Broken Hill Living Desert and Sculptures, Broken Hill

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    LIVING DESERT FLORA & FAUNA SANCTUARY

    by balhannah Written Jun 1, 2012

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    This part of the park is where we arrived first.
    There was quite a good size car park, picnic amenities and free Toilets.

    1st, I will tell you about the Flora. In April, there wasn't a lot in bloom, so it is best to come in Spring. I still did find some plants of interest, and I really like seeing them growing in the brightly coloured soil. Most of the flowers were small and not that easily seen unless you were looking for them.

    The Flora and Fauna Sanctuary is an area of 180 hectares bordered by an electric predator-proof fence - DON'T TOUCH THIS!
    We did some of the 1.5km cultural trail that leads to the Arboretum and Sturt Pea Wildflower display and Aboriginal attractions, but didn't continue because of the lack of flowers and the bad track, you could easily twist an ankle, so be careful! Very uneven surface, rocks and uphill climb.

    OPEN.... 9am -5pm (Mar-Nov) and 6am 2pm (Dec-Feb).

    ENTRY FEE....$10 PER CAR.....INCLUDES THE LIVING DESERT SCULPTURES

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    LIVING DESERT SCULPTURES

    by balhannah Written Jun 1, 2012

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    If you have seen everything in the city and have a car, then head out on a 12km drive to the "Living Desert Sculptures' located in the Barrier Ranges.

    It is said to be particularly beautiful at sunset when the rocks glow crimson, we couldn't visit at this time of day, but we did enjoy what we saw in daylight.

    WE found the turn-off easily, it is signposted, and then drove up a narrow, windy road to the top of the hill where the 12 sculptures are located.
    The sculptures are large Wilcannia sandstone boulders, sculptured by twelve different artists. Two were from Mexico and Syria, three from Georgia (in the Caucasus), and five Australians, including two Bathurst Islanders.

    I found I needed to take my time looking at these sculptures, and don't forget to look the whole way around them. All have notice boards explaining what you are seeing.
    Not only are the sculptures good, but so is the view across the plains.
    You can follow the 1 km walking trail starting from the Flora and Fauna Sanctuary car park up the hill to the sculptures.

    ADMISSION is $10 per car paid into a self - registration box.


    OPEN.... 9am -5pm (Mar-Nov) and 6am 2pm (Dec-Feb).

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    Barrier range sculpture symposium

    by MylesD Written May 13, 2008

    Twelve sandstone sculptures on top of a hill overlooking a magnificent Outback scenery with a 360 degrees view of the sunset. 11 kilometers north of Broken Hill. Go to the visitor's center for driving directions and the key to the park ($30 deposit I believe).

    I didn't go myself, but wanted to!

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    More Sculptures

    by CandS Updated Aug 10, 2005

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    Angels of the Sun and Moon & Under the Jaguar Sun

    This photo was taken late one afternoon...

    I would recommend you take a picnic or snacks up the hill with you and enjoy the view for a while. Quite a few people were sitting around enjoying the sunset when we were up there. We were much too busy taking photos to be able to sit down though. ;)

    There aren't actual seats up on the hill but there are plenty of rocks and flat areas that you can sit or lay a blanket down on.

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    More sculptures

    by CandS Updated Aug 10, 2005

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    Bajo El Sol Jaguar (Under the Jaguar Sun)

    How cute...a magpie sitting on top of the sculpture like he was protecting it...

    This sculpture is the most photographed of the whole group, and also the most drawn/painted by artists...you will see it everywhere around town. It was definitely my favourite sculpture for photos too...

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    Visit the sculptures...

    by CandS Updated Dec 19, 2003

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    Sculptures at sunrise...

    The sculptures are amazing...they are located on a hill about 10-15 minutes drive from the town.

    It is about a 15 minute walk up to the sculptures and once you get there they are beautiful! If you are unable to walk that far or just don't want to then you can borrow a key from the Visitors Centre after putting down a deposit. The key will open a gate at the bottom of the hill so you can get almost right to the sculptures.

    The sculptures were created by differrent people from around the world using sandstone collected around the Broken Hill area.

    I would recommend you visit the sculptures just on sunrise or sunset...that's when they look the most beautiful... :)

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    Living Desert Sculpture Park

    by Kate-Me Written Mar 14, 2003

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    Sculputres

    I really recommend the Sculpture Park, especially at sunset (or sun rise). The sculptures are well done and it's an interesting concept to have such a park in the middle of the desert, with the city of Broken Hill far off in the distance.
    It's a nice walk to the top of the hill and a great place for photography.

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    Sculpture hill

    by gonzo747 Written Oct 12, 2005
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    Outside of Broken Hill, there's a hill full of sculptures. A great place to see the sunset.
    The flies get pretty enoying over here though.

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