Outback Land Rover Heritage Drive 2020 - POSTPONED UNTIL 2021
In recent times the NSW Government has issued several Public Health Orders to protect the community and reduce the spread of COVID-19 infection. The latest order, Public Health (COVID-19 Restrictions on Gathering and Movement) Order 2020, became effective on 31 March 2020 and it will expire at the end of 29 June 2020 unless it is revoked earlier.
While this Public Health Order is in effect, we cannot run the 2020 Outback Land Rover Heritage Drive as scheduled. It is unlikely that the Order will be revoked before the start of the Drive on 31 May 2020 and it could even be replaced by a more restrictive Order before then (but let’s hope not for everyone’s sake).
We had hoped that the 2020 event could be part of the solution and not add to the problem – sadly that appears unlikely now and we have therefore decided to postpone the 2020 Outback Land Rover Heritage Drive because of the uncertainty created by our necessary responses to the coronavirus pandemic.
But all is not lost – it will now be a whole lot easier for us to organise the 2021 Outback Land Rover Heritage Drive. The tentative dates for the 2021 Outback Land Rover Heritage Drive are from Sunday 30th May 2021 until Friday 11th June 2021 with route and venues hopefully being the same as planned for the 2020 event.
Registrations for OLRHD2021 will open early in 2021. We’ll let you know all the details beforehand.
We thank you for your understanding in these uncertain times and look forward to travelling with you in 2021.
Outback Land Rover Heritage Drives are an initiative of the Land Rover Club of the ACT. They provide an opportunity for Series Land Rover owners and their friends to enjoy an outback adventure while supporting regional and remote communities. We do this by using their services and raising funds for outback charities.
There have been five Drives so far. In 2010 we explored the NSW Corner Country. In 2012 we traversed the torrid Flinders Ranges and swam up the Birdsville Track. The third Drive in June 2014 featured the fertile plains, iconic opal lands and hot springs of Central West and Northern New South Wales. OLRHD2016 saw us exploring the catchment area of one of Australia's most iconic rivers - Cooper Creek. And 2018’s Back of Beyond Tour started out from Rose Isle Station on the Darling River and combined all the elements of the previous drives in a similar but more relaxed manner as we explored the North West of NSW - west of the Darling to Menindee and the SA border and northwards to Tibooburra before concluding at Cobar.
Charities supported to date include the Royal Flying Doctor Service, the Fred Hollows Foundation, the Tibooburra Health Service, Frontier Services, Mungindi Pony Club, Hospital Auxiliaries of NSW (Collarenebri and White Cliffs branches), Clontarf Foundation (Coonamble), the Carinda P&C, and the Eulo Public School.
The 2020 Opals & Dust Tour will kick off on Sunday 31st May 2020 at Eugowra and finish about 1,900 km later at Gilgandra on Friday 12th June 2020.
Final details of the Drive will be completed by the 1st February 2020 at which time we will commence accepting registrations.
We would love to share this special part of Australia with you - so please check out the details of the drive. Have a great Christmas break and get ready to register for this fantastic event.
You could also check out some photos from our past drives.