Gem of the Boom in Broken Hills was the site of an old mining settlement, and relics of the past can still be seen. You can see what appears to be a jail cut into solid rock. It is an easy 400m loop walk that will take you 20 mins return. Take a touch and look for the long legged weta, they are amazing in here. There are two bridged crossings over a small creek.
In the map above, if you zoom in on the walk, you’ll see all the following track points and their location. Each point has photos along with a description about each one.
You start off walking along a very flat and straight track, then you drop down to what is left of the Broken Hills Battery. Then it is a short walk to the Gem of the Boom creek which is in a cold wet valley. You can walk in a clockwise or anticlockwise direction, it is your choice. We then walked out on to the Puketui Valley Road and walked back to the car in the SUN. Make sure you walk into the jail cell that is cut out into the rock, you will need a torch and a hat to keep the creepy big things with long legs off your head.
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