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Here you find the information over The Oodnadatta Challenge in the English language.

The Oodnadatta Challenge

 This is the great classic car adventure right through the Outback of Western and NorthernAustralia.
Drive your own classic car across the less well-known territories of the land of kangaroos,crocodilesboomerangsdidgeridoos, the Southern Cross and no worries.
Up along the wild west coast where many sailors of the olden days stranded on rocks or atols. Through dusty towns and past lonely road houses of the Outback. Via oasis, national parks,monoliths and mining towns to the sub-tropical forests of Northern Australiawhere many river crossings and crocodiles will challenge us.

 During the days we will endure the sand, sun, water and endless desolate space, in our own classic car. Only to cool down in a crystal clear creek or ocean, and to have a barbecue, a beer and a beautiful sleep under the stars in a camp site near Ayers Rock.

 Make a long cherished dream come true with the guidance of technical, medical and fellow contestants !

 It will be a journey packed with nature, culture, adventure, all in your own classic car!
A unique challenge Down Under.

 The route

The challenge will start in Perth, Western Australia.

From there the route will take us north along the coast, through the limestone Pinnacles of Nambung National Park to Coral Bay. This town is the gateway to the less well known, butever so beautiful Ningaloo Reef. A true paradise for the sub-marine adventurer.

Via Port Hedland and Broome -where we will take a day to enjoy the pace of this remote and relaxing beach town- we will reach the Kimberley region.

The route will follow the southern boundary of this magnificent monsoonal region with its many gorges, of which we will take a closer look at Geiki Gorge. And the bizar rock formations of the Bungle Bungles can be seen from the sky.

After an overnight stay in Kununurra we will leave the Kimberley and continue our journey via Katherine to Kakadu National Park. There we will find ourselves in the middle of tropic and monsoonal forest with colourful flowers. It will also give us a chance to see impressive Aboriginal rock art at the fringes of Arnhemland.

From Darwin we will follow Stuart Highway southwards, right through the Red Centre of Australia where we will see Ayers Rock (Uluru) and the just as impressive Olgas (Kata Tjuta). Only to be followed by a night under the stars, kept warm by a campfire.

We will then leave the bitumen at Marla and take the iconic Oodnadatta track right through the empty and desolate spaces west of Lake Eyre.

In the Pink Roadhouse of Oodnadatta ‘man and horse’ can be pampered in order to take on the last part of this track to the legendary opal mining town of Coober Pedy. Life is mostly spent underground here, because of the scorching heat.

At Port Augusta we will leave the ‘great big nothing’ and join the friendly hills of Australia’s south coast. In Adelaide one gets a chance to hop over to Kangaroo Island.

At Warrnambool we will join the famous Great Ocean Road, a spectacular route along the Southern Ocean with ‘Twelve Apostels” rising from the surf.

From Melbourne we will go northwards via rural WaggaWagga to the eucalypt haze of the Blue Mountains, only to be followed by Sydney. Here we will end our great 30 day challenge of this vast and arid part of the world with having seen ‘a fair bit’ of its beauty!

Itinerary

 The challenge will take place in June / July of 2017 during a 30 day period.

 The itinerary has a balanced mix of long and short driving distances, regularly interrupted by resting days, on which one can service and maintain his or her car and get to know the surroundings, the people and the culture.

 The provisional itinerary is as follows:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nr

Day

Date

From

To

Distance

Sights

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

0

wednesday

3 may

Amsterdam

transit

Flight

1

thursday

4 may

transit

Perth

2

friday

5 may

Perth

3

saturday

6 may

Perth

Geraldton

420

Pinnacles

4

sunday

7 may

Geraldton

Coral Bay

720

Hamelin Pool

5

monday

8 may

Coral Bay

Ningaloo Reef

6

tuesday

9 may

Coral Bay

Port Hedland

760

7

wednesday

10 may

Port Hedland

Broome

620

8

thursday

11 may

Broome

9

friday

12 may

Broome

Halls Creek

680

Geiki Gorge

10

saturday

13 may

Halls Creek

Kununurra

360

Bungle Bungles

11

sunday

14 may

Kununurra

Katherine

510

12

monday

15 may

Katherine

Cooinda

300

Katherine Gorge

13

tuesday

16 may

Cooinda

Kakadu

14

wednesday

17 may

Cooinda

Darwin

250

15

thursday

18 may

Darwin

Tennant Creek

960

Daly Waters pub

16

friday

19 may

Tennant Creek

Alice Springs

510

Devils Marbles

17

saturday

20 may

Alice Springs

Uluru

450

Ayers Rock

18

sunday

21 may

Uluru

Olga’s

19

monday

22 may

Uluru

Marla

500

20

tuesday

23 may

Marla

Cober Pedy

410

Oodnadatta

21

wednesday

24 may

Coober Pedy

Adelaide

850

22

thursday

25 may

Adelaide

Kangaroo island

23

friday

26 may

Adelaide

Warrnambool

620

 

24

saturday

27 may

Warrnambool

 Melbourne

350

Great Ocean Road

25

sunday

28 may

Melbourne

26

monday

29 may

Melbourne

Wagga Wagga

450

27

tuesday

30 may

Wagga Wagga

Sydney

520

Blue Mountains

28

wednesday

31 mau

Sydney

Cars to port

29

thursday

1 june

Sydney

Sightseeing

30

friday

2 june

Sydney

Amsterdam

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10240

 

This provisional route with accompanying itinerary will be tested with a test drive in 2016. The final route and itinerary will be published after this test-drive

 The day-to-day route and itinerary with detailed descriptions of the route itself, and the cities and sights to see will be presented on the new website:

www.oodnadattachallenge.nl

Contestants

Any owner of a classic car aged at least 25 years or older can partake in the “Oodnadatta challenge”.

A team is made up of (at least) 2 people and a classic car. Both partakers need to have a valid driver’s license.

There will be a maximum of 60 teams, in which case they will be split up in 2 groups of 30 teams.

There will be looked into whether the groups will follow the same itinerary or one with a 1-day difference. In the latter the groups will meet up on each resting day.

Costs

 The expected costs are 7950 euros per contestant, based on 60 teams of 2 persons per car.

The final sum of the costs will be determined in Spring of 2017.

The costs include:

The complete route and itinerary (Amsterdam to Amsterdam)

Accomodation based on 2-person bedrooms

15 group meals on the days of driving

Shipping the cars

Flights to and from Australia

Preparation and organisation of the Challenge

Travel guidance and the route-book

Technical and medical assistance.

Costs of insurances, customdocuments, visa and fuel are not included in this sum.

Payment needs to be done in 4 terms. The first payment of 800 euros is considered as entry fee and is non-refundable, unless there are medical reasons.

Technique and safety

All partaking cars need to be in excellent mechanical condition. All cars will be checked and tested by the Mechanic Teams.

These checks will be conducted in Spring 2017. We will inform you about dates and location(s) for the check up.

There will be 2 Mechanic Teams supporting the Challenge all the way up to Darwin.

 Information

More elaborate information can be found on the website: www.oodnadattachallenge.nl

In Spring of 201there will be an informative meeting. The exact date and location will be announced.

Registration

Showing your interest is possible from January 1st, 2015, by sending the pre-register form.

Your final and definitive registration can be done after the informative meeting has been held (1st of May 2016, 12 a.m. onwards). You can do this by sending the registration form and paying the entry fee of 800 euros per contestant.

The first 60 team-entries will be placed on the definitive list.

The (pre-)registration form can be down loaded from the website.

Day to day route

1.

We will depart from Amsterdam for a long flight to Australia. After a short change of airplane we will depart to Perth.

2.

Arrival in Perth. Quickly on to the hotel for a group diner to celebrate the start of the Oodnadatta Challenge!

3.

Car pick up in Perth. Perth is a large sparsely populated city in the state of West Australia. Today we will pick up our cars. The rest of the day you can visit this beautifully located city on the Swan Lake on your own account.

4.

Start of the Challenge! We will leave Perth in northern direction following the Indian Ocean drive. The beautiful route passes by small coastal towns and high sand dunes. You will be amazed by the vast emptiness of the Australian west coast. During the route you can visit the Pinnacles; bizarre rock formations in Namburg National Park. Overnight stay in the town of Geralton.

5.

We continue to follow the west coast to Coral Bay, our first resting day. A long drive through empty lands, scarcely grown with moor and banksia vegetation. A ‘must do stop’ is a side trip to the Hamelin Pool and Shell Beach where you will encounter the oldest life form on earth, the stromalotits, and a beach that consists solely of tiny white snail shells. Overnight stay at the Coral Bay beach.

6.

Coral Bay is located at the Ningaloo Reef, a big coral reef which, different from the Great Barrier Reef, is located directly at the shore. Rent a snorkel and walk right from the beach into the wondrous world of these coral gardens. This is the season that the Whale Shark visits these reefs. You can book an excursion for swimming alongsidethese largest but friendliest sharks in the world!

7.

Via a shortcut we pass on to Highway no. 1, A pretty tall name for a one way lane thatconnects Perth to Darwin along the west coast. Along the short cut route lies Giralio Station, a historic cattle farm which is surely worth paying a visit. Overnight stay in Port Headland.

8.

You continue following highway no. 1 and will notice the vegetation becoming more sparse. Typical Spinifex bush is replaced by moor which gives you the impression youare on the edge of the desert, which, in fact, you are. During the route you will only encounter Rabbit Flats Roadhouse, a  typical road stop in the remote countries of Australia. Gas station, motel, camping, restaurant, cafeteria and general store all in one. Ideal for catching breath. Overnight stay in Broome.

9.

Halfway the track from Perth to Darwin lies the small town of Broome. Ideal for a resting day. Many travellers who are following the west coast stay here for one or two days, to recharge for the rest of the track. Which is no difficult task with the breath-taking Cable Beach and the many bars located in Broome.

10.

You are now located in The Kimberleys, a rugged area of mountain ridges and deep ravines where water permanently rests during rain season. Along the way you can make a short side trip to one of these gorges; Geike Gorge. We will stay the night in the remote town of Halls Creek, where we will sure test the limited amount of available beds!

11.

We keep following highway 1 and hope to arrive in time at Kununarra to do an optional flight over the Bungle Bungles; a spectacular  mountain chain whichresembles a collection of gigantic bee hives.

12.

We leave The Kimberley region and the state of Western Australia to meet with the tropical north of The Northern Region. This is the landscape that features the typicalboab trees, where also the movie ‘ Australia’  was shot. Overnight stay in Katherine.

13.

Because today is only a short drive there is time for an early morning visit to Katherine Gorge, a spectacular gorge with steep red walls through which the Katherine river flows. In the afternoon we leave for Kakadu National Park, a very attractive swamp area at the foot of the cliffs of Arnhemland.

14.

Today you can visit Kadadu National Park. Do yourself a favour and be sure to take aboat trip across the yellow waters swamps, where you will come eye to eye with enormous salt water crocodiles and many species of water birds. At Nourlangie Rock you will find the most beautiful Aboriginal rock paintings of all Australia.

15.

Today is a relatively short drive which gives you enough time to visit the city of Darwin, the first meaningful town since we left Perth. Darwin is well known for its relaxed atmosphere and great bars.

16.

Today is a long travel day following the Stuart highway to the south. You will leave the tropical part of the state and notice the landscape becoming dryer while heading towards the heart of Australia. A stop at Daly Waters Pub is a must, the oldest outback pub which attracts many pioneers. Beware of the ‘ Road trains’ you will encounter; giant trucks with up to 4 trailers!

17.

Shortly after the town of Tenant creek the devils marbles will appear beside the road. A group of giant round rocks which have eroded in a bizarre manner! Alice springs is the outpost for a visit to the red centre, as this region is called. This is the land of red earth and rocks, where aboriginal culture is still meaningful. From this region the typical aboriginal paintings with the small round dots originate.

18.

Uluru, also known as Ayers Rock, is a giant rock in the apart from that flat landscape that captivates the mind of so many, that the Aboriginals made it into a sacred placeand it attracts many visitors these days. Especially sundown is spectacular with the many colour variation of the rock. We will try to arrange a comfortable tent encampment to optimize our experience of the outback.

19.

Not far from Uluru lies the much less know rock formation the Olga’s, a rockformation up to 600 meters in height that many say is even more impressive.Additionally, the walking tour of approximately 3 hours around Ayers Rock is highly recommended! Second overnight stay at Uluru with stories around the campfire at night fall.

20.

We continue on the Stuart highway further to the south and enter the state Southern Australia. This is the landscape of vast and immense space and the endless nothing; breathtaking! You will travel hundreds of kilometres through desolate but o so impressive rock desert interchanged with sand dunes and salt flats. We stop at Marla, a roadhouse with limited possibilities in accommodation. But we will make due, because this is where the true Oodnadatta challenge commences!

21.

The Oodnadatta Track is a famous dirt road straight through the desert. We can take this road from Marla and drive all the way to the bizarre Pink Roadhouse, a pub painted in pink, far away from everything. From here we travel by another dirt road to Coober Pedy, the opal mining town with subterranean houses well know from the Mad Max movie.

This is a challenging track for our classic cars and is only passable if the condition of the road allows it. There is an alternative route which is relatively simple following the Stuart highway from Marla to Coober Pedy.

22.

We continue on the Stuart highway through the desert until we arrive at the town Port Augusta. Now you will have crossed the entire continent of Australia from north to south! We will now enter the civilised world and meet people again. We stay the night at Adelaide, a city with over 1 million peoplewhich will be quite a change after the emptiness of the desert/ which will take some getting used to after the past few days in the desert.

23.

Next to the possibly necessary maintenance on the cars, today you will take an excursion to the Barossa Valley, one of the most famous wine areas of Australia. If you have got all day, an excursion to Kangaroo island is also a possibility.

24.

We continue our challenge along the south coast heading east. An entirely different landscape than what we have been used to so far. In the state of Victoria lies the town of Warmambool, the start of the great ocean road.

25.

The great ocean road is the most famous road trip of Australia. This beautiful coastal road leads along steep cliffs with panoramic views over the southern ocean. Along the way you can make many stops to enjoy the view and the rock formationsthe most impressive of those is called the Twelve ApostlesYou will also find lush vegetated mountains, small patches of rainforest and even koala’s in the wild. Passing by surf towns Apollo Bay and Torquay you will finally reach Melbourne.

26.

This vivid city is well known for its multicultural character and excellent restaurants with dishes from all over the world. The city is beautifully situated at the Yarra River and offers a mix of old historical buildings and modern skyscrapers.

27.

Along Hume Highway we travel in the direction of the state of New Wales. A small side trip will take you to the historical town of Beechwirth with attractive buildings from the gold fever period, an ideal place to enjoy your lunch. After you have crossed Murray river, the largest river in all Australia, you will enter the area of rural Australia with many farms and small province towns.

28.

We are approaching the end of our trip, but we will not go straight to Sydney. We approach the city from the west and take the route over the famous Blue Mountains. This mountain ridge is intersected with deep valleys and beautiful panoramic views and is known for the blue haze  that hoovers over the eucalyptus forests. At the end of the day you descend to Sydney, where our challenge ends! You have crossed Australia from west to north and from south to east!

29.

After we’ve brought the cars to the harbour you will have the rest of this and the following day to wander through Sydney.

The Oprah House, the Harbour Bridge, the Botanic Gardens, Sydney Harbour, Darling Harbour, these are only a few of this city’s highlights that make Sydney such an epic  city. From the city centre most of the sightseeing can be done by foot, which might even be a blessing after driving your car for so many kilometres!

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