Big spaces to explore at Broken Hill
Take a 12-hour road trip from Sydney and arrive at Broken Hill, pretty much as far as you can go in NSW without crossing into another State.
The scenic journey out to this remote destination can be taken along the river from Walgett to Wentworth and will give you a true taste of the outback without leaving NSW.
Broken Hill is a living, breathing time capsule where the great mining prosperity of yesteryear meets a rising modern art scene, all set amid a sprawling desert landscape. Marvel at huge skies, red rocky earth and a fascinating and internationally significant history.
What to do in outback Broken Hill
Exploring this first heritage-listed city in Australia will not disappoint as there are many secrets just waiting to be discovered. Immerse yourself in a treasure trove of history – ancient and modern, wander around the art galleries full works from bush artists and artisans or marvel at the vast open spaces and diversity of unforgettable landscapes.
Explore Australia’s First Heritage Listed City by foot. The Broken Hill Heritage Walk Tour is a two hour volunteer guided tour through Broken Hill’s CBD, taking visitors past many outstanding heritage buildings.
The Sulphide Street Railway & Historical Museum Complex houses the Silverton Tramway Company locomotives & memorabilia in the original 1905 magnificent station building and grounds. The Broken Hill Migrant Heritage Museum, Hospital Museum, Ron Carter Transport Pavilion and the Tess Alfonsi Mineral Collection are all onsite.
Located in the beautifully restored former Bond Store, built in 1892 from locally quarried stone, this state of the art Albert Kersten Mining & Minerals Museum is where you have fun while learning about the formation of the world’s largest deposit of Silver, Lead and Zinc. See our fabulous 42kg Silver nugget, part of our world class collection of Broken Hill minerals.
Visit Gundabooka National Park and State Conservation Area, near Bourke in outback NSW, to see the imposing Mount Gunderbooka, go camping in the outback and see Aboriginal rock art.
Camp beside the Darling River among the majestic river red gums of Kinchega National Park. Explore Aboriginal and pastoral history on a school excursion and marvel at the range of birdlife.
The ancient landscape of Mutawintji National Park, north east of Broken Hill, is rich in Aboriginal history. Explore bushwalks and camp under the outback night sky.
Discover Paroo-Darling National Park’s rich history on a school excursion or camping trip to explore the Murray-Darling Basin. Enjoy kayaking, canoeing, fishing and picnicking opportunities.
Head to Sturt National Park on your journey into the Australian outback. Camp for a few days to really explore the landscape and historic heritage of the park.
The Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery is housed within the magnificent Sully’s Emporium, one of the Hill’s earliest stone constructions dating from 1885. The first artworks were donated in 1904, making it the oldest regional gallery in NSW, which today contains a sumptuous collection of over 2,000 works.
The Living Desert is Broken Hill City Council’s contribution to the environment, for the protection of native flora and fauna and for the better management of our ecosystem and sustainability. The Living Desert is nestled amongst the Barrier Ranges and is located 12km from the City of Broken Hill. It is a unique 2400ha reserve which was established in 1992. The scenery within the reserve is breathtaking and can be enjoyed via the numerous walking trails.