Today, this fascinating desert outpost, 25km west of Broken Hill, may have a population of just 40 people, but it boasts a history as rich and rare as the ore deposits that first attracted colonial pioneers in their thousands more than a century and a half ago. In the 1880s, Silverton quickly became one of the largest townships in the Barrier Ranges as mining prospectors poured into the area seeking their fortunes. Through boom and bust, Silverton has endured, and in recent years, the stark beauty of the desolate outback landscape has drawn artists and filmmakers here, including the producers of Mad Max 2. Fans of the movie can visit the Mad Max Museum or enjoy a pint at the Silverton Hotel, where Mel Gibson himself kicked back between takes – they’ve got the photos on the wall to prove it. The nearby Broken Hill Outback Resort is an ideal place to base yourself. From here you can also book excursions to nearby areas of historical and natural significance such as the Daydream Mine, the Mundi Mundi Lookout and the Living Desert Sculpture Park.