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Granted we’re in COVID mode and not entirely sure what this Christmas will look like yet, but let’s work on the assumption that the worst of the pandemic is behind us. You’re in charge of organising the office Christmas party, and the pressure’s on for you to outdo last year’s event, the brainchild of accounts manager Karen…

If you truly want to make it bigger and better and leave your peers demanding that this becomes your annual gig, then this article is for you. Follow these simple steps and you may as well add ‘Christmas Party Planning Guru’ to your job title now:


Music is undoubtedly a make or break move. Choose the right set and you’ll have everyone searching for band-aids the next morning, miss the mark and your guests will be coming up with all kinds of inventive excuses as to why they have to leave early.

Guaranteed floor fillers such as ‘Jacuzzi Soup’ are sure to create a party atmosphere…

However, if you’re after a more chilled out, afternoon event, we can vouch for musicians Jon Doe and Ngalii-bawi-li, regulars here at the Broken Hill Outback Resort.

An Experience Station

It’s a given that your guests will expect delicious food and yummy treats, it is Christmas after all! But what they wouldn’t necessarily see coming, and what would certainly set your event apart (from Karen’s little soiree), is an interactive food station. Think a desserts station, where guests could dunk their chosen delight into a chocolate fountain, dip their piping hot donut into cinnamon sugar or a selection of icings, thread their own bamboo skewer with a variety of fruits or fill a Christmas box with their lollies of choice! This station is guaranteed to turn even the most seasoned savory campaigner into a sweet tooth for the night.

And while on the topic of savory, this station would work just as effectively, with a selection of cheeses, antipasto, seafood, charcuterie, fruits, and nuts.

Whatever your fancy, offering food this way is both entertaining and fun!

Dress up for the event

We all have that special outfit in the cupboard that we keep for good, but really, how many opportunities do we get to wear it???

Make this event, that event! Get your guests excited about donning on their finest for a party that will match in class and style!

Capturing the event

Your party will live on for weeks, if not months, with the help of a centralised photo hub. Set up an event hashtag and send it out to your crew before it rolls around. Not only will this help create a buzz of what’s to come, but it will encourage your guests to be trigger happy at the event and be geared up to share with the team. You could even go one step further and hire a photo booth for added pizazz…Capturing memories is a great team bonding experience. And don’t forget to tag @brokenhilloutbackresort while you’re at it!

The perfect venue

And of course, none of the above would work or have any impact at all without the right venue…cue, the Broken Hill Outback Resort!

Now is the perfect time to touch base and secure your preferred date. With a variety of spaces for a multitude of uses over the festive period. Smaller teams after a more cool, private vibe may opt for our Coach House, while the Garden and Deck is ideal for a much bigger soiree, where we can accommodate larger groups, with a dance floor, live entertainment and more!

We love nothing more than a fabulous party – and we’d be honored to bring yours to life!

So what are you waiting for? Lock in your date now so you’re not disappointed later on, Fridays and Saturdays will book up fast.

We pride ourselves on:

        • Groups from 12 – 300 guests
        • Packages to suit every budget
        • Beautifully prepared food & beverage packages
        • Daytime & evening Christmas functions
        • Just 15 minutes from the town centre.
        • Transport options and parking available
        • Discounted accommodation for event bookings.  $125 normal price is $155 for king cabin and $140 normal price is $175 for Spa Cabin but book early to avoid missing out. Only available for event attendees.

          We look forward to working with you to create something truly unforgettable, an event that will leave Karen and the rest of your team awestruck!

Get in touch with our Events and Group Manager to ensure you don’t miss out on your preferred location and date!


MAHAELA JACKSON Groups & Events Reservations Manager
E: groups@ootoo.com.au
P: 0448 381 097



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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.


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 


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


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


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.


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



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 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


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.


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


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