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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.

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Broken Hill

Broken Hill is known for its thriving arts community, mining heritage and access to many outback adventures. Broken Hill 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 mates established BHP here in 1885 after pegging out a mineral lease at a rocky outcrop known as ‘the broken hill'.

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About Broken Hill

For visitors today, Broken Hill offers mining tours and museums as well as many other experiences. Many established artists work here, big-budget films have been shot in Broken Hill and in nearby Silverton, eating out options are many and varied, 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 the Broken Earth Restaurant. Visitors looking for a quick bite shouldn't miss Bells Milk Bar and Museum for its famous sodas, spiders and milkshakes.

Discover a Lost World in Broken Hill

Mining heritage

Line of lode mine Broken Hill

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.

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