The Off Road Icons trip is just as much about four iconic 4×4 vehicles from the past 40 years as it is about an outback adventure taking on so many of the most iconic destinations, landmarks and tracks Australia has to offer.
The convoy consists of four Icons, four modern vehicles and a catering trailer. Comprising of 16 people, 576 meals, 16 swags, quantum litres of water & fuel and finally cameras, cameras and more cameras as some of the leading off road journalists from around the world drop into the centre of Australia for a memorable exploration.
Departing Alice Springs, the convoy will follow the tracks of recent Finke Desert Race legend, Toby Price, as we drive (not on the race track itself but along the old Ghan Railway line). The Ghan Railway line used to run from Alice Springs through to Finke and continued further south-east along the Oodnadatta and into Marree. The rail line was later repositioned further west, and while some old rail sleepers still remain, the rail line itself is now a popular route for 4WDers to drive from Alice Springs to the isolated Aboriginal town of Finke and beyond.
The Icons won’t get themselves as far as Finke on day 1 allowing for a relaxed start to the adventure, taking in the Ewaninga Rock Carvings and Ewaninga Siding before arriving for their first night under the stars at Chambers Pillar.
Not rushing things, as you shouldn’t. When you take the time to come out to these remote and amazing locations in the world, it would be an absolute waste to rip past it all at 100kms an hour knocking over 500km a day and not really taking the time to appreciate the wonders of the world around you. From Chamber’s Pillar, the crew will continue down the Old Ghan Railway, stopping along the way to explore some of the many ruins that still reside by the tracks.
On the way to lunch at Hugh River, the group will drop into Bundooma Siding to see the old Alice Well Telegraph Station Ruins. After lunch it’s back on the railway, past Finke, arriving at the popular Mount Dare Station late that afternoon/early evening for a welcomed pub meal!
The Off Road Icons trip will be following the great map sets provided by Hema Maps.