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