Destination Broken Hill

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September 21, 2017 Blog, September

Make your Destination Broken Hill

The richness of a glorious mining history, eye-catching outcrops of sun-burnt rock and range, set in vividly contrasting plains of red dirt and grey saltbush. Why wouldn’t you want to make Broken Hill your destination?

Destination Broken Hill encapsulates ‘real experience’, eccentricity and other-worldly beauty.

Some people say Broken Hill is what you make it. The potential for exploring is endless — it just depends on your point of interest. And the more you dig, the more unique the place becomes.

Many visitors are surprised by how much there is to see and do.

Thousands of visitors can’t be wrong.

At The Lodge, many of our guests tell us why they have made Broken Hill their destination.

For example, one guest explained “For me Broken Hill is always about coming home, as we were born here. It is also about the big skies, the vast distances, the imponderable age of the place. There is a great sense of place and perspective. (You) can’t get too big for your boots here, or bung on airs.”

Another visitor suggested “I have always known about Broken Hill, it is Australia’s most famous digging town. It was something we learnt about at school. I travel to see pioneering places that were once thriving cities but which have declined in population. I travel out of curiosity to see and understand our country.”

Yet another view reflected Broken Hill’s uniqueness and history. “The static nature of the town, its origins in mining, the remoteness — it is quite different to any other area in Australia. The Line of Lode is always visible and dominates the town as a constant reminder of what Broken Hill was born of.”

Yet another testimony went “Broken Hill has a strong sense of history and its streetscapes speak for themselves. Miners’ cottages with tin roofs line the streets with names that reflect the large assembly of minerals that fed BHP for it to become what is now one of the largest mining companies in the world.”

There’s a lot to agree with these folk.

Historical digs there for digging into

Options to explore the mining history of Destination Broken Hill include a tour of an operating mine, driving to the top of the Line of Lode and walking through the miner’s memorial to appreciate the dangerous work, and human sacrifice, of mining.

Refreshment along the way can be found through coffee and cake in places like the Broken Earth Café and Wine-bar. Read my other post about cafes around Broken Hill.

If history is your interest, a visit to the History Society is a must. Visitors can browse through archives of photos, paper-cuttings and other memorabilia that are displayed to tell the history of Broken Hill. One visitor reported in the History Society’s guest book “It is a memorable experience, it is a way to imagining how early settlers survived in harsh conditions”.

Broken Hill Cemetery tells more than 100 years of history. Found on the road into Broken Hill from Adelaide, it is a massive site with some massive stories to tell. It would not be a surprise that there are more graves than living people currently in Broken Hill.

Taking centre-stage

Broken Hill is also the destination of film-makers. Destination Broken Hill has provided the back-drop for films such as Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Mad Max 2, Wake in Fright and Last Cab to Darwin.

Film fans will find it well worth-while making the short trip out to Silverton to visit the Mad Max 2 Museum and the original paraphernalia there from the film set.

Otherwise, have a glance around the Palace Hotel, the spiritual home of Pricilla Queen of the Desert, take in the murals, enjoy a meal on the balcony or have a go at playing two-up.

The annual ‘Broken Heel Festival’ celebrates the famous Priscilla, Drag Queen of the Desert, hosted by The Palace Hotel. This event has been referred to as “too much in the absolute best way”. The festival is a celebration of diversity, a value that has been adopted by the community and is embraced by all.

The streets, their names, the size of their gutters

Residents of Broken Hill love its grand proportions – the wide streets, the huge horizons, and magnificent sunsets

The wide streets of Broken Hill have high gutters and deep drains in the middle of main roads. Why you ask? – it’s so dry. The trick is that dryness means that extensive systems of storm drains are not required because of the infrequency of rain. But when it does rain, it is often brief and very intense. High gutters and deep drains are required to get the water away.

Broken Hill street names include Chloride, Oxide, Cobalt, Sulphide — and the list goes on. These names reflect Broken Hill’s reputation for having the highest number of minerals compared to anywhere in Australia. The extensive range can be viewed at the Albert Kersten Mining and Minerals Museum.

And then there is the ART.

Broken Hill inspires art — popular, human-interest art — as expressed by local artists like Pro Hart, Jack Absalom and John Dynon. The people of Broken Hill, their pastimes, local fauna and insects have all lent inspiration to brush strokes together with outback humour.

The unique pieces of art on display in the Broken Hill’s galleries are not to be missed. In addition, visit the Living Desert and Sculpture Park, where colours, sky and earth meet with the craftsmanship of artists.

When finished viewing art works, watch the sun go down to experience a spiritual fusion of serenity, tranquillity and stillness.

Perfect light, energizing colours, vibrant red soils, dazzling minerals, blue skies, amazing sunsets, culture and heritage — the inspiration for the artist is endless.

And it is there to inspire you – Make Broken Hill your Destination.