Indooroopilly Outback Adventure. Birdsville – September 2005. Indooroopilly Rovers Outback Adventure. 4 people drove from Brisbane to Birdsville and back - covering over 3500km in 8 days. Indooroopilly Rovers Outback Adventure. Purposes of Expedition
Birdsville – September 2005
4 people drove from Brisbane to Birdsville and back - covering over 3500km in 8 days
Purposes of Expedition
Stayed at Roma Scout Den
Bought essential supplies in Charleville
Food at Quilpie Pub good.
Speeding over cattle grids, not so good.
As the Yabbie races were the previous night, we saw no point in staying at Windorah, so continued to Birdsville.
Road kill included:
Ferri’s overtaking adventure – to keep us awake
The road verges were deeply rutted. As we overtook another car, the trailer preferred to follow the ruts rather than the car, and gave us all a shock. Luckily nothing was damaged.
Our patch of dust.
Massey Ferguson Tractor Club of WA drove across the desert from Perth.
On both days we manned the gates of the Birdsville Races. Over 5000 people attended with a percentage of the profits going to RFDS.
We also did the gates for the evening events at the community hall.
Over $20,000 was raised for the Flying Doctors over the weekend.
Surviving the Dust Storm… winds up to 74km/hr
And a good night was had by all at
Except Ferri who was chasing a girl, who everyone else knew was already taken.
We’re off, again.
Good time to learn how to tow a trailer on dirt roads.
Straight road – all good.
Heading for Betoota - population of 0.
Just a bend in the road.
If only I’d remembered the bend, rather than drift racing with a trailer.
No-one’s hurt. The car’s fine (almost).
So we continue.
Beautiful desert flowers
Another sunset drive, almost hitting an owl and a wild boar.
The night was just as dangerous, as a coating of fried bugs on the headlights reduced visibility to almost none.
Longreach - Return to Civilisation
Khaki Uniforms are already museum pieces at Longreach.
All Longreach Scouts wear the new uniforms according to a RBT cop we met near Windorah
Hew’s Grandfather was a Scout in Longreach
Finding out about Log Cabin construction for our Crew’s shanty.
Windmill powers a pump that Simo (ex Rover of the crew) made.
Tree of Knowledge – 170 year old Ghost Gum under which shearers held their meetings during the Great Shearers Strike of 1891.
Drive into Emerald then follow the palms to Fred’s house
Overnight at Caneboy’s house – does that make it Bundy moot 5½ ?
Due to the remoteness of some of the places we:
- Took plenty of water and food in case of a breakdown
- Carried a spare tyre, and tools to do emergency repairs.
- Had First Aid supplies and qualifications
- Had group members with experience in car maintenance and driving in the outback.
- Took maps and other equipment necessary for travel in the outback.
As this trip was primarily for a service project we tried to reduce costs to participants by:
- Arranging free accommodation at Scout Dens (Roma, Charleville & Longreach), houses of friendly Rovers (Emerald, Bundaberg), and camping spots in town (Windorah, Birdsville)
- Obtaining sponsorship for petrol costs – courtesy of Birdsville
- Having use of Scout Car & trailer – courtesy of QLD Branch
What we learnt from the trip
Other things we gained
Publicity / Media Coverage
We featured in
- Beyond Productions Documentary
- Queensland Branch Scout About Newsletter
- Queensland Rovers MSN Group
- Indooroopilly Rovers Website http://indooroopilly.scoutsqld.com.au/
- Tyakunda District Website http://tyakunda.scoutsqld.com.au/
- Western Times Newspaper (Charleville)
We were also seen by the public asRovers & Scouts by
- Being in Uniform at the Birdsville Races
- Driving the “Escape to Scouting” car
- Being proud to be Scouts
Indooroopilly Rovers were thanked for our help at the Birdsville Races in the Western Times newspaper of Thursday, September 15, 2005.
Thank you to
For making this Rovering’s Greatest Adventure.
Phone Ferri 0418 468 340
Or James 0423 216 051