Known also as the 'Silver City', the 'Oasis of the West' and the 'Capital of the Outback', Broken Hill's thriving mining community (once the biggest silver, lead and zinc deposit on Earth) is at once the gateway to the unique Australian Outback and the arts inspired by it, and an ever growing hub of business. With a cheap rental car from one of the many depots such as the Broken Hill Airport and city centre, you can make your way around this red dust town in as much comfort as you please, where Summer temperatures are an average 32 degrees celsius.
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With mines and industry spread across both the inner city and its outskirts, a hire car can help travelling professionals make the most of their stay. At the end of the day, when you are in the mood for something a bit more pleasing to the soul, the quickly growing renown of cultural sites like the ancient Aboriginal artworks in nearby Mutawintji National Park are only a stone's throw away in a rental car. Broken Hill offers spectacular bird watching tours, sunset drinks atop the Desert Sculpture Park hill overlooking the city and more unique features all easily accessible in a rental car. If you're feeling particularly adventurous, you can even day trip over the short stretch of dry desert to Silverton, setting of the Mad Max film series starring Mel Gibson.
As the 'Capital of the Outback', Broken Hill is also surrounded by some of the reddest, most uninhabited desert on the Continent, perfect for exploration with a rental 4WD. The 4X4 Outback challenge runs every year in May, but tours are also run at various times, with the option of course always open to experience the landscape and its wildlife at your own discretion.
1. Head south-west on Silver City Hwy towards Sulphide St
2. Go through 1 roundabout 1.4 km
3. Turn right at Galena St 1.5 km
4. At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Brookfield Ave 1.3 km
5. Turn left at Brown St
You will find Dream Tourist Mine on your left 500m