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Return of the Gipps

Wednesday, 7th February, 2018

Out of the Ordinary Outback owner Scott Smith in front of the historic Mt Gipps Hotel. PICTURE: Myles Burt Out of the Ordinary Outback owner Scott Smith in front of the historic Mt Gipps Hotel. PICTURE: Myles Burt

By Myles Burt

A caravan park at the historic Mt Gipps Hotel will open in April as a revamp of the outback pub moves steadily along.

Out of the Ordinary Outback owner Scott Smith purchased the building to offer travellers a unique experience, just outside of Broken Hill on the Barrier Highway.

Mr Smith said the caravan park would open in April, with further accomodation, a restaurant and the pub to open up by June 30.

“It’ll be a very beautiful building,” Mr Smith said.

“There’s probably about eight guys here, so it’s really on the business end of getting everything done now.”

Mr Smith said the hotel would boast an array of drawcards for tourists such as the visible mountain ranges, being close to national parks and the bountiful locations and history around Broken Hill.

“There’s so much to encompass and that’s probably the hard bit with Broken Hill,” he said.

Mr Smith said with constant traffic along the highway, the hotel would gain a lot of interest with locals and tourists.

“If we got a one dollar for every time someone drove past and did a u-turn and drove back again ...”

The hotel was established in the 1890s and hasn’t been operational since 1989. Since then it has been purely a residential building.

“This is the last pub standing out of all the pubs standing 10 miles out of Broken Hill,” Mr Smith said.

He said it will host 66 powered and 20 to 30 unpowered camping sites along with 24 luxury cabins.

The hotel is currently in the process of getting a liquor license.

“Probably the first liquor license issued in the Unincorporated Area since the 1900s,” he said.

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