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Kidman Way in Mount Hope
Australia

Mount Hope was once a busy copper mining town with a population of over 3,000 people on the Barrier Highway.

Today the population of this small locality only increases from time to time with workers cutting broom brush and cypress pine logs for vineyards and apiarists shifting bees while the mallee is in flower. Due to large distances in this remote part of New South Wales the Royal Hotel is a welcome stop for locals and travellers of the outback tourist route Kidman Way to break the drive to and from Cobar.

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Copyright: Klaus Mayer
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Resolution: 6000x3000
Taken: 04/01/2010
Uploaded: 11/05/2011
Updated: 10/03/2015
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Tags: kidman way; barrier highway; new south wales; outback; mount hope; mining town
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