Living Desert Sanctuary
Back to nature
Gaze out at the vast expanse of russet-coloured earth dotted with stones and spindly silver plants, then follow the 2-kilometre cultural trail. As you trek through wooded gullies and rocky outcrops, you pass more archetypal images of the Australian outback: a reconstruction of an Aboriginal camp, a disused mine, a scarlet display of Sturt desert pea wildflowers, glowing yellow wattles, red kangaroos hopping past, and maybe a wedge-tailed eagle soaring above. Look for signage explaining the different flora and fauna you come across.
Off Nine Mile Rd, Broken Hill; Broken Hill Visitor Information Centre (08) 8080 3560
■ The extraordinary outdoor sculpture garden, accessible by key from the visitor information centre. Make sure you look out over the desert from the top of the hill – the vista is so vast, you’ll be able to see the curvature of the earth.
The electric fence around the sanctuary is designed to keep out feral animals such as rabbits and foxes. In the 19th century, European settlers released rabbits and foxes into the Australian bush to provide themselves with hunting opportunities. Without natural predators to control them, these introduced species became pests. Feral animals are now a major problem, destroying native animal habitat, spreading disease and competing with native animals for food and shelter.
■ Living Desert has a picnic area with gas barbecues and toilets.