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Friday 13th August 2010 to Friday 20th August 2010

Official Entry Forms and Brochure can be found at
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Day Zero: Friday 13th August
Here we go again on another great trip in to the outback with less distances, less cars, less auctions and more fun. You will have more time to catch up with old friends and make new ones. So this event is all about mateship. On this trip we travel to some new places such as the Painted Desert. The whole trip is full of historic places and natural beauty with the trip starting in White Cliffs in outback NSW. White Cliffs is known as Australia’s first commercial opal field. We will stay at the White Cliffs Hotel Motel where we will also have our first dinner. White Cliffs is 645kms from
Day 1: Saturday 14th August
Today we travel to Milparinka where we have lunch at the sporting ground. Some might remember ( some may not) that we stayed there last DOB and had a great time. After lunch we then travel up the Silver City Hwy via Tibooburra and on to Cameron Corner. Take the opportunity to play golf over three states and enjoy some outback hospitality at the pub before a huge spit roast dinner under the stars.
Day 2: Sunday 15th August
Today we travel up the Strzelecki Track to Motecollina Bore for lunch. This is an oasis in the middle of nowhere. The bird life Is amazing. After lunch we travel further up the Strzelecki track then turn off towards the Flinders Rangers and Arkaroola. This is were the road gets a bit rough and you pass though a lot of creek beds. But as usual the scenery is beautiful as you come up to Arkaroola. This is our longest day at 420 kms but there is still plenty of time to pull up for a cuppa and take in the scenery.
Day 3: Monday 16th August
This is a lay day at Arkaroola. There is so much to see and do at  Arkaroola, It contains some of Australia's most spectacular mountain views and offers numerous advanced ecotourism accredited guided tours. There are 4WD trips, astronomy tours, scenic flights and much more. We will have dinner in some beautiful settings. It will be the highlight of the trip.
Day 4: Tuesday 17th August
Today we travel to Marree for lunch. A little bit of bitumen until you get to Lyndhurst then all dirt to Marree. Marree is a true desert settlement receiving an average annual rainfall of only 155 mm. After lunch we head out to Lake Eyre. This is a very interesting place with or with out water in it. We then travel back to Muloorina Camp ground for a wilderness
retreat. Muloorina Camp Ground is part of Muloorina Station which is a 400,000 square hectare property. The owners run 10,000 sheep and 2,000 cattle on it. We will camp next to a wetland created by the constant flow of a bore sunk 543 metres into Australia’s artesian basin. The water boils out at a temperature of 56 degrees celsius.
Day 5: Wednesday 18th August
Today we travel up the Oodnadatta Track parallel to the Ghan Railway. There is a lot of history along the way and this is the real outback. We will have lunch at Coward Springs, an oasis just off the edge of the road. Coward Springs is a restored and heritage-listed railway site, a place to relax and really get a sense of the outback and its history. We will have a BBQ lunch then head back up the Oodnadatta Track to William Creek. We will have dinner at the William Creek Hotel, a pub in the middle of  nowhere. William Creek is the smallest town in outback South Australia with a population of just 16.
Day 6: Thursday 19th August
After breakfast we head up to Oodnadatta along the old Ghan Railway. Oodnadatta is famous for The Pink Road–House. The Pink Roadhouse (so-called because it is painted bright pink) is a focal point of the town, providing petrol, a general store, meals, post office facilities and canoe  hire. Although they have canoes (also painted bright pink), it is not clear where to use them in the surrounding area unless the local waterholes are recently filled. We will have lunch at Oodnadatta and then head though the Painted Desert. This is nature at its best. There are some great lookouts on the way. We will have plenty of time to take it all in before we get to Arckarinka Homestead. The camp ground is next to the homestead. The facilities are very basic; it only has a million star rating!
Day 7: Friday 20th August
We leave Arckarinka Homestead and head to Coober Pedy. We will get to Coober Pedy at about lunch time. Coober Pedy has evolved into one of the most unique places in Australia and perhaps the world. It is a cosmopolitan town with a population of 3,500 and over 45 different nationalities. Coober Pedy is probably best known for its unique style of underground living. There is a range of underground accommodation (as well as above ground if you prefer). There are authentic underground homes to explore as well as underground museums, potteries, opal shops, an art gallery and, of
course, opal mines. After a big day exploring the town we will have our last dinner together. The dinner is going to be a gastronomic delight. This dinner will wrap up another great trip of fun and friendship and hopefully a few dollars for the Doctor. The next morning we will head home. Coober Pedy is 1697kms from Dubbo, an easy two day trip.

2010 Destination Outback Committee Contacts

Official Entry Forms and Brochure can be found at
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2008 Destination Outback Committee
Event Dir-Brett McCarthy T: 0418 843 839 E:
Route Dir-George Richmond T: 02 6885 5363  E: 
Treasurer - Peter Debus T: 0429 825 922 E:
Secretary - Andrew Graham T: 0418 481 892 E: amg@pea*****
Catering - Henry Jom T: 0409 815 998 E:
Social Director - Barry Hilderbrandt T: 02 6883 2936 E:
Auctions - Fred Griffiths T: 0407 459 639
Sweep - ???
Snail Mail: PO Box 2875, Dubbo NSW 2830

 DESTINATION 2010 - Newsletter 3 July 17th

Destination Outback Newsflash writes "
Destination Outback 2010
A Rotary Club of Dubbo South project July 17: Newsletter 3.
Have you missed any news?
A month out from our trip we can reveal that our numbers will be smaller than last time, particularly. Indications are that we will have 35 vehicles and about 100 people which should be great and will fit in with our theme of ‘mateship.’ For those who went away with us in 2008 you will remember there were 50-plus vehicles and 150 people and this created some issues with food and the like. Event director Brett McCarthy and team reckon 2010 will be one of the best and will give everyone the opportunity to get to know everyone much better. One wag emailed that the smaller numbers will mean longer showers. That’s got to be good.

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 DESTINATION 2010 - Newsletter 2 June 8th

Destination Outback Newsflash writes "
Destination Outback 2010
A Rotary Club of Dubbo South project.
June 8: Newsletter 2.
G’Day everyone.
Well, not long to go until DOB 2010. With the closing date now passed us it is the time to make your intentions clear with a completed entry form and a cheque for $650.00 to secure your position. Not many positions are left and as stated in earlier correspondence we have reduced the number of vehicles we will be taking. This like all trips will be exciting and we will be taking you into country that Destination Outback has not seen before. Great pubs to visit, great camp fires to be had, great experiences and most of all great company along the way.
Look forward to seeing you all in White Cliffs.
MACCA’S SIDE KICK: George Richmond
(PS: if we get lost then Macca, George and Henry Jom are the ones to blame … keep that in mind)

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 DESTINATION 2010 - Newsletter 1 May 4th

Destination Outback Newsflash writes "
Destination Outback 2010
A Rotary Club of Dubbo South project.
May 4: Newsletter 1.
We thank those people who have submitted entry forms for our exciting trip in August, but we feel there are many others who have been thinking about coming along but haven’t yet gone to the next step and downloaded an entry form and lodged a deposit. We would urge you to make haste and
post your entry and deposit cheque as soon as possible. For those who have entered with some details, we would like you to update details of your crew as soon as possible. That follow up information can be made via e-mail to event secretary Andrew Graham at amg@pea***** As
far as finances are concerned, event treasurer Peter Debus ( OR It is important that intending participants remember that our vehicle number limit this year is 40 – already we are half-way to that target. You will also notice on the entry form that we are offering a free event shirt, but we need your size asap.

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 Destination Outback 2008

Destination Outback NewsAnonymous writes "Destination Outback 2008It came as no surprise that Destination Outback 2008 was again a success, a project headed by Brett McCarthy and an enthusiastic support team.This group tasted the event with a route survey, then it was all hands on deck to get the event up and running.This was event 10 in the Destination Outback ‘series' and lived up to all expectations."

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 2009 DO Reunion in Sydney

Destination Outback NewsHi Outbackers, The Sydney outbackers invite you attend a DO reunion, to relive DO2008 & get excited about the 2010 event. - starting in White Cliffs (NSW) thru Flinders Rangers & ending in Coober Pedy (SA). This also gives great opportunity to expand trip before/after to add on other side trips with family etc. We plan to meet at Dave Gazzoli's Bar(The Aurora Bar) in Sydney on Saturday 15th August 2009 at 7.00pm.  Dave was on DO 2002 & 2004 & had the Claredon Hotel in Newcastle. There will be $50 a head cover charge for finger food & a DO donation. Pls email Dave at or ph 9241 1911 (or myself) if you are coming, so we can organise the numbers for catering. Dave will need to know by a the week before. If you have a movie or slide show, please advise Dave or myself before hand so we can setup to show these on the large TVs. Directions : Cnr Phillip & Bent Sts SYDNEY. Follow the link for directions Please follow up your DO colleagues as some of the emails on the list I have been given may no longer be working. PLEASE REMEMBER to bring your Chq book or Credit Card to make your deposit as I am informed there is 40 car limit (first in best dressed). Your feedback welcome. Regards Geoff Stewart

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 Destination Outback makes it onto "YouTube"

Destination Outback NewsFlash writes "Yes, Destination Outback has hit the World Wide Web with much fan fair.
That is correct, this is a broadcast to the Nation and beyond!!! To save you the time by looking up we have placed a link that will take you to the movie version of DO 2008 on You Tube. Or you can click on the "Web Links" link on the left hand side and then clck on "Movie and Photo Link" link. Flash "

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 DO Recognised on McGrath Foundation Website

Destination Outback NewsFlash writes "G’ Day Outbackers,
The Rotary Club of Dubbo South Destination Outback 2008 donation to Glenn McGrath has been included on the McGrath Foundation website for their fantastic contribution to the foundation.
Glenn McGrath also extended his praise towards the Destination Outback Trekkers who certainly knocked him for a “SIX” when we all called into his property “Woncobra Station” for lunch and we had the rear and privilaged opportunity to meet and talk with Glenn and his Family on day 1 before heading off to Hungerford for our overnight stop. This was written in an article in the Sun Herald (17-8-08) under the heading “Learning to live without Jane”.
The article read:
"When I was on the property [after Jane's death], Rotary were holding a fund-raising rally from Brewarrina to Nyngan and they stopped off at the property for a barbecue lunch.
"It raised $17,000 for the foundation. It meant a lot."
You can find the McGrath Foundation Website link on the Official Destination Outback Website under “Web Links”. You will also find a link to the Sun Herald Article “Learning to live without Jane”

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 Destination Outback 2008 Itinerary

Destination Outback NewsFlash writes "
Friday 8th August - Saturday 16th August 2008

You asked for it!  So we start in the outback visiting some of the most wonderful places, camping at unique locations, via picturesque tracks, enjoying memorable cuisine with lots of entertainment thrown in. So here it is: the “Best of the Best”! and all for the benefit of the underprivileged and less fortunate mainly from the rural and remote communities through which we will travel.
Its Friday the 8th day of the 8th month 2008, and we make our way to the historic town of Brewarrina, NSW to re-unite for another Destination Outback. Even before we depart, you will be taken back in time when the Culgoa Community Hall comes alive with talk of our past experiences and the expectations of the week that lies ahead.
To set the scene there is an old time hall, cricket pitch, 3 tennis courts under lights, a gymkhana ground, a disused race track and a well used bar, most of which have been recently renovated to coincide with the start of Destination Outback 2008. Scotty (Route Director)
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 Dubbo Daily Liberal Editorial

Destination Outback NewsFlash writes "Trekkers raise funds

Twenty years ago a couple of Dubbo rotarians took some mates on an adventure in the outback and instead of just a holiday, turned their epic trip into a fundraising drive for the community. Two decades on, Destination Outback-a Rotary Club of South Dubbo initiative- has raised over $1million for a number of charities and this year's adventure was no exception. The 155 intrepid explorers have returned from their 10 day expedition that covered about 2500km, and they raised almost 230 thousand dollars for a range of charities across Dubbo.

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