Cheap Flights to Broken Hill

Broken Hill overview

Broken Hill, the gateway to Outback New South Wales, is a fascinating town dedicated to mining and art.

Its mining history stretches back to the latter years of the 19th century; BHP Billiton, the world's largest mining company, has roots in the town. Broken Hill itself was founded in 1883 and several of its street names were inspired by the minerals and resources that were found there - argent, chloride, sulphide and cobalt for example.

At the edge of the Central Business District is the Miner's Memorial, which commemorates the hundreds of workers who died while working the mine. There are several art galleries for travellers to visit, such as Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery, Pro Hart and Jack Absalom and the Brushmen of the Bush, along with heritage buildings to see, too. The Silver City Art Centre houses the world's largest (12m x 100m) (40 feet x 328 feet) acrylic on canvas painting.

Within an hour's drive of Broken Hill are Silverton (the setting of several movies), Kinchega National Park and the Menindee Lakes.

Broken Hill climate

Broken Hill has a dry climate. Summer (December to February) temperatures reach 40 C (104 F) while winter (June to August) temperatures reach 20 C (68 F). Dust storms are no longer a problem in the city thanks to a reserve that circles the town. Spring (September to November) and autumn (March to May) temperatures hover around 25 C (77 F).

When to fly to Broken Hill

Peak Season: 

Broken Hill's tourist season generally begins mid to late March and runs until the end of October. Peak periods during this time are the school holiday periods, April, July, September and October. 

Off Season: 

November to February is, in general, low season.

Getting around Broken Hill

Rental cars and taxis are available at the airport. A rental car is best for touring around the region but there are companies that offer sight-seeing tours of Broken Hill.

Broken Hill insider information

  • The Bush Mail Run is a fascinating tour and a wonderful way to see how mail and supplies are delivered to remote dwellings, the same way for the past 100 years. 
  • Broken Hill is a major base for the Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia. At the base visitors can see how a working base operates and guided tours are available.
  • Another must-see is the Sculpture Symposium in the Living Desert Reserve about 10km (6 miles) out of town. The 12 gigantic sandstone statues were created by artists from around the world and should be seen at sunrise or sunset when the light brings them to life.
  • Broken Hill operates on Central Standard Time whereas the rest of the region is on Eastern Standard Time (i.e. Broken Hill is 30 minutes behind Sydney).

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