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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 outoftheordinaryoutback.com.au, email admin@outoftheordinaryoutback.com.au, or call 1300 679 688.

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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 info@brokenhilloutbackresort.com.au or calling us on 1300 679 688 (option 2). 



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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 www.undergroundmotel.com.au or call 1300 679 688. 


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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.

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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: megan@filmfestivalsaustralia.com.au

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.’



MAKE YOUR STAY OUT OF THE ORDINARY. BOOK WITH ONE OF OUR MANY ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS IN BROKEN HILL. 

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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!

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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.

Weddings

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 events@brokenhilloutbackresort.com.au 


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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 thewww.Bhfestival.com.au 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

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Flying to tropical resorts for drop and flop holidays is great but nothing beats the excitement, adventure and raw joy of a roadtrip holiday to the Aussie outback. When I’m cocooned in my office, I feel the pull of the open road, big skies, far horizons, red earth, friendly characters, new destinations, enticing road signs and a compelling sense of wonder.

And then there’s the camaraderie with your partner or friend as you sing along to your favourite tunes, share jokes or solve all the problems in the world. It’s time, it’s space, it’s a journey – and there’s nothing like it.

So when an opportunity arose suddenly, recently, to drive from Sydney to Broken Hill, I fled the office, grabbed my wife and hit the road, heading west, quickly swallowed by the vastness of our seemingly endless continent.

On the morning of our departure, our excitement was palpable. As almost empty nesters, our three kids grown up, we were like teenagers with no responsibilities other than a car and the road ahead. An early start meant a coffee stop in the Blue Mountains to fuel our journey, well aware the scenery of rolling green ranges would soon be replaced by equally beautiful desert plains.

It’s amazing how roadtrips also bring you closer to your companion. You talk, laugh, reminisce, dream and offer running commentary on the scenery that unfolds around you.

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A Different Outback – Sydney to Cobar

When most people think of the outback, they think of Uluru and Alice Springs – the red centre – but the NSW Outback is also an enticing canvass of raw, desert beauty – without the crowds. An ideal outback loop from Sydney can take you to Cobar, White Cliffs and Broken Hill and back via Mildura and Wagga Wagga, covering a great swathe of western NSW and opening up places most city dwellers on the coastal fringes have never been to.

The food and wine centre of Mudgee called for a morning tea stop and just past Dubbo we dug out our picnic and thermos of coffee and feasted at a roadside stop, toasting the point at which neat civilisation stops and the rusty outback begins. We knew we were ‘out the back’ because the Mitchell Hwy from Dubbo to Nyngan was dead straight and the scenery dead flat. Open, free-range scenery like this clears the mind, I think, and opens scope for new perspectives.

‘Bogan’ Territory

Nyngan is the first frontier-style town we encounter – the pace is slow, the air relaxed and the locals aren’t in a hurry going anywhere. Nyngan is now famous for The Big Bogan, a giant statue of an Aussie bloke in a singlet – a play on the name of the surrounding Bogan Shire. I get the customary Insta photo with ‘me mate’ and then we push on, west, along the Barrier Hwy this time, bound for Cobar.

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Empty Spaces

And this is where the outback really hits – big empty spaces and red earth and not many cars either – so few that I have some fun practising handstands in the middle of the highway, no cars for miles. And that’s another tip on roadtrips – you need to stop now and then – in the middle of nowhere – and roam a little, just feel the place.

Cobar appears on the horizon late afternoon. When I was in grade six, my favourite teacher of my childhood in Melbourne often regaled us with stories about his upbringing in Cobar and 43 years later, I’ve finally visited this little copper mining town that held my fascination all this time. Mine shafts and Australia’s longest cast-iron pub veranda (100m long at the Great Western Hotel) catch the sun’s dying rays before we enjoy a hearty feast and a cold one – as well as a comfy bed and hot shower at Cobar’s Copper City Motel.

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Cobar to White Cliffs and Wilcannia

After a restful sleep, we head further west to the near ghost town of Wilcannia on the famed Darling River. This almost deserted town was once the third largest inland port in Australia during the great river boat era of the mid-19th Century. Today, Wilcannia, with its wide, empty streets and historic but abandoned buildings would make a great film set for movies.

Don’t miss the nondescript turnoff here for White Cliffs. The one-hour detour off the highway on a lonely but sealed road through a whole bunch of nothingness leads to one of the wackiest and weirdest towns you’ll ever visit – White Cliffs. This tough, rough, sunburnt opal mining hamlet in the middle of nowhere gets so bloody hot in summer that almost everyone lives underground in perennially cool, dugout houses built into the sides of hills. One of these buildings is the famous White Cliffs Underground Motel which offers the largest underground accommodation in Australia, with 30 rooms. Here we enjoy delicious soup, tour the maze of subterranean bedrooms and explore the eccentric shanty town with its abandoned cars, labyrinth of mines and quirky art displays. It feels like a lawless cowboy town where anyone does anything they want.

broken hill accommodation

And what we want is to reach our cosy cabin at Warrawong on the Darling, a lovely, riverside camp, caravan and cabin park just outside Wilcannia. Here, around the communal campfire, the manager serves us hearty stew and damper as we enjoy wine and friendly banter with fellow roadies. One even gets his sax out and plays some jazz for us as the sun sets in the west.

Wilcannia to Broken Hill

Before sunrise next morning, we walk out along the sand dunes at Warrawong on the Darling and grab a vantage point to watch the sun rise over the arid landscape – it’s a moment of pristine beauty and I mark it with some contemplative yoga practice to salute the dawn. The shady riverbanks here, rife with roos, offer quintessential outback scenery and it’s tempting to linger but we head west again for another hour to reach our final destination, Broken Hill.

This sizable mining city – an outback oasis – is so far west in NSW that it runs on South Australian time. We grab a coffee in the beautiful main street with its fine heritage buildings and then head to the brand new Broken Hill Outback Resort, a Broken Hill caravan park which offers luxury spa cabins, fire pits and spaciously green campgrounds, all surrounding a restored and charming old pub which has been resurrected as a restaurant and bar.

caravan parks at broken hill

We arrive on a Sunday afternoon which is great timing as a live band plays for diners in the sun as we enjoy a gourmet pizza and cool beverage, soaking up the rays. A more pleasant spot would be hard to find but we do find it when we enter our king spa cabin with its sun-kissed deck overlooking the desert, huge bed, jacuzzi with a view, lounge and kitchenette. Wow! Staying at this Broken Hill accommodation is a must. We only have a night here but we vow to stay longer next time, soaking in the spa and soaking in the outback scenery.

With more time, we could have explored more of Broken Hill as well as the zany, nearby ghost town of Silverton with its character-filled outback pub and stark plains which were used in many movies including ‘Priscilla Queen of the Desert’ and the Mad Max films. Next morning, we fly home from Broken Hill to Sydney. The flight takes a few hours but it makes a mockery of the lengthy road journey we undertook to get out west. But’s a little, three-day journey we relished and can’t wait to do again!

* Andrew & Moira Mevissen were guests of Copper City Motel, Warrawong on the Darling, White Cliffs Underground Motel and the Broken Hill Outback Resort, which are all owned by Out of the Ordinary Outback.

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