A spectacular desert landscape and significant mining history has made Broken Hill one of Australia’s most famous Outback towns. Discover amazing art galleries, fine restaurants, grand federation heritage and historic mining landmarks, in Australia’s first heritage-listed city.
Learn about this colourful city’s fascinating history on the Broken Hill Heritage Walk Tour. A walk down Argent Street reveals many great shops, galleries, restaurants and cafes including the Palace Hotel. You might recognise this iconic hotel from the movie Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.
A visit to the Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery, the oldest regional gallery in NSW, is a must. This is a great place to see some well 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 Albert Kersten Mining and Mineral Museum offers a fascinating, hands-on insight into the sciences of geology, mineral exploration and mining. See several hundred artefacts from the city’s mining history and almost 2,000 specimens, including a 42kg silver nugget.
Line of Lode Miner’s 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 and lookout offers a commanding view over the city of Broken Hill.
About 20 minutes' drive north of Broken Hill, you’ll find the stunning Living Desert Sculptures accentuating the Outback skyline. Created by international artists in 1993, this collection of 12 dramatic sandstone sculptures form a trail through the centre of the Living Desert Reserve.
The Broken Heel Festival, held in September, features three stages of comedy, cabaret and live music, plus a huge street parade, paying homage to the film Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. Other great Broken Hill events are the Heritage Festival in April and the Perfect Light Film Festival in November.
In Mutawintji National Park, discover an ancient landscape rich with Aboriginal history, 143km northeast of Broken Hill. Explore bushwalks, camp under the Outback night sky, and be amazed by the famous hand stencil art of local Aboriginal communities and other historic sites.