Broken Hill Outback Australia
Broken Hill, known as 'The Silver City', is the largest centre in Outback New South Wales and is often referred to as its “Jewel". Located 1,160 km from Sydney, the city came into existence in 1885 after Charles Rasp had recognized the mineral potential of the area two years earlier. Today the city sits on one of the world's largest known silver-lead-zinc lodes – a deposit which is 7 km long and over 220 metres wide.
No outback journey could be complete without including Broken Hill; it is perfectly located for a stopover while exploring other parts of outback Australia or as destination itself. Broken hill is one of those versatile Australian travel destinations. Broken Hill also provides the perfect base for exploring the area – be it the attractions just out of town or further afield into the great Australian outback.
Broken Hill also provides the perfect base for exploring the area – be it outback attractions just out of town or further out into the great Australian outback. Close to town are attraction like the Sculpture Symposium, Silverton and Mundi Muni Plains. Slightly further away there are two amazing National Parks (Mutawintji and Kinchega), the mighty Darling River (and the iconic Australian driving tour “The Darling River Run”) and the Opal town of White Cliffs.
Driving to Broken Hill from Sydney, or to Sydney from Broken Hill, is a wonderful way to experience some of the best features of not only outback NSW but also the Alpine regions of Victoria and NSW, the Murray Riverland along the border of NSW and Victoria, the iconic Murray River towns of Echuca (Port of Echuca) and Swan Hill, the wonderful Wine region of the Hunter Valley, and the icon Darling River.
Driving to Broken Hill from Melbourne, or to Melbourne from Broken Hill, is a wonderful drive across the Murray/Darling Riverland area and through the vast Mallee area of north-west Victoria. The are several options open to the traveller; straight along the Calder Freeway (as the crow flies), up through the southern Riverina via The Long Paddock, or down along the Great Ocean Road, across Cape Otway to the Twelve Apostles, then north through the Grampians NP and onto to Mildura, Wentworth and then Broken Hill.
Driving to Broken Hill from Brisbane, or to Brisbane from Broken Hill, is a great outback adventure taking in the remoteness of south west Queensland and north west NSW – an area know as Cameron Corner and includes the eastern South Australian outback around the Strzelecki Desert. This outback experience also has some great side routes that take the traveller to iconic places like Lightning Ridge, Menindee, Cameron Corner, and Sturt National Park. As well as some great ‘en route’ attractions like Bourke, Louth, Tilpa, the mighty Darling River, Tibooburra and Milparinka.
Being the closest city to Broken Hill, Adelaide’s proximity to the Silver City provides the traveller with several great touring options between Broken Hill and the City of Churches’ that also can include some of the wonderful attractions around Adelaide.. particularly the world famous wine regions of the Barossa Valley, Clare Valley and the Adelaide Hills.