For close to a century from the late 1800s, the Mt Gipps Hotel brought together fascinating adventurers from far and wide who shared stories of the outback with one another. With a cold drink in hand and red dust on their boots, the hotel, several miles east of Broken Hill hosted many a visitor from explorers to soldiers to miners and artists.
The Mt Gipps Hotel closed in 1987 but three decades on, the historic venue will once again be home to travelers and storytellers with the brand new Broken Hill Outback Resort. After years of neglect, the heritage building is being restored and is the centrepiece of the new resort,
The former hotel will be home to a restaurant catering for up to 120 guests, a bar, day spa and galleries showcasing local artists and will also service as the main reception area for the resort.
The picturesque setting overlooks the Barrier Ranges is located 14 kilometres from Broken Hill. Offering 40 grassed powered caravan sites and 20 grassed unpowered caravan or camping sites. Guests of the Broken Hill Outback Resort can enjoy the brand new camp kitchen, a high spec disabled friendly amenities block as well as laundry facilities.
Future plans will also reveal a swimming pool for use all year round (it will be heated through the cooler months) with plans underway for an outdoor cinema which will make for a wondrous evening under the stars. To learn more about the breathtaking canopy of stars above you, a visit to the nearby Outback Astronomy is certainly worthwhile. It is located just 4kms from the resort.
In time development will also begin on the second stage of the resort with the addition of up to 24 king ensuite (spa) cabins for guests seeking higher end accommodation (or for those just seeking a break from the tent!)
On site classes will also be available. Guests will have the opportunity to learn more from talented local artists with indigenous art classes being run. The resort will also showcase local produce and indigenous food. Numerous local tours will depart daily and can be arranged during your stay. For information on tours currently available in the Broken Hill region, see TRI STATE SAFARIS.
The Broken Hill Outback Resort will be the perfect spot to take in our wide-open skies and appreciate the vast horizons of the Australian landscape.
ABOUT BROKEN HILL
Broken Hill is a fascinating city and we warmly encourage you to get to know it whilst enjoying your stay at The Broken Hill Outback Resort. In 2015 it became the very first city in Australia to have the honour of being added to the National Heritage List.
In addition to a rich and colourful history, Broken Hill also has a bold and energetic artistic side. Broken Hill is often considered the quintessential outback town with its warm hospitality, rich heritage, wide streets and pubs in beautiful buildings, not to mention the remarkable aesthetic that surrounds the city. It is a unique and remote city that offers a charming combination of grand, historical buildings and ramshackle miners’ huts.
Broken Hill is the largest regional outback centre in Western New South Wales. The city has often been described as the ‘Capital of the Outback’ or ‘The Silver City’ – the latter for its long association with mining, specifically silver and mineral deposits. Mining in Broken Hill has been essential to Australia’s development as a nation and the natural geographic signifance of the region cannot be understated. It is home to a rare volume of minerals with close to 300 mineral varieties and remains one of the world’s richest deposits in silver, lead and zinc.
Broken Hill is well known for its mining history and as the birthplace of BHP (1885). But while the mining industry still plays an integral role in the city’s life, tourism and hospitality are becoming increasingly important. Out of the Ordinary Outback are proud to play a part in the growth of tourism in the far-west of New South West.
THINGS TO DO IN AND AROUND BROKEN HILL
With so much to do in the region, the Broken Hill Tourism Information Centre is a great place to start. It’s open 364 days a year (closed Christmas Day) and located on the corner of Blende and Bromide streets. Whilst you’re there, be sure pick up a map too.
A wander through the city on foot is also worthwhile. Walk along the wide streets and view the architecture reflective of the prosperity of the 19th century.
The vast red, rocky landscapes surrounding Broken Hill have long inspired artists and the city is home to a vibrant artistic community. The richness and diversity of the outback has influenced many an artist, photographer and filmmaker and Broken Hill is home to more than 30 art galleries and numerous museums too.
Here are just a few suggestions:
Bruce Langford Visitor Centre at the RFDS Base
The centre is located at the Royal Flying Doctor Service base. Kids and grown-ups alike will get a real kick from the interactive museum, located within a working RFDS base and airport. The centre offers a terrific insight into the history of the RFDS and visitors can tour the base and view the aircraft. While a must for anyone with a passion for aviation, a tour also showcases an incredible service. The dedicated pilots, doctors and nurses of the RFDS offer medical assistance to people spread across a staggering seven million square kilometres. Admission and merchandising proceeds go toward aircraft and medical equipment.
The Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery is the oldest regional art gallery in New South Wales. Even the historic building (Sully’s Emporium) in which the gallery is housed has won numerous heritage selfdrivetours for restoration and refurbishment.
Wynam Street’s Pro Hart Gallery is home to a broad selection of Pro Hart paintings as well as hundreds of works from other well-known Australian artists such as Sir William Dobell, Arthur Boyd and Albert Tucker. The gallery was designed by Hart artist himself and in true artistic fashion, the art has been arranged in an unconventional manner around the gallery.
Broken Hill Sculpture and Living Desert Sanctuary
Viewing fabulous sculptures in the desert as the sun sets across a majestic backdrop is far from an everyday experience but a visit to the Broken Hill Sculpture and Living Desert Sanctuary makes it possible. Located in the Barrier Ranges about 10 minutes from Broken Hill, 12 sandstone sculptures from worldwide artists adorn the landscape. The 2400- hectare reserve is the perfect spot to soak up the magnificent scenery. The reserve is also home to a flora and fauna sanctuary and offers several walking trails too.
LOCAL SELF-DRIVE TOURS
With Broken Hill as your base, there is the opportunity to enjoy a number of interesting day trips.
Silverton is located 25 minutes from Broken Hill and while it may be considered just another little historic Aussie town, it looms large in our pop culture. In fact, we’ve probably all been to Silverton, even if it was by of the silver screen.
Many a filmmaker have selected Silverton as their location to reflect a classic outback town with its colonial buildings (from the silver prospecting boom of the 1880s) and seemingly endless outback plains. Films shot here include Mad Max II, A Town Like Alice, Razorback and The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. Whilst in town, film buffs can even visit the museum dedicated to Mad Max.
The town is set against the Mundi Mundi Plains which are located about five kilometres to the west. The view from the plains lookout is amazing and stretches as far as the eye can see. Sunset is a spectacular time to visit and on a clear day, you’ll be able to observe the Earth’s curvature from the lookout.
Another popular destination close to Silverton is the Day Dream Mine. Guests can tour the underground mine and get a sense of the harsh conditions miners experienced. The mine was established in 1882 and was operational for a century even employing children as young as eight.
MUTAWINTJI NATIONAL PARK
Another highlight of any Broken Hill stay is the Mutawintji National Park. The park is located 155 kilometres north-east of Broken Hill in the heart of the Bynguano Ranges. It is certainly culturally significant and holds evidence of Aboriginal occupation dating back over 8,000 years.
The region’s rich Aboriginal history, teachings and dreamtime stories are reflected in the stencils and engravings found in the park. There are recommended walks throughout the national park too such as the rugged Bynguano Range walking track and scenic Mutawintji Gorge walk. The park is also home to many bird species and to the state’s only colony of the endangered yellow-footed rock wallaby.
MENINDEE LAKES / KINCHEGA NATIONAL PARK
About 115 kilometres from Broken Hill, Menindee and the Kinchega National Park represent an inviting blend of heritage and nature. Once a thriving port for river steamers carrying wool down the river, Menindee was the first town to be established on the Darling River. The second oldest pub in New South Wales can also be found here. At the Maidens Menindee Hotel, put your feet up just as famous explorers like Burke and Wills have done before you.
The nearby Menindee Lakes is a system of freshwater lakes renowned but its abundant bird life. The beautiful wetlands of the Kinchega National Park, which can be experienced by boat, are a birdwatcher’s paradise but all nature lovers will appreciate the towering Red River Gums and idyllic surrounds.
For those interested in our nation’s pastoral history, a couple of stops in Kinchega are musts. The Old Kinchega Homestead was once a thriving sheep station and the Kinchega Woolshed was operational for almost a century. The original steam engine that powered the hand shears as well as presses and the machinery room remain on display in the woolshed.
TOURS WITH TRI STATE SAFARIS
Tri State Safaris has been sharing fantastic experiences with keen adventurers since 1992 when the company was established in Broken Hill. Tri State was created to bring like-minded adventurers together to experience the Australian outback. The roads travelled over the years have been many and varied, from Broken Hill to Broome and the many wonderful destinations in between.
We feel privileged to share our passion and knowledge with you as we travel dusty roads, visit unique properties and take in extraordinary landscapes. Our goal has remained unchanged in the 25 years we’ve been operational; to provide outstanding customer service. We strive to deliver time and time again, an unforgettable and genuine Aussie experience.
Our trips are much more than tours, as the company name suggests, they’re ‘safaris’ (the Swahili word for ‘journey’). So, take a journey with us; sleep underground, discover the desert, hit the Birdsville Track, enjoy a stunning lake with no water in sight, kick back in the Kimberley. With so many fantastic itineraries to choose from, the options really are endless http://www.tristate.com.au/tours
We have a broad range of options available from our 16 set itineraries to custom-made packages for those with special interests or needs. We travel in small groups and offer tours ranging from 1 to 12 days with most tours leaving from and returning to Broken Hill. All travel takes place in comfortable, well equipped and air-conditioned 4WD vehicles
Our Indigenous Tours, hosted by an Aboriginal guide, focus on areas of cultural significance, dreamtime stories, bush tucker and bush medicines. The day tour to Mutawintji National Park to see ancient rock art is not to be missed.
The Tag-Along Tours is for those guests keen to self-drive but with extra peace of mind. Follow us in your own vehicle and we’ll support you at every step. Leave the planning, navigation, catering and safety to us. Meals, accommodation and permits are all included and you’ll even be part of our interesting commentary via radio along the way. Easy peasy!
For further information visit TRI STATE SAFARIS or call in and see us at 422 Argent Street, Broken Hill
ABOUT OUT OF THE ORDINARY OUTBACK
Launched in late 2016, Out of the Ordinary Outback encompasses the award-winning tour company, Tri State Safaris and an accommodation group that includes Warrawong on the Darling in Wilcannia and the iconic ‘oasis in the desert’, The White Cliffs Underground Motel. Also under their management is the Tourist Lodge and The Argent Motel in Broken Hill, Cobar’s Copper City Motel and the Ivanhoe Hotel Motel. The company’s newest development, The Broken Hill Outback Resort is scheduled to open in March 2018.
Following on from the philosophy that has long guided Tri State Safaris, Out of the Ordinary Outback’s focus is to provide guests with memorable and authentic experiences as they explore the far west of New South Wales.
The various properties from Out of the Ordinary Outback allow guests to experience the western wonders in myriad ways; be it in the heart of the historic city of Broken Hill, from the tranquil banks of the Darling River or from your own dugout room beneath the surface. Across the many destinations on offer, there is spectacular scenery to take in and a diversity of things to do and see. Follow Dreamtime stories though rock art, wander across ancient landscapes, sit by a billabong as the colours of the sunset unfold, meet delightful characters from the bush.
And whether guests choose to sleep in a comfy hotel room, in an outback pub, in a tent by the river or beneath the stars, Out of the Ordinary encourages everyone to understand why the outback spirit inspires and humbles us.
For something out of the ordinary, come and experience the rich tapestry that makes our country so unique. Take a journey that will stay with you long after the coloured dust has disappeared from your shoes.
For more information, go to http://outoftheordinaryoutback.com.au/