Silverton

Trip Start Sep 21, 2012
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Trip End Oct 27, 2012


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Pro Hart Gallery, Mundi Mundi Plains

Flag of Australia  , New South Wales,
Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Broken Hill Day 6

Today we had a bit of a sleep in. Ate some bacon & eggs for breakfast.

At 8.45am we headed into Stocklands to do a little bit of shopping. Bella was itching to spend her birthday money, so had a little look around. She finally found a dress she liked which she bought. Also purchased a few bits & pieces from Big W, then headed back to camp.

We did a few housework items this morning cleaning the cobb & BBQ before we had a bite to eat for lunch then headed out.

First on the agenda today was the Pro Hart Gallery. Outside his Gallery is 3 Rolls Royce & a Bentley. One of his Rolls Royce’s he had painted the outside. It looked fantastic. Little ants around the windows, the hubs & a lot of other scenic pictures of classic Australian settings. & of course his famous dragon flies painted on the front. He had a fantastic panorama picture in one room of his gallery. Behind glass is how his art room looked, there were also 3 floors of his art work. We all found this gallery very interesting. Loved seeing all his art work up close. Across the road was some of his sculptures. Very impressive. A large metal dragon fly, a metal emu & heads on a pole.

We all headed out to Silverton 25km from Broken Hill. We did a little detour down a dirt road from the Pro Hart Gallery to Silverton. Definitely more interesting taking an off road track. On the way out we spotted a lizard but I wasn’t quick enough to take a photo. Just before town was an old disused Railway Station & track wild flowers had started to grow through the train lines. It was built in 1886. It travelled from Petersborough to Silverton.

Our first port of call was the famous one & only Silverton Hotel.

The iconic Silverton Hotel is undoubtedly the heart and soul of the town. Sitting in the centre of the town the pub has maintained it’s laid-back country life style even as it has flourished into one of the most filmed and photographed Hotel’s in the country. When it comes to the Silverton Pub, the third time is the charm. The original single story hotel was opened in 1884, to cater for the towns growing horde of miners. A two storey model replaced this, only one year later as the growing Silverton population became increasingly thirsty. The building burnt down in 1918 and the then used Silverton Post Office became the current Silverton Hotel 

Unfortunately a lot of cars were already parked out the front which made photographing it more difficult. We went into the Souvenirs shops & bought another coldie holder & cloth badge for my camp blanket. Out the front were some of the replica cars from Mad Max II.  The boys loved checking these out. Then it was time for a drink in the Silverton Hotel. We all sat around the bar sipped some fizzy drinks & of course Jay a VB. Lots of interesting things hanging around the bar. A lot of photos from movies which had been filmed in the area.
 
When we left the Hotel some of the cars had moved from the front so it was out quick with the camera for a family picture. We walked around town looking at all the old buildings including some of the ruins.

Jay wanted to look through the Mad Max Museum so all of us dredged thru. $25 for the 4 of us. Jay having watched Mad Max II enjoyed it. It had a lot of photos inside. Heaps of the vehicles were outside behind mesh that were used in the movie with some of the outfits that were worn & movie props.

Jay spotted a horse down the road so we drove down there to feed it some bruised apples we had bought with us. It looked very slow & sad, then when we fed it a couple of apples it was jumping & running around very excited. There was also an emu wandering around & a cow outside the fence.

It was now afternoon tea time so we caught up with everyone at the Silverton Cafe (Originally a house built in the late 1880s) had some fresh jam & cream scones & chocolate milkshakes.
The home's main rooms are filled with antique dolls made as early as 1869 and as recently as the 1950s. Other memorabilia is also on show and a range of old bottles are for sale.

At 4.30pm we drove the 5km out of town to the Mundi Mundi Plains to eventually watch the sun setting  (The wide, flat heart of the Australian outback extends seemingly forever. On a clear day the curvature of the earth can be seen. Of course, a lot of people have seen the area yet may not realise it, spotlighted as it was in the famous crash scene of Mad Max 2. Sharp-eyed explorers can even find old sets from the movie smattered around.) From the look out you can see a flat plain, it went for miles as far as the eye could see, only a few trees here & there breaking up the flatness. You can see the curvature of the earth, from this vantage point. The oldies had a few nibbles & drinks whilst (Happy Hour) we waited & waited. The rest of us had a little walk around exploring down the hillside. Some interesting flowers & rocks scattered everywhere. There was even a very long tall rock wall built at the bottom of the hill with a pathway. Finally the time had arrived & the sun put on a spectacular show…… Until the clouds covered the last part of the show. A tiny bit disappointing after the long wait but still some beautiful photos taken.

On the way back through Silverton was two wild donkeys wondering around town. One of them came straight to us & nearly poked his head through the window. Jay gave him the last of the apples & he trotted off again happily.
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