The Volvo Trucks Handling the Outback is a two-day charity bike ride from Toowoomba to Gordon Country which raises money to support health services in the Toowoomba region. For its inaugural year in 2018, the Volvo Trucks Handling the Outback will be raising funds for the BreastScreen Queensland Toowoomba Service, to ensure that women continue to have the best possible chance of detecting breast cancer early.

Participants who take up this unique two-day, 220km challenge will enjoy the a picturesque bicycle ride down to Gordon Country, followed by a night of activities and entertainment at the Gordon Country site. Riders will continue their adventure on Sunday morning with another bicycle ride back to Toowoomba where they will return to an eager crowd of supporters.

The 2018 event will not only raise funds for the local BreastScreen service, but also raise awareness of this vital service in our community and give the opportunity for our community to help women in the region.


Welcome Drinks - Fri 12 Oct

Participants and their fellow riders will kick off their Handling the Outback weekend adventure at the Welcome Drinks function. Hosted at Fitzy’s Toowoomba, the night is a great way for riders to get to know those who will share in this incredible experience.

  • Fitzy's Toowoomba, 153 Margaret St, Toowoomba - Tapestry Room
  • 6.30 - 8.30pm
  • Free for riders

The Ride - Sat 13 Oct

Riders will start their journey from Harvey Norman in Toowoomba, before cycling their way south on the New England Highway towards the picturesque Gordon Country. Once riders have reached Gordon Country they will be treated to a delicious lunch.

  • Harvey Norman carpark, 910/932 Ruthven St, Toowoomba
  • 5:00am arrival, 6am departure

Gourmet BBQ - Sat 13 Oct

After conquering your first day of riding, join your fellow participants for a night of fun at the Volvo Trucks Handling the Outback Gourmet BBQ. Hosted at Gordon Country's impressive Barn facility, the Gourmet BBQ will be catered by the award-winning team at Preston Peak Winery. There will be drinks, beautiful food and live entertainment so you can dance the night away.

  • Gordon Country, 1847-2081 Inverramsay Rd, Goomburra
  • 6.30-10pm

The Ride - Day Two - Sun 14 Oct

Following a hearty breakfast, riders will head off on Sunday morning from Gordon Country making their way back to Toowoomba via a different route to keep things interesting.

  • Gordon Country Estate - Kearneys Spring Park
  • 8:30am departure time



In 2016-2017, BreastScreen Queensland's Toowoomba Service screened over 19,000 women. Of these women, 125 were diagnosed with Breast Cancer.

The BreastScreen mobile van travels over 14,000km every two years to provide a free service to women in over 30 locations through the Darling Downs and South West region.

In 2017, BreastScreen Queensland's Toowoomba Service became the only service in Queensland to have 3D Mammography Software which helps in identifying breast cancerfor women who have suspicious results following their mammogram.

BreastScreen provides a vital screening service to women in our region, and these women are our mums, grandmothers, sisters, aunts, cousins and friends. Ongoing support to provide life-saving technology so that women have the best chance of detecting breast Cancer early is imperative. That's why, through this year's bike ride, we’re aiming to raise $142,000 to purchase a new 3D Ultrasound for the BreastScreen Queensland Toowoomba Service and to upgrade their existing 2D Ultrasound to 3D software.


Ultrasounds are used as a diagnostic tool for women following a mammogram that has detected an abnormality in the breast. Ultrasounds allow radiographers to perform in-depth investigation into the abnormality to determine whether it is breast cancer or not. 3D Ultrasound technology provides a clearer picture than 2D Ultrasound technology and gives greater confidene to radiographers when diagnosing patients.