I love the Outback so when Richard suggested riding close to 3,000km in 5 days I was quick to agree. I was happily settled on the back of the “Moose” (Richard’s BMW GS 1150) which is more like an armchair than a motorbike, so the 8 hours from Sydney to Cobar via Bathurst and Dubbo just flew by. A quick thirst quenching JD & Coke at the pub in Cobar was followed by a solid pub meal. And a good night’s rest.
The next day we rode from Cobar to Broken Hill via Wilcannia – a place with a bad name but a big heart. The Courthouse Café and Gallery is amazing and a must do if you are ever passing through Wilcannia. Great food, excellent coffee and fabulously eclectic interior.
Broken Hill is full of surprises. An isolated mining city in the far west of outback NSW. The “BH” in the world’s largest mining company, BHP Billiton, refers to “Broken Hill” and its early operations in the city. The coal mining is limited now, but instead you’ll find a mine of great cafes, bars and hotels throughout town. You can’t go past The Silly Goat for breakfast (or lunch) with its Paleo and Vegan offerings. Amazing!
We stayed at the Royal Exchange Hotel right in the heart of town. The room was amazing and dinner in the restaurant was fabulous (there’s a distinct food theme going on here!).IMG_3217
The other local attraction includes the Living Desert and Sculptures which is about 9km from the centre of town. 12 sandstone sculptures highlight the skyline, all with a story to tell. We were lucky enough to be there on a full moon and enjoyed a bottle of red whilst watching the sun set (and the moon rise) over this incredible desert landscape.
Don't miss the Desert Sculptures
After a good night’s rest we rode 25 kilometres north west of Broken Hill to a small place called Silverton. Once a bustling home to 3,000 people, it now has a population of less than 50! I hadn’t been to Silverton before but recognised some of the buildings from the movies (Mad Max), television shows and commercials filmed in this little outback town. Highly recommend a visit there as well.
From Broken Hill we put in a long day riding to Wagga Wagga via Mildura. It’s close to a 9 hour ride and I probably wouldn’t recommend it in one hit! From there is was onto Canberra, Batemans Bay and then home to Sydney.
A fabulous 5 days on the road.