Wednesday, 7th August, 2019
By Emily McInerney
The Broken Heel Festival has been named Australia’s favourite by travel company Wotif.
“Life outback is never a drag, darling - especially not when you’ve got events as fabulous as this,” wrote Wotif Insider’s Chris Milligan.
“Australia is home to some seriously awesome, and seriously unique, festivals,” Chris wrote in his blog post.
“They celebrate so much of what makes this country amazing and offer the perfect excuse to get out and explore more of Oz.”
Wotif is Australia’s oldest online travel company and Wotif Insider was created to share their best travel tips and information.
Among the other festivals picked as standouts were the Noosa Wine and Food Festival, the Parkes Elvis Festival and the Moomba Festival in Melbourne.
But none could beat Broken Hill’s biggest up and coming festival, Chris wrote.
“Every year, the Broken Heel Festival celebrates the anniversary of the cinematic release of the Aussie film classic ‘The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert’.
“And it’s our number one pick for Australia’s best festival.”
Chris said it celebrated a “quintessentially Australian part of our culture in a place that’s intrinsically tied to it.
“It’s still a relatively new festival, having only started in 2014, but already it brings thousands of people to Broken Hill every year.
“It’s the kind of event you won’t find anywhere else in the world - and with drag king and queen competitions, a street parade, a bloody Mary Moo Moo brekkie, and more parties than you can shake a stiletto at, it’s just a whole lot of fun!”
The Palace Hotel’s Esther LaRovere said having Broken Heel named as the best festival would create more interest in it.
“While it is a blog on a site, it still gets released across Australia and we are going up against some great festivals,” she said yesterday.
“It’s still quite a young festival but it is unique and authentic in its relationship with the city of Broken Hill.
“It includes the history of the city, the movie and the Palace Hotel.
“I don’t think you could reproduce a festival like this anywhere.”
Esther said the blog highlighted how beneficial regional festivals were.
“They are important for rural areas, businesses are kept happy with more trade and it’s an injection into the community.”
Esther said the festival was gearing up for its September launch.
“We’ve received approval from council around the road closures over the festival weekend.
“We would also like to remind locals not to leave purchasing their tickets until the last minute.
“We’re expecting a sell-out crowd this year.”
For more information head to www.bhfestival.com.