The Sunraysia Safari Cross Country Rally starts this week and this years event will be well worth following.
Over 30 Bikes and 25 Autos will line up for the start of the 2019 Sunraysia Safari, the third consecutive year for this popular event. The Sunraysia Safari is the longest Cross Country Rally in Australia, and is based out of the township of Wentworth, just north of the border between Victoria and NSW.
The event base and Head-Quarters is the Wentworth Showgrounds, and the rally will run over private farm tracks and roads on properties in the Wentworth, Pooncarie, Euston and Greater Darling Anabranch regions.
There are four days of intense competition with 1230 competitive kilometres over 15 different special stages. There’s also a new spectator friendly ‘super special stage’ to be contested at the Wentworth Showgrounds on the final day of the event. The super special stage on Saturday afternoon will allow fans to get up close and see what Cross Country Rallying is all about.
Australia is currently experiencing severe drought conditions and the region surrounding the Rally is affected badly. Despite this, the local communities and property owners have thrown their support behind the event opening up access to properties to contest the rally.
“The level of interest and support from the people in the region continues to amaze me” explained Event Director Troy Bennett. “Even in the midst of the drought that is causing so much hardship for so many of our friends up here, the main topic of conversation when I’m out on the properties is how can they help us? It’s truly remarkable and humbling to see such resilience and community spirit”.