Broken Hill is still principally a mining town, but has many museums and galleries which are worth a view. The railway museum was our first visit and my favourite.
I loved the old surveying equipment. I am sure this is very close to what my grandfather used in his surveying days.
The astonishing thing for me was that Broken Hill was a major rail junction. There was a tram line that ran from here to Silverton, which is now a ghost town. These steam trains pulled that train.
They also had the Silver Comet, a diesel train that used to connect the various mining towns.
There was a lot of cute paraphernalia from the train ways. I liked this inspection car.
The next museum was the silver mint – lots of lovely things to see and buy, but no photos allowed. Finally, we visited Pro Hart’s gallery. A video presentation told me a lot about this artist – I just thought he messed up carpets.
Silverton is an abandoned mining town that has discovered as new life as a movie set. It has appeared in many movies that I do not recognise, but I did see “A Town like Alice”. Their big movie was Mad Max 2. Ash, Carmel and I visited the museum.
The museum had a number of the vehicles from the movie, mostly stunt doubles and fragments from crashes.
I must confess I saw the movie but cannot remember much detail. I think we need a Mad Max a-Thon when we return to Sydney.
We reached the souvenir store but there was a queue head of us.
These tame donkeys are a bit of a tourist attraction – they feature on the Silverton facebook page. Ash could not resist a selfie!
We departed Port Augusta this morning and saw our first road sign mentioning Sydney for a couple of months. After driving south for a bit we turned east and crossed the Flinders Ranges. As we crossed, so did a cloud system.
As we go close, we were struck by the greenness of the land after several weeks of red.
Over the ranges we found a lot of amazingly rich looking farm land, growing wheat (we think) canola and some livestock.
As we headed east, we were overtaken by the Indian Pacific. (Carmel and I did this trip 20 years ago and loved it.) It should reach Sydney tomorrow morning.
In a few hours we left SA. Carmel and I do intend to come back when we are less encumbered!