Broken Hill , also known as 'The Silver City', is the largest centre in Outback New South Wales. Located 1,160 km from Sydney, Broken Hill came into existence in 1885 after Charles Rasp recognised the mineral potential of the area two years earlier. Many consider that the real Outback Australia starts here.


About Broken Hill

Although Broken Hill is not located on the Darling River, it is the perfect side-trip of the Darling River Run or vice versa. If visiting Broken Hill, a short trip (less than 1 hour) to Menindee, will enable the visitor to experience the iconic Darling River, Kinchega National Park, and the amazing Menindee Lakes. The centre is also a perfect base before setting off to explore outback Australia.

In 1844, the explorer Charles Sturt noted in dairy "Silver ore was later discovered on this broken hill in 1883 by a boundary rider named Charles Rasp" and it is this reference to a 'broken hill' that is attributed the origins of the town's name.

Today the city sits on one of the world's largest known silver-lead-zinc lodes; a deposit which is 7 km long and over 220 metres wide. Over the years it has become the state's premier desert centre known for its outstanding outback artists, rich indigenous culture, unique Living Desert Reserve with the amazing Sculpture Symposium, and its easy access to a rich diversity of desert landscapes.

There are many significant Broken Hill attractions, and two 'must see' attractions are the Living Desert and The Sculpture Symposium. Nestled neatly amongst the red hills of the Barrier Ranges is the Living Desert; a 2400 hectare reserve about 10km from the city complete with several breathe-taking walking trails. Within this reserve is an amazing Flora and Fauna Sanctuary.

The surreal Sculpture Symposium is located on Sundown Hill in the centre of the Living Desert Sanctuary; made up a collection of 12 commission Sandstone Sculptures completed by a collection of local and international sculptors, it makes an amazing site anytime of the day but especially poignant at sunset.

No visit to Broken Hill is complete without spending time in the city's excellent art galleries, walking down the main street and admiring the old hotels (one of which featured in Priscilla, Queen of the Desert) and gracious public buildings, visiting the Thankakali Aboriginal Arts and Crafts Centre, travelling out to the semi-ghost town of Silverton (where so many Australian films are shot) and going on a conducted tour of the town's great mining complex and the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

One of Broken Hill's favourite sons is the artist Kevin 'Pro' Hart and many of his works can be viewed at the Pro Hart Gallery where his famous painted Rolls Royce is also located.

Broken Hill is ideally located and well serviced, Broken Hill offers the traveller a great base to explore the town and discover the outback at its doorstep.

Broken Hill Visitor Information:

Visitor Information Centre:

Cnr Blende and Bromide Street,, Broken Hill NSW 2880


Telephone: 08 8080 3560

Must See - Must Do:

  • Royal Flying Doctor Service - Visitors' Centre
  • Living Desert / Sculpture Symposium
  • Silverton
  • Bell's Milk Bar
  • Miner's Memorial / Line O Lode
  • Historic Daydream Mine>

Getting Here:

By Car:

  • From Brisbane: 1,540km
  • From Sydney: 1,150km
  • From Melbourne: 840km
  • From Adelaide: 515km

Regional Transport Services:


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