Discovering a lost world in Broken Hill may be not be as hard as you first thought.
Broken Hill lies in the centre of a vast yet accessible outback region and the city is a major hub for transport via rail, road and air.
For starters, the nostalgia of the Great Australian Road Trip can be easily resurrected on a trip to Broken Hill. Load up the car with friends, family and luggage; stack the iPod with your favourite road trip tunes; and travel on sealed roads all the way from any capital city. The journey will be as rewarding as the destination as you create new memories along the great open road.
Remember to perfect the famous outback wave to passing drivers. There are many versions, so take your pick. Some drivers favour a wave of the hand, others like raising a lazy finger or two. Some of the most enthusiastic travellers say ‘g’day’ with a lift of their bush hats.
There are many rewarding alternative journeys to the direct routes between the Broken Hill region and major Australian cities. Each offers unique sights and experiences.
Coming from Melbourne
The most direct way to reach Broken Hill from Melbourne is to head past Bendigo on the Calder Freeway (A79) to Mildura, then continue to Wentworth and on to Broken Hill via the Silver City Highway (79).
For an alternative trip home, head south east out of Broken Hill to Menindee. From Menindee, follow the last leg of the Darling River Run through Pooncarie to Wentworth. This is 123km of unsealed road, so check local road conditions here.
Turn off at Pooncarie to Mungo National Park and the Willandra Lakes Region World Heritage Area, then continue 110km south west to Mildura. From here, you can either follow the Murray River along the Murray Valley Highway (B400) via Swan Hill and Echuca, or head down the Calder Highway (A79) to Ouyen and return to Melbourne via Ballarat or Bendigo.
Coming from Sydney
Head out of Sydney to Bathurst on the Mitchell Highway (32) through Dubbo to Cobar, then turn onto the Barrier Hwy (32) and continue to Broken Hill.
On your the return, head north from Broken Hill to the rugged Mutawintji National Park. From here, head north-east to the opal mining town of White Cliffs, then a further 98km south to the historic town of Wilcannia. At Wilcannia, you can access the Barrier Highway (32).
Coming from Adelaide
Leave Adelaide on the Barrier Highway (32) and travel north towards Burra. Break up your journey with a stop at Peterborough, then continue 283km north east along the Barrier Highway to Broken Hill.
On the way home, head from Broken Hill to Menindee and follow the last leg of the Darling River Run through Pooncarie to Wentworth. This road is unsealed so check local road conditions here.
Turn off at Pooncarie to Mungo National Park, then once you are back in Mildura, connect with the Sturt Highway (A20) for your return to Adelaide.
Coming from Brisbane
Take the Warrego Highway (A2) to Toowoomba, then the Gore Highway (A39) to Goondiwindi and on to Moree via the Newell Highway (A39). Take the Gwydir Highway (38) to Walgett and turn onto the Bourke-Brewarrina Road. From Bourke, pick up the Darling River Run through Louth and Tilpa to Wilcannia, then drive the final 200km through to Broken Hill.
As an alternative route home, head north from Broken Hill on the Silver City Highway through Packsaddle and Milparinka, then head 330km up to Tibooburra, Sturt National Park and Cameron Corner. Return to Brisbane from Tibooburra by heading east to Bourke and retracing your outbound journey in reverse.
For the fast way in and out, Regional Express Airlines fly direct every day to and from Adelaide, Sydney and Melbourne (via Mildura).
Broken Hill services all flights through its airport in south Broken Hill, a modern and comfortable
Remember to book early, flights often book out quickly!
The Indian Pacific runs directly to Broken Hill from Sydney and Adelaide once or twice a week, depending on the season.
NSW TrainLink runs weekly direct services to Broken Hill from Sydney on the 'Outback Explorer'. Additionally, NSW TrainLink runs a daily service that includes train travel between Sydney and Dubbo and bus travel between Dubbo and Broken Hill.
Find out about timetables, fares and online bookings or call 13 22 32.
Many coach companies visit the area as part of itineraries where Broken Hill is usually a one to three night destination.
Buses R Us travel three times per week between Adelaide and Broken Hill.
V Line offers a service between Mildura and Melbourne.
Countylink offers a daily combined train and bus route from Sydney.