Driving 783 km each way for 3 nights in Broken Hill sounds crazy of many but not for us, nope, we both love a road trip. We did have three great days, were we relaxed and did see and do a lot.
Broken Hill is Australia’s longest-lived mining city, it’s orebody is amongst the world’s largest lead, silver and zinc mineral deposits. This city is know for mining and everywhere you look there is mining, parts contain mining tools, the street names contain minerals and so on. If you are not into mining, good change you do like it after visiting Broken Hill.
The Tourist Centre wasn’t open when we did visit the Line of Lode, Memorial to miners, which was a bit of a shame since it could have given us some more insights in the whole mining experience. Nevertheless the view over towns was great from that spot and we paid our respect to those miners who died on the job. We were surprised to see so many names of young guys, or better said kids, 12 years old and already working in the mines…
We surely could use a drink after visiting this memorial, so we went to the Palace Hotel for a cold beer and some nibbles. Palace Hotel in Broken Hill? Yes indeed the exact same hotel as featured in Priscilla Queen Of the Desert. We can recommend this movie if you haven’t seen it already. This hotel is great for a drink and the food we had was very tasteful.
Just out of town are the Living Desert and Sculptures, these sandstone sculpture are made by various artist and the location is great especially when the sunsets. Our visit was during the Easter long weekend therefore a lot of people were at the sculpture garden.
It is also worth to have a look in few of the many art galleries and you should definitely have a look at all the minerals displayed at the Mining & Minerals Museum, you are in Broken Hill after all.