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The Lightning Ridge Police Bush Safari is a registered charity that organizes an annual 10 to 13 day Safari into the Australian outback. The Safari is organized by Local Police and Community members, during the NSW school holidays (usually September/October), and its aim is to raise money for local charities whilst having fun.

The Safari has been operating since 1990 and has visited most areas of Western and Northern Queensland, South Australia, Western Victoria and the west of New South Wales. The Safari is not a race, it is a leisurely safari through the outback. We rarely do more than 500 kilometres per day, so there is plenty of time to look around. We camp as a group at a pre-selected location near amenities. We even have a couple of rest days at selected locations so you can have a rest or enjoy the local surrounds.

On most nights we organise a local charity or organisation to cater for us, so there is no need to cook each night.

The Safari is accompanied by a support team including two Police Officers, an Ambulance from the Ambulance Service of NSW, a Mechanical support team, and a State Emergency Service vehicle. You can be assured that you won't be alone if you get into trouble.

Registration Day will be held at the Lightning Ridge Hotel Motel on Saturday 3rd of October 2009. Meet and greet dinner at the famous Dig Inn at 7pm.

This year we have decided to leave some of the dust of the west and head from the outback to the coast. Check out the itinerary for the Sea-Fari below:
Day 1, Sunday October 4th Lightning Ridge (NSW) to Nindigully (QLD’s oldest Pub)
Day 2 Nindigully to Carnarvon Gorge (QLD)
Day 3 Rest Day (Explore the many trails)
Day 4 Carnarvon Gorge to Fairburn Dam (Lake Maraboon)
Day 5 Fairburn Dam to Capella via Rubyvale sapphire mines
Day 6 Capella to Mount Morgan (See the Gold Fields)
Day 7 Mount Morgan to Town of 1770
Day 8 Rest Day – Option for trip to the Barrier Reef, 4WD in National Park and more
Day 9 Town of 1770 to Rainbow Beach
Day 10 Rest Day – Option for day trip to Fraser Island plus many more options
Day 11 Rainbow Beach to Maidenwell via Bunya Mountains National Park (QLD)
Day 12 Maidenwell to Boomi (NSW)
Day 13 Boomi to Lightning Ridge

Entry fee is $750 per vehicle (not per person), which includes all camping fees and dinner at the meet and greet at the Dig Inn. If you book before July 30 the entry fee is $695. Or just mention this website and we will be happy to have the fee at $695.

For more information go to our website at or phone Lightning Ridge Police on 02)68299799 or email at [email protected]
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