The TreckQuest team pictured in Wilton during the 2011 tour.
The TreckQuest team pictured in Wilton during the 2011 tour. Peter Arthur

Raising dust for kids

PETER Arthur has led four-wheel-drive convoys down the deepest and dustiest Australian trails to raise money for Our Kids charity.

Last September he took Northern Rivers residents inland on a "Jurassic adventure" to see dinosaur tracks near Winton and they raised $8000.

Mr Arthur is a four-wheel-driving instructor and has run the annual expedition since 2008. He has tried to make TrekQuest as much fun as possible for everyone involved.

"As (people) drive, they've got questions and answers to do on what they see, so it's not just driving normally from A to B," Mr Arthur said.

"We cook them breakfast every morning and we play games. We had breakfast in the centre of Queensland last year."

Our Kids fundraising co-ordinator Rebekka Battista said the tour gave people "a real outback experience".

"Each night they stopped at certain accommodation like camping and the gorgeous old Australian pubs," she said.

The treks have become popular with less-experienced four-wheel-drivers who want to get their off-road skills up to scratch.

"People always want to do outback Australia but sometimes they don't feel confident doing it on their own. This way they're with a group of people and they've got the help there if they need it," Mr Arthur said.

Each family involved raised $1200 before the expedition and more during the eight-day trek. Mr Arthur said he was excited about the next one.

"This year we're going to Broken Hill and we're calling it the Mad Max Tour," he said.

Contact Ms Battista on 0438 417 085 if you'd like to get involved.



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