‘We’ll go out of our way to support Outback events!’

Published: September 25, 2021

The Covid pandemic has wreaked havoc on the Outback events calendar, and that’s why it’s more important than ever that travellers show support to those festivals and shows that do manage to take place.

Certainly that’s the attitude of grey nomads Robert and Maureen Cook, who generally travel about four months every winter in their Salute Governor off-road van.

The couple have just made it back to their Victorian home after another big trip, and they had the time of their lives … despite the occasional challenges thrown up by pandemic-related restrictions.

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While events don’t normally feature high on their ‘must-do’ lists, they knew that this year was different.

“It’s very important that grey nomads attend as we inject outside dollars into the local community,” said Robert. “Most of these events raise money which ends up in local charities.”

They started off by attending the Man from Snowy River festival and then, after chatting to other nomads around the campfire, ended up going to Music in the Mulga, and the Shearers Shindig.

“You are meeting many fellow nomads and get the chance to meet and see Outback locals,” said Robert, who is 70. “These events are generally well attended by our generation … we grew up with live music and this is what you get at these events.”

Robert says that having an offroad van has enabled the pair to get out onto the roads less travelled.

“Australian corrugated roads are vicious,” he said. “You need the right van and, due to the capabilities of ours, we can camp in remote places without the need for power.”

As well as camping in the bush, Robert and Maureen also like to stay at stations.

“Generally they are value for money, plus you can sit around a campfire and enjoy yourselves,” he said. “I have nothing against caravan parks, having been an owner operator for 10 years … however as you get older you pay for facilities you no longer use or need.”

Having arrived back in Victoria a couple of weeks ago the couple are already well and truly over the cold weather and the lockdown … and are eagerly planning next year’s getaway.

They would like to take in the Tamworth music festival in January – assuming it’s on – and then a trip to balmy north Queensland is on the cards again, while hopefully taking in a host of other events, including the Gympie Muster.

“I do spend time planning my trips,” said Robert. “If you don’t plan then you generally miss out in many worthwhile places to visit.”

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