ilovebrokenhill.com , was first published on 8 December 2011 by Jane Deany. My blog is all about the famous outback Australian National Heritage Listed City named Broken Hill, located in the state of New South Wales. I first visited #BrokenHill in 2002 and have returned many times since then. ilovebrokenhill.com will help you discover what's great about this historic mining city, where in the mid 1880's the line of lode, a rich ore body of silver, lead and zinc was found. You will find stories about anything related to Broken Hill.

Monday, 8 February 2016

Happy Chinese New Year for 2016 to Broken Hill residents and everyone worldwide

It's the year of the Monkey in 2016, I do hope everyone enjoys the Chinese New Year celebrations.

Happy Chinese New Year.

Cheers, Jane Deany

Friday, 29 January 2016

Gaara Arts Inc Looking Forward, Looking Back-A Woman's View and Gayle Rodgers-Inspired - exhibitions open in Broken Hill

Art Scene/Community Event

In the lead up to International Women's Day 2016, Gaara Arts Inc is opening their annual art exhibition titled "Looking Forward, Looking Back - A Woman's View" tonight at the Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery.

Gaara Arts Inc is Broken Hill's all women art group.

Also opening tonight is an exhibition by Gayle Rodgers titled "Inspired".

Exhibition details -

Date - Friday 29 January 2016
Time - 6pm
Place - Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery
Address - 404-408 Argent Street, Broken Hill
Phone - 08 8080 3440
Hours - Monday - Sunday 10am - 5pm

For more details see the following link to the Broken Hill City Council's website.

The exhibitions will both run until 13 March 2016.

The timing of the Gaara Arts exhibition is designed to coincide with International Women's Day which this year is on 8 March.

Enjoy, cheers Jane Deany

Thursday, 28 January 2016

Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery 2016 Far West Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Prize Exhibition opens tonight

Interior Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery
Art Scene/Community Event
The 2016 Far West Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Prize (FWATSIAP) Exhibition opens tonight at the Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery.

Details -
Date - Thursday 28 January 2016
Time - 6pm
Place - Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery
Address - 404-408 Argent Street, Broken Hill
Phone - 08 8080 3440
Hours - Monday - Sunday 10am - 5pm

The prize is presented by Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery and West Darling Arts and is supported by Maari Ma Health Aboriginal Corporation.

The FWATSIAP comprises 4 awards.

A. Open 2 Dimensional Art Prize (1st prize awarded - value $1,500)
B. Open 3 Dimensional Art Prize (1st prize awarded - value $1,500)
C. Young Artists (1st prize awarded - Art pack to the value of $100)
People's Choice Award ($500)

For more details see the following link to the Broken Hill City Council's website.

The exhibition will run until 13 March 2016.

This is an alcohol free event.

Enjoy, cheers Jane Deany

Broken Hill Australia's 1st National Heritage Listed City 1st Anniversary Celebrations

Broken Hill Post Office (right) and Town Square (far left)
Community Event
Today Broken Hill will officially celebrate the first anniversary of the city's National Heritage Listed City status in celebrations at the Town Square in Argent Street (opposite the Post Office).

Time - 9am - 12 noon

Official proceedings 9.30am-10am (Central Standard Time).

Cost - Free

The official proceedings will be live streamed via Periscope @BrokenHillCity (Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox browsers required to view).

You can find out more information from the Broken Hill City Council website -


No doubt it will be lots of fun.

Wish I could be there.

Congratulations on the first anniversary of your National Heritage City Listing Broken Hill.

Cheers, Jane Deany

Friday, 8 January 2016

Royal Flying Doctor Service RFDS Bruce Langford Visitor Centre #BrokenHill

Searching Twitter with #BrokenHill took me to Instagram this time for a story idea for my first www.ilovebrokenhill.com blog post for 2016. Okay, the topic isn't new to my blog, but it's a good one nonetheless.

And before I go on about one of my favourite subjects, namely Broken Hill, I wish readers and everyone a very Happy New Year.

I hope 2016 is a wonderful year for you all in every way.

Back to the Tweet -

Instagram post-

which as you can see, relates to the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) in Broken Hill.

Today I want to highlight this important service yet again, not just because it provides a great tourist attraction experience for Broken Hill visitors, but because it relies on donations for much of its work and I want to support the fantastic work that they do.


Because your and my life may one day quite literally depend upon the RFDS.

The RFDS plays a vital role in the care of sick and injured people in remote areas such as #BrokenHill and the Far West Corner of New South Wales.

Broken Hill is in the South Eastern Section of the RFDS. The RFDS operates in remote areas around Australia and covers over 7.3 million square kilometres.

The Bruce Langford Visitor Centre is at the RFDS located at the Broken Hill Airport in South Broken Hill and is open daily. The Centre won the Silver Award for the Tourism Services Category at the Inland NSW Tourism Awards in July 2015.

Visitors are welcome to browse through the Centre and watch a film about RFDS operations at Broken Hill.

Guided tours are available which describe the full extent of the RFDS's aeromedical services. Visitors can view the communications room and, via a viewing platform, they can see the medically outfitted aircraft and the hangar.

Visitors also have the opportunity to see a working RFDS in action, every day of the week.

Royal Flying Doctor Service merchandise is available for purchase at the souvenir shop (or from the RFDS online shop). All proceeds from sales and admissions go directly towards the vital work of the RFDS.

Hours - 9 am-5 pm M-F, 10am-3pm S-S and public holidays.
Closed - Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Years Day, Australia Day and Good Friday.

Cost - Adults $8.50, children up to 12 years $4, family $20.00 (2 adults & 2 children under 12 years), concession & student card holders $7 groups 10 or more $7.

Address - Airport Road, (South) Broken Hill.

Contact - 08 8080 3714

There is also a new medical centre at the Base.

The RFDS in Broken Hill is supported financially in various ways by numerous Broken Hill locals and groups.

If you would like to financially support the RFDS you can donate via a link from their website - www.flyingdoctor.org.au.

I highly recommend you put the RFDS Base and Visitor Centre on your itinerary when you visit Broken Hill. It's a great experience.

Cheers, Jane Deany

Tuesday, 8 December 2015

ilovebrokenhill fourth anniversary images of #BrokenHill

Four years today since I began www.ilovebrokenhill.com

Three hundred and fourteen posts later and I still love Broken Hill. Here are some visual reasons why I love Australia's first National Heritage Listed City. 

I hope the images whet your appetite to visit this fascinating and historic mining city where BHP was founded.

(standing) Me (left) and Julie Anne Horsburgh
(Seated) Angela, and Maureen Clark (right) at art
exhibition opening at Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery.
There's always an event on in #BrokenHill.

Make sure you book more than one night!

I always have a wonderful and memorable trip every time I visit.

These photos are just a glimpse of what's on offer.


Cheers, Jane Deany

Saturday, 28 November 2015

lineoflode.com Survey about the Line of Lode Broken Hill November to December 2015

Community Event
New South Wales Department of Primary Industries - Lands (Crown Lands) has engaged Allen Jack+Cottier to explore options for Broken Hill's iconic Line of Lode.

Line of Lode, Miners Memorial (top left) and
Broken Earth Complex (top right)
There is an online survey available to complete www.lineoflode.com which will remain available until approximately 6 December 2015. There are 22 questions within the 11 section Survey Monkey managed questionnaire.

The aim is to seek community feedback on how best to develop and preserve the heritage of the famous Line of Lode, and to better understand its role as on of the icons of Broken Hill.

Poppet Head on the way up the Line of Lode
Julie Clift of ABC Broken Hill's Outback Outlook weekday morning radio program interviewed the project director John Whittingham of Allen Jack+Cottier about the project earlier this week on Tuesday 24 November 2015.

See link to the interview below. The short interview (approximately 5 minutes) begins around the 19 minute mark of the podcast.


I've completed the survey. It's a great opportunity to have your views heard.

Survey link - www.lineoflode.com .

Link to information about the Line of Lode.

Link to a pictorial article/post I put together about the Line of Lode.

Cheers, Jane Deany

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

2015-2016 Summer School Holidays in Broken Hill

The Line of Lode with Miner's Memorial (left) and
Broken Earth Complex (right)
Given Broken Hill had the honour, and deservedly so, of becoming Australia's first National Heritage Listed City earlier this year (January 2015), why not take the opportunity to bring the family up to visit the city in the coming Christmas/summer school holidays.
Argent Street streetscape (the main street in Broken Hill).

I can't recommend the City highly enough.

Plan at least a few days as there's lots to see. Check out my Broken Hill Attractions page link (see above), for suggestions of what to see and do.


Jane Deany

Sunday, 8 November 2015

Broken Hill City Council seeks community input on service levels

Community Event
Broken Hill City Council is running a series of sessions to gain insights from the community on what people would like to see improved, maintained and in some cases decreased, across a range of Council services and facilities.

The first sessions were held last Friday 6 November 2015 at the Town Square.

From tomorrow Monday 9 November through to Saturday 14 November 2015 there will be a series of sessions at different locations around the city.

Monday's session is at Westside Plaza - 9-11am, 11am-1pm, 1-3pm

Tuesday's session is at Broken Hill Hospital 10am-2pm

Wednesday's session is at the Town Square 7.30-10am and 11.45am - 2pm and Coles 9am - 3pm.

Thursday's session is at Patton Street Newsagency 8-11am and Westside Plaza 9am-3pm

Friday's session is at Westside Plaza 9am - 3pm 

Saturday's session is at Community Markets 8am-1pm and Oxide Street Newsagency 7.30-11am.

Here is a link to Council's website where the timetable is listed and there is more information about the sessions and what Council is trying to achieve.


Cheers, Jane Deany

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery to receive $300,000 arts funding over 3 years

Art Scene

The following tweet takes you to some great news for Broken Hill's vibrant art scene -

Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery
The New South Wales State Government will provide $300,000 ($100,000 per year) as triennial funding for the Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery so as to support the long term goals of greater community participation.

The focus is to engage and build more audiences.

The Member for Barwon, Kevin Humphries made the announcement recently.

Here is a link to the article from the Broken Hill City Council's website - Gallery Funding Welcomed.

It's more great news for Australia's first Heritage Listed City.

Go #BrokenHill.

Cheers, Jane Deany

Sunday, 18 October 2015

Silver City Cup Races 24 October 2015 Broken Hill

Community Event
It's that time of year again and the popular Silver City Cup horse races in Broken Hill are on next Saturday 24 October 2015. It's therefore another perfect time to visit the city in the coming week. Hopefully you might still be able to book some accommodation if you're not a local.

Silver City Cup
24 October 2015
Broken Hill

For more details call Cheryl Krutli on 0428 532 705.

There is $50,000 in prize money with six races.

Nominations close Monday 11am 19 October 2015.

Here's a link to Racing NSW website. NB this is a non TAB meeting.

Race 1 - Silver City Cup - (1600 metres)

Race 2 - Benchmark 60 Handicap (1100 metres)

Race 3 - Benchmark 55 Handicap (1400 metres)

Race 4 - Benchmark 45 Handicap (1200 metres)

Race 5 - Maiden Plate (900 metres)

Race 6 - Maiden Plate (1200 metres)

Fashion will all play a big part with assorted awards including -

Most elegant senior lady (age 55+)

Most elegant lady (age 25+)

Trendiest chick (age 16-25)

Miss teen (age 11-16)

Best dressed junior girl & boy (age 5-11)

Best dressed gent

Most stylish hat.

I haven't been lucky enough to get to Broken Hill's second biggest race meeting - the Silver City Cup (and the only other race meeting apart from the major event of the year - the St Patrick's Day races in March each year).

Happy punting, or just enjoy the fashion and socialising!

Cheers, Jane Deany

Thursday, 8 October 2015

Anna Macleod's Water Conversations - Broken Hill Art Exchange 10 October 2015

Irish visitor and Broken Hill Art Exchange Artist in Residence Anna Macleod is holding a special workshop at the Art Exchange this Saturday, 10 October 2015.

"Water Conversations" will look at climate change, rainwater and grey water harvesting systems from around the world.

Cost - $30

Where - 145-147 Duff Street, Broken Hill NSW 2880

Time - 2pm-5pm

Bookings - call -08 8088 3171

Sounds fascinating.

Cheers, Jane Deany

Monday, 28 September 2015

Broken Hill Chamber of Commerce AGM on 29 September 2015

Broken Hill Chamber of Commerce Annual General Meeting is on tomorrow - Tuesday, 29 September 2015.

I believe the Chamber of Commerce is always open for new members. It's a great way to help build a stronger business community.

Telephone 08 8087 2236.

This will be the 124th AGM and will be held at the Broken Hill Chamber of Commerce Board Room at 6.30pm. 164 Argent Street, #BrokenHill.
All members are welcome.

Earlier in the day the Small Biz Bus will be in town between 9am and 3pm in the Town Square. This is a service for small businesses to discuss and receive advice about any aspect of their business, from the Chamber's Small Biz Connect advisors.

Cheers, Jane Deany

Friday, 18 September 2015

Broken Hill Potters Society Annual Exhibition 'Magic Pud' opens tonight 18 September 2015

Town Hall Facade Gallery Broken Hill
Opening tonight - Broken Hill Potters Society Annual Exhibition

'Magic Pud' officially opened by local artist Amanda Johnson.

Take the opportunity to see this special exhibition and enjoy yet another part of Broken Hill's artistic community's creative expression.

The exhibition is on at the Town Hall Facade Gallery -

256 Argent Street (the main {shopping} street) in Broken Hill.

The official exhibition opening was tonight, Friday night 18 September 2015.

The exhibition runs from 18 to 25 September 2015 10am - 4pm.

A quality selection of pottery/ceramics, handmade and kiln fired jewellery is available at reasonable prices.

Enjoy, cheers, Jane Deany

Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Broken Heel Festival #BrokenHill 11, 12, 13 September 2015!

Community Event - three fun days - Broken Hill's Broken Heel Festival 11, 12, 13 September 2015

The Palace Hotel Broken Hill, the hotel where the hit movie 'Priscilla Queen of the Desert' was filmed is inviting you to frock up and join them in celebrating Priscilla's biggest 21st birthday bash this coming weekend!

I hear that life in the outback is never a drag! Broken Hill is Australia's first Heritage Listed city and will open its charms and give visitors and locals the opportunity to dust off the ABBA album, walk the same stairs, the same hallways and rub shoulders with the drag of drags.

Click on the bold link below to see the promo video via Facebook 
The hotel from Priscilla Queen of the Desert invites you ....
Posted on
Facebook by Broken Hill's Broken Heel Festival on Thursday, February 26, 2015
It's being billed as an adventure which will change the way you think, the way you feel, the way you dress!

They're kicking up their drag heels in Broken Hill, so there's no better time to visit than this weekend. There is a full program of events scheduled. It sounds like total fun!

Happy 21st Birthday Priscilla!

Enjoy, cheers, Jane Deany