Last night I was pleasantly surprised to see a number of very dusty classic rally vehicles come into the caravan park at which we were staying in Bourke, in outback New South Wales.
It turned out that they were a small number of vehicles participating in the 2012 Outback Car Trek and that Bourke was their stop-over for the second night of the seven night trek.
The 2012 Trek is the 23rd time a group of loyal and intrepid souls will travel many thousands of kilometres, in dusty older model cars, with the a focus on three key activities;
- Having Fun
- Seeing parts of Australia that most people only dream about
- Raising money for the Royal Flying Doctor Service.
In 2011 the Trek from Dubbo to Uluru saw Trekkers raise close to $1,700,000 and they now have raised in excess of $19 million for The Doctor.
The 2012 Trek is travelling across three states, from Yarrawonga in Victoria to Townsville in North Queensland. Along the way Trekkers will travel through what are normally the driest parts of these states but in an ironic twist on every day they will never be far from a river that has been flooded in the past 3 months. Total distance to be travelled is an estimated 3,454 kilometres – and then they all have to get back home. From what I can gather there are around 100 competitors plus several support vehicles, etc, so this is a pretty highly organised event. And it obviously gets results!
From recent experience, we can attest that many parts of Victoria and New South Wales have been very wet, and there is plenty of water lying around the streets and highways around Bourke. Red dirt and water do not mix very well and make a particularly sticky red mud that gets absolutely everywhere.
So, bright and early this morning I set out to capture some of the 2012 Trekkers as they left Bourke for their next night at Toompine (sorry, I don’ know where that is either). I found a group of Trekkers at the site of the now burnt down Back O’ Bourke Hotel, known as the Northy. After a few words and a photo-shoot they headed off into town for their start and I hung around waiting for them all to come back again past my vantage spot.
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