Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Day 2 - Broken Hill - Mine Memorial - Silverton - Packsaddle (Part 2 of 2)

Knowing that the planned distance for the day was a total of 191 km to Pine View we decided to explore a little of Broken Hill and Silverton. After exploring White's Mineral Art & Living Mining Museum we drove through Broken Hill towards the look out and Line of Lode area.

Broken Hill NSW 

Train Murial Broken Hill NSW

Line of Lodge look out Broken Hill NSW

Exploring old mining equipment

Every little boys dream ...

Isaac, Daniel and Nathaniel on the BIG CHAIR Broken Hill NSW

Me, My Dad Dennis and Derek my brother on the Big Chair Broken Hill NSW

 Line of Load Miners Memorial Broken Hill NSW

Miners Memorial Wall Broken Hill NSW

It was interesting walking along the Line of Load Miners Memorial wall and seeing the names, ages and causes of death. It was sad to see that the youngest person named on the wall was 12 years old. We found a couple of family names there too...

Along the board walk towards the memorial  had some plaques on the way with interesting mining information.
  • Mill - a processing plant in which ore is ground and treated for the recovery of valuable metal.
  • Tailings - material refected from a mill after the valuable minerals have been extracted
  • Slimes: Wet residue containing reagents
  • Mullock - accumulated waste or refuse rock
  • Skimps - Sandy residue rejected from a mill after the recoverable valuable minerals have been extracted often used to backfill stopes.
  • Cage - conveyance used to transport men and equipment in a shaft
  • Staging - a work platform in a shaft
  • Gangway - an access way through timbered underground working
  • Kibble - a bucket for hoisting material or men in a shaft 
  • Skip - a self-dumping type of bucket
Broken Hill NSW

Broken Hill Murial.

 Silverton NSW

Silverton is located 25 km northwest of Broken Hill and has a population of less than 50 people. We stopped in and had a look at the The Silverton Outback Art Gallery.

Interestingly Silverton has been featured in over 20 movies such as: Dirty Deeds, Mission Impossible II, The long Way Home to name a few. Many television commercials are filmed here too.

VW Beetle Silverton NSW in front of the Silverton Outback Art Gallery.

Mow the lawns anyone ?

Silverton NSW

Bottle Top Jeep Silverton NSW

Silverton Dunny NSW

Beautiful Garden in the dry

Need a bicycle ?

John Dynon VW Beetle Silverton NSW

 Penrose Park NSW

After our little look around it was time for lunch so we popped on over to Penrose Park. Penrose was opened in 1937 and is named after John Penrose who was Silverton's mayor.   It was opened and used as a recreational reserve for the miners and their families from Broken Hill and Silverton.

Broken Hill linked with Silverton via the Silverton Tramway railway and picnic trains operated regularly to large public events.

Murial on the ablution block in Penrose Park

Used in the Dirty Deeds movie and is now a storage area.

Locomotive 'Y' II.

This is an interesting train. It was last in service in 1960 and has been at Penrose since 23 September 1965. It completed 570,142 miles during its service.

The Picnic Train was an extremely popular community activity for the everyone.  The train pulled open carriages and many people made use of the opportunity to come to the park for family time and rest.

Leaving Silverton the last of the tar seal road.

Outback NSW

After lunch it was time to make our way.  It was not long before the tar seal road ended and we were on dirt road. We stopped to let some of the air pressure out of the wheels.  My Dad and Derek decided we needed to go down to 22 psi. There are many benefits to having a lower air pressure on your tire when doing off road tracks among them being:
  • It softens the ride 
  • Reduces the rattling from a corrugated road which in turn stops things loosening on the car.
  • Provides a better traction due to a bigger footprint 
  • Protects your tires from potential damage from rocks and rough patches

One thing to bare in mind when driving on lower pressures is that there is a maximum speed you can drive on good roads. For us that meant that we were to keep at a maximum of 80 km per hour.  If you drive faster the wheels become too hot and the air pressure increases which in turn causes other problems such as the potential of loosing a tire off the rim on a sudden sharp corner.

One of the delightful things of Outback travel is finding the unexpected sign or two.  I have included a few pictures below of some signs, scenery we saw and some wildlife.

An important part of traveling in this manner is to remember the golden rule: If the gate is shut, shut it behind you. 

Stopping to air down the tires

Eldee Station

Wilangee Station

The first of many gates for the day / trip

Time to stop and plan

Teilta Lake

Emu Family

Kangaroo became a common sight

Grunter trail blazing for us.

Kangaroo taking time to check us out.

 Packsaddle NSW

Well the day turned into an eventful one. The plan was to drive up along the dog fence and along some outback tracks until we reached Pine View. My dad had checked two separate maps and the internet for access and road closures before we left and according to the available resources all roads were open.

We had spent a wonderful afternoon exploring when suddenly we came to a gate with a public notice denying us access via the road we were on to Pine View.  We decided to back track and make our way to Packsaddle and spend the night there. It is located along the Silver City Highway in New South Wales.  We were able to contact them on UHF radio channel 27. 

The sunset as we arrived was spectacular and we were all extremely impressed with the quality of accommodation at Packsaddle Roadhouse.  The ablution blocks were immaculate and they provided shampoo and body wash in all the showers.  There were shower curtains and mats in all the stalls too. 

Sunset out front of Packsaddle Roadhouse

Beautiful room at Packsaddle Roadhouse

Interesting dining hall at Packsaddle Roadhouse.

The dining room is beautifully presented with a lot of memorabilia around the room and some interesting historical information.

Packsaddle is thought to have been built in 1887 by Alex Scott. It is located on the traveling stock route running between Queensland and South Australia.  It's primary function was to service stockmen, shearers and other travelers to the goldfields. Sadly the hotel burned down in 1898.

Packsaddle had a rather interesting reputation due to drunken brawls among it's patrons which resulted in a murder charge and an attempted murder charge.  The judge of the day described it as: "licensed hell".

Hamburger at Packsaddle NSW

The dinner we ate was excellent value for money.  The plate was over flowing with chips and one of the biggest and most tasty burgers I've ever seen and eaten! They claim to serve the best burger in Outback NSW and I think I agree ...

My Dad will be sharing his memories over at Dingo Dens Travels and Derek has shared our day over at Grunter's Blog.

If you missed the start of journey you can find the posts here:

1 comment:

  1. Looked like you all enjoyed your stay at Packsaddle. Lovely photos too! Looking forward to the rest of your journey.


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