Outback NSW

Visit the Living Desert sculpture park about 10 km from Broken Hill. The dramatic landscape around Silverton, 25 km northwest of Broken Hill, has attracted many filmmakers. Enjoy a cold beer in the iconic Silverton Hotel, circa 1880, and visit the Mundi Mundi Plains.

White Cliffs is an opal-mining town where residents mainly live underground to escape the summer heat. Stay at White Cliffs Underground Motel. Fossick for opals at Lightning Ridge, which has the Australian Opal Centre, a museum. The mining town also has plenty of shops selling opals.

Living Desert Sculptures, Broken Hill
Sunset, Kinchega National Park

About the spectacular outback

The vast terrain of outback NSW features in films such as the post-apocalyptic Mad Max 2 movie. Yet the boundless ochre and red landscape has its own beauty – you’ll even find wetlands teeming with wildlife.

Broken Hill, a remote mining town, is a good place to begin exploring the outback. Global resources group BHP Billiton started mining there as the Broken Hill Proprietary Company in 1885, two years after massive reserves of silver and lead were found.

Nicknamed the Silver City, Broken Hill is 13 hours by train from Sydney. Rex Regional Express services the town’s airport from Sydney. Places to stay in the vast outback range from hotels and an underground motel at White Cliffs, to farm stays on properties such as Trilby and Eldee stations and camping and caravan parks.

Things to do in Broken Hill include joining a heritage trail of the town’s mining history. Tour operators such as Tri State Safaris and Corner Country Adventure depart Broken Hill for major attractions in the region. See Aboriginal rock art, dating back thousands of years, in Mutawintji National Park. Or you can tour this fascinating landscape with Aboriginal guides on Mutawintji Eco Tours.

Film fans will be fascinated by Silverton; the tiny township with its famous pub and the surrounding areas have featured in many popular movies, including Mad Max 2, Mission Impossible 2, Razorback and The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.

Visit World Heritage-listed Mungo National Park in remote southwest NSW, a location rich in Aboriginal history, and home to Mungo Man and Mungo Lady, whose remains date back tens of thousands of years. See the Walls of China and other dramatic Mungo landmarks with Harry Nanya Tours.

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  1. Comfort Inn Crystal

    Broken Hill's most centrally located cottages and motel complex is the Comfort Inn Crystal. Within 200 metres you will find the Main Post Office, shops, art galleries, clubs, the railway station, as well as the business, finance, legal and government...

  2. ibis Styles Broken Hill

    ibis Styles Broken Hill is a friendly and personal boutique style motel. Perfectly located in the central business district of Broken Hill. The ibis Styles Broken Hill is the perfect base for any corporate traveller. Walking distance to the...

  3. Silver Haven Motor Inn

    Whether visiting Broken Hill on holidays or business, the Silver Haven Motor Inn and Haven Restaurant would like to welcome you. The motel is located on the main street of Broken Hill, approximately 600 metres from the Post Office. Guests can...

  4. Trilby Station

    On the banks of the majestic Darling River, Trilby Station is great way to experience beautiful outback NSW in comfort. You’ll stay with the Murray family on their fifth generation sheep station, which stretches over 80,900 hectares. Accommodation...

  5. White Cliffs Underground Motel

    The White Cliffs Underground Motel is in the outback opal-mining town of White Cliffs, where opals were first discovered in 1884. You’ll experience living underground in a complex the size of a football field. Thirty rooms are built underground. The...