Broken Hill and the Central Darling region possesses a rugged charm that makes it an endless source of travel inspiration. If you’re looking for a different kind of outback, look no further for stunning landscapes and unique personalities. Here are some suggestions to get you dreaming about your next outback adventure.
Art in the outback
Broken Hill’s lush colours and vast expanses have inspired many artists, resulting in a thriving art scene. One of Broken Hill’s main attractions is Pro Hart Gallery, which houses three floors of iconic artist Pro Hart’s vibrant artwork, as well as his hand-painted Rolls Royce. Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery boasts an impressive collection of some of Australia’s finest artists, including leading Aboriginal artists. Another must-visit attraction is the Sculpture Site in The Living Desert and Sculptures, where 12 majestic sculptures dot the skyline. It’s an incredible spot to watch the sun set, bathing its surroundings in vivid pink and orange light.
Gems of the earth
Head to Red Earth Opal in White Cliffs to see these gemstones up close. It’s famed for its rare ‘pineapple opals’, which resemble the tops of pineapples (but iridescent). Chat to the owner, Graeme Dowton, for valuable insight into the magical world of opal mining. Unearth the early history of the Opal Field on a tour, and see how mining equipment works – you can even dig on the mine face yourself!
Divas, dancing and drag
With its red-earthed beauty, it’s no surprise that Broken Hill was the first Australian city to join the National Heritage list. When the sun sets, the city shows its glamorous and flamboyant side. See Broken Hill’s nightlife in full swing at The Palace Hotel, which is known for lively nights of Drag Bingo, and the epic murals painted by Aboriginal artist Gordon Waye that cover the hotel walls. The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert was filmed here, and you can even spend a night in the ‘Priscilla’ suite – it’s just as fabulous as its namesake!