Out the Back of Bourke (from outbackdictionary.com):
“Australian expression which means any place which is remote or inconvenient. Based on an actual place west [sic] NSW which is an extremely hot country town known for cotton farming and dust storms.
- Example: Where the hell is that place? It’s out the back of Bourke…”
The next rogaining event is likely to be the NSW Rogaining Championships (link below):
It’ll be held at Gundabooka National Park, 70kms south of Bourke, with 8hr and 24hr options.
For the uninitiated, rogaining is a sport of cross-country navigation. You will be handed a map with controls scattered through the area, and you have to plan a route that allows you to collect a many as possible within the time limit (penalty for lateness!). We’ve done a number of navigation workshops and will likely run a few more casual/local ones with the digital apps we’ve been playing with.
This event is aimed at those who participate consistently in those or other navigation events past/future. It’ll be physically demanding and financially committing, not an ideal first trip. We’d want to ensure everyone is compatible with their teammates and coordinate food/water/transport/entry-fees — need reliable, sturdy folk. And we may want to do more in the area:
“This is a fantastic opportunity to rogaine and visit country that will be unfamiliar to most of us. Those making the effort to get to this event will be rewarded with an experience they will remember the rest of their life.
It is recommended that visitors spend some time around Bourke, Cobar & Brewarrina which are all quite interesting. The Darling, aborginal history pre and post white settlement, Kidman Way (cattle/sheep), agriculture, irrigation, mining and not forgetting the wildlife. There is quite a spectacular rock art site not far from the hash house, an old gold mining area in the park, as well as station homesteads. The drive along Yanda Ck to the Darling campsite is worth the trip. Bring the fishing rod (and permit), or kayak/canoe.”
It’s alright to sign up if you’re still a “maybe.” The event itself is obviously still a “maybe”, with fees and catering still TBD.
Hope I’m not the only one keen to find out what the Middle of Nowhere looks like. The photos are oddly promising!
Salome (Sam) Hussein