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Four-wheel-drive enthusiasts flock to award-winning outback station for competitions and festivities

The ARB Eldee Family Easter Event is set to take place this month, with 4×4 enthusiasts travelling from all over Australia to attend. Based on previous years, the event is predicted to be a success, with many competitors already registered.

 

Situated on the award-winning Eldee Station on Mundi Mundi plains, the action-packed 3-day event begins on Good Friday (March 29th) and concludes Easter Sunday.

 

Throughout the event, competitors will have the opportunity to challenge themselves in a series of 4-wheel-drive events across the breath-taking and rugged landscapes the station is known for.

 

Spectators and families are welcomed, and can expect children to be well catered for. Eldee Station will host a super-sized Easter Egg hunt on the property, as well as a children’s colouring competition, remote control car play and bouncing castle at intervals throughout the program.

 

A live performance by Don Costa is sure to delight participants and spectators alike, with acoustics sounding particularly delightful inside the Eldee woolshed. Unsuccessful entrants have the opportunity to earn back their credibility in a trivia competition held in the evening after the award ceremony.

 

Meals are available to suit every budget, and can be enjoyed beside an open fire outside the restaurant. Eldee Station is licenced and both spectators and guests can enjoy cold brew.

 

Participants need to register with Eldee Station before March 15th to confirm their place. A variety of accommodation packages are available for participants and spectators. See more details here.

 

Start your adventure before the festival begins! Out of the Ordinary Outback has a number of comfortable family friendly venues between Sydney and Broken Hill. Check out these recommended venues:

 

Warrawong on the Darling – deluxe cabins, camping and caravan sites situated on the outskirts of Wilcannia with stunning views of our landscaped premises, billabong and bushland.

 

Copper City Motel – comfortable and affordable accommodation in historic outback community Cobar

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**SPECIAL PRICES NOW AVAILABLE ON 12 DAY SIMPSON DESERT CROSSING**

Add the Simpson Desert to your bucket list with the opportunity to conquer one of Australia’s most iconic 4WD destinations. Take on the challenge with the full support of experienced and trained 4WD professionals on a fully catered 12 day adventure.

For more than 20 years, Tri State Safaris have been taking groups of intrepid explorers to the furthest corners of Outback Australia. This May will mark their 27th annual Simpson Desert Crossing with an additional crossing programmed in August due to high demand.

Full dates and itinerary can be seen on the Tri State Safaris website.

While participants are welcome to book on board as a passenger inside their fully kitted 4WD vehicles, it is the tag-along option that offers the best chance for a real adventure. Ask any traveller who has attempted the Simpson and they’ll agree, that there is nothing quite like conquering its looming sand dunes.

“The satisfaction and pride you feel when you reach the top of each sand dune is immense,” says past passenger Trevor Adams as he reflects on his first crossing many years ago. “It really is an unforgettable experience. And knowing that the people you are with are professionals in this area really fills you with this confidence that you are going to reach the end no matter what. I still remember the feeling of reaching the top of ‘Big Red’ and so many of the other things I saw and learnt. I would recommend it to anybody.”

The terrain can be difficult, but Tri State tour guides (many of whom have been with the company for more than a decade) are yet to see a group member fail a crossing attempt. With Advanced 4WD qualifications and experience in vehicle recovery, participants are unlikely to encounter any situation that can’t be overcome.

However you choose to travel, the Simpson Desert is certainly something that every Australian should see in their lifetime.

Dwarfing its surrounds and casting an imposing shadow across the Australian outback, stands ‘Big Red’, arguably the largest sand dune in the majestic Simpson Desert. Just one glance and you can understand why crossing this infamous region tops bucket lists of 4WD enthusiasts world-wide.

Over 30 metres tall, ‘Big Red’ (traditionally known as Nappanerica) marks the beginning of the Simpson Desert, some 35kms east of Birdsville. This is just one of over 1,140 parallel sand dunes stretching across more than 176,000 square kilometres, crossing the borders of three Australian states. Its immense size makes the Simpson the fourth largest Australian desert, and the largest sand dune desert in the world.

With little to no vegetative cover, rare water sources and kilometres of sprawling red sand, the Simpson Desert was first crossed successfully by 4WD, less than 50 years ago.

Now it’s your turn.

All Tri State Safaris tours are fully inclusive with all meals, accommodation, entries, transfers and travel included in the price. Tag-along participants travelling in their own vehicle travel at a reduced fare and have access to a UHF radio for full tour commentary.

See the full 12 Day Simpson Desert Crossing itinerary on the Tri State Safaris website.

Bookings can be made by contacting Tri State Safaris on 1300 688 225

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Situated more than 3 hours away from the closest city, and more than 5 hours away from the closest state capital – Broken Hill is home to the clearest night skies in Australia.

To celebrate the magnificence of the Outback night sky, the Broken Hill Outback Resort has teamed with Outback Astronomy to bring you these fantastic package deals. For a limited time, campers will be entertained by an award-winning star show program before turning to rest beneath a million-star sky.

Outback Stay and Star Show

Price: $99 per person (minimum of 2 people) includes supper towards the end of the show
Inclusions: Accommodation on a powered camp site at the Broken Hill Outback Resort, Star Show presented by Outback Astronomy and transfers

Dinner with the Stars Package

Price: $150 per person (minimum of 2 people)
Inclusions: Dinner at the Broken Hill Outback Resort followed by a Star Show presented by Outback Astronomy. Transfers included

About the Broken Hill Outback Resort

Offering a unique combination of nature and luxury, Broken Hill Outback Resort is designed for anyone seeking quality accommodation in the heart of the Australian Outback. With a mix of powered and unpowered caravan and camping sites on level, grassy areas complete with high spec amenities block, camp kitchen, kids playground, 24 King Spa Cabins, Bar/ Restaurant our resort provides all guests with luxury, comfort and convenience.

Visit the Broken Hill Outback Resort website for more.

About Outback Astronomy

Outback Astronomy is a Broken Hill based business offering award-winning night sky tours. Participants join their Sky Guide on a personalised virtual cruise through the Milky Way, using both the naked eye and powerful binoculars. Each show is designed to best highlight the stars and moon as they appear on the given night. Sky shows are entertaining and easy to understand – no prior knowledge needed!

Visit the Outback Astronomy website for more.

For bookings or more information contact the Broken Hill Outback Resort on 1300 866 225.

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