It’s the Australian Outback, so don’t expect the Ritz Carlton – but that doesn’t mean there aren’t lots of great places to stay in Broken Hill.
This mining town has bustling industrial economy and has also recently become a popular tourist destination, with a whole variety of cultural institutions and nearby natural attractions.
For both these reasons, there’s a good range of accommodation in Broken Hill – from motels, to holidays homes, and even a few posh(ish) hotels.
If you haven’t read it already, you might be interested in my story on the best things to do in Broken Hill.
Hotels in Broken Hill can get quite busy – particularly during the peak season in the middle of the year – so it’s worth booking in advance to make sure you get one of the nicer options.
Coming up, I’ve got my top tips for where to stay in Broken Hill. But first, you can see what’s available on this map:
There aren’t many modern or luxury hotels in Broken Hill, so what you’ll find is that many of the traditional accommodation options are motels or pubs.
There are also quite a few self-contained properties in Broken Hill – large homes with multiple bedrooms, or even some apartments. If you’re staying for a few days, you might find that’s more comfortable.
For my recommendation for the best accommodation in Broken Hill, I’ve gone for somewhere that captures the character of the city, but still offers one of the most comfortable stays.
It’s why I’ve chosen the Imperial Fine Accommodation, a heritage building in the centre of town with easy access to all of Broken Hill’s attractions.
Imperial Fine Accommodation
Wrapped in a lace and timber verandah, Imperial Fine Accommodation looks historic from the outside, evoking the spirit of the Outback. But, although the interior has also kept lots of the original heritage, it’s also been extensively renovated with a boutique feel.
There are six ensuite rooms furnished with antique and period pieces – or there’s a 2-3 bedroom apartment if you’re travelling in a group. Each room has small touches of heritage to explore.
Expect a warm welcome from the owners. This is a place where you can have your privacy but also mingle with other guests if you like – everyone has access to a guest lounge with a billiards table and chess board, as well as an outdoor swimming pool.
If the Imperial Fine Accommodation takes your fancy, I would suggest booking early, because the rooms book up quickly with people wanting to enjoy their sunset drinks on that balcony!
When it comes to budget accommodation in Broken Hill, you won’t find anything extremely cheap. But there are quite a few motels that offer relatively affordable rooms. Not all motels are created equal, though, and it’s worth choosing somewhere decent.
BEST: Red Earth Motel
Of the motels in Broken Hill, I think Red Earth Motel is the best, with large comfortable rooms and a safe atmosphere.
Gateway Motor Inn
Its location off the main road makes Gateway Motor Inn nice and quiet, and the facilities like the pool are a nice touch.
Desert Sand Motor Inn
While I wouldn’t put it at the top of the list of motels, the Desert Sand Motor Inn is often the cheapest, so offers good value.
Broken Hill Tourist Park
Perfect for families, the Broken Hill Tourist Park has a range of accommodation options (including two-bedroom cabins) plus a playground and pool.
If you’re staying a few days, or are travelling in a large group, it might make sense to get a house or apartment that will give you a bit more space. Thankfully, there’s a good selection of self-contained accommodation in Broken Hill, to suit different tastes.
BEST: Jadan Cottages
The old miners cottages at Jadan Cottages have been delightfully renovated but are still full of heritage. These cosy spaces have lots of extras included.
IADA on Iodide
With a clean modern style, IADA on Iodide has two bedrooms and is in a fantastic location in the city centre.
The welcoming design and comfortable rooms make Lotte’s Cottage immediately welcoming, but the outside dining area is a highlight.
Full of quirks, Ella’s Place has been styled with love and there’s a wonderful sense of history in this authentic house full of Broken Hill character!
Broken Hill is like nowhere else you’ll visit in New South Wales, so it’s no surprise that there are a few places to stay in Broken Hill that are also unique. From the Outback, to a movie star, these are my tips for some special accommodation.
BEST: Broken Hill Outback Resort
About 15km out of town, the Broken Hill Outback Resort has cabins with windows that look out across the colourful desert landscape.
Made famous by the Priscilla movie, the Palace Hotel is still a pub downstairs but has its own history (with incredible murals) upstairs.
The Silverton Hotel
If you visit Silverton, about 25km out of town, you might like to stay at the Silverton Hotel, the town’s legendary pub which is the heart of all the action!
OK, you’re not going to find fancy five-star hotels here, but the luxury accommodation in Broken Hill is still very good. You’ll be more than comfortable at one of these options.
BEST: Imperial Fine Accommodation
My top pick in town, Imperial Fine Accommodation is the perfect blend of heritage, wonderful rooms, and attention to detail in everything that’s on offer.
Royal Exchange Hotel
Right in the centre of town, the Royal Exchange Hotel has a classic ambience, with a fire-lit lounge and a wide verandah – as well as very comfortable beds.
For the most modern hotel in town, ibis Styles has the same colourful design you’ll find at all its properties, which can be welcoming in a new city.
Luxe on Lane
If you would prefer something self-contained for a large group, Luxe on Lane has four bedrooms in a house that’s had a fantastic modern makeover.