Silverton: screen gem
For decades, Silverton has attracted filmmakers. The famous Silverton Hotel, circa 1880, and its surrounds have featured in Australian productions including Mad Max 2, A Town Like Alice and Dirty Deeds. Drink in the atmosphere at the hotel with its exhibition of film and television memorabilia.
Located 25 km north-west of Broken Hill, Silverton has a variety of 19th-century buildings, some of which have been restored as museums and art galleries. With the discovery of silver in this part of Outback NSW in 1875, the population peaked at approximately 3,000 late in that decade. When the ore ran out, miners transferred to Broken Hill, taking many of the buildings with them.
The dramatic natural scenery and changes of light and colour have also made the area popular with artists. Many of the so-called Brushmen of the Bush paint and sell their art in Silverton.
The town's attractions include museums, galleries, a two-hour walking trail that takes in the town's sights and historic buildings, and the famous Silverton Hotel. Learn about the area's harsh history at the Silverton Gaol Museum.
For some family fun, enjoy a picnic, a game of tennis, bush golf and the children's playgrounds at Penrose Park. Powered camping and caravan sites are also available as well as a toilet and shower block.
Accommodation at the award-winning Eldee Station satisfies a range of expectations, with standard rooms, suites, caravan sites and camping grounds. Eldee Station also offers a 4WD tour or self-guided tours along its 4WD tracks.
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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.
Camel treking through Silverton. Image Hamilton Lund
Exterior view of Peter Browne Gallery, Silverton, Outback. Image Mike Newling
Driving along the Mundi Mundi Plains. Image Mike Newling