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Riley Rally 2000

Alice Springs - Ayers Rock, Australia
21st - 23rd April, 2000.

To celebrate a Century of Magnificient Motoring.

Hosts:- Riley Motor Clubs of Australia

Main co-ordinator, for all states, is
Stephen Sneesby 1 Peet Road, Roleystone, Western Australia, 6111.
Phone:(08) 9496 1562. (International: +61 and omit the zero).


New South Wales:-
Paul Baee, 60 Old Berowra Rd., Hornsby NSW 2077
Ph. (02) 9476 5778. Fax (02) 9482 1559.

Ken Hodge, 10 Tweed St., East Ringwood, Vic 3135.
Ph. (03) 9870 2184.

Bill French, 152 Old Northern Rd., Everton Park Qld 4035.
Ph. (07) 3353 0532.

Australian Capital Territory:-
John Mathias, 17 Horsley Cres., Melba ACT 2615.
Ph. (06) 258 0089.

South Australia:-
Geof Wilson, 15 Ellis Ave., Eden Hills, SA 5050.
PH. (08) 8278 4314.

Northern Territory:-
Brian Bates, 6 Bald Circuit, Casuarina, NT 0810.
Ph. (08) 8985 1474.

It should hardly be a surprise, to any member of the many Riley clubs in Australia or in fact, member of Riley Motor clubs around the world, that one of the biggest rallies ever organised will take place in the year 2000 at Alice Springs.
We would like to share this special occasion with overseas members, who have the same affection for this magnificient marque.

Alice Springs is no longer the sleepy bush town, as described in the book by Neville Shute, "A Town Like Alice." Located almost exactly at the geographical centre of Australia, it's a busy city, the capital of the Outback, with a wide, dry, sandy river bed, that flows through the town and cuts through a wide gap in the steep MacDonnell Ranges, this grand entrance allows easy access from the south for road and rail. At certain times of the year the Todd River, after weeks without rain or a cloud in the sky, can turn into a raging torrent for several days or weeks, from cloud bursts hundreds of kilometres to the north.

The Alice, with a population of more than 25,000 people, has every modern facility that today's tourist demands, it offers historical buildings and magnificent surrounding countryside. This central oasis also offers arts, crafts, sports and leisure, a Casino, and all major domestic flights fly into Alice Springs which also has international flight facilities.

Ayers Rock, one of the seven wonders of the world, is situated 460 kms south-west of the Alice. Some 350 metres high, with a base of nearly 9 kms, is remarkable in every way.
Changing colour throughout the day, Ayers Rock at sunset is astonishing. Nearby, standing 200 metres taller, are the gigantic dome-shaped boulders of Mount Olga / Kata Tjuta. To the Aboriginal people, this is a serious place, one of dead spirits, and here you'll find the ghostly, narrow gorges of the Valley of the Winds.

The Riley Rally 2000 will start at Port Augusta 300kms north of Adelaide, the capital of South Australia. Feeder Rallies from all states will converge on Pt. Augusta for a pre-rally dinner.
Overseas members are invited to join in with whichever Feeder Rally they prefer.
Cross the Great Divide from Sydney with Eastern State members, connect with members in Victoria or Adelaide, or join up with adventurous West Australians to travel the Gun Barrel Highway, or the more sedate Nullarbor Plains.

The Start of the Rally will see pre-war Rileys, mixed with post war Rileys, for a four day journey, at a leisurely pace, to arrive before Good Friday 21st April 2000, at Alice Springs.

Proposed Rally Itinerary.

    Day One.......
      (Good Friday). Registrations - Rally Headquarters. Welcome Dinner.
    Day Two.......
      Tour transport Heritage Precinct - Winery for lunch - Afternoon free - coach to bush camp for outback dinner.
    Day Three.......
      Observation drive to historic homestead, whip cracking / boomerang throwing, camel rides, billy tea and damper (camp fire bread), outback BBQ lunch.
    Day Four.......
      Visit the old Telegraph Station for public viewing of Rileys. Conrod Trophy (an Autokhana). 2000 Rally and trophy presentation dinner on old Ghan train. One of the great train journeys of the world.
    Day Five.......
      Post Rally Tours - Kings Canyon / Ayers Rock and Olgas. Chartered buses will be available to cover some of the longer distances.

      The Northern Territory Tourist Commission is assisting us with arrangements for the Rally - 3 hotels (5 star to comfortable), a ballroom and old Ghan train are already booked. No rates are available at this time.
      How do you book for this not-to-be-missed event in one of the most scenic parts of Australia ?
      A booking form will become available via this page when the time comes.

    Steve Sneesby.

    Actual Itinerary.

    The start of Riley Rally 2000 begins on Sunday evening 16th April, one week before Easter, at Pt. Augusta the start of the "Outback." Two hundred miles North of Adelaide, the Capital City of South Australia. Pt. Augusta is a small coastal town, at the tip of Spencers Gulf.
    Riley Motor Clubs from all States, except perhaps Queensland, will converge here before driving North to Alice Springs. Here we will enjoy a very special "Start of Rally Dinner," at the Acacia Ridge Motel, where members from overseas and interstate members can get to know each other, or renew old acquaintances. The Motel s Chef is an Old Car Buff, - he has an extra special evening planned for us in his fine restaurant called, Crossroads.

    On the way North there will be 3 overnight stops at Glendambo, Cooberpedy and Kulgera - all easy day drives, for post and pre-war Rileys. If the drive proves too slow for some, you are quite at liberty to drive on ahead. There should be suitable accommodation wherever you may choose to head for. While refuelling it may be wise to phone ahead if you need Motel accommodation. There are huge camping areas at all stops, so no need to book.

    Ayers Rock
    From Kulgera some may choose to drive on to Ayers Rock (Uluru), and the Olgas (Kata Tjuta), entry to the Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park is $15 per person (children under 16 free). The journey is an extra 530kms.
    It is highly recommended that you take the bus trip to Ayers Rock during the Rally. However the bus trip is not recommended for children, so if you have a young family, its up to you to decide when to visit the Rock, before or after the Rally. If you decide to travel to Ayers Rock it may be better to stay at Erldunda, 75 kms North of Kulgera, and situated at the turn off to Ayers Rock. From Erldunda, West to Ayers Rock is 265kms. If you plan to stay overnight at Ayers Rock, be warned, the most basic accommodation is very expensive. I did not visit Ayers Rock so cannot advise where to stay. It would be advisable to contact your nearest Northern Territory Tourist Bureau. Overseas visitors should contact Steve Sneesby, if they plan to visit the Rock outside of the Rally.

    Kulgera to Alice Springs (200kms)is an easy drive, we should arrive early Thursday afternoon, (20th April). Some of the faster Rileys, will have already arrived in Alice Springs and settled into their accommodation. There are three motels booked. The Plaza Hotel, is a large four star new complex, very comfortable hotel. Next door is the Palm Resort, comfortable chalets, with small well equipped kitchens, & microwave oven, surrounded by palm trees, and colourful bougainvilleas. (I recommend this as the best place to stay). At the entrance to Alice Springs is Heavitree Gap Motel, and camping area. A huge complex with supermarket, garage with meals/entertainment area. All rooms have small well equipped kitchens & microwave oven. Camping $7-15 a night approx.

    Good Friday:- Will be a rest day, washing cars etc, and exploring the town. Perhaps have a look at the old Telegraph Station. This is also the location of a natural spring, Alice Spring. In the evening, we will have an informal "Welcome dinner" at the Desert Palm Resort, outdoor function area.

    Saturday:- Visit Transport Heritage Museum, morning tea on board the old Ghan Train. Featured in BBC series Great Train Journeys of the World.
    Around mid day we will drive a short distance to Chateau Hornsby Winery for lunch. The only vineyard in the Northern Territory. Here we will spend the entire afternoon, the evening is free to do as you wish.. There are many restaurants and hotels to dine in, plus take away KFC etc. Or enjoy the facilities and pool at your accommodation. You may need an early night if you re going to Ayers Rock in the morning.

    Sunday:- (6:30 am) Three comfortable air conditioned coaches, to drive 150 members to Ayers Rock and the Olgas. A full day trip. Bring a packed lunch or purchase your lunch at Ayers Rock. Chicken and Champagne provided at Sunset, by the Rock. (Sorry no children). Ayers Rock is 465 kms South West of Alice Springs. We arrive around mid-day and depart in the evening, arriving back in Alice Springs 11:30pm.
    Alternate trip to Simpsons Gap and Standley Chasm. For those who don t wish to go to Ayers Rock. Bring along a picnic lunch. Evening free to sample the many and varied restaurants in town.

    Monday:- Car display at Stuart Terrace Park Alice Springs, followed by an "Observation drive" around town. We will pass by the Reverend John Flynn s grave, founder of the Royal Flying Doctor Service, arriving at the spectacular Desert Park for lunch. Here we will dine in air conditioned comfort with magnificent views of the McDonnell Ranges. Sir David Attenbourgh had many complimentary words, when he visited this park. He said it was "world class". Spend the afternoon exploring the Park s native flora and fauna. Truly fascinating. Evening free.

    Tuesday:- "Presentation Breakfast," (free). Award prizes, from the Rally, and say farewell to those who must be on their way. Continue sightseeing for remainder. Perhaps visit the Old Connellan Hangar, and Royal Flying Doctor. Evening pool side barbecue.

    Steve Sneesby.

    Requests for more information and e-mail to
    or via Steve Sneesby, postal address and telephone as above.

    Northern Territory

    Updated on 23rd May 1999

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