Scrapheap Adventure

“Back o’ Bourke” is an Aussie saying meaning “very remote” or “Outback”. For example, “He’s got a property somewhere out the back of Bourke.” Bourke is a town about 800 kms north-west of Sydney on the Darling River in north-west New South Wales, with a population a bit over 2000. Back in the days when bales of wool were transported down the Darling River by paddle steamer, it was known as the Port of Bourke.

It comes as a surprise to some that if you’re in Bourke, and you drive 500 kms due west, you’re still in NSW! You will have gone through Wanaaring and Tibooburra, and be almost to Cameron Corner, the place where NSW, Queensland and South Australia meet.

One of Bobby Dazzler’s regular stopping places is Comeroo Camel Station, about 150 north-west of Bourke (see http://www.comeroo.com). Chris and Bruce Sharpe run the place, and offer a range of true Outback experiences, ranging from yabbying and canoeing to riding on a camel wagon and sleeping in a swag under the stars. There’s even an open air spa fed by warm bore water for you to soak in!

IMG_1360This Easter, the 2013 Scrapheap Adventure Ride will travel from various parts of Australia to Comeroo. The event involves motorcycle enthusiasts from all over the country purchasing a bike for no more than $1000 and doing it up for an adventure ride through the Aussie outback, ending at Comeroo. (See http://scrapheap.gofundraise.com.au/). The aim of the event is to raise money for Down Syndrome NSW (see http://www.gofundraise.com.au/Upload/138224/files/RidingOnAug2012Scrapheap%20(1).pdf). You might be a bit late to fix up that rusty old bike in the shed, but not too late to sponsor one of the entrants. Count your blessings and give!

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About dazzlerplus

Writing about the things that interest me helps me to discover what I think. One of my loves is the Australian Outback, and I travel out there often, and when possible take friends with me.
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6 Responses to Scrapheap Adventure

  1. Hermine Clouser says:

    Hi Rob, In the winter of 1970 I had a roommate, Marette Staron, who had been a teacher in Bourke. She suggested we go out there (from West Ryde) for a weekend in her VW bug to see former colleagues. After I had been “to the back of Bourke” i felt emboldened to take on some other distant destinations! it brings up a question for you, what is the longest distance you have driven in one day?

    • dazzlerplus says:

      Bourke and back in a weekend is quite an undertaking! I hope it was a long weekend! I’ve done Sydney-Brisbane in a day, and also the reverse trip, a few times. Probably the longest one-day run was Broken Hill to Sydney, about 1150 km (on the highway, about 15 years ago, by myself).

  2. Sue Emeleus says:

    Thanks, Rob. You didn’t mention that wonderful personality Frankenstein the camel. I’d love to have my motor bike again. I left it in Africa. Love from Sue

  3. Ros B says:

    Currently travelling in central Burma where the place is teeming with motorbikes. Scary! In complete contrast, motorcycles have been banned in Yangon (Rangoon), the former capital for over 10 years. Enjoy your ride Rob.

    • dazzlerplus says:

      Enjoy your travels in exotic Burma, Ros! By the way, I’m not planning to enter the Scrapheap Ride. My motorcycle experience is a long time ago and very limited, and ended with me and the bike parting company on a dirt road in “outback” Nigeria. I think my motorcycle days are over. But various friends assure me it’s a lot of fun.

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