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Wednesday, 2nd January, 2019

Robyn and Ric Lambert from Perth, WA enjoying the Silver City Mint’s Big Picture. The pair spent Monday visiting the city and were fully prepared for a relaxing day in the pool on New Year’s Day. PICTURE: Emily McInerney Robyn and Ric Lambert from Perth, WA enjoying the Silver City Mint’s Big Picture. The pair spent Monday visiting the city and were fully prepared for a relaxing day in the pool on New Year’s Day. PICTURE: Emily McInerney

By Emily McInerney

The prolonged heat has kept people indoors in the city during the festive season, but there are still a few places to visit.

Days of 40 degrees and over have kept visitors to a minimum, but accommodation, tourism facilities and other businesses are well prepared.

According to a few businesses, it is common to have a quiet period over Christmas and leading into summer.

A spokeswoman for the Desert Sand Motor Inn said they’ve had a quiet Christmas, but are coming off a massive year.

“It’s a bit quieter this Christmas, but we’ve had a massive year,” she said.

“It’s been a fantastic year.”

She said visitors tended to stay away over summer due to the Broken Hill heat.

“Christmas is never peak in Broken Hill, but it hasn’t been too bad.

“People tend to avoid Broken Hill during Christmas because of the heat.”

She said tourists were finding the weather very hot.

“People are going out to Silverton, but where they would normally stay the day, they are not staying very long.

“It’s just too hot.”

Broken Earth Cafe’s Dan Powe said the cafe is a great place to come and cool off.

“We’ve had a few people coming through each day, as we are open seven days a week,” he said.

“We are really happy with the numbers coming through.

“It’s a great spot to keep out of the heat, we have a fantastic air conditioner.”

The Silver City Mint’s Chris Anderson said they were having a “full on” time.

“It’s been pretty full on, we’re getting a lot of families.

“A lot of locals are back visiting with their families and they are coming through.

“It’s a great place to get out from the heat.”

Opening hours for other tourism facilities include the Charles Rasp Memorial Library which is open on Friday from 10am to 5pm and Saturday, 10am to 1pm.

The Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery has normal operating hours from 10am to 3pm.

The Albert Kersten Mining & Minerals Museum is closed Sunday, but will have normal operating hours of 9am to midday all other dates.

The Visitor Information Centre will have normal operating hours from 8.30am to 3pm.

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