So we’re leaving the Broken Hill area, after spending several days looking around as well as getting used to living in the ‘van.
Highlights this week include the town of Silverton, population about 38, not including sheep. A meal in the historic pub was fun, photos on the walls showing all the film- making over the years, with the rest of the town ghostly ruins.
A tour of an old silver mine was the favourite with the boys. Clambering down into a 130 year old mine that produced about $80M in its day, hard to
picture when it’s so desolate out here and you can’t drink the water because of the naturally occurring arsenic and chromium. Life expectancy of miners was about 28 if you started at 8 years old.
It’s dry and shrubby country, so spending a
couple of days at Menindee Lakes was amazing. So many birds and animals, lovely water views, steaks on the bbq and relaxing by the fire. Burke and Wills never had it so good!