The Living Desert and Sculptures

The Living Desert Reserve is nestled amongst the Barrier Ranges and is located 9km from the City of Broken Hill. The Living Desert is a unique 2400ha reserve which commenced in 1992. The topography, scenery and views within the reserve are breathtaking and are captured throughout the numerous walking trails.

Located within the reserve, settled amongst the tranquility of the gullies and rocky outcrops is the 180ha Living Desert Flora and Fauna Sanctuary which is bordered by an electric predator proof fence. The Flora and Fauna Sanctuary will allow visitors to gain an educational and cultural experience to further enhance and understand Aboriginal Heritage and to instil the importance of preservation of the environment for the benefit of future generations.

Another major attraction within the Living Desert is the Sculpture Site. A successful sculpture symposium was held on this majestic hilltop (within the centre of the reserve) in 1993 by artists from around the world, under the direction of organiser and artist Lawrence Beck. 12 sandstone sculptures highlight the skyline, all with a story to tell. The Sculpture Site can be accessed via a 1 km walking trail starting from the Flora and Fauna Sanctuary car park. There’s also a vehicle access to the sculptures.

In addition to the major attractions the Living Desert provides a recreational picnic area with free gas BBQs, shade shelters and toilets. The picnic area booking form can be found on the Broken Hill Council Forms page.

$6 entry fee per person applies to access the Living Desert and Sculptures. This is paid at the pay bay located at the entrance of the Living Desert area. Payment can be made by coins and credit card facilities also available.

Wedding/Party bookings are also available.

In addition to the major attractions the Living Desert provides a recreational picnic area with free gas barbeques, shade shelters and toilets.

A 2 hour visit is recommended to fully explore the Cultural Walk Trail and Sculpture Site.

The Sculptures Site Opening Hours
Summer months (Dec-Feb): 6.00am to approx. half hour after sunset.
Remaining months: 8.30am to approx. half hour after sunset