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‘The Accessible Outback’

People would refer to the location of Broken Hill as ‘beyond the Darling River on the edge of the sundown’. Indeed, the desolate landscape around Broken Hill, is confronting in its vastness, yet it is magical in the subtlety of colours that the desert exudes. From the deep blue hues of the sky, through the changing mauves, yellow, pinks and reds of a desolate landscape.

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It is these essence that attract artists from around the world. It is also this that attracts filmmakers for such films as Mad Max 2 and Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. Yet, there is more to this desert landscape, such as the blooming of the Sturt Desert Peas, and where rain heralds the perennial wildflowers, that attract a myriad of birds. Wildlife include hawks, wedge-tailed eagles, sure-footed rock euro, emus and the big reds (kangaroos).

Broken Hill Sculpture ParkThen there is the history, too much to contain within the walls of a museum. The ‘Tower Mulloch’ provide the backdrop of an industry that drove the economy of a fledgling Federation. From the heritage lookouts, you will see the ‘Line of Lode’, a seven kilometre strop of what was once the biggest deposit of silver, lead and zinc in the world. There are guided mine tours, where you can view rare and beautiful minerals, or just take a local guide walk through the city’s history.

Mining has been part of Broken Hill since 1883, when the first sign of wealth was discovered by Charles Rasp, a boundary rider who patrolled the Mt Gipps fences. He discovered what he thought were deposits of tin, but which turned out to be silver and lead, and the discovered ore body turned out to become the largest and richest of its kind in the world. He then set up the BHP mine with the Syndicate of Seven. The famous BHP (Broken Hill Proprietary) company left Broken Hill in 1939 and since then a total of 14 different mining companies have made Broken Hill their home and their fortune. At its peak in 1952, the Broken Hill mining industry employed 6,500 people along an ore body of 7.5 km long by 250 m wide.

From any vantage point in the city, the huge dumps and towering headframes are reminders of the industry that provided life to the city and the importance of the mining industry. It is from the metals and minerals found in the area that many of the streets are named. Argent Street being the hub of the city, with many great buildings such as the Police Station (c1890) , Courthouse (c1890), Town Hall (c1891) and the Post Office (c1892).

Visit the Memorial to the Mullockers, Federation Drive, opposite Delprats Mine entrance:

In the calm, silent grave they are sleeping,
Our loved ones, the dearest and best.
Hush, hushed be all sorrow and weeping,
For our loved ones are only at rest.

Mullockers Thomas Jordan (aged 19) and Leopold Campbell (aged 21) were killed by a fall of rock in Stope A5, 500 ft level, Central Mine at 3 am on 8th October, 1902. Because of the ground conditions, their bodies were never removed and remain the only fatalities still entombed on the Line of Lode.

The location of the fatality was at the boundary of the South and Central Mines at 8462 404.01E,543 192.23N. Because of safety considerations, the memorial has been erected at the nearest accessible site.

Source: Broken Hill Visitor Information Centre

Check out our listing of Broken Hill accommodation. In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local maps and other information.

Information Centre

Broken Hill Visitor Information Centre
Cnr Blende and Bromide Streets
PO Box 286
Ph: 08 8088 9700
Fax: 08 8088 5209

Broken Hill Tours

NSW Tours • Outback • Eco • Adventure • National Tours
Broken Hill’s Outback Tours
• Ph: 1800 670 120 / 08 8087 7800 • Fax: 08 8088 3813 • Email
• Selection of tours of Broken Hill and the Outback. Customised itineraries a specialty.
Broken Hill & Outback Personal Tour Guides
• BROKEN HILL NSW 2880 • Ph/Fax: 08 8087 2584 • Email
• As far as you like, for as long as you like. Fred and Josephine have lived, loved and travelled this outback all their lives. Come and let us share this wonderful outback, our city sights and our unique history with you. We are also specialist coach guides.
Bush Mail Run
• Mobile: 0411 102 339 (bookings contact Steve)
• Deliver mail to outback properties; travel over 550 km on bush road; enjoy morning tea at a homestead; visit a station once owned by Sydney Kidman; lunch on the banks of the Darling; experience the beauty of Woolcunda Lake; discover the Darling River Annabranch; see abundant wildlife; and all this in the comfort of a modern 4WD.
• Ph: 13 22 32 • Broken Hill Railway Station: 08 8087 1400
• Step aboard the Outback Explorer for an unforgettable journey. CountryLink offers a range of touring and self-drive packages.
Crittenden Air
• Air Craft Charter • Broken Hill Airport
• Ph/Fax: 08 8088 5702 / 08 8087 2930 (AH) • Mobile: 0428 602 025 • Email
Corner Country Adventure Tours
• BROKEN HILL NSW 2880 • Ph: 08 8087 5142 • Email
• Discover the real Outback on one of our accommodated 4WD tours or tag-along in your own 4WD.
Great Southern Railways
• Ph: 13 21 47
• Includes the Indian Pacific, The Ghan and The Overland.
Outback Information & Safari Tours
• 5A Chloride St, BROKEN HILL NSW 2880 • Ph: 08 8087 8574 • Fax: 08 8087 9827
• Local mini coach and coach tours and charter. Sights to see include White Cliffs, Menindee, Mutawintji, Mungo, Kinchega, National Parks and Flinders Ranges.
Silver City Tours
• 380 Argent St, BROKEN HILL NSW 2880 • Ph: 08 8087 6956 • Fax: 08 8087 8175 • Email
• Specialising in full and half day tours. Let us do the driving for you. Package tours from 3 to 7 days.
Tri State Safaris Outback Tours
• BROKEN HILL NSW 2880 • Ph: 08 8088 2389 • Mobile: 0418 646 016 / 0427 646 016
• Travel in luxury, air-conditioned 4WD vehicles. Small group travel, homemade meals, expert drivers and guides. Custom made tours on request.
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