Outback car trek challenge

Mr James Meyer, with the vehicle he’s driving for this year’s Royal Flying Doctor Service Outback Car Trek.

Somewhere right now, on a back road between Renmark and Vesteys Beach in the Northern Territory, Mr James Meyer of Stonewell is navigating his bright orange ute through a series of “pub and general store” towns.

He’s a member of ‘Team Cobber’, and a seasoned participant of the annual Outback Car Trek, an event that weaves its way across remote areas of Australia to raise money for the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS).

About 100 cars from all over the country converged on Renmark last Sunday for the start of the trek, with the first overnight stop on this year’s route being Nuriootpa on Monday night.

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It’s one of only three nights that the trekkers will spend undercover throughout their two week journey north, with the rest of the nights spent under the stars in swags.

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