On the road again, with Tour de OROC


The Tour de OROC riders leaving Bourke towards Cobar, with James Slender leading and waving to the camera. PHOTO TWH

It’s back! The Tour de OROC, the NSW western region’s own biennial bicycle ride, returned to the outback last week.

The 6 day bike ride, run by the Rotary Club of Dubbo (OROC stands for the Orana Region Outback Challenge) is a 6-day event created in 2013 to raise funds for Macquarie Home Stay.

Macquarie Home Stay is based in Dubbo but services people throughout the entire Orana Region including Bourke and Brewarrina.

More than 50 per cent of admissions to Dubbo Hospital come from outside of Dubbo and Macquarie Home Stay is a crucial facility to give patients and their loved ones a home away from home during their stay.

The ride began on March 21 and arrived in Bourke on March 23.

The 25 riders and support crews travelled over 1,100 km around the Western Region of NSW to help raise funds for Macquarie Homestay.

In true Bourke style, the red carpet was rolled out to the riders, with Rotary providing dinner and breakfast for participants and their support crews.

A charity fundraising auction was held at the Bourke Bowling Club and the community was well represented with nearly 200 people attending.

Bidding was fierce and spirited for the items on offer.

Everything from meat pies to fully catered cruises on the Jandra had auctioneer Greg Seiler very busy on the night.

One of Ros Milgate’s lemon meringue pies went for $800 with the highest item one of the fully catered cruises for 30 people on the Jandra reaching $1600.


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