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Australia’s largest underground motel set for new look and expansion

August 8, 2017 Hotel News No Comments Email Email

The iconic White Cliffs Underground Motel – the largest underground accommodation in Australia – has embarked on a major makeover including subterranean digging to further expand the 32-room hotel in the remote, outback town.

To mark the new look, bookings made by September 30, 2017, will attract an 11 per cent discount while a two-day safari tour offered by the motel’s sister company, Tri State Safaris, is also discounted by 10 per cent until that date.

One of only three ‘dugout’ motels in Australia, the White Cliffs Underground Motel attracts guests from around the world who enjoy a constant temperature of 22 degrees as well as a licensed restaurant, café, bar and above-ground swimming pool. The tiny opal township is located in far west NSW, 1025km from Sydney and 781km north-east of Adelaide.

The motel dates back to the early 1900s when opal miners sought sleeping quarters away from the heat.  It later became a family home and opened as a motel in 1989, with new outback tourism company, Out of the Ordinary Outback, purchasing the property in 2016 as part of its growing stable of NSW outback experiences.

Unveiling details of the motel’s redevelopment, Out of the Ordinary Outback owner, Scott Smith, said eight rooms had already been completely renovated with new bedding and furnishings while beer on tap had also been added recently. Works to be completed by April, 2018, included underground excavations to add ensuites to 12 rooms, a new family entertainment and games room, a new, outdoor lounge bar with wood fire heater and flatscreen TV for use in winter and eco-misting to cool down guests in outdoor areas in summer.

“Our underground motel in White Cliffs, a desert hamlet full of raw charm and colourful characters, is world-famous so the aim of our upgrade is to improve amenities and further enhance the property’s appeal to guests from across Australia and overseas,” Mr Smith said.

As part of the redevelopment, White Cliffs Underground Motel is offering a discount on two-night stays. Bookings made by September 30, 2017, are available from $291 per couple for two nights – an 11 per cent saving – or from $261 for solo travellers – a 13 per cent reduction. Tariffs include a continental breakfast both days.

Sister company, Tri State Safaris, based in Broken Hill, is also offering a 10 per cent saving on bookings made on its two-day Opal Dreaming outback tour, if booked by September 30, 2017. The guided, 4WD tour from Broken Hill includes a night at the White Cliffs Underground Motel with local sightseeing, a visit to ancient, indigenous, rock art site and four meals. The overnight tour is available on demand, year-round, and, including the discount, is priced from $873 per person, twin-share, or from $999 for solo travellers.

Tri State Safaris and White Cliffs Underground Motel are owned by Out of the Ordinary Outback which also owns The Argent Motel in Broken Hill, the Warrawong on the Darling tourist camp and cabins at Wilcannia, Cobar’s Copper City Motel and also the Ivanhoe Hotel.

To book, visit or call 1300 688 225.

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