Broken Hill City

1200 kms from Sydney

Known as "The Silver City" and possesses one of the most colourful histories of any town in the Commonwealth. The hotel accommodation is very good. There are many pleasing features including a splendid park and playground at Silverton. Visits to the rich mines can be arranged. There are many sporting facilities including golf, tennis, dog racing and outdoor cinema. Trips to the outback can be arranged where links with the early days of exploration prove interesting.

Broken Hill is the principal metal-mining centre of the State, and a leading city in population. Leases on the silver-lead ore bodies were first pegged out in September, 1883 by a boundary rider, Charles Rasp. Shortly afterwards a famous game of euchre was played to decide whether one of the original 14 shares should be sold at £200 or £120. As a result £120 was paid for an interest now worth millions of pounds. The Broken Hill Proprietary Company Ltd. was floated in 1885, and the yearly mineral output grew from £105,281 in that year to £3,529,043 only six years later. The population of Broken Hill was at its maximum in 1914 when 35,000 people were in the district.

Broken Hill is in the far west of New South Wales, about 56 kms from the South Australian border. It can be reached from Sydney or Adelaide by rail or air. The distance by rail from Sydney is 1123 kms.