2 Aug 2017

    16 Fascinating Photos Of Outback Ghost Towns Around Australia

    In one South Australian town, real - and very much alive - people make and sell bread from an underground bakery.

    In the most remote parts of Outback Australia, buildings and towns that once served a purpose now stand abandoned. Many of these areas were former mining hubs. Nowadays, their remains have been rediscovered by photographers and travellers.

    In this photo series, Getty Images takes us on a tour of some of the many ghost towns in Australia.

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    Dilapidated buildings in the former gold mining town of Gwalia, 828km north-east of Perth in Western Australia.

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    Another abandoned building in Gwalia. The once-thriving Outback centre is now a ghost town, but has a museum dedicated to its rich mining history.

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    The facade of the Transcontinental Hotel in Farina, 600km north of Adelaide in South Australia.

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    Now inhabited, the town of Farina sits on the Oodnadatta Track.

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    A group of people have started a project that aims to preserve the ruins of the town and showcase its history.

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    For a few months each year volunteers make bread at an underground bakery.

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    A view of Silverton, an almost-abandoned town with an 89-strong population. It is 26km from Broken Hill in NSW. Many residents live there to cater to the tourist traffic.

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    Although many consider Silverton a ghost town, it has a full-service hotel where you can learn about its rich silver mining history.

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    This one though is a disused hotel that remains structurally intact despite the harsh Australian Outback climate.

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    Silverton has around 20 surviving structures dotted across town.

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    Some people in Silverton know how to get creative. Here, a decaying car was given a paint job.

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    An old courthouse in Milparinka, a ghost gold town near Broken Hill. The town's attractions are a pub and a few ruins.

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    The interior of the Royal Hotel, in Linda on the Lyell Highway, 253km north-west of Hobart in Tasmania. The hotel is the only surviving edifice of the former mining town. It was abandoned in the 1950s.

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    The skeleton of a hotel in Waukaringa, 350km north of Adelaide. The structure is made of local stone and has survived 140 years.

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    Long-abandoned shop fronts on Main Street in Terowie, 230km north of Adelaide. The town has preserved a number of buildings from the 1880s, and has a rich rail history. It has been on the decline since 1969. In 2016, its population had dwindled to 131.

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    Kunanalling, in the Goldfields-Esperance region of Western Australia, is home to the ruins of a hotel and three chimneys. It is 590km east of Perth.

    Anna Mendoza is a photo editor for BuzzFeed and is based in Sydney, Australia.

    Contact Anna Mendoza at anna.mendoza@buzzfeed.com.

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