Throughout the outback, everyone is talking about the newest Broken Hill accommodation venue. Now is your chance to see it for yourself. The Broken Hill Outback Resort will open its doors this month, for a sneak preview before its official opening.
Date: Friday 31st August Food: Drinks (including alcohol) and pizzas will be available for purchase in the restaurant. Courtesy bus: Will be available on the open day. Call the Broken Hill Outback Resort office for more information on 1300 866 225. Promotion: Stay three nights, get your fourth night free
A HOME AMONG THE GUM TREES
Only ten minutes beyond Broken Hill, following the Barrier Highway past salt bush plains locals refer to as ‘scrub’, the Broken Hill Outback Resort stands out as a gem in the dust.
We’ve all seen the landscapes that define Broken Hill as the ‘Gateway to the Outback’, even if only in cinemas and magazines. The experience found in this region is one much more surreal. Sweeping views of red desert sands and salt bush plains, bordered by undulating hills and laying beneath cloudless skies that reach forever – the land here is silent, still and undeniably serene.
This site was once home to the former Mt Gipps Hotel, a popular family-friendly pub that found great success during the mining boom of the 1960s and 1970s. As the boom gradually came to an end, Mt Gipps profits began to shrink and the business eventually closed its doors.
In 2017 Scott Smith, owner-director of outback tourism group, Out of the Ordinary Outback purchased the property to revitalise the sight as a tourist resort. The grounds have since been transformed into a picturesque contrast of thick green turf and the natural red of local sand. Majestic gum trees now shade manicured lawns that feature numerous caravan and camping sites.
Large, king-sized cabins sit neatly against the site, each with perfect views of the outback vistas The heritage building that was once the Mt Gipps pub, has been rejuvenated into a rustic outback restaurant. The owners have lovingly detailed the interiors to compliment the outside views so that outback themes saturate the resort, inside and out. Benchtops have been fashioned from red gum and feature lights have been designed from pipe, giving the building a distinct character.
Keeping with the outback theme, the owners are collaborating with a local chef, to produce a uniquely Australian menu with an outback twist. While the menu is yet to be released, it has been suggested that local ingredients such as quangdong, wattle, kangaroo and camel may feature.
Although visitors won’t be able to sample the outback cuisine just yet, a pizza menu will be available on the open day, with a variety of toppings to tempt hungry travellers. The restaurant bar is now licensed and will be stocked with both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.
For those keen to experience a night under the stars, the resort will take a limited number of bookings for camp and caravan sights.