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Broken Hill, NSW

Broken Hill, Outback NSW. Sculpture Symposium. Photo by Simon Bayliss Broken Hill, its name conjures up so much that we identify with Australia. Henry Lawson once stated "if you know Bourke, you know Australia", an adage that could apply equally to Broken Hill as it does to Bourke (but with a slightly more modern context).

While Bourke, and other Darling River towns grew out of the river-trade, Broken Hill grew out of mining and iron ore as it where to Big Australian (BHP) was born.

While over an hour from Menindee and the Darling River, Broken Hill is a must-see destination while travelling the Darling River Run.

The icon, and Heritage Listed, Broken Hill has a BIG history with wonderful attractions and unique experiences.

Broken Hill is a true icon of Outback Australia, sitting on an iron-rich red landscape under a big Azure sky... remarkable colours and contrasts that are synonymous with the Australian outback,

Broken Hill (also known as 'The Silver City'), is one destination that should be on any travel list. Not only is Broken Hill a beautiful town with wonderful architecture (and of course people), but also provides the perfect base for exploring some of the best attractions in this region of Australia.

In 1844, explorer Charles Sturt noted in dairy "Silver ore was later discovered on this broken hill in 1883 by a boundary rider named Charles Rasp" and it is this reference to a 'broken hill' that is attributed the origins of the towns name.

Today the city sits on one of the world's largest known silver-lead-zinc lodes; a deposit which is 7 km long and over 220 metres wide.

Over the years it has become the state's premier desert centre known for its outstanding Outback artists, rich indigenous culture, unique Living Desert Reserve with the amazing Sculpture Symposium, and its easy access to a rich diversity of desert landscapes.

Accommodation Partner - Outback Resort, Broken Hill

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Unexpected luxury in a breathtaking rugged outback setting – opening August 2018. Offering a unique combination of nature and luxury, Broken Hill Outback Resort is designed for anyone seeking quality accommodation in the heart of the Australian Outback.

With a mix of powered and unpowered caravan and camping sites on level, grassy areas complete with high spec amenities block, camp kitchen, kids playground, 24 King Spa Cabins, Bar/ Restaurant our resort provides all guests with luxury, comfort and convenience.

There are many significant Broken Hill attractions, and two 'must-see' ones are the Living Desert and The Sculpture Symposium. Nestled neatly among the red hills of the Barrier Ranges is the Living Desert, a 2,400-hectare reserve about ten kilometres from the city centre, complete with several breath-taking walking trails. Within this reserve is an amazing Flora and Fauna Sanctuary.

The surreal Sculpture Symposium, located on Sundown Hill in the centre of the Living Desert Sanctuary, it is made up a collection of twelve commissioned Sandstone Sculptures completed by local and international sculptors. It is a fantastic experience any time of the day but especially poignant at sunset.

No visit to Broken Hill is complete without a visit to the Pro Hart Gallery. Pro Hart is one of Broken Hill's favourite sons, and his famous painted Rolls Royce is also at the gallery.

Broken Hill Visitor Information:

  • Broken Hill See & Do:
    • Royal Flying Doctor Service - Visitors' Centre
    • Living Desert / Sculpture Symposium
    • Silverton
    • Bell's Milk Bar
    • Miner's Memorial / Line O Lode
    • Historic Daydream Mine
  • Getting to Broken Hill (Car):
  • Broken Hill Visitor Information Centre:
    • Cnr Blende and Bromide Street, Broken Hill NSW 2880.
    • Telephone: 08 8080 3560

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