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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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Bring back the great Australian road trip this summer, with discounted accommodation at all Out of the Ordinary Outback venues.

Plus book an outback adventure tour departing this year and save 10%!

SUMMER ACCOMMODATION SPECIAL


There has never been a better time to explore the great Australian Outback!

Beat the crowds by travelling out of peak season. You’ll have more time and more space for all the things you love about outback Australia.

PLUS for a limited time only, you’ll save up to 5% with discounted accommodation bookings!

THE DEAL: Save 5% on all summer accommodation bookings before February 28th 2018

HOW TO BOOK: Call any of our Out of the Ordinary Outback venues on 1300 866 225 to confirm your room at our special price. Discounted accommodation prices are only available by contacting our office.

 

DISCOUNTED ACCOMMODATION AT THESE AMAZING VENUES

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THE BROKEN HILL OUTBACK RESORT

Offering a unique combination of nature and comfort, Broken Hill Outback Resort is designed for anyone seeking quality Caravan and Camping accommodation in the Australian Outback.

Surrounded by breathtaking views of the Barrier ranges our guests will experience the vastness of the outback while enjoying the comforts of resort living.

Visit the Broken Hill Outback Resort website for more.

WARRAWONG ON THE DARLING

Located 3km east of Wilcannia, just off the barrier Highway, Warrawong on the Darling offers camping, large grassy caravan (both powered and unpowered) sites and self-contained cabins on 1700 acres of working farmland.

With 12 km of Darling River frontage and many natural features and beauty typical of the outback area venue aims to bring you a beautiful setting, surrounded by wonderful attractions.

Visit the Warrawong on the Darling website for more.

 

WHITE CLIFFS UNDERGROUND MOTEL

The largest of three underground motels in Australia, staying at the White Cliffs Underground Motel is an experience like none other. 

The White Cliffs Underground Motel is built almost entirely by hand, using jack hammers. No two rooms are the same and walking through the Motel is a world of discovery.

The venue offers 30 rooms below ground and 2 rooms above. It also boasts an underground bar and restaurant with a hearty menu.

Visit the White Cliffs Underground Motel website for more.

 

COBAR COPPER CITY MOTEL

The Copper City Motel is located in Cobar and is a great choice for travellers who appreciate their history and the rugged beauty of the outback.

With its large, manicured grounds and excellent facilities on offer such as the swimming pool, wide range of accommodation and secure parking, Copper City Motel is ideal for those travelling through Cobar be it for work or pleasure.

The motel also has a variety of room options available from budget to deluxe and all rooms feature spacious ensuites, flat screen TV’s and reverse cycle-air-conditioning.

Visit the Cobar Copper City Motel website for more.

 

THE ARGENT MOTEL BROKEN HILL

True country hospitality in the heart of Broken Hill.

The Argent Motel in Broken Hill offers comfortable accommodation for couples, families and single travellers alike with a range of affordable suites available. It is the ideal choice for those just passing through the historical outback city or for those wishing for a longer stay, taking their time to experience the wonders of the west.

Visit the Argent Motel website for more.


THE IVANHOE HOTEL

The Ivanhoe Hotel Motel is the perfect location for your next trip to Ivanhoe conveniently located on the Cobb Highway amongst shops, cafes and the town centre.

The venue offers modern style motel rooms so you are assured of quiet relaxation in comfortable, large and well equipped rooms with your own en suite.

The hotel offers an a-la-carte restaurant with a seasonal menu, great welcoming bars that are air-conditioned fitted with TVs and light entertainment for our visitors. A great place for summer time enjoyment and an oasis in outback desert.

Visit the Ivanhoe Hotel Motel website for more.

 

THE BROKEN HILL TOURIST LODGE

Positioned in the heart of Broken Hill city, the Broken Hill Tourist Lodge provides travellers the opportunity to relax in the peace, comfort and unrivalled hospitality that our Outback mecca is renowned for.

The venue is easy to access, and is within walking distance of the Broken Hill Train Station, Broken Hill Visitors Information Centre and local bus terminals. A number of cafes, restaurants, clubs, specialty stores and galleries can be found along Argent Street, and we encourage all visitors to take the opportunity to explore and enjoy what the area has to offer.

Each of our 30+ rooms feature air-conditioning and heating with access to a number of shared bathroom facilities. All guests have access to free wired internet at our reception. All rooms have access to a shared fully equipped kitchen.

Visit the The Broken Hill Tourist Lodge website for more.

ADD AN ADVENTURE TOUR

You’ve bagged some discounted accommodation. Now add a little adventure and save some more! With so much to see and do, it’s hard to know where to begin. Tri State Safaris’ all-inclusive packages will help you make the most of every minute. 

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TRI STATE SAFARIS OUTBACK ADVENTURES

Established in Broken Hill in 1992, Tri State Safaris was borne from a passion to share the remarkable Australian Outback with like-minded adventurers. We have been travelling the outback roads, from Broken Hill to Broome and everything in between for over twenty years and we are constantly excited by what we see ……. and we are sure you will be too!

Special offer: Save 10% on all tours of 3+ days departing before December 31st 2018

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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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Outback car enthusiasts will gather in Cobar to celebrate Aussie car cult classic, Running on Empty with an enviable show and shine.

EVENT DETAILS

Produced in the mining community of Cobar, Running on Empty is returning to its hometown for two days of car-orientated good times. Movie fans will have the opportunity to meet the stars, cars and behind-the-scenes crew of the cult-classic film. There will be opportunities to cruise to Canbelego – the site of the Rebel’s Garage, relive the action with a movie screening, indulge in unique movie paraphernalia and discuss everything motor-related over a gala dinner.

An amazing show and shine will also feature with an estimated 300 cars registered.

Visitors can expect more bang for their buck, with the festival coinciding with Cobar’s annual Festival of the Miner’s Ghost.

Date: 26th – 27th October

The Festival of the Miner’s Ghost will run from October 22nd – 28th

Costs: Costs vary between events.

FEATURES

Taking place over two days the event boasts a variety of features including:

• Running on Empty Meet and Greet
• Movie screening
• Show and shine
• Gala dinner with charity auction and live music by Typhoon
• Cruise to Canbelego the Rebel’s Garage
• Group photo opportunity

Visitors can also enjoy these great events taking place in the Festival of the Miner’s Ghost:

• Glencore CSA Mine Fireworks – fireworks over Cobar’s open cut mine
• Festival markets all day Saturday with live music through the evening
• Charity golf day
• Cobar annual art exhibition
• Festival opening cocktail party
• Miner’s Memorial Service
• Halloween Disco – event for children under 10 years
• Rotary barbeque

RUNNING ON EMPTY MOVIE

Released in 1981, Running on Empty celebrates what it was to be Australian in the 80’s. Simple times, when life was about hot cars, hot chicks and hot times. The movie follows the journey of two local street racers, who find themselves driving against Fox – the fastest drag racer around. As with life, there is much more to this movie than who wins and who loses.

Since it hit the cinema, Running on Empty has become known for it’s great cars and catchy one-liners.

RECOMMENDED VENUES

Out of the Ordinary Outback venues in Cobar

The Copper City Motel – Outback accommodation with real outback hospitality. The perfect home for your stay during the Running on Empty Festival

Out of the Ordinary venues for your travels

The Broken Hill Outback Resort – New venue boasting picturesque backdrops for campers and caravans.
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

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The Silver City Cup will take over Broken Hill as the 2018 race season draws near

EVENT DETAILS

Race-goers will dress to impress as the 2018 Silver City Cup prepares to start with a bang. The second of two major racing events in Broken Hill, the Silver City Cup is a family-friendly event catering to a large number of outback residents and city visitors.

Date: Saturday 27th October
Features: The event will feature a variety of family-friendly activities including
• Horse racing with on course betting
• Field fashions
• Kids’ rides and activities
• Food stalls
• Pop-up markets

A HISTORY OF FAMILY FUN

The Silver City Cup has held a long tradition of drawing crowds to the outback community of Broken Hill. Now in its 129th year, it is the longest running horse race in the region.

Established in 1889, the Silver City Cup was originally held weekly with thousands travelling to attend meets. As the region’s mining boom came to end, Broken Hill’s population dwindled to a fraction of its former size, and the cup was transformed into an annual event.

Now a mecca for outback tourism, the renowned ‘Silver City’ attracts race goers from throughout the outback and nearby cities including Mildura.

Competition is known to be fierce, but always in good spirit. The Silver City Cup’s considerable cash prize pool, traditionally encourages a hearty line-up of both country and city racers. A bevy of horses are expected to participate as the nomination date heads towards its close.

Each year, race goers look forward to the unveiling of the new event poster. Traditionally designed by one of the region’s many renowned artists, the event poster aims to encapsulate Broken Hill’s unique culture and heritage. This year, it will feature the colourful and quirky style of Silverton painter, John Dynon.

Fashions of the Field is a popular part of the day, with prizes awarded to the Most Elegant Silver City Lady, the Trendiest Chick and Country Casual Male, as well as Best Dressed Girl and Boy.

Children are also well catered for, with rides and face painting available throughout the day.

RECOMMENDED VENUES

Joining the race day action? Make your stay out of the ordinary with these great venues.

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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