2022 Drover’s Run 4WD Adventure Itinerary
5th August, 2022 Friday - Copi Hollow Caravan Park, Menindee NSW
Pre event get-together at the Copi Hollow Caravan Park, Menindee NSW from 5.00pm
This is a great chance to meet your fellow Drover’s before we head off while enjoying a delicious dinner on the banks of the stunning Copi Hollow Ski Grounds watching the sun set.
Over the next sixteen days you will travel through some incredible regions of Australia 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 you will have made some life-long friends. So please enjoy the 2022 Drover’s Run 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 Copi Hollow Caravan Park as part of your Crew Fee
Accommodation: Unpowered camp sites have been booked at Copi Hollow Caravan Park as part of your Crew Fee, other forms of accommodation available at your additional cost.
6th August, Saturday - Departing for Jamestown SA
After a comprehensive briefing and last minute checks of radios and your vehicle, we will travel south through the Menindee Lakes before heading west, crossing the Silver City Highway and into South Australia. Most of today will be on dirt roads and some private property as we head towards Spencer Gulf and our first night at Jamestown.
Accommodation: Camping tonight at "The Park", Jamestown, toilet and shower facilities available. Additional accommodation options provided.
Meals: Breakfast this morning provided at Copi Hollow, morning tea and lunch will be self-catered. Tonight’s dinner is catered for at the Jamestown Commercial Hotel and is included in your Crew Fee. We will also have our first auction night tonight so be prepared for some great bargains.
Fuel: Fuel up at Menindee, and Jamestown, or Port Augusta the next day.
7th August, Sunday – Jamestown to Kingoonya
A real treat this morning as we head towards Port Augusta and through the spectacular Horrocks Pass and then pick up the Stuart Highway which runs all the way through to Darwin. A chance for a stop in Port Augusta for morning tea and to do shop for any fruit and veges you need that can't be taken in to SA. We then head north west on the highway to Woomera, base for much of Australia’s ealry military testing and the very interesting Woomera History Museum. A good stop for lunch and then another two hours north to our camp site at Kingoonya, a great free camp area and old-fashioned country pub.
Meals: Breakfast and lunch self-catered and dinner tonight will be included in our Crew Fee at the Kingoonya Pub so no cooking required.
Accommodation: Camping at the free camping area with additional accommodation options available at the pub. Shower and toilet facilities available.
Fuel: Fill today at Port Augusta if needed or Glendambo. Next Fuel at Coober Pedy tomorrow night. Glendambo to Coober Pedy 410 kms.
8th August, Monday – Kingoonya to Coober Pedy
A short drive to Coober Pedy and time this afternoon to take in some of the sights of Coober Pedy or join a group to head out to The Breakaways, a spectacular formation which will take about 90 minutes out and back.
The Information Centre in Coober Pedy is a fantastic point of call to find out what is of interest in the area as you have the afternoon to yourselves.
Accommodation: Camping tonight is just out of town at Ribas Underground Camping and Caravan Park. Additional accommodation options attached.
Meals: Self catering breakfast and lunch. Dinner tonight will be provided at the Outback Bar and Grill as part of your Crew Fees with a courtesy bus running to and from the Caravan Park.
Fuel: Fill this afternoon, this will be the last of the reasonably priced fuel for a few days.
9th August, Tuesday – Coober Pedy to Mt Dare
North this morning from Coober Pedy as we start to get in to some of the real outback country. We head to Oodnadatta via the spectacular Painted Desert where we will break fro smoko and then to Oodnadatta where we will stop for lunch and the chance for a look around. Visit the famous Pink Roadhouse or the TansContinental Hotel, both great for lunch or visit the Afghan Cameleers graves just out of town. Then back on the dirt as we head to Mt Dare for tonight’s camp. This afternoon we pass through the western side of the Witjira National Park which leads in to the Simpson Desert.
Accommodation: Camping tonight with a limited number of additional options listed.
Meals: Breakfast – self-cater or Roadhouse. Lunch – self-cater or Pink Roadhouse or Transcontinental Hotel. Dinner tonight at Mt Dare Pub as part of your Crew Fees.
Fuel: Fill before we leave Coober Pedy and then at either Oodnadatta or Mt Dare. From Mt Dare 300kms to Kulgera on the Stuart Highway.
10-11th August, Wednesday and Thursday – Mt Dare to Ayers Rock Resort
Our longest day of driving today as we cross the border and head to the NT town of Finke and then a detour to take in Lamberts Geographical Centre of Australia. From there we keep heading west until we pick up the Stuart Highway and north until we reach Lasseter’s Highway which will take us all the way to Ayers Rock Resort. Two nights here which will allow two early morning and one sunset trip to Uluru to take in the spectacular colours of this wonder. You will also have the opportunity to take a short trip west to Kata Tjuta (The Olgas), highly recommended. Your Uluru Parks Pass will allow you unlimited access to the park during our time here.
Accommodation: Camping at Ayers Rock Resort with a number of additional options.
Meals: All meals during your time at Ayers Rock Resort will be at your own cost. There are many options within the Resort and for those wanting that special experience there is the amazing Field of Lights and the Sounds of Silence Dinner. Details for both of these are attached.
Fuel: Fill today at Kulgera Roadhouse and also available at Ayers Rock Resort.
12th August, Friday – Ayers Rock Resort to Kings Canyon Resort
Just over 300kms today on the bitumen to Kings Canyon Resort where you will have the opportunity to take in the sensational views of this area. There are a number of signed walks with times indicated to take in the sights on the way in to the Resort this afternoon and time will also be allocated the following morning to see the Canyon during sunrise and early morning. Both today and tomorrow will be free travel days so you can plan your trip depending on what interest you have.
Accommodation: Camping at the Resort and again a number of additional options listed.
Meals: Again self-cater breakfast and lunch and there are options for meals at the Resort at your own cost or self-cater in the camp kitchen areas.
Fuel: Fill at Ayers Rock Resort or Kings Canyon Resort today, next fuel will be at Alice Springs.
13-14th August, Saturday and Sunday – Kings Canyon Resort to Alice Springs
Another free travel day as we head off from Kings Canyon Resort on the Saturday morning and head in to Alice Springs via Hermansberg where you have the next two days at your own leisure to take in the sights of Alice. You might like to visit the Information Centre for more detail on Alice’s sights. Sunset at Anzac Hill is highly recommended and catering for these two days is again at your own cost. The Gillen Club not far from the Caravan Park has been recommended and have been told that there might be a number for dinner on Saturday night if that suits. There is much to see so enjoy or relax, your choice.
Accommodation: Camping at Alice Springs Tourist Park or additional options listed.
Meals: Meals during your time in Alice Springs are at your own cost, many choices to take in.
Fuel: Fill in Alice and before Monday morning.
15th August, Monday – Alice Springs to Gem Tree
Leaving Alice this morning for one of the many highlights of this year's Drover's Run as we head through the amazing East Macdonell Ranges on the Ross Hwy crossing the Ross and Hale Rivers before heading north to join the Plenty Highway which will eventually take us in to Queensland. A lot of historical landmarks and we will stop at as many as possible.
A left turn at the Plenty Highway and a short trip to Gem Tree to stop at the Gem Tree Caravan Park, a great spot with oodles of room to spread out.
Meals: Self catering today and tonight.
Accommodation: Camping at Gem Tree Caravan Park with cabin accommodation also available.
Fuel: Fuel available at Gem Tree or Jervois or Tobermorey the next day. Alice Springs to Boulia 828kms.
16th August, Tuesday – Gemtree to Tobermorey
Due east today on the Plenty to tonights destination at the working cattle station of Tobermorey. A stop for morning tea at Jervois Station and then on to Tobermorey. Time this after noon to look at some of the great artworks around the homestead and maybe pitch in to help with some of the chores.
Accommodation: Camping tonight at Tobermorey with a limited number of cabins available.
Meals: Self catering breakfast and lunch. Dinner tonight is part of your Crew Fees and will be provided by the team at Tobermorey but don't be shy to pitch in and help.
Fuel: Fill at Jervois or Tobermorey or Boulia tomorrow.
17th August, Wednesday – Tobermorey to Boulia
From Tobermorey we cross the border in to Queensland and pick up the Donoghue Highway through to Boulia. Time this afternoon to check out the fantastic Min Min Lights Exhibition and take a look around Boulia and surrounds, or just chill out.
Accommodation: Camping tonight at the Boulia Caravan Park or additional accommodation at the Boulia Hotel.
Meals: Breakfast and lunch – self-cater. Dinner tonight will be provided at the Boulia Golf Club and included in your Crew Fee with a courtesy bus available.
Fuel: Available at Boulia and please fill this afternoon.
18th August, Thursday – Boulia to Windorah
The start of the long trip home as we pick up some of the route orginally pencilled for the 2020 Drover's Run. We head towards Winton and a short way out of town turn to travel through the stunning Diamantina Lakes National Park. We then pick up the Diamantina Development Road and head in to Windorah for a greta night in this fabulous community. A pretty long day so pushing on will be important.
Accommodation: Camping tonight at the Windorah Caravan Park, the Pub or the Tennis Club depending on availability. All have showers and toilets.
Meals: Self-cater breakfast and lunch, dinner will be provided at the Western Star Hotel at Windorah and is included in your Crew Fee.
Fuel: Fill in Windorah.
19th August, Friday – Windorah to Cunnamulla
After days of travelling on dirt roads today will be a bit boring but necessary to get us closer to home intime to be back by Sunday. From Windorah we head to Quilpie and then south for a lunch stop at the famous Toompine Pub before back on the road to the absolutely beautiful Warrego Riverside Caravan Park, tonights stop. Enjoy the camp fire while dinner is catered for us again.
Accommodation: Camping tonight at Warrego Riverside Caravan Park with additional options listed.
Meals: Self-cater today and dinner tonight will be catered as part of your Crew Fee.
Fuel: Fill in Quilpie or Cunnamulla.
20th August, Saturday – Cunnamulla to Mungindi
Another pretty big day as we leave Cunnamulla and head south and then east along Jobs Gate Rd with some really good tracks to follow along the way including a section following the Dog Fence before arriving in Goodooga. From there we continue north-east towards Hebel and then travel around two of the boundaries of the enormous Cubby Station, a real eye-opener. Then it's into Dirranbandi, a visit to the silo art in Thallon and then on to Mungindi and our last night for the 2022 Drover’s Run at the Jolly Swagman Pub.
Tonight we get to celebrate all that was this year’s adventure with our traditional Red and Yellow night which now signifies the last night of our Drover’s Runs, organize your get-up before you go and don’t worry, almost anything goes. We get to acknowledge our highest fundraiser and present a number of additional awards for those who have brought themselves under attention over the previous fifteen days. We will also be joined by a number of guests from our sponsors and the Service who always enjoy listening to the stories and acknowledging the efforts of everyone involved.
Accommodation: Camping is at the Racecourse with additional options listed.
Meals: Self-cater breakfast and lunch but a sensational dinner will be provided at the Jolly Swagman as part of your Crew Fees.
Fuel: Cunnamulla, Dirrinbandi or Mungindi. Next fuel will be in Moree.
21st August, Sunday – Mungindi to Tamworth
The last day and we get to enjoy the trip back in to Tamworth with a drive through some spectacular country to Moree and then through the towns of Bingar and Barraba along the Fossickers Way and back in to Tamworth. The now traditional drive down Peel Street to celebrate the end of the adventure and then back to the base to finish off an incredible 17 days and say our goodbyes.
5,500kms over the past sixteen days, some truly spectacular scenery, and great people, the 2022 Drover’s Run 4WD Outback Adventure will draw to a close and we will have raised a substantial amount of money for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service allowing us to continue to save lives responding 24-7 when needed.