A Travellerspoint blog

May 2017

Broken Hill to Wilcannia

Tuesday 30 May 2017

Fine today with a cool south westerly wind.

We were on the road by 10:30 am after quick visits to Woollies, BWS, a Pharmacy and the Dump Point at the Information Centre.

The trip today was 196 km and we arrived at Victory Park Caravan Park at Wilcannia soon after lunch. The good news was that it was a lovely grassy Council owned caravan park, however the bad news was that the Broken Hill Forensic Police were in attendance giving a couple of vehicles and a couple of caravans the once over for fingerprints and DNA evidence. We paid up for two nights as the plan was to leave the van at Wilcannia tomorrow while we drove to White Cliffs which is another of Australia's Opal Fields located about 100 km to the north.

Apparently there had been two visits by the less desirable elements of the Wilcannia community, the first at about 12:30 am and the second at about 2:30 am. As well as breaking into a couple of vehicles they also broke into several caravans while people were sleeping inside. An Engel fridge full of food was stolen along with a handbag and purse with credit cards and mobile phones, and a camera. Chairs and BarBQs were not of interest. Vehicle doors and caravan doors had been jemmied open, however the thieves fled with their booty once they had been disturbed.

The longer that we thought about these events the less comfortable we became about staying at the park that night let alone staying on for another night. We decided that we would only stay one night as it was now too late to continue on to Cobar - another 250 km. David was talking to a truckie who came in just on dark to stay the night. He was an interstate truck-driver on holidays and told David that Wilcannia had a bad reputation with the trucking community with most drivers not willing to stop anywhere near the place. As the truckie had not had the chance to set up he moved on when told about the previous night's activities!! Enough said!!

We spent a nervous night with all the lights outside on for the night. Next morning we packed up early and moved on. It was very disappointing as the caravan park is located in a very picturesque location on the Darling River.

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Set up at Victory Park in Wilcannia.

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Victory Park Caravan Park in Wilcannia.

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Broken Hill Miners Memorial

Monday 29 May 2017

Fine and mainly sunny with a temperature range of 7 to 16 degrees.

The Line of Lode Lookout and Miner's Memorial is a dramatic, iconic structure on the edge of the mullock heap that dissects Broken Hill. The memorial names the 800+ miners who lost their lives working on the Broken Hill mines. The Lookout provides spectacular views of Broken Hill.

In more than 125 years of mining, Broken hill has generated more than $100 billion, and still generates $400 million annually and employs more than 500 miners.

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The Broken Hill Miner's Memorial.

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Nearby mullock heaps.

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Another view of the mullock heaps.

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Nearby Mine Workings.

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A view across Broken Hill.

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Broken Hill from the Lookout.

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Di at the Miner's Memorial Lookout.

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Miner's Memorial Plaques.

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Some of the Plaques on the Memorial - Lead poisoning a recurring theme.

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Those Brodribbs are every-where.

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Information Centre and Restaurant, but Don't Come Monday - its closed.

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Pro Hart Gallery

Sunday 28 May 2017

On the way back into Broken Hill from the Sculptures we saw a sign for the Pro Hart Gallery, so having a bit of time to spare we went to investigate. Not surprisingly there was no photography allowed in Gallery so the only photos are of Pro hart's cars in the garage - one painted by the artist.

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Entrance to the Pro Hart Gallery.

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Pro Hart's painted Rolls Royce.

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The other side of the car painted by Pro Hart.

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Two more Rollers.

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Broken Hill Sculptures

Sunday 28 May 2017

On the way back from Silverton we drove in to see the Broken Hill Sculptures in the Living Desert Reserve. The Sculptures comprise 12 sandstone artworks which highlight the skyline, located on a hilltop within the reserve. The sculptures were completed in 1993 by artists from around the world who participated in a sculpture symposium.

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Broken Hill Sculpture Symposium, Apr/May 1993.

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Facing the Day and the Night - Eduardo Nasta Luna - Mexico City.

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The Ibis - Thomas Munkanome - Tiwi, Bathurst Island.

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Motherhood - Badri Salushia - Tbilisa, Gorgia.

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The Bride - Dr Mahomad Mira - Damascus, Syria.

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Moon Goddess - Conrad Clark - Katoomba, New South Wales.

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Habitat - Dr Ahmad Al Ahmad - Damascus, Syria.

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Bajo El Sol Jaguar (Under the Jaguar Sun) - Antonio Nava Tirado - Mexico City, Mexico.

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Angels of the Sun and the Moon - Valerian Jikiya - Rustiva, Georgia.

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A Present for Fred Hollows in the Afterlife - Lawrence Beck (Symposium Director - Koolewong, Australia).

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Nhatji (Rainbow Serpent) - Badger Bates - Broken Hill, Australia.

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Tiwi Totems - Gordon Pupangamirri - Tiwi, Bathurst Island.

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Horse - Jumber Jikiya - Rustavi, Georgia.

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Broken Hill in the distance.

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Mining activity near Broken Hill

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Day Trip to Silverton

Sunday 28 May 2017

Mainly sunny today with a cool breeze that kept the temperature between 5 to 17 degrees.

Silverton is an old mining located about 25 km west of Broken Hill. It was laid out in 1883 following the discovery of silver at the nearby Day Dream Mine, and by 1886 had a population of 3,000 people. As larger mines were established in nearby Broken Hill, Silverton declined with the Council being closed in 1899. Most of the buildings were dismantled and transported to Broken Hill, leaving only a handful of substantial buildings in Silverton. Silverton is now better known as the location of the movie Mad Max 11, which was made in 1981. This sequel to George Miller's Mad Max was a worldwide box office success that further launched the career of Mel Gibson.

We drove around Silverton and checked out the Gaol Museum and the Mad Max Museum, before having lunch at the Silverton Hotel. After lunch we drove out to the Mundi Mundi Lookout before returning to Broken Hill. Between Silverton and Mundi Mundi we came on some horses wandering along the road, Two of the horses blocked the road in front of the Ute while a third came up to the drivers window probably looking for food.

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Silverton Gaol.

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Silverton Courthouse.

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Battery operated mine locomotive.

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North Broken Hill Mine Cage.

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Di in a Silverton Gaol cell.

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Silverton Methodist Church built 1885.

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St Carthage Catholic Church at Silverton.

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A Silverton street-scape.

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Mad Max Museum.

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Ford Falcon XB GT Coupe 1973 "V8 Interceptor".

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Another Mad Max car.

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And another Mad Max car.

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Mad Max Gyrocopter.

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Yet another of the Mad Max Cars.
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John Dynon's Art Gallery.

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Silverton Hotel.

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The Ford Interceptor's Love Child.

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Two horses blocking the road.

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A not so wild horse looking for food.

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The view from the Mundi Mundi Lookout - you can just see the curvature of the earth.

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