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Welcome to the Australasian Safari 2012 special newssection. To read an article just click on the specific headline below. All articles are visible for several years and under special subdomain [ COPY & CLICK HERE ] or use the SEARCH.




Australasian Safari 2012: New course, new terrain, new western experience.







Australia’s toughest off road adventure, the [ AUSTRALASIANSAFARI.COM.AU ], takes a new turn in September when it heads to the coast for a course covering more than 3000km of stunning but incredibly challenging terrain.

More than 100 competitors in 4x4s, on motorbikes and quad bikes will struggle to look straight ahead and not at the scenery when they will take off from Perth and travel north up the coast to Geraldton, through the wheatbelt and Murchison to tropical Carnarvon, station country and the start of the Ningaloo Reef, before finishing back at Geraldton.

In a shift from the dust, paddocks, and fence lines featuring in previous years, this year new terrain will be challenging. Sandy creeks, river crossings, vegetated sand hills, and natural landscapes are on the cards with some impressive and extreme coastal stages planned.

The course travels on mostly private owned land, meaning this will be the only chance competitors have to experience this otherwise inaccessible course.

Eventscorp Executive Director, Gwyn Dolphin, said it was great to see the 2012 Safari travel through some of WA’s most stunning and diverse landscapes in the Coral Coast and Golden Outback regions.

"The television coverage of this year’s event is guaranteed to be spectacular, and will provide valuable national and international exposure for the region and the State as a whole," Mr Dolphin said.

The stunning Hillary’s Boat Harbour, on Perth’s northern beaches, will host the sunset Safari Show and Ceremonial Start on Friday 21 September.

The competition stages will start and finish in Geraldton, one of Western Australia’s largest regional cities renowned for its rich farmland, fishing industry and expanded port facilities. Geraldton are also the gateway to the Coral Coast, one of Australia’s greatest natural playgrounds.

Legs Two and Six will finish at one of WA’s favourite family holiday destinations, Kalbarri, known for its almost year-round sunshine. The landscape around Kalbarri is dramatic with limestone gorges and beautiful beaches.

Competition is bound to get fierce when Safari then heads to Shark Bay. Much of the area is made up of national parks and reserves but the course avoids these areas. Nearby Monkey Mia is known for its dolphins, which come to the shore for feeding.

At the mouth of the Gascoyne River, Carnarvon will host Safari for two nights for Legs Three and Four. Leg Three is tipped as the most spectacular stage in the history of Safari. Competitors will travel north through stations that border the Indian Ocean and Ningaloo Reef, providing truly spectacular vision.

Travelling east, the Kennedy Ranges will be the backdrop for competitors as they tackle rocky outcrops, red sand dunes, spinifex, wattle and mallee trees - it’s no wonder this is a favourite spot for 4WD enthusiasts.

Safari then heads inland to the Shire of Upper Gascoyne for Leg Five, and a double overnight stop in Gascoyne Junction. This is a region that is synonymous with the challenges and the romance of early station life.

The area suffered devastating flooding in the summer of 2010/11, and the small community is drawing deeply on its pioneer spirit, determined to rebuild the town bigger and better than it was before.

Earthworks for a new caravan park are under way, with a new fuel stop and pub also planned. Townsfolk assure organisers they will be ready to welcome the 500-strong Safari entourage!

The final leg will bring the competitors back to Geraldton and the Finish on Saturday 29 September.

Event director Justin Hunt said community support was vital in ensuring Safari can travel offroad in WA. "We’ve been overwhelmed by support, camaraderie and excitement as we’ve travelled to plan the course and meet with landowners over the last few months," he said.

Whilst a shorter course this year - in 2011 competitors travelled almost 4000 kms - competitors will be forced to race at a lower average competition speed due to technically challenging and rough terrain. The course will be complex for riders and drivers, making the Australasian Safari true to its title of the toughest off-road challenge in Australasia.

For details on entry or to register interest visit [ AUSTRALASIANSAFARI.COM.AU ].

Moto entrants have the new opportunity of entering the Dakar Challenge, with the highest placed MOTO competitor who has registered for the Dakar Challenge receiving free entry into Dakar 2013. For full regulations visit the Safari website.

2012/05/30 | 12:42 CET | ARTICLE: MR/HS/LOFTHOUSE











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Australasian Safari VIDEO: All Videos of the Australasian Safari sorted by date | 17.10.2012 17:28 |




Australasian Safari RESULTS: Final overall results after SS07 Geraldton Quads | 10.10.2012 20:09 |




Australasian Safari RESULTS: Final overall results after SS07 Geraldton Bikes | 10.10.2012 20:05 |




Australasian Safari RESULTS: Final overall results after SS07 Geraldton Cars | 10.10.2012 20:01 |




Australasian Safari: And the winners are... After 8 days the Safari finished. | 29.09.2012 14:29 |




Australasian Safari: Dakar Challenge won by South African Brett Cummings. | 29.09.2012 12:51 |




Australasian Safari RESULTS: FINAL OVERALL results after 07 BIKE/QUAD | 29.09.2012 12:39 |




Australasian Safari RESULTS: FINAL OVERALL results after Stage 07 - CARS | 29.09.2012 12:09 |




Australasian Safari VIDEO: Official video of SS06 Gascoyne Junction - Kalbarri | 29.09.2012 11:32 |




Australasian Safari: Honda riders Jacob and Paul Smith lead bikes & quads. | 29.09.2012 11:17 |




Australasian Safari: Stage 06 brought the participants back west to Kalbarri. | 29.09.2012 10:31 |




Australasian Safari RESULTS: Daily / Overall results after SS06 - BIKE/QUAD | 29.09.2012 10:00 |




Australasian Safari RESULTS: Daily / Overall results after Stage 06 - CARS | 29.09.2012 09:28 |




Australasian Safari PHOTOS: Impressions SS06 Gascoyne Junc.-Kalbarri (74). | 29.09.2012 08:41 |




Australasian Safari VIDEO: Official video of SS05 Gascoyne Junction round | 29.09.2012 08:34 |




Australasian Safari: Tricky beautiful 448 km in SS05 near Gascoyne Junction. | 27.09.2012 15:21 |




Australasian Safari PHOTOS: Impressions SS05 Gascoyne Junction round (48). | 27.09.2012 15:07 |




Australasian Safari RESULTS: Daily / Overall results after SS05 - BIKE/QUAD | 27.09.2012 14:03 |




Australasian Safari RESULTS: Daily / Overall results after Stage 05 - CARS | 27.09.2012 13:30 |




Australasian Safari VIDEO: Behind the scenes - the Catering crew of the Safari | 27.09.2012 09:18 |




Australasian Safari: Holden and Subaru leader after SS04 Gascoyne Junction. | 27.09.2012 08:42 |




Australasian Safari VIDEO: Movie of SS04 Carnarvon-Gascoyne Junction | 27.09.2012 07:16 |




Australasian Safari: Smith consolidates lead in front of Strange & Cummings. | 27.09.2012 06:40 |




Australasian Safari RESULTS: Daily / Overall results after SS04 - BIKE/QUAD | 27.09.2012 06:33 |




Australasian Safari RESULTS: Daily / Overall results after Stage 04 - CARS | 27.09.2012 06:09 |




Australasian Safari PHOTOS: SS 04 Carnarvon-Gascoyne Junction Cars (68). | 26.09.2012 15:39 |




Australasian Safari PHOTOS: SS 04 Carnarvon-Gascoyne Junction Bikes (55). | 26.09.2012 15:33 |




Australasian Safari: Isuzu Motorsport happy with "Dakar Check" on Safari. | 26.09.2012 15:13 |




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Australasian Safari RESULTS: Daily / Overall results after SS03 - BIKE/QUAD | 25.09.2012 16:08 |




Australasian Safari RESULTS: Daily / Overall results after Stage 03 - CARS | 25.09.2012 15:26 |




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