Congratulations to the two lucky winners of our outback getaway competition.
Justine Bril, of Tennyson, and Virginia Campiao, of Kelso, have each won a two-night stay for two people at the Broken Hill Outback Resort in far western NSW.
They will enjoy the comforts of a deluxe cabin, with a king-size bed, bathroom with double spa, and a private deck with views across the Barrier Ranges or plains of Sturt Desert Peas.
Included in the prize package is breakfast on two mornings and dinner, in the resort's restaurant, on one night.
The giveaway coincides with the second anniversary of the opening of the Broken Hill Outback Resort.
Built around the restored and historic Mt Gipps Hotel, the resort is designed to help guests experience the vastness of the Australian outback in comfort.
The original Mt Gipps pub was built in 1890 and had been closed as a hotel for almost 30 years before Out of the Ordinary Outback bought it for restoration in 2016.
Out of the Ordinary Outback owner Scott Smith, a passionate advocate for the Australian bush, dreamt of reviving the old building for the enjoyment of outback holidaymakers.
"The old Mt Gipps Hotel was a beautiful heritage building that was crying out for some love and care," Mr Smith said.
"Our plan was to make it the handsome centrepiece of this new outback resort, to breathe new life into the building and add colour and interest to holidaymakers travelling through the far west of NSW.
"Guests can stay amongst the vast frontier country for which the outback is famous, with its big skies and never-ending horizons, with Broken Hill just a 10-minute drive away."
The old pub building houses the resort's main reception area, restaurant and bar.
Perfect as a base for exploring the Australian outback, the city of Broken Hill offers art galleries, famous festivals and a rich mining history. Among the many interesting places to visit in the area, is the Outback Astronomy, where visitors can learn about the extensive canopy of stars above.
Along with its deluxe cabins, the Broken Hill Outback Resort has camping and caravan sites available for travellers. The camping area includes a state-of-the-art camp kitchen and bathroom and laundry block.
And for those people keen to experience sleeping in the outback up close, there's the resort's latest offering: deluxe, king-size swags that allow you to sleep under bright, desert skies while enjoying the comfort of a thick mattress and fresh linen provided for you.
The swags are set up before guests arrive and packed up when you leave and the resort puts on a campfire at night so you can toast marshmallows while catching up with other travellers. It's all the ingredients for a fun, hassle-free camping experience in the desert.
The swags are available for $30 a person, including use of a headlamp. Regular campsites are available from $30 a night per site. The king spa cabins are $175 a night per couple.
Scott Smith said he wanted the resort to become a road-trip destination or stopover for people seeking tranquillity, space and adventure.
"This is also a great time for Australians to explore their own backyard and support regional areas, with visitor spending helping to buoy local economies and create jobs," Mr Smith said.
For more details on the Broken Hill Outback Resort visit www.brokenhilloutbackresort.com.au or call 1300 688 225. Swag bookings are available via phone only.