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Friday, July 19, 2013

Tourists in our own town

The school holidays are sadly over.  We enjoyed plenty of holiday moments but farm commitments and catering for extra workers left little room for flexibility or down time.  This is part of farming and as we all know, life must go on.  But, I really felt the need to have at least one outing before the routine of school returned to our house.

On the final Saturday of the holidays we combined an essential trip to the shops with a touristy afternoon in our own town. After dealing with the necessary groceries and errands we visited a garage sale.  Not much to see so we hit the road to the historic township of Silverton.  

We started off with a simple but tasty lunch at the Silverton Hotel, made famous for appearing in many movies but perhaps most famously Mad Max II.  


The hotel is very much a tourist attraction but still manages to maintain the feel of a genuine outback pub.  The beer garden is roomy and an ideal place for the whole family to enjoy a cold drink and meal.


A walk was in order after lunch and we wandered along the dusty roads of the town taking in the quirky galleries, shops, cafes and the beautiful old buildings.  Tiny stone churches sit proudly on the windswept, rocky hill and they continue to intrigue me.


Ice cream was on the agenda before our day ended and in Broken Hill there is no better place to go than Bells Milk Bar.  Bells is an intact 1950s milk bar complete with sundaes, ice-creams, spiders and milkshakes.  There is also a fascinating milk bar museum full of early ice-cream related paraphernalia.  On this day we left the museum for the out of town tourists and instead concentrated on our cold treats.


Our outing was fun, low key, low cost and a much needed breath of fresh air.  

Are you ever a tourist in your own town…complete with camera?

31 comments :

  1. I love that old mural in Bells Milk Bar, is it original? A lot of places these days try to capture that kitschy vintagey vibe, but there's nothing like the real thing. I like that perfectly co-ordinated caravan/car combo too and the old jaffle irons in the pub. Oh and the churches etc...

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    1. Thanks Kylie. Yes, Bells is original, it dates back to 50's and has managed to survive through several changes in ownership I believe.

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    2. The mural has been touched up and 'repainted' since it was originally done, and is signed by the people who did that (I'm pretty sure). It's pretty awesome and some of it is delightfully politically incorrect.

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  2. it's great to see these places again in your beautiful photos jane..i like to 'view' melbourne as a tourist sometimes..it helps me appreciate it more..x

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  3. Oh, I LOVE Silverton...we used to go to the pub there quite often and then afterwards drive out to Umberumberka to check out how much water was in the dam. We'd then stare off Mundi Mundi lookout into the distance. Great photos as always!

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    1. Thanks Mel, I thought this would bring back some memories for you!

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  4. Great post Jane... I really must visit my town as a tourist some time too.. :)

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    1. Thanks Jodie, I am sure Cobar has some hidden gems too!

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  5. We love both those places too Jane and enjoy visiting our 'own' tourist spots. It's a great way to remember what a unique place we live in!

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    1. Thanks Kate, yes it is unique isn't it?

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  6. It looks a wonderful day with some inspiring places. It's very easy to take our local area for granted so maybe I should take up the challenge to visit our local town as a tourist. It may take a while to get up enough enthusiasm though.

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    1. Thanks Anne, your part of the world always looks fascinating too!

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  7. Oh Jane, what a gorgeous place... and how nice for you to visit as a tourist. I like seeing my home town through fresh eyes too, from time to time...

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    1. Thanks Lizzy, the Human Brochure in Canberra was a great example of this wasn't it?

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  8. Lovely! Isn't it wonderful how taking a camera and viewing it through that perspective can give you a whole new outlook on familiar spaces? Thanks for sharing them with us! xx

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  9. I've recently been making a point of being a tourist in my own town and definitely with camera in tow. I think it's a great way to appreciate where you live! I love these photos and that chocolate milkshake looks so yummy! :)

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    1. Thanks Naomi. This post reminded me of similar posts that you have done!

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  10. what a fabulous idea! we should all be tourists in out own town. too often we run aorund doing chores (like groceries) and forget the fun stuff. i do anyway! i love the idea of enjoying an ice cream sundae out; and your photos of those pale golden stone churches are so poetic. what a lovely day you all had.

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    1. Thank you e, you are right about sometimes forgetting the fun stuff!

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  11. Oh this sounds lovely, thank you for the visual tour for us too. That milk bar sounds amazing and I love the photo of that church/hall on the dirt road. We love being tourists in our city, sometimes with the SLR camera, sometimes with a phone camera and sometimes just with our minds and senses to absorb it all. I hope you are having a great week. x

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    1. Thank you Lucent, absorbing with our minds and senses is important too, isn't it?

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  12. those dancing bananas! I would love a little getaway in that red and white trailer.

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    1. Thanks Kate, I love those bananas too, and the trailer/caravan!

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  13. So gorgeous! What a wonderful idea! Living somewhere new I feel like a tourist everyday, it's beautiful to just take your camera and go on an adventure! It's so lovely to just capture the moment.
    Sophie xx

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  14. Well deserved and great day out for the family. I love pub meals and the ice cream sundae looks sooo good. Your pictures capture the day perfectly Jane.

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    1. Hi Catherine, lovely to hear from you. I get the feeling that your family and my family would have fun together on an outing like this!

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Hello and welcome. I will try to reply to all comments eventually because I love the conversation! Jane