Famous for its role in silver mining history and on the silver screen, the historic town of Silverton perfectly captures the charm of the Outback while feeling instantly recognisable - possibly because it has starred in many iconic Australian films. Discover a colourful past as you explore the museums and chat with local artists.
Silverton is home to impressive colonial buildings, including the Silverton Gaol Museum, where you’ll find collections of photographs, household items, and mining and medical equipment - including a ‘coroner’s bath’, where bodies were once preserved before the arrival of the Sydney coroner.
Take a guided underground tour through a former silver mine at Historic Daydream Mine, and get an insight into the harsh realities of mining a century ago. The mine opened in 1882 and operated for almost a century, employing close to 200 people at its peak, some as young as eight.
Museums & galleries
The Mad Max Museum is a tribute to the movie Mad Max 2, showcasing a huge display of props, life size characters and photographs from the film. Learn about the movie’s impact on Silverton, see original and replica costumes and action vehicles, including two Interceptors.
Stop for a drink or a meal at the Original Silverton Hotel, where you can see a display of photographs from movies shot in the area including Razorback, Mission Impossible II, Mad Max 2 and Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. This classic Outback pub has enjoyed a starring role in several of these movies.
You’ll discover plenty of vibrant art all around town. Look for the murals and the painted VW Beetle outside the John Dynon Art Gallery, where the artist himself can often be found working. Pick up works from local artists at Cowz Art Gallery, The Horizon Gallery and Silverton Photography.
Mundi Mundi Plains
Just outside of Silverton are the Mundi Mundi Plains where iconic scenes from Mad Max 2 were filmed. Walk to the top of the lookout and see the vast plains stretch out as far as the eye can see for hundreds of kilometres. The view is so clear you can even see the curvature of the earth. It’s particularly spectacular at sunset.
Getting there & where to stay
Silverton is a 13hr drive from Sydney, 11hr from Canberra, nine hours from Melbourne and just under six from Adelaide. You can fly into Broken Hill and hire a car for the 25min drive. You may need a 4WD for unsealed roads and national parks. Stay at the Silverton Hotel, at the local campground or in nearby Broken Hill.