The Day Dream Mine is located northwest of Silverton and about 20 kilometres outside of Broken Hill.
Established in 1882, the mine attracted a sizeable settlement which, while short-lived, boasted 500-odd residents at its peak, as well as the district’s first smelters.
These days, visitors are invited to walk into the mine – and history.
Tours take about an hour, and sturdy shoes are recommended.
Start the visit with a guided tour of the surface of the mine site. View the old township where the miners lived in very harsh conditions in the 1880’s and see the historic smelter, once used by BHP.
After a surface tour, put on a hat and light and proceed down the mine, just as they did 130 years ago, not knowing what would happen each day. Experience a demonstration of early mining methods and gain an understanding of just how harsh the working conditions would have been. Boys as young as eight years old worked in the mine picking silver ore by candle light. It was then brought to the surface for sorting in daylight. Not the ideal lifestyle.
After your tour, enjoy fresh scones and cream and a cuppa at the Daydream Tea Rooms. Tea, coffee and soft drinks available.
Approximately 20 kms NW of Broken Hill, 12 kms off the Silverton Road. Look for the signs.
Tour Times: 10am and 11.30am only outside school holidays
Vic, NSW & SA School Holidays: 10am to 2pm hourly
Summer/ Christmas School Holidays: 10am and 11.30am only
Open 7 days per week