Every year the Outback Car Trek sees older 2WD cars drive approximately 4000km cross country to raise funds for the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS). On June 10, the charity car trek will finish up here in Port Macquarie. Exhausted participants and eager spectators will come together to celebrate the incredible work carried out by the RFDS.

Not your average charity car trek

The Outback Car Trek is an annual event for older 2WD cars, all of which are specially prepared to cope with the craziness of outback and remote dirt driving. This year, the Trek starts in Griffith in south-western NSW on Sunday 4 June and will finish at Port Macquarie on Saturday 10 June. More info on the route here. Drivers will encounter some of the roughest roads in Australia.

The Outback Car Trek History

2017 marks the 28th anniversary of the charity car rally, traditionally finishing on the NSW June long weekend. To date, the Trek has raised more than $25.5 million for the RFDS. The Trek is always a huge success, owing mostly to the fun and excitement experienced by participants and supporters. They get to see parts of Australia they may never have otherwise visited. The Trek also contributes socially and financially to the towns visited, and of course generates impressive funding for the RFDS. Participants in the race must raise a minimum of $7500 for the RFDS before the event.

The Royal Flying Doctor Service

The RFDS provides vital health care to 773 people per day in remote and rural areas – that’s one person every two minutes in the furthest corners of Australia. The RFDS provides 24-hour aeromedical emergency services that can reach anyone, anywhere, within hours. Dedicated to ensuring that those living in rural and remote regions can enjoy the same health and medical outcomes as those living in cities, RFDS services are broad. They include aeromedical retrieval, GP and nurse clinics, telehealth, dental care, mental health, health education and research. The RFDS relies heavily on donations and support to continue saving lives across our massive country.

Royal Flying Doctors on a remote airstrip


Race recovery

Relax and recover after this exhilarating event here at The Westport Club. We would love to hear about your race experience, whether you were participating or standing by the finish line to demonstrate your support for the RFDS. There is something for everyone within our Club, not to mention one of the most beautiful views in Port Macquarie. Try a quality coffee from Hastings Coffee Co., a fresh feast from Aqua or a luxury cocktail from Jimmy’s Bar & Lounge.