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Silverton

Silverton is known to many as the most thriving and healthy looking ghost town in the world. It is one of those places in outback Australia that most people have heard of, thanks mostly to it being the location of many scenes of the cult classic Mad Max – as well as other well known Australian films.

During the 1880's, areas around the Barrier Ranges were bustling with activity as mining claims spread throughout the area as many sought their fortunes from mining. To service the needs of miners, the township of Silverton was established.

Originally called Umberumberka, Silverton came into existence in the early 1880's, proclaimed as a town in 1883, the same year it got a post office, and within a few years support a population of 3,000 people.With the emergence of mining in Broken Hill in the late 1880's, the residents began to leave Silverton for the booming activity of Broken Hill – in fact many didn't just leave, they actually moved their houses as well to the new centre.

Today, Silverton is the most lively ghost town there is... in fact, the Silverton Hotel at the Burke St corner has been used in films as diverse as Wake in Fright, Mad Max 2, A Town Like Alice, Hostage, Razorback , Journey into Darkness and Golden Soak. A drink at the historic pub is a must for any visit as is the Silverton Pioneer Museum, the Gaol and Court House and the various local galleries.

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Vegemite VW #01

The Vegemite painted Volkswagon outside Peter Browne Gallery, Silverton, Outback NSW

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St Carthedge

One of only a few intact church at Silverton, St Carthedge Church sits proudly atop the hill looking over the town of, Silverton, Outback NSW

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Window View

A rustic old truck in front of John Dynon gallery at Silverton, Outback NSW

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Vegemite VW #02

The Vegemite painted Volkswagon outside Peter Browne Gallery, Silverton, Outback NSW

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Vegemite VW #03

The Vegemite painted Volkswagon outside Peter Browne Gallery, Silverton, Outback NSW

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Mundi Mundi #01

Just a few kilometres passed Silverton is the Mundi Mundi plain lookout, made famous by the original Mad Max movie. Silverton, Outback NSW.

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Mundi Tree #01

The view of Mundi Mundi plain just outside of Silverton, Outback NSW

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Mundi Mundi Plains

The view of Mundi Mundi plain just outside of Silverton, Outback NSW

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Scooter

The Silverton Scooter by Christopher Trotter, Silverton, Outback NSW

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Morning Light

Morning light illuminates the old wreck near the Nevada Hotel ruins, Silverton, Outback NSW