|River Darling at Wentworth, NSW|
|The confluence of the Darling & Murray Rivers at Wentworth|
|Fotherby Park, Wentworth, NSW|
|Possum at Fotherby Park, Wentworth, NSW|
|Perry Sandhills, Wentworth|
|Perry Sandhills, Wentworth|
|Perry Sandhills, Wentworth, New South Wales|
We left Wentworth about 10 am but had a problem with the diff lock on the LandCruiser so had to find a mechanic to get the problem sorted. Luckily we found 0ne who was very helpful and although he was extremely busy, he looked at the Landcruiser and after a bit of gentle persuasion got the diff lock unlocked and we were on the road again at about 11 am. We headed to Broken Hill about 350 km north of Wentworth.
The drive from Wentworth to Broken Hill is mainly flat terrain with saltbush and low shrubs. It was a good road and we enjoyed the short drive and it was a really nice day.
We stopped at Popilta Lake for a lunch stop and to stretch our legs. There were a few other vans there, all enjoying the nice sunny weather and it was good to see the lake which is one of the lakes fed by the Anabranch of the Darling River.
|Lake Popiltah where we stopped for lunch|
We did see a few feral goats and also some road kill kangaroos. We arrived at Broken Hill early afternoon and booked into Lake View Caravan Park, which is quite central to the main part of town. After setting ourselves up we decided to have a quick drive around town and to visit the Information Centre to find out what we should see while in town. I also needed to find a hairdresser, so had a walk up the street and the first salon was able to fit me in so about 1/2 an hour later I had a nice cut and blow dry and I felt much better for it.
A bit of history about Broken HillIn 1844 the explorer Charles Sturt named the Barrier Range while sesarching for an inland sea. He named it Barrier Range because it was a barrier to his progress north.
Broken Hill was founded in 1883 by Charles Rasp. He discovered what he thought was tin, but this was later found to be silver.
|The Kintore Shaft, Broken Hill, NSW|
The Kintore Shaft was typical of early shafts at Broken Hill.
|Broken Hill Town Hall|
|"Ant" Sculpture in the park by famous Australian artist Pro Hart|
|Broken Hill Post Office|
The Post Office was built in 1890-92 and is a beautiful building with a magnificent turret.
Silverton is a small town about 25 km north west of Broken Hill. Rich deposits of silver were found in Silverton but the large silver/lead/zinc deposits in Broken Hill soon made the town a "ghost" town, but today there is a small permanent population and is mainly a tourist attraction.
|The iconic Silverton Hotel|
|An interesting old cottage with an interesting sculpture|
|The Ticket Office from the old Railway line in Silverton|
|The old Silverton Railway line which ceased operation in 1970|
Some of the flowers around Silverton
|This great little cafe was a real surprise to find in Silverton. We enjoyed a very special Quondong Ice Cream which was particularly good on a hot afternoon. The cafe also had a lovely collection of tea pots as well as other old wares.|
|St Carthage Catholic Church, Silverton|
|View of the Mundi Mundi plain from the Umberumberka Reservoir just out of Silverton|
|The Umberumberka Reservoir near Silverton|
|Mundi Mundi Plain|
We hadn't planned on going out to the Menindee Lakes but as this was our last day before heading home, we were just going to relax around the town, but it did seem to be a waste of a day and we decided to see what the lake was like. We have friends who had said it was worth a drive out, so I packed some lunch and drinks and we set off.
|Diversion Weir, Menindee, NSW|
|The Main Weir, River Darling, Menindee, NSW|
|The main Weir, River Darling, Menindee, NSW|
|Birds on the weir, Menindee, NSW|