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Monday 3 September 2018

Special deals on new Australian outback resort

The Australian outback is not really my thing. Too hot by far - and no vineyards either. 

But there are many travellers for whom the outback is heaven and it is for them that I report a new resort has just opened in Broken Hill. 

Out of the Ordinary Outback has just opened its new $5 million Broken Hill Outback Resort, which it says will help meet growing overseas demand for holidays in the bush. 

Adjacent to a historic but abandoned desert pub that has been brought back to life, the new resort has cabin, caravan and camping accommodation. 

The bar and bistro in the refurbished hotel, along with 40 camping and caravan sites, opened on August 31 while The Coach House fine dining restaurant will open in a few weeks along with an additional 40 camping and caravaning sites.

Stage three in November will see the unveiling of 24 king spa cabins, each featuring an open-air deck spa and king-sized bed. 

Stage four with a swimming pool, playground and bush trails through the surrounding dunes - is scheduled for development in 2019.

Surrounded by the rugged Barrier Ranges, 13km east of Broken Hill, the Broken Hill Outback Resort is designed to help visitors experience the essence of the Australian outback in comfort.

The resort surrounds the historic Mt Gipps Hotel, which was built in 1890 and was popular with miners, soldiers, artists and travellers before closing in 1987. 

Out of the Ordinary Outback bought the hotel in 2015 and has completely restored and renovated the neglected heritage building. 

The ambitious project has been a labour of love for Out of the Ordinary Outback owner and passionate outback lover, Scott Smith. 

“I fell in love with this old desert pub when I first saw it,” Smith said. “I had a vision to bring her back to life as the centrepiece of a vibrant but relaxed outback resort and, while it’s certainly been a challenging journey, I am delighted the vision is now turning into reality, with visitors now able to enjoy the ambience of the outback and the charms of the historic hotel just 10 minutes from Broken Hill.”

To mark the opening of the Broken Hill Outback Resort, campers and caravaners using the powered or unpowered sites and new state-of-the-art camp kitchen, can book for three nights and get a fourth night free.  Powered sites are $40 a night.

Bookings are now also open for the resort’s spa cabins, which will cost $150 a night for one person and $170 for two people.

Until the end of November, resort guests can also save $50 each on Tri State Safari’s one-day tour of Mutawintji National Park, which offers ancient Aboriginal rock engravings, traditional Dreamtime stories told by indigenous custodians and the chance to spot native wildlife in its natural habitat. 

For more information visit or call 1300 688 225. 

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