Visit Broken Hill For A Great Australian Outback Experience

Projection mapping on the Sydney Opera House
Sydney Opera House 3d mapping projection animation onto the sails of the Opera House. Part of Vivid Sydney Festival 2017.
By Adam Foster Photography on 2017-05-30 08:26:11

Broken Hill is a remote mining city in Australia’s outback in the state of New South Wales. It is situated near the South Australian border where the Barrier Highway crosses with the Silver City Highway. It lies 220 meters above sea level with an average rainfall of 230 mm. In summer, temperatures exceed the 40 degree (Celsius) mark. The nearest metropolitan city is the capital of South Australia, Adelaide, which is 500 km away.

Like most of Australia’s outback areas, this interesting city’s growth was due to the mining of precious metals. At one stage, it had the world’s richest supply of silver, zinc and lead. Although these deposits are somewhat depleted, mining still produces over two millions tons a year. Merino sheep farming is now the primary industry; in fact, there are far more sheep than people within the area.

Tourism is growing rapidly and, from an economic perspective, runs a close second to the mining industry. The region has also attracted international film-makers and many movies have been shot here. Notable ones include blockbusters like ‘A Town like Alice’, ‘Priscilla Queen of the Desert’, and ‘Mad Max’. Tourism was further enhanced when a direct air flight from Sydney to Broken Hill was established in 2007.

Three of the main visitor attractions are the Living Desert Sanctuary, the Sculpture Museum, and the Regional Art Gallery. These attract local visitors and also those from around the world. Sitting on top of a huge hill is the Sculpture Museum which features 12 incredible sandstone sculptures that silhouette against the skyline. A group of international artists participated in this project which reached completion in 1993.

Tourists can see an array of flora and fauna that is indigenous to the area at the Living Desert Sanctuary. This is only 9 km from the city and is situated on a large reserve of 2400 hectares. Visitors can book a 2-hour trip (return) to this region and learn fascinating details about Aboriginal heritage.

The Regional Art Gallery has won numerous awards for the renovation and refurbishment of the old Sully’s Emporium. In the early days, this was among the biggest commercial businesses. Much of the heavy machinery and equipment used to develop and explore the mineral fields was provided by Sully’s.

A visit to the Albert Kersten Mining and Minerals Museum is also recommended. Here, visitors can see displays of gems, minerals, and interesting artifacts showing the history of mining. The museum isn’t just a set of rocks. It has a fascinating range of interactive displays that include sound, lighting and other effects that bring the mystery and beauty of precious gems to life.

Those who enjoy nightlife won’t be disappointed. There are numerous clubs, pubs, cinemas, music bars, and restaurants. An excellent tourist favorite is the Broken Earth Restaurant where patrons can dine a la Carte while enjoying spectacular sunsets and amazing views. There is also an extensive lunch menu, and coffee, tea, and fresh cakes are served throughout the day. When looking for Broken Hill accommodation, there are many choices. These include B&Bs, motels and hotels, cottages, apartments, guest houses, backpackers’ lodges, camp parks, and caravan sites.

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