TRAVEL

Ex­plore spec­tac­u­lar Out­back NSW from its quirky cap­i­tal, Bro­ken Hill.

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Ex­plore the Out­back from her­itage-listed Bro­ken Hill.

IT’S FAIR TO SAY, if you’ve never vis­ited the Out­back you’re yet to ex­pe­ri­ence the heart and soul of Aus­tralia. One of the old­est land­scapes on earth, it’s de­fined by huge, un­in­ter­rupted skies filled with blis­ter­ing sun­shine or a bil­lion stars, rocky es­carp­ments ris­ing from blood red soil and lo­cal char­ac­ters as colour­ful as the un­par­al­leled sun­sets.

Its most ac­ces­si­ble port is Bro­ken Hill, an Out­back NSW town cred­ited with be­ing the birth­place of much of mod­ern Aussie life. In­deed, it re­cently be­came the first her­itage-listed town in Aus­tralia. That’s right, the whole town.

Built, quite lit­er­ally, around a sil­ver mine, Bro­ken Hill was the home of the Aus­tralian union move­ment and the eight-hour work­ing day. More re­cently it’s be­come a cul­tural hotspot, at­tract­ing artists and film­mak­ers drawn to the spec­tac­u­lar out­back land­scape. This quirky fu­sion of his­tory, cul­ture and Out­back life makes Bro­ken Hill a unique hol­i­day des­ti­na­tion. We’ve com­piled a must-do list to make life easy.

FOR COU­PLES

THE IM­PE­RIAL FINE AC­COM­MO­DA­TION

Lux­u­ri­ous dou­ble rooms in a stately former pub. Tall ceil­ings, fine linen and an­tique furniture make for a ro­man­tic stay. From $170 per night. Im­pe­ri­alfineac­com­mo­da­tion.com

FOR GROUPS

OUT­BACK CHURCH STAY

A unique, cav­ernous former church lux­u­ri­ously ap­pointed with mar­ble floors and high-end fit­tings. There are three dou­ble-en­suite rooms, the mas­ter with a heav­enly Ro­man bath. From $290 per night, twin share. Sleeps up to 12 peo­ple. Bro­ken­hill­out­backchurch­stay.com

FOR FAM­I­LIES

BRO­KEN HILL TOURIST PARK

Self-con­tained Su­pe­rior Cab­ins are a mod­ern, spa­cious and com­fort­able home from home in the Out­back. Two bed­rooms ac­com­mo­dat­ing up to six peo­ple, with ac­cess to park fa­cil­i­ties, in­clud­ing the swim­ming pool. From $180 per night. Bro­ken­hill­tourist­park.com.au

Nat­u­ral high Soak up the scenery from the breath­tak­ing Liv­ing Desert Re­serve.

Rock on The Palace Ho­tel sits at the base of the town’s loom­ing slag heap.

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