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Jul 7, 2011 - Cobar to Broken Hill

We arrived in Broken Hill on Tuesday at around 2pm and are staying at Lake View Caravan Park. The caravan park is pretty basic and if I was rating it I would give it a 1 star. You need to pick when to have a shower otherwise you will end up running out of hot water. I’m glad we don’t need to use the camp kitchen as it is really basic. The weather is cold and windy. Broken Hill, which has been called the 'Oasis of the West, 'Silver City' and the 'Capital of the Outback', is over 1100 Km west of Sydney and surrounded by semi-desert). Even...

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Jul 6, 2011 - Broken Hill

This is the point where we all burst into song - with selections from the dessert song…. Over the ground there comes a sound It is the drum, drum, drum of hoofbeats in the sand Quiver with fear if you are near It is the thunder of The Shadow and his Band (And all who plunder learn to understand) (To understand the cry of.....) Ho! So we sing as we are riding Ho! It's a time you'd best be hiding Low It means the Riffs are abroad Go Before you've bitten the sword Ho! That's the sound that comes to warn you So! In the night or early morn, you...

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Jul 5, 2011 - Westward Ho....

The run from Cobar to Broken Hill took around 6 hours; it’s a long drive with not much to see. We crossed the Darling River at Wilcannia over the new bridge built alongside the original lift bridge. The Central Darling area around Wilcannia was held by the Barkindji tribe, and many of the Aboriginal people living in Wilcannia today belong to that tribe. In 1835, Major Thomas Mitchell followed the Bogan and Darling rivers down to Menindee, during which trip he named Mt Murchison (later to become Wilcannia) on the Darling. Settlement along...

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Feb 10, 2011 - Australia - Broken Hill

Hi again, So from Port Augusta, it was a day's drive through the Flinders mountain range (made a change to have roads with curves) to the little outback silver mining town of Broken Hill. We decided to stay in Broken Hill a couple of nights to have a break from the driving, and to take advantage of a welcome pool and sunshine combo. It was quite a nice place, with some attractive 19th century buildings and many many pubs – think that might have something to do with its mining heritage... But the highlight was definitely spotting our first...

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Rolene On Tour

Apr 13, 2010 - Days 5 - 8 UPDATE NOTES

Hi All, Well we are on the way and really excited especially after all these months of planning. We are now 1546 kms from home at Broken Hill. Travelling every day for 4 days to get here was not too hard though as we get on the road early, stop for coffee after a couple of hours and if going for more than another couple we tend to have to stop for fuel so have a break again. We like to get to our caravan park for the night by about 1 or 2 at the latest. The trip so far has taken us from dragging up a mountain at Cunningham's Gap near the...

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Round we go 2010

Feb 5, 2010 - Mungo NP & Broken Hill

Greetings from Broken Hill, a former Austalian mining town on the edge of the outback and close to the border of South Australia and New South Wales. I have been hanging out here for a few days enjoying civilisation after about 10 days camping in the Outback. The town has just 20,000 people and is about 200km from anywhere but given its location on the edge of the outback, it really has a feeling of being a quintesential old Outback town with lots of old building with verandahs on main street etc. Some of you may recognise the photos as it...

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Nov 8, 2009 - Broken Hill

After 200 km we drove into the mining City of Broken Hill and found a pleasant caravan park on the outskirts. Broken Hill is a large mining centre with all the usual services and good shopping. The mining areas are very evident in the town, but we found Broken Hill to be very interesting with a lot of history and many of the original old buildings still in use and well-maintained. There seemed to be countless hotels built during the early days of mining and still well-used today. Many of the old miners houses are still standing and the town...

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Sep 30, 2009 - Broken Hill

The beginning of my journey into the outback and on the way to Broken Hill there was a dust storm brewing, not a bad one but one nevertheless and I'm nearing my first destination and there's one of the more bizarre moments of my time down under, out of the storm there's a truck hauling a yacht - god only knows what it was doing here! Thankfully, or unfortunately there's weren't any other similar moments on the way. Broken Hill is a big dusty town which owes its existence to the world's largest deposits of copper, zinc and silver which are...

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Where's Malcolm?

May 9, 2009 - Broken Hill

A day to look at as many interesting sites of Broken Hill. We commenced the day with an old school friend turning up outside our cabin door with her husband to say Hi. Estelle (formerly Wilson) and Rod Cole had seen that I had signed the visitors book at the information centre yesterday, so phone Mt Beauty to see if they could possibly track us down - and they did. We spent some catch up time with them before going off for the rest of the day, then later spending the evening with Estelle and Rod again. From the information centre we had...

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May 8, 2009 - Broken Hill, NSW

We left Mildura and the Murray river this morning, and travelled along the Silver City highway to Broken Hill. The towns and locations that we travelled through were: Coomealla, Wentworth, and Coombah, before reaching Broken Hill. We expected to have a driving day of seeing not much at all, then we came upon some goats .... The day was mostly about travelling past dry land with very little countryside with visible animals, and then we suddenly came upon all of these goats wandering along the side of the road. There was probably an area...

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Jun 26, 2008 - Day 3 - Cobar to Broken Hill

Vital Statistics Distance : 470 KM Diesel Price Cobar : $1.85 Fuel Economy : 13.5 litres / hundred Cobar is a much more lively and plesant place than we remember on our previous visit. The caravan park was almost full. Early rise and on the road at 8am. We thought such an early start was pretty impressive, however we were outdone by a steady stream of Grey nomads who smiled as they watched us frantically dressing grumpy kids and packing up, and then leisurely drove their big rigs onto the highway. The Countryside seemed to changed...

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Jan 4, 2008 - Broken Hill, in the middle of the outback

We started our long drive to Broken Hill nice and early, at 7.30. It was about 500km from Adelaide and the day was likely to break 40 degrees so we didn't hang around. There's not much between Adelaide and Broken Hill so we made good time. All we saw was a lot of road kill with some eagles feeding on a dead roo. The eagles were huge and this was really cool. We also saw lots of whirly-whirlies. These are like mini sand tornados, harmless but impressive looking. We also saw a bizarre sight, as we passed through a town on the way we saw a...

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