Outback Beds

Outback Beds

 

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 http://www.facebook.com/OutbackBeds?ref=hl#!/OutbackBeds

Brown snake - Kilcowera Station - Outback Australia

Brown snake - Kilcowera Station - Outback Australia

 
 
 
 
 

I have ridden my motor bike back from the hanger and put it in the shed, halfway between the house and the chookyard which is about 100 metres from the house.  I decide to feed the chooks.  Get to the chookhouse and am peering in the dim interior checking for snakes before I go in.  And there is one in there.  Snakes like chook houses, they’re musty, have grain in them and mice, so I am always careful before entering.  I watched this snake for a little while, he was just cruising about quietly; I don’t think it even knew I was there, before deciding to run back to the  house to grab my snake gun. 

 

I get back with the gun only to see the four foot long brown snake sliding under the 44 gallon drum that holds the chook food.  Hhhmmmm…… watched for about 5 minutes to see if it was going to come back out.  No.  There would be mouse holes under the drum and it looks like snakey has gone down one.  The water to the chook yard comes via black poly pipe which is on top of the ground, so it can be quite hot in the middle of the day.  I get the hose and am  sneaking in to the chook house just going past the nesting boxes when out of the corner of my eye I see a fast movement on my right and something has bitten me on the elbow.  Well I jump backwards still clutching the hose and gun while a very agitated chook is squarking and carrying on cause I had disturbed her on the nest.  I tell you my heart just about jumped out of my throat.  When I had regained my composure I carried on with the hose trick but it seemed the water was not hot and the snake did not bolt out from under the drum.  He is still there somewhere.

 

Snakes are a constant worry to us and we spend a lot of the time looking at the ground as we walk around.  Day and night.  It is quite a novelty to go somewhere where you don’t have to keep such a surveillance up. Our house is also at ground level so we are very fussy about keeping doors shut.  If the birds start up a commotion out in my garden it’s a sure sign that there is either a snake, lizard or a raptor about.  Last spring there was a big kerfuffle in the garden by the resident birds as a Channel Billed cuckoo had arrived. He was way out of his normal range and definitely not welcomed by the locals.

 

Two years ago we saw a fairly big brown snake climb the outside brick wall of our house and disappear into a little hole in between the bricks where the grouting had fallen out.  This created a fair amount of alarm; I mean here is this snake in between the bricks and the inside gyprock of our internal walls!  There were a few obvious places where the snake could make it into our house so we taped any little holes up, gave it a few days and plugged up the hole where it went in hoping that snakey had departed.  But I know that there is a snake somewhere in the ceiling, sometimes, I can here happenings up there when it is chasing mice around. I just hope that the bloody thing doesn’t fall down through the air conditioning ducting one day!