Broken Hill

Broken Hill, the oasis in the outback which many feel it is the capital of Outback NSW. While not directly on the Darling River Run, it is only an hour's drive from Menindee and has much to offer the outback traveller.

A large and prosperous outback city which has become a premier travel destination known for its icon artists, living indigenous culture, the beautifully evocative Living Desert Reserve with internationally renowned Sculpture Symposium, and the perfect base to further explore the surrounding desert landscapes.

The name, Broken Hill, is attributed to an 1844 account by the explorer Charles Sturt who noted in his dairy "Silver ore was later discovered on this broken hill in 1883 by a boundary rider named Charles Rasp. Today the city sits on one of the world's largest known silver-lead-zinc lodes which is 7 km long and over 220 metres wide.

Broken Hill has many unique attraction for the visitor 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 Sculpture Symposium, located on Sundown Hill in the centre of the Living Desert Sanctuary is a surreal collection of 12 commission sandstone sculptures completed by a local and international sculptors, amazing situated and wondrous anytime of the day but especially poignant at sunset.

A Broken Hill visit is not 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 and going on a conducted tour of the town's great mining complex and the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

From Broken Hill there are some great side-trips. Menindee and the Darling River is a short (1 hour) drive with the beautify Kinchega National Park which is great for day visits or an extended stay camping on the banks for the Darling. To the north/northeast is Mutawintji National Park and the opal mining town of White Cliffs.

Although Broken Hill is not located on the Darling River Run; it is the perfect travel destination when travelling up or down the Darling River.

Broken Hill Visitor Information:

See & Do:

Broken Hill See & 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