Broken Hill is known for its thriving arts community, mining heritage and access to many outback adventures. Broken Hill is home to the world’s largest silver, lead and zinc deposit which has been mined for over 130 years. BHP started out here in 1885 after Charles Rasp pegged out a mining lease at a rocky outcrop known as 'the broken hill'.
These days, Broken Hill offers visitors mining tours, museums and heritage trails, as well as many other experiences. Many established artists work here, big-budget films have been shot in Broken Hill and in nearby Silverton. Eating out options are many and varied and it’s a great base for exploring the living desert as well as the stunning national parks nearby.
Located on the Sturt Highway as it crosses the Murrumbidgee River in western NSW, Balranald was founded in the 1800's as a paddle steamer port.
The nearby Mungo National Park is Australia's first national park to gain World Heritage status. You can still see remains of human settlement from 60,000 years ago, and the unique landscapes and formations are truly breathtaking.
You can step back in time at the Heritage Park in Market Street, or enjoy a picnic on the banks of the Murrumbidgee River. At nearby Euston you can enjoy boating, fishing and camping. You can even hire a houseboat on the Murray River to kick back and relax in complete comfort for a few days.
Dareton is located on the banks of the Murray River in the Sunraysia district. It is situated 25 km north-west of Mildura and was developed as a result of the World War II soldier settlement scheme.
Today, there are many farms and orchards in the area where you can buy local grapes, dried fruit and citrus straight from the farmgate.
Located close to both the Darling and Murray Rivers, there are plenty of good fishing spots for both Murray cod and golden perch. And if you like sports, you are well catered for with a wide variety of sports on offer. The golfing facilities located at the nearby Coomealla Golf Course are also excellent.
Ivanhoe is a very small township on the Cobb Highway between the Lachlan and Darling rivers.
The town was founded in the early 1870s and was situated on well-used coach and stock routes connecting Wilcannia on the Darling River with Balranald on the Murrumbidgee and Booligal on the Lachlan.
The surrounding region is home to a vast number of small lakes, and with the Lachlan River about 40km to the South, there are excellent opportunities for fishing for both Murray Cod and Golden Perch. The beautiful Wilandra National Park is also close by.
Located 110 km from Broken Hill, this historic town is surrounded by lakes fed by the Darling River. A water-storage project completed in the 1960s now supplies water to Broken Hill as well as farms and orchards in the Menindee Area.
The combined expanse of the Menindee Lakes holds more than three times the volume of Sydney Harbour when full. Water sports such as sailing, swimming and skiing are popular on the Menindee Lakes. Fishing opportunities are plentiful, with anglers targeting Murray Cod, Golden Perch and Catfish.
Tibooburra is the most remote town in Outback NSW. It is located close to the corner boundary between three states (Qld, NT and SA). It’s also the gateway to Sturt National Park where you can camp out under the stars or stay at the old Mount Wood Station. Features of the park include rolling red sand dunes, flat-toped mesa, eagles, corellas and kangaroos.
After rain, the country around Tibooburra bursts into life with wildflowers blooming in vast numbers across the plains.
Wentworth is located at the confluence of the Murray and Darling rivers in far south-western New South Wales. It was founded as a river port in the early 1850s and by the late 1870's it had become the busiest inland port in Australia.
The Wentworth Pioneer Museum has more than 3,000 exhibits including the fossilised remains of Australian mega fauna that became extinct around 20,000 years ago. Wentworth is also a good base for visits to Mungo National Park.
From Wentworth, you can cruise the waterways on a riverboat tour or wander along self-guided heritage trails. There are also numerous activities on offer, ranging from golf and water sports, through to hiking, camping and fishing.
White Cliffs is an opal-mining town where residents mainly live underground to escape the heat. Situated 98 km from Wilcannia, this unique landscape is comprised of thousands of hillocks of earth dug and discarded in the quest for opals.
White Cliffs has a last-frontier kind of appeal. Its quirky residents have many stories to tell of wealth won and lost. At the Pioneer Children’s Cemetery, you can learn about the harsh early history of White Cliffs or follow the self-guided heritage trail.
Mutawintji and Paroo-Darling national parks are nearby.
Wilcannia is an historic Darling River port town, 200 km east of Broken Hill. By the 1880s, Wilcannia was the third-largest inland port in Australia with a population exceeding 3,000 people. The town’s role as a prosperous riverboat trade port is evident today from many heritage buildings quarried from local sandstone.
The Darling River, which cuts through the town, softens the surrounding semi-arid landscape. The Paroo–Darling National Park, 60 km north-east of Wilcannia, is a major wetland ecosystem. Some 55 species of birds have been recorded, along with many threatened fauna species.