Broken Hill was originally inhabited by the Willyama Aboriginal tribes. The first Europeans to discover the great Barrier Range were Charles Sturt and his team members in the year 1844. He named this place as Broken Hill in his diary and described it as one of the most barren lands he has ever come across. Gradually people started exploring the area and moved up to further west in 1860’s. In 1863, many gold diggers came to the area and it was not until 1883 that silver was discovered in the area. Immediately the diggers formed a group of seven and in January 1885 discovered a rich area of silver which turned out to be the richest area of silver, lead and zinc in the whole world. Broken Hill was declared as a municipality in 1888 and as a city in 1907.
Most parts of the Broken Hill city are covered in deserts and as a result the region experiences extreme warm climates in summers. Winters can also be chilly and dry and there is no much of rainfall in winter. Dust storms are quite common in the region and during January temperatures soar up to 33ºC or more. The maximum amount of rainfall occurs in the months of May and June.
Broken Hill is a stop-over place for Indian Pacific passenger service which is being operated by the Great Southern Railway. The Ghan railways serve from Adelaide to Darwin and from Adelaide to Melbourne. The Regional Express airways operate air lines between Adelaide and Sydney and there are weekly bus services in the region as well.
Broken Hill has become an important cultural centre of late in the past few decades. It is the home of “Brushmen of the Bush” group of people which comprise of Eric Minchin, Hugh Schulz, Jack Absalom, Pro Hart and John W. Pickup who generally make depictions of the nearby regions. There are numerous art galleries in Broken Hill where one will find local, international and national works of art.
Broken Hill has a vibrating night life which is supported by the large number of pubs and lounges. Broken Hill also has many tourist attraction spots which include Stephen’s Creek, lakes, Mudi-Mundi plains, Moowingee National Park, quarries and many open-cast mines.
Argent Street is one of the best places to find lots of shops, restaurants and hotels to satisfy your shopping spree and taste buds. Some of the well-known restaurants of Broken Hill include Charlotte’s at the Grand, Bells Milk Bar, Mikado Café, Silverton Tea Rooms, Tramway Coffee Lounge, Jonathon’s Café, Alfrescos Café and Chrissy’s Coffee lounge among many others.
While on your visit to Broken Hill, you can book your rooms at any of these hotels:
- Black Lion Inn
- Caledonian Hotel
- Duke of Cornwell Hotel
- All Nations Hotel
- Grand Hotel
- Junction Hotel
- Mario’s Hotel
- Pig & Whistle Hotel
- Northern hotel
- Silverton Hotel
- Royal Exchange Hotel
- Tibooburra Hotel
- Tyduil Hotel
- South Australia Hotel