When to Fly
Broken Hill's high tourist season generally begins mid to late March and runs until the end of October, where a lot of tourists book flights. Peak periods during this time are the school holidays, which occur during April, July and September/October. Other times when Broken Hill becomes popular is during its many events. One such example is the annual Silver City Show, taking place in September, which is a real country affair for the whole family. Enjoy a day jam-packed with events and activities, such as arts and crafts, rides, food stalls, the museum of ‘days gone by’, an animal nursery and fireworks. If you take a flight to Broken Hill during late October, be sure not to miss the Silver City Cup. First held in 1899, this is the oldest horse race in the region and it attracts thousands of people every year. Taking place at St Patricks Race Club, the event also has a whole host of entertainment for the entire family.
November to February, when the sun can be scorching hot, is in general, the low season. If you’re happier spending your holiday admiring the art in the numerous art galleries than this is a good time to book some cheap flights to Broken Hill.
Broke Hill’s 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, on top of 7.3km Line of Lode is the Miner's Memorial, which commemorates the hundreds of workers who died while working the mine.
There are several absorbing art galleries (Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery, Pro Hart and Jack Absalom, the Brushmen of the Bush) and heritage buildings (the Broken Hill Mosque, the BHP Chimney Ruin and the Wesley Church and Hall to name just three). The Silver City Art Centre houses the world's largest (12m x 100m) acrylic on canvas painting.
Within an hour's drive of Broken Hill are Silverton (the setting of several movies including Mad Max and Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert), Kinchega National Park and the Menindee Lakes.
This mix of art and history is why tourists keep booking flights to Broken Hill.