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Two years of rainfall transforms Silverton, NSW, backyard from dust to grass

What a difference two years makes: The backyard in a famous Australian outback town turns from red dust to woodsy grass as La Nina dumps rain into the desert

  • NSW Regional Town Has Transformed Land Through Years of Constant Rain
  • Resident in Silverton near Broken Hill conquered his land from dust to grass
  • The land had become bone dry and only red dust after many years of drought
  • The rare sight of grass came as a surprise to many who shared their comments

A family has shared the amazing two-year transformation of their rural NSW backyard after many years of drought.

The photos taken in the historic town of Silverton in the far west of NSW, near Broken Hill, captured the massive weather change the area has seen since 2020.

Like much of the country in the NSW outback, John Blore and his family are used to bone-dry dusty conditions.

A family has shared the amazing two-year transformation of their rural NSW backyard after enduring many years of drought (photo, the bone-dry backyard in 2020)

A family has shared the amazing two-year transformation of their rural NSW backyard after enduring many years of drought (photo, the bone-dry backyard in 2020)

However, it just goes to show how effective a decent amount of rainfall can be for this arid country.

After a few years of rain, the farmland has transformed from red dust to grass as far as the eye can see.

This is quite a rare sight in this part of NSW, highlighted by one person who commented, ‘Truly amazing here in the outback…never seen so green.’

The most recent image shows the same boy from the photo taken on the swing two years earlier.

Another added: ‘It’s amazing how much of an effect a little rain can have… You can even see how much the boy has grown.’

After a few years of rain, it has transformed the farmland from pure red dust to grass that comes through (photo)

After a few years of rain, it has transformed the farmland from pure red dust to grass that comes through (photo)

In Mr Blore’s original Facebook post about the dry conditions, someone wrote: ‘What beautiful colors, but for many people it is damn hard to comprehend how hard it is for the people on the land.’

“I think everyone is praying for some pretty widespread rain. To help rejuvenate the land and give some respite for all of you on the land. I hope you and your family are well.’

The forecast for Silverton is partly cloudy, with mid to late teens temperatures for the rest of the week.

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