Day 6 – Broken Hill and Silverton

Washing day today before we ventured off!

First stop on today’s adventures was the Broken Hill Miner’s Memorial, perched on a hill amongst the mines in the centre of town.  A very fitting tribute to all those who have lost their lives since the late 1800s in mining disasters and accidents, health issues (particularly lead poisoning), and complications from injuries.  No such thing as workplace health and safety ‘back in the day’.

We then visited Jack Absolom’s Gallery, to be greeted by the man himself at the door.  Quite an interesting old chap and his landscape artwork was truly inspiring and true to the places he has spent much time visiting.  We even bought a small framed print to take home.  Joe really loved having this opportunity to meet Jack, whose camp cooking recipes have provided much inspiration over the years.

Late morning we drove the 27km north west to historic Silverton, spending time in the very old cemetery and then heading into town to check out the collection of old buildings, dating back to the 1880s.  One such building was the Silverton Pub…not to be passed by of course!  We enjoyed one of their legendary hot dogs which was washed down by an icy cold beer.  Then more historic buildings to peruse, a local museum with an extensive collection, the Mad Max Museum, then time for further refreshment in the form of a quandong icecream cone – absolutely delicious!

We then had about an hour to kill before heading further west chasing another magical outback sunset…so back to the pub!!  Then west in the late afternoon, first to view the weir then to the Mundi Mundi lookout which looks over the vastness of the Mundi Mundi Plains to the west.  Out came the camp table, chairs, nibbles and wine – yes, things are done in style in the outback setting.  We were joined by a number of others who came to this spot like pilgrims on a mission, fantastic.  We waited, and waited, sipped some wine, and waited some more before we were rewarded with the most amazing sunset I reckon I have seen.  There we were witness to a palate of golden colours after the sun went down behind the curve of the earth in the distance.  A very ‘WOW’ moment.  Ah, the serenity…

Miner's Memorial
The Miner’s Memorial at Broken Hill, each white rose represents the loss of a miner’s life in Broken Hill area. Very sad and moving.
Some public art located near the miner’s memorial, I just had to try it.
Silverton Pub
The Silverton Pub, a must stop place.
Inside Silverton Pub
Inside the quirky Silverton Pub, the hot dogs were amazing
Mad Max 2 Museum
The Mad Max 2 Museum, a must for Max Max fans
Mad Max Museum
The last of the V8 interceptors ….
Mundi Mundi sunset
Waiting for the sunset at the Mundi Mundilookout