Silverton – An Australian Ghost Town

There is something about Ghost Towns which really strikes a chord with me. Towns which were once prosperous, where people once lived, worked, and loved – that are now empty and desolate. But what is even more interesting about Ghost Towns are the people who stay, despite all the odds.

I actually grew up in a Ghost Town. The town of Solsgirth Manitoba had half a mile of paved road, a community hall, and a post office in a local residents shed. Although the scenery around my Ghost Town was a lot different to the surrounds at Silverton.

Silverton was originally a booming silver mining town, but it was soon eclipsed by it’s nearby neighbour, Broken Hill. The town now has, according to the last census, 89 residents, and 2 donkeys. We drove to Silverton in our rental campervan, and spent the entire morning there.

The following photo essay offers a glimpse into yet another outback ghost town. (To see my first outback ghost town post – check out this post on Cook!)

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The Silverton hotel pokes fun at it’s Ghost Town status

A lot of old cars litter the streets of Silverton… but they are not all junk….

The area around Silverton was used to film the movie series “Mad Max”, and many of these cars are replicas of one’s used in the film

Silverton Church

Silverton Church

The two resident donkeys

We drove to Silverton in our Spaceship campervan, who without their discount camper van rental, this post would not have been possible.
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Comments

  1. says

    That looks awesome. I always find that ghost towns are just begging to be photographed, but I never seem to capture them right lol. Your photos are great!

  2. says

    Silverton and nearby Broken Hill were my first encounter with real outback scenery as I had imagined it during my Oz trip. I absolutely loved it. And the pub was an awesome place too :) Great post!

  3. says

    My first graduate job was in Broken Hill, I have many happy, but blurry, memories of the Silverton pub. I went back a few years ago, i.e. nearly 30 years later, and nothing had changed at the pub, though there is now a coffee shop which was new!

    • says

      That’s awesome! What did you do in Broken Hill? It was super freezing when we were there, although you can’t tell it from the lighting in my photos. The pub was closed when we went :( but we spent a wonderful few hours just wandering around the town.

  4. says

    It looks gorgeous but really creepy at the same time. I passed through a few ghost towns while I was driving my camervan through Oz but we never stayed too long. Way too creepy!

    • says

      There are lots of ghost town in the Prairie provinces… but since tourism is so thin over here I guess a lot of people would not have heard of them

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