Return to Layard St and continue past Horizon Gallery to the Silverton Hotel near the Burke St corner. Silverton has recently become popular as a location for filmmakers looking for an easily accessible desert setting. It has used for films as diverse as Wake in Fright, Mad Max 2, A Town Like Alice, Hostage, Razorback , Journey into Darkness and Golden Soak. It easy access to Broken Hill has also meant that it has been popular with commercial makers. One prominent feature in these films is the Silverton Hotel, built in 1885 to house the town's postal service which was established in 1883. A photographic collection bears witness to its place in Australia's film history. This is a pub with lots of character and a wry humour typical of Australia. The bust of Menzies, Australia's prime minister from 1949-1967, is presumably ironic, given his 'honorary' title of Ming the Merciless.
Popular destination for movie makers. This near-ghost town is full of interesting arts and craft shops
Silverton is a fascinating town located near the South Australian border, 1183 km west of Sydney via the Great Western, Mitchell and Barrier Highways and 24 km west of Broken Hill along an atrocious piece of sealed road.
Once a thriving mining centre of 3000 Silverton is now a virtual ghost town with a number of historic buildings, several art galleries and museums and a pub and that is about it. It is a town surrounded by 4000 hectares of land known as The Silverton Common, in a semi-arid zone.
Silverton NSW 2880
Telephone: (08) 8088 5313