Milkshakes, Mines & Sculptures of Broken Hill

Trip Start Sep 21, 2012
Trip End Oct 27, 2012

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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Broken Hill Day 5

Today started bright and early at 6am. It was a big pack up day. The sunrise was a beautiful pink colour with clouds in the sky across the Lake making packing up all the more special, sending us on our way. Pack up was very quick today, we hit the road at 7.30am, 30min ahead of schedule.

Along the road to Broken Hill must of been the Emu’s breeding grounds there were groups of about 6 or more emus spread throughout the area making driving more exciting. There was a large flock of corellas on the side of the road, even a cow started running towards us. We saw a few Kangaroos also. Our favorite sight was a family of Emus two large & two smaller ones which would have been quite young. Unfortunately my finger wasn’t connected to my brain this time of the morning & I didn’t take many photos.

Our biggest excitement of the trip was a large Emu crossing the road in front of us. He was definitely not in any hurry as he strolled across the road.

It was a very quick trip today,  arriving in Broken Hill at 9am. We’re staying at the Broken Hill Tourist Park $99 for 3 nights. Luckily the people in our new caravan spot had left just before we arrived so we could set up camp straight away. In no time at all everything was set up. I headed to the laundry to do much needed washing. Whilst the clothes were washing Bella & I headed to the showers to have the most wonderful shower ever. After two days of a pixie wash this was heaven. By 10.30am all the chores were done & everyone was huddled around Ma & Pa’s van discussing what will be happening for the rest of the day. At 11am the convoy headed straight to the Information Centre for some brochures & information. A lot of souvenirs were purchased. Jay purchased a coldie holder & I bought my 1st cloth badge for my camp blanket then it was onto Bells Milk bar.

Bells Milk Bar is an old fashioned style Milk Bar straight out of the 50s. A lot smaller than it looked in all the brochures. But it sure had the nicest chocolate milkshakes I’ve ever tasted. We all had chocolate milkshakes & hot dogs. Boy was our stomachs extremely full when we finished.
Bells Milk Bar is an in tact 1950’s milk bar in South Broken Hill (thanks to Les and Mavis Bell’s 1956 renovation). It is famous for its quirky décor and the ‘out of this world’ old fashioned milkshakes and soda spiders served here.During Broken Hill’s mining hey days of the 1950s and 1960s Bells was regularly packed out and people were known to line up halfway down the street on a Sunday afternoon for a cool drink.Despite the huge demand for the Bells drinks over the years, they have only recently been bottled for retail sale

Next on the agenda was the Line of Lode Miners Memorial.

 It is a memorial to the 800 or more miners who lost their lives working along the Line of Lode. The building itself is a metaphor for the underground lives of the miners, evoking the damp, claustrophobic underground environment and audio-visuals of miners at work

This is the hugest mountain of silver skimp dump  of unused mine waste overlooking Broken Hill. The 1st photo opportunity at the top of the hill was the Think Big Park Bench. Everyone had fun climbing on top, getting their photo making us all look like midgets.

Everyone then headed to the Miners Memorial $9. It had all the names of all the miners whom had lost their lives in the mines. Youngest was14 (in the 1800s & the oldest about 68) some pretty gruesome ways some of the miners died. Along the path was information plaques all about mining. A lot of mining equipment lined the outside of the car park. The boys loved exploring all of this. Whilst I took some photos of an abandoned mine & a newly opened mine in the distance. Down the road was another memorial with two dump trucks in memory of 2 young boys 19 & 21 who are still entombed 500ft underground after a cave in.

The gang then headed to the Palace Hotel, Priscilla Queen of the Desert was filmed here, we bought a drink & had a look around. At 1st we weren’t supposed to go up stairs but they changed their minds when they saw that we all were buying drinks. This is an extremely beautiful old hotel with fantastic mural paintings all over the walls & a very long metal lace veranda overlooking the town. Where we all sat & rested drinking up.

Next stop was Desert Sculpture Park its about 9km out of town, it has a $10 honesty box entry fee. These sculptures were carved out of rocks. A celebration of the regions connection between nature & art. It has 12 sandstone sculptures carved by artists around the world. We walked around them took photos from every angle. My favorite was getting the sun flares from a small circle in one of the sculptures. We were going to wait till the sun was setting but as it was only 5.30pm there was still a while to wait for the sun to set an executive decision was made not to wait & a very good choice as we were leaving buses of people & a huge 4wd club turned up with chairs & tables we would have been squished without the successful photos.

On the way home we bought some bread rolls to make hamburgers for tea. Quick & easy meal tonight. Had an afternoon drink before tea.

By 9pm everyone is in bed again.
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