It was a long LONG drive from Lightning Ridge to Broken Hill- I think in total about a nine and a half hour trip ? so we split the journey in half and stayed overnight halfway across. It mustn’t have been a memorable camp site because I can’t even remember where it was!
Really not much at all to see along this route except tonnes of road kill and feral goats. The goats seem to have infinitely more road sense than the kangaroo’s as we hardly saw any of those hit by trucks or cars.
We invented a new game across these two days. Road kill – for lunch and Goats – for lunch. Played in the morning each person on their side of the car has to count either road kill or goats (live) on THEIR side of the road and whoever counts the most gets out of making lunch that day. Macabre I know. I won both times.
I started to go a bit stir crazy out there with all the nothingness and began to ponder over just how bizarre Kangaroos really are. I mean, why bounce? Why did mother nature create a creature that bounces to transport itself? Why? And why do they bounce so FAST? What predators are they avoiding? I can understand eagles carting off the very small roo’s but they are usually safely snuggled in mums pouch, so what else are they bouncing from? All that bouncing certainly doesn’t seem to help them get across roads safely. I think I irritated Richard a little with my questioning of bouncing animals.
Before long we began to see the glorious red dirt and I felt excited to be back in “outbacky” like country again. There’s just something about the red dirt…. and it makes the sky seem even bluer!
We decided to stay out at Silverton at the camp ground there – Penrose Park as we have stayed there several times before.
Nothing much has changed out there. The facilities are not the best, rather run down now. The showers could really do with a revamp, or just a decent clean as there are mould stains all over the roof. The water pressure is sensational though, almost blasts you down the plughole.
There is no potable water available there – just drinking water from the camp kitchen, nor a dump point if you are in a van or motorhome.
They charge $20 or $25 for a powered site and you can have camp fires- they sell firewood there too. A far better option for us than staying in an overcrowded cramped caravan park in town.
I love Broken Hill, always have. It’s easy to see why it attracts so many artistic people out there. The red dirt and the blue skies are just so vivid and amazing. There is so much to see from Art galleries to mine tours, to the sculptures on the hill (we missed these this time) to the Train Museum. Definitely a place you could spend a week at and not get bored and certainly a great place for photography!
We had all kinds of weather thrown at us during our four night stay there. Blue sunny skies to overcast and gloomy with rain, to a dust storm that kept us inside the whole day, to amazing fog one morning which made for some interesting photos.
Here are some scenes from around Broken Hill and Silverton.