How to find us.
Location: White Cliffs is 95 kms north of Wilcannia which is located on the Barrier Highway 200 kms east of Broken Hill in the Far West of NSW: 800 kms from Adelaide, 1200 kms from both Melbourne and Sydney. Via those routes all roads are sealed. Broken Hill has multiple daily flights from Sydney, Melbourne via Mildura and Adelaide as well as being on the rail link and bus route.
Turn off the Barrier Highway at Wilcannia, midway between Broken Hill and Cobar and travel on a fully sealed road one hour north to White Cliffs.
08 8091 5155
This unique town has a variety of opal showrooms, galleries and spots where you can fossick. There is take-away and limited groceries at the General Store; the Red Earth Opal Showroom & Café for coffee and cake; dinners available at the Outback Store and Underground Motel (bookings by 4 p.m. required), free bbq's at the caravan park.
Our community of less than 200 people has one Hotel-Motel and the Underground Motel, a caravan park and camping areas up around the opal fields where you can try your luck 'noodling' on any of the 50,000 abandoned dumps.
Caravan and camping area - powered sites. Amenities with coin operated hot showers. Brand new camp kitchen and B.B.Q.s available.
Ph. 08 8091 6688
" Powered site bookings will require a confirmation, including a contact number, two weeks prior to festival otherwise they'll be re-allocated."
The world's largest underground motel. Pool. Underground bar. Mouth watering meals.Ph. 08 8091 6677
Wilcannia (en route 95 kms from White Cliffs, 3 kms east of Wilcannia on the Barrier Highway) Caravan, camping and cabin accommodation.
Ph. 1300 688 225
Air-conditioned accommodation with ensuites. Great sunset viewing.Ph. 08 8091 6606 Fax: 08 8091 6782
Located 46km north east of White Cliffs.
Ph. 08 8091 6728
Pit toilets. Use of the coin operated caravan park showers. Bring your own firewood and water.
Other camping possibly available. Check at the Tourist Information Office/Outback Store.
The story so far..
The Festival began in 2010 with encouragement from Trevor Knight who during 2009 performed at the Wilcannia Golf Club along with Natalie Foley as supporting artist. Trevor suggested we put White Cliffs on the map by doing a music festival. So the idea smouldered for a few months and we decided to co-ordinate the concert with Natalie’s performance at the Eulo festival as she would be in the vicinity (600 km plus). So Nat wandered down to White Cliffs, bringing a small following with her and performed at 2010, 2011 and the 2012 festivals until her husbands work took her further afield.
With many performers giving freely of their time and asking for just a little to cover fuel costs we have since been successful in applying for grants which helps in paying a realistic performance fee, travel and accommodation costs.
Our first festival was organised in six weeks, combined with the local Arts Group who conducted an Art Show in combination with the music concert. There had previously been an exhibition in Broken Hill of local artist’s work but many had been unable to access this due to heavy rains and road closures. So “The Bringing it Home” art show opened with a gala evening of cheese and wines and formal speeches and people taking the opportunity to glam up in semi formal evening attire.
In 2011 we struck out big time and decided to hold an outdoor concert on the Bill O’Reilly Oval and were lent two Pantek truck trailers to use as a stage. As luck would have it, this was the coldest night of any festivals ever held, with an icy cold South wind blowing in the faces of the singers and freezing the fingers of the guitarists. Travis Sinclair brought a huge sound set-up along with technicians who were plied with hot coffees as they stood there for hours producing fantastic sound for everyone. Utes were backed up in a semi-circle, complete with armchairs or mattresses, doonas, beanies, scarves and gloves, the odd thermos or two and no doubt a Bundy or three to sustain the audience throughout the concert. Eventually, someone lit the bonfire!!!
In the following years we reverted to the Community Hall and over the seven consecutive years, have experienced some really fantastic performances from highly acclaimed artists such as Ted Egan, Phil Manning, Natalie Foley, Hamilton County Bluegrass Band from New Zealand, Travis Sinclair, Grant Luhrs and the Chook Raffle Band, Bluegrass Parkway, Sympatico, Lily and the Drum, Royden Donohue, Euripi, the Davidson Brothers and of course our resident band from Wilcannia, The Black Shadows. In 2019 we will celebrate our 10 Anniversary with many of these artists being invited back for our “Best of the Best” feature concert.