What is the Outback Challenge
The Outback Challenge is a series of cross country stages navigated via GPS. It is an adventure in the Outback. There are no tracks, just the arrow on your GPS and your skill to navigate the terrain. It is a race and the fastest time wins. But it is an endurance race and reliability is the key. The last stage of the Outback Challenge is a single lap of 150km and you have 8 hours to complete the course. It travels though 3 outback stations north of Broken Hill. The course is natural terrain with very few marked tracks. The terrain is very difficult and suited to very capable offroad vehicles.
What sort of vehicle do I need?
You need a well set up 4WD vehicle. This can be a production vehicle or a custom built vehicle. There are strict safety requirements for your vehicle. These can be found at the CCDA website. Use the links below. Roll Cages | Rules and Regulations | Log Books and Scrutineering
Does my vehicle have to be registered?
No, the Outback Challenge is run entirely on private property. You do not need registration.
What fuel range do I need?
Ideally your vehicle should be capable of 200 road kilometers. The nearest available fuel is approximately 30km away from camp in Broken Hill. There will be 2 pit stops where you can refuel your vehicle during the event. Pit 1 is only accessible via 4WD and is approximately 1 hour from basecamp. Pit 2 can be accessed via 2WD and is approximately 20 minutes from basecamp. Any fuel that needs to be transported to these pits must be done by a registered Pit vehicle. The first day of competition will be close to basecamp and fuel will not be required. Pit 1 will be the only Pit utilised on the second day of competition. Both Pit 1 and Pit 2 will be utilised on the 3rd day (Madmax)
Racesuits Racesuits are not compulsory unless additional temporary fuel containers are carried on the competing vehicle.
Do we need a GPS?
Yes you will need a GPS. You will be provided with a .gpx track file and or the coordinates. In order to follow the course and find the waypoints you will need a GPS that you can enter coordinates into. A ‘navman’ style road GPS will not work.
What is Rally Safe and Do we need it?
Rallysafe is a satellite tracking device, it is how we follow you and track your progress. It is also a safety feature. If you are in trouble you can send a call for help and we can start recovery proceedures straight away. It also lets you know when you have reached the virtual waypoints. You must reach all of these waypoints. We will provide you with the rallysafe unit but you must purchase the installation kit. Click here to purchase.
Do I need to be a CCDA member? Yes all competitors, marshals and pit crew must be CCDA members.
Toilets and Showers There will be toilets onsite at basecamp. There will be no showers onsite. The nearest showers are at Broken Hill. Broken Hill tourist park is very accomodating for a small fee.
Glass is not permitted at the Challenge basecamp. All rubbish must be taken away with you. There will be no bins onsite.