LOCAL SELF-DRIVE TOURS AROUND BROKEN HILL
With Broken Hill as your base, there is the opportunity to enjoy a number of interesting day trips.
The sights below can easily be done on your own self-drive adventure, but for comfort and ease you can opt to book a tour with us instead and we’ll take care of everything for you. Check out our Touring page for more details on the day trip and multi-day trip options we offer.
Silverton is located 25 minutes from Broken Hill, and while it may be considered just another little historic Aussie town, it looms large in our pop culture. In fact, we’ve probably all been to Silverton, even if it was only by way of the silver screen.
Many a filmmaker has selected Silverton as their location to reflect a classic outback town with its colonial buildings (from the silver prospecting boom of the 1880s) and seemingly endless outback plains. Films shot here include Mad Max II, A Town Like Alice, Razorback and The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. Whilst in town, film buffs can even visit the museum dedicated to Mad Max.
The town is set against the Mundi Mundi Plains which are located about five kilometres to the west. The view from the plains lookout is amazing and stretches as far as the eye can see. Sunset is a spectacular time to visit and on a clear day, you’ll be able to observe the Earth’s curvature from the lookout.
Another of the more popular Broken Hill tours close to Silverton is the Day Dream Mine. Guests can tour the underground mine and get a sense of the harsh conditions miners experienced. The mine was established in 1882 and was operational for a century, even employing children as young as eight.
MUTAWINTJI NATIONAL PARK
Another highlight of any Broken Hill hotel stay is the Mutawintji National Park. The park is located 155 kilometres northeast of Broken Hill in the heart of the Bynguano Ranges. It is certainly culturally significant and holds evidence of Aboriginal occupation dating back over 8,000 years.
The region’s rich Aboriginal history, teachings and dreamtime stories are reflected in the stencils and engravings found in the park. There are recommended walks throughout the national park too such as the rugged Bynguano Range walking track and scenic Mutawintji Gorge walk. The park is also home to many bird species and to the state’s only colony of the endangered yellow-footed rock wallaby.
MENINDEE LAKES / KINCHEGA NATIONAL PARK
About 115 kilometres from Broken Hill, Menindee and the Kinchega National Park represent an inviting blend of heritage and nature and make for one of the more interesting Outback tours. Once a thriving port for river steamers carrying wool down the river, Menindee was the first town to be established on the Darling River. The second oldest pub in New South Wales can also be found here. At the Maidens Menindee Hotel, put your feet up just as famous explorers like Burke and Wills have done before you.
The nearby Menindee Lakes is a system of freshwater lakes renown for its abundant bird life. The beautiful wetlands of the Kinchega National Park, which can be experienced by boat, are a birdwatcher’s paradise, and all nature lovers will appreciate the towering Red River Gums and idyllic surrounds.
For those interested in our nation’s pastoral history, a couple of stops in Kinchega are musts. The Old Kinchega Homestead was once a thriving sheep station and the Kinchega Woolshed was operational for almost a century. The original steam engine that powered the hand shears as well as presses and the machinery room remain on display in the woolshed.