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Tourists sleep in their cars

Wednesday, 7th October, 2020

Paul Quinn from Sydney alongside the sports car he and his wife slept in on Sunday night in Broken Hill. PICTURE: Annette Northey Paul Quinn from Sydney alongside the sports car he and his wife slept in on Sunday night in Broken Hill. PICTURE: Annette Northey

By Annette Northey

As tourists continued to flock to the city over the long weekend, dozens without prior arrangements found themselves with no accommodation, as did Paul and Wendy Quinn, who slept in their car on Sunday night.

Mr and Mrs Quinn, who were traveling home to Sydney from Adelaide via Broken Hill, arrived in town on Sunday around 2pm, and went straight to the Visitor Information Centre to find it closed.

“That was a shock to find it closed,” Mrs Quinn said.

“And there was nothing around, no signs, no phone number to call.

“We had to sleep in the car, which is a sports car, so no back seats; it was very uncomfortable.

“And we spoke to dozens of people who said they also had to sleep in their cars.”

Mr and Mrs Quinn did not book ahead because they had no trouble finding accommodation in Port Pirie and Victor Harbour on their way up, so they didn’t think it would be a problem in Broken Hill, Mrs Quinn said.

“We were sick of trying to find accommodation online, and calling motels, so our daughter ended up finding accommodation for us in Cobar, and it was the last room too,” Mrs Quinn said.

“We were scruffy from not being able to have a shower and freshen up, so we were forced to leave town without seeing the sights of Broken Hill.”

Mrs and Mrs Quinn also had a hard time finding something to eat.

“Everything was booked, so we had to have McDonalds.

“We are in our 70s and found the whole thing very distressing and it gave us the wrong impression of the hard working people of Broken Hill,” Mrs Quinn said.

Paul Quinn is the author of In the Hands of Evil, a true crime story about the fight for justice and helping police to find his sister’s murderer.

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