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Special offers on twin and solo accommodation and outback tour

The iconic White Cliffs Underground Motel – the largest underground accommodation in Australia – has embarked on a major makeover including subterranean digging to further expand the 32-room hotel in the remote, outback town.

To mark the new look, bookings made by September 30, 2017, will attract an 11 per cent discount while a two-day safari tour offered by the motel’s sister company, Tri State Safaris, is also discounted by 10 per cent until that date.

One of only three ‘dugout’ motels in Australia – the White Cliffs Underground Motel attracts guests from around the world who enjoy a constant temperature of 22 degrees as well as a licensed restaurant, café, bar and above-ground swimming pool. The tiny opal township is located in far west NSW, 1025km from Sydney and 781km north-east of Adelaide.

The motel dates back to the early 1900s when opal minders sought sleeping quarters away from the heat.  It later became a family home and opened as a motel in 1989, with new outback tourism company, Out of the Ordinary Outback, purchasing the property in 2016 as part of its growing stable of NSW outback experiences.

Unveiling details of the motel’s redevelopment, Out of the Ordinary Outback owner, Scott Smith, said eight rooms had already been completely renovated with new bedding and furnishings while beer on tap had also been added recently. Works to be completed by April, 2018, included underground excavations to add ensuites to 12 rooms, a new family entertainment and games room, a new, outdoor lounge bar with wood fire heater and flatscreen TV for use in winter and eco-misting to cool down guests in outdoor areas in summer.

“Our underground motel in White Cliffs, a desert hamlet full of raw charm and colourful characters, is world-famous so the aim of our upgrade is to improve amenities and further enhance the property’s appeal to guests from across Australia and overseas,” Mr Smith said.

As part of the redevelopment, White Cliffs Underground Motel is offering a discount on two-night stays. Bookings made by September 30, 2017, are available from $291 per couple for two nights – an 11 per cent saving – or from $261 for solo travellers – a 13 per cent reduction. Tariffs include a continental breakfast both days.

Sister company, Tri State Safaris, based in Broken Hill, is also offering a 10 per cent saving on bookings made on its two-day Opal Dreaming outback tour, if booked by September 30, 2017. The guided, 4WD tour from Broken Hill includes a night at the White Cliffs Underground Motel with local sightseeing, a visit to ancient, indigenous, rock art site and four meals. The overnight tour is available on demand, year-round, and, including the discount, is priced from $873 per person, twin-share, or from $999 for solo travellers.

The special discounts at the White Cliffs Underground Motel and with Tri State Safaris are available by mentioning this offer when booking.

Tri State Safaris and White Cliffs Underground Motel are owned by Out of the Ordinary Outback. which also owns 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.

To book, visit www.outoftheordinaryoutback.com.au or call 1300 688 225.


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Sixth property for expanding NSW outback tourism portfolio

Outback NSW tourism brand, Out of the Ordinary Outback, has continued its expansion with the announcement it will open its sixth accommodation property in March, 2018 – the Broken Hill Outback Resort.

Overlooking the Barrier Ranges and Sturt desert pea-pocked plains 13km east of Broken Bill, the cabin, caravan and camping park will surround the historic Mt Gipps Hotel, which was built in 1890 but closed in 1987. Work totalling $5 million is now underway to restore the former hotel which will boast a bar, restaurant and reception when the resort opens in late March, 2018.

Landscaping work and cabin construction has started on the Barrier Highway property, which will also feature a swimming pool and facilities for campers and caravaners. The popular Outback Astronomy tourist attraction, which offers guided views of the stars at night, is just 4km away.

News of the resort follows twin announcements in March this year that Out of the Ordinary Outback had bought a Broken Hill motel to rebrand it as The Argent and that it would also build a new $750,000 hotel and conference centre at another of its properties, Copper City Motel, in Cobar.

The Mt Gipps Hotel property was purchased last year by Out of the Ordinary Outback owner and passionate bush lover, Scott Smith, who dreamt of reviving the abandoned building for the enjoyment of outback holidaymakers. 

“The old Mt Gipps Hotel is a beautiful heritage building they was crying out for some love and care so our plan to make it the handsome centrepiece of this new outback resort will breathe new life into the building and add colour and interest to holidaymakers travelling through the far west of NSW,” Mr Smith said. “Guests at the Broken Hill Outback Resort will be able to stay amongst the vast frontier country for which the outback is famous, with its big skies and never-ending horizons, with Broken Hill just a 10-minute drive away.”

A new website for bookings at the Broken Hill Outback Resort will be launched later this year.

Launched in October, 2016, Out of the Ordinary Outback encompasses outback tour company, Tri State Safaris, The Argent motel in Broken Hill, Warrawong on the Darling tourist camp and cabins at Wilcannia, the iconic White Cliffs Underground Motel, Cobar’s Copper City Motel, the Ivanhoe Hotel and an Out of the Ordinary Outback visitor centre in the centre of Broken Hill.

For information on Out of the Ordinary Outback, visit  www.outoftheordinaryoutback.com.au or call 1300 688 225

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Save up to $2100 – or 50% – Book by October 31, 2017 Solo supplement of only 4%

Camping under the stars in the middle of Australia’s most famous desert, journeying over rolling sand dunes and the iconic Birdsville Hotel are highlights of a new Simpson Desert tour in 2018 released by outback tourism company Tri State Safaris.

Savings of up to $2100 and a solo supplement of just four per cent are being offered to mark the release of the tour for bookings made by October 31, 2017.

The new, off-the-beaten-track, 12-day adventure will take guests across the rugged outback landscape in May or August, 2018, with travellers able to ride in custom-designed, air-conditioned 4WD vehicles or bring their own 4WD vehicles on the tour.

The ‘Simpson Desert Adventure’ tour will depart from Tri State Safari’s base in Broken Hill in far west NSW on May 9 and August 13, 2017.  Both tours offer a 12-day, round-trip, outback journey across three states – NSW, QLD and SA. Features include the vast, salty expanse of Lake Eyre – the lowest point in Australia, the remote, the outback hamlets of William Creek, Innamincka and Oodnadatta, the opal mining town of Cooper Pedy where guests will stay in an underground motel, the three-state meeting points of Poepell Corner and Cameron’s Corner, the famous pub and camel pies of Birdsville and the ever-stretching, rolling dunes of the Simpson Desert. The tour includes visits to outback bores and memorable, middle-of-nowhere desert camps with campfire dinners under the stars.

More than half the size of Victoria, the Simpson stretches for 170,000 square kilometres, with its largest sand dune Nappanerica, commonly known as ‘Big Red,’ soaring 40m high, with guest on the tour able to stand at the top to take in the views.

If booked by 15th October, the 12-day Simpson Desert Adventure in fully equipped Tri State Safari 4WD vehicles next May or August is available from $7277 per person, twin-share – a saving of $383 per person or $766 per couple. A solo supplement of only four per cent means the tour is available for singles from $7595 – a saving of $400.

For 4WD enthusiasts keen to bring their own ‘tag-along’ vehicle, the tour is available from $4200 for the first person and half-price – $2100 – for the second person – a 50 per cent saving if booked by 15th November, 2017.

Fares includes accommodation and meals.

Tri State Safaris is owned by Out of the Ordinary Outback, an expanding tourism business in far west NSW which also owns six properties- The Argent Motel in Broken Hill, Warrawong on the Darling tourist camp and cabins at Wilcannia, the famous White Cliffs Underground Motel, Cobar’s Copper City Motel, the Ivanhoe Hotel and the recently announced Broken Hill Outback Resort, which opens in March, 2018. Out of the Ordinary Outback’s own visitor centre also operates in Broken Hill.

Visit www.tristate.com.au or call 1300 688 225.

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