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The 2021 Drive 4x4 The Doc Event Overview
10th November 2021 to 14 November 2021, Swan Hill to Charlton
Please bear in mind that the proposed route is subject to weather and other outside influences and may be changed at any time at the discretion of the event organiser.
The Drive 4x4 The Doc has four founding principles:
Travel to places we might not normally go to, on roads less travelled
Have a positive social & financial impact on the towns and regions we visit, and
Raise funds for the Royal Flying Doctor Service
Wednesday 10th November - Swan Hill: the Drive 4x4 The Doc starts at 5:30 with welcome drinks aboard the Paddle Steamer PS Pyap as we steam (paddle?) along the Murray River for a short cruise. Dinner will be at the at Spoons Riverside, all of which is a short walk from the Swan Hill Resort www.swanhillresort.com.au where I have rooms booked for our group.
Thursday & Friday 11th and 12th November - Mungo National Park: We spend a couple of days exploring the surrounding countryside near the oasis that is www.mungolodge.com.au . The area is abound with dry lake beds that are tens of thousands of years old, the curious Great Wall of China, and much more. We have booked the entire lodge for 2 nights, and the restaurant is renowned far and wide, plus there is a great fire pit. Be aware that there are only 17 ensuited lodge rooms available plus a couple of bunk rooms, although there is a lot of space for camping & swags, with good shower & toilet facilities.
Saturday 13th November - Wentworth: We are spoiled for choice with the driving today, and all of it will be on the dirt tracks and roads that traverse the area to the south of Pooncarie, and across to Lake Victoria to the west of Wentworth. Dinner tonight is at Terry Hill’s Crown Hotel and we have reserved rooms at the www.wentworthgrandresort.com.au for our group.
Sunday 14th November - late lunch at Charlton: We leave Wentworth after breakfast and find ourselves on dirt roads and tracks for much of the morning. We will wend our way to lunch at the www.valeofavoca.com.au a B&B and lunch venue located in an historic hotel that was built in 1879, and was sympathetically restored in the late 1990’s. You can head home from here after lunch and be home Sunday night, or stay the night but no accommodation has been reserved for our group in Charlton.
Whilst you will need a 4WD this week (or a larger AWD), the Drive 4x4 The Doc is not the sort of event where you will find yourself employing many 4WD techniques. There will be no crossing of swollen rivers or rappelling yourself down muddy slopes, and we suggest that participants on the Drive 4x4 The Doc leave the winch and snatch strap at home and pack some comfy deck chairs and the drinks cooler instead. If you are after a hard core 4WD event, then the Drive 4x4 The Doc is not for you. If, on the other hand, you enjoy scenic driving and a natter over the bonnet of the car at a roadside morning tea stop, then you will fit right in.
Our charter for the weekend has been to find attractions that are off the beaten track, using the roads less travelled that also provide sensational sightseeing, plus fine dining and comfortable accommodation options each evening, at a reasonable budget level. We think we have achieved our aim, and hopefully you will agree.
The Royal Flying Doctor Service:
Medical services needed by people living in rural and remote areas of Australia are no different to services required in our large cities, but the vast distances that small rural populations have to overcome to access health services, provide a real challenge. The Royal Flying Doctor Service works to assist country Australians in many ways.
With a waiting room of 7.69 million square kilometres, the RFDS provides 24-hour aeromedical emergency services that can reach anywhere, no matter how remote, within hours. Combined with telehealth consultations, fly-in fly-out GP and Nurse clinics, mobile dental services, patient transfers, mental health clinics and a myriad of other health services, the RFDS is constantly working to see that those living in rural and remote areas can enjoy the same health outcomes as those living in city areas.