Silverton is located just 25 km from Broken Hill and comprises over 1000 square kilometres of land. It was briefly the hub of the region and the actual birthplace of BHP, as Broken Hill did not exist when the company was founded. Silverton was therefore crucial in transitioning Australia from an agriculture-based economy to an industrial powerhouse.
It thrived back in the late 1800s – mining claims were everywhere as new prospectors arrived, with the population peaking at 3,000 in the mid-1880s. It had its own Municipal Council and businesses lined the main street.
Today the resident population is a few dozen, but more than 120,000 tourists drop by every year, and the numbers continue to increase.
Silverton’s rich history, raw beauty, stunning vistas and superb light have attracted a myriad of artists, photographers and cinematographers among others over the years. There’s a lot to explore so plan some time for your visit, Silverton stands on its own as a go-to, stepback- in-time destination.
If you’re doing it as a day trip from Broken Hill, make it a whole day – or stay a night or more at the iconic hotel (there are seven accommodation units), or Penrose Park on the outskirts of town.
An extensive common surrounds the town, providing an excellent habitat for native wildlife – dawn and dusk are the best times of day to view the local fauna.
Some of the significant historic buildings, which are part of Silverton’s unique heritage, are well preserved and still in use today. Two have museums (the gaol and school). A third museum is dedicated to Mad Max 2. There are five studio/galleries with a diverse and interesting range of art and crafts, and at one, Beyond 39 Dips, you’ll find a good range of tourist information as well. You can do a heritage walking trail through the hills, visit the disused Silverton tramway track, grab a meal, snack or drink, including an ice cold beer (or anything else you fancy) at the pub – and have a chat with some locals.
There’s plenty to do out of town as well. Surrounding the village are the historic sheep and cattle stations of Belmont, Eldee, Peak Hill and Mundi Mundi. Eldee has mountain bike tracks and self-drive 4WD tracks to enjoy and test your skills. Also on Eldee Station (10 minutes from town), you can take in unforgettable sunsets at the Mundi Mundi lookout. Between Broken Hill and Silverton, you can head north to the Historic Day Dream Mine (25 mins), which is also well worth a visit.
Depending on the time of year you’re here, you can also catch the annual Sunsets Music Festival, the annual ARB Eldee Easter Festival or Arias in the Outback.
Make Silverton a must on any visit to Broken Hill – you’ll discover why visitors return time and time again!
The ancient landscape of Mutawintji National Park, north east of Broken Hill, is rich in Aboriginal history. Explore bushwalks and camp under the outback night sky.
If you’re looking to stay a little longer, there’s caravan and camping, station stay and pub accommodation available to suit all budgets along with great meal options.
Surrounding the village are the historic sheep and cattle stations of Belmont, Eldee, Peak Hill and Mundi Mundi. Eldee has mountain bike tracks and self-drive 4WD tracks to enjoy and test your skills!
There are many options to explore the area by car, 4WD, bike or on foot. A great way to take it all in when you first arrive is on the two-hour Heritage Walking Trail.
Alternatively drive to the Mundi Mundi lookout for great views of the iconic Mundi Mundi Plains. The highest vantage point to view the Mundi Mundi Plains and spectacular sunsets is on Lookout Hill, located on Eldee Station and open to guests.
In the 1980s the area of Silverton became very popular with film crews after Mad Max 2 was filmed there in 1981. Film and television producers from around the world have worked here and countless advertisements for print and screen have been shot against the dramatic backdrop of outback NSW for decades. It isn’t uncommon to see a film crew at work when you visit!