Broken Hill, Outback New South Wales


Living Desert Flora and Fauna Sanctuary
The Living Desert Flora and Fauna Sanctuary, 6 km from town, is where the Broken Hill Sculptures sit on top of hills in the desert reserve. The topography, scenery and views surrounding the unique Living Desert sculpture park are breathtaking and can be experience by taking the numerous walking trails. The sculptures are best visited around sunset and ideal to photograph at that time.

If ever there was a ghost town that personifies the rise and fall in the fortunes of the mining towns of outback Australia, it is Silverton, a remote outpost to the north of Broken Hill so close to the NSW/SA border it almost doesn't matter in which state it resides. Once a thriving mining centre, what remains today are the bare bones of a once thriving community, and an example of what happens when a mining town goes bust. The same landscape that was once home to a legion of miners, however, is now inspiring a new generation of artists who have breathed life back into Silverton.

Cameron Corner
Cameron Corner is the most remote location in outback New South Wales, and one of the busiest. Each year several thousand people pass this way, either heading toward the Strzelecki Track, or into the Corner Country from South Australia. Cameron Corner is where the borders of the states of New South Wales, South Australia and Queensland meet. Here you can hit a golf ball out of NSW, it will fly over part of Qld before landing in SA. This is also where one can celebrate the New Year three times (also in Poeppel Corner and Surveyor Generals Corner), because it's on the corner of three time zones.

Menindee Lakes
Menindee is an historic town on the edge of the desert. The countryside here is flat and arid and barely supports grazing, although Menindee itself is surrounded by citrus orchards and vegetable cultivation. If desert and fruit-growing sound incompatible, then one has to remember that Menindee is also surrounded by some 20 lakes fed by the Darling River. It is a weird experience to drive through land which is so marginalthat you wonder whether it ever rains, and then to suddenly come across vast freshwater lakes full of dead trees and surrounded by sand, saltbush and inhospitable red soils.

Mutawintji National Park
Mutawintji National Park is dominated by the dramatic, rugged red Byngnano Range, Mutawintji National Park is known for its beautiful river red gum lined gorges. Dotted thoughout the park, overhangs and rock faces contain an array of Aboriginal rock art, providing evidence of continous occupation for at least 8000 years. Mutawintji National Park and Historic Site is 878 km west of Sydney and about 130 km north-east of Broken Hill.

Sturt National Park
The park protects an enormous arid landscape of space and solitude. The rolling red-sand dunes of the Strzelecki desert ripple through the western section, graduating past surprising wetlands surrounded by white sands. Flat-topped mesas and fantastic views characterise the central Jump-Up country. Sturt National Park is 335 km north of Broken Hill along the partly sealed Silver City Highway and 400 km west of Bourke.

Mungo National Park
The Willandra Lakes World Heritage area, with Mungo National Park at its centre, maintains a continuous record of human occupation stretching back well over 40,000 years. Rain and wind has uncovered ancient fireplaces and hearths, as well as calcified plant matter, artefacts, stone tools and animal bones. At the 33 kilometre long crescent of the Walls of China, erosion has sculpted the sand and clay into dramatic formations.

Sunset Strip
Sunset Strip. The name that conjures images of Hollywood glamour - movie stars, rock stars, billboards, boutiques, the castle-like Chateau Marmont hotel and clubs with legendary names such as Whisky A-Go-Go, the Roxy and the Viper Room. That's Sunset Strip, Los Angeles, a stretch of road where the American dream lives large. Sunset Strip in outback New South Wales is similar, in that it is a where the Outback Australian dream lives large, but unlike its Californian counterpart, it that says nothing about glamour but everything about outback irony and the Australian dream - a holiday house with water views.

Mt Grenfell
Several rock shelters containing Aboriginal art are located in the Mt. Grenfell area, 50 km west of Cobar. These are some of the finest, best preverved examples of Aboriginal rock art in New South Wales. Around 1,300 figures have been created in solid blocks of colour rather than as stick figures or single line designs. Large multicoloured panels are the result of superimposition by the Aboriginal painters.

Tibooburra is an isolated settlement in the far north-west of New South Wales, 335 km north of Broken Hill. It is most frequently visited by tourists on their way to the national parks in the area. Tibooburra is is regularly cited as the hottest town in the state. It is also the most isolated town being surrounded by harsh, rugged, flat open desert terrain, although its transformation after rain can be spectacular if brief.

Ivanhoe is a small township on the Cobb Highway between the Lachlan and Darling rivers in New South Wales, Ivanhoe functions as a railhead for the surrounding pastoral industry and a stopover for those travelling on the Cobb Highway. The township is characterised by a particularly wide main street. The town's name probably came from Williamson who named it after Sir Walter Scott's novel Ivanhoe.

Kinchega National Park
Kinchega National Park is an area of glittering lakes in a dry landscape, with waterbirds living among its backwaters and drowned forests. Massive river red gums gather at the banks of the Darling River, which forms the eastern boundary of the park. Extending westwards from the Darling River, Kinchega National Park encompasses all of Lake Cawndilla and the southern half of Lake Menindee.

Peterbrough and South Australia's Mid North
The Mid North region of South Australia takes in the Clare Valley, the central wheatbelt, the eastern section of South Australia's Copper Belt and the Southern Flinders Ranges. With the exception of Burra's copper mining heritage and the region's two major wine regions - the Barossa and Clare Valleys - the points of interest in this area are not well known and in the main are less obvious. But for those willing to take to the intricate network of back roads that criss-cross the region, there are some wonderful villages, ruins and abandoned settlements with long-forgotten stories to tell, just waiting to be discovered and enjoyed.

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