“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!
This 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!