Broken Hill, New South Wales
Located in the far west of New South Wales, Broken Hill is actually closer to the South Australian capital of Adelaide. If you’re hitting the highway out of town, there’s a little more than 500km to Adelaide or, if you head in the other direction, about 1160km to Sydney. This is “Silver City” – the capital of the Australian outback – and mining town that helped forge the Australian character.
The “broken” hill of Broken Hill no longer exists – it has been mined away. That’s because the ground around here, in the middle of nowhere, is extremely rich in minerals. It is Australia’s longest-lived mining town and the ore deposit is among the world’s largest silver, lead and zinc mineral deposits.
It’s no surprise Broken Hill is still a town dominated by the mining industry that created it. It’s the birthplace of BHP Billiton. The biggest employer today is Perilya Limited.
But there is more to the town than the mine. It is famous for its arts community. It was home to Pro Hart, an artist who was something of a national treasure, and it’s also seen quite a few famous films made there – including Mad Max and Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. It has all the schools and medical facilities you would expect for a city of 20,000 people. It also has a Royal Flying Doctor base. It has colourful and well-kept parks, strong local sporting clubs and local newspapers and radio stations.
For more information, check out the Broken Hill council’s website or the Visit Broken Hill website.
For more information on Broken Hill have a look at the Broken Hill Council website.
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