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7 Reasons to Visit Broken Hill, NSW, with Kids

Set in a remote corner of New South Wales, Broken Hill is a charismatic frontier mining town that offers city-dwelling families a unique slice of Australia. Experience the distinct country hospitality and way of life, and learn about the characters and industries that have made Broken Hill what it is today

Mount Gipps Station Mailbox
Mount Gipps Station Mailbox

1. Experience Remote Living

Learn about remote living at the Bruce Langford Visitor Centre of the Royal Flying Doctor’s Service. Discover how the Broken Hill Base cares for the surrounding community’s health through the museum’s interactive displays and films. Then be sure to visit the Broken Hill School of the Air to see how children are educated through live radio broadcasts, with the opportunity to sit in on a live lesson.

2. Learn about Australia’s Mining Legacy

Delve into the mining history of Australia’s first heritage-listed city with Silver City Tours, and see Broken Hill’s grand Federation-era architecture and traditional tin miners’ cottages, admire the mining-inspired artworks of the Silver City Mint and learn about the city’s mining past at White’s Living Mining Museum. You’ll also gain exclusive entry to Perilya’s Southern Operations Surface Museum, one of the few mines still operating in Broken Hill.

3. Feast on Old Fashioned Treats

Take a step back in time to experience Australia’s milk bar culture at Bells Milk Bar, which has been serving its famous ‘spiders’ and milkshakes for generations. Discover the secret to their original syrup and cordial recipes in the milk bar museum and spoil your family with sweet treats in their retro-styled shop.

4. Witness the Cultural Landscapes

Discover Broken Hill’s indigenous culture and the region’s native plant and wildlife species at the Sculptures Symposium and Living Desert Park. Wander along the cultural trail to see Sturt Desert Pea wildflowers and Aboriginal pole art, while learning about the importance of preserving our natural environment. Then admire the 12 impressive sandstone sculptures while watching the sun set over the breathtakingly beautiful New South Wales outback.

5. Soak up the Bush Hospitality

Experience country living at Mount Gipps Station in the lower Barrier Ranges. Tour the woolshed and sheep yards, get up close to their friendly lambs and enjoy bush hospitality with lunch under the red gums. You can also visit nearby historic Allendale mine where the miners’ stone huts dating back to the 1880s can still be seen.

6. Encounter Hollywood in the Outback

The town of Silverton has featured in films including “Mad Max 2”, “A Town Like Alice” and “Dirty Deeds”. Take a day trip from Broken Hill to visit its Mad Max Museum, an eclectic collection of vehicles, props, videos and life-size characters from the film. The town is also home to the Silverton Gaol Museum where you can discover more about the town’s history in the former prison cells.

Mad Max 2 Museum in Silverton NSW
Mad Max 2 Museum in Silverton, NSW

7. Enjoy Contemporary Cuisine

While you can find delicious country fare in Broken Hill’s pubs and bakeries, there’s also a great selection of modern Australian cuisine on offer. Head to the Silly Goat Cafe where the best coffee in the bush is created, as well as scrumptious brunches with a Spanish twist. Or dine at Trinders Restaurant which dishes up gourmet pizzas and tapas share plates.

Where to stay

The Palace Hotel

Built in 1889, the Palace Hotel has starring role in iconic Aussie film, “Priscilla Queen of the Desert”.

Silverton Hotel 

The Imperial Fine Accommodation

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