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Mount Gipps re-opens

Thursday, 30th August, 2018

Scott Smith in front of the restored and revitalised 128-year-old Mt Gipps Hotel which opens tomorrow night. PICTURE: Myles Burt Scott Smith in front of the restored and revitalised 128-year-old Mt Gipps Hotel which opens tomorrow night. PICTURE: Myles Burt

By Myles Burt

The final touches have been made in the $5 million redevelopment of The Mount Gipps Hotel which is set to open tomorrow night. 

The hotel was built in 1890, about 13 kilometres east of the city on the Sydney road for passing travellers and locals. It closed in 1987. 

But now “Out of the Ordinary Outback” owner Scott Smith has everything ready for its grand re-opening. 

“It’s taken a lot of blood, sweat and tears, literally,” said Mr Smith.

“I think we’ve paid homage to the old building and I think we’ve bought it back from death and into a modern era.”

“It’s another place in Broken Hill for locals and tourists to come.”

The work has taken Mr Smith about 18 months and includes new cabins, caravan and camping facilities along with a refurbished bar and bistro.

“There’s a few different zones and spaces, depending on the clientele, and what they feel like,” he said.

“We want to make it open to families and everybody and make sure that everyone comes out and has a nice and relaxed time.”

“We’re aiming for quality.”

Mr Smith said he and his team were very excited about finally having the old pub open again and letting people see all the new features.

“It’s all going to be worth it once we get the doors open,’ he said.

“There’s been a lot of people coming out every day for the last six months having a look.

“Now they’ll actually get in and see what all the mess and chaos has been about, and hopefully they’ll enjoy it.”

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