Day 3 - Broken Hill to Wilpena via Silverton

Trip Start Sep 03, 2010
Trip End Sep 18, 2010

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Wilpena Pound Resort

Flag of Australia  , New South Wales,
Sunday, September 5, 2010

Woke up at about 7:30am, had breakfast at the hotel. The hotel was amazing. After travelling across such inhospitable terrain it was like an oasis. I highly recommend this place to everyone. Built in the 1940's and renovated 8 years ago, they have managed to retain the art deco vibe but kinda modern too.

We then hit the road to Silverton - 24 k's away. It is the location of heaps if movies and tv shows. Check it out - - also check out our photos, words can't describe this place. Lots of old buildings, red dirt, ruins and also a pub, cafe/teahouse and several art galleries. Both Silverton and Broken Hill are very arty places with galleries everywhere. We didn't get a chance to go to the Pro Hart gallery - but that is the top of our list if we go back.

After that it was across the red plains and across the boarder into SA. It all seemed to start getting hillier and greener. Our turnoff to Wilpena via Arkaroola Rd was at Yunta. Filled up at the service station and were told that the road was closed......bugger! This meant that we had to take the "plain old" sealed road that every Tom, Dick and Harry used.....boring. We had to go all the way down to Peterborough and Orroroo. These roads look like they are only 40-50k from Port Pirie, Port Augusta and Whyalla but we don't want to venture that way on this trip.

The bird life if awesome out here. We have seen plenty of Magpie-Larks, Swallows, Willie-Wagtails, Crows, Galahs, Sulphur-Crests and these other smallish greenish parrot things. It was a bit sad to see some road kill too.

Finally got to Wilpena Pound at 6pm due to driving at reduced speed to try and reduce consumption. Felt a bit knackered so relaxed for an hour or two before having the most mindblowing hamburger at the restaurant here in the resort.

Now it's off to have a shower and crash because tomorrow we've got lots of fun to be had.

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