There’s nothing like a town that is smack bang in the middle of nowhere – or the middle of everywhere, as the locals say. Surrounded by desert in a 300 kilometre radius, Broken Hill in the far-western corner of New South Wales is not only home to dingoes, dust and desert peas but a rich slice of Australia’s mining history. It is credited with almost single-handedly taking Australia from the paddock and into the industrial age. You’ll soon understand why the locals love the place. It’s rough, rugged, quirky, historic and beautiful - that’s what makes it an Australian icon.

Broken Hill is the stepping off point for the New South Wales Outback, where having a beer or a cup of tea is the best way to get to know somebody. The pub is the one place guaranteed to bring people together eager to share their news and stories, to build relationships, escape the extremes of the land, have a bit of fun and a good Aussie ale.

Broken Hill Movie

Local Galleries

  • Pro Hart

    Pro Hart

    May 3, 2015 // 0 Comments

    The Pro Hart Gallery A trip to Broken Hill is almost incomplete without a visit to the Pro Hart Gallery. Address: 108 Wyman Street, Broken Hill NSW 2880 Vintage Cars outside [...]
  • Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery

    BH Regional Art Gallery

    May 3, 2015 // 0 Comments

    Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery has won numerous heritage awards for the restoration and refurbishment of the former Sully’s Emporium. The Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery [...]

Outback Discoveries

Outback discoveries

For generations people have been coming from far and wide to get a real taste of 1950’s outback Australia. Home to an authentic milk bar, the famous sodas, spiders and milkshakes helps make Broken Hill a unique outback experience. Adding to that, the local mail man also takes visitors out on tours, to experience parts of his epic and awe-inspiring 550 kilometre mail run. Take a camel safari to see native animals, reptiles, bird life and vegetation and explore the Mundi Mundi ruins, steep water-filled gullies, flat plains, dry creek beds and ranges, on a working sheep and cattle station.

Outback Wildlife

Attractions

  • Living Desert, great sculptures with a wonderful view from the top of mountain.
  • Line of Lode
  • Junction Mine at Broken Hill
  • Silverton Souvineers

Film locations

There’s a magical quality to the light that wraps around the dry and dusty landscapes of Broken Hill, in Outback New South Wales. It intensifies the surreal qualities of locations such as Mario’s Palace Hotel, which features in Priscilla. In its heyday, Mario’s was the grandest hotel in Broken Hill. When Priscilla’s characters stayed there, the hotel’s brightly painted walls and ceilings made quite an impression.

History of Broken Hill

Driving in remote area

Australia’s remote wilderness areas have few towns and facilities and often have large distances between them. If you are planning on driving in remote parts of outback Australia you need to be prepared. Issues can arise when driving in remote Australia because of the extreme heat, difficult terrain and large distances between towns and petrol stations.

Outback discoveries

For generations people have been coming from far and wide to get a real taste of 1950’s outback Australia. Home to an authentic milk bar, the famous sodas, spiders and milkshakes helps make Broken Hill a unique outback experience. Adding to that, the local mail man also takes visitors out on tours, to experience parts of his epic and awe-inspiring 550 kilometre mail run. Take a camel safari to see native animals, reptiles, bird life and vegetation and explore the Mundi Mundi ruins, steep water-filled gullies, flat plains, dry creek beds and ranges, on a working sheep and cattle station.

Uniquely Australian

Take a walk along Silverton’s Heritage trail. Built in 1880 on the back of the region’s mineral wealth, Silverton in Outback New South Wales was once a booming silver-mining town. But the discovery of significantly larger mineral deposits at nearby Broken Hill proved to be Silverton’s demise, and the town now stands as a ghostly monument to past dreams. Film-lovers may recognise it from scenes in Mad Max 2, A Town Like Alice, and Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.

Travelling to Broken Hill

Living Desert and Sculptures

Broken Hill is a classic Aussie town set amidst a spectacular, rugged landscape – a ‘must do’ for anyone looking for an Australian outback experience. Travelling to Broken Hill is part of the adventure.

Self drive adventures in the Australian Outback

Driving west from Sydney is a popular excursion, once over the Blue Mountains the scene changes to open pastures, before the Outback puts in an appearance again as you head inland to the former silver-mining town of Broken Hill. The town is popular with Outback artists and acts as a major base for the Royal Flying Doctor Service and the School of the Air – a school that uses satellite-technology to educate students in isolated Outback settlements.

Camping

  • Penrose Park Camping Site near Broken Hill
  • Broken Hill Lake View Caravan Park