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Sydney Weekender explores outback NSW with Tri State Safaris

This week Broken Hill has been host to the popular travel show Sydney Weekender. Presented by former NSW and Australian test cricketer Mike Whitney, the crew chose Broken Hill and surrounding areas for two separate stories.

Now in it’s 17th year, the popular travel show highlights various destinations around NSW. This is now the 5th time Sydney Weekender has visited Broken Hill as guests of local tour operator Tri State Safaris.

The crew were in the area all week to film two stories. The first story highlights Tri State Safaris 4 Day Corner Country Tour. The crew visited much of the Corner Country including Tibooburra, Sturt National Park and Cameron Corner, as well as Mt Gipps Station.

The second story is focused on Tri State Safaris 1 Day tour of Broken Hill and Silverton, with visits to the Silverton Hotel, Mad Max Museum and Mario’s Palace, and will go to air later in the year for the Shows’ summer series. Tri State Safaris owners Michael and Joanne McCulkin escorted the Weekender crew around the area. “Broken Hill and outback NSW in general has so much to offer visitors to the area. We have a rich and diverse cultural and historical background, talented artists and an abundance of wonderful scenery and wildlife” said Mr McCulkin. “We are proud to be part of this golden opportunity to showcase the area, to make consumers more aware of the benefits of visiting us”

Host Mike Whitney is celebrating his 700th episode, and chose Broken Hill as his most preferred location in NSW to celebrate the milestone achievement. “People think that when you go to Dubbo you are in the outback” said Mike Whitney. “I say that if you want to see the real outback you need to go to Broken Hill and beyond to the Corner Country. I picked Tri State Safaris tours of the outback for my 700th episode. I’m really glad I did. It was amazing. I’ve never seen the area so green and so much life. A once in a life time experience” said Mr Whitney. "I know Mick and Jo have won many national and state awards, but let me tell you, Tri State Safaris is world class ... I doubt you could find a better tour operator anywhere," Whitney enthused to the Barrier Daily Truth "I have never met operators more organized more professional or more knowledgeable than Mick and Jo."

Sydney Weekender is broadcast at 5.30pm each Saturday on the 7 Network and Prime 7. The first Broken Hill story airs on June 18th, and will also feature on the Sydney Weekender website.