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Exploring Broken Hill

Moonrise, Broken HillCREDIT: Destination NSW

Moon rising over the outback near Broken Hill.

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Exploring
Broken Hill

Moonrise, Broken Hill CREDIT: Destination NSW

Moon rising over the outback near Broken Hill.

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Located in the remote far west of New South Wales, Broken Hill started out as a frontier mining town and has long attracted visitors seeking an authentic outback experience. Filled with many attractions and endless photo opportunities, the town was added to Australia’s National Heritage List in 2015. 

Where to unearth art and adventure 

Spend a day in the heart of town visiting Broken Hill’s impressive art galleries and art displays. Start at the Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery, which opened in 1904 and is still proudly supporting local, state and national artists. Jack Absalom Gallery is dedicated to the work of its namesake, a local painter and author who had a passion for the dramatic beauty of the outback. 

The Pro Hart Gallery, a five-minute drive from the town centre, is where you can see the work of Kevin ‘Pro’ Hart. Set on the site of the home Hart lived in with his family, the gallery also houses the eccentric artist’s hand-painted Rolls Royce and many of his sculptures.  

At White’s Mineral Art Gallery & Mining Museum you can learn all about the town’s mining history. Run by Kevin ‘Bushy’ White, a veteran of the local mining industry, the museum contains 1,500 pieces of mining memorabilia and showcases Bushy’s mineral-based collages. 

Just outside of town, off the Nine Mile Road, you’ll find the Living Desert and Sculptures, where 12 sandstone sculptures by artists from around the world sit atop a hill in the centre of a flora and fauna sanctuary. This is a great place to appreciate the vast beauty of Australia’s red interior. 

No visit to Broken Hill is complete without a trip to Silverton, 25km northwest of town, which has served as the backdrop for multiple movies, including Mad Max II, Mission: Impossible 2, A Town Like Alice and Wake in Fright. The town is filled with plenty of history, quirky characters and must-do experiences — visit the Mad Max Museum, enjoy a beer at the famous Silverton Hotel and watch the sun setting from the lookout at Mundi Mundi Plains.  

There’s nothing quite as magnificent as the outback skies, as you’ll discover with an Outback Astronomy experience, a purpose-built facility for a stargazing experience where you see the dark night sky come to life. The Sky Tours include absorbing commentary about the night sky and celestial sights highlighted by a laser pointer. This is the perfect way to truly appreciate the immense and awe-inspiring outback night sky.  

Broken Hill and Central Darling Highlights CREDIT: Destination NSW

Highlight selects from Broken Hill and the Central Darling region

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Broken Hill and Central Darling Highlights CREDIT: Destination NSW

Highlight selects from Broken Hill and the Central Darling region

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The Living Desert and Sculptures, Broken Hill CREDIT: Destination NSW

Sun setting over The Living Desert and Sculptures attraction in Broken Hill.

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The Living Desert and Sculptures, Broken Hill CREDIT: Destination NSW

Sun setting over The Living Desert and Sculptures attraction in Broken Hill.

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Silverton Hotel, Silverton CREDIT: Destination NSW

A Volkswagon beetle pays homage to the Mad Max V8 interceptor outside the Silverton Hotel, Silverton.

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Silverton Hotel, Silverton CREDIT: Destination NSW

A Volkswagon beetle pays homage to the Mad Max V8 interceptor outside the Silverton Hotel, Silverton.

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Where to wine and dine 

On Argent Street, in the city centre, Thom, Dick & Harry’s serves up great coffee and home-style fare and stocks a stylish range of fashion and lifestyle products, cookware and homewares. It’s also a great place to purchase gourmet grocery products made locally — pick up a jar of delicious quandong and fig jam or bush wattle-seed dukkah made by Pandora’s Palate, which specialises in bush flavours. 

Half a block away is the Broken Hill Pub, recently refurbished and serving up contemporary cuisine, cold beer and refreshing cocktails. The large dining room makes it easy to accommodate groups, and the courtyard is a cool spot to escape the searing summer heat. 

Just across the road you’ll find two bustling eateries. Café Alfresco serves gourmet sandwiches and generously proportioned salads, while The Silly Goat is a haven for vegans and raw-food fans. 

Broken Earth Café and Wine Bar, perched high on top of the hill that separates the north and south areas of town, is a unique place to stop for breakfast, coffee and cake or a light lunch with a glass of wine. This is also where you’ll find the Line of Lode Lookout and Miners Memorial, a striking tribute to everyone that has lost their life while working on the local mines. The lookout point provides stunning views across the town. 

Head to Patton Street, in South Broken Hill, and step back in time at Bells Milk Bar, renowned for being Australia’s oldest milk bar. Pick a flavour from the extensive milkshake menu and take in the original 1950s decor. 

Where to stay 

If you like the idea of accommodation that combines luxury with history, book in with Broken Hill Outback Church Stay, where a magnificent 1911 Romanesque-style church has been lovingly restored and converted into a luxe guesthouse. You can stay in the actual church, which has three master suites and a fully equipped gourmet kitchen; the Church Presbytery; or the Church Cottage. 

To experience life on a working sheep and cattle property, head for Eldee Station, located near Silverton and designed for eco-conscious travellers. Stay in the old shearers’ quarters or hire a swag and sleep out under the dazzling outback skies. The property also offers a range of experiences, including bush walks, mountain biking, star gazing and 4WD tours. Relax at the end of each day with a dip in the plunge pool or spa.  

To experience Broken Hill’s outlandish side, check into The Palace Hotel, where the ceilings and walls are covered with Renaissance-inspired images and fantastical Australian landscapes, painted in the 1970s by Aboriginal artist Gordon Waye with help from then owner Mario Celotto. If this heritage hotel looks familiar, that’s because it featured in the 1994 drag-queen film The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. In more recent years, it has become the focal point for the annual Broken Heel Festival, a three-day event paying homage to the movie and providing Australia’s LGBTQI community with an excellent reason to converge on the town. 

When it comes to sleeping at the Palace, the lavish Priscilla Suite is the star attraction, with options including deluxe and standard ensuite rooms, family rooms and dorms. Good pub fare is served and the hotel holds a licence allowing the traditional game of two-up to be played here — you can generally catch a game on Friday nights from 9pm. 

Broken Earth Cafe Restaurant, Broken Hill CREDIT: Broken Hill City Council

Broken Earth Cafe Restaurant. Broken Hill

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Broken Earth Cafe Restaurant, Broken Hill CREDIT: Broken Hill City Council

Broken Earth Cafe Restaurant. Broken Hill

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The Palace Hotel, Broken Hill CREDIT: Destination NSW

Artwork and decor inside the Priscilla Suite, The Palace Hotel in Broken Hill.

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The Palace Hotel, Broken Hill CREDIT: Destination NSW

Artwork and decor inside the Priscilla Suite, The Palace Hotel in Broken Hill.

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