For first timers you should be aiming at the art galleries and an underground tour, the latter to pick up on the area's history which is more interesting than you might think.
The art galleries are without peer anywhere in the world. A huge statement but don't think I'm comparing them to Michaelangelo or such, I'm talking about the fantastic colours inspired by the Aussie outback.
The artists hit the big time when five of them, including world famous Pro Hart, Jack Absolom, Eric Minchin, John W. Pickup and Hugh Schulz and titled "The Brushmen of The Bush" were presented to HRH Queen Elizabeth in London and the whole thing was the subject of a nationwide T.V. documentary. Since then others have benefitted and some of my personal favourites are Albert Woodroffe, Howard William Steer, Wendy Martin, Denise Schinella, the special Peter Browne and the outstanding Peter Anderson. This list ignores over 20 other top line artists, each with their own individuality, who have galleries in the area.
I've been to the National Gallery in London, the Uffizi in Firenze, the Prado in Madrid and seen work from the Hermitage and I'm saying right now that most of the artists in Broken Hill would lose nothing by comparison to the works I saw there.
Fondest memory: The vivid colours in the art galleries and the high quality artists who paint them.
There were several of these little hawks hanging around our campsite at Mungo....at first I thought when they approached that they wanted food, but it was actually my container of hand-washing water they were more interested in!
As there are no lakes containing water in the area at all, the only way birds would get water is from early morning dew or flying huge distances away.
Museum - it has fascinating stories like when, during the First World War, two misguided Turks were shooting at a Silverton excursion train.
Imagine, in the middle of nowhere in the early 1900's, two guys conducting their own private war 15,000 ks from home!
Fondest memory: So, on my first trip over I just happened to be in town when this train appeared. Not your ordinary everyday variety but THE famous Flying Scotsman that had been shipped out to Australia for an historical trip to the Alice.
Needless to say, it was packed to the rafters with train buffs and, were they loving it? You're joking of course!
Favorite thing: I really loved the changing colours of the sand/silt at the Mungo Lunettes. A beautiful place for photography.
Favorite thing: At Broken Hill from the Sculpture Park's hill, you can see out into the desert for miles around.... The Broken Hill Township is far off into the distance near the horizon.