Broken Hill is a mining city in the far west of outback New South Wales with captivating landscapes drenched in light, vast skies, brilliant sunsets and clear nights ablaze with stars.
The population of Broken Hill is 18,777 and is comprised of approximately 51.2% females and 48.8% males. Broken Hill has a population of 1,405 (7.5%) indigenous people. The median/average age of the people in Broken Hill is 43 years of age. Broken Hill is located in the Western NSW Primary Health Network (WNSWPHN). This fact sheet provides an overview of the community profile for the WNSWPHN.
Broken Hill is a mining city in the far west of outback New South Wales, Australia. It is surrounded by semi-desert. It is about 933km from NSW’s capital city of Sydney.
Broken Hill has been referred to as “The Silver City”, the “Oasis of the West”, and the “Capital of the Outback”. Broken Hill is a great place to live. It has a rich and colorful history and is renowned for its art and creativity, beautiful weather and outback lifestyle. It has a real sense of community.
Regional Express operates air services from Broken Hill Airport to and from Adelaide, Dubbo, Melbourne via Mildura and Sydney out of Broken Hill Airport.
Broken Hill is one of the stops of the Indian Pacific passenger service, operated by the Great Southern Rail, from Sydney in to Perth in via Adelaide. The weekly NSW TrainLink Outback Xplorer service arrives from Sydney on Mondays, departing Broken Hill on Tuesdays for the return to Sydney. NSW TrainLink also operates a daily road coach service, departing the Broken Hill Tourist Information Centre, connecting at Dubbo with the Central West XPT to Sydney.
Buses R Us operates a mini-bus service to Adelaide on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays with return journeys on Sunday, Tuesday and Friday.
Local public transport is provided by Murton’s City Bus, operating four city bus routes from Monday to Saturday. The city is also serviced by two urban taxi companies.
The main industries people from Broken Hill work in are:
- Health care and social assistance
- Retail trade
- Accommodation and food services
- Education and training
- Public administration and safety
Broken Hill Hospital (Broken Hill Health Service) is a 108 bed facility. It is a rural teaching hospital, providing acute, non-acute, outpatient services and community health to the Broken Hill and surrounding communities. It has general medical, surgical, obstetric, paediatric, dialysis and acute mental health beds, as well as theaters, palliative care, intensive and coronary care units.
Support services include radiology and pathology departments, as well as a wide range of allied and primary health services. This hospital has an emergency department.
Broken Hill is supported by an Ambulance Service and is a major base for the Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia.
Broken Hill has 9 primary schools and 3 high schools. Find out more here.
There are 2 VET colleges (Robinson College and TAFE Western) as well as a campus of Charles Sturt University.
For young families there are many Pre-schools and Child Care centres to choose from in Broken Hill.
Grand and bustling Argent Street is Broken Hill’s main thoroughfare lined with an array of shops, galleries, cafes and restaurants. Many of them are housed in heritage buildings and strolling along this street truly is like discovering a lost world.
There is also a shopping centre which has Woolworths, Target and Big W.
Broken Hill has Harvey Norman, IGA, and Coles.
Broken Hill has places of worship for Catholic, Baha’i, Baptist, Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Jehovah’s Witness, Lutheran, Seventh Day Adventist, Anglican, Uniting, Christian, Indigenous and Others.
The town has prominent park and garden displays and offers a number of attractions, such as the Living Desert Sculptures. The isolated Mutawintji National Park has both natural beauty and ancient Aboriginal art works.
There is much to see in and around Broken Hill from unique desert flora and fauna, art galleries, mine tours and walking tours taking in many historic buildings, to Menindee, Kinchega and Sturt National Parks.