Born and raised in Broken Hill, AFL player and captain of the Adelaide Crows Taylor “Tex” Walker is one of Outback NSW’s proudest exports. He gives Travel In the hot tips on visiting his hometown.
It was a proud day for Broken Hill when Taylor “Tex” Walker was named team captain of the Adelaide Crows in the lead up to the 2015 AFL season. A Broken Hill boy through and through, at age 24 Tex became the city’s first footballer to ever captain an AFL team. It’s an accomplishment that has rendered him a hero around these parts.
Tex grew up in a sport-obsessed household with his two siblings and his single mother, who worked tirelessly as a hairdresser in Broken Hill to support her kids and their sporting pursuits. While he was also keen on basketball and cricket, Tex’s one true passion was footy. He played for North Broken Hill in the Broken Hill Football League until he was drafted to play for Norwood in the South Australian National Football League in 2008, before making his AFL debut with the Adelaide Crows in 2009. But Tex hasn’t forgotten his roots and is passionate about supporting local football, in particular junior footy, by visiting training sessions and maintaining a presence at his hometown club whenever he’s back in town.
And with his family still living in Broken Hill, Tex comes home as much as he can in the off season. He reckons it was a great place to grow up, and has fond memories of visiting his family’s holiday shack at nearby Menindee, where they’d go waterskiing and chill out in the school holidays and on the occasional weekend.
Naturally, we asked Tex to give us his expert local knowledge on his favourite haunts in and around Broken Hill, and where he takes mates when they visit.
What’s your favourite café in Broken Hill?
Either The Caff (235 Thomas St) or The Silly Goat (360 Argent St).
How about your favourite restaurant?
Alfresco (397 Argent St).
And your favourite pub?
Tie between Southern Cross Hotel (357 Cobalt St) and Mulga Hill Tavern (264 Oxide St).
What do you consider the best local attractions?
Either the town of Silverton, or the Mundi Mundi Plains.
Any absolute ‘must dos’ in Broken Hill?
Don’t leave Broken Hill without trying the chicken and cheese slaw focaccia from Café Lana’s (198 Argent St).