Broken Hill

Broken Hill has a rich history as one of the world’s most famous mining towns. The city is a great location to explore the vast outback of NSW including stunning national park wilderness. A short drive from Broken Hill is Sundown Hill, the site of the Living Desert Sculptures. Follow the walking trail past these beautiful sandstone sculptures, even more striking in this desert setting.

Regional Art Gallery, Broken Hill
Living Desert Sculptures, Broken Hill

About Broken Hill

Broken Hill is great destination to begin your discovery of the vast and beautiful outback of NSW. The famous mining town was built on the world's largest silver, lead and zinc mine run by Broken Hill Proprietary Company Limited, now BHP Billiton, one of the world's largest resources companies.

Charles Rasp and two friends established BHP here in 1885 after pegging out a mineral lease at a rocky outcrop known as “the broken hill”. Many tours of the outback begin in Broken Hill, including trips to Mutawintji National Park where you can see examples of ancient Aboriginal rock art.

Nicknamed the Silver City, Broken Hill has plenty of places to stay and things to do and see, including mining tours, museums, art galleries and heritage walking trails that take in many 19th century buildings. Many big-budget films have been shot in and around Broken Hill and in nearby Silverton.

Visit the Silver City Art Centre and Mint to watch a local silversmith smelt, cast and manufacture local silver jewellery, which is available for purchase. While there, you can also indulge in Broken Hill's finest chocolate.

Explore the Living Desert Flora and Fauna Sanctuary, a short drive from town, where sculptures sit on top of hills in the desert reserve. For a panorama of the city, visit the Line of Lode Miners Memorial, a striking architectural structure that commemorates more than 800 miners who lost their lives on the job.

You can travel from Sydney’s Central Station by train to Broken Hill and on the way enjoy breathtaking views of the countryside. The train journey takes 13 hours. Alternatively, Rex Regional Express airline services Broken Hill’s airport from Sydney.

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  1. Comfort Inn Crystal

    Broken Hill's most centrally located cottages and motel complex is the Comfort Inn Crystal. Within 200 metres you will find the Main Post Office, shops, art galleries, clubs, the railway station, as well as the business, finance, legal and government...

  2. ibis Styles Broken Hill

    ibis Styles Broken Hill is a friendly and personal boutique style motel. Perfectly located in the central business district of Broken Hill. The ibis Styles Broken Hill is the perfect base for any corporate traveller. Walking distance to the...

  3. Silver Haven Motor Inn

    Whether visiting Broken Hill on holidays or business, the Silver Haven Motor Inn and Haven Restaurant would like to welcome you. The motel is located on the main street of Broken Hill, approximately 600 metres from the Post Office. Guests can...