WA - 2010 National Gathering

Start Date: 27 Jun 2010
End Date: 01 Jul 2010
Updated: 15 Jun 2010
Attendance: 51


UPDATED 15th June 2010

The final version of the attendence and activities list has been uploaded to the Members File Swap - see Members File Swap.

We have secured an auctioneer to conduct proceedings for the auction of the 2010 ExplorOz Memorabilia Photo Print. This is going to be done on Wednesday evening at the BBQ function in town hosted by the Wiluna Shire Council.

Our nominated charity for this Gathering is the "On the Road Program" which is operated by the RFDS, Western Australia. We are thrilled to have their attendence from Wednesday night at the BBQ at the auction. They'll then camp out with us back at the Gunbarrel Laager and be present all day on Thursday where they will be conducting a special presentation to explain what they do with lots of fun hands-on equipment to touch!


Upon your arrival to Wiluna, ExplorOz Members may proceed to Wiluna Shire Council offices to collect their Gift/Information kit. Please note also that only the member listed and counted as a "party" on the Excel spreadsheet on the Members File Swap page will be able to collect the gift/information bag from Wiluna Shire Council upon arrival into town.

Please settle yourselves at the Gunbarrel Laager and get ready for Tuesday's commencement of the gathering.

Day 1 - Tuesday 29th June, 2010

Following your breakfast, let's come together for a general welcome on the lawn.
Today's key event is the Bob Cooper Outback Survial Workshop - 2 hours plus travelling time (bush location). Fee of $30 pp (cash on day), but prior bookings essential.

Evening - Bob Cooper Snake Awareness session - venomous and non-venomous species will be shown and the session will look at identification, snake awareness, and there will be the opportunity for handling. Bookings essential. A fee of $40 pp will be charged for this session - most likely to be held at night indoors at the Gunbarrel Laarger. Note, part proceeds will go to native wildlife rehabiliation via Native Ark.

Day 2 - Wednesday 30th June, 2010

Following your breakfast, we'll start out on our full day drive visiting a number of interesting sites beyond Wiluna and incorporating a "Navigation tricks and tips" session conducted by Greg Laurer, Hema Navigator Product Manager, – using GPS with maps etc, plus a "Treasure Hunt" (Geocaching). This will be a full day outing, byo lunch etc.

Upon our return there'll be time to freshen up before we head into town for a fully catered BBQ dinner provided by the Shire of Wiluna. This is also your chance to meet the local community, pastoralists and miners in the garden's outside the Art Gallery (located at Wiluna Shire office). The Art Gallery will also be open for your viewing. We also hope to be treated to a traditional damper & kangaroo tail cooking demonstration (with tasting) by Aboriginal people and perhaps hear some of the history of Wiluna with local storytelling by local identities.

Here we will meet up with the 2 travelling staff from the RFDS who conduct the "On the Road" program. As this is our nominated charity for any fundraising throughout our gathering, this is the perfect opportunity to conduct the AUCTION of the ExplorOz 2010 Memorabiliia Photo Print, featuring the winning photo of the 2010 Members Photo Competition.

Day 3 - Thursday 1st July, 2010

Today, we aim to allow people some time to restock, and pack up so activities are centred around the Gunbarrel Laarger venue for your convenience. We hope to offer you:
1. an information session about the RFDS and the "On the Road" program.
2. a tour of the unique Gunbarrel Laarger (formerly Gunbarrel Grapes) operations and property by owners Malcolm and Gillian Marchant
3. observation of School of the Air used by children living at Gunbarrel Laarger
4. claypan and rockhole tour - possibly incorporating some further navigation/treasure hunt activities.
5. Talks on topics of interest - EOTrackMe and upcoming site features for Members (by David Martin); other topics as requested by you (please advise Michelle).



The 2010 National Gathering is being held in Western Australia and we are thrilled to advise the venue will be the Gunbarrel Laager Travelers Rest (just outside of Wiluna township).

Wiluna is adequately serviced to enable you to restock supplies from the Gunbarrel Groceries store/servo and the Gunbarrel Laager is a suitable quiet spot to rest and recouperate ready for the next leg of your journey.

This Gathering has the full support of the Wiluna Shire Council who are lending a hand to ensure we have a really great visit. Group activities (optional) are only planned for 29th June, 30th June, and 1st July. The 28th June and 2nd July are allocated as arrival/departure days.


The Gunbarrel Laager Travellers Rest
(08) 9981 7161 is located 11km east from Wiluna on the Gunbarrel Highway. Limited donga type accommodation is available with hot showers, toilets plus open bush space is available for approx. 30 self-sufficient campers/caravanners (additional toilet block services this area). Firewood supplied. All guests are welcome to use the modern kitchen which is fully equipped with mod cons, crockery etc with communcal dining room, television lounge and internet access. Mobile phone service is available here. A central ablution block and coin-operated washing machine and clothesline complete the facilities.

Please note there are limited toilets/shower facilities to host large numbers of people so you are urged to be self-sufficient where possible. Advanced bookings are essential for donga accommodation AND camping to ensure that this venue can cater for our party. Overflow camping on Clancy's Flat has now been catered for within another section of the Laager property and is a little removed from the main area. All attendees must confirm attendence and camping requirements to avoid disappointment. Clancy's Flat is a new area being custom-made for our gathering so please help the owners by confirming numbers as early as possible. Do not contact ExplorOz regarding your camping requirements, contact Gill or Mal direct at Gunbarrel Laarger Travelers Rest.

People with dogs may bring their pets however they must be kept on a lead in the area (wilddogs will call to them).

Firewood is provided by the Gunbarreel Laarger or can be collected from nominated bush areas (not within community boundaries).


Wiluna Shire Office, Admin and Historical Hospital including Tjukurba Art Gallery
Scottia Street
Tourist info - ExplorOz Gathering start point - register arrival and pick up info pack.
Phone: (08) 99818000

is available from town taps at the Wiluna Rec Centre, Pool, and Public Toilet block in the main street of town.

Tyre Repair and Mechanic services are available in town at Jim's Mechanics (owned by Barney, who lives on site in dongas at Gunbarrel Laarger). The Wiluna Shire's recovery guy, Jimmy Allan is an ExplorOz Member!

There are no banks in Wiluna - bring cash. The pub and shop take eptpos but do not give cashout.

Gunbarrel Groceries
The retail outlet is open 7 days.
Weekday hours are 7.30am to 5.30pm
Weekend hours are 8am to 1pm only.
Groceries, fruit, veg, dairy
Fuel - the only town supplier
Ph: (08) 9980 6011

You are advised to contact ahead to order - due to extensive numbers of our group the Gunbarrel Groceries advises that stocks may not be available unless you order your supplies ahead. This can be boxed and labelled for you to collect if desired.

Gunbarrel Cafe (owned/operated by owenrs of Gunbarrel Groceries)
Hot chicken, pies, chips, soft drinks, coffee etc available opposite Gunbarrel Groceries/Fuel outlet in main street.

Ph: (08) 9981 7045
Accommodation, dining room meals, and bar.
Caravan park. Laundry access.
Takeaway beer only.

Wiluna does has some alcohol restrictions in terms of what you can buy over the counter (takeaway) and times of day that takeaway is available from the Hotel. BYO is fine. You are requested to avoid glass if possible.

Ph: (08) 9981 7024

AMS Medical Centre on Thompson Street
Ph: (08) 9981 7063
Open Mon - Fri from 8am.

Open 9-5 Mon-Fri
Ph: (08) 9981 7031
Situated in main street opposite swimming pool.

Registration & Attendance (51)


ID ScreenName No. Names Comments
M1 David Martin 1 Arranging Member
V160148 David 1 I will be there, cannot miss an opportunity like that, but I will be bringing the comfort of our caravan. Swaging, been there done that, ha ha. We have registered for a caravan site with Gunbarrell Lager. Not long to go now (2 people)
M4006 Member - Jeff O (VIC) 1 count me in .It's a great part of our country and a good mid way point. looking forward it. I am travelling in one vehicle with John B and Warwick D. Leaving Melbourne AM 20 June for Coober Pedy. Departing Coober Pedy 22/ 23, Via the Anne Beadell. Arriving Wiluna June 28 We have booked at the Gunbarrel Laarger for 4 nights,departing on the 2nd of July. We will head up the Canning to well 33,then back to Alice,to Mt Dare. and then over the Simpson and back to Melbourne.
V19181 System Admin 1 Yep, I'm in too.
M3830 Member - evren1 (WA) 1 booked in at Gunbarrel Laarger. In attendance is Evan, Ren and Lee in 1 vehicle....
M218 Member - Howard (ACT) 1 25/2 Confirming Margaret and I will be be there. Depart home 18th/19th and expect to leave Coober Pedy for Anne Beadell on 22nd.Have booked site at Gunbarrel Laager . Plan to start CSR either 1 or 2 july.
V1828 briggzee 1 Dale and I are planning to be there. hopefully we can get extra time so we can explore the goldfields area before the event. See you there!
M1017 Member - Jiarna (NT) 1 Just myself and 2 of the girls now, 14 and 5 years old.
V160276 Borgy05 1 Wife and I are definite starters, worked at Wiluna Gold Mine for awhile. Have booked site at Gunbarrel Laarger
M3104 Navigator 1 (NSW) 1 NSW needs a few more representatives so. We are booked in at the Laager. Robyn & Charles
V160315 Col_WA 1 Jan and I are definitely planning to be there, & at this stage there's a very strong likelihood that we will be accompanied by 3 other couples.. so chalk up 8 peoples / 4 vehicles, at least 3 & probably 4 campertrailers ... No. 1 son (who resides in Perth) and his g/f may also join us, but this is yet to be determined;-) See ya's all there :)
V10130 Richard 1 Locked in. Linked to a couple of other trips in WA as it's along way from the east coast.
V63919 Henry W (WA 1 Our friends Garry and Roni H will be joining us and also will be travelling (two vehicles)the southern section of the CSR with us .... Looking forward to the "gathering"
V71140 System Admin 1 Yep all being well we will be there. Have booked in with Laager
M2856 Robin Miller 1 Robin and Anne will be there , then travel up the Canning from thursday 1st july
V14703 davmilb 1 Could be interested in Anne Beadnell to Wiluna and then heading north after the gathering
M4984 Janek 1 Seeing that I've got 6 weeks off and was planning to do the CSR anyway, what a fantastic stop! I'm in!
M5120 Knucklehead 1 All things being equal we will be there.
V86655 System Admin 1 Confirmed. One vehicle. One person. Attending all extras. Booked a site on Clancy's Flat. Three weeks on the CSR after the gathering. Have CSR permit
M4636 Member - Serendipity(WA) 1 I have watch and read with great interest certain that I would not miss this trip. Count me in because I want to be there, come what ever. Update - I have definately made plans to be there from the 28 June to the 2 July and maybe a bit longer. There will be two cars with 4 x persons. Also have friends who have said they would like to tag along. Update - The friends are 3 x cars with total of 8 x persons extra - They have booked in for camping now. David
V78407 tojobill 1 Im in for this first trip with the Tojo,see you all their for some cups of tea and damper. Cheers for now...Williamh...Bunbury...WA.
V24934 wholehog 1 Will be over in the west and will incorporate another Simpson crossing and the CSR.
V160527 Lemming 1 Ready to go. 2 adults,1 dog booked in
V161377 David Isaac 1 Have sent email to Wiluna to confirm booking for 2 adults, one vehicle.
V89556 System Admin 1 Will be in NT, May/June so could drop in for the gathering. Not a large camping area when there 2 years ago.
M4792 Member - Michael P (QLD) 1 Add my name to the list. Would be interested in joining up with smallish group for a no rush trip up the CSR.
V2043 Adrian 1 Travelling east to west via Gunbarrell Hwy. Looking to join others en route (and after Gathering). Have booked at Gunbarrel Laager for 24 June - 3 July incl.
M4459 Member - Tony S (WA) 1 Two people. Definately two days could be three or more.
V20898 Knight Patrol 1 We will use this as a real test for the new slide on camper. 2010 is the year of travel for the navvy duo so this will be a great way to get the travel bug really working. Afterwards Gunbarrel-Connie Sue-Kalgoorlie-Mt Jackson. 2 vehicles 4 people
V57281 System Admin 1 If all goes according to plan count me in, 1 attending at this stage. Plans are falling into place at this stage, put me down for all extras.
V92109 System Admin 1 Hi as we are new to exploreoz we would like to be able to attend this event. Member No 5379 I have a Landcruiser and 18ft Caravan as we reside in Perths eastern suberbs it is just a run up the Great northern Hwy to Meeka and out to Wiluna.
V40827 Graeme M15 1 Book us in please (2)
V25781 Richard Lang 1 We're a Landcruiser husband and wife team from Melbourne. We look forward to meeting everyone there.
M4490 Life Member - esarby (NSW) 1 Definately - Already booked into Gunbarrel Laager. Traveling over with Richard W and whoever wants to join us. Sydney Coober Pedy, A. B. Highway What a great way to celebrate my first year with E.O.
V98401 Roger N1 1 I am interested in doing the Canning Stock route South - North after the gathering but as I am inexperienced would like to join other experienced people if possible.
M2850 Member Willi 27(VIC) 1 We will definitely be there. ( Will & Kev Carney) Will be getting there earlier than stated dates.
M4694 Member - Marcus T (VIC) 1 Digby Dog and I will be there in trusty Landcruiser trayback. Intending to return home via Gunbarrel Hwy and OOD Track. Will leave caravan at home and camp for the first time in about 20 years. Have booked into Gunbarrel Laager camp site.
M5296 Member - Morry H (WA) 1 we have a dog will be there morry
V96086 System Admin 1 We'll be there, if I've pulled my finger out and brought the troopy by then. So hubby and me with 5 children 17years to 12months by then. Or we will come in our Kia Carnival. lol. WE HAVE BOOKED INTO GUNBARREL LAAGER
V73417 Craig N (QL 1 Looking forward to our first gathering with ExplorOz, we (Craig Louise & Sam 7 years old) are currently touring Aus and we are in Wynyard Tasmania at present. See you all there ,cheers
V160717 rambull 1 Looks like we will be there as well. Probably take the scenic route on the way.
M4027 Member - Scrubby (VIC) 1 I am gunna be there, one old 60 series cruiser, and one old 67 serious snoozer,me. Leaving Bendigo 18th June, Coober Pedy 21st, travelling Anne Beadell Hwy. Post gathering, CSR to well 33,Gary Junction Road to Alice Springs, Chambers Pillar, Fink, Old Andado, MtDare, across Simpson Desert to Birdsville, then on to ??? via ????
V111092 Tom l 1 Lore and I would like to register. We are really looking forward to this event as this will be our first4x4 rally.We are fairly self-sufficent would only use toilets and showers
V79889 Terry. G 1 ALL well Wife and myself will be there accompanied by our Maltese Terrier and will have our own caravan as we will be touring in the area at the time
M2463 Matt(WA) 1 Danica and I will be there. Via Cameron Corner, Strezlecki, Onndnadatta, GCR, Wiluna. Then out via Gunbarrel and Simpson. Leaving from and returning to Ulladulla if anyone is keen. WE HAVE BOOKED AT GUN LAARGER
V29523 Anneke 1 would like to attend bringing the comfort of our little c'van
V81716 Welldone WA 1 Me and the missus and the hound look forward to being there on "red dirt and clay" rather than our usual "sand by the sea"!!
V51091 Allan S1 1 Will be travelling with mum and dad who are in their 70's and 80's, plus 2 grand daughters. All in 1 vehicle, should be cosy.
V41497 ROBERT C1 1
V111120 ken b24 1
V76362 mikehervey 1 We will try to get there but it does depend on work commitments. 2 Adults 1 Prado 1 Tvan and 1 German Shepherd called Gypsy

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