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Flying into Broken Hill Airport is flying into a piece of Australian history. Once known for its mining exports, Broken Hill is now an artistic city, with museums, sculptures, installations and more. See the many heritage sites in this unique city. Broken Hill has a slew of activities to take part in and places to see, both in the city and the surrounding nature.
The history of Broken Hill stretches back to 1880 when the mining town was first established. Even though the surrounding area might seem parched, you won’t be. Drive to the Broken Hill Distillery. See an up-close view of the distillation process and then try a few of the thirst-quenching beverages. Try one of their gins or the Outback Moonshine. The distillery is just a 12-minute drive from the airport. Book a tour of the distillery and one of the knowledgeable staff to guide you through the process. Please ensure that you have a designated driver!
There are many beautiful locations to take your rental car around Broken Hill. The Living Desert State Park is just a 12-kilometre drive from Broken Hill. The 2,400-hectare nature reserve is home to the John Simons Flora & Fauna Sanctuary. Take the 2.2-kilometre Sanctuary Cultural Walk and learn about the Aboriginal heritage in the area. Along the way, you will see free hopping wallaroos and red kangaroos.
Within the Living Desert, you will find 12 unique sandstone sculptures created by artists all around the world. Created in 1993, these sculptures have received international attention.
The Historic Daydream Mine is a 30-minute drive outside of Broken Hill. Go deep into the mine on a guided tour and discover the history and hardships of the people who once worked there. To get to the mine, you will cruise through the Apollyon Valley, which offers some classic outback views. The mine tour takes around an hour and a half, with tea and cold drinks available. It is a history that few have heard, with boys as young as 8 years old working in the mine, trying to find silver and get by in a new country. Many miners were from Cornwall in England and were not used to such brutal conditions, topped off with 12-hour work days under candlelight, deep in the earth.
From a mining town in federation-era Australia, Broken Hill has come a long way, and now features fun attractions, great food and exciting shopping.
If you are interested in the mining history of Broken Hill, but the idea of going underground in a tunnel to experience it first-hand doesn’t appeal to you, then drive to the Albert Kersten Mining and Minerals Museum. See one of the largest silver nuggets ever mined, 42 kilograms, as well as an extensive collection of minerals, exploring Broken Hill’s geology as well as the history of our planet. In addition, see interactive displays, short stories and over 300 specimens found around Broken Hill.
The history of art in Broken Hill stretches back over 100 years. The Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery is the oldest regional art gallery in NSW. Housed in an original heritage building, see some of Australia’s finest artists. Both Aboriginal and colonial pieces are on display.