Broken Hill Area
In the far west of Outback NSW, the Broken Hill area offers heritage, character and charm. Discover a history of mining, spectacular desert landscapes used as movie sets, a vibrant arts scene and Australia’s first heritage-listed city, Broken Hill.
Things to do in Broken Hill
Visit the Living Desert Sculptures, a collection of beautiful sandstone sculptures found 9km north of Broken Hill. Created by international artists in 1993, the sculptures capture the essence of the breathtaking landscape and glow brilliantly as the setting sun lights up the desert sky.
In the Mutawintji National Park, uncover a spectacular environment rich in Aboriginal history. Explore bushwalks such as the Bynguano Range walking track, camp under the outback night sky and see one of the best collections of Aboriginal art in NSW at Mutawintji Historic Site.
The clear night sky just outside of Broken Hill is ideal for stargazing. Outback Astronomy takes you on a guided tour through the Milky Way. Sign up for a Sky Show and unravel some of the mysteries of the universe; pinpointing stars and constellations; and learn about dark energy, asteroids and secrets behind our moon.
Visit the Original Silverton Hotel – the filming location for a number of movies including Razorback, Mission Impossible II and The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. Movie buffs can also explore Mad Max Museum - Australia's first and only museum dedicated to Mad Max 2.
A few kilometres north of Silverton, the view from the Mundi Mundi Plains lookout feels like the edge of the world. The hill drops away and the vast plain at your feet seems to stretch away to eternity over the sun-scorched canvas of the desert landscape.
Stop by the Packsaddle Roadhouse, a classic outback pub full of charm and character, located 175km north of Broken Hill on the Silver City Highway. Admire the collection of hats, saddles and miscellaneous equipment that have accumulated over the years, and meet some of the cast of regulars.
Getting to Broken Hill
Broken Hill is 1,150km west of Sydney. By road, the journey takes 13 hours. The Outback Explorer train travels from Sydney to Broken Hill on Mondays and makes the return journey on Tuesdays. The trip takes around 13.5 hours. There is a daily XPT train service to Dubbo and a connecting coach to Broken Hill, with the whole journey taking around 16 hours.
A new NSW TrainLink coach service launched in June 2019 connecting Broken Hill with Mildura in Victoria and Adelaide in South Australia. The Mildura service runs four times a week and takes just over four hours. The Adelaide service runs twice a week and takes around 6hr 45 min. The comfortable, state-of-the-art coaches have air conditioning, toilet facilities and disabled access.