Outback Beds for all your accommodation needs!
February 23, 2013
I thought you might like to know a little about Outback Beds an organization that we are members of!
Outback Beds consists of a network of owner-operated farm stays and accommodation throughout Outback NSW and southwest QLD. It was formed in 2002, the Year of the Outback, which was also a time of drought. The general aim is to bring together people who have a vision for diversified use of the land and to offer travelers an authentic Outback experience.
OBB is a peak body representing Outback NSW and SW QLD, including the famous Darling River Run and the Dowling Track. All positions within the organisation are served on a voluntary basis. The yearly AGM, held in the quiet month of February, is a great time for catching up, meeting with old friends and the opportunity to meet new members/friends that come to the meeting. Often there will be industry representatives at the meeting to give members insights, tools and tips about the hospitality business.
The website http://www.outbackbeds.com.au contains much useful information for people contemplating a visit to the outback region. The logo and brand, which features a black cockatoo on a bed-head, and the slogan “Stay in the outback with friends” is becoming well known. OBB are a high profile group and still growing in this, their 11th year in business.
The free Outback Beds Map is very popular and well used by most of the travelling public it is widely available in most visitor info centers, roadhouses, cafes and shops. OBB also have promotional material such as stickers, pens and pads and polo-style tops, all with the OBB logo.
A recent and most exciting development is that OBB are now partnering with National Parks (NPWS) to promote accommodation in Far West and Western NSW. This will take place in the form of an Outback and Rivers Map. The NPWS 2013 campaign includes this map, which will locate National Parks, accommodation and camping facilities (both within the parks and Outback Beds), Visitor Information Centres and touring routes to link visitor travel in the region.
Outback Beds have won many awards which led to TV commercials and print media advertising.
- 2005 Department State and Regional Development Business Enterprise Award
- 2006 Inland NSW Tourism Award winner- Destination and Product Development
- 2007 Inland NSW tourism Award, Distinction –Destination Marketing
- 2007 Tourism NSW Distinction –Destination Marketing
- 2012-Outback Tourism Symposium – Outstanding contribution to Tourism in Outback NSW and in recognition for 10 years in Foundation
OBB have a Freecall number 1800 005 298 where prospective visitors can make enquiries and request brochures and maps. We love being a part of this network, all members work together to help each other out as well as helping our visitors find another great place to stay while they are in our area.
Members establishments range from fine hotels, a pottery place with accommodation and horse riding, cattle and sheep stations, caravan parks, B&B’s and cottages and cabins. Truly something for everyone! Check them out at www.outbackbeds.com.au and facebook