Photo credit: Ashley Mackevicius; Destination NSW
Spectacular scenery, classic red soil and deep blue skies are highlights of travelling to the NSW outback on NSW TrainLink's western route. While the silver city of Broken Hill is the end of the line, NSW TrainLink can also take you to the spectacular Menindee Lakes and the famous opal-mining town of Lightning Ridge.
Whether you're looking for serenity or adventure, Outback NSW has something for you.
Broken Hill is 1150 kilometres west of Sydney.
The Broken Hill Outback Explorer train operates weekly to and from Sydney and Broken Hill. Daily XPT train services to Dubbo with coach connections to Broken Hill, Bourke and Lightning Ridge are also available.
Exploring Broken Hill and surrounding regions is effortless with city bus services, taxis, car hire companies and coach tour operators. There are even scenic flights all the way to Lake Eyre.
Find local operators in Broken Hill.
Escape the hustle and grind with a Broken Hill outback break. Take in the art, culture and history of the 'Silver City' as you visit local art galleries and museums, and for the more adventurous, trips to White Cliffs, Australia's oldest commercial opal field, and Silverton, Australia's liveliest ghost town.
Broken Hill is also a great base from which to explore the true outback - from the beautiful Menindee Lakes and Mutawintji National Park, home to one of the best collections of Aboriginal rock art in Australia, to the red sand ‘corner country’, ancient Mungo National Park and the spectacular Flinders Ranges.
Discover Broken Hill’s famous outback art during visits to Pro Hart and Jack Absalom’s galleries and The Big Picture – the world’s largest acrylic painting on canvas.
Explore the Living Desert Reserve, located nine kilometres from the city of Broken Hill, a unique 2400 hectare reserve with breathtaking topography, scenery and views including the 180 hectare Living Desert Flora and Fauna Sanctuary. Also within the Reserve is the Sculpture Symposium. Designed by twelve of the world’s leading sculptors, the Symposium is one of Australia's major sculpture collections.
The Silverton ghost town, 25 kilometres north-west of Broken Hill, is the scene of many famous films including: Dirty Deeds, Mad Max II, Priscilla Queen of the Desert and Razorback. The town is a picturesque cluster of buildings with a jail restored as a museum, art galleries and artists’ studios and of course, the infamous Silverton Hotel. Due to its desert surrounds, the Silverton Hotel has appeared in many films, and the inside walls are covered with memorabilia. A replica car from Mad Max is parked outside.
Join a tour to White Cliffs, a pioneer opal town of genuine eccentric character, 288 kilometres from Broken Hill. Due to the extreme summer heat, houses are built underground in opal mine shafts where the temperature is a constant 23 degrees. Take the opportunity to stay underground and visit Australia's oldest commercial opal field and buy a dazzling opal from the source.
Event information is supplied by Destination NSW. For a more comprehensive event guide and the exact dates for events in Broken Hill, visit the Destinations NSW website.
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