Silverton Heritage Walk

Silverton, NSW, Australia
Distance: 3 km
by Lauren Rylie

Silverton is a small town at the far west of New South Wales. The town sprang up after the discovery of rich silver deposits, although it was soon eclipsed by an even richer silver-lead-zinc ore body at nearby Broken Hill.

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According to the the 2016 census, Silverton is inhabited by a permanent population of only about 50 people, but its history and location make it a relatively popular tourist destination.

Several artists live in or around the town, including Peter Browne, Albert Woodroffe and John Dynon, with some maintaining their own galleries. This is in line with the significant number of artists working out of nearby Broken Hill, as the surrounding landscape and lighting is particularly amenable to the creation of art.

Most of the original buildings have now vanished or lie in ruins, but there are some interesting buildings that remain, including the Silverton Hotel and the Silverton Gaol.

Silverton has been the scene for more than 140 films and commercials thanks to the light, the character-filled colonial buildings and its scenic desert surrounds. That's why you may have never been to Silverton but there’s a good chance you’ll still ecognise it.

When you are here, it's absolutely an excellent idea to take the self-guided heritage walk, explore the remaining iconic historic buildings and learn about its colourful past, meet local artists and keep an eye out for the friendly donkeys!

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