Broken Hill Australia

Broken Hill Australia is a historical mining town. 

It is an interesting town in the outback New South Wales. The town only exists thanks to the silver deposits that have been mined here since the late 1800s.

You can visit the underground mines, and there are also many art galleries as well as a School of the Air and a base of Royal Flying Doctors Service. Outside the town is Silverton - one of the most classic Australian outback towns.

Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia, Pacific
Broken Hill Australia, Poster by AllPosters. Click on thumbnail to buy.

Mining and Art in Broken Hill Australia

The most interesting thing is the mining tour to Delprat’s Mine which takes you, equipped with a torch and miners’ hard-hat, 200m underground. But today the town also has a sizeable population of artists, and several art galleries.

You can visit the Regional Art Gallery, Jack Absalom Gallery, Pro Hart Gallery and the Aboriginal Thankakali Gallery in town, but in the desert 9km out of the town, there is a different outdoor art gallery - the Living Desert Reserve, with sculptures standing in the open landscape.

The Living Desert Sculptures, Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia, Pacific
Art in desert outside Broken Hill Australia. Click on thumbnail to buy.

Other Attractions in Broken Hill Australia

Apart from the galleries, there are the Royal Flying Doctors Service, and the School of the Air. Both are a consequence of Australia’s long distances and remote outback settlements where there are no schools or doctors.

The Royal Flying Doctor’s Service flies doctors to the outback communities with small airplanes on the call. The School of the Air teaches outback children by broadcasting lessons from larger towns, to the kids’ home computers. You can visit the both and see how it works.

Church at Ghost Town, Silverton, New South Wales, Australia
Silverton church. Poster by AllPosters. Click on thumbnail to buy.

Accommodation in Broken Hill Australia

Most common places to stay are motels and they include Best Western Oasis Motor Inn, Charles Rasp Motor Inn, Comfort Inn Crystal Motel, Comfort Inn Hilltop Motel, Desert Sand Motor Inn, Mine Host Motel, Old Willyama Motor Inn and The Lodge Outback Motel.

Other places to stay include Eldee Station Hotel, Emaroo Cottage, Gearins on Argent Apartments, Royal Exchange Hotel and Ruby's Cottage.

Exterior of Silverton Hotel, New South Wales, Australia
Silverton hotel. Poster by AllPosters. Click on thumbnail to buy.

Silverton - Real Australian Outback Town

Twenty five kilometres out of Broken Hill is one of Australia's classic outback towns, Silverton, which, as the name says, used to be a silver mining town.

Mad Max II and A Town Like Alice

Silverton was the setting for the movies Mad Max II and A Town Like Alice, some movie memorabilia and the Mad Max car are still here.


A few old art galleries and other buildings remain, but the town is virtually empty and the only action happens in the its only pub which is still open today. It’s fun to have a beer outside and watch emus and brumbies walking in the streets.

Abandoned Car on Salt Bush Plains Silverton, New South Wales, Australia
Silverton. Poster by AllPosters. Click on thumbnail to buy.

Here's a Broken Hill map, where I have tagged the places mentioned on this web page. You can click on the tags to see what places they are, and double-click anywhere on the map to zoom it in and see the places closer. Drag the map to move around, and if you want to see the satellite image with Google Earth, click on "Sat" in the top right hand corner.

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