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Historic Broken Hill has plenty to see and do, whether it is exploring the history and mines, enjoying the many unique artworks, galleries and museums, or immersing yourself in the natural world such as found in the World Heritage listed Mungo National Park. Following are listed some of the great attractions to be found.

Broken Hill Attractions

Afghan Mosque
• Cnr William & Buck Sts, BROKEN HILL NSW 2880 • Ph: 08 8088 1713
• On the site of the former ‘camel camp’ where Afghan and Indian camel drivers loaded and unloaded their camel teams from the earliest days of Broken Hill.
Broken Hill
• With the establishment of the post office on 1st January, 1886, it was announced in July that the new township would be named Willyama. However, the name proved unpopular the original title of Broken Hill was retained. Broken Hill was so named because of the rugged nature of its rocky summit.
Broken Hill Two-Up • Broken Hill Musicians Club
• Ph: 08 8088 1777 • Fax: 08 8088 5932
• The original two-up on at Friday and Saturday from 10 pm, with extra times as advertised. G-Line Confidential Gambling Help 1800 633 635
The Conservation Centre
• 479 Crystal St, BROKEN HILL NSW 2880 • Ph: 08 08087 8226
• A Living Museum Project by the West Darling Machinery Preservation Society. A picnic train at Kintore Reserve runs every 3rd Sunday of each month.
Delprats Mine
• Ph: 08 8088 1604 (Mine) / 08 8087 4905 (AH) • Fax: 08 8088 5282
Located directly behind the Railway Station (access via Crystal & Iodide Streets). Underground tours of an original BHP mine, 200 metres underground.
• There are a number of galleries displaying the local artists. Many artist came and went. Some stayed. Come and talk to them about their work and their love of the outback.
• Cnr Bromide & Crystal Sts, BROKEN HILL NSW 2880
• Ph/Fax: 08 8087 6538 • Email
• See the fabulous mineral collection, learn about the science of crystals, explore the history of our planet, see our 42 kg silver nugget. Hands-on displays that is fun for all the family in this interactive museum and interpretive centre.
Hall of Fame (Returned & Services League of Australia)
• 399 Argent St, BROKEN HILL NSW 2880 • Ph: 08 8088 1024
• Visit the Broken Hill RSL Hall of Fame Museum to view memorabilia of war history, photos, badges, swords, and other items of interest.
Historic Underground Daydream Mine
• 1 Brown St, BROKEN HILL NSW 2880
• Mobile: 0427 885 682 (Mine) • Ph/Fax: 08 8088 4532 (Home) • Email
• An exhilarating walk back in time to 1882. View original smelter and township. A walk-in mine for all ages, that was once mined by children. Tours are approximately 1 hour.
Line of Lode
• Ph: 08 8088 6000
• Heritage tours, mining history, geology, and more.
Living Desert Picnic Area
• Located at the base of the Symposium Lookout (12 km), the area includes undercover picnic tables, gas BBQ's and toilets. Enter through the second entrance of the Living Desert Reserve.
Living Desert Reserve • Sculpture Symposium
• The Broken Hill Sculpture Symposium was held in 1993. Sculptors from around the world were invited to participate in this project, to make it an internationally renowned site with spectacular 360 degree views.

The site is situated only 11 km from the town centre. Follow Kaolin Street into Nine Mile Road and watch for the signs.

There are two ways to access the reserve, by vehicle/coach or by the walk access. Details are available from the Visitor Information Centre. If you are travelling by vehicle/coach, a key is obtained from the Information Visitor Centre that will unlock the gate, enabling you to drive up to the top of the sculpture site. A small fee is charged, as well as a refundable deposit.
Mungo National Park
• There is no place more magical, mysterious and beautiful then World Heritage listed Mungo. Remains of the earliest known humans to inhabit the Australian continent have been found here. These have recently been redated at more then 60,000 years old - a finding that will have a revolutionary impact on our concept of ancient Aboriginal history.
Names and Meanings
  • Menindee • from Minandichee - dried tumble weed.
  • Mundi Mundi • a place where there is much permanent water.
  • Mutawintjti • place of green grass/meeting place.
  • Pooncarie • giant sand hill.
  • Tibooburra • place of many rocks.
  • Umberumberka • native rat hole.
  • Willyama • youth/hill with broken contour.
  • Wilcannia • gap in the bank where flood water escapes.

National Parks
• Some of the national parks of the area include:
Photographic Recollections • Historical Photo Gallery
• Eyre St, BROKEN HILL NSW 2880 • Ph: 08 8087 9322
• Quality black and white photographs and storylines providing a comprehensive overview of Broken Hill’s history.
Pro Hart Gallery
• Ph: 08 8088 2992 • Ph: 08 8087 2441 (Pro Hart Art Sales)
• No visit to Broken Hill is complete without a visit to the Pro Hart Gallery, featuring one of the largest private art collections in Australia. Check out the Sir William Dobell Collection and the Roger’s electronic pipe organ, one of the largest of its type in Australia.
Railway, Mineral & Train Museum
• diagonally opposite the Visitor Information Centre • Ph: 08 8088 4660
Large display of old railway machinery and an extensive mineral collection. Incorporates separate Hospital Museum.
Riddiford Arboretum
• Galena St (near Westside Plaza)
• A semi-arid area comprising plants that are indigenous to western New South Wales. When possible the main attraction is a feature planting of Sturt Peas, being very popular with the tourists.
Royal Flying Doctor Service
• Broken Hill Base • Ph: 08 8080 1777
• See the base at work, visit the museum, watch a video and shop for souvenirs.
Silver City Mint & Art Centre
• 66 Chloride St, BROKEN HILL NSW 2880 • Ph: 08 8088 6166 • Ph: 08 8087 5463 (AH)
• Home of the largest acrylic painting on canvas (12m x 100m). Smelting, casting and manufacturing of local silver jewellery. View extensive range of originals and lithographs by well known Broken Hill and Australian Artists. Also spectacular minerals on display and for sale. Rest and enjoy the homemade cakes and coffee in the cafe.
Stehen’s Creek Reservoir and Picnic Area
• Located 17 km on Sydney Highway, constructed in 1892 with an original capacity of 17,916 mega litres. The spillway was raiased one metre in 1909, increasing the capacity to 24,367 ml. Due to siltation over the years the present capacity is approximately 20,589 ml.

Stephen’s Creek has a picnic area, that includes tables and BBQ’s.
Sturt Park
• Cnr Sulphide & Wolfram Sts, BROKEN HILL NSW 2880
• Home to the Titanic Memorial, dedicated to the Bandsmen on the Titanic. There is a rose garden and play equipment for children.
Thankakali Aboriginal Corporation
• Cnr Beryl & Buck Sts, BROKEN HILL NSW 2880
• Ph: 08 8087 6111 • Fax: 08 8087 6112 • Email
• A Complete Indigenous Cultural Experience.
Twin Lakes
• Located on the Silver City Highway (Mildura Rd) and only 5 km from the city centre. There are large grassed areas, swings and slides.
Walk Tours of Broken Hill
• These informative historic tours depart from the visitor Information Centre Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 10 am. The walk is about 2 hours. Check with the Visitor Information Centre for more details.
Walk Trail: Living Desert/Sculpture Site
• The walk trail starts from the Living Desert Reserve picnic area and takes you to the Sculpture site. Signage along the route explain the flora and fauna of the area. Approximately 40 minutes return.
White’s Mineral Art & Living Mining Museum & Doll & Bear Display
• 1 Allendale St, BROKEN HILL NSW 2880
• Ph: 08 8087 2878 • Fax: 08 8087 7884
• Experience the underground mining on the surface. Features walk-in mine, video, guided tours, mining models, dolls and bear display.
• Wildflowers such as the Sturt Desert Pea can usually be seen during the August to October season.
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