There is so much to see and do in the ‘Fabulous’ Far West of NSW. The area incorporates Broken Hill, Silverton as well as Corner Country, Wilcannia, Menindee, and the SA bordertown of Cockburn. Below are a few of our favourite local attractions. Please let us know if you think any others should be added. (Click here to submit your suggestions).
Originally built by the Zinc Corporation, these ‘Twin Lakes’ are all green grass, kids playground, ducks to feed and a mining backdrop. The perfect place to enjoy a takeaway Bells drink. Wentworth Rd South Broken Hill.
Enjoy the modern tourist facility, discover the amazing story behind the Royal Flying Doctor Service, and take the only tour of an operational base available in Australia. Click here for more information. Broken Hill Airport. Ph (08) 8080 3714.
About 10kms along the Tibooburra Rd, this walking trail gives you an intimate walk through the hills behind Broken Hill. The car park is about 2kms along a pretty dodgy dirt road so high clearance is recommended and the trail takes around an hour to complete. Tibooburra Rd
A few kms along from the Sundown Trail, for those with a sense of adventure this collection of thousands of owls, from stuffed real owls to key rings and tea cozies, is worth a closer look. Closed Thursdays, otherwise just beep your horn and Mitch will let you in. Tibooburra Rd Ph (08) 8088 5301
Take advantage of our clean air and low light pollution to ‘hang out with the stars’ in Broken Hill with Outback Astronomy and get your own guided sky cruise of our Milk Way Galaxy and beyond. Racecourse Rd Ph 0427 055 225 or visit the website for more info.
Made famous for it’s role in the Pricilla Queen of The Desert movie, The Palace is as quirky as it gets. Check out the painted and eccentric interior. Open for accommodation and the restaurant bar opens regularly with live music on weekends. It is also home of Broken Hill’s Two Up School, which is one of only two places in Australia that you can legally play Two Up year round. 227 Argent St. Ph (08) 8088 1699.
Located across from the Visitor Info Centre and housed in the former Sulphide St Railway Station, this is more than just a train museum, featuring a varied and accessible collection of the Broken Hill history including hospital museum, migrant museum and a whole lot more. Ph. (08) 8088 4660.
Though this old gaol now houses a collection of historical artifacts including a pro hart piano, the original intention of the building is never far from your mind. Look out for the old morgue and body bath. Silverton HWY (on the left as you come into town).
The Silverton Hotel is one of the most recognisable pubs in the country. It has been featured in countless TV commercials, films and magazine shoots. Also famous for ‘The Test’. Silverton HWY (on the left as you come into town).
Another Silverton Attraction, the Mad Max Museum is home to a comprehensive (and growing) collection of Mad Max memorabilia from the classic Australian film, Mad Max 2. Click here for more info including the remarkable story behind how Adrian Bennett and his wife Linda ended up half way around the world to pursue his passion for all things Mad Max. Silverton.
No visit to Broken Hill is complete without a side trip to the marvelous Menindee Lakes region situated an easy hour’s drive from the Hill. The lakes form a vital part of the Murray Darling river system and the amount of water in them varies, but regardless of the levels, the lakes are well worth a visit any time. Year round you’ll find more different species of birds than Kakadu National Park and history dating back further than Burke and Wills’ ill-fated expedition long before Broken Hill was discovered.