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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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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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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.

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Cobar to White Cliffs and Wilcannia

After a restful sleep, we head further west to the near ghost town of Wilcannia on the famed Darling River. This almost deserted town was once the third largest inland port in Australia during the great river boat era of the mid-19th Century. Today, Wilcannia, with its wide, empty streets and historic but abandoned buildings would make a great film set for movies.

Don’t miss the nondescript turnoff here for White Cliffs. The one-hour detour off the highway on a lonely but sealed road through a whole bunch of nothingness leads to one of the wackiest and weirdest towns you’ll ever visit – White Cliffs. This tough, rough, sunburnt opal mining hamlet in the middle of nowhere gets so bloody hot in summer that almost everyone lives underground in perennially cool, dugout houses built into the sides of hills. One of these buildings is the famous White Cliffs Underground Motel which offers the largest underground accommodation in Australia, with 30 rooms. Here we enjoy delicious soup, tour the maze of subterranean bedrooms and explore the eccentric shanty town with its abandoned cars, labyrinth of mines and quirky art displays. It feels like a lawless cowboy town where anyone does anything they want.

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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.

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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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DISCOVER THE FAR WEST WITH THE BEST!

Caravanning is one of our many passions, and we can bring that little-bit-of-comfort to our caravan & camping grounds at an excellent price. Which means you can enjoy the best of what the Outback has to offer, sans seediness and in a friendly safe environment where we pride ourselves on community spirit, merging the best of both worlds into something truly unique.

We have some great options for our caravanning guests.

  1. Enjoy Camp Dinners every night at Warrawong on the Darling around the camp fire at 6pm for $18 per person.
  2. Enjoy free camp nibbles around the camp fire from 4pm and a great selection from their new menus located at the hotel on site at the new Broken Hill Outback Resort.
  3. Stay 3 nights at one of our caravanning/ camping properties, and get your 4th night for free!
  4. Unhook your caravan at Warrawong on the Darling and travel up to White Cliffs for a night, where you can experience  Australia’s biggest Underground Motel with a $40 discount on your first night stay! Just to say you slept underground in a dug out and get that once in a lifetime best nights rest in the peace and quite at 22 degrees constant temperature all night and day!

If you stay at one or more of our Holiday Parks  we will give you 5% off your accommodation visit!

Now that’s Caravanning made easy!

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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

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

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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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