Changes since COVID19 This COVID19 thing is not all bad when it comes to spectators of this years Outback Challenge. We have had to change the format of the event this year because of the logistics involved and the number of people required to run it. You the spectators of the Outback Challenge are as important to us as the competitors so we have created an event for you. From the 22nd of September you will be located at a basecamp where all of the Outback Challenge action happens. But you will have options for what you want to do and see. The new format allows you to see more than you normally would in the old format. The actual competition of the Outback Challenge is now on the 26th and 27th of September. But it will be intense and there will be a lot to see. Check out the itinerary for more of an idea.
What is the Outback Challenge? The Outback Challenge is a 6 day cross country navigation 4×4 adventure catering to men and women and their off road vehicles from around the world. Teams navigate via GPS and must find hundreds of virtual waypoints along the way. There are no tracks, all they have is an arrow on their GPS and hundreds of waypoints in their road book. Held in Outback New South Wales and based in Broken Hill this event is both remote and extreme. Teams are to be completely self sufficient in every way. They carry their own food, spares and bedding to last the week. Vehicles need the best suspension available along with extreme tyres and a driveline tough enough to hold it all together. And when the terrain becomes impassable to most, the latest technology in high-speed competition winches gets competitors and their machines to the finish. It sounds extreme and it is! And one day would break most, but to push hard for 6 days reveals the best of the best in strategy, survival, endurance and teamwork. This event is not won in one day and many find out the hard way. It’s the smart competitors with the reliable machinery that prevail.
What do the spectators get? As a spectator you will gain access to the best extreme action locations of the Outback Challenge. These locations are not accessible to the public as we will be driving and camping on massive private stations. These properties will need to be respected and care taken when visiting. Be prepared to see some amazing landscapes and remote places that few get to see. You will be putting your vehicle in 4WD and in some cases low range to get through. Tour Leaders will be with you all the way if you have any concerns. And if you want to take that extra step join in some navigation competitions just like the competitors and win prizes supplied by our sponsors.
How far do we travel for the week? It is completely up to you. You can choose a day drive that stays on the property and return to basecamp each night or you can choose to travel further and explore other properties and move camp.
Do we need our own camping equipment? Yes – you do need to provide all of your own camping equipment. Including toilet facilities(if leaving basecamp). There are toilet and shower facilities at basecamp located approximately 40km from Broken Hill. You can choose to remain at basecamp and venture on day drives. Or you can explore further and spend a night camping in another exotic outback location. with the changes since COVID19 we now welcome caravans. Basecamp is located approximately 15km along an outback road and camp is accessible by 2WD.
Can we stock up on supplies during the week?
Yes – basecamp is located approximately 40km from Broken Hill.
Do we have a guide? Yes – You will have multiple options on what you would like to see and when you would like to see it. Each tour will have a guide to show you the best places and the best tracks for the more adventurous.
Do we need a 4WD? Yes – if you want to take advantage of the tours you will need a 4WD with a dedicated low range. AWD vehicles are welcome but will be limited with regard to the tours they choose.
Can we bring a caravan? A dedicated offroad caravan would get to most locations. An onroad caravan will have access to basecamp only. Offroad camper trailers are ideal.
How do we communicate with the tour leaders? You will need a UHF radio in your vehicle. A hand held is fine. You will be issued a vehicle number and this is how you will be identified until you are on first name basis. Be prepared to meet new friends.
Do we need a GPS? No – you do not need a GPS, but there will be navigation challenges if you wish to take part. And you will get all of the coordinates in your spectator road book if you want to learn to navigate.
Can we travel alone? No – you must stick with the tour guide. These are private stations that we are travelling on and we must stick to the times in which we travel and the conditions of the station owners. We travel on a strict time schedule so you get to see everything.
Can we visit these places later? Yes and No – You are more than welcome to visit the public places that we take you to at any time but for a lot of the time we camp and travel on private properties. At any other times you will be trespassing. However some do have farm stays. The property owners are very friendly people and if you contact them i’m sure they can accomodate but without permission there is strictly no access. If you wanted to visit at a later date speak to us and we will put you in contact with the right people.
Will we have fun on this adventure? Absoulutely! – That is what it is all about, you will see some amazing places with incredible geographical history. Not only that you will get to see some very high spec offroad machines take on some of the toughest terrain imaginable. Most people think the desert is flat….not where we go. This challenge runs through some of the toughest most rugged landscapes in Australia. Not only is it rugged but incredibly beautiful.
At camp we like to make it all inclusive with a communal campfire every night, you are free to make your own and gaze at the stars or get chatting with the many new friends you will make. But remember this is not only an adventure for the competitors but for the spectators as well. If you want room service and your bed made every morning then maybe this isn’t for you. If you love exploring, driving, experiencing new places and meeting new people then this is it.