I left Warradale early on the morning of September 5th, ’16, headed north on my return journey to Brisbane. I avoided city traffic by going via Port Adelaide, and out onto the highway which goes via Gawler. Much of it I was familiar with and the traffic, though a little heavy around Port Adelaide, but no hold ups along the way.
One of the interests for me along this route is the old houses – long since deserted.
If I could, I would stop and photograph them all, but sadly it is not possible. Along the route were many paddocks of canola growing too. I love the bright yellow of these crops!
It was about 160 kms to Burra, and met up with my cousin B, and we went to lunch at a hotel in the town. Actually the one we went to does not do lunches on Mondays, so it was off to another and we were the only diners in the dining room!
I had another 350 kms to drive to Broken Hill, so was keen to get going again, so spent only an hour or so at Burra. It is a wonderful old town steeped in history.
History of Burra.
Founded in 1845, it was from then until 1877 the site of one of the world’s major copper mines, the income from which did much to save the young colony from financial disaster. See more here – Burra History
The next 350 kms was somewhat uneventful and I managed to stop and take a few more photos.
I always like to take a photo of the Manna Hill Station. It looks deserted and I don’t know if it being used, however, there is a train from Adelaide to Broken Hill travelling three days a week.
I reached Broken Hill late in the afternoon and booked into the Lodge Outback Motel, which is a quirky old building with great rooms. Parking right in front of my room! I rested ready to head off the next morning.