2022 Drover’s Run Early Bird 4WD Adventure Itinerary

1st April, 2022 Friday - Narromine Tourist Park, Narromine NSW

Pre event get-together at the Narromine Aero Club, Narromine NSW from 5.00pm

This is a great chance to meet your fellow Drover’s before we head off while enjoying a delicious dinner right next to the Tourist Park at the newly-renovated Narromine Aero Club.

Over the next nine days you will travel through some incredible regions of NSW and will join with and meet some amazing people. You will find that the Drover’s Run is a huge team effort and the more we act as a team, the more successful it will be. It may mean that you pitch in by helping others when they need it, help out on the fundraising nights by selling raffle tickets or assisting with the auctions, or telling people along the way what the Drover's Run means to you as an entrant.

At the end of the 2022 Drover's Run Early Bird you will have made some life-long friends. So please enjoy the 2022 Drover’s Run Early Bird 4WD Outback Adventure and the Northern NSW Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service sincerely thanks you in advance for taking part and ensuring we are ready to respond 24-7 because of your fundraising efforts.

Meals: Dinner tonight provided to entrants at the Narromine Aero Club as part of your Crew Fee.

Accommodation: Unpowered camp sites have been booked at Narromine Tourist Park as part of your Crew Fee, other forms of accommodation available at your additional cost.

2nd April, Saturday - Narromine to Kalara Station (near Tilpa), NSW

After a pre-event briefing and last minute checks of radios and your vehicle, we head north-west through the towns of Trangie, Nyngan (home of the Big Bogan), and Cobar before heading to the Darling River and tonights stop-over at the very welcoming Kalara Station. A great mix of roads today and time to set up camp and enjoy a well-earned drink arouond the campfire.

Accommodation: Camping tonight at Kalara Station, toilet and shower facilities available. Additional accommodation options provided.

Meals: Breakfast, morning tea and lunch will be self-catered. Tonight’s dinner is catered for at Kalara Station and is included in your Crew Fee. 

Fuel: Fuel up at Narromine and Cobar.

3rd April, Sunday – Kalara Station to Packsaddle

A real treat this morning as we head west and call in to the unique town of White Cliffs, take on fuel and then continue on to our next overnight at the village of Packsaddle. Some great driving through a mix of public and private property arriving at the very welcoming Packsaddle Roadhouse. Our first auction night tonight so be prepared to hook some great bargains.

Meals: Breakfast and lunch self-catered or grab a bite in White Cliffs, dinner tonight will be included in our Crew Fee at the licenced Packsaddle Roadhouse so no cooking required.

Accommodation: Camping at the free camping area with additional accommodation options available at the Roadhouse. Shower and toilet facilities available.

Fuel: Fill today at White Cliffs and again when you arrive at Packsaddle ready for tomorrows leg.

4th April, Monday – Packsaddle to Silverton

Lots of off-road today as we continue west towards the SA border, pick up the famous Dog Fence and head south stopping at Mundi Mundi Lookout before heading in to historic Silverton, famous for many movie scenes and home of the Mad Max Museum. Time this afternoon to take in some of the museums and galleries before heading to the Silverton Pub tonight for dinner.

Accommodation: Camping tonight is just out of town at Penrose Caravan Park. Additional accommodation options at the Pub attached.

Meals: Self catering breakfast and lunch. Dinner tonight will be provided at the Silverton Hotel as part of your Crew Fees.

Fuel: Fill this morning or in Broken Hill tomorrow.

5th April, Tuesday – Silverton to Wentworth

Leaving Silverton this morning we head in to Broken Hill for fuel and any needed supplies and make our way south to Wentworth, the site of the junction of the Darling River with the mighty Murray River. More real outback today and our home for the next two nights, yes no packing up in the morning, will be the strangely named Fort Courage Caravan Park. Plenty of opportunity to cast a line, don't forget your fishing licence! Might be a chance for the great Murray Trivia night!

Accommodation: Camping tonight with a limited number of additional options listed.

Meals: Breakfast – self-cater or grab a bite in Broken Hill. Lunch and dinner – self-cater.

Fuel: Fill this morning in Broken Hill.

6th April, Wednesday - Wentworth and surrounds

A day of sight-seeing today or you can choose to just do nothing. Hopefully a chance to take a cruise on a paddle steamer but definitely a chance to take in some of the sights along the Murray. More info to follow once mapped. Another auction night, more great bargains!!

Accommodation: Another night at Fort Courage, enjoy the peace and the sunset over the Murray.

Meals: Self-catering today and a BBQ in the camp kitchen for dinner as part of your Crew Fees. Just need to supply your utensils.

Fuel: Fill today at Kulgera Roadhouse and also available at Ayers Rock Resort.

7th April, Thursday – Wentworth to Mungo National Park

We start the trip home today but there is till so much to see along the way. From Fort Courage we pass through Wentworth and head cross-country towards the World Heritage listed Mungo National Park, home of much rich Aboriginal history including the famous Mungo Lady and Mungo Man, and the spectacular Walls Of China. Lots of time today to take in the National Park, hopefully we will have a Ranger to explain the history and sights.

Accommodation: Camping in the National Park, with options at the Shearers Quarters and the nearby Mungo lodge. Toilets available at the campground and hot shoers available at the nearby Visitor Centre.

Meals: Again self-cater breakfast and lunch and there are options for meals at Mungo Lodge or self-cater, BBQ facilities available at the campground.

Fuel: Fill at Wentworth this morning.

8th April, Friday – Mungo National Park to Lake Cargelligo

Nearly all dirt today as we leave the National Park and had east, spectacular country, and a stop at Hillston for fuel and then on to another night by the water at Lake Cargelligo. Todays itinerary will be firmed up after mapping but a number of opportunities today to get some VIP tgreatment. More to come.

Accommodation: Camping at Lake Cargelligo Tourist Park with additional options listed.

Meals: Self-cater breakfast and lunch although options available at Hillston. Dinner tonight TBC.

Fuel: Fill in Hillston or Lake Cargelligo.

9th April, Saturday – Lake Cargelligo to Mudgee

Two days to go, we leave Lake Cargelligo and head east passing through Condobolin and Parkes before arriving in Mudgee for our last night of the 2022 Drover's Run Early Bird. The last night of every Drover's is Red and Yellow night, this year will be no different as we celebrate the achievements with a dinner in Mudgee, our final auction and fines night, and the presentation of awards. 

Meals: Self catering breakfast and lunch, our final night dinner is included in your Crew Fee at a venue to be decided.

Accommodation: Camping at Mudgee Big 4 Caravan Park with cabin accommodation also available.                                       

Fuel: Fuel available at many places on todays trip but fill this afternoon in Mudgee to allow an early start in the morning.

10th April, Sunday – Mudgee to Broadmeadow Base

Our last day on the road as we leave Mudgee and head through the stunning Bylong Valley Way stopping in Denman fo morning tea and then through the Hunter Valley to our Helicopter Base in Broadmeadow. We usually celebrate the end of a Drover's Run with a drive down Peel Street in Tamworth (a Peelie), this year we might just have to do our Newcastle version with a drive down Hunter Street (I suppose a "Normie", look it up)!

Meals: Self catering breakfast, morning tea supplied by the Denman Support Group and a light lunch provided in Newcastle.

Thank you for the part you will play in the 2022 Drover's Run Early Bird by registering, it will be great to get back on the road again raising vital funds for the Northern NSW Rescue Helicopter Service to ensure we are ready to respond 24/7 365 days a year because of your support.