The Living Desert Reserve is nestled amongst the Barrier Ranges and is located 9km from the City of Broken Hill. The topography, scenery and views within the 2400ha reserve are breathtaking and can be explored through the numerous walking trails available for various fitness levels.
Located within the reserve and settled in the tranquility of the gullies and rocky outcrops is the 180ha Living Desert Flora and Fauna Sanctuary. Bordered by a predator-proof fence, the sanctuary allows visitors to gain close access to outback plants and animals, while understanding the regions Aboriginal heritage and the importance of preserving this environment for future generations.
Another major attraction within the Living Desert is the Sculpture Site. A successful sculpture symposium was held on this majestic hilltop (within the centre of the reserve) in 1993 by artists from around the world, under the direction of organiser and artist Lawrence Beck. 12 sandstone sculptures highlight the skyline, all with a story to tell. The Sculpture Site can be accessed via a 1 km walking trail starting from the Flora and Fauna Sanctuary car park. There is also vehicle access to the sculptures.
$6 entry fee per person applies to access the Living Desert and Sculptures. This needs to be paid at the pay bay located at the entrance of the Living Desert area. Payment can be made by coins and credit card facilities also available.
Wedding/Party bookings are also available.
In addition to the major attractions the Living Desert provides a recreational picnic area with free gas barbeques, shade shelters and toilets.
A 2 hour visit is recommended to fully explore the Cultural Walk Trail and Sculpture Site.
The Sculptures Site Opening Hours
Summer months (Dec-Feb): 6.00am to approx. half hour after sunset.
Remaining months: 8.30am to approx. half hour after sunset.