Make Your Own History
The Big Burke & Wills Trek is a 330km
12 day multi-team trekking challenge travelling through south western QLD and
north eastern SA, from the Dig Tree (near Innamincka) to Birdsville.
Departing August 20 2014, everyone involved
with the inaugural Big Burke & Wills Trek will be an integral member of a modern-day
pioneering team making a vital contribution to the search for a cure for type 1
The Big Burke & Wills Trek is destined
to become an annual fundraising event and a highly sought after experience. We invite you to share the trailblazing
spirit by being involved from the very beginning.
"Pioneer": the first or one of the
earliest in an area of interest or field of inquiry.
Synonyms:leader, trailblazer, forerunner, pathfinder
For those who may be short on time or not sure about covering the whole 330km on foot, the Trek is also offering two shorter options, including a 5 day 160km and 5 day 142km option. For further details see Trek Options.
Expedition, A Feat of Endurance, An Unforgettable Journey
12 days, trekkers will be encouraged to become absorbed in the wonder and
mystery of the Outback, connect to another time and place, be immersed in a
personal challenge of stamina and celebrate the power of the team as they trek
to their destination at the Burke & Wills Memorial in Birdsville.
Commencing at Dig Tree in Queensland on 20 August 2014, the Big Burke & Wills Trek will coincide with the ill-fated
date that Robert O'Hara Burke and William John Wills began the original
expedition, bumbling their way out of Melbourne 154 years earlier.
The 2014 Big Burke and Wills Trek marks the
beginning of a new modern pioneering endeavour - replicating a portion of
the original route, this time bound for success in terms
of both personal accomplishment and fundraising efforts.
The expedition is designed to be authentic,
tracing the faded footsteps of the initial four-man party for 330km north across
the breathtaking Australian landscape, sleeping beneath the stars at campsites
along the way, accompanied by a herd of friendly camels, growing beards in true
Burke & Wills spirit, and safely guided and supported throughout by a
highly organised professional team of experts.
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about the Big Burke & Wills Trek
so beautiful the viewer is given pause for a moment, so exciting the heart
races, awe inspiring, stunning, amazing and thrilling.
Inspiration For The Burke & Wills Trek
team behind the Big Burke & Wills Trek like to think big. They set personal goals and team targets
that push the physical boundaries of human endurance. They do this show that immense personal
challenges can be overcome, and with hard work, positive thinking and the
support of a community, incredible goals can be reached and change lives in the
Since its launch in February 2012, The Born
To Run Foundation commitment to
finding a cure to type 1 diabetes has taken the form of a number of endurance
events, including the 4 Deserts Challenge
and the Big Red Run which encourages ordinary people to
achieve the extraordinary.
Power Of Potential
test of physicality and endurance, pushing the body and mind to the limit, the Big
Burke & Wills Trek will be tapping into the spirit of positivity, teamwork and
hope. Who knows what goals can be accomplished? Who knows what challenges may be overcome? Who knows how lives may be changed? With such opportunity, combined strength
and potential, who knows what may be possible?
Our vision is that a positive can be
realised from the tragic sequence of events a century and a half ago, and to harness
the determined spirit of those early explorers for our modern pursuit of
finding solutions to the medical mysteries confronting humankind.
Our goals for the Trek are:
- To achieve personal
accomplishments never imagined before
- To change the lives of
- To raise awareness of type 1
diabetes and raise funds for medical research
- To make a substantial difference
to the lives of those with type 1 diabetes
- That the Big Burke & Wills
Trek becomes a significant long distance experience, giving individuals access
to the the original Burke and Wills trail via a safe and established route, and
included on many people's "bucket list",
And to be part of an epic adventure.
"... It is now our turn, and we shall never do well until we
entirely justify what you have done in showing what we can do" (Cheers).
Extract from Burke's
Farewell Speech at The Victorian Exploring
Expedition left Royal Park, Melbourne on Monday 20th August 1860. (Burke and Wills Web: burkeandwills.net.au)
To find out more information, register your
interest, join our mailing list or ask a question, click here to contact us. We look
forward to hearing from you.
It will be far more than a trek across the iconic
Australian landscape. It will be a
momentous journey offering the opportunity to be truly life changing.
...Wanted for Epic Adventure:Everyone's invited to join the team undertaking the inaugural 2014 Big Burke & Wills
Trek. It's suitable for adventurers, experience seekers, keen
athletes and runners, trekkers and walkers, corporate teams, outback
travellers, history buffs, international visitors, individuals looking for new
challenges, people who want to learn more about Australian history and culture,
those who want to do something worthwhile for others while doing something
remarkable for themselves, people living with or connected to type 1 diabetes,
anyone who wants to be involved in something incredible that is the first of
its kind. No