Outback New South Wales
Corner Country, Outback Australia
Silverton, few outback places are as iconic and visitors come from far and wide to this little town on the edge of the real outback. Visitors come to experience what was once a thriving mining town, which later became a ghost town, only to be currently re-inventing itself as a lively destination of museums, art galleries and unique cafes and gift shops. Add to that a VERY iconic pub adorned with images of films made in the area, include Mad Max with Mel Gibson.
To the west of town is Mundi Mundi Plains, a perfect place to watch the sunset over the remote outback, and sitting at the lookout, it is easy to see why its location and proximity to all the creature comforts of Broken Hill have ensured that it is popular with any film crew needing to shoot some desert and outback scenes.
In fact, the Silverton Hotel at the Burke St corner has been used in films as diverse as 'Wake in Fright', 'Mad Max 2', 'A Town Like Alice', 'Hostage', 'Razorback', 'Journey into Darkness' and 'Golden Soak'. When you visit make sure you have a drink in the historic pub, visit the Silverton Pioneer Museum, stop off at the Gaol and Court House and inspect some of the local galleries.
Silverton is located a short drive from Broken Hill and as such relatively close to Menindee where the traveller can link up with the Darling River Run and explore the upstream section to Wilcannia and continue downstream to Pooncarie.
Anyone planning to visit Broken Hill while on the Darling River Run should not miss the opportunity to also visit Silverton.
Driving to Silverton
There are many different routes that can be taken when driving from any of the capital cities to Silverton. The following is an overview of the routes from Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide that may help you in planning your outback experience.
As a general overview:
Warrego Highway <> Gwydir Highway <> Kamilaroi Highway <> Darling River Run (Unsealed) <> Barrier Highway <> Silverton Road: Distance = 1,471km approx
Castlereagh Highway <> Mitchell Highway <> Barrier Highway <> Silverton Road: Distance = 1,172km approx
Calder Highway <> Silver City Highway <> Silverton Road: Distance = 860km aprox
Barrier Highway <> Silverton Road: Distance = 539km approx
Silverton Weather Outlook
Silverton Visitor Information
Silverton See & Do
- Silverton Gaol
- Silverton museums & galleries
- Day Dream Mine
- Camel rides
- Mundi Mudi Plains lookout
Visitor Information Centre:
- Silverton, New South Wales. 2880
- Telephone 08 8088 7566