When it comes to the harsh Australian outback, there are few towns that will pleasantly surprise you and make you actually want to stay. However, the city of Broken Hill will do exactly this, as well as much, much more!
Broken Hill is a thriving community on the edge of the New South Wales outback and is situated approximately 1,100 kilometres west of the capital, Sydney. It is the economic and cultural hub of far western NSW, and although it is regarded as an isolated mining city, it is often regarded as the “Oasis of the West” and the “Capital of the Outback“. Renowned for its vibrant art community and many artists’ studios, Broken Hill places a strong emphasis on the artistic and the unique. The city also cherishes its heritage, which is evident through the lovingly restored historic buildings and monuments that line the city streets.
When travelling to Broken Hill, there are several options you can take. If you choose to fly in, there are a few car hire depots in the city from which you can pick up your car rental. Alternatively, you can brave the harsh outback and drive all the way from Sydney: guaranteed to be a road trip you will never forget. Continuing on with your driving adventure, while in town take some time to venture along “The Silver Trail”, a 40 kilometre self-drive tour that will take you at least 2 hours. This drive features 113 fascinating local sites that will capture your eye’s attention and give you an insight into the local history and way of life.
Another short drive, south-east of Broken Hill is the Kinchega National Park. This park is noted for its interesting collection of Aboriginal artefacts and abundant native wildlife. It is definitely worth the 110 kilometre drive, as some of the sights here will simply amaze you. The drive along is stunning, with desert statues and natural rock formations offering pleasant changes from the otherwise harsh plains.
The city of Broken Hill will surprise and excite you, in more ways than one and will leave you with a new found appreciation of our great country’s outback.