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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.

caravan parks in broken hill

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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Its summertime and the outback is beginning to heat up. But travelling off-peak has plenty of perks! These top travel tips for summer will have you beat the heat for an amazing outback experience while saving time and money.

TRAVEL TIP #1 MISS THE CROWDS


One of the biggest perks of travelling in off-peak season, is that there are less people to share the outback with! Imagine being able to explore the highlights and tourist traps of Australia’s most iconic destinations, without jostling crowds and noisy commuters.

In fact – you might be the only one there. Talk about a personal experience!

TRAVEL TIP #2  BOOK AHEAD


While there may not be a lot of travellers this time of year, booking ahead pays off! Many outback venues offer summer accommodation sales or tour discounts that could save you plenty.

Take advantage of these summer specials:

Save 5% on discounted accommodation with Out of the Ordinary Outback

Save 10% on adventure tour packages with Tri State Safaris


TRAVEL TIP #3  START EARLY


The best advice to beating the outback sun is to start your day early. The heat outback is considerably dry. This means that when the sun isn’t directly on you, the temperature drops.

Mornings are cooler than afternoons, so plan your walks and outdoor experiences to start then. Nature hikes, national park or farm exploration and

Temperatures peak between midday and 3.00pm. So take the adventure indoors during this time. There are plenty of art galleries, museums and shaded swimming pools to indulge in.

Or why not take a nap.

You’re on vacation after all.

 

TRAVEL TIP #4 FINISH LATE


When the sun starts to settle, eating outdoors is a sublime way to end the night. A cool beer, a sizzling BBQ, and a guaranteed canopy of stars will leave you relaxed and ready for the next day.

Star tours will add value to your experience.

Try Outback Astronomy located in Broken Hill.

TRAVEL TIP #5 BRING PLENTY OF WATER


Enough can’t be said, about the importance of water. The last thing you want is to be stranded without a healthy ration of the wet stuff. Especially when the weather heats up. Dehydration can be pretty detrimental to your health.

Recommendations vary on how much water is enough. A basic guide is to carry between 5 and 7 litres of water per person, per day of travel. Make sure to replenish your supplies at each stop.

TRAVEL TIP #6 FUEL UP


Just like water, you don’t want to be stuck in the middle of nowhere without fuel. Pay careful attention to your fuel gauge, and make sure you top up your tanks at any given opportunity.

The distance between outback townships can be deceptive. And you can expect fuel to be more expensive out here than in the city. Plan for it, and keep the tanks full where ever possible – even if the price make you cringe!

TRAVEL TIP #7 KNOW YOUR ROADS


Generally speaking, most main roads will be sealed. Especially if they are popular travel destinations, such as Broken Hill, Wilcannia or Cobar.

However, unlike the city, not all routes will be made of bitumen. In fact, there are a number of unsealed and dirt roads connecting regional communities. And a large percentage of roads leading to national parks are dirt.

Of course, travelling on dirt roads and even off-road can add to the excitement of your adventure. But it pays to do your research and be prepared.

Not all cars are designed to travel off-road, and some roads are even closed to vehicles that are not four-wheel-drive. Before taking the quickest route listed on Google Maps, research the best route for you.

It is worth contacting local Visitor Information Centres that can assist you in making your travel plans. We’re yet to find one that isn’t friendly and extremely helpful!

Inclement weather and rain can also cause some issues for dirt road travel – but we’ll talk about that later!

 

TRAVEL TIP #8 WATCH THE WEATHER


If you’ve seen the news lately, you would know that most of the outback is currently in drought. Whilst this is undeniably hard on the locals, it does have a silver lining for travellers.

There is little fear of rain complicating holiday plans, particularly when travelling in the dry months of summer.

All the same, it is always, ALWAYS important to watch the weather when travelling. Heavy rain on dirt roads can cause road closures, while heat waves require extra caution and preparation.

When in doubt about how the weather may affect your travel plans, contact your local Visitor Information Centre.
 

TRAVEL TIP #9 AVOID DRIVING AT NIGHT


You may be surprised to hear, the biggest dangers of driving at night aren’t hitch-hikers or criminal bikie gangs. It’s actually the wildlife.

If you have never hit a ‘roo while travelling, you probably know someone who has. Kangaroos are abundant in regional Australia. And they are frequently spotted along the roadside.

This can be understandably worrisome for travellers during the day. But it is particularly dangerous at night.

Outback communities can be deceptively far apart. The country in between is often void of artificial light sources. At night, nocturnal animals like kangaroos can often go unnoticed until it’s too late. And once you’ve hit a roo, help can be a long way away.

The best way to stay safe on outback roads at night, is to avoid driving outback roads at night.



TRAVEL TIP #10 GET PLENTY OF REST

 
Another killer on outback roads – and roads everywhere – is fatigue.

Don’t risk your safety by not getting enough rest. Ensure you have a good sleep the night before your travel. Stop at least every two hours to take a break. If you have a travel companion, take turns driving. And bring energising snacks and drink plenty of water to keep your body awake and healthy.

Road hypnosis is a real thing.

Be safe not sorry.

TRAVEL TIP #11 ALL ABOUT PUBS


You would be far-stretched to find any outback community without a local pub. And even less likely to find one empty.

Local pubs are a treasure trove of informative staff, friendly travellers and outback characters. From many years of travel, we can guarantee you that some of the most memorable experiences and friendships were forged by chatting with people at the local pub.

This is the best place to ask about local sights, eateries and events you might otherwise miss. You may even find out more about that strange building, plant or animal you saw on your way in.

After all, no one knows a place like the people who live there.


TRAVEL TIP #12 
KEEP THE BUGS AT BAY


If summertime has a downside, it could be the insects. But you don’t need to let a few flies ruin your holiday fun.

Aeroguard is your first defence against these pesky creatures. Bring plenty of insect repellent sprays and roll-ons and use them regularly. If you are particularly adverse to insects, consider buying a hat with a fly net.

While flies can be annoying at first, you’d be surprised how quickly you learn to ignore them.

TRAVEL TIP #13 BE PREPARED FOR EMERGENCIES


While making sure you have plenty of water and petrol is important, having a first aid kit could save a life.

Make sure yours is fully stocked and that your supplies have not expired. You could go as far as refreshing your first aid skills. But packing a first aid book should suffice.

You should also ensure that your car is equipped for emergencies. If you plan on taking your travels off-road, make sure you have plenty of recovery gear, and that you know how to use it.

Before travelling anywhere remote, make sure you have a list of emergency phone numbers, stored somewhere reachable.

We recommend downloading the free Emergency+ app.

This has been developed by Australia’s emergency services to help a 000 caller make contact in an emergency. It also logs a copy of your GPS location to help emergency workers find you in remote or unknown locations!

Some numbers you should consider including are:

  • Triple Zero for all life threatening situations – 000 or 112
  • Police non-urgent matters – 131 444
  • Health Direct for free health advice from trained clinicians – 1800 022 222
  • Mental health emergencies – 13 14 65
  • Poisons information – 13 11 26
  • Police non-urgent matters – 131 444
  • Fruit Fly and Quarantine Hotline – 1300 666 010
  • SES storm or flood response – 132 500


TRAVEL TIP #14 PHONE COVERAGE


Not all travel destinations will provide great phone coverage. In fact some locations may not have coverage at all.

The more remote your destination is, the more likely it is that your phone will not have reception. So to stay safe, ensure you know how you can contact someone in an emergency.

Know where the phone ‘dead zones’ are, keep note of the closest public pay phones, and always let a friend know where you are heading in case something prevents you from getting back.

Some national parks experience limited phone signal, and many have a public pay phone available near the local office for emergencies.

If you are planning on travelling in remote conditions for an extended period of time, e.g. the Simpson Desert, investing in a satellite phone is a must.

TRAVEL TIP #15 TAKE YOUR TIME!


Now that you are organised and prepared for your holiday, it’s time to sit back and enjoy it! There is so much to see and do in outback Australia. Whatever you chose, take the time to make the most of it.

There is no hustle and bustle out here.

Enjoy the peace and calm.


BONUS TRAVEL TIP:

LET SOMEONE ELSE DO THE WORK INSTEAD!


Rather than worry about organising supplies, scratching up on your first aid, or the rising price of petrol – hop on board a fully catered tour!

You’ll see the best that the outback has to offer – getting to enjoy every minute while someone else does the thinking!

Tri State Safaris offer 15 all-inclusive tour packages from 1 day expeditions to 12 day adventures. Their destinations include the Flinders Ranges, the Corner Country, the Simpson Desert, Broken Hill, Birdsville, Mungo, Mutawintji and so much more.

PLUS if you book a date before 31st December 2018, you’ll save 10% on any tour 3 days or longer!

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Sydney Weekender returns to Broken Hill with host Lizzy Lovett. This time Lizzy shows Australia how to do Broken Hill on budgeted time.


EXPLORE BROKEN HILL WITH LIZZY LOVETT


Broken Hill is jam-packed with historic buildings, art galleries, iconic landmarks and wide-sweeping backdrops. And any traveller would have a hard time fitting it all into 48 hours. We can say Lizzy, definitely has her work cut out for her.

There is so much more that just can’t be squeezed into two days!


We recommend that travellers allow a week to explore our hometown and its surrounding communities. If possible give yourself enough time to visit Wilcannia or White Cliffs as well. We promise you won’t be disappointed.

If a weekend is all you have, follow in Lizzy’s footsteps with the Tri State Safaris 1 Day Broken Hill and Silverton Explorer tour. 

PLUS save 5% on summer accommodation at any Out of the Ordinary Outback venue! 


JOIN THE ADVENTURE WITH SYDNEY WEEKENDER 




RECREATE THE ADVENTURE WITH TRI STATE SAFARIS

Don’t let us have all the fun – experience the adventure for yourself! Lizzy and the Weekender crew explored outback Australia with these Out of the Ordinary Outback packages and venues.

1 Day Broken Hill and Silverton Explorer Tour by Tri State Safaris

Explore the unique mining culture and artistic community of heritage-listed city, Broken Hill. Journey through sweeping salt-bush landscapes to the cinematic gem of Silverton. Then, complete your experience with stunning views and sandstone sculptures from the hill-top Sculpture Symposium.


1 Day Menindee and Kinchega National Park Tour
 by Tri State Safaris

Departing from Broken Hill, journey to the picturesque landscapes of the Menindee Lakes. Defined by its often-painted ‘drowned’ red river gums, the Menindee Lakes are an important part of local indigenous and pastoral history. Wildlife is abundant here, with a variety of native animals and birdlife calling this land home. A visit to Kinchega National Park offers insight into the hardships undertaken by early station workers.


Out of the Ordinary Outback Accommodation
 by the Argent Motel

Situated in the heart of Australia’s ‘Gateway to the Outback’, the Argent Motel offers family-friendly accommodation at a family-friendly prices. The venue’s central location is walking distance from local restaurants, art galleries, food and gift stores and attractions.

Book your Out of the Ordinary adventure by calling 1300 688 225 or email tours@tristate.com.au

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The Perfect Light Film Festival takes place in a utopia of the big screen. The location of more than 35 feature films, this mining town is a breeding ground of budding film-makers.

Intensified by its isolation, Broken Hill’s seemingly barren landscapes are teeming with potential… potential that extends to the many budding film-makers and producers who call this cinematic gem home.

EVENT DETAILS


The Perfect Light Film Festival
 celebrates the accomplishments of local film-makers with its annual competition.

It is a popular competition, with dozens of entries expected. However, only 12 will be short-listed for screening on the night, with a chance to win first place. And a prize of $1K.

Winners will be chosen by a celebrity panel including Festival Director and Police Rescue star, Steve ‘Angel’ Bastoni. 

Entertainment begins at 6pm with shortlisted films screening from 8.00pm.

DATE: Saturday 1st December
TIME: 6pm – 10.30pm
LOCATION: Sturt Park, Sulphide Street, Broken Hill, NSW
COST: FREE!
WHAT TO BRING: A rug, picnic dinner and some great friends 


More events can be found on the Perfect Light Film Festival website.

 

MOVIES SHOT IN BROKEN HILL

The outback town of Broken Hill is a long-time favourite in the cinematic industry. Its wide sweeping plains and barren landscapes beckon producers from across the globe. 

With an enviable list of ‘big screen’ appearances, it is little wonder that movie-making is a popular past-time in the community.

A utopia renowned for its eerie elegance…

Here’s a full list of movies shot in Broken Hill and Silverton.

MAKE YOUR STAY OUT OF THE ORDINARY


Explore the film locations of, Mad Max 2, Wake in Fright and Priscilla, Queen of the Desert with Out of the Ordinary tours, food and accommodation.

ADVENTURE TOURS

Tri State Safaris small group 4WD tours of Broken Hill, Silverton, Menindee and more!

FAMILY-FRIENDLY ACCOMMODATION

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

MOUTH-WATERING FOOD

Mount Gipps Hotel – Located at the Broken Hill Resort. Enjoy picturesque outdoor and indoor settings with weekly live music
The Alma Hotel – Mouth watering menu and hearty meals in a family-friendly venue

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A utopia of the big screen, there have been more than 35 movies filmed in Broken Hill. Add to this dozens of TV series and countless advertisements

BROKEN HILL AND SILVERTON – A PIECE OF CINEMATIC HISTORY

Film-makers looking to invoke feelings of isolation, desolation, and the impending apocalypse, will find a utopia in the sprawling nothingness surrounding Broken Hill. Literally found in the middle of nowhere, the once bustling mining community, regularly features in cinematic productions. Its sprawling plains of nothingness, seemingly barren landscapes and the long dusty roads that separate the community from the nearest capital by 600kmm, attract film-makers from across the world.

Yet, despite it’s location, Broken Hill could easily be cast as a warm and character filled county town.

In total, Broken Hill has featured in more than 35 feature films, NOT including TV series and commercials.

A LIST OF MOVIES FILMED IN BROKEN HILL AND SILVERTON

These are some of the most recognised movie and television productions featuring Broken Hill and Silverton. And there’s plenty more we didn’t include!

  • Wake in Fright – 1970
  • Girl in Australia – 1970
  • The Battle of Broken Hill (Miniseries) – 1971
  • The Golden Soak – 1978
  • Max Max II – 1981
  • A Town Like Alice (miniseries) 1981
  • Hostage – 1982
  • The Slim Dusty Movie – 1983
  • Razorback – 1983
  • The Long Way Home – 1984
  • Comrades – 1985
  • Alice to Nowhere (TV) – 1985
  • The Blue Lightning (TV) – 1986
  • A Place to Call Home (TV) – 1986
  • Dirtwater Dynasty (miniseries) – 1987
  • As Time Goes By – 1987
  • The Water Trolly – 1989
  • Royal Flying Doctor Service (TV) – 1991
  • Reckless Kelly – 1991
  • Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert – 1993
  • The Missing – 1998
  • Mission Impossible II – 1999
  • Dirty Deeds – 2001
  • Last Cab to Darwin – 2015
  • Strangerland – 2015
  • The Leftovers (TV) – 2017

If the impressive list of cinematic references isn’t enough, the local community of Silverton boasts an impressive credit list for its commercial appearances. In fact, an advertisement is shot in Silverton every few months.

There are far too many to mention, but some of the some of the companies featuring this cinematic gem include the British Lions, Panasonic, Landrover, Telstra, Coca Cola, West End Beer, Dove Soap, Hyundai, Mercedes Benz, Pajero, Ampol, Pennzoil, Smiths Chips, Gatorade, Pepsi, and Master Card.

MAKE YOUR STAY OUT OF THE ORDINARY

Explore iconic locations of movies filmed in Broken Hill and its surrounds. Walk in the footsteps of Mad Max 2, Wake in Fright and Priscilla, Queen of the Desert with Out of the Ordinary tours, food and accommodation.

Tours

Tri State Safaris – Small group 4WD tours of Broken Hill, Silverton, Menindee and more!

Accommodation

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

Food

Mount Gipps Hotel located at the Broken Hill Resort – picturesque outdoor and indoor settings with weekly live music The Alma Hotel – Mouth watering menu and hearty meals in a family-friendly venue

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A journey along beguiling outback roads winding through red sand country, forged by the precise brushstrokes of renowned outback artist Clark Barrett

EVENT DETAILS

Outback Australia is a bewitching land. Its peaceful solitude has inspired entire artisan communities. None more-so than outback artist Clarke Barrett. Through creation, Clark becomes more entranced by its undulating red sand landscapes with each rise and fall of his paintbrush. Passion for country, yearning for adventure and endless curiosity guide him from one artwork to the next.

Art-lovers will leave wondering what lies around the next bend in the road.

For those who cannot suppress their sense of adventure, Clark often leads tours for 4WD tour company Tri State Safaris.

DATE: 28th September – 11th November 2018
LOCATION: Broken Hill Regional Art Museum, 404–408 Argent St, Broken Hill, NSW
OPEN HOURS: 10am – 4pm Tuesday to Sunday
COST: Entry to the Broken Hill Regional Art Museum

CLARK BARRETT BIOGRAPHY OF AN OUTBACK ARTIST

A love of old road maps and a sense of adventure prompted Clark to explore the region’s dirt roads, sometimes travelling out as far as 400kms. Fascinated by the laser bright intensity of the outback sunlight and the way it makes colour vibrate, Clark has spent the past 40 years searching these back roads for his inner and outer landscape.

Travelling through stations and camping out or sleeping in shearers’ quarters, Clark would knock on the doors of isolated homesteads hoping to meet the people and experience this fascinating land. This curiosity led to him amassing an enviable collection of experiences and gain valuable insight into the light and life of the ‘bush’.

Clark’s on site artworks seek to capture the colourful glory of nature’s morning and evening light. His large studio works and 3D constructions communicate Clark’s spiritual link to the landscape and its unique history.

To Clark, there is no mute landscape. He loves the stories and history behind each outback journey. The local roads are less a landscape than a region of his mind and heart. To the inexperienced, those same roads are simply rough old dirt tracks.

CLARK BARRETT ART TOURS | TRI STATE SAFARIS

Take a walk along the unwinding roads of outback Australia, with outback artist Clark Barrett. As your tour guide, Clark casts a spell over the iconic landmarks to show them in a light not yet realised. With many years travelling through country, many of the tours led by Clarke take passengers off the beaten track to see the beauty that is often missed, by those not local to the area.

Upon request, Clark Barrett is available to lead most tours as found on the Tri State Safaris website.

Dates can be negotiated by contacting the Tri State Safaris office on 08 8088 2389 or tours@tristate.com.au

MORE LOCAL ART EXHIBITIONS AS FOUND ON THE BROKEN HILL CITY COUNCIL WEBSITE

OBJET D’ART | ROBERT CLINCH & JEFF BROWN

Inspired by an innocent conversation with car collector Jeff Brown, outback artist Robert Clinch has painstakingly transformed an iconic Australian sportscar into Objet d’Art.

Over a period of 12 months, the realism artist hand-painted the 1960s Goggomobil Dart to bear his signature motif, the paper dart. Representing imagination, transcience, purity and fragility, the paper dart has appeared throughout Clinch’s artworks since 1985.

Accompanying the car, this exhibition also includes detailed sketches, test panels and a documentary video about the project.

MOVING HISTORIES // FUTURE PROJECTIONS

Moving Histories // Future Projections brings together some of Australia’s leading female contemporary artists working across screenbased media including Mikala Dwyer and Justene Williams, Amala Groom, Deborah Kelly, Kate Blackmore and Jacinta Tobin, Joan Ross, Soda_Jerk, Angelica Mesiti and Caroline Garcia, curated by Kelly Doley and Diana Baker-Smith of Barbara Cleveland (formally Brown Council).

The artists in Moving Histories // Future Projections approach their subject matter in a variety of ways – they turn the camera on themselves, re-stage historical events or reimagine alternative futures through speculative accounts of the past. Through repetition, montage and mimicry, they explore a space where time folds in on itself and back again, each looking back while also moving forward. Collectively and individually they act as historians, archivists and archaeologists – excavating historical materials, digging through archives and channeling the past to make new connections across time and space.

A dLux Media Arts exhibition toured by Museums & Galleries of NSW

PETER OSBORN | FROM RAILWAY TOWN TO THE WESTERN FRONT 1917

This exhibition of paintings and sculptures commemorates the lives of the Broken Hill soldiers who served at the Western Front in World War 1. Peter’s grandfather, William Osborn, spent his working life with Broken Hill South Mining Company and kept a unique diary which served as the inspiration and source for this work.

This exhibition is a tribute to the extraordinary courage, resilience and humanity of these men who went from the heat and dust of Broken Hill to the mud and shells of the Western Front. It is a stark reminder of the devastating carnage and destruction that war brings.

MAKE YOUR STAY OUT OF THE ORDINARY

Immerse yourself in the artistic community of Broken Hill, with Out of the Ordinary food and accommodation.

Accommodation

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

Food

Mount Gipps Hotel located at the Broken Hill Resort – picturesque outdoor and indoor settings with weekly live music
The Alma Hotel – Mouth watering menu and hearty meals in a family-friendly venue

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Priscilla is set to return to the quintessential outback community of Broken Hill next year, in glittery explosions of comedy, character and cabaret.

EVENT DETAILS


The Broken Heel Festival will light up the outback with its annual celebration of Drag Queens, Drag Kings, Bio Queens, comedians and showgirls!

The fast-growing festival had an audience of more than 6,500 this year, with even more expected to join the celebrations in 2019.

Its rising popularity has continued to attract star line-ups. Previous appearances have included Christine Anu, Kitty Glitter, Philmah Bocks and Art Simone.

Inspired by the queer cult classic ‘Priscilla, Queen of the Desert’ you can expect outrageous outfits, pitch-perfect performances, risqué, raunchy and rib-splitting laughs and a hearty splash of those feel-good vibes. 

Dates have been released for early booking with 3-day passes available at early bird prices.

DATE: Friday 13th to Sunday 15th

LOCATION: Multiple events over three days in various locations through Broken Hill, New South Wales

SPECIAL: 3-Day Early Bird Festival Passes are currently available on the Broken Heel Festival Website. They won’t be around long, so get in quick!


A full list of festival events can be found on the The Broken Heel Festival website.

 

PRISCILLA, QUEEN OF THE DESERT

 

Priscilla Queen of the Desert


The making of a cult classic begins in the humble outback of Australia


Filmed in 1994, The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert is an Australian comedy-drama film written and directed by Stephan Elliott.

Its plot follows the journey of two drag queens (Guy Pearce and Hugo Weaving) and a transgender woman (Terence Stamp), across the Australian Outback. During their expedition from Sydney to Alice Springs in a tour bus they dub “Priscilla”, they encounter an assortment of colourful characters. Hilarity ensues.

With a humble beginning, and a meagre budget the film’s success came as a suprise. Priscilla received a warm reception from both Australia and overseas receiving mostly positive reviews from critics and movie-goers.

Priscilla went on to receive multiple award nominations including an Academy Award for Best Costume Design at the 67th Academy Awards.

Since its screening at the 1994 Cannes Film Festival it has since become a cult classic in Australia and abroad, particularly in the UK. Its positive portrayal of LGBT characters has been credited to introducing LGBT themes to a mainstream audience.

With a ‘somewhat relatable story-line, oodles of Aussie-isms and side-splitting laughs this cult classic is one for everyone’s must watch list.

Here’s a full list of movies shot in Broken Hill and Silverton.

MAKE YOUR STAY OUT OF THE ORDINARY

Drink in the character and colours of Priscilla’s hometown with Out of the Ordinary tours, food and accommodation.

ADVENTURE TOURS

Tri State Safaris – see the town that hosted Australia’s most iconic Queen and learn more about its place in Australian history

FAMILY-FRIENDLY ACCOMMODATION

The Broken Hill Outback Resort – Treat yourself to the royal views of Broken Hill’s new multi-million dollar resort.
The Argent Hotel – Family-friendly accommodation located in the ‘main drag’ of Broken Hill
The Tourist Lodge – Budget accommodation in the Broken Hill CBD for Kings and Queens travelling light

MOUTH-WATERING FOOD

Mount Gipps Hotel – Located at the Broken Hill Resort. Enjoy picturesque outdoor and indoor settings with weekly live music
The Alma Hotel – Mouth-watering menu and hearty meals in a family-friendly venue

 

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