Mobs of emus have taken over the small mining town of Broken Hill in far west New South Wales, running laps of the main street, eating gardens and gate crashing football matches.

The native birds have been drawn to town in search of food and water as drought worsens, with the region facing its driest start to a year on record.

Watch Thirsty emus flock into outback mining town as drought bites.

Story by ABC reporters, Aimee Volkofsky and Gayle Ball.