Lightning Ridge Events
Sunday, September 25, 2011
The majesty of the outback is the time she affords you for contemplation, the splendour of the seasons and the spirit of fun and generosity.It is these qualities that a team of volunteers from Lightning Ridge in Outback NSW, have harnessed and shared with fellow adventurers and their community since 1990.
The Lightning Ridge Police Bush Safari enjoys an outstanding reputation for providing a unique and entertaining guided outback holiday adventure for city weary travellers to let down their hair and see new parts of remote Australia.
With adventures spanning two decades and the breadth of the nation, the committee has certainly made its mark on outback tourism.
More impressively though is the $300,000 the committee and their ‘holiday makers’ have donated directly to the remote opal mining community of Lightning Ridge by their participation in the Safari’s.
The major beneficiary of the Safari is the local State Emergency Service who is empowered, with cash, to purchase equipment and provide training and support to their volunteers. A variety of other local committees benefit with cash donations for small projects and in 2009 the Safari funded the construction of a much needed shade shelter at the local skate park.
The 20 year milestone and the change in the outback season from dry to flourishing has inspired the committee to this year discard the traditional anniversary gift of ‘china’ and instead embolden their loyal 4WD enthusiasts (and encourage new ones) by treating them to a 13 day adventure to Lake Eyre and the Flinders Ranges via Cameron’s Corner and the Darling River Run.
Lightning Ridge Police Bush Safari President, Craig Norton, said that this year’s Safari will be one of the best ever as a result of the floods experienced earlier this year.
“With the best recorded season for more than 20 years, the wild flowers and wildlife through the corner country and along the usually dusty Stresleki track will be incredible,”
“Lake Eyre will be abundant and the Flinders Ranges spectacular.
“If ever there was a year to enjoy these outback treasures, it is this year.