Top five things to do in Broken Hill

Things To Do In Broken Hill

Broken Hill is known for its thriving arts community and access to outback adventure.

It is the first city in Australia to be included on the National Heritage list due to its incredible heritage significance to the country. Broken Hill is a stunning outback with unique red, rocky earth and vast blue skies combined with a growing modern art scene and a captivating history.

Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery

The Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery is the oldest regional gallery in NSW and showcases an extensive collection of Australian colonial works. Founded in 1904 with donation of artworks by George McCulloch, who launched the Broken Hill mining industry in 1883, and others, it contains a nationally recognised collection of early 20th century Australian paintings with work by many fine Australian artists.

This magnificent gallery is housed in the superbly restored Sully’s Emporium from 1885. It holds 1800 works in its permanent collection and artists featured include Australian masters such as John Olsen, Sidney Nolan and Arthur Streeton. This gallery also reflects a strong indigenous representation.

If you love admiring spectacular art work and appreciate the riveting history of NSW, then a visit to this gallery is vital if you ever find yourself in Broken Hill.

Living Desert Reserve

If you wish to immerse yourself in everything Broken Hill has to offer, then travel to the highest hilltop 12km from town to the Sculpture Symposium.

One of the most memorable experiences of Broken Hill is viewing the sunset from this outdoor gallery that features the work of 12 international artists who carved the huge sandstone blocks on site. It is part of the 24-sq-km Living Desert reserve, which is home to a flora and fauna sanctuary featuring a 2.2km Cultural Walk Trail and a 1km Flora Trail.

You have the option of driving up to the sculpture summit, or take a scenic walk up from the sanctuary, which will take about 20 minutes. There is also a great barbecue and picnic area so you can enjoy a hot meal whilst looking up at the glowing sky. The reserve gates close about 30 minutes after sunset.

Combining both art and extraordinary outback scenery, the Living Desert Reserve is a true reflection of some of the main things Broken Hill is famous for.

Outback Astronomy

Broken Hill is encompassed by desert, making it the perfect place to experience inky black skies and celestial splendour.

This new company gives you the opportunity to attend a one-hour night-sky-viewing show. The presenter will point out constellations and various features visible to the naked eye, and also through powerful binoculars that are provided for you.

The show is viewed from a lounge chair in the great outdoors, at the racecourse on the northeast edge of town. You can enjoy the soft comfort of home with the provided lounge chair, whilst enjoying all of the picturesque sights that night time in the outback has to offer.

The Big Picture – Silver City Mint and Art Centre

The Big Picture is an amazing 100m-by12m diorama depicting the Broken Hill outback and is the work of only one dedicated painter, over two years.

Almost 100 metres long and 12 metres high, the painting boasts more than 100,000 saltbushes, 20,000 trees, 20,000 small stones, 1000 large stones, 3000 clouds, 1500 hills and 12 sculptures. An absolutely astonishing sight to see, the Big Picture is so realistic that it makes you feel as if you are actually in the outback.

As a result of this painting being the work of one local artist, the Big Picture is the world’s largest acrylic painting on canvas by a single artist.

The Silver City Mint and Art Centre smelts casts and manufactures jewellery and features a spectacular display of minerals with specimens for sale.

Assuming you desire a unique experience that can be found nowhere else, the Big Picture is the perfect way to truly understand what it feels like to be amazed.

Pro Hart Gallery

It is said that a trip to Broken Hill is almost incomplete without a visit to the Pro Hart Gallery.

Taking inspiration from growing up and living in the mining town of Broken Hill, Pro Hart has mainly worked with oils and acrylics. He has painted a wide variety of paintings based on different aspects of his life including land and sea, mining grounds and workers, religious scenes, political events and his travels. The paintings are arranged to practically cover the gallery’s walls.

On display are not only an extensive collection of Pro Hart’s own paintings, but also many works by an impressive range of other artists.

The Pro Hart Gallery showcases an astounding amount of unique art work from an array of different artists and it is surely not to be missed.