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Book three nights at the Broken Hill Outback Resort for Camping, Caravan sites or Cabins and receive a fourth night free of charge

Based in Australia’s first heritage-listed city of Broken Hill, the Broken Hill Outback Resort is offering great prices for holiday-makers and travellers. Bookings have now opened with caravan and camp sites available from March 31st, and cabins available from July. As a bonus, patrons will be able to book three nights and receive the fourth night free.

To celebrate the opening of the Broken Hill Outback Resort, all new patrons staying at the outback accommodation venue will receive a complimentary Welcome Pack, including tote bag, goodies and meal vouchers. Visitors booking into on the resort’s cabins will also receive a complimentary bottle of wine.

Situated on the outskirts of Broken Hill City and only 10 minutes from the CBD, the $5 million project overlooks sculpted ranges and sweeping bushland.

The landscaped premises offers 60 camp sites and 20-plus king-sized cabins for patrons wishing to escape city life and explore the real Australian Outback. Stars shine clear and bright overhead, free from light pollution and lucky visitors will have the chance to see bird and wildlife that frequent the area

The Broken Hill Outback Resort expects to open its on-site restaurant later this year.

To book your stay and make the most of this promotional offer contact 1300 688 225

Promotion begins March 31st and will be ongoing throughout 2018.
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Four-wheel-drive enthusiasts flock to award-winning outback station for competitions and festivities

The ARB Eldee Family Easter Event is set to take place this month, with 4×4 enthusiasts travelling from all over Australia to attend. Based on previous years, the event is predicted to be a success, with many competitors already registered.

 

Situated on the award-winning Eldee Station on Mundi Mundi plains, the action-packed 3-day event begins on Good Friday (March 29th) and concludes Easter Sunday.

 

Throughout the event, competitors will have the opportunity to challenge themselves in a series of 4-wheel-drive events across the breath-taking and rugged landscapes the station is known for.

 

Spectators and families are welcomed, and can expect children to be well catered for. Eldee Station will host a super-sized Easter Egg hunt on the property, as well as a children’s colouring competition, remote control car play and bouncing castle at intervals throughout the program.

 

A live performance by Don Costa is sure to delight participants and spectators alike, with acoustics sounding particularly delightful inside the Eldee woolshed. Unsuccessful entrants have the opportunity to earn back their credibility in a trivia competition held in the evening after the award ceremony.

 

Meals are available to suit every budget, and can be enjoyed beside an open fire outside the restaurant. Eldee Station is licenced and both spectators and guests can enjoy cold brew.

 

Participants need to register with Eldee Station before March 15th to confirm their place. A variety of accommodation packages are available for participants and spectators. See more details here.

 

Start your adventure before the festival begins! Out of the Ordinary Outback has a number of comfortable family friendly venues between Sydney and Broken Hill. Check out these recommended venues:

 

Warrawong on the Darling – deluxe cabins, camping and caravan sites situated on the outskirts of Wilcannia with stunning views of our landscaped premises, billabong and bushland.

 

Copper City Motel – comfortable and affordable accommodation in historic outback community Cobar

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These family-friendly prices will give you more reason to travel Outback for the school holidays!

 

Passengers can save up to $50 per person on 1-day Mutawintji tours, while children joining the Historic Site tour travel absolutely free.

 

About the tour

 

Mutawintji (pronounced moot-a-wint-ji) National Park, was once a busy meeting place for Australia’s ancient indigenous inhabitants. Their dreamtime stories, history and teachings are taught through depictions such as stencils and engravings. Such artworks are abundant here, providing a unique insight into the life & culture of the Australian aboriginal people. Mutawintji holds evidence of Aboriginal occupation dating back over 8,000 years.

 

This tour includes access into the restricted access Historic Sites, which have been closed to the general public. To preserve the history of this significant area, all of our guides have received training and accreditation by the traditional land owners. As well as indigenous culture, there are abundant opportunities to spot local bird and wildlife in their natural habitats.

 

Special Offer

 

Available 16th – 29th April

 

Passengers (adult): $180 per person (save $50)
Passengers (child): $90 per person (save $25)
All tag-along children (0-13 years) joining our 2.5 hour Historic Sites tour are free!

 

Visit the Tri State Safaris website for a full tour itinerary

 

Travel Options

 

Passengers – travel in fully kitted 4WD vehicle from Broken Hill to Mutawintji National Park. This option includes full commentary, lunch and morning tea
Tag-alongs ex Broken Hill – travel in your own vehicle in a group with full commentary provided by UHF radio. Lunch and morning tea provided. Tag-alongs ex Mutawintji National Park (Historic Site tour) – meet us at Mutawintji National Park to join a 2.5 hour Historic Sites tour. No meals provided. Tag-along positions only available on confirmed departure dates due to minimum number requirements.

<style=”color: #ff6600;”>Book now by contacting our office on 1300 688 225 or tours@tristate.com.au

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**SPECIAL PRICES NOW AVAILABLE ON 12 DAY SIMPSON DESERT CROSSING**

Add the Simpson Desert to your bucket list with the opportunity to conquer one of Australia’s most iconic 4WD destinations. Take on the challenge with the full support of experienced and trained 4WD professionals on a fully catered 12 day adventure.

For more than 20 years, Tri State Safaris have been taking groups of intrepid explorers to the furthest corners of Outback Australia. This May will mark their 27th annual Simpson Desert Crossing with an additional crossing programmed in August due to high demand.

Full dates and itinerary can be seen on the Tri State Safaris website.

While participants are welcome to book on board as a passenger inside their fully kitted 4WD vehicles, it is the tag-along option that offers the best chance for a real adventure. Ask any traveller who has attempted the Simpson and they’ll agree, that there is nothing quite like conquering its looming sand dunes.

“The satisfaction and pride you feel when you reach the top of each sand dune is immense,” says past passenger Trevor Adams as he reflects on his first crossing many years ago. “It really is an unforgettable experience. And knowing that the people you are with are professionals in this area really fills you with this confidence that you are going to reach the end no matter what. I still remember the feeling of reaching the top of ‘Big Red’ and so many of the other things I saw and learnt. I would recommend it to anybody.”

The terrain can be difficult, but Tri State tour guides (many of whom have been with the company for more than a decade) are yet to see a group member fail a crossing attempt. With Advanced 4WD qualifications and experience in vehicle recovery, participants are unlikely to encounter any situation that can’t be overcome.

However you choose to travel, the Simpson Desert is certainly something that every Australian should see in their lifetime.

Dwarfing its surrounds and casting an imposing shadow across the Australian outback, stands ‘Big Red’, arguably the largest sand dune in the majestic Simpson Desert. Just one glance and you can understand why crossing this infamous region tops bucket lists of 4WD enthusiasts world-wide.

Over 30 metres tall, ‘Big Red’ (traditionally known as Nappanerica) marks the beginning of the Simpson Desert, some 35kms east of Birdsville. This is just one of over 1,140 parallel sand dunes stretching across more than 176,000 square kilometres, crossing the borders of three Australian states. Its immense size makes the Simpson the fourth largest Australian desert, and the largest sand dune desert in the world.

With little to no vegetative cover, rare water sources and kilometres of sprawling red sand, the Simpson Desert was first crossed successfully by 4WD, less than 50 years ago.

Now it’s your turn.

All Tri State Safaris tours are fully inclusive with all meals, accommodation, entries, transfers and travel included in the price. Tag-along participants travelling in their own vehicle travel at a reduced fare and have access to a UHF radio for full tour commentary.

See the full 12 Day Simpson Desert Crossing itinerary on the Tri State Safaris website.

Bookings can be made by contacting Tri State Safaris on 1300 688 225

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Situated more than 3 hours away from the closest city, and more than 5 hours away from the closest state capital – Broken Hill is home to the clearest night skies in Australia.

To celebrate the magnificence of the Outback night sky, the Broken Hill Outback Resort has teamed with Outback Astronomy to bring you these fantastic package deals. For a limited time, campers will be entertained by an award-winning star show program before turning to rest beneath a million-star sky.

Outback Stay and Star Show

Price: $99 per person (minimum of 2 people) includes supper towards the end of the show
Inclusions: Accommodation on a powered camp site at the Broken Hill Outback Resort, Star Show presented by Outback Astronomy and transfers

Dinner with the Stars Package

Price: $150 per person (minimum of 2 people)
Inclusions: Dinner at the Broken Hill Outback Resort followed by a Star Show presented by Outback Astronomy. Transfers included

About the Broken Hill Outback Resort

Offering a unique combination of nature and luxury, 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 high spec amenities block, camp kitchen, kids playground, 24 King Spa Cabins, Bar/ Restaurant our resort provides all guests with luxury, comfort and convenience.

Visit the Broken Hill Outback Resort website for more.

About Outback Astronomy

Outback Astronomy is a Broken Hill based business offering award-winning night sky tours. Participants join their Sky Guide on a personalised virtual cruise through the Milky Way, using both the naked eye and powerful binoculars. Each show is designed to best highlight the stars and moon as they appear on the given night. Sky shows are entertaining and easy to understand – no prior knowledge needed!

Visit the Outback Astronomy website for more.

For bookings or more information contact the Broken Hill Outback Resort on 1300 866 225.

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Eddy Harris, Barkandji artist and story-teller, articulates the stories of his people and his connection to country with magical paintings and woodcarvings.

Words by Riley Palmer. Article published in Rex Airlines in-flight magazine February – March Edition

As a child, Eddy Harris would use a stick to draw little pictures in the burnt red sand, a layer of which coated everything in his hometown of Wilcannia, in north western New South Wales.

He saw the images as a beautiful way to express himself: to articulate and process the stories he was told, what he saw in the world and how he felt. Today, art serves much the same purpose for Eddy. “I don’t want to be better than anyone else,” he says humbly. “That’s not what I’m about. Art is about challenging myself and painting what I feel and see. That’s me, I paint what I’m about.”

Coming from a large family, Eddy was surrounded by kin who taught him about the land and his culture through art. “I’d see me old uncle carving boomerangs under a gumtree, and there’d be another one carving a shield,” he explains. Eddy recalls the men telling stories about the land and their ancestors while they carved their artefacts and this clearly had a huge impact on him and his siblings. “There’s eight of us, five boys and three girls,” he says. “I lost my oldest brother now, but all of us brothers done art work, woodcarvings and paintings. And my eldest sister done a little bit of painting as well, but she’s passed on too.”

Eddy believes it is vital for the artistic skills and traditions he and his siblings learnt through their kin to be passed on to the indigenous youth of today. “It’s very important to keep our culture alive through art,” he explains. “The kids need to know what they’re about and to understand what some of the older people in the community are doing. Seeing the artwork around is important, it sends a positive message.”

Telling tales of the land and his ancestors, Eddy is a wonderful role model and mentor to the next generation. He combines traditional practices with his unique style, to create images such as ‘River Gathering’, which features the black abdomens, fragile legs and ogling black-and-white eyes of hundreds of ants assembled in a seemingly organised fashion. Asked what story this painting tells, he says, “I went to the river to collect some timber with my brother, and I saw these ants. One was dead and the others had gathered around to carry it. It made me think that ants are just like us; they come together when one of them passes on, they come together when there’s food around and most of the time they carry over their weight.”

Displaying a sense of community much like the one Eddy grew up in, it’s little wonder that ants have become a motif throughout much of his artwork. Another motif that runs throughout Eddy’s artwork is the land of his tribe, the Barkindji people. For instance, his painting ‘Barka Billabongs’ is about the Darling River, along which the Barkindiji travels. Eddy says, “This painting shows parts of the land where the water lays in deep holes and all the birds come in. There’s also other sites, like a mussel site and old campfires that are a thousand years old.” Eddy’s description of the striking blackand- white painting provides added meaning to what is already a beautiful artwork; it is also a map of the land.

“The land is very important to us,” Eddy explains. “That’s where our ancestors are. That’s where I get my inspiration from and where I collect my timbers for woodcarvings. I try to get out there as much as I can. The feelings that you get from country, knowing our ancestors lived and were buried there, you feel their spirits with you. I guess not everyone feels it, but I do. It’s a good thing.”

Eddy’s artworks capture this connection he feels to both his ancestors and the land, which, in addition to his evident talent, goes some way to explaining how he has become so commercially successful. Despite many of his artworks being displayed nationally and internationally, Eddy’s future aspirations lie much closer to home. Asked what he hopes his legacy will be, he says, “Hopefully we get our own museum in this area with Barkindji stuff. I’d like to donate some pieces to that, to give some of my work back to community. And maybe I can help inspire some of the kids to go forward and become artists.”

This article was written by Riley Palmer and Published in Rx Airlines in-flight magazine Rexmag February-March edition.

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Broken Hill prepares for the 52nd Broken Hill Community Credit Union St Patrick’s Day Races to be held on 18th March.

The annual St Patrick’s Day Races have been a yearly tradition for many past and present Broken Hill residents. A time to gather with friends and family, the event incorporates horse racing, field fashions and food. The city expects to have an influx of visitors from Sydney, Adelaide and Melbourne as well as many smaller cities and neighbouring communities.

Details of all St Pat’s events can be found on the website: www.stpatricks.org.au

Out of the Ordinary Outback recommends that travellers plan carefully for their stay during this time. Accommodation venues are booking quickly. We have limited availabilities at our Broken Hill venues, the Argent Hotel and the Tourist Lodge.

Tri State Safaris has a number of tours available during this time. Prescheduled tours will depart before and after the weekend for visitors extending their stay.

For information on Out of the Ordinary Outback, visit www.outoftheordinaryoutback.com.au or call 1300 688 225

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Families, travellers and holiday-makers expected to be amongst the first to enjoy $5 million outback resort

The much-anticipated Broken Hill Outback Resort has commenced taking bookings for April. The resort will boast 60 caravan sites available from 1st April, 2018, and 24 king-size cabins available slightly afterwards. The venue will also feature a restaurant that is predicted to open soon after.

Overlooking the Barrier Ranges and Sturt desert pea-pocked plains 13km east of Broken Bill, the cabin, caravan and camping park will surround the historic Mt Gipps Hotel, which was built in 1890 but closed in 1987. Work totalling $5 million has been undertaken to restore the former hotel which will boast a bar, restaurant and reception.

Landscaping work and cabin construction has evolved the Barrier Highway property, which now also features a swimming pool and facilities for campers and caravaners. The popular Outback Astronomy tourist attraction, which offers guided views of the stars at night, is just 4km away.

News of the resort follows twin announcements in March this year that Out of the Ordinary Outback had bought a Broken Hill motel to rebrand it as The Argent and that it would also build a new $750,000 hotel and conference centre at another of its properties, Copper City Motel, in Cobar.

The Mt Gipps Hotel property was purchased last year by Out of the Ordinary Outback owner and passionate bush lover, Scott Smith, who dreamt of reviving the abandoned building for the enjoyment of outback holidaymakers.

“The old Mt Gipps Hotel is a beautiful heritage building they was crying out for some love and care so our plan to make it the handsome centrepiece of this new outback resort will breathe new life into the building and add colour and interest to holidaymakers travelling through the far west of NSW,” Mr Smith said. “Guests at the Broken Hill Outback Resort will be able to stay amongst the vast frontier country for which the outback is famous, with its big skies and never-ending horizons, with Broken Hill just a 10-minute drive away.”

A new website for bookings at the Broken Hill Outback Resort will be launched later this year.

Launched in October, 2016, Out of the Ordinary Outback encompasses outback tour company, Tri State Safaris, The Argent motel in Broken Hill, Warrawong on the Darling tourist camp and cabins at Wilcannia, the iconic White Cliffs Underground Motel, Cobar’s Copper City Motel, the Ivanhoe Hotel, the Alma Hotel and an Out of the Ordinary Outback visitor centre in the centre of Broken Hill.

For information on Out of the Ordinary Outback, visit www.outoftheordinaryoutback.com.au or call 1300 688 225

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Pub to offer new dining and entertainment in Broken Hill with half-priced meal offer 

Outback NSW tourism operator, Out of the Ordinary Outback, launched in 2016, has expanded its portfolio of tourism and leisure assets with the purchase of its ninth property – The Alma Hotel in South Broken Hill.

Out of the Ordinary Outback has begun refurbishing the heritage-listed Alma Hotel, built in the late 1800s, with the aim of making the family-friendly pub in Hebbard St a hub of leisure and entertainment in the area.

The dining room has been refreshed and a sports bar added while over the next three months Out of the Ordinary Outback will develop a new family-friendly beer garden for locals and travellers alike to enjoy.

While the Alma does not offer accommodation, eat in and take-away meals have been introduced for lunch and dinner, serving quality pub food with kid’s options available. Live music is also on offer on Sunday nights.

To mark the hotel’s new lease of life, Out of the Ordinary Outback is offering guests a special meal deal – buy a main meal at the Alma Hotel’s new bistro and get the second for half price.

Out of the Ordinary Outback owner, Scott Smith, said the addition of The Alma Hotel to the company’s portfolio would complement its other combination of offerings across far west NSW, while the revitalisation of the hotel would enhance its appeal to locals and travellers alike. “We hope the Alma Hotel will become a popular and intrinsic part of Broken Hill’s social, leisure, entertainment and dining scene and encourage the locals to come together and enjoy good food, refreshing beverages and great company.” 

The Alma Hotel is open from 10am to midnight daily. Call the Alma Hotel on 08 8087 3260 or visit http://alma-hotel.business.site/

Out of the Ordinary Outback encompasses outback tour company, Tri State Safaris, and nine properties. These include Broken Hill properties – The Argent, Tourist Lodge and the Alma Hotel, Warrawong on the Darling caravan, camping and cabins Holiday Park, the iconic White Cliffs Underground Motel, Cobar’s Copper City Motel, the Ivanhoe Hotel, and the Broken Hill Outback Resort which will open in April 2018, offering caravan and camping accommodation. Out of the Ordinary Outback also runs its own visitor centre in Broken Hill.

Visit  www.outoftheordinaryoutback.com.au or call 1300 688 225.

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