The city of Broken Hill is the gateway to one of the most intoxicating parts of the country, the sun-seared majesty of the Outback. Make this your Outback base, and discover a friendly city with outstanding character, an amazing history and a taste for art, architecture and the finer things in life.
About Broken Hill
The Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery is the oldest regional gallery in the state, and one of the most vital and dynamic. This is a great place to see some of the best-known Broken Hill artists, including Pro Hart, Eric Minchin and Badger Bates, as well as works by Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri and Emily Kame Kngwarreye. The gallery holds changing exhibitions throughout the year.
The vast and dramatic Outback skies, desert landscapes, sun-seared rocks and even the towering mining equipment of Broken Hill and its surrounds have inspired some of our best-known artists. Broken Hill has a thriving artistic community, and more art galleries than pubs, which is not what you expect from a thirsty city that made a name for its mines.
The Albert Kersten Mining and Mineral Museum is an interactive museum and interpretive centre that unravels the history of our planet with a fascinating, hands-on insight into the sciences of geology, mineral exploration and mining. Included in the centre’s exhibits are several hundred artefacts from the city’s mining history as well as almost 2,000 specimens, including a 42kg silver nugget.
Broken Hill’s School of the Air might have a tiny enrolment, but its “classroom” covers an area of more than a million square kilometres . Most of its students live on isolated sheep and cattle stations scattered across the Outback, using computers and satellites to communicate with teachers and classmates. Visitors are welcome to attend a class session, held at 8:15am each weekday during school terms.
Taking its cues from the movie “Priscilla, Queen of the Desert”, the Broken Heel Festival held in September pays homage to the colours, the music, the madness and the spirit of liberalism celebrated in the movie. Expect satin, sequins, fishnet stockings and more Abba songs than a Eurovision retrospective.
The Line of Lode Miners Memorial celebrates the life and work of more than 800 miners who lost their lives in the mines of Broken Hill. Poised dramatically on top of a mullock heap, this striking memorial offers a commanding view over the city of Broken Hill.