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Been locked up in isolation too long, need to dust off those cobwebs and really blow off some stream? Then an adventure in the good old Aussie outback may just do the trick – and Tri State Safaris Outback Tours are just the team to deliver!

Tri State Safaris Outback Tours (winner of 6 golds at the Australian Tourism Awards) not only specialise in tours inspired by our big brown (actually more reddish) land, they can expertly tailor adventures to create bespoke experiences.

At the very heart of outback adventure country, the Broken Hill region is a living, breathing time capsule where the great mining prosperity of yesteryear blends seamlessly with a rising modern art scene, all set amid a sprawling desert landscape. It’s a place of huge skies, red rocky earth and a fascinating and internationally significant history.

Tri State Safaris offers local insight into a large range of popular travel destinations from Broken Hill, which can be directly and easily accessed by car, flight or train out of Sydney, Melbourne, Mildura and Adelaide. All tours are mapped out in a way that allow participants to see and experience as much of the Australian outback as possible in the time they have available.

With a tantalizing range of tours to choose from – if you still can’t find what you’re looking for, the expert adventure team will happily create it for you!

1-2 day tours range from relishing the serenity at Mutawintji National Park, witnessing rock engravings from long ago through to exploring historic buildings, mine sites and the stunning night sky.

As tempting as these are, it’s safe to assume that after being confined by COVID-19 for months on end, a longer tour is required (and while on the topic, rest assured that there is full COVID safety and compliance with all tours and experiences!) One of the most popular Tri State Safaris Outback Tours is the 3 day Outback Adventure Tour – which highlights some of the outback’s finest, history, wildlife and stunning landscapes, all in one. Enjoy the picturesque landscapes of Medindee lakes with a river cruise, learn about the history and indigenous culture of Wilcannia, absorb the tranquility and abundant wildlife at Warrawong on the Darling, and stay at the famous Underground motel at White Cliffs (one to tick off the bucket list!).

For those looking to experience all that the outback has to offer, but in a more stylish and comfortable manner – then one of these deluxe tours may be a better fit.

The 3 day Mungo Deluxe Eco Tour centers around Aboriginal culture with a little luxury thrown in. This tour is a fabulous opportunity to soak up the stunning red landscape, without having to sacrifice creature comforts. Experiencing the mystical ‘Walls of China’ at sunset will form lifelong memories as well as marveling at the continuously shifting Perry Sandhills. Trentham Estate Winery on the banks of the Murray River is the ideal lunch spot to reflect on travelling through the Willandra Lakes World Heritage listed region and historic Wentworth and Pooncarie.



Have an extra day up your sleeve? Then the 4 Day Deluxe Broken Hill Highlights Tour may be the one for you. With ‘deluxe’ being the operative word, this tour includes all delicious meals and A+ accommodation. Base yourself at the new Broken Hill Outback resort in your own king spa cabin while taking in the best of the area. Experience the serenity of the Menindee Lakes with an hour cruise, the majestic scenery at Kinchega and Mutawintji National Parks, Aboriginal and indigenous art dating back thousands of years, native wildlife up close in their natural habit and tour around the local arts scene and famous movie set locations (ever hear of Mad Max and Priscilla Queen of the Desert?).

A popular option for those of us who love our cameras, from the professional photographer through to the happy snapper, the 4 Day Corner Country Tour is perfect for those looking to capture the outback in its truest form and at its most authentic. Think colour, nature and scenery in overload – you will be amazed at natures contrasting colours, endless horizons, vibrant red sand dunes and rugged escarpments. You’ll call the Underground Motel at White Cliffs home while you ‘noodle’ for opal in the working fields, explore the stunning landscapes at Sturt National Park and Milparinka, visit Cameron Corner where three states meet and all the while soaking in an abundance of vibrant vegetation, wildlife and birds along the way.

Visit the world heritage listed Mungo National Park, Menindee region and the majestic Darling River. Explore the copper mining heritage of Cobar, experience indigenous culture and natural beauty at Warrawong on the Darling, the heritage sites of Mutawintji National Park and the famous underground White Cliffs hotel. This tour even has you enjoying a yarn and a tinny or two with locals at the Ivanhoe pub!

Got your own 4WD and would prefer a tour where you can ‘tag along’ by driving your own vehicle instead? Tri State Safaris Outback Tours has that sorted too! The Tag Along Tours are a great option for those wanting the company of others, without the hassle of planning the trip, asking for directions, transporting and cooking your own food – Tri State Safaris takes care of it all! Not to mention the fact that you’re welcome to tag along to any tour that takes you fancy.

Adventure touring in the outback just doesn’t get any easier, any more enjoyable or any more rewarding!

So instead of flocking to Europe this year, to enjoy their summer, why not use the opportunity to explore what this great country of ours has to offer? You may be pleasantly surprised to find that the most soul satisfying and memorable places to visit are just under your nose!

For more information or to book a tour, visit www.tristate.com.au

 

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Sick of looking at the same four walls that you’ve been confined to for the past 3 months? With the green light barely ignited on domestic travel, there’s never been a better time to pack the car and head away for a well-deserved break. Covid-19 has certainly taken its toll and we are all in desperate need of a change of scenery.

Imagine setting off along the M31, zoning out to your favourite tunes, heading for a more peaceful destination where the only thing on your to-do list is to hit the re-set button and take much needed time out for yourself.

You’ll find the perfect destination for R&R only a short 12 hours car ride from the hustle and bustle of Sydney’s CBD (13 hours if you decide to take the train!)

The mining town of Broken Hill is about as stereotypically ‘Aussie outback’ as it gets. The very ‘wide brown land for me’ that Dorothea Mackellar speaks so fondly of in her legendary ‘My Country’ poem and featured on the big screens in the famous Mad Max 2 sequel.

Whilst visitors primarily flock to heritage-listed Broken Hill for their dose of ‘good old’ country life, the areas raw beauty, natural charm and array of attractions keep them coming back.

We’ve listed our must-visit attractions while you’re in town:

The Living Desert Sculptures located 9km north of Broken Hill. Here you’ll find a collection of unique sandstone sculptures, each created by international artists in 1993. The sculptures capture the essence of the breathtaking landscape and glow brilliantly as the setting sun lights up the desert sky.

You’ll find Aboriginal history in abundance at The Mutawintji National Park. After viewing some of the best collections of Aboriginal art in NSW at the Mutawintji Historic Site, explore the area by bushwalking along the Bynguano Range walking track or tick of a bucket list item by camping out under the dazzling outback night sky.

And while on the subject of dazzling night skies, the clear night sky just outside of Broken Hill is so ideal for stargazing that Outback Astronomy offers guided tours through the Milky Way. Sign up for a sky show and unravel some of the mysteries of the universe; pinpointing stars and constellations; and learn about dark energy, asteroids and secrets behind our moon.

About 15 miles north of Broken Hill is Silverton, a town of 90 or so residents that, in traditional Australian fashion, manages to maintain a thriving pub. Don’t let size fool you, this little hotel punches well about its weight! The Original Silverton Hotel is one of the most iconic landmarks in the area (so it’s a must see with your own eyes kind of attraction) – having starred in block buster movies such as Razorback, Mission Impossible II, The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert and of course Mad Max 2.

Movie buffs can go one step further and visit the Mad Max Museum – Australia’s first and only museum dedicated to Mad Max 2.

A few kilometres north of Silverton, the view from the Mundi Mundi Plains is like nothing else – aptly referred to as ‘the edge of the world’. The hill drops away and the vast plain at your feet seems to stretch away to eternity over the sun-scorched canvas of the desert landscape. A must for those looking to witness the outback sunset in all its absolute glory.


And a trip to the outback just wouldn’t be complete without visiting a ‘classic outback pub’. And the Packsaddle Roadhouse, 175km north of Broken Hill is pretty much as classic as it gets. Full of charm, character, miscellaneous collectables, and regulars with stories to share, this stop will be the icing on your outback experience cake (or rather the froth on top of your icy beer!)

With so much to see and do, it’s important to have great accommodation as a base while you visit.

Our accommodation pick while in town is the Broken Hill Outback Resort.


Offering the perfect balance between nature and luxury, the Broken Hill Outback Resort is designed for anyone seeking quality accommodation in the heart of the Australian outback. With a mix of powered and unpowered caravan and camping sites on level, grassy areas complete with a high spec amenities block, camp kitchen, kids playground, King Spa Cabins and a Bar/ Restaurant, this resort brings a little luxury, comfort and convenience to the outback.

Equipped with its own private veranda and spa bath, King Spa Cabins range from $155 – $175 a night. With the Mt Gipps Hotel located on site, there’s no need to cook, delicious meals are a breeze. 

Surrounded by breathtaking views of the Barrier ranges, the Broken Hill Outback Resort allows guests to soak in the vastness of the outback with its serenity and quintessentially Australian rugged landscapes all while enjoying the comforts of resort living. The location also provides the perfect backdrop for inspirational sunrise and sunset viewing. And if you’re lucky enough to be staying at the resort on a Sunday, you’ll have the pleasure of meeting local Broken Hill camels from midday!

And don’t think for a minute just because we’re recommending Broken Hill as your final destination doesn’t mean there’s not plenty to see and do along the way…in fact the journey there and back is part of the overall outback experience!

Dubbo – Looking for a pit stop to stretch your legs after 5hrs into starting your trip? Dubbo is ideal. With its famous Taronga Western Plains Zoo, your legs will be thankful for more time in the car after you’ve visited! Allow around 2-2.5hrs hours to walk the 3.4km zoo circuit. The perfect spot to scrub up on your animal identification skills, grab some fresh air and a bite to eat.

Cobar – Cobar is an active mining town 458km/4.5hr drive from Broken Hill, where the new Cobar Mine currently operates 24 hours a day, every day of the year. The Fort Bourke Lookout offers an incredible view of the mine, and the surrounding landscape. Make sure you’ve got plenty of charge on your phone for photos and videos when you stop by.

Wilcannia – Wilcannia, an 11hr drive from Sydney, was once a thriving river port on the edge of the Outback, transporting wheat and wool along the Darling by paddle-steamer in the 19th century. Today, its dusty streets are still lined with a remarkable collection of heritage buildings and there’s an emerging movement of local artists.

The historic town of White Cliffs is a stone’s throw from Wilcannia, less than an hour’s drive along. Known for being home to Australia’s oldest commercial opal field, there are opal showrooms to visit and a unique Underground Motel to spend the night (another tick for that elusive bucket list!)

However, if above ground is more your thing, and you’re chasing the real Australian Outback experience but with comfort thrown in, then Warrawong on the Darling is for you. Offering an abundance of wildlife and unspoilt tranquillity it really is the perfect spot to stop and absorb what the outback is all about – including the ever-changing colours of the sunsets.



Located on the banks of the Darling River in NSW, just off the Barrier Highway, 3km east of the Wilcannia township, Warrawong on the Darlin offers all you’ll need in accommodation – modern cabins, caravan and bush camping all along the billabong. With a high-spec amenities block, grassy sites along the natural lagoon and river and beautiful scenery, this is the ideal night stopover (or longer) for comfort seeking campers.

With Broken Hill (and many of the surrounding tourist towns we’ve highlighted) offering spectacular landscapes, sunsets, night skies, mining history, art galleries, festivals, shopping, local and chain restaurants (yes, tell the kids Broken Hill does has a Maccas!), and much more, there really is something for everyone!

So, what are you waiting for? It’s time to get up and get out, clear the head with some good old country air and embrace a change of scenery and pace. Not only is a great excuse to charge your batteries, it’s a great chance to charge your cars battery as well – after all, it’s likely to have been sitting idle (albeit in the garage) for the past 3 months too – and especially while petrol is as cheap as it is!!!

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All of us at Out of the Ordinary Outback hope you’re all faring well during this unusual time.

If you’re anything like us, then you’re probably itching to hit the road again and go on an adventure (or 10). Though we don’t yet know when we’ll have this kind of freedom again, we DO know that brighter days are ahead and that we WILL be able to travel around freely again at some stage.

And in our oh-so-humble opinion, we strongly feel that a trip to the NSW Outback should be first on your post COVID-19 to-do list.  Here’s why:


1. Continue Your Self-Isolation & Social Distancing

If you’re a little hesitant to get back out there in the wild once restrictions are lifted, an excellent way to dip your toes in with minimal risk of infection is by going somewhere remote. Y’know, where you’re not very likely to be in close proximity to anyone at all.

And what better place to be remote than Outback NSW?

We reckon you could complete your entire Sydney to Broken Hill Outback NSW road trip without coming into contact with anyone, if you play your cards right.

Sunset on the Menindee LakesMenindee Lake at sunset.

2. It’s Close To Home

Well, this may not be true for everyone reading this article, but for Aussies living in New South Wales, Victoria, or even South Australia, Outback NSW is relatively close to home. It’s a lengthy but doable drive if you live in any of those 3 states.

We’re not sure what travel is going to look like after COVID-19, but it seems likely that local travel will happen again before international travel does. That means Australians will be looking to travel within their country, and likely closer to home (i.e. somewhere within driving distance, so they don’t have to go to the airport or board a plane).

So instead of using your fast-accumulating paid leave on an overseas trip, why not use it for a week (or even two week)-long road trip through Outback New South Wales?

3. It’s Affordable

We completely empathise with those who have suffered a loss or work or income during the age of COVID-19. The last thing most of us feel comfortable doing anytime soon is spending a whole lot of money.

That’s why a road trip through the NSW Outback is an ideal option. If you have your own vehicle and don’t mind camping (either in it, or in a tent), all you really have to worry about paying for is petrol, a campsite, and food (which you’d be paying for anyway if you stayed home instead).

If you have a little extra money to spend and would rather sleep in a proper bed, there are many affordable accommodation options available. Our Broken Hill Outback Resort is constantly offering amazing deals on rooms and packages. 

Have a look at our homepage to find the best places to stay in the Outback!



4. The Weather is Fine

We’re blessed with fantastic weather for most of the year here in the Outback. Think no rain and an average temperature of 10 degrees in winter, and a range of 16-25 degrees in spring and autumn.

Summer temps tend to crack 30 degrees most days, so if you’re sensitive to heat you may want to plan your trip for another time of year. 


5. It’s EPIC

We may be biased (ok, we’re definitely biased), but the NSW Outback is one of Australia’s hidden gems. It’s such a special place, and honestly part of the reason it’s so special is because it doesn’t get the tourist buzz that many other Aussie hotspots do (lookin’ at you, Great Barrier Reef and Uluru). 

If you love nature, clear night skies, long dusty roads, and epic landscapes, then the Outback of NSW is your kind of place. Where else can you find kitschy roadhouses and underground hotels? 

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The COVID-19 virus has presented ‘out of the ordinary’ circumstances for us all but we want to ensure all our valued staff and guests that your health and wellbeing are our top priorities and that we are taking all possible measures to protect you. While we always maintain a high level of hygiene at our properties and adhere to all food safety and hygiene practices, we have implemented additional cleaning to reduce the health risks further. All staff have been instructed to wash their hands regularly and disinfect hard surfaces frequently each day, including reception areas, eftpos machines, phones, computers and communal areas such as bathrooms and kitchens.

Room cleaning

Rooms will be cleaned daily as usual by our housekeeping staff. Staff will incorporate a number of additional hygiene procedures to ensure all surfaces are sanitised. Noting that this is already our normal procedure, but will include extra steps such as glove and mask-wearing by our staff and a special antibacterial surface spray used for surfaces.

Food handling and service

It is thought that the transfer of CODIV-19 via food is unlikely, see Food Standards Australia. In any case, all staff involved in food handling will be following the standard precautions. All surfaces will be cleaned with alcohol-based cleaning products prior to serving. In restaurant dining tables, will be arranged with a minimum of 2m spacing between each. Evening meal service will need to be booked by guests if they do not choose in-room dining. By booking, we are also minimising the number of guests in the restaurant at one time.

* we can also promote our outdoor dining options.

In-room food service

Guests not wishing to circulate with other guests and staff also have the option of in-room service.

In-room mini-bar

An in-room mini-bar and drinks service will be made available on guest request. Each of our properties is a community hub and we want to ensure that you feel confident in staying with us in an environment that is tightly and responsibly managed. If you are experiencing any of the COVID-19 symptoms, please notify us so we can reschedule your stay with us at a later date. Please note that our terms and conditions apply and check that you are within your cancellation period to avoid any fees, so please plan accordingly.

How can we all help prevent the spread of the virus?

Practising good hand and sneeze/cough hygiene is the best defence against most viruses. You should: wash your hands frequently with soap and water before and after eating, and after going to the toiletcover your cough and sneeze, dispose of tissues and use alcohol-based hand sanitiser.

With personal sanitisers in short supply, here’s a simple recipe to make your own.

Recipe for hand sanitiser:
  • 2/3 cup 99% rubbing/ isopropyl alcohol (you’ll need a higher ratio of alcohol to allow if you cant find 99% rubbing alcohol)
  • 1/3 aloe vera gel
  • Fragrance of pure essential oil

If you are feeling well, visit one of our properties soon and enjoy a deserved break from everything that is happening. You’ll also be supporting a local business.

Safe travels. Management Team Out of the Ordinary Outback
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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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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 and view our group rates.

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.

accommodation broken hill

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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