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1 Indooroopilly Outback Adventure Birdsville – September 2005

2 Indooroopilly Rovers Outback Adventure 4 people drove from Brisbane to Birdsville and back - covering over 3500km in 8 days

3 Purposes of Expedition Service to Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS), by helping them raise funds at Birdsville Races. Make contacts with RFDS, Lions and other community organizations. Spread the Scouting spirit and have fun. Indooroopilly Rovers Outback Adventure

4 Day 1 – Brisbane to Roma – 484km We’re Off

5 Indooroopilly Rovers Outback Adventure Stayed at Roma Scout Den We were told that if we burnt down the den we could either phone the Group Leader or 000. Both would get the same response, except they would be paid if we called 000.

6 Indooroopilly Rovers Outback Adventure Day 2 – Roma to Birdsville– 1089km Bought essential supplies in Charleville

7 Indooroopilly Rovers Outback Adventure Food at Quilpie Pub good. Speeding over cattle grids, not so good.

8 Indooroopilly Rovers Outback Adventure As the Yabbie races were the previous night, we saw no point in staying at Windorah, so continued to Birdsville.

9 Indooroopilly Rovers Outback Adventure Road kill included: 1 stupid kangaroo that hopped off the road then came back Many small birds – one went face first into the windscreen

10 Indooroopilly Rovers Outback Adventure Ferri’s overtaking adventure – to keep us awake The road verges were deeply rutted. As we overtook another car, the trailer preferred to follow the ruts rather than the car, and gave us all a shock. Luckily nothing was damaged.

11 Indooroopilly Rovers Outback Adventure Day 3 & 4 – Birdsville

12 Indooroopilly Rovers Outback Adventure Our patch of dust.

13 Indooroopilly Rovers Outback Adventure Massey Ferguson Tractor Club of WA drove across the desert from Perth.

14 Indooroopilly Rovers Outback Adventure Birdsville Racetrack Racetrack Betting Shed Entrance Gates Stable

15 Indooroopilly Rovers Outback Adventure On both days we manned the gates of the Birdsville Races. Over 5000 people attended with a percentage of the profits going to RFDS. We also did the gates for the evening events at the community hall. Over $20,000 was raised for the Flying Doctors over the weekend.

16 Indooroopilly Rovers Outback Adventure Surviving the Dust Storm… winds up to 74km/hr Hold tightly onto any money, papers and hats Talk as little as possible to avoid swallowing dust Wear tight fitting goggles for eye-protection DO NOT wear the Scout scarf bank-robber style to make it easier to breathe as it looks ridiculous. Day 4

17 Indooroopilly Rovers Outback Adventure And a good night was had by all at

18 Indooroopilly Rovers Outback Adventure Except Ferri who was chasing a girl, who everyone else knew was already taken.

19 Indooroopilly Rovers Outback Adventure Day 5 – Birdsville to Longreach – 682km We’re off, again.

20 Indooroopilly Rovers Outback Adventure Good time to learn how to tow a trailer on dirt roads.

21 Indooroopilly Rovers Outback Adventure Straight road – all good.

22 Indooroopilly Rovers Outback Adventure Heading for Betoota - population of 0. Just a bend in the road.

23 Indooroopilly Rovers Outback Adventure If only I’d remembered the bend, rather than drift racing with a trailer.

24 Indooroopilly Rovers Outback Adventure No-one’s hurt. The car’s fine (almost). So we continue.

25 Indooroopilly Rovers Outback Adventure Beautiful desert flowers

26 Indooroopilly Rovers Outback Adventure Another sunset drive, almost hitting an owl and a wild boar. The night was just as dangerous, as a coating of fried bugs on the headlights reduced visibility to almost none.

27 Indooroopilly Rovers Outback Adventure Longreach - Return to Civilisation Mobile phone reception Giving way at roundabouts Air-conditioned Scout den

28 Indooroopilly Rovers Outback Adventure Day 6 – Longreach to Emerald – 412 km

29 Indooroopilly Rovers Outback Adventure Longreach Scout Museum

30 Indooroopilly Rovers Outback Adventure Khaki Uniforms are already museum pieces at Longreach. All Longreach Scouts wear the new uniforms according to a RBT cop we met near Windorah

31 Indooroopilly Rovers Outback Adventure Hew’s Grandfather was a Scout in Longreach

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33 Finding out about Log Cabin construction for our Crew’s shanty.

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35 Barcaldine Windmill powers a pump that Simo (ex Rover of the crew) made. Tree of Knowledge – 170 year old Ghost Gum under which shearers held their meetings during the Great Shearers Strike of 1891.

36 Indooroopilly Rovers Outback Adventure Drive into Emerald then follow the palms to Fred’s house

37 Indooroopilly Rovers Outback Adventure Day 7 – Emerald to Bundaberg – 543km Overnight at Caneboy’s house – does that make it Bundy moot 5½ ?

38 Indooroopilly Rovers Outback Adventure Day 8 – Bundaberg to Brisbane– 382km

39 Indooroopilly Rovers Outback Adventure Travel Log DayStartBreaks (Lunch)FinishDistance (km) 31/8BrisbaneDalby(L)Roma484 1/9RomaMorven, Charleville, Quilpie(L), Windorah, Betoota Birdsville1089 4/9BirdsvilleBetoota, Windorah(L), JundahLongreach682 5/9Longreach(L)Barcaldine, AlphaEmerald412 6/9EmeraldStanwell, Gladstone Miriam Vale Bundaberg543 7/9BundabergLandsboroughBrisbane(L)382

40 Indooroopilly Rovers Outback Adventure Preparations Due to the remoteness of some of the places we: - Took plenty of water and food in case of a breakdown - Carried a spare tyre, and tools to do emergency repairs. - Had First Aid supplies and qualifications - Had group members with experience in car maintenance and driving in the outback. - Took maps and other equipment necessary for travel in the outback.

41 Indooroopilly Rovers Outback Adventure More preparations As this trip was primarily for a service project we tried to reduce costs to participants by: - Arranging free accommodation at Scout Dens (Roma, Charleville & Longreach), houses of friendly Rovers (Emerald, Bundaberg), and camping spots in town (Windorah, Birdsville) - Obtaining sponsorship for petrol costs – courtesy of Birdsville - Having use of Scout Car & trailer – courtesy of QLD Branch

42 Indooroopilly Rovers Outback Adventure What we learnt from the trip Smoke doesn’t get rid of flies, but dust storms do History of pioneers of the outback 4wd trailer drift-racing is a real extreme adrenaline sport Other things we gained Friends Invitations to help with other adventurous service projects (Charleville B&S Charity Ball October 05), (Winton Races – 2007)

43 Indooroopilly Rovers Outback Adventure Publicity / Media Coverage We featured in - Beyond Productions Documentary - Queensland Branch Scout About Newsletter - Queensland Rovers MSN Group - Indooroopilly Rovers Website - Tyakunda District Website - Western Times Newspaper (Charleville) We were also seen by the public as Rovers & Scouts by - Being in Uniform at the Birdsville Races - Driving the “Escape to Scouting” car - Being proud to be Scouts

44 Indooroopilly Rovers Outback Adventure Indooroopilly Rovers were thanked for our help at the Birdsville Races in the Western Times newspaper of Thursday, September 15, 2005.

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47 Thank you to Collette Watson – Our RA Alison Stickens – Event organiser of Birdsville Races Michelle Omyla – RFDS Fundraiser Birdsville – for paying for petrol Scouts Queensland for the use of the Scout car John & Sue Palmer and Longreach Scout Group Sue Wallis and Roma Scout Group Fred McBride of Emerald Scout Group Richard “Caneboy” Cervellin of Millbank Scout Group John Stephens, RA from Victoria For making this Rovering’s Greatest Adventure.

48 Indooroopilly Rovers Outback Adventure Indooroopilly Rovers Phone Ferri Or James Participants: James Hanlon Daniel Ferri Hew Elcock Katy Gibson


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