Beyond Bitumen Rally 2022 Trip Details
Bowral to Nowra
March 25th – 28th 2022
NOTE: Some of these details may change after we have completed our full survey of the roads when we are not in lockdown.
We’ll meet up at Mittagong RSL in Mittagong for Registration, as well as an Orientation Session for first time participants. Thursday night is always a good time to catch up with mates from last year and dream about what might happen this year. Mittagong is only 90 minutes from downtown Sydney.
We’ll be setting off from Bong Bong Picnic Racecourse on the outskirts of Bowral. We’ll have you on some dirt roads as soon as we can cross the Hume Highway and head to Canyonleigh. We’ll tackle SwallowTail Pass and head into Taralga before we hit Crookwell and on to Yass for lunch
After lunch we will skirt around Canberra via Tidbinbilla and pop out in Cooma for our overnight stop.
Heading south out of Cooma this morning we will be driving through classic high altitude grazing country on our way to the coast via the Towamba Valley. Lunch will be at Eden, on the spectacular Twofold Bay. We’ll cruise a few more country roads around Candelo, Kameruka and Bega before we head back to Merimbula for some more country hospitality and an overnight stop.
We’ll hug the coast a bit this morning, as we visit Tathra, Bermagui and Narooma, via Central Tilba. Lunch will be at Moruya before we tackle the iconic Araluen Road. Araluen Road is still being repaired from the 2021 landslide, so we may not get to travel its full length yet.
We’ll eventually hit the coast at Ulladulla where we will have our Sunday Night Awards and Auction Dinner. This is the highlight of the event and gives us a chance to focus on why we are all involved in the rally, and what it means to us personally.
Monday morning will see us heading off from our beach position into the heavily timbered coastal forests, for a final taste of dirt road driving inland from Ulladulla and Mollymook, before we arrive at Nowra for lunch. It’s a comfortable two hours back to Sydney from here, so you’ll be back in your own bed at home on Monday Night.
Eligibility There are 3 categories of eligible vehicles:-
• Any well prepared charity event or similar vehicle, is eligible to enter. If your charity car only gets used one week each year, or hasn’t been used for several years, this is a great opportunity to dust it off and get some more fun out of it. All vehicles must be registered and insured.
• Any modern 4WD vehicle (Landcruiser, Patrol, Discovery, HiLux, Navara, Triton, etc.) Some SUVs may also be suitable, but it will depend upon the actual roads that we will take on the event. Please check with Peter for individual cases.
• Any road registered rally car is also eligible to enter, as many of the roads we use have also been used for some of the iconic rounds of the Australian Rally Championships. All vehicles must be registered and insured.
If you don’t have a suitable vehicle but still want to participate, we can put you in touch with a 4WD hire company that can provide vehicles ready to go at economical rates.
Expenses You will need to cover the following expenses:-
Entry Fee: a $675 Non Refundable Entry Fee is payable to Charity Car Events Pty Ltd. Paid via Credit Card or Bank Transfer when you register.
Donation and/or Sponsorship: Remember, this is a fundraising event for Beyond Blue. Millions of Australians are living with anxiety or depression. Beyond Blue is working to reduce the impact of anxiety, depression and suicide in the community by raising awareness and understanding, empowering people to seek help, and supporting recovery, management and resilience.
The team minimum is $1,500. Remember to get your friends and contacts to support your endeavours. All their donations will be credited as part of your $1,500. Of course, you can raise as much money as you want to go towards such a great cause. The highest individual fundraising so far has been $50,000 in one year.
Meals: We encourage you to spread out and always observe Cov-id safety rules. Some meals will be prearranged and provided by local schools and service clubs, etc. for a small fee. Others will be arranged at country pubs if there are limited choices nearby. Meal money for these prearranged meals (previous years was $300 per head) will be due 4 weeks before the event.
Accommodation: Will be at your own cost. We suggest you book your accommodation early to ensure you get a bed, particularly in the smaller towns. More info on suggested hotels coming soon via our newsletter.
Total funds raised so far - over $3 million (and still going strong).
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