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Broken Hill
Travel Guide – New South Wales

Broken Hill Travel Guide

Broken Hill is a mining town in the Far West region of New South Wales. Surrounded by hundreds of kilometres of open desert, enjoy the picturesque desert landscapes, or tour one of the town’s many historical exhibits.

 

Things to do in Broken Hill

If you need a break from the heat, visit Twin Lakes. When you arrive at Twin Lakes, you will be surprised by a lush green landscape and a pristine body of water. This oasis in the desert will allow you to enjoy a well-deserved day of relaxation in a quiet area. Rest in a shady place with your favourite book, or walk along the park’s many paths.

Miners Memorial – Broken Hill, New South Wales

Sunrise over a memorial in the Australian outback, commemorating the 800+ miners who have died in local mines.

When night falls, travel to the desert to appreciate the amazing sights of the sky. Since Broken Hill is situated in a remote area of Australia, your views will not be obstructed by light pollution or smog.

Broken Hill weather this week

Now19ºCclear sky
MinMax
  • Tue 26/9sky is clear
    16ºC19ºC
  • Wed 27/9light rain
    15ºC31ºC
  • Thu 28/9sky is clear
    15ºC22ºC
  • Fri 29/9sky is clear
    8ºC23ºC
  • Sat 30/9light rain
    9ºC19ºC

Broken Hill and the surrounding areas have a desert climate. You can expect warm to hot conditions throughout the year. Winters in Broken Hill are usually quite mild. Summers have an average maximum temperature of 32 degrees, and winters have an average minimum temperature of 6 degrees.

History

Broken Hill was occupied by Aboriginal people for thousands of years. Anthropologists and historians believe that the Wilijakali people were the first humans to reside in the harsh desert near Broken Hill. Until recently, experts believed that the Willijakali people were migratory due to the unbearable summer conditions of their homeland. Modern archaeologists discovered deep wells that remain full even during the hottest months of summer, so it is now believed that the lands around Broken Hill were the permanent homes of the Willijakali people. Some wells and Aboriginal sites remain a secret of the Aboriginal people. In the local Aboriginal language, the town of Broken Hill is known as Willyama.

Town – Broken Hill, New South Wales

Broken Hill Post Office at twilight, New South Wales, Australia. The Post Office was built in 1892. In the background the Royal Exchange Hotel. Photographed against dramatic pink and blue sky.

The area around this town was discovered by Europeans when Charles Sturt explored the Far West region in 1844. During the 1850s, pastoralists and miners moved into the region. Today, the town’s economy relies primarily on mining. Broken Hills attracts hundreds of Australian tourists each year.