Since its birth as a promising little mining village in the 1880s, Broken Hill has gone on to be recognised as the boldest of the Australian outback towns, a reputation that was pressure-cooked through decades of hardship and heroic survival in the isolation of the desert.
Stroll the city streets for a real sense of how the ages overlap. You’ll pass palatial Federation and Victorian buildings funded by mining wealth, followed by the curving faces of 1930s art deco, and classic tin cottages. Broken Hill’s unique architectural range is officially recognised. More than 350 properties are listed as locally significant and many feature on similar state and national lists. The book, Broken Hill – A Guide to the Silver City, provides a fascinating insight into Broken Hill’s architecture and can be purchased at the Visitor Information Centre.
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