Broken Hill

MINERS MEMORIAL AND TRADES HALL

included in fare

The Miner’s Memorial is a unique and striking structure that sits at a height of 54 metres overlooking Broken Hill. This attraction is located on the highest point of the Line of Lode remnant mullock dumps that traverse the city.

The short axis of this building faces east-west addressing the rising and setting of the sun in memoriam to over 800 miners who lost their lives working in the Broken Hill Mines. This structure is an important monument to the city for both tourism and education about Broken Hill’s rich mining history.

Walking past the walls lined with the names of miners, you will reach the ledge of this structure, which will give you full views of the rising sun, Broken Hill and the Outback beyond.

Visit Broken Earth with skyline views across town and the Indian Pacific below. Visit Trade Hall, a heritage-listed building home to the city’s first labour movement. Under the ‘United we stand’ banner, the Union successfully championed the 35-hour working week and defeated conscription in Australia. You will enjoy a live performance by local actors showcasing the early mining story and life in Broken Hill.

Recommended Fitness Level: Low – coach tour with short walks required. No wheelchair access.

Living Desert

included in fare*

On the western extremity of New South Wales, remote Broken Hill is an unlikely hotspot for creatives but this plucky township certainly has its place on the global art scene. So much so, it attracted international artists to create a defining and permanent installation that beautifully blends its unique environment with its artistic legacy.

From October to March, guests can take a self-guided walk around the captivating Living Desert Sculpture site. The 12 imposing sandstone artworks, each with their own story to tell, sit on a majestic hilltop within The Living Desert Reserve that houses a 180-hectare flora and fauna sanctuary.

The Living Desert Sculpture site is a self-guided walk offering breathtaking views of the NSW outback, and is the perfect location to capture some stunning photos.

Recommended Fitness Level: Moderate – includes a short approx. 1 kilometre walk on sealed pathway and some rocky ground.

*This tour operates October to March

THE REGIONAL ART GALLERY

included in fare*

It is the oldest regional art gallery in New South Wales and holds an important cultural position and role in the broader western New South Wales region.

The Emporium was associated with two well-known Broken Hill families, the Sullys (1885-1925) and the Sweetapples (1924-1985), and had its own livery stable and blacksmiths in the yard at the rear of the buildings. In 1998 the Broken Hill City Council purchased the building to provide a permanent home for Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery and the city’s art collection.

The Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery provides an annual program of locally curated exhibitions along with touring exhibitions from major cultural institutions. A selection of works from the collection is on permanent display in the upstairs gallery whilst the touring exhibitions fill the lower floor.

On display is an extensive collection of Australian colonial works including James Coutts Michie and James Ashton along with several important Victorian painters such as Arthur Hacker RA. The gallery also has a nationally recognised collection of early 20th century Australian paintings including works by Margaret Preston and Arthur Streeton through to contemporary works by Rick Amor, Charles Blackman, Arthur Boyd, Lloyd Rees, Barbara Hanrahan, Mandy Martin, Clifton Pugh, Lloyd Rees, Tim Storrier, Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri, Emily Kane Kngwarreye, David Malangi and many other fine Australian artists including Pro Hart.

Enjoy strolling the gallery and immersing yourself in this historic building and cultural art works.

Recommended Fitness Level: Low – short walks required to view artworks.

*This tour operates April to September