Charles Rasp Motor Inn & Cottages
158 Oxide Street, Broken Hill, NSW 2880, Australia
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Sturt's Desert Pea
THE BEAUTIFUL STURT DESERT PEA..
Art in nature
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Travel Tips for Broken Hill
Check out the town
The town is a nice place with lots of art galleries and things to do... The people are very friendly and there are plenty of good cafes, pubs, restaurants also so don't worry about being fed well. :)
The people of Broken Hill love to acknowledge that they have had some big Hollywood movies made there and some famous artists living there, and rightly so I guess for such a remote town... :)
Visit Marios Hotel
A small part of the movie "Priscilla" was filmed there and if you have seen the movie and visit you will instantly recognise it. ;) A very 'different' hotel for sure.
If you have had enough looking around the town for a while, why not stop in the bar downstairs for a drink too...
History in the park
The Lions/Rotary Park has a few historical remnants of the mines with interesting descriptive boards to enlighten you.
This was the head for the principal mine (Central) from 1945 to 1984 and, in pic 2, you have one of the compressors in the power station that used to blow air into the number one shaft at the North Mine to power compressed air drills "Fondest Memory" is not an apt term for this but unforgettable would do it. In the line of lode, over 800 miners have died during the extraction of ore. It's easy to look at the slag heap and forget just what a toll on human life there has been extracting the ore.
In 1902 Thomas Jordan and Leopold Campbell were at the 500 foot level in the Central Mine when they were lost in a rock fall. Their bodies have never been recovered. For the technically minded it was a Bellis and Morcom lubrication unit.
Want to get in the movies? Just head to Silverton. Chances are there's one being filmed while you're there and, so far, Mad Max II is probably the most notable.
In addition, scores of ads have also been conceived here. In fact over 140 ads, TV series or movies have been shot here.
Where is it? It's the original settlement for those seeking their mineral fortunes and is 23 ks north west from the Hill and there are about 25 buildings still there, some almost eerily stuck on their own with seemingly no purpose to their position.
The pub is not-to-be-missed. Even my colourful prose wouldn't do it justice! Walls riddled with memorabilia from film companies and just colourful people who have left their mark. True Aussie culture!
There are also some artists in residence and camel rides.
Pictured here are two Australian legends - the pub and the Aussie ute, that's a car with a table top back, the middle vehicle here being a prime example.
Sturt's Desert Pea
This unusual plant is the state emblem of South Australia, just a short drive from Broken Hill.
It was named after a famous Australian explorer of the early 1800's.
I've tried to get a photo but for some bizarre reason my camera plays up so I had to borrow my brother's this time.
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