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Silver City Highway Road Trip

Country Road, Broken HillCREDIT: Destination NSW

Hit the open road on an outback adventure with plenty of surprises.

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Silver City
Highway Road Trip

Country Road, Broken Hill CREDIT: Destination NSW

Hit the open road on an outback adventure with plenty of surprises.

#lovensw #newsouthwales

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In New South Wales’s wild west, the Silver City Highway is a 683km stretch of road linking Buronga on the banks of the Murray River up to the state’s northern border. In years gone by the unsealed stretches of this highway were best suited to off-road vehicles, but it’s now bitumen all the way, opening it up to road -trippers in every kind of car ready for an outback adventure.  

Day 1: Buronga to Broken Hill 

Watch the landscape change from lush farmland to the red earth of the outback on the three-hour drive from the NSW border town of Buronga to the ‘Silver City’ of Broken Hill that gives the highway its name. 

Just outside of Buronga, the Australian Inland Botanic Gardens is the first semi-arid botanic gardens in the southern hemisphere. Here you can visit the oldest mallee eucalypt, believed to be about 2,500 years old. And at Orange World you can take a tractor-train tour through the orchards.  

When you arrive in Broken Hill, discover why it was Australia’s first heritage-listed city on a Heritage Walk Tour, before heading up to the Line of Lode Miners Memorial. This dramatic structure remembers more than 800 miners who perished on the job in the area and has sweeping views over the town below.

Art lovers should head for the Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery, where works by Aboriginal and other local artists are displayed. See iconic outback artist Pro Hart’s painted Rolls Royce, along with his paintings and sculptures, at the Pro Hart Gallery, then travel 9km out of town to the Living Desert Reserve to see a trail of 12 sandstone sculptures.  

A trip to Broken Hill isn’t complete without a visit to Bells Milk Bar. Sip sodas, spiders and milkshakes amid the 1950s decor before visiting the museum out the back. And after appearing in iconic film The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, The Palace Hotel now has a glamorous Priscilla Suite that’s fit for a drag queen, along with more traditional rooms. (Note that for a couple of weeks each September, the Palace is usually booked out by visitors attending the Broken Heel Festival, which celebrates the Priscilla movie with a glittery drag festival.) 

If you prefer somewhere all to yourself, check out the historic Miner’s Cottage, listed along with other heritage properties at Broken Hill Heritage Cottages

Australian Inland Botanic Gardens, Buronga CREDIT: Destination NSW

The native Sturt's Desert Pea (Swainsona formosa) located at the Australian Inland Botanic Gardens in Buronga.

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Australian Inland Botanic Gardens, Buronga CREDIT: Destination NSW

The native Sturt's Desert Pea (Swainsona formosa) located at the Australian Inland Botanic Gardens in Buronga.

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The Living Desert, Broken Hill CREDIT: Destination NSW

Man watching the sunset from The Living Desert Reserve in Broken Hill.

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The Living Desert, Broken Hill CREDIT: Destination NSW

Man watching the sunset from The Living Desert Reserve in Broken Hill.

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Day 2: Broken Hill to Tibooburra  

Watch the outback roll by as you head towards Corner Country in the far northwest of the state. Keep an eye out for wild goats and their cute kids. If you’re lucky you may even spot an emu or two.  

The drive to Tibooburra will take around 3.5 hours. The only fuel stop along the way is the Packsaddle Roadhouse, 175km from Broken Hill, where you can grab a bite in its outback-themed dining room replete with corrugated iron, lights decorated with cowboy hats and old saddles adorning the walls.  

Just over an hour (120km) from the roadhouse, imagine gold rush life in the 1880s in Milparinka as you visit the heritage precinct. The last of the four gold rush hotels still standing in town, the Milparinka Hotel (which is also known as the Albert Hotel), opened its doors in 1882 and offers cold beer and tasty pub meals. You can also overnight here in the original rooms or motel-style cabins.  

In Tibooburra, the Family Hotel is famous for its murals by renowned Australian artists who came to stay in the 1960s, including Russell Drysdale, Eric Minchin and Clifton Pugh. Just 20 minutes out of Tibooburra in Sturt National Park, the Mount Wood Homestead offers self-catering accommodation from March to November each year.  

Spare a thought for Captain Charles Sturt and his expedition team in Tibooburra’s Pioneer Park when you see a replica of their whaleboat. They dragged the original whaleboat all the way from Adelaide so they could cross the inland sea before realising it didn’t exist. 

Day 3: Tibooburra area 

If you’re travelling in a car that can leave sealed roads behind (ideally a four-wheel-drive), now’s the time to explore the far western corner of NSW. Just remember to check the conditions before you set off for the day, as some roads can be cut off in wet weather.  

In Sturt National Park, you can see 450-million-year-old granite boulders and rolling red sand dunes as you look for red kangaroos, emus and wedge-tailed eagles. The park also has a section of one of the world’s longest structures, the historic Dingo Fence that stretches more than 5,000km. This fence was built in the 1880s to keep dingos (native dogs) out of sheep grazing territory. 

And keep an eye out for the planned opening of the 153,682-hectare Narriearra Caryapundy Swamp National Park. It’s the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service’s largest-ever private land purchase, home to sprawling, semi-permanent lakes filled with waterbirds.  

The Family Lodge Motel, Tibooburra CREDIT: Destination NSW

Sun rising over the Family Lodge Motel in Tibooburra.

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The Family Lodge Motel, Tibooburra CREDIT: Destination NSW

Sun rising over the Family Lodge Motel in Tibooburra.

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Sturt National Park, Tibooburra CREDIT: Destination NSW

Mob of emus at Sturt National Park, Tibooburra.

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Sturt National Park, Tibooburra CREDIT: Destination NSW

Mob of emus at Sturt National Park, Tibooburra.

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