Broken Hill, Outback NSW

Outback Touring & Destinations

Broken Hill, known as 'The Silver City', is the largest centre in Outback NSW and is often referred to as “The Jewel of the Outback”. Located 1,160 km from Sydney, the city came into existence in 1885 after Charles Rasp recognized the mineral potential of the area two years earlier. 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.

About Broken Hill

About Broken Hill

The city is large and prosperous. Over the years it has become the state's premier desert centre known for its outstanding Outback artists, its rich indigenous culture, its wonderful Living Desert Reserve including the international stone sculptures (Sculpture Symposium), and its easy access to a rich diversity of desert landscapes.

No visit to Broken Hill is complete without spending time in the city's excellent art galleries, walking down the main street and admiring the old hotels (one of which featured in Priscilla, Queen of the Desert) and gracious public buildings, visiting the Thankakali Aboriginal Arts and Crafts Centre, travelling out to the semi-ghost town of Silverton (where so many Australian films are shot) and going on a conducted tour of the town's great mining complex and the Royal Flying Doctor Service. Strategically located, it is the ideal place to service all the needs of the Outback traveller and provide a base to explore the Darling River (The Darling River Run), Mutawintji and Kinchega National Park, and the Opal town of White Cliffs.

Broken Hill is also a transport hub allowing travellers to access Outback NSW by Rail (Country Link) and air (Rex). Broken Hill is ideally located to further explore the outback and some wonderful towns like Silverton. Located only 24 km from Broken Hill, Silverton has become a popular destination for both tourists and film crews. The tourists come to experience a real ghost town and consequently there are a number of shops, art galleries, museums and pubs which have grown up to meet their needs. Its location (drive a few kilometres out of town to 'The Breakers' and marvel at the desert which stretches to the horizon) and its proximity to all the creature comforts of Broken Hill have ensured that it is popular with any film crew needing to shoot some desert and Outback scenes. In fact the Silverton Hotel at the Burke St corner has been used in films as diverse as Wake in Fright, Mad Max 2, A Town Like Alice, Hostage, Razorback , Journey into Darkness and Golden Soak. When you visit make sure you have a drink in the historic pub, visit the Silverton Pioneer Museum, stop off at the Gaol and Court House and inspect some of the local galleries.

Here is a true Outback experience and you can return to the comfort of Broken Hill feeling no pain or hardship at all.

Outback Beds

Outback Beds near Broken Hill

  • Elegant 4 1/2 star accommodation with a personal touch awaits you at The Imperial, a beautifully restored heritage bluestone building (circa 1906) in the heart of Broken Hill where modern facilities sit happily alongside the gentle spirit of an Australia long past. Enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of this family run boutique hotel .. small enough to be personal but large enough to find your own space and privacy.

Getting to Broken Hill

Driving to Broken Hill

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There are many different routes that can be taken when driving from any of the capital cities to Broken Hill.

The following is an overview of the routes from Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide that may help you in planning your Outback Beds experience.

From Brisbane:

Warrego Hwy <> Darling River Run (Unsealed) <> Barier Highway: Distance = 1,445km approx

From Sydney:

The Great Western Highway > Castlereagh Highway > Barrier Highway: Distance = 1,150km approx

From Melbourne:

Calder Highway > Silver City Highway: Distance = 837km aprox

From Adelaide: 

Barrier Highway: Distance = 518km approx


Travel & Touring

Broken Hill Touring Routes

  • The Broken Hill Loop allows the visitor to explore the wonderment of southwest NSW, from the ethereal Mungo National Park, to the Darling River and picnic areas of Kinchega, this region is rich with indigenous history and culture as well as European/Pastoral history. A large part of this touring route focusses on the Darling River and some of the iconic towns of the Lower Darling including Wentworth, Pooncarie and Menindee. But it is not all about river towns as the ‘Capital of the outback’, Broken Hill, is a highlight of this route that deserves a visit for at least a few days.

  • How outback do you want to go? The Corner Explorer touring route is one for the adventurer. While this involves outback driving on unsealed roads, it is possible to do it in a conventional vehicle (although a higher clearance SUV is probably better). On trips like this, always phone ahead to get an update on road conditions.

  • While the Barrier Highway is the most direct route between Broken Hill and Wilcannia, anyone who has travelled it knows it is not the most exciting way to spend a few hours behind the wheel. So the route out via Mutawintji NP and White Cliffs makes for a wonderful adventure to visit these two icons of Outback NSW.

Visitor Information

Broken Hill Visitor Information Centre

Crn Blende & Bromide Sts, Broken Hill, NSW, 2880
Ph: 08 8080 3560


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