Discover the true Australian Outback when you visit Broken Hill, a frontier mining town with grand heritage buildings. This rugged town is encircled by dry semi-desert, which reveals fascinating natural and man-made attractions, including beautiful sculptures and some of Australia’s best national parks.
Things to do in Broken Hill
Broken Hill was Australia’s first Heritage-listed city, so immerse yourself in its history with a stroll along the Broken Hill Heritage Walk. This guided trek takes you through the CBD past historic buildings, such as the Post Office, Trades Hall and Palace Hotel. The Palace Hotel was featured in the film “Priscilla, Queen of the Desert” and is a great spot for cold beer and hearty pub fare.
Love discovering new artists? Visit the Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery and let the talents of local artists amaze you with their intricate paintings, drawings and fashion pieces. Learn about Broken Hill’s booming mining industry at the Albert Kersten Mining and Mineral Museum, where interactive exhibits offer insight into geology and minerals.
While you’re in Broken Hill, make sure you get out of town and explore the nearby national parks. Mutawintji National Park is about 160 kilometres away and is renowned for its vibrant gorges, rock pools and Indigenous rock art. If you prefer a shorter drive, opt for Kinchega National Park, home to Aboriginal artefacts and the majestic red gum-lined Darling River.
If you’re visiting with children, let them experience school life in the outback at the Silverton School Museum, filled with educational memorabilia from 1884 to 1970. Venture underground at the Historic Daydream Mine, where experienced guides show you traditional mining methods.
Getting around Broken Hill
You can fly to Broken Hill from Sydney or Adelaide, catch the train from Sydney or ride the bus from Adelaide. You can walk around town, but you’ll need to join a tour or hire a private car to reach the attractions further afield.