Silverton is an outback town with a population of less than 50 people; proving good things come in small packages.
It has a booming art and culture scene to be reckoned with, and the town’s photogenic appearance has made it one of the country’s most famous filming locations – it has acted as the backdrop for various Hollywood blockbusters and Australian cinematic icons.
However, while Silverton may look like a movie set, there’s nothing fake here. This is a genuine and authentic outback town brimming with warm hospitality and countless stories. Silverton and its spectacular surrounds offer an array of unique finds, from original outback art housed in heritage stone buildings to an authentic old mine you can tour in absolute safety.
In the 1880s, Silverton was a mining hub of equivalent intensity and scale to Broken Hill which lies just 25km to the east. Today, Silverton is about as different from Broken Hill as it could possibly be. Nestled in the arid landscape of the western Barrier Ranges, it is a quiet outback town characterised by broad, unmade streets and a selection of classic stone buildings. The town boasts unique local galleries, artist studios and museums; the beautifully-restored Silverton Gaol Museum and the historic Silverton Hotel, in particular, are well worth a gander.
Accommodation in Silverton ranges from campsites and caravan parks to cabins in the local pub or self-contained cottages. You won’t be short of places to eat in town either, with Silverton a shining example of culinary diversity.
Pull up a stool at the pub for a counter meal, tuck in to some European cuisine at a fine restaurant or wine bar, indulge in some surprisingly tasty Thai or Chinese dishes, or start the day the right way with a quality coffee and hearty feed at one of the town’s charming cafes.
Silverton is also a great base when exploring the surrounding regions. Drive out to the Mundi Mundi Plains to visit the sets of Mad Max and Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, marvel at the curvature of the earth and the beauty of the distant Boolcoomatta Hills in the Olary Range, or enjoy a pleasant picnic beside the Umberumberka Reservoir just nine kilometres from Silverton. The possibilities in this captivating town are endless.