Surprisingly, you could easily spend a week in Broken Hill and not see the endless array of attractions. The experiences on offer range from art, history, food, and mining with a little bit of eccentric thrown in the mix.
The town exists because of mining and would probably be one of the most significant mining sites in the world because of the range of minerals it produces and the quantity it has produced and continues to produce.
As we come into land we got a good view of the town. It looked unappealing with a dirty big mine right in the middle of the town and houses built all around. We were surprised to see people live this way so close to a mine, especially with the bad press that mines get because of pollution etc. But after 4 days in Broken Hill we see this town in a new light. The people were amazing and there was no shortage of things to do and see.
If your in Broken Hill don’t’ miss a visit to Silverton and try some Quandong Pie.
Broken Hill Attractions
The list of things to do and see in Broken Hill is endless, and the Broken Hill tourism information has it well covered. www.brokenhillaustralia.com.au. Below are the attractions we enjoyed during our stay.
Royal Flying Doctors Museum and Tour
Hearing the stories of the people whose lives have been changed because of the Royal Flying Doctors was a real eye opener for me and I gained a real appreciation for the role this organisation plays in Australia. I have a huge respect for what they do and Im glad we stopped in at the Broken Hill base to see where it all happens. Located at the Broken Hill airport they have a huge gift shop, museum, and run guided tours. Stop in and support them.
Where: Hangar 2, Broken Hill Airport, Broken Hill
Tip: Leading up to Christmas the local Broken Hill Women’s Auxiliary make 2000 Christmas puddings as a fundraiser for the RFDS. You can enjoy a piece of the outback at home by pre-ordering and they will ship them to you. To order phone 0427 710 544. We tried one and can definitely recommend them! For more info on their puddings click here
Line of Lode Miners Memorial
At the top of the dirty big hill in the middle of Broken Hill is a Memorial for over 800 miners who have lost their life working along the Line of Lode since 1883. Back in the early days, more deaths occurred than what do today, but we were surprised at the number of deaths that have occurred in recent years and continue to occur. This would have a huge impact on such a small community.
Where: Federation Way, Broken Hill
Tips: The lookout from the top provides and amazing view of the town and region. Free access to the public, but gates are closed at night.
Living Desert & Sculptures
A few kilometers out of town is a Flora and Fauna Sanctuary, containing cultural walking trails, picnic and BBQ facilities and a collection of sandstone sculptures. Park entrance fee’s are around $6 per person. To take in all that the park has to offer you want to allow a couple of hours.
Where: Turn of is off Nine Mile Road, Broken Hill (Approx 8km’s from town).
Tips: Great photo opportunities of the sculptures are at sunset.
Info: Download Information brochure here
Bells Milk Bar & Museum
If your into milk shakes, Bells Milk Bar have just about every variety you could possibly imagine. Their 1950’s décor take you back to the fascinating world of Australia’s milk bar and cafe culture of this era. So it’s pretty much a milk shake experience from the 1950’s. Bells is a popular spot for both tourists and locals.
Where: 160 Patton Street, Patton Village
Tip: Make sure you check out the museum at the back of the cafe
Browne’s Shaft, Junction Mine & Lookout
This is a good spot to get up close to a head frame (the big structure that sits on top of a mine shaft) and other pieces of mining history. The head frame over Browne’s Shaft is the oldest remaining wooden head frame on the Line of Load. (The Line of Load is the dirty big hill in the middle of the town, where they mine from).
Where: Off Menindee Rd, Broken Hill
Tips: Great spot for some photos
Info: Interpretive panels are located at the site.
Silverton is a stand alone destination, with heaps to do and see. If flying into Broken Hill, It’s definitely worth hiring a car and spending the day here. Here are some of the attractions we enjoyed:
Silverton Hotel: Stop in for a drink and take in the unique pub experience.
Silverton Museum and Goal: A very impressive collection of Australian history and a very cheap entrance fee. Definitely worth a visit.
Mad Max 2 Museum: Inside the museum consists mainly of photos from the filming of Mad Max 2 in Broken Hill. Outside is a collection of the many vehicles and props used in the movie. If you’re a fan you wont want to miss a visit to the museum. Entrance fee was $7.50 pp at the time of our visit.
Silverton Café: Great homestyle meals and Quandong Pie. Quandong Pie is a must try!
Mundi Mundi Lookout: 5km’s on the other side of Broken Hill, you can look out over the Mundi Mundi Plains.
Where: Silverton Road, beyond the 39 dips.
Tips: Horses, Donkey’s and Camels roam freely. The many old cars and building make great photo opportunities
Info: Check out our blog post for more information. Also a good place to find out more is silverton.org.au
The Broken Hill Aero Club provide great airside budget accommodation, with access to full kitchen facilities.
There is no shortage of accommodation options available in town.
We camped at the Broken Hill Tourist Park. Given the minimal rainfall and drought conditions, grass is hard to come by. The campsites are on woodchips which we didn’t think too fondly of, but it’s unreasonable to expect grass given the conditions.
There are major super markets located in Broken Hill and plenty of restaurants and café’s to choose from if eating out.
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