas from Mad Max film that was filmed just outside of the town. We also went to the old Silverton Gaol which has an excellent museum for the Broken Hill and Silverton...

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Sep 26, 2016 - Out west to Broken Hill

Early start for a long drive to Broken Hill. Through the gentle hills around Cobar until the land flattened out on the flood plains of the Darling River at Wilcannia. All along the side of the road is a continuation of the wildflowers that we saw yesterday - pink, white, yellow, purple and red. Quite spectacular. What a town, Wilcannia would have been when the paddle steamers plied their trade along the Darling. Now it is an aboriginal town of closed shops and decay. On for another couple of hours of driving as the land turns in to the open...

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Sep 16, 2016 - Broken Hill - September 15 to September 16

Thursday September 15 to Friday September 16 Broken Hill Top Tourist Caravan Park Thursday Driving on these long country roads is an easy gig, so to speak, but it doesn’t mean that you don’t stay alert. Today we saw kangaroos, emus and wild goats (they looked very well fed and we both immediately said “goat curry?”). We passed through lush pastures initially, but once out into the country it was the usual saltbush scrub. There are some amazing old towns out here, some of which we came through at the start of our journey - Wilmington (the...

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Tardis Travels 2016

May 17, 2016 - Broken Hill

The Hill, definitely in the outback now… We left Cobar around 0715 and arrived around 1330 SA time. Today was not a good trip. The window over Carols bed kept opening, one of the catches had snapped so ATM its held closed by clear HD Packing tape, if it comes open again I will hold it closed with a couple of screws unless I have a spare catch somewhere…. Then at Wilcannia I nearly wrote of the van on a sign at the entrance to a servo, I was aiming for diesel pump that had a sign “Drive Through” on it but when I got close to it there was a...

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Oct 5, 2015 - Broken Hill

Monday 5 October 2015 A hot quiet day in Broken Hill. We set off to the south side of Broken Hill intending to visit the 1950's Milk Bar. Weren't sure what we would find due to the public holiday, even though it advertises it's "open 7 days". Had signs up they were opening between 12 and 5, so we moved on to the local lookouts. Our first stop was Browne's shaft and lookout. This is part of the Junction Mine that was opened in 1884. The wooden head frame was erected over the shaft in the 1890's and has been modified several times. Lots of...

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Nullabor Adventure

Oct 4, 2015 - Broken Hill

Sunday 4 October 2015 Decided today was the day to head out to Silverton. Made our approx departure times, but amidst the confusion of Sth Australian, NSW and daylight saving times, we all got confused. Left here on Sth Aust daylight saving time, but of course, not far down the road, we are now on NSW daylight saving time. Never mind, we are on holiday time! A short drive to Silverton through very dry and hot country. A very interesting place, and after a drive around, we found ourselves in the local cafe, where else would you think? A very...

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Oct 3, 2015 - Broken Hill

Saturday 3 October 2015 A quiet day spent in Broken Hill. We visited the info centre as usual and got the usual maps and instructions. We then went up town and had a walk up and down the main street. Some interesting shops to poke around in, but didn't find anything that we just had to have! Shopkeepers all very friendly and happy to chat to us. Came back for lunch and then decided we would visit the car wash. Once again, the locals were very helpful there, and although the car is still looking rather sad, it does look more presentable. We...

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Oct 2, 2015 - Stoney Creek to Broken Hill

Friday 2 October 2015 A nice quiet, cool and comfy night at Stoney Creek. So pleased we decided to change plans and drop in for another night there. We set off again before 9am. They will have a busy weekend there with the public holiday on Monday. Our first stop was Peterborough, and now we remember the town! We were able to have a look in the info centre this time (they were closed on our last visit). The quilters of the town have done a beautiful quilt of the town and surrounds to commemorate the Centenary of Federation, 1901 to 2001....

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Jul 30, 2015 - Cobar to Broken Hill

Thursday 30th July 2015 A comfortable, but noisy night at Cobar. Minimum of 2d. but we are now used to the cold nights. The truckies all used the side street near our sites to have their "rest time", and start warming up their engines quite early. Set off at the usual time, fuelled up and headed for Broken Hill. Had a morning tea break on the side of the road about half way to Wilcannia. Lunch was a picnic in the park at Wilcannia, beside the Darling River. Miss Barrett's coffee shop opened up a few weeks ago, so we were able to enjoy a...

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