We stayed in the underground motel at White Cliffs on our trip back from Broken Hill in outback NSW recently. The experience of sleeping underground was on our bucket list and we were really impressed with the motel and its facilities. The owner had pointed us to a steep underground stairway at the back of the motel and said that the view from the top was the best spot for sunsets … well he wasn’t wrong. After climbing to the top I found myself on the roof of the motel … and in actual fact on top of the hill that the motel is built inside of. The 360 degree view from this point was mesmerising and a few others had gathered to sit and wait for the sun to do its last dance of the day. All around were wide open plains scattered with mining huts or old machinery … and stunted unusual trees like the one I finally chose to silhouette against the sunset. While diving in and out of shrubs and waiting for the sun to go down, I emerged from behind one bush only to be confronted by a family of long horned goats … I’m not sure who got the biggest shock but it was me who finally decided to retreat ever so quietly while keeping a close eye on those horns that these beasts so proudly displayed.
White Cliffs can be found in outback NSW not too far from Wilcannia on the Tibooburra road. Take the turnoff just after Wilcannia, midway between Broken Hill & Cobar and its about an hours drive on a newly sealed road. Watch out for the many cattle grids in the road and the vast number of cattle, sheep, goats and emu along the way. For more information http://www.whitecliffsopalfield.com/home
Taken with the Nikon D700, 28-300 mm lens, F/L 78 mm, F9, 1/400 sec, ISO 200, Exposure Bias -03, hand held.