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    WILDFLOWERS

    by balhannah Written Jun 2, 2012

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    While at the cemetery, I spotted quite a few plants growing in this harsh area. It's was surprising to see so many in flower as it was April and Autumn, not Spring when there would be plenty.
    So, keep your eyes open if you like flowers.

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    GALLERIES AND MORE

    by balhannah Updated Jun 2, 2012

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    Driving around on the red dirt roads of Silverton, we found many galleries, the Artists just love this outback setting.
    Ruins abound, people don't, I think we saw a couple of backpackers, and as we left, a person opening up a shop, infact, the Donkeys nearly out numbered the people!
    Mundi - Mundi lookout gives you an idea of sparseness of the country, and I think it is quite pretty with the red soil.
    So, this wrapped up Silverton, I hope it doesn't get too touristy and spoil what it is -
    NEARLY A GHOST TOWN.

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    MAD MAX MUSEUM

    by balhannah Written Jun 2, 2012

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    For all those people that loved Mad Max 2, you will have to come to Silverton to see the one and only Museum in Australia.
    Adrian Bennett loved this movis so much, that he moved from his hometown of Bradford in Northern England in 1982, to Australia in 2006 and then to Silverton in 2009 where he put together a museum dedicated to Mad Max 2. The Museum has many original bits and pieces found by fossicking around the film locations and that have been donated to him

    The museum was opened in September 2010.
    When visiting the museum, you will be able to see what Mad Max 2 was all about- with the items displayed in such a way that it tells the story of the film.
    There are photographs, life size characters in full costumes, original and replica vehicles including two Interceptor's one of which was built by Adrian himself, also exhibits memoribilia with souvineers also available.

    Open 7 days - 9am-5pm (winter) 10am-4pm (summer)
    ADMISSION CHARGE

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    SILVERTON OUTBACK GALLERY

    by balhannah Written Jun 2, 2012

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    As you can see by my photos, the Gallery was closed, so no inside look.
    Outside was quite interesting, quirky artwork. I love the volkswagon cars with the emu heads, the old dunny, the old cart which would have been either used for horses to pull along.
    Then look around and see the view over Silverton township and see just what buildings have survived in this once thriving town.

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    SOUVENIRS AND MORE CARS!

    by balhannah Written Jun 2, 2012

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    After viewing the Car at the Silverton Hotel, I walked across to where the Silverton souvenir shop was and some more cars were on display.

    If you have seen the Move, then you would recognize the Ford Falcon Coupe as the "Interceptor," and evil looking car in the film. In 1976, the film makers decided the Falcon was just what they need for a high powered black police car, and so modifications began until it turned out to what I saw today.

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    ST. CARTHAGE CATHOLIC CHURCH

    by balhannah Written Jun 2, 2012

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    The St Carthage Catholic Church located further up the hill, is no longer used as a Church.
    It is now home to artists Shane Gehlert and Albert Woodroffe.
    This is another building that has been in a Movie, "a Town Like Alice" and has also appeared in numerous television commercials.

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    METHODIST CHURCH

    by balhannah Written Jun 2, 2012

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    The Methodist Church in Silverton was built in 1885. The Church stands alone on an outback dirt road. Is it still being used, I don't know, it was closed when I was there. It is one of many historic buildings in Silverton

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    SILVERTON HOTEL

    by balhannah Written Jun 2, 2012

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    The Silverton Hotel probably is the most known building in Town. Everybody wants a photo of it!
    Why? As a number of films have been made here.

    The 1st was "Wake in Fright" filmed on the premise in 1970. Since then, Mad Max II, Razorback, A town Like Alice, Dirty Deeds and many more all have the Silverton Hotel in them.
    Out the front of the Hotel is the "Love Child" [volkswagon car] from Mad Max..... check it out.

    The Hotel sells the usual Beers, Wines, Spirits, and light snacks. The outdoor Beer garden was beckoning!~

    The Silverton Hotel is open from 9am til late every day ,except Sunday when it is open 10am until 10pm

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    SILVERTON MUNICIPAL COUNCIL

    by balhannah Written Jun 2, 2012

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    In 1886, the Council was formed. Where they held their meetings, I don't know, as the Hall wasn't built until 1889. There isn't any City Council now, just the Silverton Village Committee who hold their meetings in the old Silverton Municipal Council hall.

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    SILVERTON GAOL & MUSEUM

    by balhannah Written Jun 2, 2012

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    It was early morning when we arrived in Silverton, a good time to visit as its before the tourist coaches come, but a bad time if you wish to go inside museums, as these were still closed.

    The Museum covers Silverton from early days to now, with 1000's of items on display in the old Gaol, built in 1889.

    The original Gaol was built with timber and iron, not very secure for a Gaol building. Because of this, the prisoners were put in Leg-irons to prevent their escape. The Gaol became overcrowded, so prisoners were chained to a nearby peppercorn tree.

    A new Gaol was built, this is the one we see today that has been renovated and restored.

    OPEN..... daily from 9.30am until 4.30pm.
    Admission is $2.50 for adults, $1.50 for pensioners and students
    50 cents for children under 12.

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    PENROSE PARK

    by balhannah Updated Jun 2, 2012

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    A nice area we came across was Penrose Park. There were quite a few people here, and I could see it would be quite nice for a picnic, have a BBQ or stay here.
    Powered camping and caravan sites are available, also bunkhouses and a large hall to rent.
    For some fun are tennis courts, children's playgrounds, a bush golf course and walking tracks.
    We saw an Animal pen, I imagine these animals would be child friendly. Check out the Toilet block, it has a nice mural.
    What I like seeing was all the native Trees which were named, now I know the names of some more plants!

    Penrose Park is open from 8am to 7.30am every day.

    Toilet block @ Penrose Park Bush fruit
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    SILVERTON HISTORIC CEMETERY

    by balhannah Written Jun 1, 2012

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    We hadn't reached Silverton, when we saw the turn-off on the RH side of the road to the Silverton Cemetery.
    As a lover of old cemeteries, we immediately headed along this road, passing through a lovely creek bed on the way.
    It was hot, dry and dusty, with a million flys to annoy us!
    First to see, was the Monument built in memory of the towns pioneers. Then it was time to wander around this cemetery located amongst the saltbush, nothing in order or looked after here, quite a sad place really.
    Some of the graves were being gobbled up by the red sand. Reading the headstones, we learnt about the harsh living in Silverton's early years and about people dying young through mining accidents, these were fairly common. Children were buried here, probably Typhoid took their lives.
    It was an interesting wander, one of reflection, one that will be here for-ever as it is a heritage site.

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    SILVERTON CAMEL RIDES

    by balhannah Written Jun 1, 2012

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    We still hadn't reached Silverton, when we saw a notice to the Barrier Ranges Camel Safari.
    Looking across the blue saltbush, sure enough, there was a Camel. I just took a photo and that was all. I've heard, seeing the outback by Camel is pretty good.

    Barrier Ranges Camel Safari offers half hour rides for $15, or for a longer ride, set off to explore the area on camel back, spend a night by the river and head back the next morning.

    The Camel Farm is located 5 kms from Silverton on the RH side of the road.

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    THE OLD SHOP

    by balhannah Updated May 31, 2012

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    This small shop is a 130 year old building that was once Kidman Brother's Butcher Shop.
    "Kidman" is a well know name in the Australia beef industry, and for his good deeds.
    He was very rich, and even today, his company still owns the largest pastoral holding in Australia.
    He grew his own Beef, then opened his first Butcher's shop in Silverton.

    This business has changed hands over the years, and now in 2012, its a craft shop selling leadlight glass, crystal jewellery and leather goods. The shop also sells Australian made items including Woollen Goods, Maps and more.

    The shop is named " Beyond 39 dips."

    Opening Hours: Daily 8:00am to 5:00pm

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