Adjust your watches… we are changing timezones!! Broken Hill is situated in far west NSW but shares the Central Australia Standard Time with SA and NT!! It seems that at the time of deciding Australian timezones, Broken Hill had direct rail link to Adelaide but not to Sydney!!
Broken Hill, is home of the multinational mining giant BHP (Broken Hill Proprietary Company). Like many “outback” towns, Broken Hill was built on precious metals, having once held the world’s richest deposits of lead, zinc and silver. Although now depleted somewhat, mining still yields around two million tonnes of precious ore annually. Sheep farming has taken over as one of the principal industries in the area and there are considerably more sheep than people — almost 2 million Merino sheep.
As you arrive in town, first thing you notice is that it is located just behind the mines… A memorial was erected commemorating over 800 workers who have lost their lives working the mines.
The Palace Hotel is also famous for appearing in the movie ‘The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert’!!
Feels like you’ve entered a time machine… Bells Milk Bar standing as it was in the 50’s…
Lady at the back seems to have been a customer for many, many years… I think her longevity secret is milk shakes and pies!!
So many flavours… hardest decision I’ve had to make!!
Living Desert Sanctuary and Sculptures Symposium a few kilometres out of town – We went in the middle of the day but it would have been time to visit afternoon as with the sun going down, so the sandstone sculptures would off a warmer colouring… it comprises of 12 sandstone artworks, located on a majestic hilltop within the centre of the sanctuary reserve. The large sanctuary provides an insight on flora, fauna and Aboriginal culture of western New South Wales.
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Silverton is a historic small silver mining town around 25km North from Broken Hill!! It is also famous due the many movies that have been filmed in the area and the awesome pub!
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The historic Silverton Hotel, also well known for appearing in many films, commercials and television shows filmed there. If you’ve watched Mad Max II, Razorback, A town Like Alice, Dirty Deeds, the Craic or countless other Films, you’ve seen the Silverton Hotel.
Mad Max 2 museum… quite cool but not many pics were allowed… heaps of stunt info was explained and seeing Mel Gibson that young… aaahhh… 😉
This is not ‘Dog’ from Mad Max 2 but it could well be… she is a blue cattle dog that lives at the museum… coincidence? I think not!!
Located about five kilometres West of Silverton, the Mundi Mundi Plains is a truly breathtaking place. The wide, flat heart of the Australian outback extends seemingly forever – I believe you can see SA from there!!
Mundi Mundi lookout was in the famous crash scene of Mad Max 2. And the street sign appears in the movie!! Will need to watch it again!!
Weirdest thing happened to us in Broken Hill…. Of all places, we faced a massive hail storm!! Luckily, due to very strong winds, we’ve pegged the tent ladder and when the actual hail storm hit, it kept the tent opened… OMG!! It was scary stuff and we could only look from afar, hoping our car and tent would survive… We consider ourselves very lucky as our car ended up with only some hail pockets to the bonnet and front and back blinkers were broken… Mattress in the tent was a bit wet due to leaving side windows open in the tent – it was a very hot day!!
Verdict – minor car damage considering that many in Broken Hill had suffered major issues (Windscreens and skylights broken, trees fallen on cars and houses,… really bad!!) and ‘Howling Moon’ tent… you rock!! The tent was opened and had no real damage – in fact, it protected most of the car!! Impressed!!
Side trip to Broken Hill is over and we go back to the ‘Darling River Run’!!