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.
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.
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