BROKEN HILL an OUTBACK landscape with serenity

broken hill outback
September 5, 2017 Blog, September

It is hard to describe this feeling, this sense of connection that you are met with when traveling towards Broken Hill. There is a sense of serenity present in the surrounding plains that is so hard to describe if you haven’t experienced yourself. For me it is like a visualisation of the poetry by Dorothea MacKellar about the sunburnt country, the land of sweeping plains [link].

Having spent some years living in the Outback, one of the most amazing experiences has been how the colour changes after a few drops of rain. The most amazing shades of colour emerge, new tints appear in the shades; it is like the desert comes alive again twinkling through the raindrops.

highway of desert with a post sign

I recall a guest saying to me once ‘we don’t realise how intricate and complex the processes are in this desert landscape, it is easy to assume that not much changes in an area with little growth and in a scenery that looks so bare’.

The wind erosion and movement of dust, the sand-drift that plagued Broken Hill.

I have often wondered how it was living in Broken Hill for the early settlers. In the days of no luxury items like air coolers and fridges; I can just imagine how the famous outback flies would be unbearable. They would be everywhere.

Early settlers to Broken Hill were also plagued by dust and sand-drift; from experience it does not take long before a freshly swept veranda is again covered in a thin layer of dust.

Celebrating the early achievers Albert Morris & Dr W MacGillivray, The AABR event from the 20th – 24th of August.

“The regenerative reserves that surround Broken Hill is a living tribute to Albert Morris and his determination to implement his dream. He, Margaret Morris and their conservation minded partners were committed and successful restorers of life to the land.

The activities of AABR and its members are motivated by a deep sense of respect and awe for the complexity, intrinsic values and beauty of locally adapted ecosystems, many of which persist and flourish in every location of the globe. Such ecosystems represent aeons of evolutionary input and encompass living components (plants, animals, microorganisms) as well as non-living components (soils, water and climate) and their interactions. This motivation translates as a desire to see such ecosystems conserved in perpetuity – and brought back to health when they are degraded by human impacts”. [link]

To experience BROKEN HILL like never before

I can only encourage you to come to Broken Hill to experience this connection to the land. It is one of the few places where I have appreciated the sun going down. During the summer when it is so hot it is a relief to see it set, conversely it also an experience in tranquillity.

Watching a sunset at the Living desert sculptures & flora and fauna sanctuary is one of these places where this sense of serenity and the calmness of the wide-open plains can be experienced. Standing watching the sun taking its time to set can be such a surreal experience.