Heritage Walking Trail

Heritage Walking Trail

Starting from the corner of the Silverton War Memorial Youth Camp, the Silverton Heritage Walking Trail takes you West along Burke Street then, taking a right at the Heritage Walk Trail sign just past the cross road of Layard Street, you will start across the Silverton Common heading for the hills. You will pass ruins of homes and businesses long abandoned, which would tell a story of missed opportunity and hardship for some, profit and fortune for others, the contrast of history and modern technology in the Silverton wind farm, beautiful views, wildlife and desert flowers (in season).

The trail is well worn and well-marked by signage and white-painted rocks. It consists of flat, easy to walk terrain and some fairly steep sections in the hills.  The walk takes you over the flat area in Silverton, across the main road, then starts a steady rise to the top of the magnificent Barrier Ranges. From the top you will have a stunning view of the Mundi Mundi Plains from the rest stop, then walking across the top of the hills, you will see the Umberumberka Silver Mine and start your way down. You will across the Mother’s Day Bridge at the bottom of the hills, then onto the old Silverton Tramway. Take in some history as you walk along the old tramway, through The Cutting where the steam trains once took the ore from Broken Hill to Port Pirie. From here it is plain sailing back into the Silverton Township.

The walk requires a medium level of fitness and is best tackled in the morning. The whole walk takes about 2 hours. Remember to:

  • Please let someone know if you are going to walk the trail.
  • Take plenty of water….there is no water along the trail.
  • Wear sturdy shoes/boots and dress appropriately.
  • All children must be supervised at all times.
  • Keep to the trail and be aware of other users.
  • Dogs are not permitted on the trail.
  • Please bring your rubbish back to town.
  • Be aware of no or poor mobile reception.
  • Do not approach wildlife or livestock.
  • In the event of very hot weather, reconsider your walk.
  • In an emergency call 000 or 112.