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Discount rates released for newly launched event and conference venues in outback NSW – including underground!

One of the biggest tourism businesses in far west NSW – Out of the Ordinary Outback – has launched a program to attract more social and corporate events to its flagship properties in Outback NSW, with discounted package rates released for functions, meetings and conferences for up to 300 people.

The MICE (meetings, incentives, conferences and events) venues include the new Broken Hill Outback Resort and its luxury spa studios overlooking the desert, the famous White Cliffs Underground Motel and Copper City Hotel/Motel in Cobar which will reopen its function and hotel facilities by mid-2020 with a new look.

Out of the Ordinary Outback owner, Scott Smith, encouraged companies, groups and clubs to support remote, regional areas like outback NSW by holding events, meetings or team-bonding programs in the area, with the flow-on effect benefitting the wider community.

“We offer unique, first-rate locations for events and conferences – underground or surrounded by the rugged outback – so not only will guests and delegates enjoy special and enriching experiences, they will also be helping to support the economy in the local community,” Mr Smith said. “Hosting events in the outback also helps builds strong teams and networks within businesses, clubs or groups whop use our venues for events.”

Activities that can be organised for groups include four-wheel-drive adventures, campfire meals, hikes, indigenous art tours, native cooking or photography classes, space observatory experiences, visits to outback pubs and opal mines and talks by local indigenous identities.

Newly released, discounted rates for social and corporate groups (min 20 people & valid from now to March 31, 2021) . include:

– $205 per person per night including dinner, bed, breakfast and event costs at the new Broken Hill Outback Resort which offers luxury, king studios with spa tubs and outdoor decks overlooking the desert as well as indoor and outdoor venues accommodating up to 300 people. Until March 31, 2021

– $180 per person per night including dinner, bed, breakfast and event costs at the famous White Cliffs Underground Motel, north-east of Broken Hill – the largest underground accommodation in Australia. Facilities include underground and outdoor event spaces for up to 100 people and a hilltop stargazing and canapes area on the ‘roof’ of the underground motel. Until March 31, 2021

– $160 per person per night including dinner, bed, breakfast and event costs at the Copper City Hotel/Motel in Cobar which will re-open its function, bar and restaurant facilities by mid-2020 after renovations. Until March 31, 2021

Extra discounted rate for MICE groups

Out of the Ordinary Outback is also offering a discounted rate of $100 per couple per night in a king spa studio at the Broken Hill Outback Resort for those attending a booked group function, event or party at the resort (min 20 people) until January 31, 2020.

Visit, email, or call 1300 679 688.



We’ve got some exciting new changes in store! We’ve relocated the headquarters for Out of the Ordinary Outback and Tri State Safaris from 422 Argent Street in Broken Hill to a new premises that is familiar to many: the Broken Hill Outback Resort.

The Resort is the flagship business of the nine businesses which form the Out of the Ordinary Outback Group; as such, the Group decided last month to relocate all of our services to the resort, so that it would be more dynamic and operate as a tourism one-stop-shop that is better equipped to share with visitors everything that we love about Broken Hill and surrounds.

The Resort offers all types of accommodation, from campgrounds to luxurious resort cabins, as well as an excellent restaurant open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as offices which are manned day and night.

We’re also changing our phone number, so feel free to call us if you’d like to have a yarn! Our current number is 1300 688 225 (1300 OUT BAK), but we are migrating to a new number 1300 679 688 (1300 NSW OUTBACK), in line with the growth in scope of our vision for the business. During this transitional period, the old number will still be active and will be redirected to the new number.

We’ve got some exciting changes happening at Tri State Safaris, our expert tour operator company, more information on this in early 2020! 

On another note, Christmas is just around the corner, and that means Christmas Parties and Events! Why not host your next Christmas Party at the Broken Hill Outback Resort, the Outback’s premium resort and events space. We have two menus to choose from: buffet and a la carte. If you’d like to learn more or make a booking, get in touch with us  by emailing or calling us on 1300 679 688 (option 2). 



The iconic White Cliffs Underground Motel – the largest underground accommodation in Australia – is officially closed for Summer from 11 November 2019 and will reopen by the 31st March 2020. The motel in White Cliffs is a desert hamlet, full of raw charm and colourful characters and is world-famous,  so the aim  is to utilise this time of year to upgrade and improve amenities to further enhance the property’s appeal to guests from across Australia and overseas. 
The 32-room motel in the remote, outback town is 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.

The White Cliffs Underground Motel is owned by Out of the Ordinary Outback,  which also owns 6 other properties operating under this brand.  The Broken Hill Outback Resort, The Tourist Lodge, The Argent motel in Broken Hill, Warrawong on the Darling at Wilcannia, Cobar’s Copper City Motel  the Ivanhoe Hotel. 

To book 2020 and beyond accommodation please visit or call 1300 679 688. 



The next stage of works at the Copper City Hotel in Cobar will see the closure of the bar and bistro facilities at the property on November 11, 2019

Outback NSW tourism business, Out of the Ordinary Outback, which owns the Copper City Hotel and Motel, said the 30-room motel would remain open for accommodation but the bar and restaurant spaces would close for a scheduled reopening in 2020.

Out of the Ordinary Outback owner, Scott Smith, said the hotel would undergo a new stage of works and renovations and a new strategy for the property would be drafted to create a dynamic, new-look social hub for Cobar and the region.

“We’re excited about the future for the Copper City Hotel, Mr Smith said. “Menus and new facilities that will be unveiled in 2020 will ensure the hotel remains an affordable venue where locals in Cobar can come together to relax, drink, dine and enjoy parties and other functions. We’re committed to the tourism and hospitality industry in Cobar and look forward to working with the local community to grow the appeal of not only the hotel but the appeal of Cobar as a place to live in and visit.”

Mr Smith said a Happy Hour specials be offered at Copper City Hotel all day this weekend, November 9 and 10.



It’s back! The AGL Perfect Light Film Festival will be held in Broken Hill from Friday 1 November to Sunday 3 November. The entire Festival program, which is supported through Screen NSW’s Audience Development Program funding, is FREE to attend.

It’s back! The AGL Perfect Light Film Festival will be held in Broken Hill from Friday 1 November to Sunday 3 November. The entire Festival program, which is supported through Screen NSW’s Audience Development Program funding, is FREE to attend.

The Festival kicks off with a launch at Silver City Cinema on the Friday night featuring the NSW premiere screening of the Australian-made documentary SUZI Q.  SUZI Q is the definitive, unexpurgated story of the girl from Detroit City who redefined the role and image of women in rock’n’roll when she broke through around the world in 1973.  The screening will be followed by drinks and nibbles and a Q&A with the film’s Executive Producer Adam La Rosa.  This is open to everyone and is free to attend.

Then on the Saturday November 2, more than 1,500 people are expected to attend the festival’s FREE public outdoor screening in Sturt Park.  Bring a rug, some friends and enjoy 15 short films all judged live on the night by a panel of celebrity judges, awarding monetary prizes.  The Festival will feature Broken Hill Primary School films and the announcement and screening of the Broken Hill Art Exchange AGL Desert Equinox winners! A special twilight market will also join the Festival in Sturt Park on the night.  Celebrity judges include NITV Editor Rhanna Collins, The Living Room’s Barry du Bois and actor Firass Dirani.

The Sunday features a free filmmaking symposium, supported by the Foundation Broken Hill and RUOK held at the Broken Hill Civic Centre.  This is a perfect opportunity for established and aspiring filmmakers to learn more about the industry from established professionals in the field.

Friday 1 November, 7.30pm – 10.30pm


What: Opening Night Party

Feature Film: SUZI Q (including a special screening of When the River Runs Dry by Bernie Zelvis and Paul Staff)

Where: Silver City Cinema, Broken Hill

Ticket: FREE (includes movie screening, drinks and nibbles)

Saturday 2 November, 6.00pm – 10.30pm

(films screening from 6.15pm)

What: Free Short Film Festival

Where: Sturt Park, Sulphide Street, Broken Hill, NSW

Tickets: FREE entry, no BYO

Twilight markets, short films, bring a rug and your mates

Sunday 3 November, 10.00am – 2.00pm

What: Filmmaking Workshop with director and actor Steve Bastoni, NITV Editor Rhanna Collins and TV Presenter Barry du Bois

Where: Civic Centre, Broken Hill

Ticket: FREE, register via:

Film festivals provide a great platform for emerging filmmakers and actors to showcase their work to the public and to industry heavyweights in a fun and relaxed environment. And what better setting than Broken Hill? It has such a rich and iconic film history and is an integral part of Australias film culture and identity. We hope to support emerging filmmakers and local talent to become a part of this history by shining light on their work.’




With OOTOO, it’s never been so easy!

Travelling in a group can often be the cause of logistical and personal headaches, with so many more tasks to do, people to organise and even disagreements to smooth over. From the professional travel planner tasked with creating the perfect trip in an area they may not be so familiar with, to the “amateur” travel planner tasked with making sure their family and friends have a good time and no-one gets lost on the way, group travel can take a lot of hard yakka – but when it’s done right and the magic happens, nothing beats sharing a special place with people who matter to you.

If you’re heading to our favourite patch of this great southern land, the far west of NSW, then we’ve got some good news for you: this is a very special place, and the team at Out of the Ordinary Outback (OOTOO) would love to help you share it with your group. With 7 properties across the Far West, we’re perfectly positioned to help you take the hassle out of finding accommodation, and we can even show you around – we operate a multi-award-winning tour company Tri State Safaris, with true-blue local expertise to show you what makes this area so truly Out of the Ordinary!

We’ve been helping groups to enjoy the Far West for many years, so we know how to look after our guests, and our affordable group rates will put a smile on your dial – perfect for clubs, community organisations, and more. We even offer dinner, bed & breakfast, lunch, takeaways and more – one less thing to worry about!

You can plan a stay at any of our 7 properties, for as little or long as you like, and if you have any special requests, such as birthday cakes, food requirements, music or transport we’ve got you covered.  Tri State Safaris can prepare your group an itinerary around the Far West with accommodation, transport, your own private guide and experience.

We’ve got groups covered. Check out our accommodation  here and view our group rates here.

We’re looking forward to welcoming you to your home away from home!



Go walk-about in the great Australian Outback and see more for less with these great summer savings!  


Save your money for your end of year adventure and save 10% of the full price. To celebrate the arrival of summer, The Broken Hill Outback Resort is offering great saving on stays in their new King Spa Apartments with a 2 Day Summer Package. What you get:

2 x Nights in a brand new King Spa Apartment
2 x Nights of Dinners (2 courses per person)
2 x Cooked Breakfast for 2 people each morning.

10% off retail price for stays between 1 December 2019 – 31 March 2020. Subject to availability.  Please mention this advert on booking, please call 1300 679 688

$549 for 2 people valid for stays between 1 December – 31 March 2020. 

There are many different ways to travel to Broken Hill, flight, train or car, why not take your dream adventure for a fraction of the cost.

Book in by calling 1300 679 688  (options 2) or emailing 


From the late 1800s onwards, for almost a century, the Mt Gipps Hotel brought together fascinating adventurers from far and wide who yarned stories of their Outback travels with one another. With a cold drink in hand and red dust on their boots, the hotel hosted many a visitor, from explorers to soldiers to miners and artists.

The Mt Gipps Hotel closed in 1987, remaining silent for three decades. But as of 2018, this historic venue is once again the lively home of travellers and storytellers, with the brand-new refurbished Broken Hill Outback Resort bringing today’s amenities to the rugged Outback so beloved for generations untold. After years of neglect, this heritage building has been restored to its former glory, and is the centrepiece of the new resort.

This Broken Hill hotel is now home to a restaurant catering for up to 300 guests, a bar and bistro, with plans in the works for a day spa and and galleries showcasing local artists.

Stay and save 10% by calling 1300 679 688 or emailing


Talk to us about our experiences and what tours include optional experiences* for those wanting to squeeze a little more adventure into their holiday! Check your travel itinerary for flights, cruises and tours that we can add into your tour package.

Want to experience something that isn’t listed as an option? Just ask our experts for professional advice. 


Keeping our tour groups small, means that we are able to offer a truly personalised experience. Unlike larger companies, we care about what YOU want to see and do! Our flexible and well-rounded guides give you the opportunity to explore your interests, including geology, photography, history, cultures, architecture, heritage, wildlife and more.


Add more to your adventure with our range of high quality, family-friendly venues


The Broken Hill Outback Resort – New venue boasting picturesque backdrops for campers and caravans.
The Argent Hotel – Family-friendly accommodation in the heart of Broken Hill
The Tourist Lodge – Budget accommodation in the Broken Hill CBD
Warrawong on the Darling (Wilcannia) – An outback oasis for campers and caravanners along the Darling River
White Cliffs Underground Motel (White Cliffs) – Unique underground accommodation in a unique underground community
Mount Gipps Hotel  – located at the Broken Hill Resort – picturesque outdoor and indoor settings with weekly live music



Inspired by the spectacular scenery, abundant wildlife, and unique characters, our properties are located across the regional areas to introduce you to the real Australian Outback by providing travellers with authentic experiences.  Situated in the heart of the Australia Outback, we offer a personal insight into a large range of popular travel destinations which can be directly accessed by flight or train out of Sydney, Melburne and Adelaide into Broken Hill.

Stay and play at 2 or more of our properties, and you will receive 10% off your stay! 

Copper City Motel Cobar
Underground Motel White Cliffs
Warrawong on the Darling Wilcannia
Broken Hill Outback Resort
The Argent Motel
The Tourist Lodge
Ivanhoe Hotel Motel

Enjoy booking directly at each property and mention where else you will be staying with the Out of the Ordinary Outback group, and you will instantly get 10% off your booking. 

You can also book as a group, and we can take care of your arrangements, from the moment you depart your home, we will take care of your bookings at each property, and book your meals and transfers. We have special group packages available, give us a call or email 1300 688 225 

Experience the outback in all it’s glory in a few easy steps. If you’re planning a trip away to the NSW Outback, look no more.  We have a full range of accommodation and touring options as a renowned tour and hospitality operator in the Far West of NSW. Committed to providing outstanding customer service with many tourism awards are testament to this goal. Our services are suitable for the young or the ‘young at heart’. Our focus is on having fun! 

If you would like to receive more information, organise a tailored package please get in touch 1800 679 688 or


News, Specials

Organising a function can be such a daunting process, regardless of its size or the number of guests. Once you’ve made the decision and you’ve booked, you might wonder if the venue will be able to fulfil your needs, and you may not know until the function is already happening! It’s essential to have complete peace of mind that the venue will meet and even exceed your expectations. That will allow you to feel relaxed and calm about organising your event.

Regardless of what your event is, Broken Hill Outback Resort is perfect to celebrate your next function. From the moment you book your event with us, you can leave your stress and worry behind. We’ll ensure you and your guests remember how perfect your event was for years to come.


At the Broken Hill Outback Resort, your dream wedding is right here. With the assistance of experienced wedding managers, you’ll be able to tailor the perfect wedding to suit you and your guests. You can be assured that everything will be seamless and you’ll be able to focus on enjoying the whole process of getting married.

A variety of spaces: From intimate indoors or grand outback outdoor we have different types of configutation to host your wedding that will suit your needs. The entire resort can host up to 400 guests, whereas the Coach house can host up to 60 standing and 40 seated.  The choice is yours, with a multitude of option available, speak to us about your ideas.
Accommodation: The bride and groom, the wedding party and the wedding guests can all be accommodated for at your wedding if you choose. You can also be sure that our spa apartments make the perfect backdrops for photography.  The Bride and Groom will receive a complimentary King Spa En suited room for your special day.
Our Partners: We have many partners in audio-visual, hair and makeup, stationery and more to help you make shopping around, easier.

Business Functions

Holding the next big conference or business meeting? We’ve got the perfect rooms for you to hold them in. In outback style combined with the breathtaking ‘wow’ factor will have your guests suitably impressed.

Pre-Function Area: Before your guests enter the meeting, they can relax in the indoor or outdoor bar area of the Mount Gipps Hotel. Think brand new space, beautiful outdoor decking, great new bar and open space, a few light bites or drink packages to kick off your big event and have everyone feeling relaxed.
Meeting Area: The choice is yours, you can have the indoor area of the Coach House, we can set it up in a U-shape format or a large board table setting. We can comfortably seat 30 people into this space, with a wall set up as the AV side, large TV screen or projector. We have a nice fire place and air-conditioning to ensure you are comfortable all day and night. 

Festive Celebrations

Whether you are planning a Christmas party for family, friends or colleagues, The Broken Hill Outback Resort is the perfect location for a stylish event. We are able to cater from small gatherings to large Christmas parties.

To make the celebration even more memorable, why not indulge and enquire about our special Christmas accommodation rates, available for you and your guests attending your Festive celebration.

Experience deluxe accommodation where we’ll make sure you leave feeling refreshed, rejuvenated and inspired by all Broken Hill has to offer. Book your function with the Resort direct today to receive the lowest online rate.
1300 688 225 


News, Specials

Outback divas prepare to receive a queen’s welcome at the Broken Hill Outback Resort. 

Event date: Monday 16th 2019

The Broken Heel Festival will light up the outback with its annual celebration of Drag Queens, Drag Kings, Bio Queens, comedians and showgirls and they have extended an Encore on Monday 16th September. The fast-growing festival had an audience of more than 6,500 last year, with even more expected to join the celebrations in 2019. 

Prepare for the razzle, dazzle and darlin’ good times as the Broken Heel Festival kicks off in September 13 – 16th  There will be plenty to see and do, as the nations’ best Drag Kings and Drag Queens travel to the hometown of Outback Queen, Priscilla!

Take your own desert adventure through the living desert, to join us for a weekend of singing, dancing and laughter. Comedy, cabaret, and capers of all kinds will delight audiences young and old. The live musical talents will leave you awe-struck.

Make your stay Out of the Ordinary – enjoy the Festival Queens perform from Midday in a beautiful OUTBACK setting, great food packages, drinks and one more day of fabulousness. Thanks to the team at Broken Heel Festival we have joining us:
Philmah Bocks
Leather Lungs
Kita Mean
Anita Wigl’it
Christina Kneesup
Shelita Buffet

Each of these Queens have been scheduled to perform 2 songs each and be at the venue for approx 4 hours to meet & greet, mingle and have photos taken with guests. This is a PG family rated event, we welcome all walks of life to enjoy one more day at the New Broken Hill Outback Resort. 

Busses are scheduled from midday – 5pm, more details will be announced on website and on facebook.
When the curtains close, continue the adventure through the iconic community of Broken Hill.

Read more about the Broken Heel Festival

Out of the Ordinary accommodation available at these fantastic venues (they’re just darlin’):

The Argent Motel – Family-friendly accommodation located on the main drag of Broken Hill

The Broken Hill Outback Resort – Cabin, caravan and camping venue on the outskirts of Broken Hill – 10 minutes from the CBD

The Tourist Lodge – Budget accommodation for back-packers and light travellers