Broken Hill is a mining town in the north west of the state of New South Wales and has a number of attractions worthy of the trip for a photographer, which is a good thing as it is a nearly 1200km journey by car. After a few days at my co-travelers place in Moss Vale in the Southern Highlands, we headed outback with our first stop overnight in Griffith, NSW. The next day we hit the road, destination Broken Hill.
Upon arrival in Broken Hill we settled into our AirBNB accommodation which thankfully was a short walk up the road from the main business district, and all of it’s restaurants and hotels. The most famous Hotel of course, is The Palace Hotel which was featured in the movie The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert from 1994. Perhaps the most interesting part of the hotel is the unique painting of the walls within. Worth a visit for a look-see and for the great selection of Fossey’s Gin which you can enjoy with a great meal at their restaurant.
Broken Hill itself is a fairly typical country town, however surrounding it are plenty of sights to see and our first stop was the Line of Lode Memorial to the Miners who have lost their lives in the mines. Sitting high on a mountain of dirt and rubble that was created with the earth removed from the mines, the memorial is a striking bit of architecture with a brown rustic finish that contrasts well with the blue sky above it.
A short drive outside of Broken Hill, is the Living Desert and Sculptures, a which in essence is a collection of stone sculptures atop a small hill. This small hill provides panoramic views of the surrounding area, and is a sensational place to sit and watch the sun sink slowly as it casts golden sunlight on the sculptures.
You do not know where to look as the sculptures take on an incredibly orange hue from the setting sun, and then the sunset itself is just amazing. In the end I decide the silhouetted sculpture with the setting sun behind it was the best result I could get as I worked around the other visitors to the site.
The other must see while visiting Broken Hill is the Menindee Lakes, which is a series of lakes along the Darling River about 110km outside Broken Hill itself. Depending on where you decide to look, you may find an empty lake or a water filled lake with dead trees emerging from the water, that in late afternoon create the most amazing sight. I ended up shooting a huge number of images here, as well as drone footage which looks spectacular.