Sumary of Ghost town past behind ‘hidden’ Aussie lake:
- An adventure through the outback is exactly what travel-starved Aussies need and is surprisingly accessible — even to this township well off the typical tourist trail.
- But speckled along the roads linking the historic central west cities are tranquil waterholes, lakes, character-filled pubs and a fascinating ghost city abandoned by workers who mined uranium.
- The region has been dangled before our eyes on prime time television as the backdrop for this season’s instalment of reality show Survivor, and is the perfect antidote for travel-starved Australians desperate for an adventure amid rolling lockdowns and indefinite border closures.
- With bright blue skies above textured, red soil-laden rolling countryside — the outback tranquillity feels like another world away from the concrete jungle surrounding the Brisbane River, despite being reached by just a two-hour and forty-minute flight.
- For the adventurous with the upgraded 4WD rental, there’s also a 23km Ballara Mining Heritage Trail to enjoy the spinifex landscapes and rocky outcrops that reveal the historic boom and bust mining industry synonymous with the state’s central west.
- MARY KATHLEEN URANIUM MINE Mary Kathleen was a flourishing township housing miners and their families who extracted uranium up until the 1980s.