Tour Description

Broken Hill

(Combined Departure)
Four Days: 20th – 23rd August 2024

Twin Share: $1739 per person. Sole Use: $1949 per person.

Included in the tour:
  • Home pick-ups & set downs (most metro areas – please contact us for details)
  • Picnic-style morning teas & all meals
  • All accommodation & admissions to all attractions
  • Experienced & informative tour driver/guide.

 

Embark on a journey to Broken Hill, the ‘Silver City,’ where vast landscapes, clear skies, and rich red soils define its rugged allure. This tour takes you through its historic mining legacy and vibrant art scene. Highlights include an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the Royal Flying Doctor Service and a guided tour of Silverton, a cinematic backdrop for numerous films, capturing the essence of this accessible outback city.

 

Day One – TUESDAY 20 AUGUST 2024

Welcome to our Broken Hill Tour. Today begins with the convenience of home pick-ups, setting the stage for a journey through South Australia’s scenic northern suburbs.

We head towards the agricultural heartlands of Roseworthy and Tarlee, pausing en-route for a delightful morning tea – an ideal opportunity to mingle and savour some local treats. Our path then veers onto the Barrier Highway, taking us past quaint rural villages like Saddleworth and Manoora, each brimming with charm and history.

Our next significant stop is Burra, an enchanting copper mining town dating back to the 1840s, where time seems to have stood still among its beautifully preserved heritage buildings. After soaking in Burra’s historical ambiance, our journey continues to Peterborough for a light lunch. Here, we have the chance to stretch our legs and explore another layer of regional history.

Post-lunch, we rejoin the Barrier Highway, winding our way through quaint settlements until we cross into New South Wales at Cockburn by late afternoon.

Our day culminates in Broken Hill, where we settle into the Hilltop Motel Broken Hill (Ph: 08 8088 2999) for a three-night stay. Here, we have time to relax and refresh, before dinner.

Day Two – WEDNESDAY 21 AUGUST 2024

After our breakfast, we’re joined by a local guide who leads us on an insightful tour of the town. While mining may no longer be the city’s economic powerhouse, its legacy is imprinted on everything from street names to the imposing mining structures that dot the landscape. Originally established to support workers in the rich silver-lead-zinc mines of the Barrier Range, today Broken Hill is celebrated for its vibrant arts scene.

Our guide enchants us with tales of Broken Hill’s storied past as we admire historic landmarks like the Court House, built in 1889, the Trades Hall from 1898, and the Town Hall Façade, preserved from 1891 after the main structure was demolished in 1974. The tour concludes at the Broken Hill Visitor Information Centre.

Next, we visit the gallery of the late, renowned Australian artist, Pro Hart, who captured the essence of the outback with vibrant strokes and unconventional themes. His gallery is a treasure trove of artistic innovation and offers an intimate glimpse into his world, where every artwork tells a story of life in the outback.

Following our visit, we enjoy a light lunch and then journey to South Broken Hill to visit the iconic Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS). At the RFDS Visitors Centre, we explore a museum filled with interactive displays that celebrate the service’s history and the vital role of its staff and community supporters.

We then have some free time to browse local shops at our leisure before returning to our accommodation for dinner.

Day Three – THURSDAY 22 AUGUST 2024

This morning we enjoy breakfast, then reconnect with our guide and venture out to Silverton, a ghost town with a vibrant cinematic history.

Once a bustling mining community, Silverton’s population has dwindled to around 50 residents but its legacy lives on through its appearances in films like Mad Max II and Mission Impossible II. Our exploration includes visits to key landmarks such as Penrose Park, Mundi Mundi Lookout, and the iconic Silverton Hotel, known for its frequent features in various movies. The stark, expansive landscapes around Silverton have drawn numerous artists, leading to the establishment of several local galleries.

By noon, we’ll return to Broken Hill and ascend to the Line of Lode Memorial, which offers panoramic views of the city and a poignant tribute to over 700 miners who have lost their lives since the 1800s. This site, atop the remains of the world’s largest deposit of silver, lead, and zinc, presents a stark reminder of the town’s mining heritage juxtaposed against the community that grew around it.

For lunch, we’ll enjoy local cuisine before visiting the Silver City Mint and Art Gallery. This venue is not only a showcase for regional art but also features the world’s largest acrylic painting on canvas by a single artist, Peter Anderson’s “The Big Picture”, depicting an expansive outback scene. The gallery also offers a chance to observe a silversmith at work, crafting exquisite handmade silver jewelry.

Our day culminates with a visit to the Living Desert State Park, where we encounter the stunning Desert Sculptures. Carved from Wilcannia sandstone by international artists during a 1993 symposium, these sculptures are especially captivating at sunset, providing a serene and reflective end to our day.

We return to our accommodation for our final evening, where we gather for dinner and reflect on the memorable experiences of our journey.

Day Four – FRIDAY 23 AUGUST 2024

Our final day begins with a heartfelt farewell to the rugged charm of Broken Hill as we embark on our return journey home. Travelling along the Barrier Highway, we re-enter South Australia, our path paralleling the historic train-line. Our route takes us through quaint highway towns such as Olary and Yunta, where we pause for morning tea.

Once refreshed, we continue our journey, passing through Terowie and Hallett, before reaching the historic town of Burra. Here, a delicious two-course lunch awaits us, providing an opportunity to sit down for a meal together one last time.

In the afternoon, our journey takes us southward through Riverton and Roseworthy. We make periodic stops to ensure a comfortable ride, each pause a chance to reflect on the myriad of experiences of our holiday.

Upon arrival in Adelaide, the chauffeur cars that began our journey greet us once more, ready to return us to our homes.