Sidling right up against the South Australian border in outback New South Wales, Broken Hill is pretty popular for such a remote little town. A thriving arts community, mining heritage and perfect spot to get out and explore the outback, Broken Hill will whisk you away from the cities and beaches and give you a true-blue Aussie experience. Book your Broken Hill accommodation with us below.
An absolute must in Broken Hill is to explore the Living Desert Sanctuary, which has two unique sides to it. Wind your way along the cultural trail through 180 hectares of flora and fauna displays, past story pole artworks and other attractions created to give you an insight into local Aboriginal culture. Take the trail through the Sculptures in the Desert, a set of beautiful sandstone sculptures set against the stark rural landscape at the top of the majestic Sundown Hill. Created by artists from around the world, this is one gorgeous and unique outdoor gallery.
Broken Hill is renowned for its arts, and in town there are more than 30 galleries showcasing works by local and visiting artists spanning a diverse range of artistic styles. From painting and photography to sculpture and basket weaving, art enthusiasts will love Broken Hill. Check out Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery, the Artists Gallery, and the works of renowned Australian artist Pro Hart at the Pro Hart Gallery. And that’s just for starters!
If you’d rather admire buildings than paintings, you’ll love the Broken Hill Heritage Trail, a two hour sign-posted walking tour. Broken Hill is home to many gorgeous and grand heritage buildings, including the Post Office, the former St Josephs Convent and the Trades Hall, which are also listed on the State Heritage Register. Wandering through town like this is the best way to really absorb the character of Broken Hill, and meet a few locals too! To top it off in true outback style, pull up a stool in one of the heritage pubs for a cold one.
To truly understand the rural landscape, you just need a take a short drive out of town to feel the remote reality of this unique destination. Make sure you also check out the Mundi Mundi Plains lookout, where from the top of the hill, the flat lands go on and never seem to end. Come at dusk and make it a romantic picnic – the colours in the sky will amaze you! Or, for a different kind of view, take a scenic flight, an outback cycling tour, or a 4WD safari adventure. Broken Hill is the best place to experience the Aussie outback because it’s literally in the centre of the Australian desert.
Broken Hill is an outback town that you’ll never forget. Just over three hours north of Mildura and nine hours from Melbourne, the road trip there is half the fun! Come and explore the thriving local arts scene, the heritage of the town itself, and the Aussie outback in its backyard. Wot’s the hold up? Book your Broken Hill hotel now and get planning!
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