Coinciding with the Classic Outback Trial, this 4WD Tagalong Tour kicks off at Parkes on Sunday 7 March and finishes in Bathurst on the morning of Saturday 13 March – just in time to witness the first cars of the Classic Outback Trial cross the finish line.
(UPDATE Aug 2020 – Dates on this page have been updated in line with the announcement of COT change of date.)
This fully accommodated and catered 4WD Tagalong Tour showcases some of the best 4WD tracks and attractions across Central and Western NSW. It is an easy to medium graded 4WD tour suited for stock standard 4WD and AWD vehicles. Each day will bring challenging and fun 4WD tracks to negotiate, fun & educational attractions and tours – coupled with great food and quality accommodation provided along the way.
The Classic Outback Trial 4WD Tagalong Tour is a fully accommodated and catered Tag-a-long style 4WD tour running from Sunday 7 March to Saturday 13 March 2021 (7 Days/ 6 nights). The grade of the 4WD tracks range from easy to medium – and are suited for standard 4WD or AWD vehicles.
Your touring package includes quality cabin-style accommodation each night – and all meals, daily tours and activities. Guests may purchase alcohol separately if they wish. Cabin accommodation is quite limited in the smaller towns we visit, so you are encouraged to book early to avoid disappointment. There is also a limited Camping Option available, with some powered sites and amenities available at each of our stops.
The Tagalong Tour itinerary
Sunday 7 March 2021
Heading north from Parkes, passing the famous Parkes Telescope, exploring challenging 4WD trails of the Goobang National Park, enjoy a BBQ lunch at the Greenbah Campground – with stunning views over the Goobang National Park. Take interesting back roads and short cuts through the townships of Cumnock & Yeoval, arriving in Dubbo in the late afternoon. Settle into our deluxe safari tents at Dubbo Discovery Park before making our way to the Devils Elbow Brewery for dinner.
Monday 8 March 2021
After breakfast at the Short Street Store we head bush again – this time negotiating the numerous 4WD trails of the Goonoo State Forest. We’ll visit Pibbon Farm – a working cattle station near Mendooran – meet with the property owners Bev and Bob Dawson. Take a 4WD tour of their property leading up to a stunning lookout, returning to the homestead for a campfire lunch. After lunch, make our way to the Gilgandra Caravan Park to the comfortable cabins. Before settling in we’ll head to to the nearby Services Club for an evening meal via courtesy bus.
Tuesday 9 March 2021
After breakfast at the Next Grind Cafe in Gilgandra we’ll head north and east to explore the stunning Warrumbungle National Park. Enjoy a short bushwalk to the whitegum lookout – with majestic views across the Warrumbungle region and the famous breadknife formation. A journey up through the Pilliga Forest to the quirky Pilliga Pottery Cafe and enjoy woodfired pizzas for lunch. Spend the afternoon exploring the myriad of 4WD tracks in the Pilliga scrub taking in the stunning views from the Fire Tower deep in the Pilliga National Park. Reach Narrabri by late afternoon to the comfortable cabins for the night – taking a short walk to the Outback Shack Bar & Grill for an evening meal.
Wednesday 10 March 2021
Start the day with breakfast at the Coogle Cafe in Narrarbri, then head back south through the Pilliga scrub, tackling some challenging little tracks and creek crossings in the north of the National Park. Enjoy a short bushwalk taking in the eerily beautiful sculptures in the scrub before a BBQ lunch at the Pilliga picnic area. Spending most of the afternoon visiting Emu Logic, a unique emu farm in the Warrumbungles, who are providing a personalised tour of the farm and hand feeding emus & chicks. The 4WD trail leads us to the cabins for the night in the little township of Gulargambone. Dinner will be a roast by the campfire.
Thursday 11 March 2021
After a hot breakfast at Cafe 2828 in Gulargambone it’s back behind the wheel enjoying a myriad of scenic backroads passing through Dunedoo to reach a remote rocky outcrop known for its sacred aboriginal rock art – “Hands on Rock”. It’s a short bushwalk up to the stunning rock art – but well worth the climb – you’ll appreciate the picnic lunch upon our return to our vehicles at the picnic area. By late afternoon we’ll find our way to the comfortable cabins at the Mudgee Big 4 Caravan Park. A hearty dinner (and maybe a beer or two) will be enjoyed at the renowned Mudgee Brewery.
Friday 12 March 2021
Kick off the day with breakfast at the Mudgee Corner Store then tackle some challenging 4WD tracks through farmland and native bush – making our way towards the historic goldfields of Hill End. Pan for alluvial gold in Tambaroora Creek and enjoy a picnic lunch under the shade of the river
gums. With a little instruction, and some effort, everyone should find some gold in their pan without too much trouble. We take a scenic drive through the historic goldmining town of Hill End, taking a fun little track up to Bald Hill Lookout. We enjoy a hearty roast dinner at The Shed restaurant then retire to the comfortable cabins at Hill End Lodge for the night.
Saturday 13 March 2021
Starting the day with a hot breakfast at The Shed Restaurant, stroll around the historic gold mining town and then back behind the wheel. Traverse the famous Bridle Track by 4WD tackling the challenging “Root Hog” – crossing of the mighty Macquarie River before reaching Bathurst in time to greet the leading cars of the Classic Outback Trial as they enter town.
Enquiries to Philip Bernadou:
via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
COT Tagalong Tour Package – options, costs and inclusions (pdf)
(NOTE: dates in this pdf still to be updated)