There’s nothing like a road trip in the Australian outback to escape the everyday. Pack up the caravan and head through wide-open plains to Broken Hill and the Central Darling region in New South Wales.
Broken Hill is an extraordinary touring destination: it’s about a 13-hour drive from Sydney, 11 from Canberra and nine hours from Melbourne.
Broken Hill is Australia’s first heritage-listed city because of its mining history. Expect a warm welcome from locals along with palatial heritage buildings and fascinating galleries in a desert landscape.
What to do
The clear night sky is ideal for stargazing – book ‘Hang Out With The Stars’ with Outback Astronomy. The iconic film The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert features Broken Hill’s Palace Hotel – stay in the same room showcased in the film. One of Australia’s most famous painters was born in Broken Hill so we recommend a visit to the Pro Hart Gallery. Spend a day at Mutawintji National Park discovering ancient Indigenous sites and watch the sunset at Living Desert Reserve, with 12 sandstone artworks against the rugged skyline.
Choose your spot
There are plenty of places to park your mobile home. Broken Hill Tourist Park is pet-friendly and centrally located. Broken Hill Outback Resort has 80 powered sites, modern amenities, an onsite bistro and stunning outback views. In Silverton, Eldee Station is a working farm with a handful of powered sites, camp kitchen, plunge pool and licensed restaurant.
Keep on touring
From Broken Hill you can choose several country drives — head south to Wentworth, where the Darling River meets the Murray, or check road conditions and head north to Corner Country.
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