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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.

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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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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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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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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.

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