About Burra, Clare Valley and Broken Hill
This section explores the territory north of Adelaide along the Barrier Highway. There are several points of interest just north of Adelaide, and these are covered in Barossa Valley and the Flinders Ranges. After another 150 km or so you come to Burra, a historic copper-mining town that has a number of well-preserved relics from the old days. Just west of here lies the wine-growing district of Clare Valley, which includes the village of Leasingham.
After Burra you follow the Barrier Highway through the Benda Range until eventually you come to Broken Hill. This is one of the most famous mining centres in Australia – both historically, and present day. You can don a miner’s helmet and descend a deep shaft in a cage. Unexpectedly, Broken Hill is also a thriving art centre. Tour the galleries, and then set out to see the sculptures carved into sandstone. Also of interest is the ghost town of Silverton. This has been used as a set for several films.
It’s a long drive out to Broken Hill. Try breaking your journey at Burra on the way out, and visiting the Clare Valley on your way back. Altogether, allow around four days to explore the best places to visit.
Buses R Us run from Adelaide to Broken Hill three days a week (www.busesrus.com.au), and the journey time is seven hours. You can also fly from Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide via Midura (www.qantas.com.au ). If you plan exploring a little, your best bet is a car.