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Oct 14, 2018 - Broken Hill

14/10/2018. Sunday. Sunny, windy and hot Broken Hill. Church this morning, then rest for the remainder of the day. I made a savoury scone ring which everyone likes for afternoon tea and Hazel and I cooked a roast pork dinner - I got the easy job of cooking the pork, Hazel did the vegs. and Ian made the gravy. It was all delicious and a meal fit for a king! Tomorrow we move on. We’ve enjoyed our time in Broken Hill and could quite easily stay another couple of days, but we need to keep moving or we won’t get home till next Christmas!!

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Oct 13, 2018 - Broken Hill

13/10/2018. Saturday. Warm, few drops of rain Broken Hill Another slow start, with first stop being the local Market, which was like most markets! We then went to the main shopping street and Hazel and I found a beautiful, classy giftware shop and yes, we did each make a purchase! Broken Hill is the birthplace of Australian Unions in 1884, where the nearly 3000 union members out-numbered the non-union workers at a ratio of 7:1. We had a look inside the Trades Hall and at some of the interesting old posters before returning to the Silver...

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Oct 12, 2018 - Broken Hill

12/10/2018. Friday. Warm and sunny Broken Hill A leisurely start to the day and as we were heading out Ian spotted a market in a park, and thought we needed to check it out. It was celebrating NAIDOC week a little later than in the rest of Australia due to weather conditions here last weekend. We didn’t stay long but went on to the Silver City Mint and Arts Centre, recommended by Pam via text this morning. What a great idea! We saw The Big Picture, the largest acrylic painting on canvas (100m x 12m) of the surrounding hills and scenery....

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Oct 11, 2018 - Wilcannia to Broken Hill

11/10/2018. Thursday. Hot/cool/windy Wilcannia to Broken Hill. How changeable the weather has been! 2 nights ago, we slept under the sheet in summer attire and sweltered - last night, back to the winter pj’s and slept under the doona wearing bedsox. None of us slept particularly well, as we had companions at our free camp - 2 semi trailers, one being a refrigerated one with the refrigerator running all night. It was rather late when they came in, and they both left about 6.30am. Silence is golden - but short lived! No sooner had the semis...

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Aug 28, 2018 - Broken Hill only 1146 kms from home

In Broken Hill we visited the Albert Kersten Mining & Minerals Museum (GeoCentre) and learnt the story of how the world’s largest deposit of silver lead and zinc was formed in Broken Hill. The museum also displays a famous collection of Broken Hill minerals and the ‘Silver tree’ – the intricate silver sculpture once owned by Charles Rasp, the boundary rider who pegged out the first Broken Hill mining lease with his partners. We drove up to the Line of Load Miners Memorial and read many names and ages (some as young as 15) and causes of...

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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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