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After traipsing round this little dust bowl of a town and nursing slightly sore butts from the camel ride, we felt that refreshments and a stiff dose of aircon were in order!
This is Silverton's only cafe and it is housed in a uniquely preserved stone miners cottage from the late 1800's. It has a decent menu, of which we only had two very nice scones with Quandong jam (a sort of marmaladey tasting fruit).
As the cafe is perched on a hill on the edge of the town, the windows afford spectacular panoramic views of the surrounding landscape.
The other great attraction of this place is the unique bottle showroom in the adjoining room filled with a vast collection of antique bottles from the 1800's dug up in the area and for sale at reasonable prices, allowing you to take home a historic memento of the town - we got a laxative medicine bottle...
Favorite Dish: The Iced Coffee was lovely - one of the best I'd had in all of Australia!
The rest of the menu looked very appetising, including Slow Roasted Salt Bush Mutton, Homemade Vegetable Soup, Tea, Coffee, Scones and Damper & Quandong Pie
Updated Dec 15, 2003
Silverton Hotel is open daily 8.30am–9.30pm, though they often close earlier as there are only 80 residents in town, so it's hardly a 'nightlife' spot - but then it's certainly not a 'Restaurant' either as you will read later on. Either way, it's the only place in town where you can sink a nice cold beer!
It has appeared in numerous films and commercials including the “Gamulla Hotel” in Razorback, “Hotel Australia” in A Town Like Alice, and “Juanita’s Diner” in Fiddlers Green.
It also seems to star in just about every commercial – usually beer-related – that features an Outback scene. The stark impact of the pub, with barren red earth stretching endlessly to the horizon behind it is one of those ultimate Outback images.
The pub has its own collection of photos and memorabilia, the lower walls covered with snapshots from the various film shoots, the upper walls piled high with an assortment of beer cans and old bottles.
In some ways it feels like a milk bar, with a fridge full of cold soft drinks, a tea urn, and the only available food being some limp sandwiches, pies and pasties, rather than the usual counter meals. But in the tradition of all Outback pubs, it has its own in-jokes; you’ll find out what all the laughter is about if you ask to “take the test”.
And yes, that car outside the pub is the one driven by Mel Gibson in Mad Max II!
Dress Code: Outback Clobber
Written Feb 3, 2003
Address: The only pub in town
Actually Silverton itself is 'Off the Beaten Path', but anyway...
The Mundi Mundi Plains are a desolate tract of inhospitable land stretching off as far as the eye can see.
It was here that the bulk of Mad Max II was filmed, and the road pictured is where the 'on-road' chase scenes were filmed.
Ironically if you follow the road off to the left of the picture you end up at one of Broken Hill's reservoirs - though it was practically empty due to the two year drought that has been gripping the region...
Written Feb 4, 2003