We're Going WHERE ??
N.B. THE 2020 TREK HAS BEEN AFFECTED BY THE COVID-19 SITUATION, AND THE EVENT HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED TO OCTOBER, SUBJECT OF COURSE TO THE CONDITIONS AT THAT TIME. IF THERE ARE ANY COVID-19 RELATED CONCERNS THE TREK WILL BE RE-SCHEDULED (AGAIN).
TREK 2020 – WE ARE GOING WHERE ??
(version 24th July)
N.B. DUE TO THE ONGOING COVID-19 SITUATION CERTAIN SECTIONS
OF THE ROUTE, THE OVERNIGHT TOWNS AND THE ARRANGEMENTS FOR CATERING, ETC. MAY CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE.
Thursday 22nd October – Registrations & Cut-A-Rama - Wagga Wagga NSW
Subject to evolving COVID-19 regulations the Union Club Hotel, located on the corner of Baylis and Forsyth Streets in the Wagga Wagga CBD, will be 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.
Friday 23rd October – Wagga Wagga to Lake Cargelligo – 350 km 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, though at the time of the first survey it was approximately 75% full. We are in for a dry season, so let’s hope there is still plenty of water in the lake when we arrive in October.
Saturday 24th October – Lake Cargelligo to Cobar – 520 km 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.
Sunday 25th October – Cobar to Dubbo – 450 km 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 winter weather forecasts 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. A fleet of coaches will be waiting to transport us to an evening at the brand new RFDS Dubbo Visitor Experience where we will enjoy a tour of the facility and dinner at the Outback Trek Café (COVID-19 permitting).
Monday 26th October – Dubbo to Gunnedah – 400 km 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 at the centre of a fertile grain growing area located at the top of the Breeza Plain.
Tuesday 27th October – Gunnedah to Inverell – 434 km approx.
We cross the Namoi River immediately after the start line this morning, and we skirt the Western edge of Lake Keepit as we head up and over Mount Kaptar National Park, tracking directly north to lunch at the tiny Pallamallawa Public School.
We then head to the east as we seek out the mainly dirt roads above the Gwydir Highway on our way to our destination this evening – Inverell.
The Trek spent a night at Inverell a couple of years ago, and this year we will use totally different roads into, and out of, the sapphire capital of Australia.
Wednesday 28th October – Inverell to Mount Seaview – 409 km approx.
We keep to the west of Lake Copeton this morning as we head in a south-easterly direction, climbing to 1,400 metres onto the top of the Great Dividing Range. We are in the middle of bushranger country today and we enjoy lunch at the Kentucky State School on Thunderbolts Way.
We have found several stunning dirt roads after lunch that will take us through Walcha and on to Mount Seaview, a riverside resort that is well known to adventure motor bike riders and serious 4WD enthusiasts.
In the Clissold Family for more than 70 years, Mount Seaview Resort (02 6587 7255) provides over 125 beds across a wide range of accommodation options, and has a drop dead gorgeous camping ground on the banks of the Hasting River.
Thursday 29th October – Mount Seaview to Port Macquarie – 156 km approx
Only a short distance to travel today, however we will definitely be on the “roads less travelled” as we climb over the majestic Mount Boss and witness firsthand some of the devastation the bushfires from earlier in the year.
A late morning tea at the picturesque Upper Rolland Plains Public School will give us some time to stretch our legs and reflect on our travels of the previous seven days, before we turn our heads to the postcard perfect Port Macquarie arriving in time for a late lunch.
In Port Macquarie you should arrange to stay at, or close to, the Sails Resort which is the location of our final night dinner. Please note that no bus transport will be provided this evening. Sails have a range of room styles across varying budget levels, and they have provided us with an attractive room discount rate for Trek participants.
The booking details for Sails Port Macquarie will follow in the next few days – please wait until they have allocated us a booking number for you to access our group rate.