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RALLIES


Our rallies, usually held twice a year, are a week long and filled with fun, friendship and frivolity and members travel from all over Australia.

They are typically held in the show grounds or rodeo grounds of small country towns. Our goal is for the town to benefit from our input—  both socially and financially and they have always been a huge success.  Rallies are a highlight of our life as Solos– it is wonderful to  catch up with old friends, as well as building networks and establishing new friendships.

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OUR NEXT RALLY


Our next rally will be held in the northern New South Wales town of Macksville.
Enter: 29 April
Leave: 6 May

About Macksville


Macksville, the location of our next rally, is an attractive service town located on the banks of the Nambucca River 12 km south of Nambucca Heads (roughly half way between Sydney and Brisbane) and just 3 m above sea-level. It is a fishing and oyster-farming centre which services a productive area noted for its bananas and other tropical fruits, along with vegetables, grazing, dairying and timber. Today, Macksville is a place where people driving north and south along the Pacific Highway stop for a break either at the Star Hotel or in the delightful Lily Pond and Rotary Park. We held a very successful rally in Macksvile in 2011.

Location


Macksville, located on the banks of the Nambucca River in northern NSW, is 3 metres above sea level and 474 km north of Sydney via the Pacific Highway.
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Volunteer and Registration forms are available here.
More: aussietowns.com.au/town/macksville-nsw
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Sport and Recreation


Macksville has a strong sporting history. Each November it holds NSW's oldest professional foot race, the 120m Macksville Gift. Macksville is known for its passion for rugby league and has been the home of Group 2 Rugby League club Macksville Sea Eagles since 1912.

Origin of the Name


There is something delightfully simple about the origin of the name. Two of the early settlers were Angus Mackay and Hugh McNally. They built the Star Hotel. Not surprisingly when a village was established it was called 'Mack's Village' and from there it was a short step to Macksville.


OUR LAST RALLY


Our last rally was held in Tara, Queensland. We got up to all the usual shenanigans, including a Bad Taste Wedding, and a murder mystery- Who stole the Crown Jewels?

If you're interested in what a rally looks like, we were given a pretty good write-up in The Wanderer which can be viewed here.

But words can't capture the camaraderie, the relaxed atmosphere, or sense of family that comes with being a part of the Solos.
Click here and join via our Forms/Info page.
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BUSH CAMPS


On the other hand, if you love just sitting around a camp fire in a bush setting, cooking damper and hearty meals on the coals, and relaxing with friends in a friendly environment, then a Solos bush camp will certainly appeal.

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Bush camps are usually held between our two rallies, providing a more relaxed opportunity for Solos to get together. They typically run for 5-6 days in a rural setting, with minimum facilities. Vehicles need to be self-contained with enough capacity to cover the period of the camp.

A Camp Manager is appointed to organise each camp, promote it to members and take registrations. They gather information about resources in the area, local attractions and tours, and put together a program of activities that people might want to join but if you're happy to just sit around the fire that's fine too.

FORWARD PLANNING


We are in a position now, to provide planning information – something that has never been achieved before. This will allow members to make plans for their travel well into the future.

These plans, however, are still subject to COVID-19 regulations, which may not allow us to bring these events to fruition. We must be prepared for adjustments to this schedule if necessary.
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