Great Endeavour rally participants stop in Gympie on their way to Rainbow Beach.
Great Endeavour rally participants stop in Gympie on their way to Rainbow Beach. Renee Pilcher

Great Endeavour rally close to end

WITH just days before they cross the finish line in Bargara, entrants in the Great Endeavour rally are planning to make the most of the last of their gruelling (but fun) 3500 kilometre adventure.

They are excited about discovering some of Australia’s most beautiful hidden gems including Gympie and Rainbow Beach.

More than 200 people are braving the journey from Burleigh to Bargara by what can literally be described as “the scenic route” via the bays, bush and beaches of southern Queensland and northern New South Wales from July 13 to 22.

A convoy a 100 vehicles will take entrants to some of the most remote, inaccessible and unreliable roads Queensland and northern New South Wales has to offer.

Locally, the convoy passed through Widgee, Gallangowan and Cooloola State Forests before spending last night in Rainbow Beach.

A further 10 vehicles took a slightly less ambitious more user-friendly route on the Great Endeavour Cruise and passed through Gympie yesterday.

Special events manager Col Clifford said after lunch at Widgee the convoy moved towards Gympie and the coast and will head to Woodgate this morning.

He said the Endeavour Foundation’s goal this year was $330,000 and so far the journey had been great.

Entrants from Townsville, Toowoomba, Bundaberg and all over are helping raise funds for Endeavour Foundation, which provides vital support and services to more than 3400 Queenslanders and New South Wales residents with a disability.

The rally doesn’t just raise funds for Endeavour though – Rainbow Beach can expect an economic injection with entrants expected to spends upwards of $25,000 during their one-night stay in food, drinks, accommodation and entertainment.

Mr Clifford said the Rally brought substantial benefit to the towns on the rally route.

“We receive very positive responses from participating towns on the economic and publicity benefits the Rally provides, along with a big dose of excitement and fun for locals,” he said.

“The motorcade can cause a bit of dust and traffic congestion as it arrives in town – so you may want to grab your fresh laundry off the line just in case.”

For more information about the route and other aspects of the Great Endeavour Rally and Cruise, visit the Great Endeavour Rally website at www.greatendeavour.com.au

Gympie Times


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