Feb 19 2013

Characters of outback Australia

The inimitable Jock, at Jock’s Place in White Cliffs, outback NSW. White Cliffs is in the middle of nowhere. There was nothing at all there until a couple of roo shooters found opal in 1889 and the rest, as they say, is history.

Jock is one of the many characters you find in the outback. For $5 he’ll show you around his “dug out”, as they call the old – and new – honeycomb tunnels of the underground opal mines where they allĀ  live. Being underground provides relief from the outside temperatures which are often over 40 degrees celsius.

 

 

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