Four Days: 17th – 20th March 2022
Twin Share: $1395 per person. Sole Use: $1685 per person.
- Home pick-ups & set downs (most metro areas – please contact us for details)
- Picnic-style morning teas & all meals as per the itinerary
- All accommodation & admissions to all attractions
- Experienced & informative tour driver/guide.
The vastness of the landscape, the clearness of the sky and the redness of the soil bring many to visit the fascinating ‘accessible outback’ city of Broken Hill. Known as the ‘The Silver City’, Broken Hill is bursting with history, with its towering mullock heaps representing billions of dollars that once drove the economy of a fledgling Federation. Our tour highlights include visiting local galleries, experiencing behind the scenes at the Royal Flying Doctor Service and a guided tour of Silverton, where the dramatic landscape has attracted many film makers.
Day One – THURSDAY 17 MARCH 2022
(includes light lunch and two course dinner)
After being picked up from home, (limited areas*) we depart via the northern suburbs, travelling through the agricultural areas of Roseworthy and Tarlee, stopping enroute for morning tea.
Not far from Tarlee, we detour onto the Barrier Highway and journey through small rural villages such as Saddleworth and Manoora, before coming to Burra. An historic copper mining town established in the 1840s, many of its heritage buildings have been very well preserved. Continuing through Terowie, we detour to Peterborough for a light lunch and the chance to stretch our legs.
Returning to the Barrier Highway, we pass through small settlements before crossing the border at Cockburn in the late afternoon.
We arrive in Broken Hill where our accommodation for the next three nights will be at the Ibis Styles (Ph. 08 8088 4044).
Day Two – FRIDAY 18 MARCH 2022
(includes cooked breakfast, light lunch and two course dinner)
After breakfast this morning we meet a local guide who will take us on a tour of the town. Although mining is no longer the driving force of the city’s economy, its influence is everywhere, from the names of the streets to the more obvious mining structures. Broken Hill was first built to serve the miners in the rich silver-lead-zinc mines of the Barrier Range, however today its reputation is built around its artists. The clear skies and brilliant natural light also have great appeal to film makers from around the world.
Our guide will share stories of the history of Broken Hill while showing us some of the historic buildings – the Court House built in 1889, the Trades Hall (1898) and the Town Hall Façade (1891), retained when the main halls and offices were demolished 1974.
After a quick stop at the Broken Hill Visitor Information Centre to drop off our guide and take a look around, we head to the gallery of the late well-known Australian artist, Jack Absalom. A very successful professional artist, as well as a published author, Jack was a member of the Brushmen of the Bush—a group of five local artists including the late Pro Hart, who formed a collaboration to promote outback art within Australia and around the world. Jack lived in Broken Hill for 50 years and his gallery has been described as one of Broken Hill’s finest. It features not only original oil paintings, but also a magnificent opal display.
After admiring these stunning works, we enjoy a light lunch before visiting another icon of the outback. We drive out to South Broken Hill and continue to the airport, home of the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS). The Visitors Centre here combines a museum, theatre and shop including interactive displays which show the history of the RFDS and celebrates the doctors, pilots and flight nurses who have worked for the service, as well as the many community groups who support them.
We depart the airport and have the opportunity for some free time to browse the shops at our leisure before returning to our accommodation for the night.
Day Three – SATURDAY 19 MARCH 2022
(includes cooked breakfast, light lunch and two course dinner)
Following breakfast, we meet our guide once again, but this time we drive out of town to Silverton. Once a booming mining town with a population of over 3000, Silverton has dwindled to just 50 residents and is probably now better known for its role as a backdrop in some iconic films and television series including A Town like Alice, Mad Max II, Priscilla Queen of the Desert and Mission Impossible II.
Our guide will take us to some of the key sites in Silverton including Penrose Park, Mundi Mundi Lookout and of course the Silverton Hotel, perhaps one of the most famous buildings having featured in a number of movies. The vast landscape that surrounds Silverton has also inspired many artists to establish local galleries, so we will explore one or two of these while in town.
We will arrive back in Broken Hill around noon and make our way up to the Line of Lode Memorial to take in one of the best views in town! Besides a lookout, there is also a monument dedicated to over 700 miners who lost their lives at work. The names date back to the 1800s, when the mines first began and it’s a fitting location for the memorial atop the Line of Lode—the ‘hill of dirt’ that dominates the town which was once a seven kilometre strip of the biggest deposit of silver, lead and zinc in the world. Unlike modern mining towns where the accommodation is built well away from the mine activities, Broken Hill’s population built their houses – in the pick and shovel days – as close as they could to their work.
After lunch, we visit the Silver City Mint and Art Gallery. The gallery not only features original artworks and lithographs by well-known artists, but also houses the amazing Big Picture, the world’s largest acrylic painting on canvas by a single artist. It features around 20 thousand trees, 100 thousand saltbush and at least 1000 large stones! The gallery also includes handmade silver jewellery which is created on site. We may even be able to watch the Silversmith at work.
Following a busy day, we have one last stop in the late afternoon. We head out of town a short distance to the Living Desert State Park. In 1993 a Symposium was held to transform a hilltop with twelve sculptures created by artists from around the world. Sculpted from large pieces of Wilcannia sandstone, this unique attraction is particularly stunning as the sun is setting.
We return to our accommodation for the last night of our tour.
Day Four – SUNDAY 20 MARCH 2022
(includes cooked breakfast and two course lunch)
After a wonderful tour in the outback city of Broken Hill, it is now time to return home. Travelling along the Barrier Highway we are soon back in South Australia. We follow beside the path of the train-line, travelling through the small highway town of Olary and on to Yunta where we stop for our morning tea.
Once back on the road, we pass through Terowie and Hallett before arriving at historic Burra, where our two-course lunch will be waiting for us.
In the afternoon we continue south, through Riverton and Roseworthy, stopping to stretch our legs along the way. Arriving back in Adelaide, we meet the cars that take us home with memories of the unique scenery and experiences of outback Broken Hill.