Beyond Bitumen Rally 2023 Trip Details.
Mudgee to Medlow Bath.
March 24th – 27th 2023
NOTE: Some of these details may change after we have completed our full survey of the roads.
Day 0 Thursday Night 23rd March.
We’ll meet up in the auditorium at Club Mudgee 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. Mudgee is about 4 hours from most parts of Sydney.
Day 1 Friday 24th March.
We’ll be setting off from Australian Rural Education Centre Mudgee (AREC) on the Northside of town. We’ll have you on some dirt roads as soon as we can get out of town. We will tackle Coolah Tops and parts of the Pillaga Forest. After a hearty lunch put on by a local service group we will arrive in Narrabri for our overnight stop.
Day 2 Saturday 25th March.
Heading west out of Narrabri this morning we will be driving through classic grazing country on our way to the great unknown. Lunch will be at a little country town that will be thankful for the economic boost we will provide. We’ll cruise a few more country roads before we head back to Dubbo for some more country hospitality and an overnight stop.
Day 3 Sunday 26th March.
We’ll head west out of Dubbo this morning before we turn south and finish up at Orange 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.
Day 4 Monday 27th March.
Monday morning will see us heading east down some lovely rural lanes, for a final taste of dirt road driving north of Bathurst, before we arrive at the Hydro Majestic Medlow Bath. You can either grab a bite to eat at the Pavilion or head off to nearby Katoomba or Leura. It’s a comfortable 90 minutes 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 rent a “mine spec” vehicle at economical rates from most of the big Hire Companies – Budget, Hertz, etc).
Expenses You will need to cover the following expenses:-
Entry Fee: a $675 Non Refundable Entry Fee is payable to Charity Car Events. 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 $100,000 in one year. Obviously that was an exception, but we do encourage you to keep going once you’ve hit your minimum target.
Meals: Many 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 Mudgee and Orange, as the wine regions are always popular.
Register here for the 2023 Beyond Bitumen Rally.
Mudgee to Medlow Bath, March 24th – 27th.
Total funds raised so far - over $3 million (and still going strong).
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