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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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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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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  here and view our group rates here.

We’re looking forward to welcoming you to your home away from home!

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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.

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.

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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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Take advantage of our most popular short stays with Tri State Safaris. 

HIGHLIGHTS

‘Noodle’ for opal at White Cliffs
Sleep soundly in the famous Underground Motel
Visit underground opal showrooms
Meet unique outback characters
Travel remote outback roads through spectacular country
Explore the collection of indigenous Panaramitee style rock engravings


TOUR OVERVIEW

Our first destination is the unique “underground society” of White Cliffs, whose residents actually live underground! Experience the eerie lunar landscape and spend the night in the famous Underground Motel. Visit various mines and museums, and why not try your hand ‘noodling’ for opal on the working opal fields. This is also the perfect place to find a special piece of ‘colour’ from one of the underground opal shops – why not take home a memory of your tour that you will be able to wear and treasure forever?

Leaving our underground oasis, we head west on remote red dirt outback roads toward our next destination, learning about the pastoral heritage of the area with opportunities to spot local wildlife such as emus and kangaroos along the way.

Today’s highlight is a visit to a restricted access area, with exceptional examples of Aboriginal rock engravings. Tri State Safaris is one of a handful of tour operators with access to this ancient area. By joining this tour you will become one of the privileged few who will ever experience a visit to this unique rock art site.

Panaramitee style rock art at this site is characterized by motifs pecked into the rock surface with a specially prepared stone tool. Depictions of traditional teachings, dreamtime stories and native birds and animals can be seen extensively throughout the area.

As always, our minimal impact practices mean we take special care when entering into this very special area. Both our Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal guides have a special affinity with indigenous culture, and are eager to share their knowledge with you.

Enjoy a picnic lunch before commencing our return journey through the Barrier Ranges and back into Broken Hill, through more amazing outback scenery. The tour then returns to Broken Hill.

More infomation on our 2 Day Opal Dreaming Tour or any of our other indigenous tours can be found at mutawintji eco tours

PRICE

The two-day/one-night tour includes accommodation and four meals and is available for $760 per person, twin-share, or $840 for solo travellers. A five per cent seniors concession discount is also available.

Those who book the tour can receive a special 10% discount on accommodation at Out of the Ordinary Outback’s three properties in Broken Hill – The Argent Motel, the Tourist Lodge and the new Broken Hill Outback Resort. Nestled just outside Broken Hill, the resort offers king spa apartments overlooking the desert as well as camping and van sites and a restaurant inside a restored, historic pub.

The 10% discount on accommodation is available if the two-day tour is booked by 31st October, 2019. Tours depart on demand for a minimum of four people.  Call 1300 688 225 or email tours@tristate.com.au 



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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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