Seemingly isolated, new travellers leave Broken Hill and its surrounding communities satisfactorily surprised at how accessible Outback Australia has become. Compared to the barren and often harsh land travelled by early pioneers, exploring the history and wilderness of Australia’s outback has become that much easier. In part, this is thanks to the efforts of companies such as leading 4WD adventure authority, Tri State Safaris.
Renowned as Australia’s ‘Gateway to the Outback’, Broken Hill city boasts a population of up to 20,000 and serves as a hub to surrounding stations and communities of Silverton, Menindee, White Cliffs and Wilcannia. The city is girt by red sands and salt bush plains, beneath unobstructed blue skies – a star-gazers paradise. An abundance of emus, kangaroos, lizards and native birdlife are sure to delight children and the well-travelled alike.
The quintessential outback town is brimming with accommodating country folk. The meals are hearty, the beds are soft and warm and conversations flow freely, even between strangers. Help is never far away (should you need it). And nothing is too much effort.
According to Tri State Safaris manager Janine Gowenlock, it is this outback hospitality, combined with the extensive indigenous, mining, cinematic and pastoral history and a strong artisan community that have seen the regions tourism boom throughout recent years.
“No business can be successful without a great product. Fortunately for us, our product is outback Australia! We have such a great community out here. Our history, our landscapes are unparalleled. When it comes to rest and relaxation or REAL adventure, there really isn’t any comparison.”
For travellers new to the area, Tri State Safaris offers a great introductory tour package. The 3 Day Outback Exposure package explores the culture, highlights and history of Menindee, Wilcannia, White Cliffs and Mutawintji National Park. All meals, accommodation, entries and travel are included in the price, including a night in the renowned White Cliffs Underground Motel.
Investing in an experienced local guide, will ensure you don’t miss out on any of the best bits.
For travellers wishing to make the journey on their own, the Out of the Ordinary Outback group offers a variety of accommodation types, extending from Broken Hill through Wilcannia, White Cliffs and Cobar. More information about the group can be found on their webpage www.outoftheordinary.com.au
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Tri State Safaris
1300 679 688
Out of the Ordinary Outback
1300 679 688