Broken Hill tourism offers everything you could wish for, including atmospheric places to wine and dine, to shop for fashion and to snap up unique souvenirs. You’ll be entertained with museums, tours and mining memorials.
Be sure to check out our top 6 things to do while you’re staying with us.
1. Argent Street
Lively Argent Street is Broken Hill’s main access road lined with an array of shops, galleries, cafes and restaurants. Many of them are housed in heritage buildings. By day, enjoy great coffee in al fresco cafés and watch the world go by. By night, settle into the social scene of the city; meet friendly locals at the bar of a traditional hotel, sing karaoke or join a jam session with local musicians.
The street is as impressive today as it was when there was little else to Broken Hill other than Argent Street. Once used as one of the routes for the city’s steam trams, Argent Street works even better as a showcase for the comprehensive range of boutiques, cafes, restaurants and specialty shops, now that the trams are long gone.
2. Patton Village
As equally charming, not far from Broken Hill’s new film studio is Patton Village. A delightful little row of shops and services opposite a quiet park and family playground that early last century was filled with the stirring sounds of Broken Hill’s Highland and brass bands.
Patton Street was one of the city’s most active commercial centres, alive with blacksmiths, boot-makers, fruiterers and even an undertaker. Many of the shops today are straight out of the 1950s.
4. Dining Extravagances
Dining choices range from casual daytime cafes throughout town to elegant evening affairs in heritage hotels. Also, don’t overlook what’s between the city’s north and south. On the mine tailings above the Line of Lode is the elegant Broken Earth Café & Restaurant where the food and atmosphere are as spectacular as the view. It is probably a world first for fine dining.
For indulgences outdoors, picnic in Broken Hill’s many parks and gardens. A city favorite is Sturt Park, named in commemoration of the centenary of the inland explorations of Captain Charles Sturt who’s diary excerpts gave Broken Hill it’s name. Sturt Park also has large grassed areas, a fenced adventure playground for children including gas barbecue, a covered picnic area with tables and chairs and a wonderful display of roses and flowers.
Home to the iconic ‘Silver Tree’ once owned by Charles Rasp, the Albert Kersten Mining & Minerals Museum occupies the beautifully restored former Bond Store, made from locally quarried stone in 1892, It presents information on how the world’s largest deposit of silver lead and zinc was formed, as well as a world class display of Broken Hill minerals.
To get a sense of going underground without actually going under, take an illustrated journey through the architectural and mining history of Broken Hill at White’s Mineral Art & Living Mining Museum on Allendale Street. Bushy White’s mineral paintings are complimented by many rare mining artifacts, underground memorabilia and models of mine sites.
Another must see museum in the centre of town is the Sulphide Street Railway and Historical Museum, located diagonally opposite of the Visitor Information Centre. This is actually more than four museums for the price of one: the Broken Hill Migrant Museum, the Hospital Museum, the Ron Carter Transport Pavilion and the Triple Chance Mineral Collection. It is also home to a range of railway attractions, including the Silver City Comet and a selection of restored gems from the Silverton Tramway Company.
5. Art Galleries
The city contains over 30 galleries that allow you to meet Broken Hill’s many artists. These captivating spaces range from the civic splendor of the Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery to the offerings that are part of artists’ homes and studios. Each gallery and their artists provide a sense of what makes the city so real, and how it continues to attract creative people.
6. Day Dream Mine Tour
Tour the Day Dream Mine and experience the tough working conditions of a major mining era. Located 33km from Broken Hill near Silverton, the mine enables you to go underground in safety and relative comfort at the same time as getting a sense of the harsh life miners once led.