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Broken Hill

broken hill

Broken Hill

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Broken Hill is an inland mining city in the far west of outback New South Wales, Australia. It is near the border of South Australia on the crossing of the Barrier & Silver City Highways. The closest major city is Mildura (VIC).

The town has a high historical importance in Australia's mining and economic history after the discovery of silver ore led to the opening of various mines, thus establishing Broken Hill's recognition as a prosperous mining town well into the 1990s. Despite experiencing a slowing economic situation into the late 1990s and 2000s, Broken Hill itself was listed on the National Heritage List in 2015 and remains Australia's longest running mining town.

Broken Hill is referred to as "The Silver City", and is considered the "Capital of the Outback". Surrounded by semi-desert, the town has prominent park and garden displays and offers a number of attractions for locals and visitors alike, such as the Living Desert Sculptures. The town has a high potential for solar power, given its extensive daylight hours of sunshine. The Broken Hill Solar Plant, which was completed in 2015, is one of the largest in the Southern Hemisphere.