Sydney mayor Frank Sartor called it the only country town in Australia with more art galleries than pubs. Unexpectedly, in addition to being a perfect base to explore the NSW, Broken Hill is also one of the world’s most fertile art outposts.
A top art attraction is the remarkable Sculpture Symposium, sat on a hill a few klicks outside town – also known as the Living Desert Reserve. Twelve artists from around the world, drawn from diverse cultures, developed a series of works carved in hardy sandstone. The best time to see this unique and extraordinarily beautiful collection is towards sunset.
The town itself is rich in Australian Outback and mining history, full of green parks and gardens, galleries, and even its own ghost town (Silverton). The Outback literally comes to Broken Hill’s front door, and those visitors who venture out of town will encounter plenty of wildlife.
Did you know?
The artists drawn together for the 1993 Sculpture Symposium were: two from Mexico (one an Aztec Indian); two from Syria; three from Georgia (in the Caucasus); and five Australians. The Australians included two Bathurst Islanders and an Aboriginal artist, Badger Bates, from Broken Hill itself.
How to get there
Rex has regular flights from Sydney (via Dubbo) and Adelaide.
By road Broken Hill can be reached from Wentworth, Mildura, Sydney and Adelaide.
Coach travel is available from Adelaide, Port Augusta and Mildura.
There are also train connections from Sydney (Countrylink Laser/XPT Sydney-Dubbo-Broken Hill) and Adelaide (Great Southern Railways Indian Pacific).
Best time to go
Anytime, but in the summer months temperatures can climb to over 40 degrees Celsius.
Broken Hill Visitor Centre website with comprehensive info on accommodation, attractions etc.
** This is our original 100 Things to Do Before You Die. First published in 1996. There is an updated 100 Things To Do In Australia Before you die, published in 2011.