Central Australia Adventure June 2012, Day 24 & 25

Wednesday, Jul 11, 2012 at 22:20

D-Max Dave

Central Australia Adventure June 2012, Day 24 2511/07/12

Day 24......... On our way to Broken Hill after our overnight stop at Orroroo CP, which turned out to a very nice little park, the cabin we stayed in was by clean and very good value.

The manager told me he can keep cost down because he owns and runs the place, and pays no fees to have the brand name some others have, he does not change the price of accommodation regardless of time of year, or for holiday periods.

We payed $133.00 for the four of us in a cabin with two bedrooms, lounge, kitchenette, shower and toilet, and linen supplied, the park has a laundry, and the camp sites looked good.

The drive to broken Hill was easy, only 250k or so, we stopped for morning tea at Peterborough at a cafe that was once a picture theatre, Now it is a cafe and museum of sorts, the coffee was great and the staff were friendly.

In Broken Hill we found our first choice of accommodation ( the tourist park) booked out, we ended finding Silverland Caravan Park and Roadhouse, a much smaller and cheaper place on the other side of town where we got a cabin for $70.00 per night.

It was no where as nice as the cabin in Orroroo but it had beds, a kitchen, and a full size carport were we could keep the trailer half open to dry out.

The shower and toilet block was large and very clean, and the water was hot, what more can you ask.

If you want somewhere cheap to stay overnight this is not to bad, but it's no Hilton Hotel.

After settling in we drove into the CBD to have a little look around and get an idea of what we would do tomorrow, there seems to be a lot to see and do in Broken Hill.

After taking advantage of the oven in the cabin and having a delicious roast for dinner we planned our day for tomorrow, it would be impossible to see everything of interest but we would try to see as much as we could in the day.

Day 25.......... First stop this morning was Silverton, some 30k out of town, basically a very old settlement that is now home to a pub made famous by Mad Max, and other movies, there are some art galleries and a cafe, a Mad Max museum, and various other old buildings. It was a nice place although we had the misfortune of dealing with two very grumpy locals working at the cafe and the coin carvery.

Don't forget your cash, only the pub has eftpos, and if you want to get cash there they will make you spend a minimum of twenty dollars. I wasn't prepared to pay $70.00 for a 50.

The pub is very nice though, it has a lot of photos from movies shot in the area, just up from there you will find an interceptor and some buggies from Mad Max.

Returning to The CBD we went to White's mineral art gallery, there the ex miner and artist Kevin (Bushy) White educated us on the mining history of Broken Hill and how the methods of mining have changed over the last century, it was an excellent experience, and not expensive.

We visited the Broken Earth Cafe Resteraunt which is located on top of the Line Of Load and has great views of the city and surrounds, also up ther is a memorial to miners who have lost their lives.

We didn't eat there, it was very pricy we thought, but we did sit on a big seat (see picture).

Lunch at Cafe Alfresco in town, was absolutely delicious, I would recommend it any day.

Next the living desert and sculptures, you pay a small fee to go into the park where you can walk up to the hill top and see some local sculptures, I must not be very artistic because the most of the sculptures just looked like big rocks to me, but it was a nice walk and a great view at the top.

Returning to the CBD our last stop for the day was the Pro Hart gallery, which was great, displayed were paintings, and his Rolers and Bentleys, some paintings for sale so don't forget your credit card, a nice post card size original a mere $400.00.

Sitting back and relaxing now, planning our next leg towards home, Broken Hill has turned out to be a fantastic detour for us, it's just a pity we don't have more time here, we will definitely return another time for a holiday here and in the surrounding area.


Dave T
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