‘Life outback is never a drag’
The outback city of Broken Hill will host the third annual Broken Heel Festival this September to celebrate the starring role the NSW town played in the iconic Australian film ‘Priscilla Queen of the Desert’ and to help showcase the area, Tri State Safaris will run two special tours for adventure seekersvisiting the heritage city for the colourful event.
Centred around the town’s historic Palace Hotel, which played a key role in the hit 1994 movie about three drag queens touring the outback by bus, the Broken Heel Festival will run over the weekend of September 8-10, 2017. The unique festival offers three days of drag, divas, disco, dress-ups and ‘damn good times’. Entertainment includes cabaret and comedy acts, a gender-swapping ABBA cover band called BAAB, a dress-up ‘Lap of the Main Drag’ contest in the city’s main street and a chance to meet cast and crew from the movie. The bus prop used in the Priscilla stage show will also be on display.
As a local sponsor of the festival, Out of the Ordinary Outback and its award-winning tour arm, Tri State Safaris, will run two, special tours to highlight the spectacular, desert scenery used to backdrop the film.
The first tour is a one-night package focused on Broken Hill and the nearby ghost town of Silverton, which has also been used as a setting in other movies like Mad Max. Included are a tour with morning tea, pub lunch, afternoon drinks at the striking, hilltop Sculpture Symposium overlooking the desert plains, a BBQ dinner under the stars at Broken Hill’s Outback Astronomy and a night’s stay at The Argent Motel, owned by Out of the Ordinary Outback. Starting on September 7 and 11, the overnight package is available from $395 per person, twin-share, or from $460 for solo travellers.
The second tour, starting on September 4, 2017, is a four-night Broken Heel Outback Exposure safari package that includes a night at The Argent in Broken Hill, a two-night 4WD desert tour, a night back at The Agent after the tour and a three-day pass to the Broken Heel Festival events. The tour includes the flooded red river gums and abundant bird and wildlife of Menindee Lakes, a cabin stay at the Warrawong on the Darling park, nestled by a billabong in the old river port of Wilcannia, a stay at the biggestunderground motel in Australia in the remote opal mining town of White Cliffs and the indigenous carvings at Mutawintji National Park. Including meals, the four-night package is priced from $2000 per person, twin-share, or $2300 for solo travellers. A starlit BBQ dinner at the Outback Observatory can be added on for $xxx per person.
Both tours are designed to dovetail with NSW TrainLink’s Outback Explorer train direct from Sydney to Broken Hill every Monday and return on Tuesdays.
The Tri State Safaris, which is based in Broken Hill, offers 16 unique, outback tours from one to eight days in length. Tri State Safaris is owned by NSW outback tourism company, Out of the Ordinary Outback. which also owns White Cliffs Underground Motel, The Argent motel in Broken Hill, the Warrawong on the Darling tourist camp and cabins at Wilcannia, Cobar’s Copper City Motel and also the Ivanhoe Hotel.
For more information on the Broken Heel Festival, visit www.bhfestival.com