Silverton and Living Desert Sculptures
Sunday was going to be warm – but a bit windy (‘significant breeze’ a Broken Hill local called it). We were off to Silverton and after a quick brekki we were on our way by 9am.
Silverton is a little ‘ghost’ town about 25kms outside Broken Hill. Silverton sprang up in 1867 with the discovery of silver, but when bigger deposits were found at Broken Hill the population moved there… it now has a permanent population of 89 and is a major tourist drawcard. Mad Max and many other films were shot in and around Silverton and the Mundi Mundi Plain.
The friendly local here just wanders the town… we came across him again about an hour later on the veranda of one of the cafe’s. (I half expected to see Clint Eastwood step out from behind the building 😉 Silverton is apparently a very popular place.. and according the the publican.. Sunday is his busiest day… even though we were there by 9.30 the place was still busy with cars and bike. 5kms past Silverton is the Mundi Mundi Plain, where the land is so flat you can actually see the curve of the earth…. (Priscilla Queen of the Desert filmed in Silverton, Mundi Mundi and Broken Hill as did Mad Max)
After Silverton, we headed back to Broken Hill for a brief siesta before heading back out the the Living Desert Sculptures. Amazing place… busy too.. even had a coach bus up there! would have loved to have been able to see it without the crowd.. one chap had an absolutely humongous video camera setup on a tripod to catch the sunset… he hogging the best spot… everyone trying to shoot around him, and if you stood in front of him, he told you move!. The sculptures were created by artists from around the world in 1993 and sit atop the hilltop in the Barrier Ranges.
Loved this place..highly recommend if you are in the area,. After we left the sculptures we headed back into town – enjoyed a lovely dinner at the Demo Hotel and then it was back home and lights out be 9.30pm again… gotta stop getting up so early!