Desert oasis Broken Hill is Australia’s first Nationally Heritage Listed City.
Widely known for having one of the world’s largest mines, beautiful national parks and a big movie history, Broken Hill’s friendly community know all the history and secrets that go with living in this vast outback.
The town is such an icon, Federal Minister for the Environment Greg Hunt said Broken Hill is the only entire Australian City to be awarded National Heritage Listing and therefore has earned its accolade as a significant heritage tourism city within Australia.
Here at Best Western, we’ve always loved Broken Hill. Madilyn and Grant Williams, owners of Best Western Broken Hill Oasis Motor Inn are born and bred locals.
“You won’t visit anywhere like this town on earth. Especially with a ghost town right next door in Silverton,” Madilyn said.
“We’ve had Grant Denier and Dick Smith stay, various film crews – this is a very historic film town.”
Films famously cast in Broken Hill include Aussie hits Pricilla, Queen of the Desert, Mad Max and Razorback.
“Some areas around Broken Hill smell like a brilliant earth. They’re really dense with red dirt and there’s the grey dirt too. A lot of local artists live here so they can paint and sculpt the rugged reds of the land.”
Madilyn said everyone who visits Broken Hill leaves pleasantly surprised.
“People say, well what’s here? I tell them, everything. It’s a beautiful outback frontier with so much character and history. I tell guests to visit the Silver City Mint and Art Centre for amazing jewellery, chocolate coated nuts and artwork, and the Mungo National Park for a great bushwalk you can’t compare to a rainforest.”
“Plus, outside out visitor information centre there’s some magnificent steel structures by Pro Hart. They’re large ants and tourists love them!”
Madilyn shares her top tips for people visiting Broken Hill for the first time.
- Pack your favourite blanket so you can lie down and count the stars at night. Star watching tours have just started up and they’re proving a great hit. No smog – the skies are brilliantly clear in the Australian outback.
- Bushwalking across the rocky frontiers needs good quality walking shoes. There’s a great guided mine tour into Historic Daydream Mine Apollyon Valley you must try.
- Visit the Mad Max Museum in Silverton. There’s a shrine there honouring other films; art galleries, and a great café. It’s a 25 minute drive.
- Best time to visit is from March through to November.
- Telstra devices receive the strongest signal.
Want more to do in Broken Hill? Visit the Royal Flying Doctor Service Museum, the Afghan Mosque, Daydream Mine, Hazelvale Emu Farm, art galleries, scenic lookouts and picnic spots. Many visitors indulge in the spectacular scenery of Mootwingee National Park and discover the outback through a 4WD tour.
“We are so proud to live in Australia’s first Nationally Heritage Listed City,” Madilyn said.
For more information on how Broken Hill was assessed against nine values by the Australian Heritage Council (AHC), click here to visit the Broken Hill City Council website.