Restoration of an old favourite

Wednesday, 13th September, 2017

Scott Smith on the verandah of the old pub. Scott Smith on the verandah of the old pub.

By Kara de Groot

Work to revive the old Mt Gipps Hotel on the Sydney road is continuing, after it was purchased by tourism company Out of the Ordinary Outback earlier this year.

The pub closed its doors in 1987 after nearly 100 years in business, but Sydney-investor Scott Smith said he planned to have it up and running again by March next year.

It will be the centrepiece of the new ‘Broken Hill Outback Resort’, with plans to add a swimming pool and other amenities to the location.

Landscaping and cabin construction are now underway in stage 2 of the project, which has already seen new turf laid and unpowered sites ready for campers and caravans established in stage 1.

“The old Mt Gipps Hotel is a beautiful heritage building they was crying out for some love and care so our plan to make it the handsome centrepiece of this new outback resort will breathe new life into the building and add colour and interest to holidaymakers travelling through the far west of NSW,” Mr Smith said.

“Guests at the Broken Hill Outback Resort will be able to 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 ten-minute drive away.”

Stage 3 of the project will see the hotel renovated with a bar, restaurant and reception area added as part of Out of the Ordinary Outback’s $5 million revitalisation of the property.

It will join a string of hotels, motels and tourism agencies already part of the Out of the Ordinary Outback brand, including The Argent and Tri-State Safaris in Broken Hill, the Copper City Motel in Cobar, White Cliffs Underground Motel and the Ivanhoe Hotel.