Route

RACE ROUTE

The 2012 Outback Air Race Route was designed to attract more eastern states competetors, by running south to north up the middle of Australia. Fuel, aircraft parking, accommodation and entertainment at each town is arranged by the race committee.
 
Day
Date
(2012)
Depart
Arrive
Dist.
(nm)
Comments
Leg Sponsor
Monday
Aug 27
-
Ceduna
-
Registrations from 1200hrs, briefing 1700hrs
 
Tuesday
Aug 28 
Ceduna
Arkaroola
300
Start Air Race
ACS Marcomm
Wednesday
Aug 29 
 -
Arkaroola 
-
Rest Day
-
Thursday
Aug 30 
Arkaroola
Innamincka
180
 
SILA
Friday
Aug 31 
Innamincka
Charleville
300
 
Intergraph
Saturday
Sept 1 
Charleville
Longreach
210
 
Goodline
Sunday
Sept 2 
Longreach
Cloncurry
270
 
Bentley Systems
Monday
Sept 3 
Cloncurry
Adels Grove
160
 
EC&M
Tuesday
Sept 4 
 -
Adels Grove
-
Rest Day
-
Wednesday
Sept 5 
Adels Grove 
Mataranka
390
Leg 
ATA Engineering
Thursday
Sept 6 
-
Mataranka
-
Rest Day
- 
Friday
Sept 7 
Mataranka
Darwin
200
Racer's Party.
Fremantle Steel Fabrication
Saturday
Sept 8 
Darwin
-
-
Depart for home or continue your holiday
 

 

 

THINGS TO DO

Note that bookings for group tours will generally be arranged by the race committee for each location. More information will be provided in the registration package.

 

1. CEDUNA, SA

Ceduna is a small costal town with a population of around 3500. The pristine ocean, rugged coastline and country charm make Ceduna an ideal starting point for the 2012 outback air race.

Whales are plentiful at the Head of Bight during the winter months, the surfing at Cactus Beach arguably the best in Australia, and the beautiful Gawler Rangers are a comfortable drive inland. The fishing is great all year round. Smoky Bay and Denial Bay oysters are amongst the world's finest, grown and harvested in the region's pristine ocean waters and gentle tides.

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Whale tours

Gawler Ranges tour

St Peters Island tour

 

2. ARKAROOLA, SA (REST DAY)

Located in the ruggedly spectacular northern Flinders Ranges, this 610sq km multi award-winning Wilderness Sanctuary, operated by the Sprigg family, contains some of Australia's most spectacular mountain views and offers numerous Advanced Ecotourism accredited guided tours.

Arkaroola features rugged mountains, towering granite peaks, magnificent gorges and mysterious waterholes, the home to over 160 species of birds and the shy and endangered Yellow-footed Rock-wallaby.

Tour information

 

3. INNAMINKA, SA

Set on the banks of the Cooper Creek, innaminka was first explored by Charles Sturt, and made famous by the Burke and Wills expedition. At the 2006 census, Innamincka had a population of 131. Increased tourism and discovery of gas and oil reserves in the late 1960s led to the formation of Cooper Creek Hotel Motel Pty Ltd, who opened a hotel, a store and accommodation in the abandoned town. In 1994 the Elizabeth Symon Nursing Home was restored by Dick Smith and Australian Geographic and used as an interpretive centre for South Australian Parks and Wildlife.

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4. CHARLEVILLE, QLD

CHARLEVILLE is a town in south western Queensland, Australia, 758 kilometers by road west of Brisbane (the Queensland capital). It is the largest town and administrative center of the Murweh Shire, which covers an area of 43,905 square kilometers. Charleville is situated on the banks of the Warrego River, and is the terminus for the Warrego Highway.

Charleville has several tourist attractions, including a museum of the Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia, a historical museum, wildlife sanctuary (including a bilby reserve), and the Cosmos Centre. It was also enshrined in music by Slim Dusty in his country music song "Charleville”. It is also home to the historic Corones Hotel – Originally established by Harry Corones. Harry played an integral part in the history and establishment of Qantas and Aviation in Charleville. Read more here
 

5. LONGREACH, QLD

Longreach is a town located in Central Western Queensland, Australia and is approximately 700 kilometres from the coast, west of Rockhampton. The town is named after the "long reach" of the Thomson River on which it is situated. The town lies on the Tropic of Capricorn with a population of 2,976 (by 2006 census). The main industries of the area are cattle, sheep, and, more recently, tourism. 

Longreach was one of the founding centres for Qantas, the Australian domestic and international airline. One of the airline's original hangars remains in use at the Longreach Airport and is listed on the Australian National Heritage List. The town is now the home of the Qantas Founders Outback Museum, which includes amongst its displays a decommissioned Qantas Boeing 747-200 aircraft, registration VH-EBQ, "The City of Bunbury." and QANTAS's first jet aircraft VH-XBA, a Boeing 707, "The City of Canberra.".

Exploring Longreach

 

6. CLONCURRY, QLD

Cattle grazing is the significant industry in the region, and a large saleyards is located in the town.  The town lies adjacent to the Cloncurry River.

Cloncurry was widely regarded as holding the record for the highest temperature recorded in Australia at 53.1 °C on 16 January 1889. Recent investigations have revealed that this temperature was measured in an improvised screen made from a beer crate and that it equated to 47–49 °C under standard conditions. Because of the area's extreme solar conditions, Cloncurry is expected to become Australia's first solar-powered town once a concentrated solar power plant is constructed.

Cloncurry Shire Council

 

7. ADELS GROVE, QLD (REST DAY)

Adels Grove, known locally as The Frenchmans Garden is a 32 hectare freehold property first surveyed as a Miners Homestead Lease in 1904. It is completely surrounded by the 6,000 square kilometre Lawn Hill Station cattle property which in turn is a Fauna and Flora Reserve. Around 1920 the Adels Grove lease was taken up by Albert de Lestang a French botanist who was reputed to be commissioned by the government of the day to experiment here on the growing of tropical trees and fruits. By 1939 he had some 1,000 species of exotic and native plants, shrubs and trees growing here.

There are other interesting and historic sites within a short distance of Adels Grove including gravesites, abandoned mines and picturesque river crossings. You will marvel at the sparkling clarity and purity of the stream systems of this unique area and be stunned and amazed at the unusually contrasted array of environments present here.

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8. MATARANKA, NT (REST DAY)

Mataranka is a community of approximately 400, located near Roper River and Mataranka Hot Springs.

The Australian Army set up No. 42 Australian Camp Hospital near Mataranka. The 10th Australian Advanced Ordnance workshops camped in buildings made from paper bark trees and serviced wrecked and damaged vehicles. An ammunition depot was also in the locality. These depots were served by railway sidings off the main line.

The main attraction in the Mataranka region is the Elsey National Park which contains the beautiful Roper River and two great Thermal Pools: Bitter Springs and Rainbow Springs. The headwaters of the Roper River inside Elsey National Park (where crocodiles are managed) are popular for bushwalking, birdwatching, canoeing, swimming and fishing.

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9. DARWIN, NT

Darwin is a vibrant tropical city acclaimed for its relaxed and contemporary lifestyle and personality. From Darwin's ancient Indigenous inhabitants to the 1933 Gold Rush, Japanese World War II bombings and the Cyclone Tracy natural disaster, Darwin is steeped with history.

Home to over 110,000 people, the capital of the Northern Territory previously relied on Australian military and mining industries for its economy and is now enjoying a boom in tourism.

Darwin is the final destination of the 2012 Outback Air Race, and will be the location for the Racers Party.

Tourist information