Silverton & Daydream Mine

Day 3 of our outback adventure

Our plans for today were Silverton and the Daydream Mine. While I slept through the sunrise, some of the group went out hunting down a good sunrise spot. Elsewhere, two of the group went out tracking down the Indian Pacific as it stopped in town. The morning skies were sunny, blue with a light breeze, but the afternoon forecast the cloud. So it was a free morning for all. Some went to Bells Milkbar, and some checked out the Palace Hotel. Others roamed the galleries. We met up for lunch with part of the crew, and then everyone met at Bells Milkbar to head out to Silverton.

Silverton & Daydream Mine
Road to DayDream Mine
Daydream Mine

The historic Daydream Mine lay between us and our destination,  just out from Silverton and 20kms from Broken Hill. Established in the 1880s the mine, and the town surrounding it were once home to around 500 workers, wives, and children. It closed a few years later when the ore ran out—the NSW government heritage listed the site in 1999.   Today, above ground, only the foundations of the old town and part of the smelter remain. The road in was around 10km of uphill and down dale, winding dirt roads and through two gates.

Silverton & Daydream Mine
Daydream Mine Road – part of our convoy
The Old Smelter
Below Ground

After the above-ground tour, we had to gear up with hard hats and lights for the underground section.  Three levels underground, down narrow steps (and I do use the term loosely) cut into the rock underground. The entrance tunnel was just a tad bigger than our bodies. If I hadn’t been in the lead behind the guide, I would have turned back with everyone else behind me. But I couldn’t get past them!

Silverton & Daydream Mine
Gearing Up
Will I Ever Get Out Of Here?

It did get taller in parts (small parts) where we could stand upright. But most of the time, the tunnels were about 4ft high. It was built for short people!

Silverton & Daydream Mine
3 levels below ground
Silverton

Back up top, we got our heart rate down and air intake back to normal. Then we headed 6kms down the road to the Silverton Pub. we plopped ourselves in the beer garden, downed a couple of quick drinks, and declined to move. Until tomorrow.

Silverton Pub
Mundi Mundi Plains

While the others who could all walk (because they hadn’t done the mine either through farsightedness or cowardice) headed off for the Mundi Mundi Plains lookout and the sunset. We stayed put. We were drinking and groaning. Until Bill announced, the sunset was starting to look good. Photographic OCD got us up moving. Just as far as next door where we had a clear view. an off some shots and limped, hobbled back to the pub

Silverton & Daydream Mine
Sunset at Silverton
Lightpainting

After dinner at the pub the entire group relocated to across the road for some more light painting…no steel wool as Bill was reluctant to start a fire and burn the town down…. but we had fun with LEDs

Light Painting with Dee and Bill Holmer
Silverton & Daydream Mine
Light Painting with Dee and Bill Holmer – model: Lisa Rodrigues

At the end of the night we took a careful drive back into BH, dodging a few roo’s, rabbits and goats making it safely to our motel. The next morning was to be an early start as we had to be on the road by 7.30am and heading to Mungo……

Coming Up Next Day:  Mungo NP and Great Walls of China

Prev Mildura to Broken Hill
Next Mungo National Park Pt. 4

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