Sculptures in the desert
About 10 km from Broken Hill, in the middle of the Living Desert Reserve, is Sundown Hill, the site of the Living Desert Sculptures. Follow the easy walking trail that takes you past these beautiful sandstone sculptures, even more striking in this desert setting.
About Broken Hill
Broken Hill is the first city in Australia to be included on the National Heritage list due to its outstanding heritage significance to the country. The town is home to the world's largest silver, lead and zinc mine, established by Broken Hill Proprietary Company Limited (now BHP Billiton). Charles Rasp and two friends established BHP here in 1885 after pegging out a mineral lease at a rocky outcrop known as 'the broken hill'. The town is also known for its thriving arts community and access to outback adventure.
For visitors today, Broken Hill offers mining tours and museums as well as many other experiences. Many established artists work here and big-budget films have been shot in Broken Hill and in nearby Silverton. Eating out options at restaurants such as Trinders in the Astra, Masallas Indian Cuisine and The Piano Bar and Restaurant provide plenty of variety, and it's a great base for exploring the stunning national parks of Outback NSW, including Sturt National Park, Mungo National Park and Gundabooka National Park.
For art enthusiasts, Broken Hill is a veritable delight with more than 30 galleries exhibiting works by artists long fascinated with the outback. Accommodation in Broken Hill ranges from elegantly restored hotels to campsites, and discerning diners will enjoy Broken Earth Restaurant. Visitors looking for a quick bite shouldn't miss Bells Milk Bar and Museum for its famous sodas, spiders and milkshakes.
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The Albert Kersten Mining and Mineral Museum is an interactive museum and interpretive centre that unravels the history of the earth with a fascinating, hands-on insight into geology, mineral exploration and mining. You'll see hundreds of mining artefacts as well as a 42-kg silver nugget. Other ways to explore mining heritage is on a Broken Hill Heritage Tour or by heading underground, on a walking tour of the Daydream Mine, near Silverton.
Take the challenging Western Ridge walk through rugged scenery or spot native animals and tough perennial plants along the Sundown Nature Trail. Take advantage of the town’s clear night skies by joining a stargazing tour or learn of the long held connection between local Indigenous people and ancient landscapes at Mutawintji National Park.
Admire the works of both local and internationally renowned artists at Pro Hart Gallery and the Art on Argent Gallery. See a mix of fine colonial, Victorian and modern Australian paintings at the Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery. Head to the Living Desert Reserve to see 12 sandstone sculptures constructed by artists from around the world.
Discover the town’s mining past as you explore the historic Daydream Mine or a local mining museum. Learn about the intriguing characters who helped shape the town’s character along the path of the Heroes, Larrikins and Visionaries of Broken Hill Walk. Take a self-guided tour along the streets of Broken Hill to observe heritage buildings and remnants of days gone by.
Fly into Broken Hill Airport
Broken Hill Airport is located 6 km from Broken Hill’s town centre. Make the short trip north using taxi services at the terminal. Alternatively, rent a car from the hire services available at the airport and explore the region at your own pace.
Regional Express operates daily direct flights to and from Sydney, Dubbo, Adelaide, Melbourne and Mildura. For other major Australian cities, connect via these cities to travel into Broken Hill.