EVERY two years a group of intrepid Rotarians and their friends band together, hop in some four-wheel drives, and head to far-flung places in the Australian back country.
In the 26 years since Destination Outback was born the rally has taken participants to Longreach in the north, Pooncarrie in the south and Uluru in the west.
And in less than four weeks it’s all happening again.
Destination Outback is the major fundraising activity for the Rotary Club of Dubbo South, and the 14th edition of the event will take the travellers on a brand new route that is sure to be spectacular.
“This is an important fundraising event for the club and over the years in excess of $1 million has been donated to the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) base in Dubbo alone,” event director Sandy Dunshea said.
“In total more than $3 million has been injected into the many community groups for food, fuel and refreshments, as well as many other worthy donations to community groups.”
Destination Outback 2016 will officially start in the township of Albert on August 13 and will finish in Dubbo on August 20, although the first day of travel will be August 12 when the group makes the short trek from Dubbo to Albert.
In between the participants will visit White Cliffs, Milparinka, Innaminka, Windorah, Thargomindah, Hungerford and Byrock.
While in Milparinka the group will oversee the official opening of play equipment, a resource that has been provided to the town after a route survey last year identified the need for an area where kids could play..
“Destination Outback has gained a respected reputation throughout the outback as an event that raises much-needed funds to support needy individuals and community groups,” Mr Dunshea said.
“It is with this aim of helping others that we have a lot of entrants that make this bi-annual holiday, with the opportunity of catching up with friends and enjoying a week in the outback.”
Further information on the event and its long and proud history can be found by visiting the website www.destinationoutback.com.au