STATES and TERRITORIES

Saturday, 8 March 2014

Terowie: the Historical Town Halfway to Broken Hill

Have you ever been in a small picturesque town Terowie, which is halfway from Adelaide to Broken Hill? We also have always passed by it while driving to Peterborough, however this time we suddenly decided stop and get familiar with it. At this point, we have traveled more than 200 kilometers and it was time to have a little bite. We did not want to dine at a petrol station, besides we had tasty homemade sandwiches and hot tea in a thermos.

Terowie Railway Platform, South Australia
Terowie Railway Platform, South Australia

We briefly looked at surroundings of a pleasant provincial town, with the deserted streets. Our attention was drawn to the memorial Pioneer park designed in a very attractive style, it was clear how much the local people respect their history.

Pioneer Memorial Park in Terowie
Pioneer Memorial Park in Terowie

We found a very strange yard filled with dozens of old rusty cars. This place really impressed and puzzled us. It was neither a museum nor a dump. We could not find the right word to describe this site. Car graveyard...? However, many of the cars were still in good condition, and, perhaps, might be interesting for some of the collectors, as in Australia, a lot of people tend to enjoy restoration of vintage cars. We would like to think that all these cars, standing in neat rows, like soldiers on a parade, were waiting for their new owners willing to give them a second life.

Very strange yard filled with dozens of old rusty cars
Very strange yard filled with dozens of old rusty cars

It would be really very interesting to wander along the main street, to see some historic buildings, but it was too hot for the long walk, and children persistently reminded us about the promised picnic.

Main Street, Terowie
Main Street, Terowie

We ate our lunch in the thick shade of a tree next to the historic train station. Huge ants living nearby quickly dragged away all the crumbs falling from the sandwiches.

Huge ants quickly dragged away all the crumbs from the sandwiches
Huge ants quickly dragged away all the crumbs from the sandwiches

After the meal, we went to explore the railway station. This station, like many others, was abandoned, since the moment when the railway connection in remote areas lost its usefulness to the society.

Abandoned Railway Station in Terowie
Abandoned Railway Station in Terowie

Even in large Peterborough, which in the past was the main transportation hub of South Australia, now you can find trains only in the railway museum...and sometimes freight trains pass by with wagons of ore or coal.

Terowie Railway Platform, South Australia

Sasha picked up on the railroad tracks a few rusty old railway nails, and was very pleased with his archaeological finds.

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