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This outback ghost town is the location of more than 140 films and commercials and was once a vibrant and busy mining town. You've already seen Silverton and on the silver screen. It has appeared in films including Bryan Brown's Dirty Deeds, Mad Max II and Priscilla, Queen of the Desert as well as the Castlemaine XXXX beer advertisements and the Royal Flying Doctor television series. Cinematographers are attracted by the clear light, the haphazardly placed colonial buildings full of character, the wide streets, the famous pub and the magnificently evocative scenery. Silverton is the ideal image of an outback town. Prospectors began working in the area in 1867. They'd heard a tale of a gold find by a local station hand and unfortunately, his claim turned out to be a pretext for stealing a horse. Some years later though, two men drilling a well on Thackaringa station to the south hit a lode of silver. Silverton's population grew from 250 in September 1883, to 500 by December 1883 and 1700 by December 1884, with all the prospectors living in slap-dash huts of iron and canvas. Many of the diggers came from South Australia's copper mines, which were depleted by that time, but Silverton also had a reputation for harbouring various undesirables and horse thieves, cattle duffers and mining sharks. Silverton's high grade ore was quickly removed. With the boom in Broken Hill, many miners carted their homes to the Silver City and by 1901, Silverton was home to only 286 people. Now, Silverton is a picturesque cluster of buildings, with a restored gaol, opened in 1889, some art galleries and artists' studios, such as the John Dynon, Horizon and Peter Browne Galleries and the celebrated Silverton Hotel, with its desert backdrop, a replica of Mad Max's car in front and film memorabilia inside. Silverton is situated 25 kilometres north west of Broken Hill. Access is via a sealed road. Once a thriving community of more than 3000, it is now a ghost town. There are no fuel supplies. Other attractions include Mundi Mundi Lookout, Umberumberka Reservoir and a heritage walk.

Silverton: Where To Go / Sightseeing

Penrose Park


Whether you're after a quiet family picnic, an eventful weekend or a week away from it all, Penrose Park is the place for you.

Powered camping and caravan sites are available, with bunkhouses and a large hall available to rent. Toilet and shower blocks are also available.

There's a lot to do for the whole family at Penrose Park. There are tennis courts, children's playgrounds, wood and gas barbecues, walking trails and even a bush golf course.

The Park is a safe haven for animals. Horses, goats, sheep, peacocks and a wide variety of birds dot the landscape. One popular resident is a white crested corella, who always has time for a chat.

Camping and bunkhouse accommodation is available.




Silverton Road
Silverton, NSW, 2880

Located 0.6K from Silverton

Silverton Gaol Museum


Step back in time at the Silverton Gaol and Historical Museum.

Virtually every aspect of life in Silverton's heyday is represented, with literally thousands of items on display. Tools of the trades of mining, transport, entertainment, technology, food, religion, sport, education and medicine are accompanied by a range of photographs, painting a vivid picture of Silverton's early years.

Silverton's original gaol was cobbled together from timber and iron. The building itself was less than secure, and prisoners were secured with leg-irons to prevent their escape. Due to overcrowding, prisoners often found themselves chained to a nearby peppercorn tree. It was these appalling conditions which led to the erection of the current Silverton Gaol in 1889.




Burke Street
Silverton, NSW, 2880

Located 0.7K from Silverton

Mad Max Museum


Australia's first and only museum dedicated to Mad Max 2.

Offering a large collection of photographs, life size characters in full costumes, original and replica vehicles including two Interceptor's. Exhibits memoribilia with souvineers also available.

The museum is not just a place for the hard core Mad Max fans but a place where tourists and locals alike can go and discover what an impact Mad Max 2 had on this region and on the Australian film scene.

Stop by to view the amazing collection at the museum, it is certainly well worth a look.




Silverton Road,
2 Sturt Street
Silverton, NSW, 2880

Located 0.9K from Silverton

The Horizon Gallery


The Horizon Gallery at Silverton is among the most respected galleries in Outback Australia. The gallery hosts the studio of Albert Woodroffe. Other artists whose artworks are featured include Clark Barrett, J.E. Jones, Lindsay Womersley and Warwick Fuller FRAS. As well as paintings, you will see a selection of sculptures, pottery, silks, silver jewellery, emu oil products and greeting cards.




Corner Burke Street and Layard Street
Silverton, NSW, 2880

Located 1.0K from Silverton

Silverton Photography


Call in and see Helen Murray at her Silverton Gallery, the result of a hobby gone feral. The collection includes photographs of Silverton and surrounding areas depicting flooding creeks, tranquil reflection pools, dust storms, sunrises, sunsets and so much more. There's something for everyone and every budget, great gift ideas. While you're there, check out Helen's garden. It's full of unique water features, lots of old stuff and great bird life. Entry is by donation.




Lot 10,
Umberumberka Road
Silverton, NSW, 2880

Located 1.1K from Silverton

Silverton Heritage Walking Trail


Take a scenic walk on Silverton's Heritage Walking Trail. It takes around two hours walking time, taking in all of Silverton's sights and historic buildings. During the walk you will go through a railroad cutting and also take in the fantastic Mundi Mundi Plains.

It is recommended that you carry water during the hotter months. Trail maps are available from the Silverton Visitor Centre (Beyond 39 Dips).

This trail is also excellent for mountain biking.




Various locations in Silverton
Silverton, NSW, 2880

Located 1.4K from Silverton

Mundi Mundi Plains


The Mundi Mundi plains lookout is on the edge of the world! From the top of the hill, the flat lands of the Mundi Mundi plains stretch out for an eternity. Take a self-guided walk and take a champagne picnic! Visiting at dusk and watching the sun dip behind the alluvial fans on the edge of the vast plains is an unforgettable experience.

Mundi Mundi plains lookout is located 29 kilometres north of Broken Hill or four kilometres north of Silverton.




Mundi Mundi Plains
Silverton, NSW, 2880

Located 6.7K from Silverton

White's Mineral Art and Living Mining Museum


Go underground (without going under) to see crushed mineral collage artworks depicting mining equipment past and present, legend of Sturts Desert Pea, local historical buildings and landscapes.

Bushy White was born in Broken Hill in 1943 and spent 26 years working on the local mines. Experiencing mining, comradeship with mates and being surrounded by the magnificent minerals that are only found, under the "Hill".

Bushy uses these unique minerals to create artworks by crushing them up and applying them to a board using several types of glue.

Other features include mining video, guided tours and mining models for ease of understanding. Minerals for sale, souvenirs, opals, jewellery, dolls and bear display. Tea, coffee and soft drinks available.




1 Allendale Street
Broken Hill, NSW, 2880

Located 20.5K from Silverton

The Living Desert and Sculptures


Within the Living Desert Reserve are two must see major attractions - the sculptures and the flora and fauna sanctuary.

The Sculptures comprise 12 sandstone artworks which highlight the skyline, all with a story to tell. Located on a majestic hilltop within the centre of the reserve, the sculptures were completed in 1993 by artists from around the world.

The Flora and Fauna Sanctuary comprises an area of 180 hectares bordered by an electric predator-proof fence. This sanctuary has been planned and designed carefully to provide visitors with a unique insight into flora, fauna and Aboriginal culture of western New South Wales. This is truly a sanctuary with a difference; the one and a half kilometre cultural trail within the sanctuary takes you on a journey through the Arboretum and Sturt Pea Wildflower display, Aboriginal attractions display past culture and recent contemporary story pole artwork.




Off Nine Mile Road
Broken Hill, NSW, 2880

Located 20.8K from Silverton

Artmecca - The Art of Deirdre Edwards


Deirdre's work as a visual artist portrays an essence of "self" in relation to her existence in the landscape. She seeks to express an inner vision created from memories, thoughts, experiences and connection with her environment. A love of all art has inspired Deirdre her whole life; and within her memories, she draws on the obscure details within a subject, unifying abstract metaphors with traditional, realistic impressions.







34 Williams Lane
Broken Hill, NSW, 2880

Located 21.4K from Silverton

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