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THE 2020 31st OUTBACK CAR TREK ROUTE
Saturday 30th May – Registrations & Cut-A-Rama - Wagga Wagga NSW
The Union Club Hotel, located on the corner of Baylis and Forsyth Streets in the Wagga Wagga CBD, is the location of Trek 2020 registrations. The registration desk and merchandise sales will be open from 4:30 pm, and the world-famous Cut-A-Rama will take place from around 6:30 pm. Buses will be put on to ferry you to and from your hotels.
N.B. – A note about accommodation during the week:
In most towns this week there should be enough motel & hotel style accommodation for those who want it. BUT many of these towns are booked heavily in advance and can fill up early.
I suggest you get in early (pre-Christmas) and reserve yourself a room if you want one.
Sunday 31st May – Wagga Wagga to Lake Cargelligo – 350 kms approx.
After breakfast and the participant’s briefing sessions this morning we will head out of town in a northerly direction, over the Murrumbidgee River and through some of NSW’s premier cereal grain cropping country. Our destination tonight is located on the edge of a (normally) 24 square kilometre lake that is fed by the Lachlan River. In 2010 the lake ran dry, and at the time of the first survey it was approximately 75% full. We are in for a dry summer, so let’s hope there is still plenty of water in the lake when we arrive in May.
Monday 1st June – Lake Cargelligo to Cobar – 520 kms approx.
We continue on our northerly track today, albeit with a slight detour to the west through the Willandra National Park where we will have lunch at the lovingly restored Willandra Homestead. After lunch we are back into country that now relies more on cattle than the grain & sheep that were the mainstays of the local economy 50 years ago. Cobar, our town tonight, has been a source of heavy metals and gold since the 1880s and the town’s long & proud mining heritage is very visible.
Tuesday 2nd June – Cobar to Dubbo – 450 kms approx.
Today we will have lunch at the Marra Creek Public School, nestled on the western edges of the Macquarie Marshes. At the time of the first survey the countryside was green (just) and the marshes contained quite a bit of water, but the summer weather forecasts all paint a very bleak picture for the region and the rest of NSW in general. An early lunch with the kids will be sure to put a smile on everybody’s face before we head to Dubbo for a mid-afternoon arrival, where a fleet of coaches will be waiting to transport us to an evening at the brand new RFDS Dubbo Visitor Experience.
Wednesday 3rd June – Dubbo to Gunnedah – 400 kms approx.
Breakfast will be back at the RFDS Visitor Experience this morning, allowing us all another chance to enjoy this world-class facility. After our start we head off through state forests and rolling farming country, skirting several of the small towns that are scattered around the slopes and plains, before we drop into Binnaway for lunch. Our final destination today, Gunnedah, is located on the banks of the Namoi River and is the headquarters of a normally fertile grain growing area located at the top of the Breeza Plain. Tonight will be our main Auction Night, and we will arrive in town with plenty of time to frock up for the festivities.
Thursday 4th June – Gunnedah to ?? – 400 km approx.
There are not too many towns on our Trek route today as we head to our mystery location that nestles the Queensland border. Tonight is a change of gear - so far this week we have mainly stayed in larger towns and cities, however this evening we stay in a town with a tiny population but a very big heart. The locals are accustomed to hosting some pretty big events, and they are already gearing up to make sure we are fed and watered in a way that only the tiny communities seem to be able to achieve. Plenty of stars to sleep under and fires to keep us warm will ensure we have a night to remember.
Friday 5th June - ?? to Kingaroy – 450 km approx.
We leave the McIntyre River in our rear-view mirror this morning as we continue to head north-east, enjoying the roads and tracks that travel through and around the many state forests that abound in this area. We start to climb up the western slopes of the Great Dividing Range this afternoon, and we rest our heads tonight at the peanut capital of Australia – Kingaroy. Kingaroy is another town with a lot of accommodation, but make sure you get in and book early. The town is a hub for commercial travellers and that puts a lot of pressure on rooms.
Saturday 6th June – Kingaroy to Wamuran – 275 kms approx.
The final night dinner tonight is at the Novotel Twin Waters Resort, and the Trek will finish at lunchtime in the Sunshine Coast hinterland. We will have our lunch at the home of Pinata Farms on the edge of the Beerburrum State Forest, at the incredibly picturesque Wamuran with views of the majestic Glasshouse Mountains in the distance. After lunch it is only a short drive to the Twin Waters Resort, where we will have plenty of time to shower & shampoo before tonight’s celebration dinner.
N.B. When booking at Twin Waters make sure you use the FORM supplied with the Trek entry form to ensure you get access to the discounted Trek room rate.