Event Info

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  Date

Friday 30 September – Monday 3
October 2022

   Start location

Toowoomba

  Entry Fee

$600 per car
(includes you and a passenger)
Additional guest (includes children and additional adults in your vehicle) $200 per person

RACQ and Excavation Equipment present the Great Western Road Trip! A fun four-day guided driving experience kicking off from Toowoomba where you’ll get to see some of the greatest gems regional Darling Downs has to offer. 

Grab your best friend, significant other, family or co-workers and help us raise funds and awareness for rural health services. Plus, you’ll get to have a great time and share an incredible journey with like-minded people. What’s not to love?

Registration is only $600, which includes you and a passenger, and we’re encouraging all cars to raise $1,000 (that’s just 10 friends giving $100 each!).

Itinerary

From leisurely drives through the countryside to exploring our region's best kept secrets by going off the beaten track, there's plenty you'll see and do over these four fun-filled days.

Before we officially hit the road, join us on the evening of Thursday 29th September at Excavation Equipment to meet your fellow travellers and collect your welcome pack.

Day 1

 Fri 30 Sep

 Toowoomba - Cania

 Assemble in Toowoomba on the morning of Fri 30 September to receive a morning briefing from our team leaders before hitting the road.

We'll be travelling through the beautiful and scenic North Burnett Region, stopping for lunch at the RM Williams Australian Bush Learning Centre in Eidsvold to pay tribute to our region's pioneering spirit. After soaking up the history and heritage of this unique spot the convoy will make its way to Cania to set up camp where you'll enjoy sunset drinks and a delicious dinner by Chef's Lab. 

Day 2

 Sat 1 Oct

 Cania

 Wake up to the peaceful sounds of nature and dig in to a chef-prepared breakfast thanks to Chef's Lab before we head off to explore one of Queensland's best kept secrets - Cania Gorge National Park. From the beautiful natural sandstone of Cania Gorge to the man-made Cania Dam you'll be experiencing over 200 million years of nature, culture and history. 

After a big day of exploring we'll make our way back to our Cania campsite where you'll be greeted by the aromas of a Chef's Lab dinner. 

Day 3

 Sun 2 Oct

 Cania - Mingo

Rise bright and early for an adventure-filled day as we make our way out of cool rainforest climates towards the outback. Established in 1929 we'll be stopping for lunch at the Mungungo Pub to soak up some classic country hospitality. With a full stomach we'll make our way to the region's historic railway tunnels along the Boyne Burnett Rail Trail.

We'll arrive at Mingo in the late afternoon where you'll get to enjoy a night of footy on the big screen as we celebrate our last night together. 

Day 4

 Mon 3 Oct

 Mingo - Crowsnest

 Enjoy a hearty breakfast at Mingo before heading off to get a behind the scenes look at a local mandarin farm. 

For morning tea stock up on delicious pies and pastries at the Goomeri Bakery, but make sure you leave room for lunch at our final stop of the tour in Crowsnest. Once lunch is finished, wish your new travel friends goodbye and set off home with the dust and memories to last you to the next adventure.

Order your official RACQ and Excavation Equipment Great Western Road Trip Merchandise today!

Get your orders in today for your official Great Western Road Trip Pilbara Long Sleeve shirt, available in Men's, Women's and Kid's. All shirt orders will be added to your welcome pack.

You can also relive all the fun moments and memories by purchasing a commemorative USB with the official 2022 trip video.

Click here to order

Exclusive VIP Glamping Package now available 

Enjoy the RACQ and Excavation Equipment Great Western Road Trip in comfort with eXpedition10!* This exclusive VIP Glamping Package, valued at $1,000 for you and a friend, means you don't have to worry about the hassle of getting your vehicle and camping gear ready, because the team at eXpedition10 will get it all sorted with the ultimate glamping experience. For more information and to get your hands on one of the five spots available click the button below.

*Please note this exclusive VIP Glamping Package does not include your registration fee. If you take advantage of this package you will still need to register you and your guest at this link

Click here for more info

I'm in! What do I need to pack? 

To help get you started on organising your trip with us here’s a list of things you’ll need to pack for a worry-free journey with us (please note your vehicle must be a 4WD):

  • Snacks for the car
  • Small change for fundraising events along the way
  • Orange flashing light for dust
  • Sleeping bags/swags
  • Stretcher as an option for comfort
  • Tent or tarp
  • Camp chair
  • Esky or a portable camping fridge
  • Handheld UHF radio
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Thongs for the shower
  • Torch
  • Small first aid kit
  • Spare tyre and jack
  • Water
  • Sturdy footwear
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Hat

Our friends from RACQ will also be providing full on-road support for the whole journey for any of those less than stellar moments.

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FAQs

Is the Great Western Road Trip a race?

The Great Western Road Trip is not a race or a rally. This fundraising event is the perfect opportunity to take time away from home with family, friends or colleagues to simply have fun, share an incredible experience and explore the wonderful Darling Downs region.  

What’s included in my registration?

Most of your accommodation and meal costs are included in your registration. More details to come. 

Dietary requirements can be catered for; just let us know when you fill out your registration form.

Can I use fundraising to pay for the trip?

Fundraising dollars cannot be used to fund your costs on the trip. Any out of pocket expenses such as your registration fee, meals, fuel and car costs, refreshments and any other expenses should be considered as part of your personal budgeting when preparing for the Great Western Road Trip.

Can extra people attend?

Yes, at an additional fee. Your registration fee covers the cost of the driver and one passenger. Upon registration you have the option of adding additional persons to your car at $200 per additional person which will cover all inclusions on the trip.

Can my children come along?

Yes! The RACQ and Excavation Equipment Great Western Road Trip is a family-friendly event with plenty of child-friendly activities. There is an additional registration fee of $200 per child, please register them as an additional guest in your car. 

Do I need a 4WD?

Yes. Though the Great Western Road Trip is a fun social driving experience we will be driving through a variety of terrains and country roads that are best suited for 4WD. We also highly recommend that you service your vehicle before coming on the trip. 

Do I need my own insurance?

Yes. Participants will not be covered under Toowoomba Hospital Foundation’s public liability insurance. We require that all vehicles are covered by their own car insurance. Please ensure that your insurance policy is valid and up-to-date before joining us on the Great Western Road Trip.

Should I bring snacks?

Yes. Though we will be stopping at and visiting many great local towns throughout the Great Western Road Trip (where we encourage you to support small businesses), we encourage you to come prepared with snacks for the car.   

Can I bring a caravan?

No. We'll be travelling along a variety of different terrains that are not suitable for a caravan. 

Do you have Great Western Road Trip Merchandise?

Yes. We have a branded Pilbara Long Sleeve shirt available to order in Men's, Women's and Kid's and a commemorative USB with the 2022 trip video. Orders for Merchandise close on Friday 16th September. You can order Merch by clicking here

What is your event cancellation policy?

Substitution

If after booking an event you are unable to attend, you are welcome to nominate someone else to attend in your place at no cost, please notify Toowoomba Hospital Foundation (THF) in writing as soon as possible before the event is scheduled to commence by email: admin@toowoombahospitalfoundation.org.au 

Refunds

Toowoomba Hospital Foundation requires that you notify us of all refund requests 7 days prior to the scheduled date of the event. Please email admin@toowoombahospitalfoundation.org.au to discuss ticketing transfer or refund options as soon as possible. 

Terms & Conditions

Toowoomba Hospital Foundation (THF) reserves the right to alter, amend or cancel all or any of the event details including the event itself. In the event of an event being cancelled, THF will notify registered attendees via email, prior to the event date to offer a transference of ticket to a future event on an alternative date or to refund in full the ticket fee.

In the unlikely event that THF must cancel an event, THF does not accept responsibility for attendees' transport or accommodation expenses.

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