We were taken on an early morning tour of Adelaide just as the sun was rising over the city. This is a statue of Colonel Light who surveyed the area, chose the site and laid out the plans for the city. Adelaide is the only state capital city in Australia that did not begin its life as a convict settlement.
This is Adelaide Oval, home of International Cricket in South Australia. It is currently being rebuilt.
And this is a view of the Adelaide Hills from Colonel Light’s Lookout.
This life-size bronze statue, by Silvio Apponyi, is in the Adelaide Parklands Railway Station. The inscription reads:
Indian Pacific, a journey that spans a continent. The largest eagle on earth, the Australian wedge-tail eagle, conveys a sense of power, momentum and purpose. It is used as a symbol of the freedom and adventure experienced by one of the world’s great rail journeys.
These “glasshouses” were seen north of Adelaide as the train continued its journey.
Gladstone (seen from the train) is a small town in the mid north of South Australia.
This semi-desert landscape was seen as we crossed into New South Wales, our home state.
We entered the town of Broken Hill (near the border with South Australia) just on dusk. We were taken on a brief tour of the township and then to an art gallery containing paintings by the late (Kevin) “Pro” Hart.
This building is the Miners’ Memorial and lists the names of more than 800 miners that have died in the mines in Broken Hill.
Outside Pro Hart’s Gallery, are three of his beloved Rolls Royce cars. This is the only one he painted.
This organ is the only one of its kind in Australia.
This is a replica of Pro’s studio, just as he left it, with his last art work on the easel. His family took photos then carefully moved all the gear into the gallery using the photos to show them where to put it all!
This is the paint gun used for his series of “cannon” paintings. On the right end of the shelf are some of the Christmas tree glass ornaments he had not yet filled with paint and fired!
Before taking up art full time, Pro worked as miner. This is is his safety gear and lunch box.
Some of Pro’s art works — you can see the different styles by comparing the large mural with the portrait of his wife above!
The next morning, having crossed 1100+ kilometres since leaving Broken Hill, we arrived at Sydney’s Central terminal station 45 minutes late. Between Redfern and Central, the train was split into two parts so that it could fit onto the platforms!
After collecting our luggage, we went to the suburban platforms to catch a train home. Mum was waiting for us at the station which was so much better than having to catch a cab.
Our adventure was over and what remains are this blog, a lot more photos and some wonderful memories. Thank you for sharing this journey with us, we hope you enjoyed it too!