Broken Hill: New South Wales' Outback Gem

27 February 2015

Broken Hill, in western New South Wales, is hardly up there as a tourist destination of international renown. It’s miles from anywhere, boiling hot and lacks the more chi-chi elements that often make a destination popular – for example high-end restaurants, beautiful beaches, posh accommodation.

But Broken Hill’s reputation is growing with its recent National Heritage Listing award.

 Broken Hill is where many an outback tale comes to life (Getty)

So should you go there?

We asked Broken Hill mayor and long-term resident Wincen Cuy to tell us what makes Broken Hill so great. These are the five reasons he gave us to visit (in his own words):

1. Perfect Light

Broken Hill offers a breathtaking range of diverse landscapes to discover and explore, from lush wetlands and lakes to spectacular flat topped mesas and shimmering gibber desert plains.

The vibrant colours and perfect light have drawn film-makers and artists here to capture its special quality for decades.

It packs a powerful punch – this dark, red soil contrasting with clear blue skies. From the wonders of the day comes an amazing light show at night.

An old mine in the outback town of Broken Hill. An old mine in the outback town of Broken Hill. Photograph: Dean Lewins/AAP

2. The Locals

We are always happy to greet people from “away”. In fact we love it when people come to town to visit. We are a friendly mob, salt-of-the-earth people who make you feel welcome. And we are pretty proud of our city.


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3. The Palace Hotel

The home of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert and just a great Broken Hill iconic pub. You can star in your own movie in the centre of town.

It is a world-renowned landmark and a good water hole for those nice warm days.

The Adventures of Priscilla: Queen of the Desert Terrence Stamp, Hugo Weaving and Guy Pearce in The Adventures of Priscilla: Queen of the Desert. Photograph: Kobal

4. The Living Desert & Sculpture Symposium

Located 9 kilometres from the city, the sanctuary features 12 massive sandstone sculptures by artists from around the world as well as local artist Badger Bates.

The sanctuary displays the breathtaking beauty of the real outback. Explore along paths which wind through a tranquil landscape of profound significance to local Indigenous culture.

Australian outback landscape near Broken Hill, NSW Australia. Australian outback landscape near Broken Hill, NSW Australia. Photograph: Stephanie Jackson / Alamy

5. Pack The Golf Clubs

I reckon it is one of the best desert courses in Australia. The fully-grassed 18-hole championship course is cut out of a natural waterway.

The view is spectacular. The course challenging and you will even get to meet a few of the locals who know how to play the game.

 

This article originally appeared on guardian.co.uk

This article was written by Brigid Delaney from The Guardian and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Brigid Delaney

Brigid Delaney is an Australian novelist and journalist. She has worked at the Telegraph news group and the London bureau of CNN. Her writing has appeared in the Guardian, Vogue, the Sydney Morning Herald Spectator and Griffith Review. Her first novel Wild Things is published by Harper Collins.