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The Broken Hill Living Desert and Sculpture Symposium

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by Paula McManus (subscribe)
Photography obsessed writer and urban explorer. Lover of nature, art and long weekends. Adelaide, South Australia.
Published April 1st 2016
Nature and Art - a top outback experience
Just 9kms out of Broken Hill in the New South Wales outback is one of the areas major tourist attractions and one of the most photographed landscapes in Far West NSW - the Living Desert Sanctuary and Sculpture Symposium.

Broken Hill Sculptures Symposium
Broken Hill Sculptures Symposium (©Paula McManus)

There are 2 entrances to the Park. The main entrance takes you to the 2400ha Sanctuary where you can take the Cultural Walking Trail to view aboriginal heritage, local wildlife and native flowers like the Sturt Desert Pea, an old prospectors mine, and scenic lookouts. From this carpark you can walk to the Sculpture Park at the top of the hill - a walk of approximately 2.2kms return.

The other entrance takes you directly to the Sculpture Symposium at the top of Sundown Hill and offers magnificent 360 degree views of the great Australian outback.

Broken Hill Sculptures Symposium
Broken Hill Sculptures Symposium (©Paula McManus)

The Broken Hill Sculpture Symposium has gained national recognition and is now considered a site of international artistic standing. The sculpture installation attracts more than 35,000 visitors each year.

Take your time while viewing the Sculptures. There's a trail to follow and each sculpture is signposted with information on the works.

Broken Hill Sculptures Symposium
Broken Hill Sculptures Symposium (©Paula McManus)

It goes without saying that the best time to visit the Sculptures is at sunset. It's hard to describe just how beautiful it is. Find a rock or somewhere to sit and just let yourself be completely immersed - it's a memorable experience.

Visiting at the beginning or the end of the day create fantastic photo opportunities. The light changes fast, the shadows become long and the colour of the sculptures change from browns to reds as the sun dips.

Broken Hill Sculptures Symposium
Broken Hill Sculptures Symposium (©Paula McManus)

The Sculptures and their artists are:
1. Facing the Day and the Night by Eduardo Nasta Luna (Mexico City, Mexico)
2. Thomasina (Jillarruwi - the Ibis) by Thomas Munkanome (Tiwi, Bathurst Island)
3. Motherhood by Badri Salushia (Tbilisi, Georgia)
4. The Bride (Australia) by Dr Mahomad Mira (Damascus, Syria)
5. Moon Goddess by Conrad Clark (Katoomba, New South Wales)
6. Habitat by Dr Ahmad Al Ahmad (Damascus, Syria)
7. Bajo El Sol Jaguar ( Under the Jaguar Sun) by Antonio Nava Tirado (Mexico City, Mexico)
8. Angels of the Sun and the Moon by Valerian Jikiya (Rustiva, Georgia)
9. A present for Fred Hollows in the Afterlife by Lawrence Beck (Symposium Director, Koolewong, Australia)
10. Nhatji (Rainbow Serpent) by Badger Bates (Broken Hill, Australia)
11. Tiwi Totems by Gordon Pupangamirri (Tiwi, Bathurst Island)
12. Horse by Jumber Jikiya (Rustavi, Georgia)

Broken Hill Sculptures Symposium
Broken Hill Sculptures Symposium (©Paula McManus)

The Flora and Fauna Sanctuary contains numerous indigenous species. The park displays all of the breathtaking beauty of the the New South Wales outback. The best time to visit is in Spring, when (if the conditions are right) the wildflowers bloom and there can be large patches of beautiful Sturt Desert Peas.

Sturt's Desert Pea Swainsona formosa
Sturt's Desert Pea Swainsona formosa (©Paula McManus)

Admission is $6 per person, paid into a self-registration box. Payment can be made by credit card or cash (no change given)

Opening times:
December to February: 6am to approximately half an hour after sunset.
March to November: 8.30am to approximately half an hour after sunset

Sculptures: limited bench seating, large carpark. There is no water and there are no toilets.
Living Desert Sanctuary: carpark, picnic tables and chairs, free gas BBQs, toilets and shade shelters

Living Desert State Park is located 9km from Broken Hill

within Broken Hill, follow the signs from the town centre onto Kaolin Street to the Sculptures and travel approximately 9kms.

Other considerations when visiting
It is recommended to take plenty of water with you at all times, especially in Summer when the temperature is scorchingly hot.

Wear sturdy shoes and be aware of where you are walking - venomous snakes also share the landscape.

Wear warm clothing in the winter - the temperatures can get below zero at times.

Flies can be extremely bothersome at certain times of the year. A hat with fly net will be most valued, as will an insect repellent spray.
Pets are strictly forbidden from entering the park.

Broken Hill Sculptures Symposium
Broken Hill Sculptures Symposium (©Paula McManus)

Broken Hill is a remote city in the New South Wales outback and is Australia's First Nationally Heritage Listed Town.

Although in New South Wales, the city is very close to the South Australian border and uses the same time zone and phone area code and receives Adelaide TV and radio stations.

The city is 1,160km (721 miles) west of Sydney and 511km (318 miles) north east of Adelaide.
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Why? visit an internationally recognised art installation
When: every day
Where: Broken Hill, New South Wales
Cost: $6 per person
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