Hit the road and head to Broken Hill, the ‘oasis of the west’ – this bustling outback town may surprise you with just how much it has going on.
1. Welcome to Broken Hill! Why not start your trip by familiarising yourself with the town? Broken Hill is Australia’s first Heritage Listed city, so it’s worth having a wander and checking out the wonderful mishmash of architectural styles.
2. All that walking can build an appetite though, so head to the Silly Goat Café, a trendy eatery that wouldn’t look out of place in the laneways of Melbourne. Order the Brekky Tacos with a strong latte and we guarantee you’ll be refuelled for the rest of the day.
3. Why not spend the afternoon at one of Broken Hill’s many museums? White’s Mineral Art and Living Mining Museum is a highlight, and is filled with artwork made from mining minerals, and an extensive doll and bear collection.
4. Or you could check out the Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery, located in the former Sully’s Emporium hardware store.
5. It’s also the oldest regional art gallery in NSW and features an exciting and diverse annual program of exhibitions by local, regional, state, national and international artists.
6. Settle in for the evening at Broken Hill’s iconic corner pub: The Palace Hotel. Made famous by Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, the sprawling pub has a great restaurant, large variety of craft beers, and a flamboyant interior that is well worth a peek.
7. The newly renovated Charming Miner’s Cottage offers the perfect place to get some rest when in Broken Hill. Furnished with authentic vintage pieces, but with the added luxury of all the mod cons, the cottage has more character than the local motel!
8. Treat yourself in the morning with a milkshake at the famous Bells Milk Bar. With an outrageous selection of original recipe syrups, you might have to have more than one!
9. Did we mention Bells Milk Bar is also a gallery and museum? Pop out the back and check out some antique milk bar equipment and other 1950s pieces.
10. You’ve got to take a drive out to the town of Silverton, just 25km from Broken Hill. The Mad Max Museum is a popular and unique Silverton attraction, filled with movie props, trinkets and costumes. It’s well worth a look whether you’re a Mad Max fan or not!
11. Next, take in the incredible view from the Mundi Mundi Plains Lookout. The vast, flat land stretched out so far you can see the curvature of the earth. Perfect at sunset with a picnic dinner.
12. Once you’re back in town, don’t miss out on an evening with Outback Astronomy. The outback night sky is perfect for unobstructed stargazing, and the team offer binoculars, telescopes, and a lesson on understanding what goes on up there.
13. Your last night in Broken Hill should be special, and for accommodation that can’t be beat, book a night at the Outback Church Stay.
14. Lovingly renovated and restored with custom-made pieces, trust us when we say this former church is a must-stay when you visit.
15. With so much to see and do in Broken Hill, try not to fall in love with this charming outback town.