Broken Hill Civic Orchestra

Broken Hill Region

Underground in a mine at Broken Hill
Broken Hill is situated in the far west of New South Wales, Australia. The city became established after silver was discovered in 1883. Silver, lead and zinc have been mined continously since then.

Ore worth billions of dollars has been extracted from Broken Hill, the world's richest silver/lead/zinc deposit.

The Broken Hill district has enjoying a resurgence of mining activity in recent years, with several new mining operations currently underway.

Sturt peas near Nine Mile creek

The climate here is a fairly typical semi-desert climate... not much rain, hot summers, some cold nights in winter and the occasional rain storm or dust storm.

However, the rugged beauty of the country around Broken Hill more than compensates for the climate.

Broken Hill view from Line of Lode

Being situated in the outback with unique scenery and vivid blue skies, Broken Hill has attracted and inspired numerous artists.

There's a lot to see in and around Broken Hill, including art galleries, mines, the Flying Doctor base and the Living Desert.

The Living Desert Sculpture Site is pictured below, both during and after completion.

June 1993 Living desert sculpture completed   April 1993 Living desert sculpture in the making

Rock formations and permanent water at Mutawintji

Further out of town, but well worth the one and a half hour drive, is Mutawintji National Park with its scenic gorges, rock pools and ancient Aboriginal rock carvings and paintings.

You can find out more about our region from the Visit Broken Hill website.

The Pinnacles hills just outside Broken Hill

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