Broken Hill Warnings and Dangers

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    WEDGE TAIL EAGLES

    by balhannah Updated Jun 3, 2012

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    Wedge tailed Eagel

    In places in Outback Australia, you will see an awful lot of roadkill. Most have been pulled to the sides of the road, but some is still on the road.
    Crows usually attack it, but sometimes you will see the big Wedgetailed Eagle.

    Please do not run over this Bird, slow down, and let him fly out of the way.

    This is Australias largest Bird of Prey which in these areas you may see way up, just spots in the sky at heights of about 2000m, soaring and gliding on air currents.
    Like all birds of prey, Wedge-tailed eagles have excellent eyesight, and easily see the roadkill, and can be so engrossed in their find, they get hit.
    The hook on the end of its beak is used to pull and rip meat, and their talons are useful in grabbing their prey or to hold it as they tear off pieces of meat to eat.

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    FRUIT FLY CONTROL STATION

    by balhannah Written Jun 3, 2012

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    When you have reached Yunta, then you haven't far to go to the fruit fly check-point.
    This is a proper station, with a boom gate, so you have to stop. No sooner you do, a person comes out the Office and asks if you are carrying fruit or vegees. This is where you hand them in, or if you say no, he/she will check your vehicle to see if you are telling the truth.
    If all is well, the boom gate lifts and you are on your way.
    If they find some fruit or vegetables and you told them you didn't have any, then expect a fine!

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    MAKE SURE THAT YOU ALWAYS HAVE SUFFICIENT WATER

    by DennyP Written Jan 18, 2012

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    ALWAYS CARRY PLENTY OF FRESH  BOTTLED WATER
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    When travelling out here always make sure that you have sufficient fresh bottled water with you..This can be a very unforgiving environment , as the sun gets fiercely hot with extreme temperatures that can cause dehydration, sunstroke, and extreme exhaustion.This is a really hot and dry place. Not enough warning can be given for the dangers of heat and thirst.
    Make sure that you are replacing lost fluids.. heatstroke can creep up on you quickly.. Don't wander off alone.. stay to marked paths and areas..Make sure that you are wearing a wide brimmed hat and sunglasses ...also wear good hiking/walking boots for snake strike.

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    Wheelchair

    by MylesD Written May 13, 2008

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    Broken Hill itself is relatively wheelchair-friendly, but unfortunately if you want to go outside the city it might be a problem. The land is extremely unforgiving and rough, and a wheelchair-bound person would find it extremely hard to get around.

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    How the fruit fly steal your food

    by iandsmith Written Jun 6, 2006

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    So, coming in to Broken Hill from the east there's a place where you have to dump all your fruit in order that fruit fly doesn't spread across Australia. What a good idea.
    Thus it was when we arrived in Broken Hill we stocked up on fruit and veg at a major chain store. The next day we headed west and, about 100kms further on, there was another fruit fly stop. This time manned and serious.
    I handed over our untouched bag of apples but only gave him some of our potatoes. Frankly, we were pissed off. Having dumped all before Broken Hill you would think would suffice but we were caught cold.
    As Bob remarked, "I bet we can buy exactly the same stuff at the next branch of (supermarket name)."
    Bob was 100% correct for, at Port Augusta, that's exactly what we did. So, quarantine people, how is they can send it across by the truck load whilst we, with exactly the same items, get ours confiscated? Not happy.

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    Edge of the Outback

    by iandsmith Written Jun 8, 2003

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    People who are not familiar with this type of country often don't take the right precautions. A summer season out here gets hot. Seriously hot. Hot as is in "People die out here". Whilst the glorious red sand and stunningly beautiful ghost gums make take your eye, always remember that if you choose to go off the beaten track or even on a rarely travelled route - you may break down.
    If you do, have you brought enough provisions and protection from the sun. Day after day stranded in 45 degree heat not knowing when someone may find you is not my idea of fun, especially if you haven't notified anyone of your planned route and don't have enough water - the two main reasons people perish.
    You have been warned.
    Having said that, if you stay on the main roads you should have no trouble getting out of difficulty, most country folk are friendly and helpful.

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    If the weather changes...

    by Kate-Me Written Mar 14, 2003

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    If you're camping in outback areas like Broken Hill or Mungo and the weather changes, you'd be best to pack up fast and get out of there, as with heavy rains, the roads turn to mud and can quickly become impassable.

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    TIME DIFFERENCE

    by balhannah Written Jun 2, 2012

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    THIS IS IMPORTANT..............

    BROKEN HILL IS LOCATED IN NEW SOUTH WALES, BUT RUNS ON SOUTH AUSTRALIAN TIME

    This makes it half and hour behind New South Wales.

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    Wildlife

    by iandsmith Written Sep 18, 2002

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    Shingle back lizard.

    Cute, isn't he!
    Basically, the wildlife won't hurt you if you leave them alone. Pretty much like people really.
    They're great to take photos of though!
    This was shot at Menindee Lakes.

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