There is plenty to see and do in and around Broken Hill. Popular annual events include St Patrick’s Race day usually held in March, the RFDS Ball, and the Silver City Cup Races in October. There is plenty of sight seeing to be done with the town having many interesting buildings and various places to visit.
There are many small shops and boutiques in the centre of town in Argent Street as well as a small movie cinema located in Oxide Street (see the local paper for daily showings). For further shopping there is the recently refurbished Centro Westside Shopping Centre in Galena Street – this complex caters for all your grocery shopping with a large Woolworths store as well as a range of chain shops such as Just Jeans, Target, Big W and Sanity Music etc.
For those who like to keep fit Broken Hill’s wide open streets are great for bike riding and jogging while the complete fitness fanatics can attend two main gymnasiums – The Temple of Fitness in Gypsum Street and Curves in Argent Street.
Broken Hill also boasts many pubs and clubs for a good night out. Students often enjoy a meal and a drink or two at the Tydvil Hotel and/or the Mulga Hill Tavern, both of which are within walking distance of the student accommodation. Another more central well-known pub is the Old Royal Hotel located on the corner of Oxide and Mica Streets, however becoming increasingly popular is the bar at Marios Palace Hotel in Argent Street. For those who like to party into the wee hours there is the Black Lion Inn on the corner of Bromide and Blende Streets. Or if you just prefer an after hours relaxing coffee and chat visit Alfrescoes café or the Café on Argent both located in Argent Street. For a slightly more upmarket fine wine and dining try the Astra Hotel – a unique experience in the heart of town.
Broken Hill is well renowned for its many art galleries. Listed below is just a taste of what can be found:
- Pro Hart Gallery – 108 Wyman Street
- Jack Absalom’s Gallery – 638 Chapple Street
- Thankakali Gallery – Cnr Beryl & Buck Streets
- Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery – 404 – 408 Argent Street
- Images of Australia, photography by Boris Hlavica – 145 Sulphide Street
Other places to visit whilst in Broken Hill include:
- The Line of Load Visitors Centre, Broken Earth cafe and Miners Memorial
- Delprats Mine for that underground experience, just 5 mins from the CBD
- Silver City Mint & Art Centre (see the Big Picture 12m x 100m) in Chloride Street
- The Royal Flying Doctor Service Visitors Centre at the Broken Hill airport
- The Geo Centre (mineral displays) on the corner Crystal & Bromide SDtreets
- See the amazing murals inside Marios Palace Hotel (featured in the film “Priscilla Queen of the Desert”)
- Visit the School of the Air (distance education for primary school children) in Lane Street
- Whites Mineral Art & Living Mining Museum corner Doe and Allendale Sts
- The Lavender Farm located on the grounds of Picton Plants in Rakow Street
Explore Broken Hill’s Surroundings
Experience our unique environment at the Living Desert Reserve, nestled amongst the Barrier Ranges located just 9km from the City. Located within the Reserve is the magnificent Sculpture Symposium. The Symposium comprises of 12 sandstone artworks, which highlight the skyline, all with a story to tell. The Sculptures were completed in 1993 by artists from around the world and are located on a majestic hilltop within the centre of the Reserve.
The ghost-town of Silverton is located only 20 minutes drive from Broken Hill. Here you can also visit several art galleries, including Horizons and Peter Browne (famous for his big-eyed emus). You can enjoy a refreshing drink at the famous Silverton Hotel and take in the amazing view from the Mundi Mundi Plains lookout, just 4kms further along the road. Visit the Historic Day Dream Mine where you can enjoy a fully guided tour, or just indulge in a camel ride at sunset.
Visit National Parks
If you are into camping there are many National Parks in the Broken Hill region. Three close by are Mutawintji, Kinchega and Mungo. Make sure you bring a sturdy pair of walking boots and your camping gear to fully experience the wonder of these National Parks.
- Mutawintji National Park
Mutawintji National Park is 131 km northeast of Broken Hill a two-hour drive on a red dirt road. It has the rugged, mulga-clad Byngnano Range, which is dissected by colourful gorges, rockpools and creek beds lined with red gums. Scattered among the caves and overhangs are galleries of Aboriginal rock art and engravings. The park was returned to its traditional owners in 1998 and is held on their behalf by the Mutawintji Local Aboriginal Land Council. Visitors most commonly accompany guides into the areas where Aboriginal rock art can be seen and photographed. Guides also tell stories of Dreamtime legends relating to the creation of the landscapes.
- Kinchega National Park
Kinchega National Park is 111km southeast of Broken Hill, near Menindee and it’s an area of glittering lakes in a dry landscape, with waterbirds living among its backwaters and drowned forests. Massive river red gums gather at the banks of the Darling River, which forms the eastern boundary of the park. You can explore the Aboriginal sites and European structures, such as the Kinchega Woolshed. Car-based or caravan camping is available at the rest area near Lake Cawndilla, beside Emu Lake or along the river. Camping fees apply. You can also stay in the old shearers' quarters (bookings required). It is located 111 km south-east of Broken Hill along the (paved) road to Menindee. The park's roads are unpaved, and are closed when wet.
- Mungo National Park
Mungo National Park is 320km south of Broken Hill, also via Menindee. The Willandra Lakes World Heritage area has Mungo National Park at its centre, maintains a continuous record of human occupation stretching back well over 40,000 years. Rain and wind has uncovered ancient fireplaces and hearths, as well as calcified plant matter, artefacts, stone tools and animal bones. At the 33 kilometre long crescent of the Walls of China, erosion has sculpted the sand and clay into dramatic formations.
- Paroo-Darling National Park
The outstanding conservation values of this park are centred on the Paroo River wetland system, one of the most regular flooded systems of the arid catchment zones. Peery and Poloko Lakes and their associated wetlands form part of the Paroo River overflow, the only unregulated river in the Murray-Darling Basin. This free-flowing river can still sustain its rich and diverse ecosystem.
For more information on these parks please visit the National Parks & Wildlife Office in Argent Street.
So as you can see there is plenty to do and see in and around Broken Hill.