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For many people, a trip to Australia would not be complete without a foray into the outback. Although this country is renowned for its pristine beaches, cool lifestyle and easy going nature, it is the outback which is literally like no place on earth. Even the colours of the surroundings are different to everywhere else. This is probably why film makers and artists love to capture the light and views in their works. This, coupled with the vast open spaces, is what people love and why so many visitors choose a holiday rental here.
In Broken Hill, when the sun starts to go down, the red and orange glow of the red earth is something to behold. Kangaroos hop on by and lizards bask in the last rays of the sun. No wonder people want to visit so often!
The city itself is a throwback to the mining days when people came to make their fortunes. The Darling River used to carry people on the paddle steamers and the indigenous folk looked on in awe at the coming of the ‘modern age’.
Well, the wildlife is the obvious thing to see and there are mobs of kangaroos all over. Wildflowers grow in abundance and there are many ancient meeting places to see. Indeed, Broken Hill has rental accommodation for anyone who wants to centre their holiday here. Why not take a visit to the local ghost town? Yes, it has one! Miners of silver, opal and crystals came here in the nineteenth century and, as mines became played out, people left for better prospects elsewhere. They left behind some rather impressive grand heritage buildings though and these are also interesting.
Just nine kilometres outside the city, visit the Living Desert Reserve which is almost two and a half thousand hectares of protected land which opened in 1992. There are many walking trails here with a different breathtaking view from every turn. Within the park, look for the Living Desert Flora and Fauna Sanctuary for a cultural experience like no other.
Also here, is the Sculpture Site. These consist of a dozen sandstone sculptures dotting the skyline and each is interesting in its own right. Of course, the good thing about finding holiday accommodation nearby is that these places can be visited over several days instead of trying to fit everything in on one visit.
Just over a hundred kilometres south east of Broken Hill, find Kinchega National Park which also has accommodation available within its confines. Stay in a shearer’s quarters for that outback experience of a lifetime!
To the north of Broken Hill, look for Mutawintji National Park which has more Aboriginal culture on show. This is a cool way to see the heritage of this magnificent country and people can find accommodation in this area to suit any pocket.
Menindee, just over one hundred kilometers from the city, has lakes which hold more than three times more of the wet stuff than Sidney Harbour itself. Indeed, this place is a true oasis in the outback as it sits on the banks of the Darling River. This place has accommodation to fit all pockets and it usually attracts flocks of birdwatchers to view our feathered friends. Fishermen will love it here because the river provides superb fishing for Murray Cod, Silver and Golden Perch as well as crayfish and catfish. For the energetic, the lakes and rivers have a host of water sports which include speedboats, water skiing and swimming of course.
As previously mentioned, there is accommodation in Broken Hill in abundance. Stay in serviced apartments in the city or enjoy accommodation that shearers and miners used way back when. In fact, accommodation comes in many forms so even those who are backpacking will find somewhere economical to stay.
The weather is a balmy 32C here during the summer with a few days topping the 38C mark. In winter, mild temperatures hover around the 16C mark. Don’t forget that even in winter, which is in the opposite months to British winter time, it never gets too cold. Light clothing to cover arms and legs is usually all that is necessary. Rainfall is just a touch over 20mm every month.
Visitors from the UK and further afield can fly into Sidney or Adelaide from Heathrow and take another flight direct to Broken Hill. There are buses which ply this route as well so, for the adventurous, this is a way to see the landscape. Or take the train from Sidney or Adelaide. Hire cars are available but after such a long trip, it may be better to take a day or two in Sidney or Adelaide before trying the drive and stay in different accommodation along the way. Book all this online when purchasing the tickets from Heathrow.
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