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Volume 12 Number 1 Autumn 2008
Print Post Approved PP34074200156

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Vintage Caravans Adventure Way The Mighty

We look at the growing With sealed roads upto Murray River
fascination with restoring Noccundra, the From source to sea, we
vintage caravans. adventure way is an easy follow the journey of this
drive for caravanners. amazing Australian icon.
4 QANTAS Founders Museum
5 Nissan’s perfect fit for baby boomers
6 Caravanland still the biggest in Australia
7 Travellers urged to remain alert on the road
8 Renewable energy: solar power for homes
9 Gorgeous Australia
11 New products from Polaris
12 Who are Aspen Parks?
14 Add extra thrills to your caravanning adventure at
Freemantle Prison
15 Round Australia trial route announced
16 Kipor Generators – Portable power no matter
where you are
18 Reliability and a little luxury go a long way
20 Keep your food EvaKool while caravanning Our special 50 page supplement looks at a
22 Lightweight timber and panels for your caravan wide variety of current model off-road
23 A growing passion for vintage caravans
25 Batteries for all your power needs
vehicles to tow your caravan in style.
28 Retro Looks-New range at T@B Caravan 42 Audi A6 72 Mitsubishi
30 Honda leads the way with Factory Cash Back 44 BMW X5 Outlander
34 Track Trailers – Excellence in design 46 Ford F6X Sport 75 Nissan X-Trail
36 Kimberley Kampers 48 Ford Territory 78 Ssang Yong Euro IV
51 Holden Captiva Kyron
38 The new Coachmen Mirada 310DS arrives in
54 Honda CRV 80 Subaru Outback
57 Hummer H3 83 Suzuki Grand Vitara
40 National Harvest Labour Information Service
60 Jeep Grand 85 Toyota Landcruiser
Cherokee 200
RECIPES 89 Volkswagen
63 Land Rover
32 Six Autumn recipes courtesy of Heinz Discovery 3 Touareg R50
66 Mazda CX9 92 Volvo XC60
CLUBS DIRECTORY 69 Mercedes Benz
280 Australian Caravan Clubs M-Class AUTUMN 2008 • 1

93 Discover the history and unique beauty of the Adventure Way
100 Along the Adventure Way…Bulloo Shire
102 Way to go!
104 Your Map to the Adventure Way
105 Outback Queensland ABN 30 007 224 204
110 Longreach – True Pioneering Country
113 Welcome to Longreach 430 William Street
114 Great Inland Way Melbourne VIC 3000
120 Biggenden – Gateway to Paradise PO Box 256
123 The laidback charm of Central Queensland
130 North Stradbroke Island is one of Australia’s natural North Melbourne VIC 3051
treasures and a perfect escape destination Email:
133 Australia’s great tropical drive
137 Great Tropical Drive Discovery Trails Web:
141 Welcome to paradise – Tropical North Queensland Tel: (03) 9274 4200
146 Etheridge Shire – An explorer’s Treasure Chest Fax: (03) 9329 5295
149 What’s On Where in Queensland
151 Celebrating the CCCQ State Rally 2007
Advertising Enquiries
152 Explore the beauty of the Narrabri Shire
154 North by Northwest offers something for everyone To advertise in Caravanning Australia
160 Gunnedah – The Koala Capital of the World please contact:
163 North Coast brimming with diversity
167 Head South for unspoilt natural beauty Executive Media – South Australia
168 Welcome to BIG 4 BUNGALOW PARK Tel: (08) 8231 4433
172 The Heart of NSW
173 An Oasis in the Outback Fax: (08) 8231 3402
175 Heart of Country NSW – Larger than life Email:
181 All aboard for an adventure
182 What’s On Where in New South Wales Executive Media – Victoria
Fax: (03) 9329 5295
184 Autumn Surprise Package
186 The Road Less Travelled Editorial Enquiries
188 From Source to Sea – One of Australia’s Great Journeys
190 Discover, Relax and Explore Murray Tell us about your caravanning
193 The Murray River has a holiday to suit all Caravanners experiences, great places to visit,
194 Snowy Mountains Scheme favourite recipes or even send us your
200 Uncover Echuca’s rich history at the Port of Echuca holiday snaps*. Send your submissions to:
204 Rich River Golf Club Resort
206 Yarrawonga Mulwala Att: Editor-in-chief
213 The Murray Valley Trail Executive Media
215 Lifeblood of SA heartland
221 Take an Offroad Adventure 430 William Street
223 South Australia’s Riverland Melbourne VIC 3000
225 Adelaide and surrounds shine in Autumn North Melbourne VIC 3051
229 Kangaroo Island
231 Head to the Mid North and Flinders for true inspiration Email:
235 Eyre Peninsula and Far West Coast Web:
238 You must check out SA’s Limestone Coast Tel: (03) 9274 4200
239 Cruising the Coast – From Limestone to Fleurieu to Yorke
246 What’s On Where in South Australia Fax: (03) 9329 5295
247 Specialists in Radio and GPS for Caravanners and Campers
* Photos will not be returned unless a
WESTERN AUSTRALIA stamped self-addressed envelope is
251 Nature and history combine to make the North West a must included with your submission.
257 Cervantes Rally – Sunnywest Caravanners Inc.
261 What’s On Where in Western Australia
262 There’s so much to see and do in the Northern Territory Disclaimer
264 The Top End Region – Darwin and Surrounds
265 The Top End Region – Katherine and Surrounds No responsibility is accepted by the
266 Drive Safely in the Territory publisher for the accuracy of information
267 NT attractions capture the spirit of the Australian Outback
contained in the text and advertisements.
271 What’s On Where in the Northern Territory
It does not necessarily reflect the opinion
of the publisher. Publication of any
273 Caravanning along the Great Ocean Road – it’s a great time to advertisement does not constitute
visit the coast
274 Take the Searoad endorsement by the publisher of any
275 Great Ocean Road product, nor warrant its suitability.
276 Gippsland Inspiration
277 What’s On Where in Victoria ©2008 Executive Media Pty Ltd.
TASMANIA Caravanning Australia® is a registered
278 What’s On Where in Tasmania trademark of Executive Media Pty Ltd

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Qantas Founders Museum

A visit to Outback Queensland would not be complete without visiting the
historic birth place of QANTAS in Longreach.

The original Qantas hangar is

Heritage listed and is a
fascinating reminder that
Qantas is the only airline to
manufacture its own aircraft.
The museum is an intriguing
combination of history and
multimedia displays meeting exacting
museum quality requirements and
also has a theatre and three art
galleries for traveling exhibitions.
The museum also features a Model T
Ford utility and the original office of
Hudson Fysh, one of the founders
and past chairman of Qantas.
Tour the magnificent Qantas 747 used on the Darwin sector
“City of Bunbury” to see everything of the London mail
from the undercarriage to the cargo service.
hold. Also available is a spectacular Our original Qantas DC3
wing walk tour. This is a small group is sitting on the lawns
tour of the 747 exploring the at the museum
computer bays, flight systems, engine patiently awaiting the
controls and flight deck with the engineering team’s
highlight being able to experience the dedicated attention to restore it
sheer size of the aircraft from out on to its former glory when it was
the wing. operated as “Qantas Empire
And while the 747 is undoubtedly the
biggest plane at the museum, it is of Also situated in the museum is an latest addition to the collection is the
course not the only one. There’s a Avro 504K, commemorating the first first ever Qantas jet passenger
DH61, built in 1930 by Qantas and plane ever used by Qantas. The very aircraft registered in Australia, the
Boeing 707, faithfully restored over
the past two and a half years by our
dedicated team of volunteer
We are constantly searching for other
significant aircraft to continue telling
the Qantas story.
To complete your visit to the museum
treat yourself to a delicious coffee or
lunch in McGuinnesses Restaurant
and browse through the gift shop
where you can purchase souvenirs,
clothing, jewellery, books and Qantas
The Qantas Outback Founders
Museum is open from 9.00am to
5.00pm seven days (closed Christmas
Day). Bookings are essential for all
guided jet aircraft tours.

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Nissan’s ‘Perfect Fit’

For Baby Boomers
Baby boomers are commanding
a bigger share of automotive
sales worldwide and Nissan is
meeting their needs with some
lateral thinking.
Nissan engineers in Japan are using
a special ‘suit’ that simulates the
physical effects of ageing. It allows
engineers and designers to see car
ownership through the eyes of older
customers and then alter features to
accommodate special needs.
Nissan Design Engineer Etsuhiro
Watanabe said, “As we get older, it
can become harder to perform
physical manoeuvers. When it comes
to driving, that can mean more
difficulty seeing writing on the switch
gear, reaching and using controls,
distinguishing colors on navigation
equipment or getting in and out of
Mr Watanabe said many engineers
were in their 20s and 30s and the
suits provided an accurate reflection
of the daily physical challenges not
necessarily experienced by young
“It’s not always practical to recruit
older motorists for product research,”
he said, “so these special suits allow DISABLED DRIVERS.
Nissan’s engineers and designers to
come up with solutions that make car location and angles of switches, The belt makes it harder to enter or
use a safer and more positive testing the ease of reading instrument exit a car and can even cramp an
experience.” and navigation panels and engineer’s movement behind the
“This is a critical part of our vehicle determining where to locate grips to steering wheel in poorly designed
research, and shows Nissan is alert to make it easier to get in and out of a seating.
the changing needs of drivers and at vehicle.
The special suit also restricts the
the leading edge of vehicle The suits are being used by engineers’ flexibility, particularly with
development.” engineers at the Nissan Technology later-in-life susceptible knees and
The suits can simulate poor balance Center (NTC) outside Tokyo. Work at ankles. Restrictions are also created at
through a raised front-toe design, the Centre accelerates research and the elbows using a complex system of
cataract goggles simulate failing advances the engineering of levers. Checking on neck movement is
eyesight, casts on the body simulate breakthrough technologies for also important, as it can influence how
arthritic pain by making it more Nissan’s next generation of products. well a driver is able to use the door
difficult to raise arms and legs, and mirrors and how easy – or difficult – it
One feature of the suit is a thick
color-deficiency goggles simulate is to look back whilst reversing.
waist-belt. About 250 mm wide and 50
problems distinguishing colors.
mm thick it does an excellent job of Naturally, the research suits also
Nissan engineers wearing the suits duplicating what is euphemistically give an insight into problems faced by
have been experimenting with the known as the ‘middle aged spread’. partially disabled drivers of any age. AUTUMN 2008 • 5

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Caravanland still the

biggest in Australia!


Perth-based Caravanland combination of factors. West,” said Mr Ryan.

remains Australia’s biggest “We sell the right product at the With the State set to continue
recreational vehicle (RV) right price. We have a hardworking growing strongly, West Australians,
retailer. team who are committed to doing the including many young families are
right thing by our customers. We live purchasing recreational vehicles in
The dealership headed by Paul in the best state in Australia, and our record numbers.
Surtees was named Jayco’s 2007 economy is booming. And West
Dealer of the Year at a gala awards “Caravanning is still easily the
Australians just love the outdoor
dinner held recently at the Crown most affordable and best way to
Casino in Melbourne. holiday and to see the country,” said
Jayco’s managing director Gerry Mr Surtees.
This is the 14th time that Ryan was keen to congratulate the
Caravanland has won Jayco’s top As a result, everyone from the
dealership on its continuing success.
dealer award during the past 15 baby boomers to people in their
years, and Mr Surtees was delighted “Paul and his team really do twenties and thirties are buying vans.
with the result. deserve their continuing success.
“It’s all about having the freedom
They get out and promote the RV
“It’s terrific to be still at the top of to move,” says Mr Surtees.
lifestyle and Jayco’s product. They
our industry after all these years,”
help build the industry. And most “The freedom to head to the coast
said Mr Surtees.
importantly, they provide their for a long weekend, or to tell the boss
He believes Caravanland’s customers with a level of service you’re hitting the road for a decent
continuing success is due to a that’s unmatched anywhere in the break”.

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Travellers urged to remain

alert on the road
Customs has issued a call to another successful operation. payments and any signs of animal or
travellers to be aware of their bird trapping.”
Acting National Manager Enforcement
surroundings and report any Operations, Terry Price, said alert Information provided to the Customs
suspicious border activity to Australians were a vital link in the Hotline by local communities and
the Customs Hotline. detection and deterrence of illegal businesses has proven instrumental
activities. in hundreds of seizures of drugs,
Even the most well-planned sojourn
weapons and wildlife.
can be affected by the unexpected “It’s a huge task to cover all of
and caravanners can play an Australia’s remote areas, and “As well as informing us about
important role in helping Customs Customs encourages travellers and possible illegal activities such as drug
protect Australia’s borders while the community to keep their ears and smuggling, we are also on the
exploring this great country of ours. eyes open and to report any lookout for any information
They might see unusual activity on a suspicious border activity to the concerning other prohibited activities
remote section of the coast, come Customs Hotline,” he said. such as export of our native wildlife,”
across a suspicious fishing vessel or Mr Price said.
“Some of things to look out for
notice signs of animal and bird include vessels landing in unusual The Customs Hotline, 1800 06 1800 is
trapping. areas, light aircraft operating in available 24 hours a day. Callers can
This information could be the missing unusual places, hidden campsites choose to remain anonymous and all
clue needed for Customs to complete and fuel dumps, unusually large cash information is treated confidentially.

Call Customs and help protect Australia's borders
Helping Customs protect our borders is as simple as being aware of your
surroundings. You know your local area and you know what looks or
sounds suspicious on land, at sea, or in the air.

Use your instincts and if something seems suspicious, report it

immediately. Don't get involved or disturb or remove anything as this
could disturb vital evidence.

What to tell Customs

You will need to provide Customs with as much information as possible.
Be sure to record the date, time and place of the incident, what you saw
or heard and a description of the people and transport involved. AUTUMN 2008 • 7

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Renewable energy:
solar power for homes
More Australians than ever are deciding Powering your home
to power their homes using energy from using solar energy will
the sun. Solar power is the most not only add value to
advanced, cleanest and most viable form your home, but your
of renewable energy available to home will become the
consumers of energy. It is traditionally envy of all your friends.
used in remote locations where To top it off the federal
electricity is not available, everywhere government are also
from remote cabins and offering a rebate of up
telecommunications towers to space to $8000 for homes
stations and satellites. Solar connected to the
photovoltaic technology and solar electricity grid and
systems are becoming more efficient and $200,000 for off-grid
aesthetically pleasing than ever. homes.

There are many benefits to using solar Solar panels create

power. Generating your own electricity electricity whenever
light shines on them.
will not only help the environment, by
This electricity is fed into an inverter, Essentially, your electricity meter spins
reducing the impact of pollution and
which converts the DC electricity backwards during the day and forwards at
greenhouse gas emissions, but will also
generated by the solar panels to 240V AC night. There is no difference in the way
help you reduce your electricity bill. A
electricity which is required to power your your home functions.
solar system on a new home will help household appliances. Any excess energy
meet 5 star energy rating systems and is fed back into the electricity grid. Please contact Energy Matters for more
help meet BASIX building requirements. information: 1300 727 151.

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Gorgeous Australia
captured in print
Aspects of Australia’s landscape have been shaped through
geological forces that have been in play over countless millennia.

he continental mass that we the lofty mountains of other counties, National Park. Geologically linked to
know as Australia came into it is nevertheless home to some nearby Uluru, the ancient Kata Tjuta
being over an extraordinarily dramatic gorges. The combination of domes, also known as the Olgas, are
long period; the continent slowly geological structures and processes composed of grey sandstone; the iron
splitting off the supercontinent has led to evolving natural features oxide in the surrounding desert sands
Gondwana over several million years, that contribute to Australia’s has stained the sandstone red, giving
and drifted northward, breaking free reputation as a place of remarkable the rocky formations their very
from Antarctica. natural heritage. distinctive red hues.Walpa Gorge cuts
The completion of that process between two of Kata Tjuta’s 36 red
occurred approximately 45 million domes, the highest of which is Mt
As the title suggests, Australia Olga, towering some 550 metres
years ago, and the flooding of the
Post’s most recent issue of above the plain. Explorer Ernest Giles
Bass Strait region, separating
international stamps showcases gave Kata Tjuta (many heads) its
Tasmania from the mainland,
gorges in the Australian landscape. It European name in 1872 after Queen
occurred around 15,000 years ago.
can be seen as something of a Olga of Wurttemburg. Visitors are
Up-thrusting tectonic plates, cycles companion to the last international forbidden to climb on these culturally
of flooding, volcanic activity, erosion, stamp issue, Island Jewels, which significant domes, but they can walk
subsidence and deposits have all focused on a range of the country’s the 6km Walpa Gorge.
contributed to Australia’s slowly most beautiful islands. This issue of
changing geography. four stamps features spectacular $2.70 – Katherine Gorge
gorges occurring in different Northern Territory
The fact that Australia’s mountain
landscape types: arid Red Centre,
ranges are comparatively low is
rocky outback and alpine landscapes.
testament to the age of the continent
– climatic and geological forces have $2.00 – Walpa Gorge
worn down the high mountain ranges Northern Territory
that are all too evident in younger
The Walpa Gorge is located in
landmasses, such as New Zealand.
Anangu country, in the World
But while Australia may not have Heritage-listed Kata Tjuta–Uluru AUTUMN 2008 • 9

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The Katherine Gorge is located in Greater Blue Mountains area, west of $4.00 – Geikie Gorge
Jawoyn country in the Nitmiluk Sydney. The Blue Mountains are Western Australia
(Katherine Gorge) National Park, formed from a massive sandstone
about 300 kilometres south of plateau. The plateau is dissected by The Geikie Gorge, in Bunuba
Darwin, in the Northern Territory. two river systems, which have cut a country, is located in the north-west
While its name suggests it is a single labyrinth of valleys and gorges of Western Australia, near Fitzroy
gorge, it is in fact a series of 13 through the area. One of these rivers Crossing, and is a spectacular feature
canyons separated by rapids that run is the Grose River, which travels a of the Kimberley. It was named after
some 12 kilometres.The waters of the meandering route through the valley Sir Archibald Geikie, a prominent
Katherine River have carved the 60- floor, creating walls that in places
metre walls of the canyon through a British geologist in 1883; its
tower to around 500 metres. The traditional Bunuba name is Darngku.
sandstone plateau, in a geological stamp image shows the remarkable
process that is estimated to have This 14-kilometre gorge has walls 30
Hanging Rock, a narrow slice of
begun some 23 million years ago. The to 50 metres high, created by the flow
sandstone named for the fact that it
site bears paintings of human figures of the Fitzroy River, which travels
literally hangs in the blue haze
and native fauna by ancestors of the through the limestone territory of the
characteristic of this area. Situated
traditional Jawoyn owners, who
on the southern side of the valley, Geikie and Oscar Ranges. The Fitzroy
jointly manage the park. Boats cruise
through a number of the gorges, this massive, 100m-high overhang has cut through a Devonian period
providing tourists with the provides stunning views over Grose coral reef (406–360 million years BP)
opportunity to see this national River Valley. that once enclosed a shallow sea. The
park’s spectacular landscape. beautifully coloured cliffs are stubbed
$1.35 – Grose River Gorge with marine fossils and coral
New South Wales deposits. The gorge can really only be
visited in the dry season, as the
Grose River Gorge is located in
Darug country in the popular Blue waters of the Fitzroy rise by as much
Mountains National Park, which is as 16 metres in the height of the wet
part of the World Heritage – listed season.

10 year old
to attend
school now
that her
mother Rose
has had her

Photo courtesy
of Hugh Rutherford

Simila’s story
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New Products from Polaris

In Dash GSP/DVD The New 7” GPS
Now Affordable with P.I.P.
Now you can have an With the new Picture-in-
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with Rear Vision, CD, see 7” 18cm Touch
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Bluetooth installed in watch the traffic behind
your vehicle just like the with half the screen and
original factory fitted view your GPS with the
GPS. The big difference other half.
is you don’t have to pay
Or alternatively you can
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view the full screen of
Polaris can supply an either GPS, rear vision
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most cars, 4WDs, trucks, vans and motor homes for only
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Buying a GPS -Rear Vision Camera*or a DVD Player for your

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is the answer. Units available to fit most vehicles.

With these All-in-one features:

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All this for only $1295 or Phone 1300 55 55 14
* (optional) AUTUMN 2008 • 11

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Who are Aspen Parks?

Aspen Parks is a Western for tourism, retirement and remote traditional caravan parks into modern
Australian based unlisted employment locations. The Fund is in tourism park resorts.
property fund established in a continual acquisition process to With a range of accommodation on
2004 with a mandate to purchase quality tourism parks & offer we can cater for our guests
resorts across Australia. according to their requirements and
acquire and develop a
budget. All parks have powered
portfolio of resorts and tourist Modern Park Resorts
Caravan and Camping facilities along
parks across Australia. Aspen Parks through professional with well appointed furnished cabins,
Aspen Parks is one of Australia’s management, innovative park design most with private living sized
largest resort park operators and a and latest park accommodation balconies. We offer a variety of cabin
leading provider of accommodation styles, have the ability to transform types:
3 Deluxe Spa Chalets
3 Family Holiday Villas
3 Park Cabins
3 Our fully self contained Weekender
3 Motel Rooms
3 Powered/Unpowered/Grassed and
Paved Caravan and Camping Sites
Park Features
All Aspen Parks are set in beautiful
landscaped grounds. Holidaymakers
have full use of resort style facilities –
most of which include:
3 Resort Style swimming pools
3 TV/Entertainment games room
3 Reading room
3 Well appointed Camp Kitchens and
Barbecue facilities
3 Children’s playgrounds
3 Kids Clubs operating during School
Holidays at most parks
3 Well-maintained communal
facilities and fully equipped
3 Internet Kiosks (Wireless Internet –
Cooke Point)
3 Tourist Information
3 Well maintained lawns and
Park Locations
Aspen Parks offer a Network of
Holiday Destinations in 27 locations
across Australia.

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Holiday Destinations Australia Wide

Caravan & Camping, Villas

s, Cabins
andd R esort Accommodation
Resort A d ti n
Aspen Parks
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accommoda ation options to make your holiday
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Blue Reef
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River HHoliday
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Coogee Beach Holiday Park Park 1800 817 016 Cottonwood
C ottonwood H Holiday
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Cooke Point
Point Holiday Park
a 1800 459 999 Maiden’s
M aiden’s IInn
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Exmouth th C
Cape Holiday
H lid P Park
arkk 1800 621 101 Magic
M agic M
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Houseboats 1800 356 483
K ununurra Country
Country Club
Club R
esor t 1800 808 999 Murray
M urray R
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M onkey Mia
Mia Dolphin
Dolphin Resort
Resor t 1800 653 611 Wymah
W ymah VValley
alley Retreat
Retreat 1800 776 523
N ingaloo Reef
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Resor t 1800 795 522 TTwofold
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Per th VVineyards
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Park 1800 679 992 Wallamba
W allamba R River
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P ilbara Holiday
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W oodman Point
Point Holiday
Holiday P
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Hooliday Park
Park 1800 466 528
South Australia
Por t Augusta
Port Augusta BIG4
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Park 1800
1800 833 444
M yall G
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800 356 103
Boathaven H
Boathaven Holiday
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Park 1800 352 982
G eelong Riverview
Riverview Tourist
Tourist Park
Park 1800 336 225
G olden R
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Holiday Resort
Resor t 1800 621 262
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Park 1800 222 052
Ashley Gardens
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Add extra thrills to your caravanning

adventure at Fremantle Prison
Built by convicts in the 1850’s overalls, boots, headlamps and
and decommissioned as a harnesses you are locked into the
maximum-security prison in ladder system to descend 20 metres
1991, Fremantle Prison was a into the depths below. Skilled guides
lead the trek through dry sections of
place of incarceration and
the tunnels by foot, then you board
punishment for almost 140
replica punts to explore the
years. submerged passageways accessible
You can ‘step inside and do time’ with only by boat.
Fremantle Prison’s experienced
guides who will fascinate you on a And if you’re feeling brave, join us on
choice of Prison Day Tours. Daring an eerie Torchlight Tour. Guides delve
escapes and colourful characters into the darker side of the Prison’s
feature in tales laced with prison history with tales of the bizarre and
humour. unexplainable. Be warned - these
If you have a spirit for adventure join strange happenings are not just a
us as we explore the one kilometre thing of the past. These spooky tours
labyrinth of tunnels built more than a by torchlight feature a few surprises
century ago under the Prison on a along the way and are not for the
Tunnel Tour. Equipped with hardhat, faint hearted.
gaol break

the Convict Establishment


... if you dare

Join experienced guides Explore the 1km labyrinth of

on fascinating tours Tours by torchlight that tunnels 20m below Fremantle
through Fremantle Prison are definitely not for Prison on foot and by boat
Tours depart every 30 minutes
the faint hearted! Tours depart regularly from 9.00am
from 10.00am to 5.00pm Wednesday and Friday evenings Bookings essential
Bookings essential

1 The Terrace Fremantle WA 6160 Tel: (08) 9336 9200

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Round Australia Trial

Route Announced
The route for this year’s
14th historic ‘Round
Australia’ event – the
2008 Red Centre to
Gold Coast Trial – has
now been confirmed.
Starting in Alice Springs
on Monday September 8,
the Trial will take up to 120
competitors in historic and
production rally cars, and
recreational 4WDs built
prior to 1986, on a zigzag
course across the Centre
and Northeast of Australia,
before finishing on the
Gold Coast on Saturday
September 20. A large
part of the course will
cover roads never used in
Round Australia trials.
After scrutineering and
a welcome function in
Alice Springs, the Trial
will begin with a
‘shakedown’ loop
containing four
competitive sections south of Alice began
Springs, before competitors with the Redex in 1953, as all
competitors will sleep under the stars Trial will give participants
commenced the long run to the East
due to the lack of available hotel competition, adventure, camaraderie
beds. and lifelong memories.
Entrants will travel on mainly
unmade, outback roads via Mt.Isa In Birdsville, the event will take on “This style of event is becoming
(Sept.11), Normanton (Sept.12), a festive flavour, with all competitors less and less frequent and those who
Cairns (Sept.13), Townsville (Sept.14), and officials dining in the closed-off miss it may well have to wait a
Longreach (Sept.15), Birdsville main street outside the famous
decade or longer for another
(Sept.16), Tibooburra (Sept.17), Birdsville Hotel, adjacent to the
Bourke (Sept.18), Goondiwindi airport and the area where they will
(Sept.19) and the Gold Coast all camp out. Entry in the Red Centre to Gold
(Sept.20). “This will be an event everyone will Coast Trial costs $5,500 for the Trial
remember,” promised Bob Watson, category and $4,250 for the less-
There will be up to 50 competitive
1970 Australian Rally Champion, Trial competitive Challenge, both prices
sections over the 10 days of the Trial,
some as long as 100km. founder and Deputy Clerk of Course. including GST.
“It is a serious rally conducted in the
For more information visit the website at
The nights spent at Normanton, spirit of the events that opened up
Birdsville and Tibooburra will be a the Outback and created motoring or call Bob Watson
unique reminder of the adventure of legends like ‘Gelignite’ Jack Murray. Tel: (03) 9646 1066
the earlier Round Australia Trials that The 2008 Red Centre to Gold Coast Mob: 0427 201 158 AUTUMN 2008 • 15

General News

Kipor Generators – Portable

power no matter where you are!
Even if you get ‘off the beaten track’ while travelling around Australia, Kipor Series 2 Digital
Inverter Generators can provide you with quick and easy portable power.

Another feature is Kipor’s high efficiency engine

combustion system resulting in ultra-low fuel emissions.
The Kipor Series 2 Digital Inverter range of portable
generators complies with the United States EPA
Environmental Protection Agency certification.
To assist with the ever increasing cost of fuel, the Kipor
engineers have included in all models of the Series 2
portable generators a fuel efficient Smart Throttle power
management system that when operating provides
optimum fuel economy and improved efficiency by
adjusting the engine speed to match the output load
demand. All Kipor Series 2 Digital Inverter Generators
run on clean unleaded petrol.
A *2-Year Nationwide Warranty (*2 Year domestic use / 1
year industrial use) applies on all Kipor Series 2 portable
generators sold within Australia.
Full after-sales service and back up support is offered
across all models by a network of authorised Kipor
Kipor Series 2 portable generators have a model to suit Distributors & Repairers.
your requirements. Whether you want to boil the kettle, watch television or
The range consists of 5 models; 3 sizes of carry handle just keep cool – Kipor Series 2 Digital Inverter
design – GS1000 1kVA, GS2000 2kVA & GS2600 2.6kVA Generators are the answer for your portable power
and 2 larger sizes of ‘on wheels’ trolley style – GS3000 needs!
3kVA and GS6000 6kVA. Kipor Series 2 Digital Inverter Generators are proudly
kVA stands for Kilovolts Amps, which is the measurement distributed by Primus Australia Pty Ltd and are available
of output power (electricity) that each model generates. from most caravan and outdoor camping stores
By multiplying the kVA by a power factor of 1, you can throughout Australia.
calculate the rated output of each model in watts. For your nearest stockist please contact Primus Australia Pty Ltd:
Tel 1300 555 197.
Depending on the number of appliances you want to
operate will determine the correct model of Kipor Series
2 portable generator for your needs!
What makes Kipor Series 2 Digital Inverter Generators
the perfect travel companion?
It all starts with the high performance ‘sine wave’ digital
inverter technology. This is at the heart of every Kipor
Series 2 portable generator. Kipor’s ‘sine wave’
technology delivers high quality, high output, stable
electricity – making them an ideal power source for
frequency sensitive appliances and precision equipment.
The Kipor Series 2 range of portable generators are
compact and lightweight – the GS1000 model with a
maximum output of 1000 watts only weighs 14kg!
Due to the fully encased engines with the additional
noise reduction ‘built in design’, all Kipor Series 2 Digital
Inverter Generators are super quiet in operation. This is
an important consideration when being used in close
proximity to other campers and the environment.

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Product News

Reliability and a little

luxury go a long way
Sterling range goes outback!



18 • AUTUMN 2008

Product News
With an ever growing number
of Australians hitting the road
to explore the wildest and
remotest areas of the country,
Jayco, the country’s most
competitive and innovative
recreational vehicle
manufacturer, has just
released its Outback range of
Sterling caravans.
While the Outback Sterling
caravans have the stylish design and
all the luxury features of the
conventional Sterling range, which
this year set new industry
benchmarks in overall quality, they
also include a number of features
which give these vehicles the “extra
muscle” to be towed over the rugged
terrain encountered in many remote
These features include:
3 a reinforced, galvanized, extra-
strength 15.2 cm (6 inch)
Millennium chassis;
3 a heavy duty Alko Rocker Roller
suspension and an under-slung
axle for higher ground clearance;
3 off-road 235/75R16 tyres which sit
on 40.7 cm (16 inch) alloy rims.
Jayco continues to draw on the
best in automotive design to enhance
the look of its entire recreational
vehicle fleet, and the sleek Outback LUXURY CARAVAN.
Sterling range is no exception.
soft furnishings and a contemporary internal shower and include two or
All Outback Sterling caravans have
decor. They also feature the same three additional bunks). In addition,
a “tough frame”, smooth-sided
brushed aluminium appliances used all models have an external shower.
fibreglass walls and curved front, and
rear panels with LED side and in Jayco’s conventional Sterling range. Internal ceiling lights and swivel
clearance lights. Other external Other internal features include: down-lights for the beds provide
features includes checker plate 3 a 28cm (15 inch) Sphere LCD direct lighting at night.
protection for the side walls, screen, “Customer feedback at this year’s
galvanized rear bumper bars and mud 3 Sphere DVD/CD/MP3/AM/FM 12V caravan and camping shows has been
flaps. stereo, terrific. Women love the smart, new
The Outback Sterling range 3 three-way Dometic RM 2553 fridge, designs, while the guys really like the
includes three model sizes; 5.7 extra muscle of our Outback
3 a control panel which monitors
metres (18 ft), 6.1 metres (19 ft) and products,” said Andrew Ryan, Jayco’s
two water tanks and battery levels,
6.4 metres (20 ft) with five different Marketing Manager.
layouts sleeping from two to five “Owning a Jayco Outback van
people. 3 a 12 volt pump to supply tap
means that you can now take safe and
The interiors of the vehicles reflect comfortable holidays in the remotest
a smart balance between comfort, All models include a moulded corners of the continent. Reliability
style and functionality. They have shower and a toilet as standard and a little luxury go a long way”.
spacious layouts, quality appliances features (although there is an option To view the Outback Sterling range visit
and furniture, practical and durable with one model to remove the AUTUMN 2008 • 19

General News

Keep your food EvaKool

while caravanning
The mantle of ‘Australia’s
largest recognised specialist
in 12v Fridge and Freezer
manufacturer’ is a tag that sits
well with the EvaKool
For many years now consumers have
supported this brand because of the
performance of the product in the hot
climate zones of northern and central
Australia. This is where the EvaKool
Fridge/Freezer, with its superior heat
reflecting fiberglass cabinet,
renowned insulation qualities, and
Danfoss compressor, offers the best
opportunity to keep refrigerated
items cold with the least amount of
power usage. Very important facts
that caravanners and off-road users SOME OF THE EVAKOOL PORTABLE FRIDGE/FREEZER UNITS
need to know when preparing for the
big trip. of the family 4WD when the fridge is floor remains unusable. No so with
not in the car. the EvaKool Fridge-Slide.
In February 2006, EvaKool launched
an Australian built 12v Fridge and Most other designers have sides that Also new from EvaKool this month is
Freezer under the FridgeMate brand are 70mm high. This means that a the release of their long awaited
that offered consumers a product good portion of the rear of the vehicle range of consumer friendly solar
that was performance driven utilising panels. These will be available in two
the same internal components as the kits forms with the larger 4 panel kit
EvaKool fiberglass product but with a comprising 4 x 20watt mono-
cheaper Polyethylene cabinet. crystalline panels (giving a total
This was a product to compete with 80watt output), 10amp solar charging
the plethora of products coming into regulator, interconnecting wire
Australia from Asia, but with the harness and battery connector
emphasis on local manufacture to adaptor assembly. All of this comes
keep our boys here employed. neatly packaged in a padded carry-
Both EvaKool and FridgeMate Fridge bag to allow for easy packing and
and Freezers have a full 5 year storage. Also available is a two panel
warranty. package which comprises 2 x 20watt
panels, interconnecting wiring
This month EvaKool launch an
harness and a padded carry bag.
Australian made Fridge-Slide that
offers a benefit not matched by other
producers on the market. The EvaKool For further information on all of the
Fridge-Slide has been manufactured above, please contact EvaKool on
with a slim-line design so that there Phone (07) 5492 7777 or
is minimal cabin intrusion in the rear email

20 • AUTUMN 2008

General News

Lightweight timber and

panels for your caravan
Kirikor panels are light weight clear grade 1st KIRIKOR is kiln dried to 9-11% moisture content and
quality edge glued panels used extensively in contains no gum making it easy to sand, mould, curve or
the motor home, caravan, camper, house boat,
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accepts a huge variety of stains and finishes and with its
weight relocatable building industries. open parallel virtually knot free grain can be easily
KIRIKOR timber (ROYAL PAULOWNIA TOMENTOSA) is matched to almost any matching timbers.
native to Asia and extensively grown in China in old KIRIKOR when used to replace standard timber sheet
growth plantations. products can save 254kg in weight in a 38’ motor home
KIRIKOR has high strength to weight ratio at only reducing the registration and fuel consumption costs.
290kg/m3 making it lighter and stronger than almost any RING FOR A FREE SAMPLE—YOUR COMPETITORS DID.
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twisting, warping or shrinking.

22 • AUTUMN 2008

Vintage Vans

A growing passion
for Vintage Caravans
By James Cockington

In case you haven’t noticed,

the vintage caravan movement
has taken off in a big way in
Australia. The idea is to find
an old van, restore it and tow
it behind a car of a similar
period, preferably with
matching colour schemes.
This latest manifestation of
nostalgia has spread so quickly
because of new technology: the
internet. Mark Taylor, an enthusiast
from Morley in Western Australia,
started the
website as a hobby and quickly
struck an emotional chord.
Now there are some 800 members
with hundreds of old caravans in A 1936 VINTAGE PLYWOOD CARAVAN
various stages of restoration. The cut- effectively creating a mobile museum, lamps and cookers, an Esky, mini
off point for vans (and cars) is 1970. for display whenever you wish.” electric jugs and compact toasters
Some members would like to wind are considered essentials. For those
this back to pre-1960 (the debate The art of the caravan collector is
to determine exactly what items who want the finer details, there are
continues over this ticklish issue).
would have fitted into their van when novelties such as the soap-shaker, a
Gatherings of members are pretty it was made. Most is of a portable, wire-mesh holder with a handle that
casual affairs, largely organised allows a cake of soap to be hung up
small-scale nature, chosen to fit in
online. The most official of these after use. It seems every caravan had
the confines of what were minuscule
meetings happens in October when
compartments by today’s standards. one. Ditto the bottle of Mortein with
east coast vanners meet at Coledale,
an atmospheric beach town north of Deck-chairs, fold-up tables, kerosene hand-pump.
Wollongong. Last year 42 caravans
This year in March, a similar
number is expected to meet at the
national gathering at Mount Gambier
in South Australia. Some intrepid
campers are expected to drive from
as far away as Perth for this one.
For some, interest in these quaint
pieces of motoring history has
resulted in a spin-off hobby.
“One of the challenging and fun
parts of vintage caravanning, if you’re
silly enough, is to collect and fill the
caravan with items from the same
period, such as grocery items,
crockery and appliances,” writes one
enthusiast on Taylor’s website. “This

Vintage Vans
Vintage maps, magazines and
postcards are also important and
some vans are fitted with a postcard
rack near the door, which are filled as
the journey progresses. Most
collectors include a camera and radio
of the period (a radio quiz and a pack
of cards was about all there was for
Those who collect for caravans say
that a lot of what they buy is basically
junk and can still be snapped up for
$5 or less. But not necessarily. One
contributor to the site paid $90
for a 1949 Coleman kerosene lamp.
Examples in working condition are
rare. Also hard to find in usable
condition are 1950s deck chairs (the
canvas must be brightly striped). An VINTAGE POSTERS ARE ALSO HIGHLY COLLECTABLE.
Esky is also worth increasingly large
amounts these days, from $50 to but are finding it much harder (and “You are no doubt familiar with the
$100. Plastic picnic sets and Thermos more expensive) to find items for smell of off cream,” he writes. “Well,
containers are also in demand and their 1930s job. There are bargains you should have smelt this stuff. It
are no longer cheap. out there, though. They recently was absolutely putrid and only 42
bought a 1936 Coleman portable kero years past its use-by date.”
Caravan collectors take their task
stove (still in its original tin) for $50,
as seriously as any TV series set OUR COLLECTION
possibly because the vendor was
decorator, using old magazines and
unaware of just how desirable these Bob and Yvonne Kerr’s mint-green
catalogues as source material. For
kits are to the new breed of caravan 1950s caravan (pulled by a matching
example, they’ll tell you that a
genuine ‘50s Esky should have a collectors. He could have asked two FJ Holden) is fast making them
snappy tartan pattern. Incidentally, or three times that amount and still famous. It has recently featured in
most enthusiasts like to use the sold it. Marie Claire magazine, been
items in the van when they go away. The challenges of this area of displayed at the NRMA’s Motorfest,
It’s part of the thrill to have to make collecting are best illustrated by one and even shown on morning TV (yes,
do with a lack of modern comforts. contributor to the website who, in Kerri-Anne has been a-rocking in this
The rule is that the older the van, trying to stock his food cupboard, van).
the harder it is to fit out. Bob and bought a tin of Tongala reduced
Among many members of the
Yvonne Kerr say they had little cream and had it posted to him. The
growing caravan cult, Bob and Yvonne
trouble decorating their 1950s van tin was punctured in the mail.
like to decorate it in the style of the
period, right down to a selection of
1955 magazines and the essential
soap shaker next to the sink. They are
now repeating this process with their
latest 1930s van, which Bob thinks
could be the oldest in Australia. It
was home-made using a British
Typical of their fanatical attention
to detail is the door lock; Bob has
fitted a Yale but is looking for one
made by Enoch Tonks & Sons, as the
company was called when this
caravan was built.
The Kerrs still like to travel in the
van, though Bob, a six-footer, says he
has to sleep “on the diagonal” to fit.

24 • AUTUMN 2008

General News

Batteries for all your power needs

Battery World is 3 Battery powered toys
Australia’s largest 3 Mobility Scooters
3 Recreational applications
retail franchise such as Deep Cycle
network specialising in batteries etc for camping
batteries and 3 Plus many Household
associated accessories. items…
More than 85 stores Plus we also carry a huge
Australia wide. range of accessories
including, chargers,
Our range includes batteries inverters, dual battery kits,
for: jump packs, solar panels,
3 Motorhomes and fridges, cables, leads,
Caravans terminals and many other
3 Cars, Trucks, Boats, Jet fittings.
Skis and Motorbikes.
3 Power Tools Battery World offers its
3 Mobile and Cordless customer’s expert advice,
Phones excellence in service, a
3 Digital, Video and SLR modern merchandised store
environment and an condition before you head Eneloop and Varta.
Cameras off on a holiday or during
3 Alarm Systems emergency service including In short, Battery World is the
home/roadside delivery and your travels.
3 Hearing Aids most convenient place for
3 Remote Controls
installation of automotive At Battery World we also customers to obtain all their
3 Two Way Radios
batteries. stock the best brands portable power source
3 Watches and Clocks Battery World franchisees including, Century, GS needs.
3 Golf Buggies and Carts would also be happy to test Yuasa, Optima, Geltech, To find you nearest Battery World
3 Laptop Computers and your batteries and then Lifeline, Haze, Deka, Federal, store phone 13 17 60 or go to
UPS systems advise you on their CTEK, Powercell, Sanyo, AUTUMN 2008 • 25

you’re never alone.

Companion Leisure™ has been part of

Australia’s outdoors for over 40 years
Companion Leisure is known in the camping and outdoor industry for providing affordable but high-quality leisure equipment including Stoves, Lanterns,
BBQ’s, Fridges, Portable Toilets, and much more. Companion has over 200 products in their range, which are available through over 800 retail outlets
across Australia and New Zealand. All Companion products are field tested prior to release and measured against strict world-class standards. This
ensures high-quality products which perform at optimum levels to give you years of trouble-free service. With Companion, you’re never alone.



The Companion range of Ezyloo™ portable toilets is

ideal for camping and caravanning because of their
world-class construction and wealth of benefits. The new Companion Traveller BBQ is the perfect mix
t Companion Ezyloo™ toilets are manufactured
between high-performance healthy cooking and 55-LITRE FRIDGE/FREEZER
portability. CODE: COMP655
using a customised injection mould system for
each component. This means greater strength and t Weighing just 7.5kg, the BBQ is specifically If you are looking for a large high-performance
durability for your toilet. designed as a portable alternative to the traditional portable fridge, you should definitely consider
4-burner BBQ you may have at home. Companion’s new 55-Litre Fridge/Freezer.
t All tanks are high-frequency welded and leak tested
to ensure maximum quality and performance. t A high-output 12Mj burner and large cooking t With a 55-Litre capacity and the ability to run on
surface means more efficient cooking. 12V, 24V, or 240V, this fridge is an ideal solution
t The Ezyloo™ range consists of 4 models:
» 8-Litre model designed for boating and stores t The Traveller™ has a high-quality glass enameled for camping or caravanning.
easily under the bunks of a small boat body to ensure long life and easy cleaning t The unit can be used as a fridge or a freezer, with
» 10-Litre model toilet for the kids t A glass-enameled grill sits above the flame tamer a wide temperature range of -19°C to +20°C. The
» 18-Litre model with a low 362mm height just to provide even heat distribution over the entire temperature can be easily adjusted using the easy-
right for caravans cooking surface. to-use digital control panel.
» The large 24-Litre unit for longer trips t The non-stick cooking plate is half flat and half t With a strong moulded lid, rust-proof handles &
t A convenient carry bag with a padded lid is griddle meaning more versatile cooking hinges, plus a tough outer casing, the COMP655 is
available for the 18L and 24L toilets allowing you t The Traveller™ BBQ uses a 468-gram propane built to last.
to inconspicuously store the toilet outside your cartridge (COMP3961) which will give you at least t Included with the fridge/freezer is a protective
tent or caravan. The toilet then doubles as a seat. 2 hours of cooking time from one cartridge storage bag which protects the fridge without
t Comchem chemical and Top Tank deodoriser t When not in use the Traveller™ BBQ is stored inside blocking the lid, handles, or temperature display.
liquids are also available in 1ltr measure and pour its folding leg stand making it simple to carry and
bottles and 5ltr bulk containers. move from car to cooking.

For your nearest retailer call 1300 276 642 or visit for more information.
you’re never alone.



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hose and regulator.

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Send your completed entry form and proof of purchase to: Traveller BBQ Promotion, Companion Leisure, PO Box 6062, Silverwater NSW 2128
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General News

Retro Looks
New range T@B Caravan

The latest offering from the

Germans in small compact
aluminium caravans is the new
German made t@b which is
distributed locally through
Oakhurst International. Here are
some thoughts from 2 t@b
“One of the best buys we have
ever made…”
Good Points: Fabulous looks,
environmentally friendly as so small
and light to tow, sleeps two easily and
three if needed, all the facilities we
need, a much warmer alternative to a
tent, just the right size for us with good
storage space, and a brilliant way of
making friends, as everyone wants to
come and look at it.
Bad Points: If you are tall, you may
find it difficult to stand upright, but we
are short, so it is fine.
General comments: We just love it!
We have the sun awning, which, though
expensive, is easily put up and gives a
lovely space to relax in on a summer’s
evening. We can spend the day out
exploring, and the evening snuggled up
watching a DVD and playing cards or
Scrabble. We have two pop-up tents for
the teenage kids, so they can have their
own space and sleep in until midday.
One of the best buys we have ever
“Easy to afford and
Bad Points: You need to be campervan, comfortable and warm even
live with…” organised as there isn’t as much space in winter, stays cool in summer. Easy to
Good Points: Well built, comfortable, as you would get in a full size caravan, afford and live with and it looks just
got all the basics and looks fantastic, but then there’s more space than you fantastic. When will the rest of the
it’s not an ugly white box, we always get would get in a campervan. The Water industry wake up and realise that there
people coming to say they love the look tank under the sink would be better are loads of people who would have a
of our T@B, easy to tow and I can move outside like UK caravans, there are caravan if they weren’t all identical
it by hand on my own, fast to set up, plenty of dealerships who could convert white boxes. Please someone, build a 4
loads of storage for a small caravan, the berth caravan as interesting and well
this for you though.
sun canopy gives more sheltered thought out as the T@B as we’ve got a
outdoor space, is fast to put up, easy to General Comments: Great all-round family now and we won’t fit in the T@B
store and looks great. caravan, excellent alternative to a for much longer!

28 • AUTUMN 2008

There‘s a lot riding on
your brakes.


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General News

Honda leads the way with Factory Cash Back

Honda’s largest dealer, The Generator Place
has been awarded the number one generator
dealer in Australia and has reaffirmed its
leadership role in the portable generator
market achieving record sales of the Honda
EU20i range of generators used in the Caravan
The EU20i weighs only 21kg, less than half the weight of
conventional generators of its capacity and has a
maximum AC output of 2kVA. Unlike many generators the
Honda EU20i has built in start up power which makes the
unit ideal for powering caravan air conditioners, fridges,
TVs, Mircowaves and lights.
Because of its highly efficient Honda-developed sine
The Honda EU20i is designed for easy portability, low
wave inverter system, a feature of the EU20i can even be
noise output and is the first generator of its rated output
used to power frequency sensitive electrical equipment
capable of powering most appliances including air such as computers. Such equipment is particularly
conditioners required for caravan use. sensitive to power surges which can cause extensive and
The Honda EU20i also features a two-tier soundproofing expensive damage.
system and an “EcoThrottle” that automatically adjusts A $200 FACTORY CASHBACK applies to the EU10i and
engine speed to match the electrical load, reducing EU20i models and makes the Honda generators the most
operating noise to just 59dB(A) and achieving extremely affordable they have ever been. (Offer ends 30/06/08)
high fuel economy capable of 15 hours continuous Call The Generator Place toll free on 1800 221 110 to obtain special
operational use under normal load from a 4.1 litre fuel pricing for Caravanning Australia subscribers on all Honda
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6 Autumn recipes that are tasty,

quick and nutritious

Thai Inspired Meatballs Baked BBQ Bean Burgers

Lettuce Cups In Beans Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Preparation Time: 10 minutes Preparation Time: 10 minutes Cooking Time: 10 minutes
Makes: 6 Cooking Time: 10 minutes Serves: 4
425g can GREENSEAS Tuna Chunks in Serves: 4 420g can HEINZ Baked Beans in BBQ
Brine, drained Sauce
500g lean beef mince
1 lebanese cucumber, finely diced 1 small onion, finely diced
⁄2 cup breadcrumbs
⁄2 red capsicum, finely diced 3 cups fresh breadcrumbs
2 tbsps chopped fresh parsley
2 spring onions, finely sliced 1 egg, beaten
1 egg, lightly beaten
11⁄2 tbsps vegetable oil 1
⁄4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
1-2 cloves garlic, finely crushed
1 tbsp lime juice oil, for frying
1 onion, diced
11⁄2 tbsp fish sauce 4 hamburger or crispy rolls
420g can HEINZ Baked Beans in
2 tsp brown sugar lettuce leaves, for serving
Tomato Sauce
1 tsp finely grated ginger sliced tomato, for serving
1 cup water (beef stock)
iceberg or cos lettuce leaves, for 1
⁄4 cup tomato paste
serving Method:
1 tbsp roasted peanuts, chopped
Method: 1. Combine the HEINZ Beans, onion,
coriander leaves, for serving
1. Combine mince, breadcrumbs, breadcrumbs, egg and parsley. Mix
parsley and egg. Roll into small well. Mould into 4 even-shaped
balls. burgers.
1. Combine GREENSEAS Tuna,
2. Heat oil in a large frying pan (with 2. Heat oil in a frying pan, add
cucumber, capsicum and spring
a lid) and brown the meatballs. Set burgers and cook for 4 minutes
onion. Mix well.
aside on absorbent paper. Add each side, turning only once.
2. Whisk together the oil, lime juice,
garlic and onion, cook for 1 3. Serve burgers on the rolls with
fish sauce, sugar and ginger. Pour
minute. Stir in HEINZ Beans, water lettuce and tomato.
over tuna mixture and toss to
and tomato paste. Season to taste.
3. Cover and simmer for 25 minutes.
3. Divide between lettuce cups and
Garnish with extra parsley. Serve
top with peanuts and coriander.
with cooked pasta or creamy
Serve immediately.
1. Add cooked vermicelli noodles to
add bulk for a more substantial

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Selection of Salmon and Beef Tagine

Tuna Dips Risoni Salad Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Preparation Time: 10 minutes Preparation Time: 10 minutes Cooking time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Each Serves: 6 Cooking Time: 10 minutes Serves: 4
Tuna & Olive Serves: 4 1 tbsps olive oil
1 cup risoni pasta 750g rump steak, cut into cubes
425g can GREENSEAS Tuna Chunks in
Brine, drained 1
⁄4 cup pinenuts
⁄4 cup plain flour
1 cup light sour cream 1 red onion, finely sliced 1 onion, sliced
⁄2 cup flat leaf parsley, chopped 250g cherry tomatoes 2 cloves garlic
⁄4 cup stuffed green olives, finely 2 tsps olive oil 2 tsps ground cumin
chopped 390g can GREENSEAS Pink Salmon 1 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp capers, finely chopped Chunks, drained 535g can HEINZ VERY VEGETABLE
1 tsp finely grated lemon rind 100g feta, crumbled Garden Vegetable Soup
2 tbsps extra virgin olive oil 1 cup water
Method: 11⁄2 tbsps balsamic vinegar 1 cinnamon stick
⁄3 cup fresh basil leaves 1 strip orange rind
1. Combine all ingredients in a large 1
⁄2 cup dried apricot halves
freshly ground black pepper, to taste
bowl, mixing well. 1
⁄2 cup fresh coriander leaves
2. Refrigerate prior to serving with Method: prepared couscous and yoghurt, for
grissini or fresh Turkish bread. serving
1. Pre-heat oven to 180ºC. Cook 2 tbsps slivered almonds, toasted, for
risoni in a large saucepan of serving
boiling water for 10 minutes, or
Tuna & Sweet Chilli
until tender. Drain and rinse under Method:
425g can GREENSEAS Tuna Chunks in cold water.
Brine, drained 1. Heat half the oil in a large heavy
2. Meanwhile, place pinenuts onto a based saucepan or casserole dish.
125g spreadable cream cheese
small oven tray and cook for 8-10 Coat beef in flour, add to the dish
⁄3 cup sweet chilli sauce
minutes, or until golden. Toss and cook in batches until well
⁄4 cup fresh coriander leaves,
onion and tomatoes in oil and browned. Remove and set aside.
place onto another tray and bake
for 8-10 minutes, or until tender. 2. Add remaining oil to pan and cook
Method: onions for 3-4 minutes until
3. Combine risoni, roasted onion and softened. Stir in garlic and spices,
1. Combine all ingredients in a large
tomatoes, GREENSEAS Salmon continue cooking until spices are
bowl, mixing well.
and feta in a large mixing bowl. fragrant. Return beef to the dish
2. Refrigerate prior to serving with Pour in combined oil, vinegar, basil with HEINZ Soup, water, cinnamon
grissini or fresh Turkish bread. and pepper. Toss well. Spoon into stick and orange rind. Bring to the
a serving bowl and sprinkle with boil, reduce heat and simmer
pinenuts and extra basil leaves. partially covered for 30 minutes.
Stir in apricot halves and continue
cooking a further 30 minutes, or
Fancy yourself as an aspiring chef? Do you have any until beef is tender.
tried and true caravanning recipes you would like to 3. Stir coriander leaves through beef
share with other caravanners? and serve accompanied with
couscous, yoghurt and almonds.
Send them along with a photo to

General News

Track Trailers –
Excellence in design
For more than a decade Track has designed, built and maintained custom trailers for the
Australian Military. This has led to the development of Track’s own MC2 suspension, and unique
chassis design. Technical jargon aside, the suspension is like no other. Fantastic clearance,
perfect wheel tracking and excellent ramp over and departure angles make Track’s trailers the
best behaved ever on corrugations.

All Track models are designed and

engineered to deliver the highest
degree of functionality - using
modern materials and construction
methods. The Tvan especially has set
the standard for off-road camper
trailers worldwide.
Often couples are the usual
candidates for a Tvan, however when
the tent is deployed and the
additional zip on room is attached, it
can quickly become a family
environment. For this reason Track
has designed the Traveller, which has
more tent area and living space – it’s which is better for the 4wd and your something new on the cooker. It’s
tent is approximately 11% larger than fuel bill. apparently been in development for
its main competitors.
Storage is ample and easily the last 3 years and is meant to
With all the storage space, larger tent revolutionise the offroad towing
accessible under the bed whilst in
and floor area you could be forgiven
tow mode. The kitchen is huge and market. Keep a look out at shows for
for thinking that the Traveller would
gas cook top is very effective at it.
weigh in heaver than a Mac truck. But
boiling a billy or frying up a bbq on its
the amazing truth is it’s still lighter You can check out all of Track’s products on
and has significantly less load on the or call them for free
ball than most of the competitors, There are whispers that Track has on 1800 69 8826.

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General News

Kimberley Kampers
The Kimberley Kamper Camper Trailers is a purpose built dedicated 4WD Camping trailer capable
of handling the extreme off-road conditions in Australia and is produced under the very high
standard and quality assurance procedures required by Kimberley Kampers. Kimberley Kampers
now exports to USA and Europe.

Kimberley Kampers is a professional manufacturing The LED lighting and fridge is very energy efficient giving
business located in Ballina on the far North Coast of New around 6-7 days for typical use without any charging.
South Wales. From infancy in 1994, over 3000 Campers The 2008 Model is now even lighter than the 2007 with
have been supplied to Australian customers. the NEW Alluminium Alloy Front Frame and alloy internal
The 4,000sqm purpose built factory employs 70 people construction. The Selecta-Swing-Away range of rear
on a full time basis. carriers gives you the flexibility of adding outboard
carriers, bikes or additional water in the rear of the
The manufacturing process is modern and based on lean
manufacturing principles. The canvas manufacturing is
completely done at the factory. If you wish to add a second bedroom or an ensuite then
The quality of every component of the Campers as well these are available options. You can also add the Hi-Top
as the finished product is of paramount importance to tropical roof.
every staff member and it reflects the pride they have in 2008 Model SportsRV Overview
their workmanship. The skill level of each employee is
testament to their interest in their respective fields. The Sports RV is a new marque under the leadership of
Kimberley Kampers. It is produced to cater to the
What’s New for 2008
traveller who wants to get off road to pursue sports and
The Kimberley Kamper Platinum Model is the top of the adventure. Specifically, the SportsRV is a lightweight
line Off Road Camper Trailer with virtually a complete set trailer suitable for medium 4WDs and Sports Utilites. It
of extras. will carry Quad Bikes, Dirt Bikes, Kayaks, up to 5 Bicycles
It’s large ventilated NEW Delta Gullwing storage box is and inflatable boats. Our 2008 Models are just released
perfect for those who travel with a large fridge/freezer and the SportsRV gets a number of minor changes
and supplies in the Camper for longer stays or with a making it even lighter and tougher.
family. The kitchen and cooker are top-of-the-range with
The Kimberley Kamper SportsRv is perfect for off-road
a 2 burner cooktop and griller and a 14.5Mj BBQ burner.
travelling where lighter weight better suits your vehicle.
These 2 cookers are mounted on a slide-out unit for
The 2008 Model SportsRv is now even lighter than
maximum ease-of-cooking.
before with an alloy front frame and alloy internal
It comes standard with the new on-demand hot water construction. The drawbar weight is also lighter than the
system.This is diesel powered and comes as standard
2007 model. The SportsRv uses electric brakes on a
with outside hot and cold extendable shower as well as
laser-cut chassis with independent suspension. The
hot and cold outlet in the kitchen sink. It also comes
Selecta-Swing-Away range of rear carriers gives you the
standard with Visi-flow system which can pump up to
flexibility of adding bikes or additional water in the rear
3.5-4m from a stream or billabong for an endless supply
of the camper. All the Kimberley Canvas and Energy
of hot water!
options are available for the SportsRv.
It comes standard with a reinforced roof rack so that a
boat loader can be fitted , canvas mesh walls and The sportsRv model has the same Camper “body”,
upgraded wheels and tyres. It has a 40 Amp charger, camper “tent”, NEW Dual Layer mattress and Stainless
210Ah batteries, 73Litre Fridge/Freezer, an on board Steel Kitchen Body (kitchen internals are different) that
energy capacity meter which shows you not only the is used across the range of models. It is perfect for the
energy capacity you have left but also the net charging couple or family that spend their time camping in easy-
rate from solar panels. access locations.

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General News

The new Coachmen Mirada

310DS arrives in Australia
After years of planning and development the first Mirada 310DS has arrived. Coachmen
Recreational Vehicles Pty Ltd are hoping to unveil the new Motorhome at the Perth RV show in
March this year.

Some of the Product changes in the new Coachmen

Mirada 310DS include the following:
Australian Supplied items include:
3 Onan 6.0kva generator
3 240v wiring and power board
3 Surround sound
3 12v Power supply and battery charger
3 3 way 2 door refrigerator and freezer
3 Range and oven with 3 gas burners and a 240v
hot plate
3 Microwave
3 Ducted airconditioning and heating
3 Day/Night Blinds
3 Hot water service
3 Slide switches on main control panel
3 Range hood
3 Televisions 3 Full under bed storage with gas struts
3 DVD 3 New neutral “Latte” colour scheme
3 Radio/CD player 3 Higher headroom
3 New state of the art gas conversion 3 Storage locker behind the couch.
Interior Changes: Exterior Changes:
3 New drivers and passengers seats 3 2 x Automatic Double steps on entries
3 Leatherette Jackknife couch 3 Large Bus style lockers
3 Ergonomic free standing chair & foot stool
3 2 x Slide out awnings
3 Posturepedic style Queen mattress
3 WaterWorks™ and No Mess™ termination area
3 Factory fitted left hand side entry door
3 Full house water filter
3 Rear petrol fill point
3 Molded rear bumper
3 Solid spare tyre cover
3 New Automatic leveling system with double
acting Hydraulic rams

38 • AUTUMN 2008

PH: 1300 769 330
life should be so easy

x Ford LPG/Petrol V10
x 240 volt appliances
x Leatherette fabric
x 240 volt Onan petrol
x Separate toilet & shower
x New luxury front seats
Optional Paint Canyon Grey x 2 quality TVs
x Radio/CD/MP3
The new 310DS double slide 33’ Mirada offers the best features of our previous From
models combined into one unit. It now has a larger main slide out when com- $299,950.00
pared to the previous double slide and many luxury inclusions as standard PLUS ON ROAD COSTS

x Ford LPG/Petrol V10
x Onan petrol generator
x Separate toilet & shower
x Quality TV & DVD
x Radio/CD/MP3
x Slide Awnings
Photo for advertising purposes and may include accessories and options not normally available
x Reversing Camera
x Large patio awning
NEW 2007 COACHMEN 300TS 30’ TRIPLE SLIDE x Reclining captains chairs
New model to the Australian market. Concord 300TS. This is a state of the art drivers x Roof ladder
Motorhome featuring 3 full size Slideouts, premium finished timber work and leather x 5 speed Automatic trans
x Luxury appointments
upholstery inside, generator, slick exterior paintwork, and all modern luxury Mo-
torhome features. Full Australian compliance in all states, LPG duel fuel running costs
equivalent to 19lts per 100km, Australia wide warranty. Call now to make your ap- $239,950.00


This unit is due for delivery February 2008, includes dual UNITS FROM
A/C. Approximately 26,000miles, non smokers home and
very tidy. Ford V10 on Petrol & Gas, Automatic and large $219,950.00
slide-out for couch and dinette area. PLUS ON ROAD COSTS


Website: Email: Ph: 02 4472 5200 MOB: 0418 753 196
General News

National Harvest
Labour Information
Service (NHLIS)
The National Harvest Labour Information Service can help
growers find harvest workers throughout this beautiful country
of ours, and best of all the service is free.
For many fruit and vegetable growers, harvest can be one of the
most difficult tasks. Sourcing farm labour has became such a
widespread problem, The NHLIS was established to not only find
harvest workers for growers in need but for the large number of
itinerant workers, eligible job seekers, WHM’s, backpackers and
the grey nomads (a term given to retirees, holidaying around
Australia) who like to work and travel around the various harvest
regions of Australia.
The NHLIS uses three key links to support the Harvest Trail;
The National Telephone Service (freecall) 1800 062 332. Finding
workers is as easy as calling this number. Call centre operators
take calls relating to harvest labour and connect callers to
growers looking for harvest labour.
The Harvest Trail Website, is part of the
Commonwealth Governments job search website and has been
significantly expanded and improved, providing comprehensive
information about harvest opportunities in all states of Australia.
The Harvest Guide provides comprehensive information about
harvest work opportunities and locations, working conditions,
transport options and accommodation arrangements. This harvest
guide is available free of charge, and is distributed nationally. It is
also available on the Harvest Trail website.
The NHLIS was established in July 2003 to help growers and
jobseekers find each other at harvest time. The Service receives
an average of over 1500 calls per week from backpackers,
itinerant workers, “grey nomads” and eligible Australian job
seekers. NHLIS call centre operators mobilise workers from
regions that have finished harvest to regions in need of workers,
thereby alleviating any seasonal labour shortages.
Growers and contractors who require assistance to source
seasonal labour are urged to register their labour requirements
on the Harvest Trail Website.
How To Lodge Jobs On The Harvest Trail Website
There are a number of ways that harvest positions can be added
to the harvest trail website including:
Growers can contact their local Harvest Office (where available) or
Job Network/Placement Agency who will lodge the positions onto
the Harvest Trail Website and manage the recruitment process. In
this instance, it is advisable to ensure the Job Network/Placement
Agency is prepared to refer backpackers, “grey nomads” and
itinerant workers along with Australian Jobseekers.
Growers that have internet access can lodge positions
electronically on the Harvest Trail Website but must be prepared
to list their contact details and be available to receive enquiries
from job seekers at peak times. To get started log onto , click on ‘Employers’, then ‘advertise a
job’, and follow the prompts. For further information or advise call
the NHLIS on 1800 062 332.
Alternatively, the NHLIS can lodge the vacancy(s) on the Harvest
Trail Website on behalf of a grower. Call the NHLIS Freecall
number, 1800 062 332 for assistance.

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Caravanning Australia Special 50
page supplement* to help you choose
your next 4WD, AWD or SUV

*The information used to prepare this report has been provided by the individual
car companies. Caravanning Australia accepts no responsibility for the information contained in this report and readers are encouraged to confirm pricing and
specifications of vehicles and should not rely soley on this report as the basis for
any purchasing decision.
4WD/AWD/SUV Feature

Audi A6

New Audi A6 allroad quattro

tackles all terrains
3 A6 allroad quattro 3.0 TDI tiptronic $106,000
3 Trailer load limit, unbraked, 750 kg 3 Trailer load limit braked for 8% / 12% gradient, 2100/2100 kg

udi’s second generation A6 impressive 450 Nm of torque. Audi’s managing director, Joerg
allroad quattro has arrived in Hofmann, says the new A6 allroad
Powered by a lusty 3.0 TDI engine
Australia. Comfortable and quattro is a popular vehicle with a
and silky six-speed tiptronic
capable on the road or off the beaten loyal customer base.
track, the new A6 allroad quattro transmission, this latest-generation
diesel engine technology features a “The second generation of the A6
keeps going when the bitumen ends.
common-rail injection system and allroad quattro will be sought out by
It offers the ultimate choice for
piezo injectors, and is united with a customers who want authenticity and
customers wanting a spacious road-
highly effective exhaust emission performance, knowing they possess
going vehicle with SUV capabilities
control, known as a diesel particulate the ability to escape from the urban
thanks to quattro permanent all-
filter DPF. jungle, whilst maintaining an
wheel drive and the variable ground
appreciation of style, quality and
clearance made possible by adaptive Quite simply, the A6 allroad workmanship,” Mr Hofmann said.
air suspension. quattro has the power to deliver
superior performance upon demand “This new model exists in a very
The new A6 allroad quattro is
without compromising the efficient popular niché with those customers
priced at $106,000. Capable of
fuel consumption of modern diesel who find themselves wanting all-
moving people literally and
engines. Low emissions add yet terrain flexibility but don’t need a
figuratively, the second generation of
vehicle quite as rugged as an SUV.”
Audi’s successful all-terrain vehicle another attractive feature to a long
boasts 171 kilowatts of power and an list of benefits. Its expressive and emotional

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4WD/AWD/SUV Feature
appearance and capable character
perfectly highlights its flexible
personality and power even when
stationary. Dynamic lines and a
coupe-like silhouette convey the
vehicle’s sporty characteristics, and a
prominent new feature is the unique
interpretation of the single-frame
grille. The vertical chrome-trimmed
bars ensure the licence plate appears
to be suspended mid-grille.
The striking aluminium roof rails
and off-road styling elements such as
a prominent stainless steel undertray
for engine protection and wide, flared
wheel arches harmoniously integrate
a sense of robust character with a
nonetheless stylish appearance.
The A6 allroad quattro is longer
(+124mm) and wider (+10mm) than its
predecessor. Its wheelbase has been
extended by 76mm benefiting front
and rear passengers, along with
additional shoulder room (+ 23mm in
front, + 6mm at rear) and more room
between seats (+ 40mm at front and +
20mm at rear). The more spacious
and versatile luggage compartment
designed for maximum functionality,
offers up to 1,660 litres of load space
(+70 litres) with the rear seats folded
down. A twin rail securing system and
extensive storage packages provide
ample storage space and tie-down
The variable air suspension
features five driving modes and can
be raised by up to 60mm above its
resting position, ensuring the A6
allroad quattro lives up to its name.
The perfect escape vehicle for
busy, sports-loving families, the new
A6 allroad quattro offers space and
flexibility in a nimble package. Ideal
for travel-savvy drivers, the A6 allroad
quattro easily swallows skis,
surfboards, luggage, children and the
family pet, offering the best-possible
compromise between family estate,
performance car and larger SUV
model. It is fuel efficient and low on
emissions, adding another positive
dimension to this versatile vehicle.
The new Audi A6 allroad quattro
defines the future of all-terrain
performance with technology that
remains revolutionary, emotional
design, innovation and versatility. AUTUMN 2008 • 43

4WD/AWD/SUV Feature


BMW X5 3.0sd Revved Up and

Ready for Sale in Australia
3 $102,800 plus dealer delivery and statutory charges (the X5 3.0sd with optional Sport package will be
priced from $107,300 plus dealer delivery and statutory charges).
3 Towing capacity (braked) on 12% slope kg 2,700 3 Towing capacity without brakes kg 750
3 Maximum permitted towbar download kg 270

MW is close to welcoming to mountainous 565 Nm of torque and fuel economy.
Australia the first supplies of its available from its 3.0-litre straight six,
The X5 3.0sd will thus deliver the
most powerful diesel model yet, all-aluminium twin-turbo engine.
ultimate in performance and
the twin-turbo powered X5 3.0sd.
Fuel consumption is extremely efficiency.
Today, BMW Group Australia frugal at an average of 8.8 litres per
With its intelligent xDrive all-wheel
announces the price and specification 100 km, and acceleration from 0-100
drive and reduced weight, more of
for this powerful, frugal and clean- km/h takes a sportscar like 7.2
the engine’s prodigious power is
running advanced diesel Sport seconds.
turned into spirited acceleration. Of
Activity Vehicle, which is guaranteed
Thanks to advanced engine control course, the acclaimed X5 best-in-
to set a new performance benchmark
and fine-tuning of the turbochargers, class agility will ensure this new
in Australia.
the X5 3.0sd boasts CO2 emissions model is a Sports Activity Vehicle with
There will be one highly-specified almost identical to the already clean- power, punch and performance.
model variant of the X5 3.0sd, living X5 3.0d, and around 35 percent
The X5 3.0sd will be specified in
although a Sport package will also be lower than some perceived rivals.
line with the X5 3.0d Executive, which
optionally available.
The X5 3.0sd also sets the means it will come with 18-inch light-
The X5 3.0sd is a born performer benchmark substantially above its alloy wheels, a rear view camera for
with 200 kW of power and a class rivals in terms of acceleration when Reverse is engaged, electrically

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4WD/AWD/SUV Feature
adjustable driver’s seat with memory excellent opportunity to obtain a
function, electrically adjustable high-performance vehicle that offers
steering column with memory the absolute last word in technology,
function, BMW Navigation system acceleration and agility,” said BMW
Professional with 8.8-inch full colour Group Australia Managing Director,
monitor and analogue and digital Guenther Seemann.
Television receiver, preparation for
Bluetooth interface Business, Voice “The icing on the cake is the
Recognition system and BMW Assist. extremely frugal nature of this
engine. The X5 3.0sd removes any
Like all X5 models, the 3.0sd also compromise between performance,
features front, side and head airbags, driving enjoyment and fuel
anti-lock brakes with Dynamic consumption.
Traction Control, Hill Descent Control,
rain-sensing wipers, automatic “In the last year we have
driving lights, multifunction steering introduced Twin Turbo petrol
wheel controls, iDrive with eight technology to Australia in the form of
favourite buttons, cruise control with the International Engine of the Year,
braking function, engine start/stop fitting the 335i engine across the
button, six-stacker CD player, and BMW 3 Series range.
leather upholstery.
“Now we are also the first
The Sport package comprises manufacturer to offer a twin-turbo
Sport suspension settings, Sport direct injection diesel engine.
leather steering wheel, 19-inch light-
alloy wheels, front Sport seats, BMW “We are certain the superb
Individual high-gloss Satin Chrome performance, class leading fuel
trim, and anthracite BMW Individual efficiency and unsurpassed agility in
roof lining. a luxury Sports Activity Vehicle will
ensure the X5 3.0sd is regarded as
The success of the new BMW X5 in the benchmark in this market
Australia and around the world has segment,” said Mr Seemann.
been due to its dynamic performance,
elegant but powerful looks, luxurious
ambience and large functional
interior, which offers the option of
seats for seven for the first time.
The Variable Twin Turbo engine
employs advanced turbo charging
technology. Two turbochargers of
different size are connected in series.
Thanks to its low inertia, the smaller
charger is capable of developing its
full effect at low revs, without lag.
As engine speed rises, the larger
turbocharger gradually takes over.
This combination ensures immediate
and impressive power delivery, even
at high revs.
The BMW X5 3.0sd is priced from
$102,800 plus dealer delivery and
statutory charges while the X5 3.0sd
with optional Sport package will be
priced from $107,300 plus dealer
delivery and statutory charges.
The first deliveries of the new
BMW X5 3.0sd are scheduled to
commence in the first quarter of
“The arrival of the new X5 3.0sd
will present BMW customers with an AUTUMN 2008 • 45

4WD/AWD/SUV Feature

Ford F6X Sports

F6X Sports SUV has plenty of towing grunt

3 Ford F6X Sports from $75,990
3 Braked (2300 kg) 3 Unbraked (750 kg)

ord Performance Vehicles (FPV) powerful six-cylinder SUV available in luxury enhancements expected from
has set a new benchmark in Australia.” a premium SUV vehicle.”
performance motoring with the
launch of the hot sports F6X, the The Australian designed and The F6X’s 270kW powerplant is
most powerful six-cylinder SUV in the engineered F6X is the first non matched to the renowned ZF six-
Australian market. Falcon-based vehicle produced by speed automatic transmission and a
FPV, which extends the FPV brand full-time All-Wheel-Drive system.
Powered by the class leading high- into new markets and offers
performance F6 270 Turbo 4.0-litre customers a unique opportunity in Through a unique spring and
DOHC in-line six-cylinder engine, the Australian performance motoring damper calibration, FPV engineers
F6X produces 270kW of power and have re-tuned the ride and handling
“The F6X was designed for families to produce a firmer sports feel, which
550Nm of torque, figures that are
that want a competitively priced, high further enhances the primary ride
unmatched by any local or imported
performance luxury SUV,” Barrett control of the vehicle.
luxury six-cylinder SUV equivalents.
“The F6X is a premium, FPV Further complementing the
“FPV has delivered a vehicle that performance sports suspension is an
enhanced version of the successful
combines the powerful performance upgraded brake package featuring
Ford Territory,” FPV General Manager
of a turbo charged I6 with luxury premium front Brembo six piston
Rod Barrett said.
sports design cues and outstanding calipers and 355mm x 32mm
“It builds on the best attributes of driving dynamics to create the ventilated rotors, and rear 328mm x
that vehicle and adds additional ultimate sports luxury SUV. 26mm ventilated rotors with single
performance without compromising
“It is priced well below its piston sliding calipers. The Alpine
on ride comfort and safety.
imported luxury equivalents, but still Silver finish on the18-inch five-spoke
“Quite simply, the F6X is the most delivers the high performance and alloys is also exclusive to the F6X.

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To match the higher engine scoop, door mirror scalps and rear
outputs, sportier suspension and skid plate.
bigger brakes, FPV engineers also
developed a unique Dynamic Stability The vehicle features distinctive F6X
Control (DSC) calibration for the F6X. 270 badging, and a unique F6X 270
stripe package is available as an
“The result is a DSC system that is optional extra. Exterior paint colours
not too intrusive during spirited on the F6X include Ego, Lightning
driving, but provides great control Strike, Nitro*, Seduce, Sensation*,
during handling manoeuvres,” Barrett Silhouette, Velvet* and Winter White.
The F6X’s recommended retail
The F6X is fitted with a number of
price is $75,990 and will go on sale
advanced active and passive safety
nationally from February 29th, 2008
features, including four-channel Anti-
lock Braking System (ABS) with *Nitro available from April 2008, Sensation available from
March 2008, Velvet available from August 2008.
traction control and Electronic
Brakeforce Distribution (EBD).
Standard equipment includes side
curtain airbags and dual-stage driver
and front passenger airbags, a
Reverse Sensing System and reverse
“The unique styling of the leather
seats is a standout, eye-catching
feature of the F6X and contributes to
the sports luxury feel that permeates
the entire vehicle,” said Barrett.
The seats feature a unique Shadow
and Pumice two-tone seat trim, with
the striking F6X logo embroidered on
the adjustable head rests. The two-
tone treatment is continued through
to the third row on the seven-seat
The instrument cluster features the
FPV logo, an engine speed red line
and distinctive FPV blue illumination,
while FPV scuff plates and alloy
pedals add to the list of interior
appointments. Each vehicle comes
with its own unique build plate
mounted on the gear selector
The premium Interior Command
Centre (ICC), with dual zone
automatic climate control and large
colour screen, is finished in a unique
Molten Metal accent colour, while the
leather door trim inserts are finished
in Pumice.
Unique F6X exterior styling cues
include a high-tech front mesh grille
insert with Molten Metal highlight, as
well as a rear spoiler and alloy
running boards with a matching body
colour surround. The exterior design
also features Molten Metal accents
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Ford Territory

Ford Territory – Made in Australia

for Australian conditions
Territory Territory Territory Territory Territory Territory

Price (RRP – excluding costs) $49,990 $56,490 $56,490 $60,490 $65,990 $65,990 $72,990

Standard towpack 160046 160047 160048 160049 160050 160051 160052

Heavy duty towpack 230054 230055 230056 230057 230058 230059 230060

Maximum towball download –

16062 16063 16064 16065 16066 16067 16068
standard towpack 1600kg

Maximum towball download –

23070 23071 23072 23073 23074 23075 23076
heavy duty towpack 2300kg

Maximum towing capacity –

750 750 750 750 750 750 750
unbraked trailer

Maximum towing capacity –

230078 230079 230080 230081 230082 230083 230084
braked trailer

Rear gross axle load rating

1530 1530 1530 1530 1530 1530 1530
when towing
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he Ford Territory incorporates from the accelerator. If the driver then have power adjustable pedals. Power
safety features that are leading applies the brakes, the transmission adjustable pedals assist drivers to
the Australian automotive will, under certain conditions, achieve the most comfortable driving
industry, to assist in both preventing automatically downshift to provide positions - regardless of their size.
accidents and protecting occupants. engine braking and help control the The pedal position is simply altered
Territory Ghia Turbo and Ghia include vehicle at the desired speed. by using a switch on the steering
a reverse camera as standard; a first column. Power adjustable pedals are
for an Australian-built vehicle. Grade Control Logic is a feature
standard on Territory Ghia and
found in all Territory models.
Height has its advantages. Territory Ghia Turbo and optional on
Following is a range of other dynamic
Territory’s command driving position all other models.
features included in the Territory
allows you to see more of the road range. REVERSE CAMERA
ahead giving you greater chance of
avoiding any potentially dangerous TRACTION CONTROL Like giving you eyes in the back of
situations. You will be sitting higher your head, the reverse camera
The Traction Control system
than a sedan so you will have activates automatically when the car
provides the driver with better control
improved visibility, but not so high is engaged in reverse gear. The
of the vehicle by reducing the amount
that you need a step ladder to get camera, with a fisheye lens capable
of wheel spin and instability when
down! of providing a 130° wide angle view of
accelerating in corners or on loose or
up to 15 metres behind the car,
The Territory AWD models have a wet surfaces. It is standard on
significantly enhances visibility
continous AWD system that provides Territory RWD and is an integral part
behind the car making it safer for
increased stability for cornering, of the Dynamic Stability Control (DSC)
towing and in wet and slippery occupants and pedestrians alike. The
system on all Territory models. It
conditions, by driving all the wheels camera is also an invaluable aid to
minimises wheel slip on any of the
all the time. The Ford Territory is the assist in the tricky task of hooking up
wheels through a combination of
first locally manufactured AWD with a trailer.
engine intervention and brake
Dynamic Stability Control. The ABS application. Standard on Territory Ghia, Turbo
and Traction Control also work in Ghia, and optional on TS, the reverse
conjunction with the AWD to help POWER ADJUSTABLE PEDALS
camera adds to the impressive list of
prevent spinning wheels in very The Ford Territory is the first locally safety features on the amazing Ford
slippery conditions and maintain manufactured Sports Utility Vehicle to Territory.
drive even when several wheels lose
grip, to keep the Territory moving.
Territory is the first locally
manufactured vehicle with optional
Hill Descent Control (HDC).* It allows
a smooth and controlled hill descent
in rough terrain without the driver
needing to touch the brake pedal.
Push a button and the vehicle will
descend using the ABS brake system
to control each wheel’s speed. If the
vehicle accelerates without driver
input, the system will automatically
apply the brakes to slow down to the
desired vehicle speed. Cruise control
buttons can adjust the speed to a
comfortable level. Applying pressure
to the accelerator or brake pedal will
override the HDC system when the
driver requires.
With Hill Descent Control drivers
can be confident that even the ride
down hills with slippery or rough
terrain will be smooth and controlled,
and that HDC will assist them to
maintain control. To help prevent the
need for the driver to ‘ride’ the brakes
when driving down steep grades, the
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REVERSE SENSING SYSTEM the ‘Territory’ logo. Made from Linear Ford Territory has also been
Low Density Polyethylene and inner calibrated with ‘gravel logic’ to
The Ford Territory’s Reverse
steel framework for added strength, provide shorter stopping distances on
Sensing System provides an audible
yhe Bar System is available in black loose surfaces or gravel roads.
warning for the driver of obstacles
or grey.
behind the rear of the vehicle and BARRA 190 ENGINE
assists in preventing damage or DYNAMIC STABILITY CONTROL
potential injury that may occur while You’ll find the Barra 190 4.0L DOHC
Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) is DIVCT 6 cylinder engine remarkable in
parking and manoeuvering. The
a standard feature of the Ford terms of its technology, performance,
system is standard on Territory Ghia
Territory range, including Territory fuel economy and emissions. Dual
Turbo, Ghia and TS and available as a
Turbo and Ghia Turbo. DSC uses the Independent Variable Cam Timing
Ford accessory on Territory Turbo and
steering wheel input to determine (DIVCT) and Dual Knock Sensor
TX models.
where the driver wishes the vehicle to technology work to optimise the
TRACTION CONTROL go. It monitors the wheels and delivery of power, torque and fuel
Traction Control provides the driver rotation of the vehicle around its economy.
with better control of the vehicle by central vertical axis (called ‘yaw’).
This information allows DSC to The Barra 190 engine delivers a
reducing the amount of wheel spin 190kW power punch and 383Nm of
under acceleration. understand if the vehicle is beginning
to understeer or oversteer when torque, making it perfect for cruising
DRIVER, FRONT PASSENGER AND cornering or swerving. DSC then around town or getting out on the
CURTAIN AIRBAGS automatically attempts to correct the open road. It’s an engine that offers
situation by applying braking to the effortless get up and go, yet also
Every Ford Territory has driver and
front passenger airbags as standard correct wheel, and if required, delivers impressive fuel economy.
with dual-stage inflation to help simultaneously reduces engine A REFINED 4-SPEED AUTOMATIC
provide optimum protection. power.
Standard on all Territory Rear-
The Territory was first with side INTELLIGENT SAFETY SYSTEM Wheel-Drive (RWD) models, the 4-
curtain airbags on an Australian built Territory features the award speed automatic transmission
vehicle. The Territory Ghia Turbo, Ghia winning Intelligent Safety System. features refinements such as Grade
and TS models have inflatable side This system won the coveted Gold Control Logic, and has precise shift
curtain airbags as standard for award at the Society of Australian scheduling and fluid shift quality to
enhanced head impact protection for Engineers Excellence Awards in 2003. deliver a truly amazing drive.
both first and second row occupants
in side impact crashes. They are also It is a fully integrated smart system A WORLD CLASS 6-SPEED
available as an option on Territory that co-ordinates the deployment of AUTOMATIC
Turbo and TX models. safety technologies by sensing the
Seamlessly smooth. High-
severity of a crash and responding
ELECTRONIC BRAKEFORCE performance precision. Everything
DISTRIBUTION you’d expect from a 6-speed
The Intelligent Safety System automatic transmission engineered
The Ford Territory’s Electronic incorporates: and built in Germany and tailored
Brakeforce Distribution (EBD)
3 dual stage deployment driver and specifically for Australian conditions.
improves overall braking performance
when carrying loads by adjusting the front passenger airbags The seamless gear changes are
front and rear braking force while 3 side curtain airbags for front and immediately obvious and there are
also providing more even brake pad second row occupants other benefits you’ll discover. Like
wear and longer pad life. 3 “beltminder” alarm system how the transmission learns your
INTELLIGENT BAR SYSTEM 3 collapsible brake pedal driving style by considering
acceleration rates, brake application
The intelligent bar system is 3 pyrotechnic seatbelt pre-
and cornering speed and then
available as an option or accessory tensioners, and
matches performance to suit. This
for all Territory models. Seamlessly 3 front and rear impact management means you’ll be in the right gear at
integrates with Ford Territory’s body structure (crumple zones). the right time for a smoother drive
Intelligent Safety System. Ford and optimal fuel economy.
Territory vehicles fitted with the
Intelligent Bar System comply with all The Anti-lock Braking System Dependent on your driving style,
applicable Australian Design Rules, (ABS) helps prevent the wheels from this transmission allows you to
including ADR69 and ADR73, having locking under severe braking experience other advanced features
successfully passed Ford’s ‘Big Roo’ conditions. Electronic Brakeforce where your reward will be an
on-vehicle crash test. The system was Distribution (EBD) works in tandem exhilarating drive. Features such as
exclusively designed by the Ford with ABS, and adjusts the brakeforce ‘fast off’, ‘gearhold around corners’
Australia Design Studio to suit the to the rear axle depending on the rear and ‘emergency downshifts’ tell you
vehicle’s exterior styling, and features load conditions. The ABS unit in the this is no ordinary transmission.

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Holden Captiva

Mid-size SUV with lots of appeal

3 Captiva SX $35,990 3 Captiva CX $38,990 3 Captiva LX $41,990 3 Captiva MaXX $42,990
The value-packed Captiva Diesel SX will retail at $34,990 for the manual transmission and $36,990 for the
automatic transmission, an addition of only $2,000. Captiva Diesel CX and LX will retail at $39,990 and
$42,990 respectively with automatic transmission.
3 750kg unbraked 3 2000kg braked 3 Diesel Automatic: 1700kg braked

OVERVIEW fridge, rear parking sensors, and side mirrors and air conditioning with
steps, particle filter are standard.
Captiva gives SUV buyers a choice
of highly specified SX, CX and LX INTERIOR DESIGN/SPACE Captiva MaXX has a unique
models and is topped by the Euro- instrument cluster and centre console
Space is maximised in the Holden
styled Captiva MaXX at $42,990. stack, sporty contoured seating and
Captiva, which comfortably
leather-wrap three-spoke steering
With Holden-tuned chassis accommodates five or seven people,
dynamics for on and off-road driving, depending on model. Fold-flat seating
Captiva will appeal to buyers in the transforms the vehicle from a family- Along with Captiva LX, it brings the
medium and compact-sized SUV friendly wagon to a versatile and added luxury of leather-faced
market segments. adaptable load carrier. charcoal seat and door trim, eight-
way adjustable driver seat, driver
With a range of models and choice Captiva’s driver-orientated cockpit
information centre graphic display
of five or seven seats, the Captiva will layouts are accented in subtle satin
and electronic climate control with air
appeal to a wide variety of people. silver and integrated infotainment
quality sensor.
units feature CD players (six-disc in
Selected Captiva accessories
all models except SX) and MP3 STORAGE
include; satellite navigation, roof-
mounted DVD, mobile phone, In SX, CX and LX models, all
bluetooth kit, nudge bar, rear cargo Tinted windows, power-operated passenger seats can be folded down
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volume. It comes with practical items Select, and Descent Control System. and a variable intake manifold that
such as remote operated tailgate enhances performance while reducing
Captiva SX, CX and LX models
glass for quick access (SX, CX, LX), fuel consumption. It is matched to a
return a competitive 11.5 litres per
and more than 20 convenient storage five-speed automatic transmission
100 kilometres and Captiva MaXX
solutions depending on model. with Active Select on the shifter.
returns 11.6 litres/100kms per the
Stowaway features include a large ADR 81/01 standard. Exhaust emissions comply with the
wet/dry area beneath the load Euro IV standard.
An all Australian-built Alloytec V6
compartment floor, glovebox cooler,
engine powers Captiva. The high A responsive and economical
deep centre console bin, rear centre
performance 3.2 litre powerplant was turbo-powered variant, the Captiva
console storage and handy door bins
developed especially for this SUV
all round. Diesel, is also available with a 2.0-
program and is made at Holden’s
litre common rail turbo diesel engine
There are drink bottle holders, Global V6 engine facility in Port
producing 110 kilowatts of peak
small item/coin and cup holders, a Melbourne, Australia.
power at 4000rpm and 320 Newton
parking ticket holder, overhead
In Captiva SX, CX and LX models, it metres of torque at 2000rpm.
sunglasses compartment, seatback
generates peak power of 169kW and
pockets and under-seat storage tray Captiva Diesel will be available in a
produces 297Nm of peak torque. The
(MaXX) and three 12-volt power five-speed manual or five-speed
equally torquey Captiva MaXX
outlets. automatic transmission with Active
generates 167kw of peak power. The
MECHANICAL OVERVIEW/ slight power difference is due to a Select, depending on model.
POWERTRAIN unique exhaust system. It is very fuel efficient, with the
All models feature an active all- The all-alloy engine has manual variant returning 7.6 litres per
wheel-drive system, a five-speed continuously variable camshaft 100km and the automatic 8.7 litres
automatic transmission with Active timing on inlet and exhaust valves per 100km (ADR081/01).

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Carbon dioxide emissions are also Electronic Stability Program
reduced, with the manual producing (ESP®) is included as standard on all
197 grams per kilometre – or 25 per models. ESP helps prevent skidding
cent less emissions than the in critical driving situations by
equivalent petrol engine. A diesel
applying corrective braking and
particulate filter will be offered to
reducing engine torque.
further reduce the level of
particulates present in exhaust An advanced Active Rollover
gases. Protection (ARP) system monitors
SAFETY body roll behaviour and averts
possible rollover through early brake
Active Rollover Protection is
standard. The acclaimed crash intervention. On steep downhill
avoidance system Electronic Stability gradients, a Descent Control System
Program (ESP®) is also standard (DCS) can automatically apply brakes
across the range, while curtain at each wheel and allow the driver to
airbags are available across the range concentrate primarily on steering.
and standard on all but the Captiva
SX model. Captiva is also equipped with four-
channel ABS, traction control and
Further safety items include hydraulic brake assist, which boosts
pyrotechnic front seat belt pre-
pedal pressure when it detects
tensioners and force limiters, sash
height adjustable front seatbelts, emergency braking.
pedal release system and three child The intelligent active all-wheel-
restraint anchor fittings. drive system that contributes so
A rigid, high-strength body shell is much to Captiva’s versatile appeal is
crash-optimised to distribute crash fully integrated into the ESP and ABS
forces over defined load paths and systems, improving vehicle control
help protect the integrity of the and active safety.
passenger safety cell.
In normal conditions, drive is via
Captiva’s trim SUV proportions
the front wheels. When driving
contribute to its feel and
conditions dictate, the active all-
manoeuvrability in everyday driving
situations. The power steering is wheel-drive system instantly employs
tuned for handling response, precise the rear axle via an electronically
road feel and optimum driver controlled electro-magnetic coupling
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Honda CRV

CRV – Comfort, Refinement and Value

3 Base 6-speed manual $31,990* 3 5-speed automatic $33,990*
3 Sport 5-speed automatic $39,490* 3 6-speed manual $37,490*
3 Luxury 5-speed automatic $41,990* 3 6-speed manual $39,990*

Maximum Towing Capacity Base Sport Luxury

Trailer with brakes (kg) Manual 1500 1500 1500
Automatic 1500 1500 1500
Trailer without brakes (kg) Manual 600 600 600
Automatic 600 600 600
Down force/tongue load (kg) 150 150 150

elebrating its tenth year in selling SUV in 2000, beating both the and parking. The CR-V is designed to
Australia in 2007, the Honda CR- Toyota Landcruiser and Nissan Patrol. offer the best balance of size and
V sets a new direction in the It was also the number one selling performance; ideal for professionals
compact SUV segment. With sedan- Honda in Australia in 1999, 2000, or families who need a vehicle that
like ride and handling and passenger 2001 and 2002. And even in its can perform multiple urban duties
interior, the all-new third generation twilight year in 2006, the second with the ability to also cater for active
2007 Honda CR-V adds new levels of generation CR-V captured 13% of the outdoor lifestyles. Equally at home on
style, performance and refinement, 2006 full year compact SUV a snowy mountain road or in a
while incorporating Honda’s recently- segment*. suburban street, the 2007 CR-V
developed Advanced Compatibility moves beyond conventional SUV
(* VFACTS Dec ’06)
Engineering (ACE) Body Structure, styling with ultra-modern lines, a
introduced on the 2007 Honda DESIGN fashionable presence and meticulous
Legend. Adding to the clean lines, the attention to detail.
Introduced in Australia in 1997, the spare tyre now resides under the rear The Honda CRV features car-like
CR-V was Australia’s number one floor, benefiting aesthetics, visibility interior style, comfort and

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refinement. It uses a compact dispersing energy away from the construction.
platform that features the safety- passenger area through more load-
Accordingly, engineers optimised
enhancing ACE Body Structure. It also bearing channels.
parts of the front-end structure to
provides extremely high levels of
The 2007 CR-V sets a new help absorb energy in the event of a
rigidity and independent front and
standard for vehicle safety as one of collision with a pedestrian. Research
rear suspension for handling
the few vehicles ever to earn the US shows that these features can
performance, which also results in
government’s top Five Star safety dramatically improve a pedestrian’s
space-efficient packaging. Comprised
rating for the driver and front chance of survival if struck by a
of a front MacPherson strut layout
passenger and rear seat outboard moving vehicle.
and a rear multi-link suspension, the
highly rigid body and independent passengers in both frontal and side Key pedestrian safety features
suspension offer an engaging driving impact crash tests performed by the include:
experience rare for this class of National Highway Traffic Safety
3 bonnet designed to deform if
vehicle. Administration (NHTSA). contact is made with either an
New for 2007 is the lightweight, The 2007 CR-V range receives adult or a child pedestrian
easy-to-open top-hinged tailgate that vehicle stability assist (VSA) for the 3 energy-absorbing guard mounts
replaces the side-hinged tailgate first time. and supports located under the
design of previous models. The top- bonnet
Inside, every CR-V incorporates
hinged design, which opens vertically, front and side airbags (curtain 3 sufficient clearance between the
allows for universally-convenient airbags on Sport & Luxury) as bonnet and hard engine parts
cargo loading from the left or right standard equipment, along with 3 deformable windshield wiper
sides of the vehicle, while also active front seat head restraints that pivots, and
providing a canopy during cargo
are designed to reduce the chance of 3 crushable bonnet hinges.
transfer. A convenient benefit, the
neck injury in the event of a rear
canopy provides some protection In the ACE Body Structure, frontal
collision. Front seatbelts with pre-
from nasty weather and doubles as a impact force can be distributed from
tensioners and load limiters, are also
sunshade. The hydraulic dampers and the front of the vehicle through the
a feature.
special hinges allow the lightweight side sills, floor frame and A-pillar in
tailgate to be operated effortlessly. The CR-V also takes the wellbeing order to reduce the cabin
of pedestrians into account in its deformation. The result is that the
The increased body width allows
for wider and more supportive seats
while a centre console not only
provides the requisite cup holders
and sub-tray, but also provides an
additional 12V power outlet and an
auxiliary audio jack on all models. A
dual-deck cargo shelf, (on Sport &
Luxury models), provides additional
storage options in the cargo area,
while providing enough clearance
underneath for grocery bags or items
such as a folded stroller.
For 2007, all audio systems are
more powerful. The base model has a
four-speaker audio system with a
single-disc CD player. Sport and
Luxury models receive a six CD player.
All CR-V audio systems have
MP3/WMA CD playback capability
and Speed-Sensitive Volume Control
(SVC) that automatically adjusts the
volume based on vehicle speed.
The 2007 CR-V integrates Honda’s
most advanced safety technology
with the revolutionary ACE Body
Structure, which elevates real-world
safety to a new level by better
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ACE Body Structure maximizes energy the centre console. In the rear seat
distribution during a collision area, the centre armrest folds down
because impact forces can be to reveal two more cup holders.
distributed through more of the
A new dual deck cargo shelf
vehicle’s mass and away from the
system, available in the Sport and
passenger compartment.
Luxury, allows for two levels of
The projector-style headlamp storage in the rear cargo area. The
assemblies feature a clear one-piece shelf provides 330mm of vertical
outer lens that wraps around the space underneath – enough room for
vehicle’s front corners with the a collapsed stroller or similar item –
inboard turn signals housed inside. while still retaining a convenient area
NOISE REDUCTION to place smaller items on top up to 10
kilograms. The shelf is hinged at the
The CR-V’s level of quietness is front for easy access to items
similar to many luxury SUVs. This is underneath. The cargo shelf can also
due in part to the high levels of be placed on the floor for
rigidity of the CR-V platform and the conventional cargo area space
application of advanced noise and utilisation.
vibration absorption materials.
Extensive lightweight sound POWERTRAIN
absorption materials have been The 2007 Honda CR-V engine is a
applied to the floor, firewall, cargo double overhead cam (DOHC) all-
area, and roof, along with additional aluminium, 2.4-litre inline four-
sound insulation materials for side cylinder design that uses 16 valves
pillars. Additionally, the doors have and a high-volume intake manifold.
two seals for reduced noise intrusion.
The engine produces 125kW @ 5800
New for the CR-V, is a torque rod
rpm and torque is rated 218Nm @
engine mount system that further
4200 rpm. The broadened torque
improves the vehicle’s quiet and
curve gives the 2007 CR-V smoother
vibration-free operation.
performance in all types of driving
STORAGE conditions whether it is city, freeway
Approximately 20 convenient or hilly terrain.
storage areas are accessible A host of innovative features are
throughout the interior, ranging from designed to deliver a cutting-edge
an upper and lower glove box to eight combination of performance, fuel
individual cup holders. New for 2007, efficiency, and low emissions.
a centre console replaces the Variable Valve Timing and Lift
retractable centre tray table. Each Electronic Control (VTEC), which
front door has a storage pocket and a changes valve lift, timing, and
bottle holder. A two-tier glove box is duration, have been combined to
standard, with the upper glove box create impressive horsepower and
replacing the previous open tray torque, with good fuel economy and
storage by using a flip-down cover. low exhaust emissions.
Up front, there are two cup-holders in
A high-efficiency exhaust system
and a high-density catalytic converter
help the CR-V engine meet emission
regulations. Exhaust gases pass
through a low heatmass/dual-wall
stainless steel manifold as they now
exit the “downstream” side of the
engine via a new double-walled pipe
that also helps limit heat loss. The
combination of higher relative
temperatures and a more direct path
to the catalytic converter yields
quicker light-off, which contributes to
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Hummer H3

New HUMMER H3 at Home in Australia

3 H3: $51,99011 (manual) 3 $53,99011 (automatic)
3 H3 Luxury: $59,99011 (automatic)
3 H3 Adventure: $57,99011 (manual) 3 $59,99011 (automatic)
3 Automatic Transmission 2040kg 3 Maunal Transmission 1360kg

UMMER has launched in “This outstanding off-road HUMMER trademark crawling and
Australia with H3 in three performance, together with its iconic climbing capability.
models – entry level H3, the design and city-friendly size make it
ultimate off-road H3 Adventure and PERFORMANCE AND ECONOMY
the ideal vehicle to launch the brand in
highly specified H3 Luxury. this market.” Available in either five-speed
manual or four-speed automatic
With its imposing on-road presence “Australians are clearly excited by
and purpose-built off-road capability the HUMMER brand, and we’re finding depending on the model, H3 retails
HUMMER is one of the most our buyers are confident, from $51,9901, H3 Adventure from
recognisable brands in the world and independent-minded and embrace the $57,99011 and H3 Luxury from
Director of GM Premium Brands, H3 for bringing a sense of fun and $59,99011.
Parveen Batish, says the H3’s adventure to their lives,” Mr Batish All H3 models are powered by a 3.7
Australian launch is part of a said. litre in-line five cylinder petrol engine,
successful global roll-out for developing peak power of 180kW at
H3 packs authentic HUMMER style
HUMMER. 5,600rpm and peak torque of 328Nm
and capability into more compact
“The H3 has proved itself in some dimensions. Compared to the famous at 4,600rpm2 with 90 per cent of peak
of world’s most challenging HUMMER H2, H3 is 39mm shorter in torque available between 2,000 and
environments, from Australia’s Rocky length, 171mm shorter in height and 6,000rpm. The Vortec 3700 engine has
Track to the famous Rubicon Trail,” Mr 73mm narrower, allowing it to dual overhead cams and variable valve
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Official fuel consumption (ADR rear and drive is transferred to the managed by the GM Premium Brands,
81/01)3 for combined highway and front or rear wheels as needed. incorporating HUMMER and Saab,
urban driving is 13.8 litres (manual) within GM Holden in Port Melbourne.
Drivers tackling challenging off-road
and 14.5 litres per 100km (automatic), Led by Director Parveen Batish and
situations can engage 4 LOW LOCK,
in line with similar mid-size SUVs. established this year, the GM Premium
which creates a totally different set of
Brands team is responsible for
H3 has a tight turning circle of 11.3 gear ratios. For H3 and H3 Luxury the
developing and managing all elements
metres, comparable to an average size transfer ratio is 2.64:1 and the extreme
of HUMMER sales, marketing and
passenger car, and compact H3 Adventure boasts a transfer ratio of
aftersales in Australia.
proportions, making it easy to 4.03:1, which is the most aggressive
negotiate in urban environments. transfer ratio GM has installed in a HUMMER RETAIL NETWORK
production vehicle.
OFF-ROAD CAPABILITIES Twenty two HUMMER dealers have
SAFETY been appointed around Australia with
H3 offers a choice of two representation in every state and
electronically controlled two-speed Standard active safety features on
territory. The newly appointed network
Borg-Warner transfer cases. The all H3 models include: StabiliTrak®
represents a selection of existing
standard transfer case available on H3 stability enhancement system, traction
premium Saab, Holden and combined
and Luxury, delivers a crawl ratio of control, ABS and dynamic rear
45.1:1 in manual form, and 36.8:1 for proportioning brakes. Passive safety
automatic. equipment including dual front airbags Dealers now have demonstration
with passenger sensing system and vehicles, colour and trim display units
H3 Adventure specification takes curtain bags is also standard on all H3 and HUMMER merchandise available
the vehicle’s off-road, rock-hopping vehicles. for purchase.
capability to the next level with a
super strong crawl ratio of 68.9:1 in HUMMER PRODUCTION AND MODEL RANGE AND PRICING
manual transmission, and 56.2:1 in MANAGEMENT
H3: $51,99011 (manual) $53,99011
automatic. H3 is assembled in the General (automatic)
During day-to-day driving H3 is full- Motors Struandale Assembly Facility in
Features: Cruise control, electro-
time 4WD, with 40 to 60 per cent Port Elizabeth, South Africa, which
chromatic rearview mirror with eight
front-to-rear torque split in 4 HIGH produces left and right-hand drive
point compass, power windows, fog
models for Australia, South Africa and
OPEN. When driving on slippery lights and halogen headlamps, five 16
other countries in Europe, Asia and the
surfaces such as ice, snow or sand, x 7.5 inch alloy wheels, remote entry
Middle East.
drivers can engage 4 HIGH LOCK, with panic alarm, single in-dash CD,
which locks torque split 50:50 front to Locally, HUMMER (GM) Australia is cloth seats and 60/40 split rear seats.

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H3 Luxury: $59,99011 (automatic)
Features: Automatic transmission
standard, leather seat inserts, electric
heated front seats with eight way
power adjustment, leather wrapped
steering wheel, exterior chrome
package including door handles, roof
cross bars and mirror caps, six-disc in-
dash CD Monsoon sound system and
glass sunroof.
H3 Adventure: $57,99011 (manual)
$59,99011 (automatic)
Features: Manual transmission as
standard (optional automatic), the
same level of specification as the
Luxury model (excluding sunroof),
adding a fully locking electronic rear
differential and heavy duty two-speed
transfer case with a super low range
ratio of 4.03:1 for the ultimate rock-
hopping HUMMER performance.
Metallic paint is a $1,200 option on
all models.
1 All prices quoted are RRP excluding
dealer delivery and government
2 Figures as per ECE regulation.
3 95 RON PULP.
Locally, HUMMER (GM) Australia is
managed by the GM Premium Brands
group, incorporating HUMMER and
Saab, within GM Holden in Port
Melbourne. Led by Director Parveen
Batish and established in 2007, the
GM Premium Brands group develops
and manages the sales, marketing and
aftersales functions of HUMMER in
HUMMER first introduced the H3 to
the Australian public in October 2006
at the Australian International Motor
Show in Sydney. The H3 was
subsequently shown around the
country at the Brisbane, Melbourne,
Perth and Adelaide motor shows
where it attracted huge crowds and
generated more than 400 customer
pre-orders ahead of its official launch
in October 2007.
Available in three models in
Australia, H3, H3 Adventure and H3
Luxury, the H3 is available from 22
HUMMER dealers around Australia
from Tasmania to Townsville, providing
customers with a premium sales and
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Jeep Grand Cherokee

Go anywhere Jeep with

impressive towing credentials
Model 3.7 V6 3.0L CRD 4.7L 5.7L 6.1L
Price (RRP excluding costs) $51,990 $58,990 $53,990 $70,990 $85,990
Towing Capacities, kg (lb)
Max. towing (incl. tongue load) 1585 3500 3500 3500 –
Max. torque load 159 327 327 327 –
Max. roof load – 68 – – N/A

he third generation Jeep Grand “The new Grand Cherokee sets the 3.0-litre V6 common-rail direct turbo
Cherokee offers a sportier benchmark with its on-road diesel (CRD) engine.
appearance, improved on-road refinement, off-road mastery and Maximum power is 160 kW with
ride and handling, thanks to an all- class-leading performance in three peak torque of 510 Nm, which is
new suspension and steering key areas of customer satisfaction: available from just 1600 rpm,
package and superior off-road engine torque, off-road traction and meaning the engine has one of the
capability courtesy of new four- towing capabilities,” said Jenkins. highest torque figures of any four-
wheel-drive systems.
JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE ENGINES wheel-drive vehicle in Australia. The
“The all-new Jeep Grand Cherokee DELIVER PERFORMANCE AND vehicle’s tow rating of 3500kg is also
is designed, engineered and built to POWER amongst the best.
master every imaginable day-to-day
Two petrol engines are offered in As the successor to the five-
driving condition, whether on-road or
the new Grand Cherokee. For the first cylinder in-line 2.7-litre CRD engine,
off-road, in all kinds of weather,” said
time ever, the new 5.7-litre HEMI V8 the new 3.0-litre CRD offers a 33 per
Gerry Jenkins, managing director of
cent increase in power and 28 per
Chrysler Jeep Australia. engine is available on a Jeep, in
cent increase in torque, ensuring
addition to the popular 4.7-litre V8.
“The result is a Jeep that is all-new faster acceleration, brisk
from the ground up and all Jeep from Grand Cherokee also brings intermediate sprints and a higher top
the inside out. customers an all-new state-of-the-art speed.

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Jeep Grand Cherokee is the first class-leading towing capacity of 3500 automatic transmission offers smooth
four-wheel-drive to offer the Multi- kg. Combined with the 1908 litres of shifts and optimum fuel economy
Displacement System (MDS). On the rear cargo volume, this allows with the 3.0-litre CRD. The five-speed
5.7-litre HEMI engine, MDS customers greater flexibility in usage automatic transmission used with the
deactivates half the cylinders during for both business and pleasure. 5.7-litre HEMI and 4.7-litre V8 has
cruising and light acceleration to been refined for higher-quality shifts
The all-new 3.0-litre CRD engine is
increase fuel economy by up to 20 while increasing the Jeep Grand
a “next-generation” power unit,
per cent, depending on driving Cherokee’s maximum towing capacity.
producing class-leading levels of
torque and towing, with efficient fuel Both transmissions feature
Ninety per cent of peak torque is economy. With Bosch high-pressure Electronic Range Select driver
available from 2400 to 5100 rpm for fuel injection (1600+ bar), a variable interactive shift control for the first
excellent performance while trailer geometry turbocharger and four time on Jeep Grand Cherokee. The
towing or travelling off-road, as well valves per cylinder, the new engine shifter provides fully automatic
as regular city and highway driving. meets Euro 4 emissions standards. shifting in the “Drive” position, or the
Maximum power is 160 kW and peak driver can manually select each gear
A sophisticated Electronic Throttle
torque is 510 Nm from just 1600 rpm. sequentially by moving the shift lever
Control system tailors throttle
left or right from the “Drive” position.
response to pedal movement based For the diesel engine, a kick-down
This gives the driver control to
on operating conditions and when switch is now added to the
precisely match any on-road or off-
cruise control is activated, maintains accelerator pedal. This detent,
road driving requirement.
a more consistent vehicle speed on reached before the full travel of the
rolling grades than was possible with pedal, is intended to reduce LEGENDARY GRAND CHEROKEE
the previous mechanical throttle. transmission kick-downs during SIZE, STYLING AND COMFORT
normal driving but still allow for full Jeep Grand Cherokee’s new design
This control does not come at the
pedal travel when a quicker provides a contemporary return of an
expense of performance. The 5.7-litre
acceleration is wanted by the driver. athletic appearance. Up front, the
HEMI engine provides class-leading
power and torque, at 240 kW and 500 ALL-NEW AUTOMATIC signature seven-slot grille, flanked by
Nm. It also stands among the best in TRANSMISSION OFFERS PREMIUM the functional round appearance,
its class for acceleration. REFINEMENT high-performance halogen
headlamps, boldly dominates the
The Jeep Grand Cherokee delivers An all-new five-speed W5A580 design statement. These round
headlamps unify the unmistakable
front-end appearance of the entire
Jeep line-up.
A proportionally longer bonnet and
greater distance from the centre of
the front axle to the base of the
windshield visually communicate a
more powerful image. Helping to
achieve a more athletic appearance is
a flatter windshield and sleeker A-
pillar design.
The new model is 139 mm longer,
12 mm wider and rides on a 90 mm
longer wheelbase. Although body
width is only slightly increased, the
track is up by 64 mm for a wider
stance and improved handling. The
overall design of the body shell,
which is 60 per cent stiffer in torsion
compared to the previous model,
delivers improved vehicle
aerodynamics (Cd is 0.41) and
enhanced vehicle fuel economy. The
body is “shrink-wrapped” to the
package, enabling designers to
emphasize the powerful wheel arch
flares. Larger tail lamps feature red
and clear lenses for an upscale
appearance. Overall, the new Jeep
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size package that is critical for off- and throttle adjustments to enhance
road use and provides nimble on- directional stability of the vehicle.
road handling.
Jeep Grand Cherokee also features
ALL-NEW INTERIOR PROVIDES a new electronic rollover mitigation
NEXT-GENERATION system that anticipates critical
SOPHISTICATION situations for the vehicle that may
Jeep Grand Cherokee’s new interior lead to a rollover condition. This
is updated and inviting with a two- system observes and monitors the
tone instrument panel, door trim and driver input, vehicle roll attitude and
new finishes. Seat contours are lateral force, while estimating the
precise and ergonomic with increased potential for a rollover situation. The
seat track travel. Comfortable head electronic rollover mitigation system
room plus increased shoulder room, reduces engine torque and applies a
leg room and front hip room add a short burst of full braking to the
feeling of even more spaciousness to appropriate wheel to stabilize the
the interior. The dramatic and elegant vehicle.
instrument panel design offers a high Jeep Grand Cherokee’s new rack-
degree of precision and control. In and-pinion steering system imparts a
the cargo area, features such as a more precise steering feel to the
reversible load floor panel and driver than the previous recirculating
numerous luggage tie-down points ball system. Even with the increase in
enhance versatility and storage. The wheelbase and track, Grand
Grand Cherokee also receives an Cherokee’s nimbleness and tight
available Boston Acoustics six- turning diameter are maintained with
speaker premium sound system and the new steering system.
a six stacker CD player.
Complementing these features is a
quieter interior, thanks to driveline
NVH (noise, vibration and harshness) Two new full-time four-wheel-drive
improvements, wind noise reductions systems are available on Jeep Grand
and the use of innovative noise Cherokee. Quadra-Trac II®
dampening materials within the body incorporates the new NV245 transfer
structure and engine compartment. case that provides full-time active
four-wheel drive, which anticipates
and prevents wheel slip for optimum
CONFIDENT RIDE AND HANDLING traction during a wide range of
conditions. The NV245 also includes
An all-new independent front electronic shift with a true low-range
suspension provides the driver with a gear.
greater sense of precision and
control, more precise steering and Even more sophisticated, Quadra-
reduces head toss. Front suspension Drive II® takes unparalleled Jeep
wheel travel is increased by more capability to an even higher level
than 10 per cent over the previous using Electronic Limited Slip
generation vehicle and a tight turning Differentials (ELSD) — front, centre
diameter of 11.2 metres provides for and rear — offering customers the
nimble handling. The new five-link ultimate in off-road capability. ELSD
rear suspension geometry, including replaces the Vari-Lok® progressive
a track bar, also improves lateral axles used in previous generation
stiffness to match that of the front Jeep vehicles for even quicker
suspension for optimum handling. response to changing conditions and
greater torque capacity.
Also standard for the first time on
the Jeep Grand Cherokee is an With Quadra-Drive II, Jeep Grand
Electronic Stability Program, which Cherokee offers an electronic
aids the driver in maintaining vehicle engagement of torque biasing for the
directional stability in severe driving front axle, as well as the rear.
manoeuvres on any type of surface. Therefore, the torque transfer is
Using signals from sensors faster and almost 100 per cent of the
throughout the vehicle, the system torque can be distributed to any of
determines the appropriate brake the four wheels.

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Land Rover Discovery 3

The world’s most awarded 4WD

3 V6 SE $64,990 3 TDV6 S $66,990 3 TDV6 SE $74,990
3 TDV6 HSE $84,990 3 V8 HSE $90,990

Towing Capacity TD V6 V6 V8
Max towing 3500 3500 3500
Unbraked trailer 750 750 750
Max mass of vehicle & trailer combination (GTW) 6730 6730 6730

and Rover’s all-new Discovery 3 The new Discovery 3 features a boot access.
is a technology-packed, premium spacious cabin packed with clever
The Discovery 3 offers a high level
SUV designed to deliver stowage locations, as well as either of in-car entertainment systems and
outstanding performance, both on five or seven comfortable seats. Even one of the most advanced navigation
the road and off-road. The bold, the third-row seats in the seven-seat systems available. Higher-line
versatile design is distinctively Land version are roomy enough for 95th models have a six-CD in-dash unit.
Rover and offers exceptional space, percentile adults. All rear seats fold Six speakers are fitted to entry
comfort and flexibility, for up to seven into the floor when not in use, to models, while upper range models
adults. It replaces the current create a vast, flat load space. use harman/kardon systems with
Discovery, one of the best-selling According to design director Geoff nine speakers, including a sub-
SUVs in its class. Upex, the vehicle was designed ‘from woofer.
A premium 14-speaker
To further heighten the premium Compared with the outgoing harman/kardon ‘Logic 7’ seven-
appeal of “The World’s Most Awarded Discovery model, the major channel digital surround system is
4WD”, for 2008 Land Rover is improvements are in legroom, also available. The head unit can also
introducing several changes to shoulder room, and third-row play MP3 files and, with 11x
enhance the interior luxury of the headroom. The wide doors are compression the equivalent of a 66
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the vehicle. The optional state-of- on its exceptional practicality and Recesses, closed with nets, are
the-art navigation system is DVD- versatility. also offered for extra stowage.
based, and includes the latest
In the facia, there are two When the upper part of the
generation of off-road navigation.
gloveboxes on the passenger side, tailgate is raised, the asymmetrically
‘Stadium seating’ means that each and a tray at the base of the front shaped lower lid reduces load height
row is higher than the one in front, console with a non-slip mat. There is into the boot. When both upper and
improving the view for all passengers, also a coin tray and a clip for tickets lower halves are opened, the
helped by the deep glazing. The and toll slips. asymmetric shape reduces ‘reach in’
stepped roof ensures plenty of distance. Unlike earlier Discoverys,
headroom throughout. All seats are A large cubby box, which can hold the spare wheel is now mounted
large and comfortable, and higher up to four drink cans, is fitted right under the body, rather than on the
level Discovery 3 models come with behind the console, and this is even rear door.
leather upholstery. The two outer available with a cooling system to
seats can also jack-knife forward, to keep the drinks chilled. The cubby
provide easy access to the third-row box lid can be folded back to act as a The enormously strong Integrated
seats. These also fold flat into the useful tray for rear seat passengers. A Body-frame architecture of the
floor, and when all rear seats are mobile phone can be stowed within Discovery 3, with its hydroformed
down, the huge, flat cargo area is the cubby box lid, and can be frame, gives tremendous protection
almost two metres long. integrated into a hands-free system. in case of impacts, and door-mounted
anti-intrusion side-beams offer
In addition, for the first time on Large cup holders for driver and further protection. Computer-aided
Discovery 3, a premium Leather front seat passenger are fitted in the design has helped optimise the
package is available as an option on centre console, and there is an Discovery 3s intrinsic ability to
HSE models. This package features additional folding cup holder for the protect passengers in severe impacts.
ruched leather seats, with a driver’s passenger.
seat pocket, and premium carpet Passenger safety is further
mats, for RRP $2,800. Both front doors have capacious improved by the use of up to eight
bins, including holders for large airbags. The driver’s airbag is
STORAGE bottles of water or soft drink. The rear installed in the steering wheel boss
Extensive stowage space was a side doors also have large bins, again and the front passenger airbag is in
priority in a vehicle that prides itself big enough for drink bottles. the facia. Two airbags in the front

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seats provide protection for the 4.2-litre. Developments for Land
thorax. Rover include increased low-end
There are two full-length curtain torque (maximum of 425Nm or 315lb
airbags fitted in the cant rails above ft), greater weather-proofing –
the first and second rows of seats, especially against dust and water
offering side protection. Two ingress – and revised breathing for
additional side bags are fitted in the wading in rivers. This is likely to be
rearmost area, when seven seats are the most popular engine in the
specified. Discovery 3s biggest market, the
The Discovery 3 has an advanced
full-time 4x4 system, but to improve Selected markets will also take a
grip further in all conditions, this is 4.0-litre 215bhp (160kW) petrol V6
supplemented by some of the most engine that is torquey (360Nm or
advanced electronic controls in the 265lb ft), smooth and durable. For
automotive industry. Discovery 3, it too has been
Electronic Traction Control (ETC) extensively developed to suit Land
ensures that grip is optimised in all Rover’s unique requirements.
conditions, by automatically reducing The petrol engines are mated to a
wheelspin to any tyres losing grip. six-speed ‘intelligent shift’
The Dynamic Stability Control is electronically controlled ZF automatic
another computer controlled aid that transmission. It offers a ‘sport’ mode
seamlessly, and without any driver which delivers more performance-
involvement, ensures that the vehicle
oriented throttle response and gear
heads in the intended direction,
shifts, and also features Land Rover’s
avoiding skids or any other potential
Command Shift operation – which
loss of control. Like ETC, it is
gives the driver full manual control of
especially valuable in slippery on-
road or off-road conditions. gear changing. The TDV6 is available
either with this advanced automatic
Land Rover’s patented Hill Descent transmission, or with a six-speed ZF
Control (HDC) is fitted to the manual gearbox.
Discovery 3. This Queen’s Award-
winning technology regulates Terrain Response is a major
downhill speed, ensuring that the advance that optimises driveability
driver stays in control even on and comfort, as well as maximising
slippery, steep descents. traction. The driver simply chooses
one of five terrain settings via a
All these technologies are linked to
chunky rotary dial on the centre
the standard four-channel ABS
console: a general driving program,
braking system.
plus one for slippery conditions
For the first time on a Land Rover (known as grass/gravel/snow) and
vehicle, the Discovery 3 features an three special off-road modes, namely
Electronic Park Brake, which frees up mud and ruts, sand, and rock crawl.
the space in the centre console taken Terrain Response then automatically
by a conventional handbrake. It is selects the most appropriate settings
applied by a console-mounted switch for the vehicle’s advanced electronic
and disengaged automatically when
controls and traction aids.
driving off.
Vehicle functions controlled by
Terrain Response include ride height,
engine torque response, Hill Descent
The Land Rover engine has been Control (which limits downhill speed,
extensively developed to suit the and is an award-winning and
Discovery 3 and produces 190bhp patented Land Rover technology),
(140kW) and a massive 440Nm (325lb Electronic Traction Control,
ft) of torque. transmission and differential settings.
For dynamic on-road performance, The Discovery 3 also offers the option
the top-of-the-range engine option is of adaptive headlights that swivel
a 4.4-litre 295bhp (220kW) petrol V8, with the direction of travel to
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Mazda CX9

CX-9: Zoom-Zoom for the Family –

Seven seats and the soul of a sports car
3 Basic from $49,990 3 Luxury from: $57,265
3 braked – 2,000 kg 3 unbraked – 750 kg

OVERVIEW compatible) is operated through a level with the floor for easy entry and
touch screen. exit.
Mazda’s all-new CX-9 seven-seat
SUV has arrived, bringing generous INTERIOR DESIGN AND SPACE The third row seat is not just for
accommodation for seven people and kids or teenagers; it has been
The Mazda CX-9 rides on a 2875mm
luggage, a striking crossover design, designed to cater for full-size adults.
wheelbase, one of the longest in its
and class-leading refinement to As a result it offers a more natural
class, enhancing the CX-9’s dynamic
Australian consumers. The Mazda CX-9 seating position and more space than
envelope and providing ample interior
will be offered in two model grades, the competition, with an easily
space for up to seven adults and easy
Classic and Luxury, with prices starting accessible latch to allow third row
access to its three-row seating. Even
from $49,990. Both models come occupants to release the second row
with seven adults onboard, there is
standard with seven seats, a powerful seat unaided.
sufficient cargo space to meet the
3.7-litre V6 engine, Mazda’s Active needs of modern Australian families. STORAGE
Torque Split AWD system and a six-
speed Activematic transmission. Designers paid particular attention There are numerous storage
to the second row seats for easy entry locations in the CX-9. In the front seats
Highly practical, both models are to the third row, whilst the rear doors a lockable and illuminated glove box,
equipped with climate control (three- open an impressive 72 degrees to glasses compartment, dual cup
zone), alloy wheels, cruise control, and allow a wide avenue of access. Grab holders (ten in total) and door map
power windows and mirrors. A six- handles are strategically placed to aid pockets are available. The centre
stack, in-dash CD player (MP3 passenger entrance, and the side sill is console contains an audio auxililary

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jack and 12-volt outlet and can be used and antilock brakes (ABS) to prevent integrated in the airbag sensor.
to store CDs, MP3 players, iPods or lockup during emergency, Electronic
Seat belt pretensioners and load
game boys. There is also a coin box, Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and
limiters are standard equipment for
which is located on the right hand side Emergency Brake Assist (EBA) to
the front seating positions. In the early
of the steering wheel. Second row ensure the shortest possible stopping
stages of a collision, the seat belt
occupants are not forgotten, with a distance in an emergency. In addition,
centre armrest console including room pretensioners, which operate together
Mazda gave the CX-9 the best
for two drinks and air-conditioning combination of dynamic handling and with the air bags, automatically retract
controls. Each front seatback has a comfortable ride with a fully- to suppress forward movement of the
map pocket and the doors contain independent suspension system. occupants. When a certain amount of
generously-sized bins. The Luxury load is applied to the seat belts, the
Passive safety features include a load limiters operate to steadily feed
grade includes a small storage area in
vehicle body structure that protects slack back into the retracted seat belts
the armrest, which can be used to
the cabin from collision impact, as well and reduce injury to the chest area.
store MP3 players, children’s games
as front, side, and curtain air bags, Mazda has also ensured injury to the
and the like. The third row does not go
and front seat belt pretensioners and driver is minimised. The intermediate
without storage areas, with two cup-
load limiters that are all standard shaft of the steering wheel, collapses
holders for each seat making four in
equipment. Front and side airbags for in a frontal collision to absorb the
total, and second and third-row seats
the front occupants and curtain collision energy. Also, if the driver’s
fold flat to allow luggage storage all
airbags for all three rows of occupants body contacts the steering wheel, the
the way to the back of the front seats.
are also standard. The curtain airbags steering shaft dislocates from the
SAFETY protect occupants in the first through instrument panel and the inner shaft
third-row seats, sustaining gas in the collapses to absorb impact energy.
The Mazda CX-9 offers five-star
airbags for about six seconds to
safety protection on all models in its Injury to the driver’s legs is also
enhance protection. In previous type
range. Both models come standard reduced by a brake pedal which is
curtain airbags, the vehicle would have
with a powerful 204kW engine, as well designed to collapse in a frontal
to receive an impact to its side before
as class-leading safety features; six collision.
the airbags deployed, however, the CX-
airbags, Roll Stability Control (RSC),
9 curtain airbag system is designed to Safety is considered in rear impact
Dynamic Stability Control (DSC),
calculate the risk of a roll-over based situations as well by a special frame
Traction Control (TCS), antilock brakes
on signals from the roll angle sensor structure that meets the 80 km/h rear
(ABS) with Electronic Brakeforce
Distribution (EBD) and Electronic
Brake Assist (EBA), are fitted to all CX-
9 models.
Good visibility in all directions is an
important component of vehicle safety,
and the high seating position of the
CX-9 naturally provides for impressive
all-round visibility. Rain-sensing wipers
ensure a clear windscreen for
maximum visibility, automatically
switching on and off when necessary.
The headlight system is also
automated, switching on automatically
at dusk and off again at dawn.
Among these impressive safety
features, the Mazda CX-9 includes a
reversing camera as standard. located
in the rear tailgate, the camera
provides the driver with a view directly
behind the vehicle for ease in
reversing or parking. It is automatically
turned on when reverse gear is
selected and the image appears on the
7.5 inch touch screen located in the
centre console.
All safety features were designed to
maximize driver control at all times,
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offset impact standards which were the medium-SUV segment, meaning
implemented in the U.S. in September that an impressive towing capacity of
2006. By placing the fuel tank in the up to 2000kg can be achieved. Mazda
centre of the vehicle where it is less has also moved to reduce the CX-9’s
likely to receive impact, damage to the exhaust emissions by situating two
fuel tank in a collision is reduced. close-coupled catalysts and two large
Deformation to the cabin is surpressed capacity silencers in the exhaust
and injury to occupants minimised by system. This means the CX-9 already
a frame structure that employs high- meets Euro Stage 4 emissions
tensile strength steel in the straight, regulations.
rear side members and numerous
crossmembers which absorb and Mazda’s Active Torque Split All
distribute impact. Wheel Drive system achieves a fine
balance between sporty control over
the car, which makes it particularly fun
The Mazda CX-9 takes the classic to drive, and handling stability on
SUV design to stylish new heights, snowy or wet surfaces or under other
dressing its imposing dimensions in challenging road conditions. Under
sleek lines and flowing curves. The normal conditions, the front wheels
revolutionary CX-9 seven-seat AWD is provide the drive with traction being
the largest passenger vehicle in transmitted to the rear wheel as
Mazda’s range. It measures 5074mm in needed. The change from 2WD to AWD
length, 1728mm in height and is
is seamless and occurs automatically
1936mm wide. Compared to the
without the driver having to select
smaller Mazda CX-7, the CX-9 is
394mm longer, 83mm taller and 64mm
wider. The Mazda CX-9 is powered by a The six-speed Activematic
longitudinally-mounted, 3.7-litre V6 transmission is the same one used in
petrol engine that displaces 3726cc the CX-7 and provides excellent driving
and produces 204kW of power at performance, competitive fuel
6250rpm, the most power of any economy, and quietness of operation.
Mazda vehicle. Peak torque of 366Nm The Activematic also features a manual
is produced at 4250rpm. mode which allows the driver to
To ensure smooth, immediate actively select gears like in a manual
acceleration is ready whenever transmission vehicle. The transmission
needed, the CX-9’s robust engine delivers a sporty, aggressive shift feel
delivers at least 90 per cent of its while quick response to driver inputs
maximum torque between 2800rpm provides brisk shift changes with low
and 5800rpm. This engine output is shift lag. It is more than capable of
fed through a smooth-shifting Aisin extracting performance from the new
automatic gearbox, the same six- 3.7-litre V6 engine while providing a
speed Activematic transmission as relaxed, comfortable ride with
used in the Mazda CX-7. Also adapted minimum noise and shock, and good
from the CX-7 is the CX-9’s all-wheel fuel economy.
drive system, Active Torque Split AWD.
As a result, the Mazda CX-9 can NOISE, VIBRATION & HARSHNESS
accelerate from 0-100km/h in 8.5 Noise Vibration Harshness
seconds. Even more impressive is the performance is a major factor in
CX-9’s in-gear acceleration; it can blast
determining the level of prestige in a
from 60-100km/h in just 4.8 seconds,
vehicle. The CX-9 achieves excellent
making overtaking on country roads a
cabin quietness as a result of
breeze. The Mazda CX-9’s fuel
eliminating noise penetration to the
economy is rated according to
ADR81/01 at 13.0 litres/100km using cabin, reducing the transmission of
regular unleaded (91RON) fuel. vibration by reinforcing body rigidity,
and reducing road noise. A quiet cabin
POWERTRAIN with less noise and vibration allows
The most powerful passenger family and friends to enjoy
vehicle in Mazda’s current range, the conversation, or to listen to one’s
CX-9 is also the most powerful favorite music over the high quality
naturally-aspirated seven-seat SUV in audio system.

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Mercedes Benz M-Class

More Power, Further Refined:

Mercedes-Benz ML 500 4MATIC
3ML500 4Matic $120,874 (excluded dealer delivery and on-raod costs)
3 Braked 3,500 kg 3 Unbraked 750 kg

he powerful and smooth Partnered to Mercedes-Benz’s 7G- suspension system which provides
Mercedes-Benz ML 500 4MATIC TRONIC seven-speed automatic anti-dive control and torsion-bar
has undergone a power injection transmission, performance is swift, stabilisation. Driving dynamics are
and has arrived in Mercedes-Benz with a 0-100km/h time of 5.8 seconds further enhanced by the addition of
showrooms across the country. and top speed of 210 km/h (limited). AIRMATIC air suspension, fitted as
standard equipment in the ML 500
Now fitted with the three-pointed Impressively, fuel consumption is 4MATIC. AIRMATIC optimises ride
star’s superb 285 kW V8 petrol further optimised in the ML 500 comfort and dynamic cornering with
engine, the ML 500 4MATIC moves to 4MATIC, which now has a combined- its level control function and Adaptive
a new level of refinement, producing cycle fuel consumption rate of 12.9 Damping System (ADS).
more power and more torque whilst litres per 100km travelled (down from
13.4 litres with the previous 225 kW Not only is its on-road
consuming less fuel.
engine). performance the envy of competitors,
The 5.5-litre power unit in the ML its off-road strengths are obvious
500 4MATIC boasts impressive The power upgrade for the ML 500 when tackling rough terrain.
figures. Compared to the outgoing 4MATIC neatly matches its driving
The 4MATIC all-wheel drive system
5.0-litre engine, this new V8 engine dynamics and luxurious comfort.
in the ML 500 4MATIC offers grip and
brings a power increase of 60 kW The on-road capabilities of the M- confidence on a variety of road
with torque climbing 15 percent from Class are based on a geometrically- surfaces, and provides large reserves
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conditions through the combination its off-road strengths are obvious electrically adjustable steering
of both its 4ETS traction system and when tackling rough terrain. column)
Mercedes-Benz’s Electronic Stability 3 THERMOTRONIC multi-zone luxury
Programme ESP®. climate control
When it comes to challenging off- 3 Automatically dimming rear vision
The ML 500 4MATIC now comes
road situations, including extreme mirrors (interior and exterior)
with reversing camera as standard, as
terrain, specifying the optionally 3 Electrically folding exterior mirrors
well as bi-xenon headlamps with
available Off-Road Pro engineering
Active Light System, cornering lights, 3 Interior trim elements in burr
package will allow drivers to take the
dynamic range adjustment and walnut
ML 500 4MATIC to another level. With
two manually-selectable differential headlight cleaning system. This is yet 3 Blue tinted glass in all windows
locks (offering 100% lock-up), a two- another important contribution by (except front windscreen)
speed transfer case with low-range Mercedes-Benz to safer driving, in 3 Chrome highlights on door
gearing and a reinforced rear-axle situations offering poor visibility. handles, radiator grille, side run
differential, the Off-Road Pro LUXURY, AS STANDARD FOR THE strips, rear load sill guard and
engineering package lets drivers ML 500 4MATIC rectangular exhaust tailpipes
conquer the most rugged of terrain in 3 Extended interior lighting
Mercedes luxury. All at the push of a Allowing customers even greater
flexibility, a choice of two luxury 3 Dark tinted tail lamps
packages are now available as 3 Compass
Leading-edge safety in the M-Class standard on the ML 500 4MATIC.
range is underpinned by a vast array Or customers may prefer the
Customers have the choice of the
of Mercedes-Benz technology. The alternatives offered in Luxury
standard Luxury Package 1 which
complete M-Class model range Package 2, optionally available at no
boasts an extensive catalogue of extra charge. This package enhances
3 19-inch light alloy wheels in 5- the sporty aspects of the ML 500
active and passive safety equipment
spoke design 4MATIC and includes:
as standard fitment, including ABS
anti-lock brakes, ESP® Electronic 3 Full leather upholstery 3 ARTICO man-made leather/
Stability Programme, BAS brake 3 Full electric front seats with alcantara upholstery in place of
assist system, eight airbags, NECK- memory function (includes the natural leather upholstery
PRO head restraints and the marque’s
clever PRE-SAFE® anticipatory
occupant protection system.
The M-Class was the first car in its
class to offer this potentially life-
saving technology. PRE-SAFE® can
detect an imminent collision before it
occurs and then take necessary steps
to prepare the car and its occupants
for any impact. Not only has it won
seven awards in just three years, it
has demonstrated its value on roads
around the world since its debut in
The on-road capabilities of the M-
Class are based on a geometrically-
optimised double-wishbone
suspension system which provides
anti-dive control and torsion-bar
stabilisation. Driving dynamics are
further enhanced by the addition of
AIRMATIC air suspension, fitted as
standard equipment in the ML 500
4MATIC. AIRMATIC optimises ride
comfort and dynamic cornering with
its level control function and Adaptive
Damping System (ADS).
Not only is its on-road
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options for M-Class include carefully
chosen upholstery materials and
colours along with unique timber trim
elements for the interior, allowing
customers to precisely match their M-
Class to their specific personal tastes.
The M-Class designo Edition
includes the following:
3 Front sports seats and rear seats
in a single-tone designo leather
upholstery with 6-rib vertical
fluting, double top-stitching and
designo metal badges on the front
seat backrests
3 Front sports seats with full electric
adjustment and memory function 3 designo timber/leather steering
(includes electrically adjustable wheel
steering column) 3 designo timber trim elements in
3 Sports pedals in brushed the cabin
aluminium with rubber studs 3 Front centre armrest lid, upper
These additional standard features, dashboard covering and front and
coupled with the new engine, provide rear door pull handles in designo
even greater value over and above nappa leather
that of the previous 225 kW ML 500
3 Heated front seats
3 Easy-pack load securing kit
3 Floor mats in black velour with
designo leather edging
Additional to the standard Luxury
Package, the following packages are The designo Edition is optionally
also offered to customers for the ML available for $11,000 for all models in
500 4MATIC, allowing customers to the M-Class range (except the ML 63
further enhance their vehicle. AMG) and is available when the
luxury package is specified.
Premium Package
First seen on the GL-Class SUV, the THE MERCEDES-BENZ M-CLASS
Premium Package, priced at $4,900, SUV RANGE
consists of the following optional With its impressive handling and
equipment: comfort, along with an available
3 DISTRONIC autonomous intelligent luggage capacity of up to 2,050 litres,
cruise control smooth styling and generous cabin
3 Luxury front seats (includes space, the M-Class luxury SUV range
heating and ventilation) has been a popular choice with
3 KEYLESS-GO automatic lock/ Australian buyers. More than 18,000
xxunlock and drive authorisation M-Class SUVs have been sold in
system Australia since 1998.
These three options total more than The first generation of the M-Class
$9,000, and are available in the ML (W 163) was launched internationally
500 4MATIC at just $4,900 in 1997 and is acknowledged as the
representing exceptional value.
precursor to all modern premium
designo Edition SUVs, with worldwide sales of around
Customers are now able to further 600,000 units before its replacement
customise their M-Class with the in 2005. The present W 164-series M-
exclusive designo range of colours Class is set to continue this success
and materials for their interior colour story, and over 250,000 Mercedes-
choices, offered here in the M-Class Benz customers worldwide have
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Mitsubishi Outlander

Mitsubishi Outlander 2008 with

Standard Active Stability Control
5- Seat 3 VR $37, 490 3 VRX $43,490
7-Seat 3 VR $38,690 3 VRX $44,690 3 VRX Luxury $48,990
Braked 3 VR 1600 kg 3 VRX 1600 kg 3 VRX Luxury 1600 kg
Unbraked 3 VR 750 kg 3 VRX 750 kg 3 VRX Luxury 750 kg

he 2008 Model Year variants of 2008 Outlander will increase its direct response to feedback from our
the popular Mitsubishi appeal even further. dealers and clients.”
Outlander have arrived in
Australia with specification updates “Since its release in October last All variants in the Outlander line-
including important safety, design year, the Mitsubishi Outlander has up – including the 2.4-litre LS and
and technology features. accomplished a real sales increase in XLS and the 3-litre V6 VR and VRX –
the marketplace and has shown are now available in seven seat
Following in the footsteps of the growth of almost 80 per cent on a layout. In addition, a new manual
company’s newly released Lancer year to date basis,” commented transmission is now available
line-up, Mitsubishi’s Active Stability Robert McEniry, Mitsubishi’s exclusively on the 2.4-litre LS model,
Control with Traction Control (ASTC) president and chief executive officer. providing an attractive entry price
system has been fitted to every point to the range.
variant in the 2008 Outlander range. “This is great news for the
While safety has taken the front seat Outlander brand – but it is set to get Also new to the 2008 Outlander
in the vehicle’s upgrade, styling, even better. We are committed to line-up is a luxury version available
practicality and comfort have not listening to our customers, and many on XLS and VRX models. This includes
been forgotten, and Mitsubishi is of the changes we have implemented new exterior styling highlights, such
confident the improvements to the in this 2008 model year update are in as chrome grille surround, chrome

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side sill and chrome exterior door FOUR-CYLINDER OUTLANDER the first time on XLS.
handles and a new, unique 18 inch VARIANTS
Finally, XLS Luxury variants now
In addition to the ASTC, MY2008 arrive with seven-seat layout only and
The 2008 Outlander adheres to Outlander four-cylinder LS variants offer several additional appointments
Mitsubishi’s value statement of add 16 inch alloy wheels and fully including HID headlamps with auto
providing well equipped vehicles with automatic air-conditioning to its levelling and headlamp washers,
high equipment levels at attractive already-outstanding specification Rockford Fosgate audio package and
prices. And the vehicle benefits from levels. Internal design updates a dusk-sensing headlamp and rain-
specification upgrades with include new silver detail to the sensing wiper combination package.
improvements to both the instrument panel and new door trim
Outlander’s interior and exterior with cloth inserts and ornamentation.
styling. MY 2008 VR Outlander variants
LS variants offer standard five-speed
receive revised sixteen inch alloy
Mitsubishi has enhanced the manual transmission or optional
wheels while VRX variants benefit
interior appointments of the vehicles, Continuously Variable Transmission.
from the new hands-free voice
including trim treatment, equipment Side and curtain airbags are available
activated Bluetooth system and new
levels and instrumentation. External as an optional extra on five-seat LS
sports mesh seat trim. The newly
upgrades to the MY 2008 Outlander variants.
added VRX Luxury model includes the
include new alloy wheels to LS, new XLS variants receive similar interior full complement of Outlander
headlamps to selected models and upgrades and add standard side and features, including sun roof, rear seat
revised door decals. curtain airbags, a new voice activated entertainment system and leather
hands-free Bluetooth telephone seats.
system and new sport mesh seat
The Outlander range now trim. An option pack comprising
comprises a total of six variants with leather seat trim and power/heated
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retains drive trains from the previous Terrain Technology and an XLS and VRX run on wide footprint 18
model. LS, XLS and XLS Luxury electronically controlled, on-demand inch wheels, while 16 inch wheels and
models are powered by the all wheel drive system with Active tyres are fitted to LS and VR variants.
economical 2.4 litre 16-valve DOHC Stability Control is now standard on ABS with Electronic Brakeforce
MIVEC (Mitsubishi’s variable valve all models. Distribution (EBD) is standard on all
timing) engine. Developing 125kW
and 226Nm of torque, the four- A new five-speed manual vehicles.
cylinder engine has an alloy block transmission is available on the 2.4-
The 2008 MY Outlander continues
and makes extensive use of resin litre LS model only and a CVT
the modern and purposeful styling of
components to decrease weight. (continuous variable transmission)
with INVECS III and 6-speed ‘Sport the previous generation, with the
For those wanting additional Mode’ tiptronic-style sequential same practical features - split tail
power, VR, VRX and VRX Luxury shifting function is available on all gate, innovative one-touch automatic
models offer an alloy 3.0 litre 24- other four-cylinder models. fold rear seats that offer a host of
valve SOHC V6 engine with MIVEC
flexible cargo carrying options and
which develops maximum power of Six-cylinder models feature an
INVECS II intelligent six-speed the availability of an occasional third
162kW at 6250 rpm and 276Nm of
torque at 4000 rpm. automatic transmission with ‘Sports row seat that stows under the cargo
Mode’ sequential shifting. floor when not in use.
All Outlanders feature Mitsubishi’s
All Wheel Control (AWC) technology, Four wheel disc brakes are A vibrant new colour palette is
which incorporates Mitsubishi All standard across the range and the available and includes Mystic Blue,
Champagne, Red Metallic, Cool Silver,
Black Mica, Manitoba Grey, Deep Blue
Metallic (all metallic paints) and
Like all Mitsubishi vehicles, 2008
MY Outlander includes the company’s
industry-leading 5 year / 130,000
kilometre bumper-to-bumper or 10
year / 160,000 kilometre non-
transferrable drivetrain warranty and
5 years Roadside Assistance as
Pricing continues Mitsubishi’s
proven strategy of providing
attractive and well specified vehicles
to the Australian market.

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Nissan X-Trail

Nissan X-Trail Judged Best Of The

Recreational 4WDs in 2007
3 ST from $31,990* 3 ST-L from $35,990* 3 Ti from $38,990*
*Price for manual model. Excludes dealer delivery and statutory charges. CVT automatic transmission $2000
extra. Metallic colours $395 extra.
3 Trailer with brakes 2000 kg 3 Trailer without brakes 750 kg

issan’s new X-TRAIL ST was road performance, while providing a offers sparkling performance and
awarded the Best Recreational high degree of refinement, comfort, impressive fuel economy.
4WD in the 2007 Australia’s safety and quality in a package that Inside, the X-TRAIL is even more
Best Car awards. abounds in practical features.” spacious than before and offers
The recently launched X-TRAIL was The Nissan X-TRAIL was launched innovative storage solutions,
selected by the nation’s auto club in October with an abundance of new including a clever two-level luggage
judges as the Best Recreational 4WD features including a new ALL MODE floor with a sliding drawer system
ahead of a strong group of 4x4 –i system with hill start assist and heated or cooled front and rear
contenders. and hill descent control, dual front, cup holders to meet the demands of
side and curtain airbags and an active lifestyle.
“In a field that boasts 32 runners,
and some very discerning buyers electronic stability program (ESP) all Nissan Australia’s managing
these days, it takes a stand-out as standard features. director, Shinya Hannya, said the new
performance to win,” said the judges. With the choice of a six-speed X-TRAIL is both a winner with
manual or stepless CVT automatic customers and the critics.
“Nissan’s new X-TRAIL now strikes
that often difficult-to-achieve balance transmission matched to a 2.5-litre “The X-TRAIL is an innovative
between on-road drivability and off- four-cylinder engine, the X-TRAIL vehicle with real off-road ability and AUTUMN 2008 • 75

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great on-road performance which vehicle and assist the driver to bring dissipated more rapidly to improve
ensures it stands out from the pack,” the vehicle back under control. braking action, promote less brake
said Mr Hannya. “With its fade and enhance brake life.
Superior control and traction is
sophisticated ALL MODE 4x4-i system
achieved through Nissan’s Anti-lock Hallogen headlights provide
and spacious and practical interior,
Braking System (ABS), which helps brilliant, sharp illumination for night
the X-TRAIL is definitely not a
you retain directional control while driving, whilst a standard engine
braking, optimises braking immobiliser provides additional
The Australia’s Best Car awards are performance by sensing wheel lock protection against theft. You’ll also
judged by nine technical experts – and sending a signal to the braking find 6 standard SRS airbags.
engineers and vehicle road-testers – system to release the locked wheel. IMPACT PROTECTION
from each of the seven Australian As the wheel unlocks, it can be
state and territory Auto Clubs: NRMA, steered. It individually applies and Front seatbelt with pretensioners
RACV, RACQ, RAA, RACT and AANT. releases the brakes to help provide use sensors to determine the severity
optimum stopping and control under of a potential crash and instantly
challenging braking situations tighten accordingly. Should additional
The new X-TRAIL is packed with force be exerted in the seatbelt, front
state of the art safety features so you Brake Assist (BA) and Electronic load limiters ensure appropriate give,
can enjoy permanent peace of mind. Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) are so as to reduce any damaging
Electronic Stability Program (ESP) utilized by the X-TRAIL, with a brake pressure on the body.
Instantly helps stabilise the vehicle if booster with an inbuilt two step
Every new X-TRAIL also features
it’s skidding out of control. In the system that is called Brake Assist
dual front SRS airbags to protect the
case of trouble, the system applies (BA). Applies additional stopping
driver and front passenger in the
braking force to individual wheels so power in hard braking situations. 4
event of a frontal collision. Front side
it can straighten the direction of the ventilated disc brakes mean heat is
airbags have been added and are
deployed in the event of a side
impact, remaining inflated long
enough to help provide enhanced
protection. Roof-mounted curtain
side-impact supplemental airbags
drop down in the case of accident,
offering extra protection to the driver
and passenger during certain types of
The X-TRAIL is proof that big things
come in small packages. The refined
2.5 litre engine offers an impressive
125kW of power, 226Nm of torque
and 2,000kg of braked towing
capacity. The intelligent ALL MODE
4x4-i system allows you to choose
between ‘2WD’, ‘AUTO’ (fully
automatic 4WD) or ‘LOCK’ mode –
depending on driving conditions. The
choice is yours.
A Tyre Pressure Gauge Housed in a
sturdy case that can be easily stored
has been included to check the tyre
pressure from the convenience of
inside the vehicle. Rubber moulded
mats are tailor-made for the X-TRAIL
with an all-weather custom
contruction. The X-TRAIL also features
a raised lip around the perimeter to
contain any dirt, grass and gravel.
Also included is a Rear Protection
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compatible only when false floor is in
use. This feature also includes a
raised outer lip that helps contain
spillages, and anchor points are easy
to access, with the whole tray being
easy to install, remove and clean.
(Not compatible with Cargo Barrier or
Rear Protection Carpet Mat.)
An X-TRAIL custom branded Rear
Protection Carpet Mat protects the
the cargo floor area from wear and
damage, removes easily for cleaning.
(Not compatible with Cargo Barrier or
from wear and damage, which is only Rear Protection Tray.)
Additionally, a hands-free mobile
phone kit with Bluetooth® is fully
integrated into the X-TRAIL’s audio
system with automatic muting of the
car’s audio system when a call is
active. It also allows you to make and
receive mobile phone calls at the
touch of a button, and can be paired
to up to 7 compatible mobile phones.
On the exterior of the new Nissan
X-TRAIL, rear bumper scuff plates
have been included to keep your rear
bumper protected with its hard-
wearing polished aluminium finish.
This is especially useful for
preventing scratches and scuff marks
to the vehicle trim when loading and
unloading cargo.
A ski/snowboard carrier allows you
to take an alpine drive, with holders
for 4 skis or 2 snowboards, including
key locking security. The holder is
easy to open and load even when
wearing ski gloves, and is to be used
with Nissan Genuine Roof Bars. A roof
pod has been added to the new
Nissan X-Trail, to help remove clutter
from the interior. It is aerodynamically
designed, waterproof, and lockable,
and is accessible from either side.
With a maximum load capacity of
63kg, the roof pod can be used with
Nissan Genuine Roof bars.
Storage options continue with a
kayak/canoe carrier for carrying one
canoe, to be used with Nissan
Genuine Roof Bars, Multi-purpose
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Ssang Yong Euro IV Kyron

New Ssang Yong Kyron Delivers On All Fronts

3 $32,990 rrp for the two-litre turbo diesel manual
3 $35,990 rrp for the two-litre turbo diesel auto
3 $39,990 rrp for the top of the line 2.7 litre turbo diesel auto.
3 Braked 2300 kg 3 Unbraked 750 kg 3 Tow ball download 230 kg

sangYong has launched a new independent front suspension, five the previous model, and a folding
version of its Kyron SUV with link rear suspension and an cover and light added to front
cleaner styling, better electronically controlled part time sunvisors.
performance and enhanced comfort, four wheel drive system.
as well as better pricing. The new According to SsangYong Australia
Exterior styling has been improved general manager sales and
Euro IV Kyron is the first facelift for
with new headlight and taillight marketing, Brad Larkham, the new
the mid-range SsangYong SUV since
clusters, a new bonnet, a new design Euro IV Kyron is an evolution of the
its launch in early 2006 and includes
grille and larger front air take with model and delivers a better design
a number of major changes to deliver
mesh guard, as well as a cleaner, and styling as well as a swag of
a significantly better SUV.
more contemporary rear styling with performance and safety benefits.
It features a raft of styling, trim a larger tailgate window.
and specification improvements, “Euro IV Kyron is a more focussed
The new interior design is more and sharper vehicle all round and I
making it one of the best value mid-
driver oriented with a new instrument am sure will have a wider appeal to
range SUVs on the market.
cluster design, better night time mid range SUV customers,
Key features of the new Euro IV illumination, a new steering wheel particularly when you consider the
Kyron include a revised Euro IV fitted with shift controls for the five
added value it offers while retaining
emission specification engine with speed T-Tronic automatic
its already strong pricing levels,” said
revised engine mapping for improved transmission, revised cloth seat trim,
Brad Larkham.
driveability. As with its predecessor a new more elegant dash design with
the Euro IV Kyron carries over all black trim replacing dark grey on “The new styling reflects the latest

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trends and has boosted Kyron’s
appeal while performance, safety and
comfort improvements exceed market
expectations and position Euro IV
Kyron as a standout in its class.
“The new model has better NVH
thanks to a program of improvement
and refinement by SsangYong
engineers, delivering a quieter and
smoother ride as well as better
handling,” he added.
A new alloy wheel design delivers
a more contemporary appearance as
well as being stronger and lighter
than the previous model. The new
Euro IV Kyron is priced from $32,990
rrp for the two-litre turbo diesel
manual, $35,990 rrp for the two-litre
turbo diesel auto and $39,990 rrp for
the top of the line 2.7 litre turbo
diesel auto. All new SsangYong
vehicles sold in Australia come with
the peace-of-mind afforded by a 3
year/100,000 kilometre factory
warranty with SsangYong Assist 24/7
roadside assistance.
SsangYong is sold and serviced
through a national network of more
than 61 dealers across the country. AUTUMN 2008 • 79

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Subaru Outback

Subaru 3.0 – An intelligent drive

3 Outback 3.0R automatic $46,990 (+$500 or +1.07 %)
3 Outback 3.0R Premium automatic $52,990 (-$500 or – 0.9 %)
3 3.0 litre Outback torque is improved at low revolutions, for refined pulling power.
3 Torque is up 4.0 per cent between 1200 and 1600 rpm and up 3.0 per cent between 2000 and 2800 rpm.
3 Towing capacity kg: With/without brakes 3.0R auto – 1800/750

OVERVIEW telescopic steering wheels and six- from five to two kilometres, for easier
stack in-dash CD players. visual recognition.
Subaru’s 2007 All-Wheel Drive
Outback range adds value, INTERIOR DESIGN/SPACE All Outbacks have steering wheel
practicality and features, including mounted cruise control buttons.
Outback’s dashboard, centre
the revolutionary Subaru Intelligent-
Drive system in 3.0 litre models. console and steering wheel are 3.0 litre variants add steering
revised to produce an integrated and wheel audio and SI-Drive Sport mode
Specification is enhanced in every wholly contemporary look. controls, plus an “Information call-
Outback, yet pricing reduces by up to up” or I button. This can switch
4.3 per cent on some models, with Instrument clusters of 3.0 litre
variants feature a vast array of between six different information
the 3.0R rising just 1.07 per cent –
information in the multi-function screens, using adjoining up or down
making Australia’s original cross-over
display, including SI-Drive visuals, arrow buttons to display:
vehicle a must-see on the list of
prospective wagon buyers. odometer, time, range, outside 3 Odometer and trip meter
temperature, fuel consumption and 3 Actual and average fuel
True to its recreational roots,
open door warnings. consumption
Outback gets a reversible, washable
cargo floor, while interiors are Attention to detail includes 3 Outside temperature and
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3 Drivable distance until refuel function, and a McIntosh audio safety and Brake Assist is introduced
3 Current time (if vehicle is SatNav system, which is further enhanced in all Outbacks. The ECU detects
equipped) with the addition of a 70 mm panic braking and automatically
3 SI-Drive screen with graph
dashboard centre speaker, taking the applies optimum force by assisting
speaker count to 14. Audio systems driver operation in a linear fashion, in
If a warning screen is displayed, get new facias, while six-stack MP3- minimal time.
drivers press the I button to identify compatible CD changers are now
the nature of the warning, such as Body rigidity on all Outbacks is
standard across the range.
door open or low temperature. enhanced by the addition of a
The gearshift surround features a reinforced engine bay strut tower, a
3.0 litre models also gain new circular design, while ashtrays larger firewall corner panel and
Sportshift steering column “paddles” are eliminated from all Outbacks in reinforcement of the sill at the A-pillar
plus illuminated centre console cup line with customer feedback. base. These measures also reduce
holders, along with tinted rear NVH.
windows (side and back). Cloth and leather trim patterns are
revised in line with Outback’s refined Every Outback has dual front and
Telescopic steering wheels, with appearance and the cargo area has a side airbags, while 2.5i Premium and
40 millimetres of travel, are new to all reversible dual surface – one side 3.0R Premium variants add curtain
Outbacks, and the dual zone air
carpet, the other easily washable airbags and Vehicle Dynamics Control
conditioning, rear seat ventilation
polypropylene – for added practicality (VDC).
and a rear centre armrest with dual
and ease of cleaning.
cup-holders makes for a comfortable POWERTRAIN
ride. SAFETY
Outback 3.0Rs feature Subaru’s
The 3.0R Premium also gets an All MY07 Outbacks maintain an Active Valve Control System (AVCS)
electric sunroof, leather trim, power independent five-star ANCAP and Variable Valve Lift, ensuring
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complemented by optimum fuel on the freeway. Ideal for those
consumption and low exhaust searching for ride comfort and
frugal fuel figures.
3.0 litre Outback torque is
improved at low revolutions, for 3 Sport mode optimizes
refined pulling power. performance on city and highway
Torque is up 4.0 per cent between drives. Good for routine, day-to-
1200 and 1600 rpm and up 3.0 per day driving.
cent between 2000 and 2800 rpm.
3 Sport mode boosts engine
MECHANICAL OVERVIEW revolutions for sharp, sporty
Emissions are improved on 3.0 litre driving (cannot be used while the
engines through changes to the engine is cold). Provides dynamic
camshaft profile, aiding combustion
performance for true driving
enthusiasts through highly
In 3.0 litre Outbacks, smoother
responsive engine and throttle
downshift is achieved by the
introduction of “blipping” control. control.
This optimizes engine and
SI-Drive regulates the engine and
transmission synchronization via the
Transmission Control Unit. transmission control units, and fine-
tunes the electronic throttle control.
Subaru Intelligent Drive (SI-Drive)
is introduced on all 3.0 litre The control button is installed on the
Outbacks, offering three different centre console. By pushing the dial,
driving experiences in the same car. Intelligent mode is set. Sport mode is
Drivers have the option to refine activated by turning the dial left and
performance to suit their preferences. Sport mode by turning it right.
SI-Drive can optimize fuel There is also a steering wheel
efficiency and ride comfort in stop-
start city traffic, produce a lively button to activate Sport mode, and
response in flowing freeway or town the modes can be changed while the
traffic, or a rapid sporty drive on the car is moving. The instrument panel
open road. includes an SI-Drive Multi-Function
It features three modes, each of Display (MFD) and this communicates
which is clearly displayed on the vehicle behaviour in the different
instrument panel:
modes. It includes an Eco gauge and
3 Intelligent mode ensures gentle, Shift-up indicator (manual-only).
smooth power output. It may
contribute to greater economy in The dial of the Eco gauge stays in
congested city driving at low to the green zone when fuel
mid-speed, when teamed with a
consumption is low, for the benefit of
smooth driving style, or cruising
economy-minded drivers. Higher fuel
consumption is indicated by the dial
heading into the yellow zone.

The MFD shows comprehensive

information about the power
characteristics of the chosen mode
via a simplified torque curve.

Internal testing by Fuji Heavy

Industries, the maker of Subaru
vehicles, indicates a vehicle driven in
the Intelligent mode can record up to
10 per cent more range.

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Suzuki Grand Vitara

New Suzuki SUVs represent good value

3 From $28,990
3 Braked 1,850 kg 3 Unbraked 750 kg

uzuki has added more to its “The first Trekker pack we unveiled “This new pack is a direct
award-winning SUV line-up with last year was a huge hit with response to customer requests for
the addition of a Grand Vitara customers around the country,” said popular Grand Vitara accessories and
Trekker value pack and by launching Suzuki Australia General Manager reinforces Suzuki as Australia’s
one of its most iconic nameplates – Tony Devers. leading brand for providing fantastic
the Jimny Sierra.
The limited edition Trekker pack
adds more than $4000 worth of value
to Grand Vitara.
Features of the Trekker pack
include satellite navigation, an iPod
interface, rear spoiler, headlamp and
bonnet guard protectors, floor mats,
reverse parking sensors and a cargo
net and tray.
Buyers of the three-door Grand
Vitara Trekker also get upgraded alloy
wheels, while the five-door pack
comes with airbag compliant side
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value for money.
“As one of the few compact SUVs
with genuine off-road credentials, the
Grand Vitara Trekker is the perfect
4WD for the bush and the urban
The Trekker pack is available only
on three and five-door petrol engined
Grand Vitaras, including the range
topping Prestige. It is not available on
the new turbo-diesel model.
Devers said the launch of the Jimny
Sierra was a move sure to be popular
with a broad range of customers.
“The Sierra name has assumed
cult status with Suzuki owners and
the larger off-roading community,” he
“Owners have told us they wanted
the Sierra name to live on, making
the decision to re-launch the Sierra
nameplate an easy one.
“The Sierra has a rich heritage
among 4x4 owners, many of whom
take modified versions to places
where bigger and far more expensive
SUVs would become stranded.
“The original and rugged Jimny
Sierra will keep all the features that
have made it such an iconic vehicle,
with a gutsy 1.3-litre engine,
legendary off-road performance and
fantastic value for money with a
recommended retail price of just
“It’s a great vehicle for people
wishing to enter the world of off-
roading and looking for a vehicle that
offers reliable, dependable
performance. And those are features
the Jimny Sierra has in spades,” said

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Toyota LandCruiser 200

LandCruiser 200 Series Wagon

builds on the legend
3 The LandCruiser 200 GXL in petrol model retails at $69,990, with Turbo-diesel retailing at $79,990. The VX
model retails at $79,990 and $89,990 in petrol or diesel respectively. In the Sahara model, $94,990 is the
petrol price, and for the Turbo-diesel; $104,990.
3 The towbar is now integrated into the chassis for maximum strength.
3 Engineers developed an all-new chassis structure that offers superior strength and rigidity by maintaining
a separate frame and body.
3 Towing Capacity with trailer brakes (kg) 3500 — Towing Capacity without trailer brakes (kg) 750

OVERVIEW technology that makes it even more without sacrificing off-road

capable in all conditions, with the manoeuvrability.
LandCruiser has the greatest
comfort and convenience of a luxury
customer loyalty among all Toyota With the adoption of shorter-
vehicles. Toyota Australia recently format V8 engines, the bonnet length
launched the latest generation of the INTERIOR DESIGN/SPACE has been reduced for improved
LandCruiser wagon – the vehicle that visibility.
The new LandCruiser 200
helped Toyota establish its foothold incorporates styling changes that add The front pillars have been pushed
in the world and Australian to its adventurous, rugged image. forward to increase interior length by
automotive markets. 130mm.
The interior is all about space,
The new LandCruiser 200 Series comfort, security and safety for the The front seats adjust over 240mm
has a stronger body, improved driver and up to seven passengers. It longitudinally and the second row
suspension, more powerful V8 is 60mm longer and 30mm wider, also adjusts 105mm, which means
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For security against theft, all Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) and have newly developed Toyota Crawl
models have an engine immobiliser. Active Traction Control as standard Control, to control vehicle speed in
equipment. extreme 4WD conditions.
LandCruiser VX and Sahara also
have an alarm. LandCruiser’s VSC now has the LandCruiser 200 diesel models
added feature of a VSC cut-off switch, have Downhill Assist Control (DAC) to
Top-of-the-range Sahara has the
which deactivates both the VSC and maintain vehicle speed on steep off-
additional features of VX grade of
TRC to help the vehicle escape from road descents.
Back Guide Monitor (reversing
mud, fresh snow or other slippery
camera), satellite DVD navigation LandCruiser 200 VX and Sahara
with six CD/DVD/MP3 changer and have the additional active safety
nine-speaker audio, four-zone The vehicle must be stationary feature of front foglamps.
climate-controlled air conditioning, before the VSC cut-off can be
Top-of-the-range Sahara has a
cool box, electric tilt and telescopic activated.
reversing camera, audio controls on
steering column, electric folding
Active TRC provides high levels of the steering wheel and a headlamp
exterior mirrors, headlamp cleaning
grip in off-road driving, without the cleaning system.
system, wood and leather gear shift
need to engage the centre differential
lever and steering wheel which also *KDSS is standard equipment on
has audio controls and electro- VX and Sahara model grades and GXL
chromatic interior mirror. All LandCruiser 200 models have petrol, and optionally available on
Hill-start Assist Control to prevent the GXL turbo-diesel.
vehicle rolling downhill when taking
The alloy luggage tray, made from The body has been reinforced at all
off on a steep incline.
extruded aluminium profiles for extra four pillars and in the rocker panels,
strength, is silver-anodised for LandCruiser 200 petrol models for maximum endurance - as well as
corrosion resistance and features six
internal tie-down eyelets for securing
loads of varied size.
The Toyota Genuine alloy luggage
tray is rated to 170kg capacity when
fitted in conjunction with the three-
bar heavy-duty roof rack set, and
cargo weight is evenly distributed.
A dash-mounted tyre-pressure
monitoring system, available for the
first time for LandCruiser owners,
displays the temperature and
pressure of all five tyres (including
the spare).
Toyota’s LandCruiser 200 has a
comprehensive active safety package
as standard equipment, beginning
with its new underpinnings, including
torque-sensing full-time 4WD, a wider
track, all-new coil-spring double-
wishbone front suspension, Kinetic
Dynamic Suspension System (KDSS)*
and a new larger brake package.
It also has a new brake control
system, with All-Terrain ABS,
Electronic Brakeforce Distribution
(EBD) and Brake Assist (BA) as
standard equipment.
The new LandCruiser also has an
advanced package of Drive Assist
Technology (DAT) features as
standard equipment.
All LandCruiser 200 models have

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rollover protection. movement of the stabiliser bars to The front frame structure has been
ensure ground clearance. designed to increase impact
LandCruiser’s body structure also
absorption while increasing ground
features pedestrian protection When vehicle roll occurs, the
clearance for the front differential and
structures and design elements to hydraulic pressure in the front and
the power steering box.
improve aesthetics, with reduced rear cylinders collide and the
front parting line gaps and a cylinders do not stroke. Inside, the LandCruiser 200 has
concealment cover in the engine bay. head impact-absorbing structures for
This causes the stabiliser bars to
the inner materials of the pillar
Toyota purchased the rights to use twist – as they do in conventional
garnishes and roof headlining.
KDSS from Kinetic Suspension suspension – to suppress further roll.
Technology in Western Australia and Each pillar garnish has one-piece
The action of the stabiliser bars
designed a system to suit moulded ribs to act as energy-
ensures excellent turning
LandCruiser. absorbing panels.
performance and a smooth steering
KDSS in new LandCruiser 200 acts feel. The roof headlining has energy-
by adjusting front and rear stabiliser absorbing resin angle brackets.
KDSS therefore provides flat ride
resistance; based on the movement comfort on-road, good stability and Vehicles equipped with a rear
of hydraulic cylinders installed on improved ground contact for the tyres cooler have an added energy-
both the front and rear stabiliser bars off-road. absorbing structure on the rear cooler
and connected by a pair of hydraulic duct.
Toyota’s new LandCruiser 200 has
increased passive safety, with up to MECHANICAL OVERVIEW
A link mechanism is used to 10 SRS airbags.
Toyota’s new LandCruiser 200
suppress the range of vertical
Pedestrian safety has also been petrol models have a breakthrough
significantly increased. Toyota has control system for rugged off-road
paid particular attention to the conditions.
crashworthiness of the frame and the
Toyota Crawl Control is a feet-off
interaction between the frame and
control system to take the vehicle
upper body in absorbing collision
over rugged rocky terrain, moguls,
rubble, snow, mud, gravel and sand.
LandCruiser 200 has an all-new
It only operates in L4 (low-range)
frame and newly designed underbody
and at speeds below 10km/h.
reinforcement in the upper body.
The system uses the vehicle’s
They are designed to act as one
existing hardware, including
unit to better absorb impact in a
electronic throttle, wheel-speed
frontal collision, by bending the frame
sensors, G-sensor and ABS actuator.
and axial compression of the
underbody reinforcement. The frame A speed-selector dial on the centre
has been completely redesigned at console provides the choice of three
the front, as a moment-reducing speeds.
The system automatically
The front side-rails have 30 per maintains a low uniform vehicle
cent more horizontal offset and 40 speed uphill and downhill by
per cent less vertical offset to controlling both engine output and
increase impact absorption. brake hydraulic pressure, allowing
the driver to concentrate fully on
The frame’s side-rails have preset
steering the vehicle.
bending points between the number
two and number three cross- It increases vehicle stability in
members. extreme 4WD conditions by
minimising wheel spin and tyre lock-
Impact energy support areas (large
reinforced box sections) have been
built into the side rails at the number The system has the added benefit
three cross-member joint. of reducing potential damage to the
vehicle, by smoothly controlling
These box sections are pressed
vehicle speed over rugged terrain.
from high-tensile sheet steel and
have reinforcements in all four It reduces load on the drivetrain by
corners and for the entire outboard smoothly controlling engine output
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All LandCruiser 200 models have This is 30 per cent extra power and
automatic transmission, full-time more than 50 per cent additional
4WD, 17-inch alloy wheels including torque than the previous six-cylinder
spare wheel, factory climate- turbo-diesel engine.
controlled air conditioning with pollen
filter, dual front SRS airbags, front Fuel consumption has been
side airbags, full-length three-row improved by 6.3 per cent and is just
side curtain-shield airbags, second- 10.3 litres/100km based on the
row seat outboard seatbelt official ADR 81/01 combined cycle.
pretensioners, multi-terrain ABS (with
For the Euro IV-compliant petrol V8
EBD and Brake Assist), Vehicle
Stability Control, Active Traction engine, now with variable valve
Control, Hill-start Assist Control, timing (inlet), power is up 18 per cent,
Smart Entry and Smart Start, second- while fuel use is down almost 10 per
row seatbelt anchorage height cent. The updated petrol V8 is
adjusters, third-row seatbelt matched to a five-speed automatic
automatic locking retractors, key transmission, while the diesel engine
reminder warning, in-glass radio is mated to a new six-speed
antenna and rear spoiler. automatic transmission.
In addition, LandCruiser 200 GXL Both have sequential shift that
has Crawl Control (petrol model only), allows the driver to select gears
Downhill Assist Control (diesel model manually.
only), a sub fuel tank, power
windows, a six-speaker audio system The transmissions have artificial
and dual-zone front air conditioning. intelligence control, which allows
their computers to select the
GXL petrol has KDSS suspension,
while GXL diesel has the option of appropriate gear ratio by estimating
KDSS suspension. road conditions and predicting the
driver’s intention.
VX grade has the additional
features over GXL grade of driver and NOISE, VIBRATION, HARSHNESS
front passenger knee airbags, Engineers also worked on
second-row seat side airbags, privacy
insulation and bushings to reduce
glass, front foglamps, matt metallic-
road noise, suppress vibration and
look side steps, remote power
enhance comfort. LandCruiser 200 is
windows and moonroof, door
courtesy lamps, small overhead designed and built to meet the
console, multi-information display highest durability targets in the
(trip computer), Optitron combination Toyota range, several times higher
meter, leather seat trim, leather- than those of a road-going passenger
bound steering wheel and gearshift vehicle. The windscreen surround was
lever, power-adjustable front seats, designed for reduced wind noise,
40:20:40 split-fold second-row seat with a flush glass to roof structure,
(in lieu of 60:40 split) with twin optimised moulding gaps and a
cupholders in the centre armrest, redesigned cowl louvre.
front seat-back pockets, rear map
lamps, alarm system and woodgrain
interior dashboard trim.
VX has KDSS suspension on petrol
and diesel.
LandCruiser 200 is available in
three grades – GXL, VX and Sahara –
with two engine choices, both of
them V8s.
The new 4.5-litre twin-turbo, multi-
valve direct-injection V8 diesel lifts
power to 195kW and produces a
massive 650Nm of torque.

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Volkswagen Touareg R50


3 $129,990 plus dealer delivery and statutory charges
3 Braked 3,500 kg 3 Unbraked 750 kg 3 Towbar load limit 350 kg

THE R50 ENGINE parameters, the SUV accelerates to type alloy wheels with 295 tyres, blue
100 km/h in just 6.8 seconds painted brake callipers, discrete
The excellent driving dynamics of
(standard production SUV: 7.4 wheel well flares and independent
the Touareg R50 are less the result of
seconds). Its top speed is 235 km/h. bumpers. Inside, the features include
pure top acceleration values than of
Compared to similarly powered petrol a sports seat system in anthracite
torque levels that are nearly
engines, the fuel consumption of the coloured napa leather with integrated
unattainable by the competition. At R50 logo in the headrests.
ten-cylinder diesel engine is low: On
just 2,000 rpm the SUV’s ten-cylinder
the motorway consumption is 9.6 The dark interior design is a
TDI develops a maximum torque of
litres, and its combined fuel economy particularly harmonious complement
850 Newton-meter. This means that
is 12.6 litres. Despite the big plus in to the Biscay Blue exterior colour that
every gear and speed range offers
performance and torque, the fuel was specially developed for the
torque-laden power like no other
consumption rates have remained Touareg R50. Blue hues of this type
constant. have been typical of power-boosted
The bi-turbo diesel of the Touareg Volkswagen R models since the first
R50 was derived from the familiar V10 Golf R32 in 2002. Optional car
TDI with 230 kW / 313 PS. Apart from an increase in colours on the Touareg R50 are
Adjustments to its bi-turbo charging performance, Volkswagen Individual Campanella White, Reflex Silver,
and modified engine management GmbH designed new exterior and Black Magic and Atacama Grey.
made it possible to boost engine interior features to reflect the R
power by 28 kW / 37 PS and increase philosophy. From the outside, the
torque by a considerable 100 Newton- new Touareg R50 is easily As part of its standard worldwide
meter. Under these new performance recognizable with its 21-inch Omanyt- features, the Touareg R50 will be AUTUMN 2008 • 89

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delivered with a Sport design stainless steel tread plates. Working innovative sport chassis. The so-
package in what is known as the R with the sporty character of the called Driving Dynamics Package with
Look. It clearly highlights the dynamic Touareg is the light-coloured engine roll compensation supplements the
character of the most powerful spin decor of the interior – a metallic pre-existing Sport mode of the
European diesel SUV. The design structure similar to that previously manually and automatically
package for the front includes the used on race cars – as well as metal controlled air suspension by adding a
radiator grille typical of the R models worked caps for the accelerator and stiffer spring characteristic. The
in matt chrome with dual chrome fins. brake pedals. An R logo decorates the system counteracts body roll of the
The lower radiator air inlet sports a gearshift lever for the six-speed car when cornering by actuating the
grille in a honeycomb look. This look automatic transmission (Tiptronic). electronically controlled dampers.
is also applied to the screen in front
Standard features of the Touareg As an optional feature, Volkswagen
of the two intercoolers (on the left
R50 also include a Winter package is offering a rear-view camera. The
and right under the headlamps) and
(including heated seats at outer wide-angle camera is located on the
the fog lamp surrounds. The
seating positions in the rear), the tailgate, to the upper right of the
crosspiece of the front spoiler in
Premium Memory Package (including license plate. It transmits a real
Reflex Silver. The front skirt also
electrically adjustable seats, steering image to the navigation system
exhibits an independent design.
column and seatbelt height), a net display. Even small obstacles are
Part of the Sport design package partition behind the rear seats and a easily recognised in the area below
are the colour-coded wheel well and ski bag. window visibility limits. To make
side skirt flares as well as flaps – manoeuvring easier, the display also
aerodynamic components near the shows the vehicle’s path in response
front and rear axles. The most ABSplus: This is an innovative new to steering inputs.
powerful diesel Touareg is also clearly system developed by Volkswagen.
recognized as an R model at its rear The technology shortens the braking FEATURE HIGHLIGHTS
end. Here it is the colour-coded roof distance of the Touareg R50 on loose 3 5.0 litre V10 bi-turbo diesel (TDI)
edge spoiler, the distinctive bumper surfaces – that is, especially in off- engine producing 258 kW of power
with diffuser in Reflex Silver and oval road operation – by up to 20 percent, and 850 Nm of torque
tailpipes that round up the Sport a clear gain in safety!
3 Alloy wheels Omanyt 21 x 10” with
design package. In addition, the R50
The R50 is equipped with an 295/35 R21 tyres (4)
badge on the tailgate and the
radiator grille draw attention to the
Touareg TDI. Tinted rear windows (65
percent light-absorbing, starting at
the pillars) and bi-xenon headlights
are also standard.
The exclusive standard features
also include an air-suspension sports
chassis, introduced for the first time
in 2007 on the new Touareg
generation. The driving dynamics
package, with adaptive roll
compensation and a chassis lowered
by twenty millimetres, complement
the existing Sport mode of the
manually or automatically controlled
air suspension with a stiffer spring
rate. In the suspension’s comfort
mode, driving comfort remains just as
good as on versions without sports
The interior of the Touareg – with
its timeless clarity and high-end
design – was further refined and
tuned for the R50. Anthracite
coloured napa leather distinguishes
the standard sports seating system
with the R50 logo in the headrests.
The logo is also integrated in the

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3 Blue brake callipers
3 Sport design package in R style:
• rear roof spoiler
• front and rear bumpers in sports
design with Honeycomb inserts
• body side lower sill and wheel
arch extensions
3 Twin chrome exhaust pipes
3 Chrome roof rails
3 Radiator grille in double ribbed
style with matt chrome ribs
3 R50 vehicle lettering front and rear
3 Napa leather sports seats with R50
logo in front head restraints
3 Sound package – 8 channel
3 Individually heated front and outer
amplifier with luggage area, 6 disc
rear seats
CD changer and 11 speakers
3 Rear seat load through provision
with ski bag 3 Parking distance sensors, front
3 Door sill inlays and pedals in and rear
aluminium with R50 logo
3 Automatic dimming rear-view and
3 Engine Spin/brushed aluminium
inserts in dashboard and doors driver’s side exterior mirror
3 Dark tinted rear and rear side 3 Rain sensing windscreen wipers
windows 3 Keyless access system
3 Tiptronic gearshift paddles
3 Anti-theft alarm system
3 Air sports suspension with
Continuous Damping Control (CDC) 3 Front fog lights
3 Metallic or Pearl Effect paint finish 3 Coming/leaving home function
TOUAREG 5.0 V10 TDI STANDARD with automatic headlights
3 Tyre pressure monitoring system
3 Front, side and curtain airbags
3 Anti-lock Braking System
(ABSplus) with Brake Assist 3 Biscay Blue Pearl Effect
3 Electronic Stabilisation Program
3 Black Magic Pearl Effect
3 Napa leather seat upholstery 3 Atacama Grey Metallic

3 Leather multi-function steering 3 Reflex Silver Metallic

3 Campanella White
3 4 zone dual climate control air-
conditioning system 3 Anthracite Napa leather
3 Bi-xenon headlights with cornering
lights, cleaning system and
automatic self levelling
3 Electrically operated with memory Important: All the data and descriptions
included in this press folder are valid for the
• front seats programme of models available for sale in
• exterior mirrors Australia. Different details may apply in other
• steering wheel countries. This information may be subject to
• and seat belt height adjustment change or correction.

3 4XMOTION permanent four-wheel- The terms FSI, TDI and DSG are protected
drive Volkswagen AG trademarks or the trademarks
3 Transfer box with low off-road ratio of other companies belonging to the
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Volvo XC60

A preview of Volvo’s New XC60

hese are the first pictures of It introduces City Safety – a world to offer this type of feature as
Volvo’s dramatic new XC60 – groundbreaking new technology that standard. The car is packed with our
arguably the most exciting Volvo adds to the advanced systems already accumulated safety know-how and
model ever, which made a stunning in use on Volvo models to make it the technology, both when it comes to
debut at the international motor show safest Volvo ever. preventing accidents and protecting all
in Geneva in March. the occupants in a collision,” says
This unique feature takes on-road
The bold, confident style of the XC60 safety to new levels, including the Volvo Cars President and CEO Fredrik
takes Volvo places it has not been ability to avoid or minimise the effects Arp.
before. It is aimed at attracting a whole of low-speed impacts through The first Volvo XC60s are scheduled
legion of buyers, particularly those automatic braking if the system senses to arrive in Australia at the beginning
with a yen for exciting, highly the car is about to drive into the of 2009. Australian specification and
individual looks combined with vehicle in front.
pricing will be confirmed closer to the
outstanding agility on and off-road. “We are the first manufacturer in the local launch.
The XC60 combines the tough, all-
wheel drive muscularity of an SUV, with
fluid, coupe-style looks, indicating it is
at home practically anywhere.
According to Volvo Cars Design
Director, Steve Mattin, the XC60 is
“Charged with more emotive form and
more energy than any other Volvo.
We’re elevating our design DNA to an
entirely new level by literally turning up
the visual volume. If you say that you‘d
recognise a Volvo from a hundred
metres away today, I dare say the XC60
radiates a clear Volvo presence from at
least twice that distance.”.

92 • AUTUMN 2008

The Adventure Way

Discover the history and unique

beauty of the Adventure Way
The Adventure way connects Whilst the desert is dangerously road out to the famous Burke and
the Queensland coast to remote and extreme in its weather Wills ‘dig tree’.
conditions, it is also spectacularly
outback South Australia, Although police do not officially
beautiful and unspoiled. advise motorists in two-wheel drive
travelling west from Dalby,
Such tantalising qualities mark out vehicles to travel along this section of
through to the remote, the desert experience as an road, both the highway and the road
legendary region of opportunity for genuine travel to the ‘dig tree’ are regularly graded
Innamincka and Coopers Creek adventures. and, in fine weather, conventional
vehicles often travel through to
in South Australia. Traveling along the Adventure Way Innamincka and beyond without
This part of Australia looms large in was once an extremely rough difficulty.
the nation’s consciousness; few experience. And it is remarkable to
reflect upon the fact that the old Despite the remote, desert
Australians would not know of the ill- conditions of much of this terrain,
horse-drawn Cobb and Co coaches
fated expedition of Burke and Wills, there is an abundance of artesian
once traversed this region on rutted
who both perished at Coopers Creek water in the region.
dirt trails.
in 1861. As such, the region has deep
But these days, even travel by two- This discovery enabled the
connections to Australia’s pioneering
wheel drive is possible. The Adventure settlement of numerous small towns
past. For coastal-dwelling Australians at the turn of the century, and, for
(and that’s the majority of us) the Way is now all bitumen up until
today’s traveller, provides oases for
desert or interior of our country Noccundra.
fishing, pleasant picnicking stops, hot
represents a profound expression of From there, the roads are dirt all showers and gloriously abundant
our nationhood. the way to Innamincka, including the birdlife.


The Adventure Way


~Visitors Information Centre~
Open Daily
Closed Christmas Day

The worlds only display of Carved,

Illuminated Emu Eggs
Experience life on a working
Displayed at sheep and cattle property
Balonne Sports Store without leaving the highway. • Historical village
108 Victoria Street, St George QLD 4487
• Hot Artesian spas • “Dogwood Crossing”
• Double & twin share air-conditioned - early street of shops and other
Phone: (07) 4625 3490 accommodation buildings
Fax: (07) 4625 4690 • Powered & unpowered sites
• Licensed premises • The finest private sea shell
• Camp kitchen or home-cooked meals collection
Opening Hours • Property tours & much more • Magnificent lapidary display
Weekdays 9.00am to 5.00pm • Pets welcome • Artesian basin centre
Saturdays 9.00am to 12.00pm Drop in and stay for a day or a week and • War museum
or by appointment discover what is on offer • Catering for groups by arrangement
Ph: (07) 4655 4833 Fax: (07) 4655 4835 Warrego Highway, Miles QLD 4415
You have to see it to believe it. Website: Ph/Fax: (07) 4627 1492


• Unleaded / Premium / Ultimate /
Diesel fuels & Auto Gas
PLUS A SELECTION OF OTHER • Quality meals & takeaway foods
SOUVENIR ITEMS • Convenience & grocery lines
DONE TO ORDER 6am - 10pm All year round
49 JANE STREET CUNNAMULLA QLD 4490 85 Victoria St, St George Qld 4487
PH: (07) 4655 8400 Phone: (07) 4625 3411

Innamincka Tyre St George Caravan Park

& Mechanical *Situated 500m from the Balonne river*
# Grass drive
• Tyres – repairs and sales, Welding thru sites
• General mechanical, trailer and # Grass
caravan repairs tent/camp
• Kim Townsend has 30 years local
experience Outback Magic sites
• Qualified air-conditioner and # Powered &
An authentic outback experience on a
refrigerator mechanic 27,ooo ha. working sheep and cattle unpowered
• Recovery service station near Cunnamulla SW Q’land. sites
Accommodation, Tours, Camping in the # Gas barbeques
Ph: (08) 8675 9902 beautiful natural bushland setting, by the
UHF Channel 20 (locally) unique hot free flowing Artesian Bore.
# Clean amenities
Repeater Channel 3 & 6 Enjoy birdlife, wildlife, history and the # Laundry facilities
silence. In season Willie (the camel man) # Clean, quiet &
Innamincka Laundromat – offers unique camel wagon safaris across
Automatic self serve laundry the red soil landscapes. See web re.
Safari package to Noorama Races Your hosts
# Pets under
Enjoy a hot shower and a cappuccino second weekend in April. Bookings in Anne & Ivan Bradley control welcomed
advance appreciated.
• Hot drinks • Phone • Showers and welcome you # Cabins
Ph: (07) 4655 4923 or (07) 4655 1679
toilet • Shade trees • Cattle yard fence Fax: (07) 4655 4114 221 Victoria Street, St George QLD 4487
Email: Ph: (07) 4625 5778
You’ll find us 400 metres behind the pub Website:

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The scenery is quite spectacular the river, or at Gray Park which is Street, Jandowae
and offers the chance to take a situated right in the centre of town.
3 Glasby’s Caravan Park, Moffat
genuine outback journey, but with all
Its status as a major services and Street, Kaimkillenbun
the comfort and security of regular
agricultural centre ensures that any 3 Bells ‘n’ Whistles Caravan Park,
townships (albeit small) along the
shopping or other travelling needs are Bell, 40 Cedarvale Road, Bell
way, and abundant access to water for
easily met. The renowned Bunya
relaxing after a hot day’s travelling. 3 Lake Broadwater Conservation
Mountains lie just 52 km north of the
The region offers a number of Dalby township. Park, Camping permitted, no
national parks and nature reserves to facilities
They are so called because the
visit along the way and, if your don’t 3 Bushland Park Cabins and
Bunya tree was sacred to local
mind basic camping, there are ample Camping, 2495 Bunya Mountains
indigenous people. A remarkable
opportunities to rest for a day or more Rd, Bunya Mountains
stand of Bunyas still remains in the
in these lovely, unspoiled areas. park today, some of which are 3 Bunya Mountains National Park,
If you prefer a little comfort, then estimated to be over 500 years old. Camping permitted. Permits
there is no shortage of Attractions required, full facilities available
accommodation to suit your needs;
van parks, motels or pubs. You could 3 The Crossing: A memorial Moonie
easily accomplish the whole journey commemorating the first white Moonie is a tiny settlement at the
in two days, but why hurry? The settlement of Dalby intersection of the Leichhardt and
byways along this famous track are 3 Architecture: including the Moonie Highways.
well worth the effort. homestead ‘Randwick’ and St The town’s claim to fame is that
Towns Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church Australia’s first commercial oil field
3 Pioneer Park Museum was established there in 1961 and is
Dalby 3 Moonie 3 Westmar 3 Flinton
still operating today.
3 St.George 3 Bollon 3 Cunnamulla 3 3 The Bunya Mountains National
Eulo 3 Thargomindah 3 Innamincka Park Attractions

Dalby 3 The Moonie Crossroads, in

3 Lake Broadwater Conservation
particular the murals in the bar
Dalby is situated on the Myall Park
creek, 216 km north-west of Brisbane, Accommodation:
3 Southwood National Park, home to
and is Queensland’s main wheat
3 Dalby – Pioneer Caravan Village, 32 the rare silky black cockatoo.
producing region. This attractive
Myall Street, Dalby
country town offers plenty of cool and 3 The Rocky Water Hole, a popular
pleasant picnic places, either along 3 Jandowae Accomodation Park, High fishing spot. AUTUMN 2008 • 95

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Accommodation Highway. There is a roadhouse which overnight stop.

offers fuel, groceries and meals. The
3 Tara Caravan Park, Milne Street, Attractions
Bendee road Reserve, which is
accessible in dry weather only, is good 3 Fishing in the Moonie River
3 Cecil Plains Rural Retreat Caravan for fishing. Accommodation:
Park, Taylor Street, Cecil Plains
Attractions 3 The Flinton Hall offers camping and
3 Wattle Downs Sheep Station
3 Southwood National Park lies public facilities, Flinton road,
Farmstay, Leichhardt Highway, Flinton
further east along the Moonie
Wattle Downs, The Gums
3 Moonie Crossroads Motel and
3 Bendee Road Reserve, for fishing
Caravan Park, Cnr of moonie and St.George is known as the inland
Leichhardt Highways, Moonie Accommodation fishing capital of Queensland.
Situated on the picturesque Balonne
3 The Rocky Water Hole, camping 3 Bendee Road Reserve, Camping
River, the town is often referred to as
permitted, no facilities permitted, no facilities
an ‘oasis’, not just for its great many
Westmar Flinton fishing locations, but also for its cool
and pleasant river parklands and
Westmar is situated on the Moonie A popular place to fish or to make an abundant jacaranda and Bauhinia
trees which flower in the springtime.
3 Riversands Winery
3 Steve Margaritis’ carved emu egg
3 The St George Heritage Centre
3 The Aboriginal Rock Wells
3 Rosehill Aviaries
3 Kamarooka Tourist Park, 56 Victoria
St, St George
3 Kapunda Riverside Camping and
Fishing Park, 12747 Carnarvon
Highway, St George
3 St George Caravan Park, Victoria St,
St George
3 Pelican Rest Tourist Park, 12022
CATTLE GRAZING IN WESTMAR Carnarvon Highway, St George

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wool producing regions in
Queensland. Cunnamulla is an
Aboriginal term meaning ‘long stretch
of water’ and the Warrego River
provides a great place for boating,
fishing or swimming. The town’s
Centenary Park, situated on the banks
of the Warrego, provide a delightfully
shady setting for picnics and rest-
stops for travellers.
3 Guided Cemetery Tour
3 Heritage Trail and historical sites,
including; – the Post Office (1868),
the Saddlery, Trappers Inn, the
Blacksmith, the State School
(1885) and St Catherine’s Convent
3 Visit the Padabilla Stock Route
Watering Camp to see the
CAMPING BY THE MOONIE RIVER abundant birdlife of this region.
3 St George River Breeze Tourist Park 3 The Robber’s Tree
Fishing Lodge and Caravan Park,
3 Enjoy the abundant wildlife Accommodation
Surat Rd, St George
Accommodation 3 Bowra Station, 16 kms from
Bollon Cunnamulla, off Humeburn Rd,
3 Wallam Creek, Camping permitted, Phone: 07 46551238
Bollon is situated on the banks of no facilities
the Wallam Creek, near to the 3 Padabilla Stock Route Watering
Thrushton National Park. The many 3 Thrushton National Park, Camping Camp, Camping permitted, no
River Red Gums in the area support a permitted, no facilities facilites
large koala population as well as an 3 Charlotte Plains, 54 kilometres east
Cunnamulla of Cunnamulla, on the Adventure
estimated 110 different species of
bird. Cunnamulla was originally Way
established to service sheep and 3 Nardoo Station Tourist Retreat,
cattle properties in the area and, to situated 38kms north of
3 Visit nearby Thrushton National this day, remains one of the biggest


The Adventure Way
Cunnamulla, on the Matilda
3 Jack Tonkin Caravan Park, Watson
St, Cunnamulla
Eulo is situated on the Paroo River
and, towards the end of the
nineteenth century, was a thriving
centre for opal miners. Something of
the old frontier town feeling still
remains, in particular, the historic
Eulo Queen Hotel, once run by the
legendary ‘Queen’ Isobel Robinson,
still stands in the town’s centre.
3 The historic Eulo Hotel
3 The ‘Paroo Track’, where the world
lizard racing championships are
3 Visit the Eulo air-raid shelter, built
during World War two.
3 The Bilby Burrow outback art and
craft gallery
3 Try the famous local Yapunya
3 Fossick the near-by Yowah Opal

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3 The Palm Grove Date Farm which
sells a variety of date-based
3 The Mud Springs
3 Eulo Heritage Trail
3 Currawinya National Park
3 Eulo Caravan Park, Eulo Street,
3 Artesian Waters Caravan Park, Bluff
Road, Yowah
3 Palm Grove Date Farm and Winery,
Leo Street, Eulo
Thargomindah lies on the edge of
the red sandy desert and the natural
features of the area, such as massive ARTESIAN BORE AT SUNRISE
sand dunes and abundant birdlife, lighting generated by electric
and is in close proximity to national
parks, makeing it a very rewarding This legendary desert settlement is
destination for the traveller. 3 Lake Bindegolly National Park,
small and remote. There is a general
Thargomindah is also known as the located 40km east along the
store, a pub and fuel is available.
site of Australia’s first hydroelectricity Adventure Way
During the 1950s the Royal Flying
scheme powered by high-pressure
3 Heritage walks Doctor Service had a base here. To the
artesian bore water.
Accommodation north lies Innamincka Station, which
was established in 1872, and to the
3 Yapunyah Caravan Park, Dowling
3 Thargomindah’s Power Plant south, Gidgealpa Station.
Street, Thargomindah
Display: Thargomindah was the Innamincka’s fame rests upon its
third town in the world (just one 3 Big 4 Explorers Caravan Park, 88
association with the explorer Charles
day after Paris) to have street Dowling Street, Thargomindah
Sturt, who passed through the area in
1845, and, in particular with the
expedition led by Burke and Wills. The
sole survivor, John King, was
discovered near the Innamincka
waterhole. Wills’ grave lies 25 km
west of the town, and to the east is
the famous Burke and Wills ‘Dig Tree’.
3 Cooper Creek Discovery Cruise

3 Callamurra Waterhole

3 Aboriginal rock art

3 Coongie Lakes

3 Innaminka reserve

3 Innamincka Regional Reserve, a full
range of park facilities are available
3 Cooper Creek, Camping along the
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Along the Adventure Way…

Bulloo Shire
Thargomindah provides the ideal The original Thargomindah Hospital is history. Hungerford Caravan Park
base to use for day tours to the a great monument to the life and offers great facilities and enquiries
Australian Icon, Burke & Wills Dig times of Outback Queensland. Built can be made at the Thargomindah
Tree at Cooper Creek, the historic prior to 1888, it served the Visitor Information Centre.
hotels at Noccundra and Hungerford, community’s medical needs until the Currawinya National Park is only a
Cameron Corner, where the three current outpatients centre was short distance away, an area with
states meet, and bird watching or opened in 1976. The original hospital prolific bird life.
nature activities at Lake Bindegolly
is now open to the public as the
and Currawinya National Parks. The Noccundra, located 20km off the
Visitor Information Centre and as a
Adventure Way is a sealed road from Adventure Way and approximately
museum showcasing medical and
Brisbane to Thargomindah and 140km west of Thargomindah, is
Royal Flying Doctor memorabilia as
beyond to within 90 kilometres of the home to both history and hospitality
well as other relics from ‘Life in the
historic Burke & Wills “Dig Tree”. It is at the Noccundra Hotel. Built in 1882,
Remote Outback’.
an ideal touring route to or from the picturesque stone building is
South Australia via the Strzelecki Don’t miss Thargomindah, a great situated near the banks of the Wilson
track and the Flinders Ranges. place to unwind with the first class River. The Noccundra Hotel offers
Thargomindah is a special town with Explorers Caravan Park, visitors powered sites for caravans and cabin
a unique history. First in Australia and reporting that it is one of the best in style accommodation. For those who
third in the world to have street the West. want to camp under the stars,
lighting generated by hydro power! Most facilities are available in the camping is allowed near the
Discover Thargomindah’s electric town, including motel and hotel riverbank.
history at the site of the town’s
accommodation, licensed Cameron Corner, located
century-old bore. Next to the bore is a
restaurants, take-away meals, two approximately 400km south west of
replica of the original shed where
small supermarkets, all fuel (except Thargomindah, is where the three
Australia’s first hydro-electric system
LPG) and gas bottle refills, NextG states meet, Queensland, New South
was born back in 1893. A heritage
mobile phone coverage, a Toyota Wales and South Australia. Licensed
walk of Thargomindah will provide an
dealership, motor vehicle repairs and accommodation, camping, fuel,
insight into the remarkable Outback
RACQ service. meals, phone and souvenirs are
life in the early days.
Hungerford is located on the available.
Visit Leahy House, built in 1885 of
locally made mud brick and once Queensland/New South Wales
Visit the survey marker, originally
owned by Sir Sydney Kidman. The border, approximately 173km south
surveyed by John Cameron in 1882-
Thargomindah Post Office, opened in east of Thargomindah, and not to be
83, opened in 1969.
1870 and still standing after a missed is the Royal Mail Hotel, built
turbulent life and one of only four in 1873, originally a staging post for Contact the Thargomindah Visitor
mud brick buildings remaining in Cobb & Co, and a great place to Information Centre, Bulloo Shire Council or
Thargomindah. unwind, meet the locals and learn the local police on updated road conditions.

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You are very welcome at the Laundromat. Internet and NextG

Explorers Caravan Park in phone service are available.
Thargomindah. Built and maintained
If you decide you would like a break
by the Bulloo Shire Council on the
from your caravan, we have six 4-star
banks of the Bulloo River, this is one
fully self-contained en-suited cabins
of the best caravan parks in the west.
accommodating up to 4 people, or for
Constructed on 11 acres, the park has the more budget conscious we have 4
25 large powered sites, 17 of which bunkhouse style rooms which offer
are drive through, and all are lined single bed accommodation for up to 6
with native shrubs to provide a certain people. All rooms have their own air
element of privacy, and innumerable conditioner, TV and fridge.
un-powered sites - some grassed, and stainless steel preparation area, For more information on this
some in bush settings. the adjoining BBQ area has a (free) luxury in the outback, or to
The communal facilities are gas BBQ with tables and benches; the enquire about bringing your pet,
wheelchair friendly, and include a amenities block offers ample clean please phone Paul and Ide on
fully screened camp kitchen, toilets as well as hot and cold (07) 4655 3307, fax (07) 4655 3308
complete with a large fridge/freezer showers, and a coin operated or freecall 1800 820 890

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Way to Go!
The Adventure Way from Brisbane to Adelaide

The Adventure Way takes you

from Brisbane to Adelaide via
Queensland’s richest grain an
cotton producing area
surrounding Dalby, through
brigalow and belah belts, to
the outback plains where
mulga lines the road and
eventually gives way to a
treeless gibber landscape at
the Queensland-South
Australia border.
From Innamincka, follow the
historic Strzelecki Track to the
Flinders ranges and finally to
Adelaide. adventure inside us all. 3 Yowah & Blackgate Opal
The rewards of the journey are Fossicking
Top Attractions
many; discovering the awe-inspiring 3 Cunnamulla Fella
3 Burke and Wills Dig Tree
landscape, the native flora & fauna,
3 Rosehill Aviaries
the rich history of our early pioneers, 3 Thargomindah Hydro Power
opal fossicking and the spirit of Display 3 Bollon Koala Habitat


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3 Lake Broadwater T: 07 4668 5014 Cunnamulla

F: 07 4668 5842
3 Jimbour Station & Jimbour House 3 Cunnamulla Visitor Information
Cellar Door
W: Centre, Centenary Park, PO Box 75,
3 Myall Park Botanical Gardens
Moonie Cunnamulla Q 4490
3 Moonie Murals T: 07 4655 8470
3 Moonie Rural Transaction Centre
3 Myall Creek Cnr Leichardt & Moonie Highways F: 07 4655 1120
Moonie Q 4406 E:
3 Thomas Jack Park
T: 07 4665 0189
3 Dalby CBD F: 07 4665 0164 W:

Top Activities E: Thargomindah

3 Fishing 3 Thargomindah Vistor Information
St George
3 Fossicking Centre, Eccles Street,
3 Balonne Shire Visitor Information
3 Birdwatching Centre, Cnr Roe Street & The Thargomindah Q 4492
3 Bush Walking Terrace, St George Q 4487 T: 07 4655 3399
T: 07 4620 8877 F: 07 4655 3374
3 4 Wheel drive Tracks F: 07 4625 4998
E: E:
3 Natural Discovery
W: W:
3 Shopping
3 Dining
3 Heritage Walks
3 Camel Riding
Tourist Information Centres
3 Dalby Tourist Information Centre
Thomas Jack Park, Drayton Street,
Dalby Q 4405
T/F: 07 4662 1066
3 Jandowae Visitor Information
Centre, Cnr George & High Street
Jandowae Q 4410 AUTUMN 2008 • 103

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Your Map to
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Australia ®

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Outback Queensland
An authentic Aussie holiday
Queensland’s Outback, Australia’s final frontier, invites you to experience its spectacular
wonders. Follow in the footsteps of early pioneers and marvel at the rugged terrain and beautiful
Coolabah-lined rivers.
It’s a region of stark contrasts… desert sand dunes, World Heritage listed areas filled with dinosaur fossils and lush
fishing holes. Combine thi0s rich natural diversity with the genuinely friendly locals you’ll meet, and you’ve got a place
quite unlike any other. It’s truly a region awaiting your discovery. So come with us at Caravanning Australia as we give
you a run-down on places to visit on an authentic Australian holiday. AUTUMN 2008 • 105

BEDOURIE of Charleville while showcasing boasts a rich history; the Royal Flying
buildings of historical significance. Doctor Service was founded here in
Carcory Homestead Ruins
Maps are available from the 1928, whilst the original QANTAS
Listed by the National Trust, the Charleville Visitor Information Centre hangar is still in use at the
Carcory Homestead Ruins are an detailing each building with historic aerodrome. Known as the ‘friendly
example of the rich history of the photographs of the way they were in heart of the great north west’,
Diamantina Shire. The building was the old days (and some still are!). On Cloncurry is also noted for having
built in the 1870s from local the walk discover a wide variety of Australia’s highest recorded
limestone, and was abandoned by Sir architectural styles and buildings temperature, which was 53.1°C and
Sydney Kidman after battling extreme dating back to 1888, and explore old occurred in 1889.
drought in the early 1900s. Today it is pubs, the grand town hall, Court
10 Mile Fishing Spot
part of Roseberth Station and serves House, churches, commercial
as a reminder of early settlement in buildings, private homes, old banks The coffee coloured water of the
the area. and Civic buildings. Warrego River at 10 Mile Fishing Spot
For further information: provides visitors and locals with a
For further information:
T: 07 4656 3300 T: 07 4654 3057 great camping, fishing and swimming
F: 07 4656 3302 F: 07 4654 3970 spot. The fish that will try to elude
E: E: your hook are Yellowbelly, Catfish,
W: W: Murray cod, Silver Perch and
Location: Location: Spangled Perch.
3 Eyre Development Road 3 Sturt Street With the town centre situated a
Bedourie Queensland 4829 Charleville Queensland 4470 short trip into town, this spot is sure
to suit any traveller.
For further information:
Charleville Heritage Trail Nestled on the banks of the T: 07 4654 3057
Charleville Heritage Trail is a self- Cloncurry River, Cloncurry started life E:
guided trail that details a short as a copper mining town but is now
ramble through the Business Centre primarily a pastoral area. The town Myendetta Homestead Outback

Burke named the Cloncurry River after his cousin I QANTAS landed its first flight in Cloncurry
CLONCURRY: An area rich in minerals, Lady Elizabeth Cloncurry and the town took on the and the original hangar is still in use at the
Cloncurry was birthed with the discovery of copper in Cloncurry Airport.
name when it was gazetted in 1876.
1867 by pastoralist Ernest Henry and has matured
into a vibrant and progressive community. When explorer John McKinlay came to the area I The Cloncurry Airport has a natural airport which
to search for Burke and Wills he found traces during World War II was used extensively as an
Cloncurry, located 756km west of Townsville and
of copper. air base, housing approximately 2000 American
189mt above sea level, has an extensive social and
pilots and ground staff.
community calendar with many and varied events. In 1867 pastoralist, prospector and Cloncurrys’
I Mary Kathleen Park is a memorial to the
Home to the Battle of the Mines, the Merry Muster founding father, Ernest Henry, discovered rich
township of Mary Kathleen and celebrates the
and Rotary Rodeo, Cloncurry & District Show, the deposits of copper and established the settlement
mining history of the area. The original Rail
Stockman’s Challenge and Campdraft and recently which is now Cloncurry. Ernest Henry established the
the Rockhana Gem and Mineral Festival, the town Ambulance is on display at the park.
Great Australia Mine which still exists today.
has many other events during the year including I Chinaman Creek Dam has been developed by the
races and rodeos. At present there are nine working mines in the Cloncurry Shire Council into a tranquil recreation
Cloncurry Shire and mining and pastoral are still the spot for the community to enjoy.
The location of Cloncurry as the junction of the major
roads from Townsville, The Gulf, Winton, Longreach central focus of the local economy. I Cloncurry Social Calendar
and Mount Isa, ensures that the town known as the Of interest to the visitor to Cloncurry: Cloncurry offers modern accommodation, facilities
Friendly Heart of the Great North West remains a I John Flynn Place an exciting journey of the life of and internet access at the Library.
thriving and vital link in the
John Flynn who founded the Royal Flying Doctor
North West.
Service – the Mantle of Safety over the outback.
Explorers Burke and Wills, the first Europeans in For more information call
the area, passed through the rugged country I History of the School of the Air which Cloncurry Shire Council (07) 4742 4100 or
between Cloncurry and Mount Isa on their way to the commenced in Cloncurry is on display at John Mary Kathleen Park Visitor Information
Gulf of Carpentaria. Flynn Place. Centre (07) 4742 1361.

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Experiences home to join them for a morning tea and become part of living history.
tour. Discover this historically and For further information:
Steeped in nearly a century of
architecturally fascinating building for T: 07 4654 1246
family history, Myendetta Homestead
yourself while you learn how the E:
is one of the most essential outback W:
occupants’ lifestyles have altered
experiences. In 1908, Charles Francis
over the last century. Location:
commissioned Robin Dods, a talented
Brisbane architect, to design a The entertaining, lively tour 3 Myendetta is situated 30
homestead that was both beautiful encompasses the homestead and kilometres from Charleville on the
and functional. The result stands related outbuildings and includes Quilpie Road and is easy to find.
today as it was originally planned. family memorabilia and anecdotes There is four and a half kilometres
Although a little weathered, this from both family and staff members. of gravel access road to the
imposing building has withstood the Free home-cooked morning tea homestead where you will find
ravages of time largely thanks to its including tea and coffee is served
innovative design. prior to the tour.
After four generations ‘Myendetta’ Visit Myendetta homestead and
Fossil Capital Australia
is still in the same family, and Richard step back in time. Experience the
and Wendy Agar invite you into their service of yesteryear, be entertained

Kronosaurus Korner
Information Centre and
Fossil Display i
• Guided Tours • Handheld audio
guides • Free fossicking sites • Air
conditioned • Souvenirs • Café
• Walking distance to all
Accommodation & Lake.
OPEN 8.30am - 4.45pm 7 DAYS
Phone: (07) 4741 3429
Email: AUTUMN 2008 • 107


Big Red and


Queensland’s Famous Icons

Drive the Birdsville Track...
Drive to the edge - Big Red...
Explore Diamantina National Park,
recently named in the”top ten”
National Parks in Australia...

wildflower splendour, theropeutic

hot artesian spa,abundant wildlife,
Cuttaburra Crossing wildlife, fishing,visit
historic Birdsville & Bedourie Hotels, cafés, plenty of parking space. Note that the Simpson Desert, the spectacular
restaurants, coffee shops, art galleries, hotels,
motels, cabins, caravan parks, fuel & auto access may be restricted after rain. sunsets from the top of Big Red are
services, magnificent bush camping. an experience not to be missed.
Call now for a copy of the new For further information:
In 1859 on the mail route from T: 07 4656 3300
“Visitors Guide” Brisbane to Charleville, a small area E:
“Remote Desert Travel” & was taken from the Victoria Downs W:
“Bird Watchers Guide” property and set aside for public use, Location:
being designated on maps and
documents as ‘Victoria Downs 3 Big Red is located 35 kilometres
Reserve’. It became known informally west of Birdsville and is accessible
as ‘Sadlier’s Waterhole’ when Captain to most vehicles dependent on
TJ Sadlier and his wife camped at the road conditions.
property. When the town was WINTON
officially surveyed in 1880 it was
called Morven. Bladensburg National Park
Diamantina Vistor Centres
Originally chosen as an ideal Flat-topped mesas and sandstone
call 1300 794 257
camping spot for early travellers into ranges form a pleasing backdrop to
the Outback, a settlement formed. the park’s grassland plains and river
Even today, Morven, with its garden flats. This large, remote park protects
beds and picnic tables, is regarded as Mitchell grass downs and channel
a good place to take a break from country. It is home to a wonderful
driving. variety of wildlife, including dunnarts.
The park is important to the Koa
BIRDSVILLE Aboriginal people, and also contains
Big Red reminders of the pastoral history of
Wirrarri Visitors Bedourie Visitors
the area.
Centre Centre Standing 30 metres high, this
Birdsville Queensland Bedourie Queensland
awesome sand dune provides a At the original homestead
challenge for any four wheel drive complex, learn about the early days
enthusiast. The first of 1,113 dunes in of station life and the park’s plants

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and animals. Visit Scrammy Gorge for Waanyi Aboriginal people have strong
impressive views. Camping is cultural ties with the park, while
permitted at Bough Shed Hole, pastoralists of European descent
beside Surprise Creek, where birdlife provide more recent historical
is prolific. Go stargazing. Take the connections.
‘Route of the River Gums’ drive or
visit the stony Top Crossing, once Visit the World Heritage-listed
used by horse-drawn wagons. Riversleigh fossil site, and camp
beside Lawn Hill Creek and canoe its
For further information:
T: 1300 130 372 (Tollfree)
cool reaches. Enjoy one of the many
E: or visit walks that vary in length, difficulty
W: and landscape. Cross the bridge and
Location: walk to the Wild Dog Dreaming
Aboriginal art shelters, and continue
3 Bladensburg is 17 kilometres on to the lower gorge where
south-west of Winton. Four-wheel freshwater crocodiles are often
drive recommended. Note that spotted basking in the sun (they can
roads become impassable when become aggressive if disturbed, take
care if swimming). Attractive purple-
LAWN HILL crowned fairy-wrens may also be
seen along the creek edge.
Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) National
Park For further information:
T: 1300 130 372 (Tollfree)
This is one of Queensland’s most E:
scenic national parks. Numerous W:
freshwater springs feed Lawn Hill
Creek, and the park features
spectacular gorge country, sandstone 3 via Gregory Downs
ranges and significant fossils. The Lawn Hill Queensland 4830

TAKE THE TIME TO VISIT Mount Isa Underground Hospital

ROMA’S BIG RIG & Museum Inc..
1st April to 30th September
Roma has always The Big Rig
been a favourite celebrates the 10am to 2pm 7 days
stop off point unique history of Other times by appointment
Australia’s Oil and
for visitors
Gas Industry.
Admission $10.00,
to the
Make sure you
concessions available
Western Downs.
experience the Oil Joan St, off Deighton St
When you visit Patch and the ‘new’ Mt Isa, Qld 4825
Night Show
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True Pioneering Country
Historic Longreach is true
‘pioneering country’, and the
legendary home of the
Australian Stockman’s Hall of
Fame. You’ll find a wealth of
entertainment and country
hospitality to welcome you to
the region. Camp under the
stars, or get an insight into life
on a station with Longreach’s
Station accommodation
options, many of which allow
you to join in on the everyday
activities of working a sheep

there was once a The Waltzing Matilda Centre

jolly swagman... The Waltzing Matilda Centre is turning 10 and we
are inviting you to join us in the Birthday bash of
the year!

Come and experience the Waltzing Matilda Centre

at its finest with the grand opening of our new
refurbishments including the renowned “Billabong
Courtyard”. The opening of the War Memorial
travelling exhibition – “Altogether Sport & War”,
Come a Waltzing Matilda... the Outback Spirit Ergon Energy Waltzing Matilda

to the home of the outback legend Art Show and the launch of the book “Banjo &
Banjo Paterson created the icon that attracted world
Matilda: The story of Waltzing Matilda”, there will
attention for the town of Winton - home to Australia's be something for all ages!
national song. The song was based on one of
Paterson's poems and incidents from his experiences We will be holding activities for the young & the
in Queensland's Outback.
young at heart over the ANZAC long weekend 25th
The Centre is the ideal starting point when visiting
Winton. Come discover the Story, the Song and the to 27th April 2008, with entertainment for the
Spirit of Australia at the Waltzing Matilda Centre.
whole family. This is a celebration not to be
• Light & Sound Show in the Billabong Courtyard
• Sarah Riley Theatre • Qantilda Museum • Outback missed!!
Art Gallery • A la carte dining at the Coolibah Café
Waltzing Matilda Centre, Elderslie Street, Winton
Experience the myth, legend & romance behind
Ph (07) 4657 1466 our National song.

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Longreach was named after the
‘long reach’ of the Thomson River,
which passes near the town. Today
the river offers the perfect
opportunity to relax on a picturesque
river cruise, whilst its banks provide
scenic picnic locations. Take a cruise
at dusk for magnificent views of the
sunset and starry night sky. Wildlife
enthusiasts must pay a visit to
Longreach’s national parks to
discover the native birds and animals
that make the region their home.
Why not meet the friendly locals,
have a barbeque or two, or explore Australian Workers Heritage Centre barbeque amidst two hectares of
Australia’s iconic aviation history at beautifully landscaped gardens that
the Qantas museum. Top off your Visit Ash Street in Barcaldine,
surround the tranquil billabong
experience of Australian outback Queensland, and pay a visit to the
complete with fish, turtles, and native
culture with a visit to The Waltzing unique Australian Workers Heritage
birds, with comforts including public
Matilda Centre. The centre was Centre. The centre is Australia’s only
established as a memorial to the toilets (with disabled), sheltered
national attraction dedicated to
song, and the spirit of the Australian areas, and a kiosk.
celebrating the lives and proud
character it captures. See a display heritage of ordinary working people. Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame
re-creating the ghost of the song as it This heritage attraction delivers Landsborough Highway
explores a 100-year history and stories of the railway workers and Longreach Queensland 4730
discover the life of the swagman.
blacksmiths, the farmers, nurses and T: (07) 4658 2166
With so many attractions, the region F: (07) 4658 2495
teachers who shaped the nation.
is a must for the perfect outback E:
experience. Pack a picnic lunch or have a W:

Barcoo Shire
Taking in 61,974 sq km in South Western Queensland, “Barcoo” is the
Windorah,Jundah,Stonehenge 7th largest shire in the State. Nestled between the shires of Quilpie,
Bulloo, Diamantina, Winton, Longreach and Isisford, Barcoo offers the
visitor an outback experience not to be forgotten. Unique landscapes
meet the traveller offering spectacular scenery for all to enjoy, from
the magnificent red sandhills, brilliant white ghost gums and rock
formations through to the natural open grass lands and river flats.
Relax and enjoy the diverse
natural beauty of the Within and surrounding the three small townships of Jundah,
Stonehenge and Windorah history dating back to the 1870’s can be
Channel Country! found, pioneer graves, historic sites i.e. JC Hotel, Magee’s Shanty and
__ Battle Hole.

Spectacular Sandhills Home to the Shire’s Administration Centre, Jundah is located on the
__ banks of Thomson River, just 30km above the “Barcoo Junction”
where the Thomson and Barcoo Rivers meet to form Cooper’s Creek.
Amazing Sunsets Tranquility is the draw card to this quiet little town with a population
__ of 100. An historic building built in 1899 hosts a mural painted by
school children in 1990. The Barcoo Shire Museum is located beside
Bronco Branding the administration centre depicting relics from the past.
__ Windorah, 35km below the “Barcoo Junction” and the last stop before
Birdsville, rests on the edge of Cooper’s Creek flood plains. Close by,
Sheep & Yabby Races magnificent red sandhills rise from the black soil plains presenting a
__ majestic picture. The Information & Cooper Art & Craft Centre
provides a mine of information. Beside the centre is a slab hut
National Parks relocated from Whitula Creek built in 1906 for the Rabbit Board.
Stonehenge, 67km to the North of Jundah, situated on a stoney ridge
Country Pubs & overlooking the Thomson River is a quiet but quaint little town.
Characters Scenic views in the area are a must with the picturesque John Egan
__ Pioneer Drive and rockholes just to name a few.

Fantastic Fishing A variety of events and functions are held within the shire throughout
the year including “International Yabby Races” at Windorah, “Woolly
Caulfield Cup Sheep Races” at Jundah and at Stonehenge “Bronco
__ Branding”. Visitors will experience genuine country hospitality
For more information amidst our communities whilst traversing our country roads.
Improved roads and facilities make this area an attractive holiday
Ph: 07 4658 6900 destination. Travel at your own leisure and enjoy the natural beauty,
flora and fauna. Fishing, yabbying and bird watching are high on the list of priorities.
Council operated Caravan Parks in each of the towns provide the
ideal locations to park the van, while the Western Star Hotel, Cooper
Cabins (Windorah), Jundah Hotel and Stonehenge Hotel provide
accommodation to those travelling without their own comforts. AUTUMN 2008 • 111



The stories of Australia’s brave Forest Den National Park Western Queensland life. The
stockmen and Aborigines of early Landsborough Highway Thompson River, with banks fringed
pioneering times are on display at the Longreach Queensland 4730 by huge old coolabahs, stretches for
Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame. T: (07) 4652 7333 20 kilometres and makes its way
F: (07) 4658 1778
With many artifacts in display you’ll through the park. A recently
discover themes of exploration, documented sub-species of turtle,
In this remote park you’ll find Emmot’s short-necked turtle, makes a
discovery, settlement, development of
Mithell grass plains, and black gidgee home of the park’s waterholes. You
Outback properties and industries,
Acacia argyrodendron woodlands. may also discover remnants of
living in the Outback, and the stock River red gums, coolabahs and
worker. The new touch screen European history and early farming
paperbarks fringe the creek and
technology also allows you to choose life. For the birdwatcher, a pair of
waterholes. The park is an important
the level of information you wish to binoculars will reveal vulnerable
wildlife corridor, with semi-permanent
receive, be it just an overview or waterholes along the Torrens and Major Mitchell cockatoos, red-tailed
more detailed information. Paradise Creeks providing a wildlife black-cockatoos and brolgas. Wildlife
refuge. Take a picnic to the banks of lovers will jump at the opportunity to
Having been in operation for 18 the Torrens Creek. No facilities are observe animals and birds around
years, the Australian Stockman’s Hall provided but the atmosphere is pure waterholes and along the 40
of Fame now boasts a visitors list of peace. kilometre Habitat drive. Go fishing
over one million people. A 4.3 million (size and bag limits apply) or pitch a
Lochern National Park
dollar upgrade has recently enhanced tent beside a billabong.
the visitor experiences, including Tonkoro Road, Longreach Queensland 4730
T: 13 0013 0372
themed galleries. Stop at the E:
Stockman’s Rest to enjoy a snack or W:
relaxing cuppa. The Australian park/index.cgi?parkid=183
Stockman’s Hall of Fame is an iconic Here you have entered part of the
Queensland Outback experience not channel country, where flooding rains
to be missed. and devastating droughts are part of


• Visit one of the largest classrooms in the world
• See a School of the Air lesson in progress
• Find out how education is delivered ‘in the bush’ Longreach Outback Travel Centre
GUIDED TOURS 9.00am & 10.30am. Monday to Friday. 115A Eagle St, Longreach Qld 4730
(excluding Public & Christmas School Holidays) Phone:(07) 4658 1776 Fax: (07) 4658 1794
Ph: 07 4658 4222 Web:
(Bookings are only necessary for groups of 20 or more)
Sir James Walker Drive (East of the Hall of Fame) Join us for our famous
Billabong Sunset and Stars Dinner Cruise
The Original Thomson River Cruise
• 4 course Sunset and Stars dinner
• Campfire experience • Entertainment • BYO drinks
Providing Excellence in Education for Isolated Families • Wheelchair access • BEST VALUE

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Welcome to


If you’ve always dreamed about visiting the

real outback, head to Longreach and make the
dream a reality.
The heart and soul of the Australian outback can be
found in Longreach, it’s easy to get to as well. From
Brisbane it’s only 1300 kilometers by road, 2 hours on
the plane or a leisurely train ride through Rockhampton.
Longreach has all the services and facilities of a major
regional centre but keeping the warm, relaxed lifestyle of
a small country town.
Longreach is happy to claim two of the biggest
attractions in the nation, the Australian Stockman’s Hall
Of Fame and the QANTAS Founders Outback Museum,
both open every day, except Christmas Day. But that’s
not all there is to see, the Longreach Powerhouse
Museum is a local history museum, featuring the largest
preserved rural generating station in the country. It’s
open every afternoon from April to October.
Take in a tour at the Australian Agricultural College and
see how they teach the skills needed for a life on the
land. The School of Distance Education is one of the
biggest classrooms in the world plus you might even
witness an actual lesson taking place! For more outdoors
endeavours, you can gallop through the scrub on a Cobb
and Co coach or cruise the beautiful Thomson River at
sunset and enjoy a delicious meal on one of the two river
cruises available.
Just because we’re in the outback doesn’t mean you miss
out on any of the comforts of home. There are plenty of
choices for accommodation. Whether you’re looking for
an old style pub room, or a more modern motel room, we
can cater for you. Plus there’re plenty of places to grab a
bite to eat.
For more details or an information pack, contact the Longreach
Visitor Information Centre on (07) 4658 4150 or email
Make sure you leave a few days free to really experience
Longreach. Legendary. AUTUMN 2008 • 113

Great Inland Way

Great Inland Way

Discover where Australia acquired the line in its national
anthem, ‘nature’s gifts of beauty rich and rare’ when you take to
the road on the Great Inland Way. This fully sealed route leads
from one natural treasure to another as it weaves its way from
Sydney, to the wide-open roads of the outback and up through
Queensland’s Central Highlands to Cairns, Cooktown and the
pristine tropical playground of the Great Barrier Reef.

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Along its 2691km path, trodden by
pioneering men and women, grand
masterpieces carefully sculptured by
millions of years of nature’s caressing
by weather and time, fascinate and
enthrall all that see them.
Follow the Great Dividing Range
where craggy mountain ranges and
sandstone monoliths are interspersed
with rolling pastures, open plains and
welcoming towns. Underground,
sparkling gemstones, the purest of
gold, and the Great Artesian basin –
the world’s largest and deepest
aquifer – coupled with ancient art
galleries and dreamtime legends
present today’s traveller with a never-
ending feast of attractions.
Camping or accommodated, all are
equally catered for. There are
luxurious lodgings, secluded
hideaways, first-class B&B’s, and the
chance to get off the beaten track
and escape all the hurly-burly
associated with the modern day
world. With literally something for
everyone, you’ll soon appreciate why
the Great Inland Way is considered
the ‘Australian drive of all drives’.
Sydney to Queensland’s Border
Leaving Australia’s premier
harbour city Sydney, the Great Inland
Way winds through Bathurst and past
some of the states award-winning
wineries in the surrounding Mudgee
and Orange regions. Take the time to
visit some of these wineries on your
way to Dubbo, where at the Western

Service Station/Motel/Van Park
On the Great Inland Way
( Bushland setting
( RACQ ### motel
( Drive through van sites
( Bushwalking
( Bird and wildlife sanctuary
( Cold beer ( Fuel ( Ice
( Pet friendly
1. Pioneer Cemetery
2. 1920s Southern Cross Drilling Rig
3. Photos and books of local history
4. Unusual African Sausage tree and
Phone (07) 4983 5269
Fax (07) 4983 6082 AUTUMN 2008 • 115

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Plains Zoo, more than 1500 animals another gem for those who enjoy
roam. Hugging the unique fishing. First stop should be The Cobb
Castlereagh River, an upside-down & Co. Changing Station with its
river where if you see water, the river 25,000-litre freshwater aquarium,
is flooding, the Great Inland Way replica 14-seater Cobb & Co. Coach
passes through Gilgandra, and art gallery.
Gulargambone, Coonamble and Then visit the Aboriginal Bush
Walgett to Lighting Ridge, home of Garden, Villacoola Winery, the Cobb &
Australia’s national gem stone, the Co. Corduroys and pretty Beranga
opal. Here, beneath the ochre tinted Creek 3.5km north where, in late
clay, the rarest opal of them all, the summer, purple water lilies erupt in
black opal is unearthed. Then it’s off fishing tales of huge Murray Cod and
Yellowbelly come true. However, an impressive floral display. A little
to Hebel, just within Queensland’s over 60km east is Myall Park Botanic
border. there’s more than just big fish in this
Garden, the oldest collection of
picturesque rural town. Don’t miss
Don’t miss a visit to the pub where Australian semi-arid plants in
meeting Steve Margaritis at the
the Kelly Gang once stood quaffing Queensland and the birthplace of the
Unique Egg. Steve creatively carves
beers. Murals depict humorous Grevillea Robyn Gordon.
emu eggs and his illuminated
outback scenes; even a sheep collection of over 100 eggs is Roma
welcomes you to the public ‘bah’! extraordinary. While in town, visit
This tiny little township, set on the From Surat, Roma is less than an
Riversands Winery, Queensland’s hour’s drive away. Over 100 years
banks of the Bokhara River, offers a most western winery, St George
touch of class with the Crafty Yum ago, the accidental discovery of
Heritage Centre, and do a tour of the Australia’s first oil and gas reserves
Yum as German pastry chef Hilmer cotton gin. Plan some time to visit
bakes mouthwatering culinary catapulted Roma onto the world
Rosehill Aviaries, 60km west and stage. Learn all about it at the Big
delights. If you have a 4WD, consider Nindigully Hotel, 44km south. John
a detour to Culgoa Floodplain Rig.
Beardmore at Rosehill is a true bush
National Park. Heading north 65kms, character and his collection of While in town enjoy a local drop at
Dirranbandi is home to the world’s Australian parrots is considered the Romavilla Winery, Queensland’s
largest privately owned irrigated oldest winery, see a cattle sale at
most complete in the world. The
cotton farm, Cubbie Station. Roma Bungil Saleyards, Australia’s
authentically preserved Nindigully
Hotel is reputed to be the longest largest store cattle selling facility,
St George – Roma
running hotel in Queensland. take a walk along the 100 bottle trees
St George, the fishing capital of that line Heroes Avenue and visit the
inland Queensland is next. Here on The Great Inland Way then follows many historical buildings like the
the banks of the Balonne River the Balonne River 108km to Surat, Court House where famous cattle

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duffer Harry Redford was complimentary cuppa and chat with Central Queensland sandstone belt,
controversially acquitted. the locals. Then prepare yourself for a is a bird-watcher’s paradise. Said to
couple of days of exploring surprising have formed by a pair of Mundagarri
Discover Injune and the Sandstone treasures from both the natural and (Rainbow Serpents) to keep their skin
Belt man-made world. There’s a new wet, the lake puts on a fantastic show
Discover Injune, 89km north, in the historical trail and don’t forget to call bi-annually when purple water lilies
in at the ‘Struth’ hotel where friendly carpet its surface. Both parks are
foothills of the Great Dividing Range –
cowboys wearing black hats are accessible by 2WD.
a town full of spirit! Start by visiting
the cypress pine-log cabin always in for a yarn. Central Highlands
information centre for a Surrounding Injune are some of The spectacular Carnarvon Gorge
the most impressive national parks in should not be missed! Ancient
the country. Lonesome is a treat with Aboriginal artworks, remnant
its candlestick sandstone monoliths, rainforests and 21km of walking
deserted 90 year old boundary riders tracks meandering through the
hut and rare Black Striped Wallabies. craggy sandstone cliffs lead to
From the lookout, the view stretches extraordinary sites such as the Moss
across the Arcadia Valley, one of the Garden, Amphitheatre and Ward’s
best beef-producing areas in Canyon. The 298,000 hectare
Queensland. Lake Nuga Nuga, the Carnarvon wilderness area is
largest natural water body in the segmented into parks each with
outstanding features courtesy of
Mother Nature.
Winding northwards, the Great
Inland Way passes through Rolleston
to arrive in Springsure. A striking
sight lit at night, Virgin Rock looks
over the town from within the pretty
Minerva Hills National Park. Take one
of the self-drive tours and visit the
historical Old Rainworth Fort, the
Wills Massacre site and Fred’s Gorge.
Access to the Ka Ka Mundi and
Salvator Rosa sections of Carnarvon
National Park are from Springsure.
You won’t find a single emerald
gem stone around Emerald, the
vibrant heart of Queensland’s Central
Highlands, 66km from Springsure.
The new straw-bale visitor
information centre is not hard to find
– just look for the giant Van Gogh
sunflower painting. Allow a few days,
for this area has much to offer.
Around town, pay a visit to the
Emerald Botanic Gardens, heritage
listed Railway Station, the 250-year-


‘Base for your Carnarvon experience’
Experience South West Queensland
• Powered & unpowered sites and grass camping area
From the Air
• New amenities & laundry, BBQ. Quiet Location
Charleville Township • Central to shops, creek and recreation areas
• $12.00 per night, every night
Warrego, Ward & Langlo Rivers for powered and unpowered sites
Olive Grove, Levy Bank, Mulga Lands • Closest caravan park south of Carnarvon Gorge

20 minute Flight - $70 per Person - up to 5 passengers For bookings contact

(Min Charge $140 per flight) Injune Visitor Information Centre
Bookings Phone 07 4654 3033 (07) 4626 1053 AUTUMN 2008 • 117

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Discover Beautiful Belyando

The towns of Moranbah and Clermont are engaging

   destinations for trips encompassing the Central

Queensland region and offer the best of modern and
    traditional facilities for travellers.


           Don’t be fooled by their ‘mining town’ exteriors as
        both towns are abundant in history, activities and
       breath-taking panoramas.

             The one hour drive between Moranbah and Clermont
          will introduce travellers to the brilliant hues and
     unusual shapes which create its picturesque local
scenery – golden sunflowers and rust red sorghum line

the roads, while majestic mountains and luscious lava


plugs form marvellous backdrops on the horizon.


 !   Discover beautiful Belyando for yourself!
   #$% For travel information contact:
&'() &$**  Clermont Visitor Information Centre

 +   ,  Corner Herschel and Karmoo Streets, Clermont, QLD
-, #$% &'() &$ ./, #$% &'() '$( Phone: (07) 4983 4755 or email

Historic ® Heritage Gold Mining Town

® Heritage Listed
Ravenswood ® Walking trails through the Old Goldfields
® Haunted Church
For further info please contact:
® Camping
The Courthouse Museum ® The Courthouse Museum
Phone/fax: ® The Imperial Hotel
(07) 4770 2047 ® The Railway Hotel

A blend of history and comfortable facilities are the hallmarks of Ravenswood

Ravenswood is a town rich in history and worth a stay. Explore the many An excellent bitumen road from Townsville or Charters Towers takes
aspects of the early mining days, from the two fantastic original pubs, about one and a half hours. There is a caravan park called Top Camp
the historic courthouse, church, original cemetery, to White Blow, a huge which has all facilities, fuel, a general store and Post Office. The
quartz outcrop about 6 km from town. Ravenswood camping ground with its modest fee, has all facilities and is
Explore the streets of this little town and feel the history of the past near the community tennis court and children’s playground. Pets are
years, then wander through the bat wing doors of the Imperial Hotel. welcome as long as they are restrained.
Visit the Railway Hotel where groups can enjoy ‘Host a Murder’ evening
Phone Numbers: Court House Museum – (07) 4770 2047, Imperial Hotel
dinners as well as experience the little markets every second Sunday
of the month. Both Hotels welcome guests wishing to stay in an – (07) 4770 2144, Railway Hotel – (07) 4770 2131.
historic environment. The Burdekin Dam is another 80 km from Ravenswood on an excellent
Although Ravenswood is surrounded by cattle stations, contemporary sealed road. Boaties and fishing enthusiasts as well as families love
mining on the outskirts of the town is sympathetic to the historical the Dam as good camping and caravan facilities exist. NO food or fuel
community. Facilities like the mine viewing platform are provided to is available at the Dam. Contact Sun Water about fishing regulations
allow the opportunity to watch the intense activity which is part of and licences, and take the time to just sit back and take in the real
modern day mining. Australian Bush.

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The Tablelands – Cairns &
Green undulating pastures,
rainforests, cascading waterfalls,
lookouts, lively markets, and quaint
art and craft galleries are just a few of
the treasures to be uncovered as the
Great Inland Way meanders through
the Atherton Tablelands on its final
leg to Cairns and Cooktown. With an
unmatched beauty, Tropical North
Queensland bestows picture-perfect
scenery every day.
This is where world heritage-listed
rainforests meet the world heritage-
listed Great Barrier Reef – don’t forget
the camera!
To the east, the tropical capital of
old fossilised tree, and mosaic of this charming city. The best place Queensland, Cairns and seaside
pathway. to start is the Visitor Information and villages from the glamorous to the
Orientation Centre then allow the secluded await. A day on the reef is
Extremely popular for those into
Ghosts of Gold to escort you around essential even for those who like to
fishing are Lake Maraboon and
this exciting ‘living museum’ taking in keep their toes dry, opportunities
Fairbairn Dam. Here the famous the Venus Battery, Stock Exchange,
Redclaw – freshwater crayfish – are exist, so no one misses out on
and Towers Hill with its cute allied
caught by the dozen. A mere 44km to rock-wallabies and historic World War viewing this magical marine
the west of Emerald is one of the II bunkers. Take the short drive to playground. Surrounded by paradise,
world’s largest sapphire fields. visit Dalrymple National Park and the Cooktown is a relaxed seaside town
Admire sapphires in a myriad of heritage-listed town of Ravenswood. where one can escape the humdrum
sparkling colours in the local galleries of more populated tourist
and gem shops. Crossing the Tropic When you finally release yourself
destinations. The recently renovated
of Capricorn, is the friendly town of from Charters Towers’ enchanting
grasp, continue to Undara Volcanic James Cook Historical Museum and
Capella, 54km north of Emerald,
National Park. On an organised tour, botanic gardens are both worth a
encircled by a patchwork of multi-
coloured crops forever changing walk around the rim of Kalkani crater visit. Find secluded beaches, serene
across the black fertile plains. Drop in and explore the world’s largest lava lagoons, and exquisite views. What a
and see Australia’s largest wood- tube system. finale!
roofed station homestead – the Peak
Downs Homestead at the Pioneer
Village and take the relaxing self-
drive tour through the Peak Range.
Next is Clermont where gold
fossickers armed with a detector and
license, are often compensated with
valuable finds. Picnic at Hoods
Lagoon and don’t miss the free tour
of Blair Athol Mine to witness mining
at the world’s largest seam of
steaming coal. Only a few kilometres
south, Theresa Creek Dam is a beaut
spot to camp and fish. At nearby
Copperfield, see all that remains of
Queensland’s first copper mine.
Ghosts of Gold – Charters Towers
Winding northwards, the Great
Inland Way calls into Belyando
Crossing before arriving in Charters
Towers, once Queensland’s second
largest city after the discovery of
gold. Immaculately restored buildings
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Biggenden –
“Gateway to Paradise”
Paradise Dam on the
Burnett River is 35
kilometres northwest
of Biggenden (drive to
town and follow the
signs). The
Recreational Area
provides great picnic
facilities, bushwalks,
fishing and boating.
Caravanning and
camping enthusiasts
will be catered for in
the future when the
area is fully
This lovely area was only
opened in September
2006. Biggenden’s 25 metre solar
heated pool (with disabled
Visit the Bottle Tree Scrub
access). The pool is open
at Coalstoun Lakes
(conventional vehicles) and for the season between
the caves, rock pools and September and April.
rocky outcrops of Visitors are always
Coongarra Rock and Falls welcome at the town’s
(4WD only). (eighteen hole) golf course
Within walking distance of and the Lawn Bowls Club.
the caravan park is Annual events in
Cooper’s Ridge, a private Biggenden are the Charity
display of an old mining
Campdraft (February)
town, depicted in a garden
Biggenden Show (May)
Dallarnil Sports Carnival
The Biggenden museum (June) Auto Spectacular
offers a tremendous (August) and Dallarnil
depiction of the early days Rodeo (November). Whilst shopping, visit The climate ranges from 20-35
of the Biggenden Shire. Den, a display of locally degrees Celsius with winter
The main shopping area is made arts and crafts. a little chillier at 1-20
If you feel like a lazy day, only a short stroll from the
Biggenden has good degrees Celsius.
visit the Roses Gallery Biggenden Mountain View
Coffee Shoppe. Enjoy the medical services with a Further tourist and
Caravan Park. doctor, hospital and
history of the Stephenson community information is
residence and Blacksmith’s There are many small chemist. There are several available at the Roses
shop, and a meal or coffee businesses in the Shire, places of worship and Gallery Coffee Shoppe and
offering a wide range of banking facilities.
in this piece of Biggenden’s the Council Administration
history after a swim in services. Our pleasant summer Centre and Library.

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Just 97 kilometres south west of Bundaberg and 77 Barbeque facilities, a shelter shed with bench seats and
kilometres north west of Maryborough lies the picturesque water are also available. Please Note there are no toilet
small rural town of Biggenden. facilities in this location.
Mt Walsh National Park situated 8 kilometres south of For self contained vehicles short term stays are welcome
Biggenden offers dramatic views of rugged cliffs and deep at Lakeside, Chowey Bridge.
gorges where a shelter shed, barbeque, tankwater, toilets
Chowey Bridge is a historic arched concrete railway bridge
facilities have been provided for picnickers, just below the
just past the small township of Degilbo. The bridge opened
“Bluff”. in 1905, with its 27 metre arch was the first of its kind in
Mt Woowoonga and Mt Goonaneman are east of the town Queensland. The history and photos of the bridge under
and have many tracks for the experienced bushwalker. construction are located at the site.

Biggenden Mountain View

Caravan Park
Enjoy Biggenden Shire Council’s promotion
of “Stay one Night, Stay the Second Night
for Free” at the Biggenden Mountain View
Caravan Park.
This 3.5 star establishment is situated on
the Isis Highway thoroughfare through town
with 34 powered sites available, including
three (3) onsite caravans.
The park has 2 amenities blocks 1 newly
constructed with all facilities, including a
camp kitchen and covered barbeque area
and caters for RV’s with a dump point.

Bookings can be arranged by

phoning (07) 4127 1399

Just you, me & the barramundi... Lake Awoonga Caravan Park

Lake Awoonga Road, Benaraby
P 07 4975 0155
F 07 4975 0090

Lake Awoonga Caravan Park

Whether you prefer cabins, caravans, or camping, there is

something at Lake Awoonga Caravan Park to make every fisherman
happy. The property is located on a nature reserve, which is home
to over 140 species of birds, a vast array of mammals and over 20
varieties of fish making fishing a favourite pastime - particularly for
Barramundi. The camp kiosk offers groceries including ice and gas.
Adjoining the Kiosk is Nugget’s Little Tackle Shop, which stocks
barra tackle and lures. Lake Awoonga Caravan Park offers
comfortable and clean accommodation to suit all needs and

Queensland Heritage Park

The Callide Dawson Machinery Preservation Club Inc.
invite you to view the array of heritage displays
celebrating our nation’s glorious past, our rich
heritage and the pioneering spirit of Australia at
Queensland Heritage Park, Biloela, Central
Queensland. The complex offers visitors the rare
opportunity to take a walk down memory lane, whilst
viewing an extraordinary collection of items from
Australia’s past along with displays depicting the
social and cultural heritage of Biloela and the Banana
The front of the complex houses the Post & Rail Café
that will indulge the tastes of visitors and guests with
its local homemade fare and the Rural Hinterland
Visitor Information Centre.
The complex is open between 9.00am and 4.00pm
daily and offers visitors and guests an array of
facilities including toilets and showers, caravan and
motorhome parking, grey and blackwater disposal and
picnic areas. Larger motorhomes and recreational
vehicles can also opt to stay on site for one and two
night stays.
For further information, please contact Mrs Cindy Cooper,
Manager, on (07) 4992 2400.

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The laidback charm of

Central Queensland
Visit Rockhampton for a sizzling steak and enjoy
conversation with friendly locals at a country-style pub.
Embrace Australia’s heritage on a self-drive tour of quaint country
towns and uncover rainforest-studded gorges, stunning lakes, and long
unbroken sandy white beaches stretching out to the Southern Great
Barrier Reef. Bask in the sun on beaches along the Capricorn Coast and
experience a true unspoiled paradise full of relaxation, adventure and
discovery at Great Keppel Island. Enjoy the ride as we explore the
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Capricornia Cays National Park
This park includes eight islands
formed from coral fragments, which
rise just a few metres above the high
tide mark. Their biological diversity,
exceptional beauty and endangered
plants and animals make them
internationally significant. The cays
and nearby coast support the largest
breeding population of endangered
loggerhead turtles in the South
Pacific and up to 75 per cent of all
seabird species in the Great Barrier
Reef visit each year.
Anchor in the sheltered lagoon at
Lady Musgrave Island. Go reef
walking, snorkelling, diving,
birdwatching, boating and fishing.
Camping is permitted on three
islands, though permits must be
purchased in advance. Seasonal
closures protect breeding seabirds,
turtles and vegetation.
For further information:
T: 1300 130 372 (Tollfree)

A trip to Emerald is not

complete without visiting
Lake Maraboon,
Queensland’s second
largest lake. The lake has
a massive 15,000 hectare
surface area which is
three and a half times the
• Fossick for Sapphires at
size of Sydney Harbour.
the Gemfields At capacity the lake can
• Catch Redclaw and hold 1.4 million
Barramundi at Fairbairn megalitres of water.
Dam The lake is a recreational
mecca for locals and
• Picnic at the Botanic tourists alike. It is used
Gardens for water-skiing, sailing, ABOVE: TAKING THE BOAT OUT AFTER A
canoeing, swimming and, DAY'S FISHING AND RED CLAWING.
• Step back in time at the
of course, fishing.
Pioneer Cottage Complex
While you’re there drop a line to catch Yellowbelly or Sooty
• View the 25 m tall Van Grunter. The dam is also stocked with Murray Cod, Silver
Gogh painting Perch, Barramundi and Saratoga.
• Trace Emerald’s history If crayfish are more to your liking, put in some opera house
pots to catch the local delicacy, Red Claw. There is great
along the Federation
debate on the best bait to use, ranging from fruit and veggies
Pathway to dog biscuits. However there is agreement that they are
best cooked with garlic and butter on the barbeque.
To order your FREE copy
The lake boasts a large picnic area with wood barbeques,
of the Emerald Shire
shady trees, tables and swings. Self-contained cabins and
Guide contact: caravan/ camping sites are available nearby at Lake
07 4982 4142 or Maraboon Holiday Village. Food, fuel, bait, tackle and ice are
07 4982 8333 all available along with some friendly advice.
For further information contact the Central Highlands Visitor Information Centre on (07) 4982 4142.

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Keppel Bay Islands National Park
Keppel Bay Islands National Park
includes 15 beautiful islands, with
steep hills and cliffs that plunge into
the sea alongside sheltered bays and
quiet, sandy beaches. Vegetation
ranges from open grassland and
heathland to tall, shady forests and
dense, low rainforests.
3 Access to the islands is by boat
only. Boat launch facilities and
charters are available from Rosslyn
Bay Harbour with secure parking
available nearby.
Minerva National Park
Spectacular jagged peaks provide
a scenic backdrop in this park in
Central Queensland. Formed by
volcanic activity millions of years ago,
Mt Boorambool and cliff-fringed Mt
Zamia today dominate the landscape.
In the grassy open woodlands,
mountain coolabah, silver-leaved
ironbark and gum-topped bloodwood
tower over macrozamias and grass
trees. Dry rainforest with figs, MINERVA NATIONAL PARK

Rockhampton, voted Queensland’s Friendliest Town 2006 in the Ergon
Energy Tidy Towns competition, is a vibrant tropical city located on the
Tropic of Capricorn, just 40 kilometres from the Pacific Ocean.
Rockhampton’s sunny climate supports an enviable outdoor lifestyle,
and the City offers a wide range of attractions that enable visitors to
enjoy the fine weather and hospitality. The Botanic Gardens, regarded as
among the best in regional Australia, provide the ideal setting for a
relaxing afternoon stroll around the beautifully manicured grounds.
Walking through the gardens, visitors will find excellent specimens of
palms, cycads and ferns, some more than 100-years-old. Treat yourself at
the Gardens Tearoom, located under a giant Banyan Fig. Children love
animals, and at the Rockhampton Zoo they can monkey around with
Cassie and Ockie, the chimpanzees that love to play and entertain
visitors. The Zoo is the perfect place for families to see native Australian
fauna and some exotic species, in their natural surroundings. For visitors
who prefer the natural Australian bush environment, a visit to the
Kershaw Gardens is a must. While wandering around the attractive,
peaceful setting in the heart of Rockhampton, visitors can indulge their
senses in the fragrant scented gardens, take a relaxing walk through the
rainforest, or soak up the sunshine above the waterfall. For a trip back in
time, visit Rockhampton’s Heritage Village, a friendly township museum
just off the Bruce Highway. Rich in colourful history, the bushland setting
is home to a township and timber cutters camp, with original and
recreated homesteads, buildings and businesses. Visit Archer Park
Station and Steam Tram Museum and experience a steam train arriving
at the station or eavesdrop on conversations of passengers and railway
workers from days gone by, with the revolutionary Digital Soundscape
system. Visit the museum on Sunday and take a ride on the fully
restored Purrey Steam Tram. Art-lovers can visit the Rockhampton Art
Gallery where they can enjoy major paintings by Australian artists
focusing on the 1940’s-1970’s. Visitors to the gallery are also treated to
touring exhibitions, history, ceramics, workshops and indigenous art. For
some quiet time with a good book or the local paper, visitors can access
Rockhampton’s two libraries located on Berserker Street, North
Rockhampton and on William Street in the City Centre. When you feel like
a sit-down after visiting Rockhampton’s attractions, relax back in the
comfortable seats of the Pilbeam Theatre and enjoy a play, a comedy
show, or some music from local or interstate performers.
Live the real Australian lifestyle in Rockhampton. AUTUMN 2008 • 125

stinging trees, pittosporums and
vines flourishes in sheltered gorges
and at the base of the sheer cliffs.

The majesty of Rockhampton’s
historical architecture has captured
the hearts of visitors for decades.
Many fine public and private
buildings including the Customs
House, old Post Office, cathedrals,
banks, businesses and homes, serve
as a constant reminder that this city
is rich with an exciting background.
Many of these buildingshave been
listed by the National Trust and the
Heritage Commission, including the
unique listing of Quay Street facing
the river as a “historical streetscape”.
See these historical buildings at your
own leisure during a self guided walk.
The Heritage Walk Booklet is
available from the Rockhampton
Tourist Information Centre located in

Eidsvold Shire Eidsvold Shire

country living ... Eidsvold, along the Country Way Highway A3 is 2
at its best! hours west of Bundaberg and 4.5 hours north of
Visitors will enjoy the distinctive features they
encounter while visiting attractions such as the bottle,
gem and stone collections at the Historical Society.
Take the perfect holiday where you can fish and camp
at Lake Wuruma or relax at Kirar Weir.
Catch up with wildlife at Ceratodus rest area and
Tolderodden Park.
The Archer Homestead and Eidsvold’s Siltstone plant
can be viewed by appointment.
For those special gifts why not call in and see our
range at the Eidsvold Arts & Craft Centre.
Our trained staff at the Eidsvold visitor information
centre can provide further information on the shire
and surrounding region.

For more information contact:

Eidsvold Library & Tourist Information Centre
Ph: (07) 4165 7233 Fax: (07) 41657234

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ALPHA up the town with their artistic skill burned down within a year. In 1900 a
following a devastating flood in the new Railway Station was built of
Alpha Murals
1990s. The Murals pay tribute to this timber, with an iron roof and wrought
Alpha is branded the ‘Town of significant event in the town’s history. iron trimmings (and was restored in
Murals’ due to the 27 colourful 1986). The National Trust-listed
For further information:
murals painted on buildings T: 07 4985 1207 railway station boasts an elaborate
throughout the town. Each mural entry with wrought iron lacework and
depicts a different aspect of EMERALD pillared portico.
pioneering and contemporary rural
Emerald Historic Railway Station For further information:
life. Local artists Alice McLaughin and T: 07 4982 4142
Benny Fuentes, members of the Alpha In 1899, Emerald’s first Railway E:
Cultural Group, decided to brighten Station was built, but unfortunately W:

Are you coming to


Tondoon Botanic Gardens Australian bush camping at its best!

Glenlyon Road, Gladstone.
Regional Botanic Gardens situated
6 kilometres from the City Centre.
104 hectares of forest, lake, walking tracks, # Accommodation with camp
botanical and rainforest kitchen, showers, and toilets
We can assist you with: # Creek frontage with boat
Tondoon offers a range of attractions and
Tourist information and bookings features including orchid house,
ramp available
Accommodation bookings birdwatching, local ecosystem study, # Ample wildlife & great
picnicking, BBQs, playground, Japanese tea bush walks
Souvenirs house, regular displays at Visitor Centre,
# Families, groups or
Tourist and Business Services extensive wheelchair access and clean toilet
individuals welcome!
facilities. The Gardens Café is open 7 days.
Event Management Guided tours available.
Promotions and Marketing 230 Coast Road, Baffle Creek QLD 4574
Tour bookings and general information Phone: (07) 4156 6483 or
Please Contact Phone: (07) 4971 4444 Mobile: 0428 677 173
Customs House: Freecall 1800 805 865 Fax: (07) 4979 3057 Website:
Heritage Village: (07) 49 361 026 Email:
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Discover Monto CARAVAN PARK
16 Wooroonah Road, Baralaba QLD 4702
Gateway to Cania Gorge National Park PH: (07) 4998 1103
* Tourist & Long Term
Telephone: 07 4166 9999 * Dump Point
Email: Quiet, relaxing park with lots of space. Drive through sites, plenty
Website: of shade. Enjoy on site gardens, BBQ & campfire facilities. Prolific
birdlife - many of them nest here. Laundry facilities. There are
Alpacas kept at the rear of the park. Shopping,
hospital, hotel, ambulance all within easy walking distance.
Dawson River & Weir 0.5km away.
Park Features:
• Barbeque & Campfire area • Laundry facilities included in site
cost • Camp Kitchen • Drive through sites • Social Barbeques
in season

Gladstone Harbour Ferries Offering an

Curtis Endeavour & Curtis Endeavour II enjoyable shopping experience
ensuring specialised service
• Scheduled ferry services to Curtis & Facing
Island for passengers and vehicles and value for money
• Harbour cruises & functions 1 Souvenirs
• Barrier Reef Island charters
1 Australian made products
1 Assorted gifts for all ages
1 Free gift wrapping
1 10% seniors discount
Curtis Ferry Services Mon - Fri 9am - 5pm
Sat & Sun 9am - 12 noon
Ph (07) 4972 6990 or 0418 729 641
15 Blomfield Street, Miriam Vale QLD 4677 Ph: (07) 4974 5599

Baffle Bob’s Caravan & MT PERRY CARAVAN PARK

Camping Park Come to Mount Perry, a historical town located
“On the banks of the beautiful Baffle Creek” between the Burnett and Bruce Highways and
experience the friendly country hospitality
Extra large sites to cater for:
• Motor homes • Large caravans • Family groups All amenities, powered, non powered sites, self
contained cabins, en-suite caravan sites, BBQ area.
Great facilities include:
• Large inground swimming pool • 2 spacious BBQ areas For Bookings contact
• Full international sized bowling green
• Composite 12 hole golf course Park Managers
• Kiosk and laundromat • Boat ramp • Jetty Jim & Wendy Castle
Mob: 0427 563 271
1384 Coast Road, Baffle Creek QLD 4674
Ph: (07) 4156 6421 Fax: (07) 4156 6443 Fax: (07) 4156 3214 Web:

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CAPELLA For further information: are the numerous species of birds

T: 07 4984 9523
(over 200). This means that around
Capella Pioneer Village
BENARABY 25 per cent of Australia’s bird species
The 1869 ‘Peak Downs’ Homestead can be found in the region. The
is the largest restored station Lake Awoonga
Southern Squatter Pigeon is listed as
homestead of its kind in Australia, Located 30 kilometres from vulnerable and of conservation
and is the centrepiece of the Capella Gladstone, Central Queensland, Lake significance and a further 15 bird
Pioneer Village complex on the Awoonga boasts excellent recreation species are listed on International
Gregory Highway at Capella in facilities and spectacular lake and
Migratory Conservation Agreement
Queensland’s Central Highlands mountain views. Shelter sheds,
region. 60,000 wooden 40 x 10 Lists. Lake Awoonga is arguably one
barbecues, walking paths,
centimetre shingles make up the roof. playgrounds, safe swimming and a of the most important near-coast bird
No nails, nor any other fasteners, picturesque waterfall are offered to refuges on the East Coast of
were used in the pit sawn spotted the public by the Gladstone Area Australia.
gum timber walls. Water Board. Enthusiastic anglers Plants in the water and river banks
come to Lake Awoonga to catch the maintain an array of small animals
The Capella Pioneer Village also
famed barramundi, of which over two
boasts the woolshed from the which support the fish, eels, turtles,
million have been released. The
‘Gordon Downs’ station that has a platypuses and birds. Further from
largest to date was caught in April
tale to tell on the Central Highlands the water’s edge, you can find a
2007, weighing a hefty 33.3
origins of the 1891 Great Shearers variety of birds, reptiles and
kilograms! The great news is that you
Strike. To hear some fascinating mammals. Bandicoots, melomys,
can fish for barramundi all year round
stories, ask about the sabotage
– approximately 300,000 fish are kangaroos, greater gliders and yellow
attack on a military train.
released each year, including bellied gliders, brushtail possums,
As a finale, come and see the barramundi, mullet and mangrove and wallabies such as the agile,
tractors and farming machinery of the jack. Alternatively, just sit back, relax whiptail and swamp wallaby, can be
post World War II Food and Britain and enjoy the beautiful scenery and spotted by keen observers in the
Scheme, and learn about the people wildlife. Feathered, furry or scaled, nearby bushland.
who worked to make such a feat Lake Awoonga is home to a thriving
possible. array of animals, many of which are For further information:
of conservation significance. T: 07 4976 3000
(Note that the Village closes E:
between November and March.) Most noticeable at Lake Awoonga W: AUTUMN 2008 • 129


North Stradbroke Island is one of Australia’s natural

treasures and a perfect escape destination.
On the island there is a range of accommodation available.


Adams Beach Caravan
& Camping Ground
Ballow Street, Dunwich,
Nth Stradbroke Island
Tranquil setting amongst cypress pines
overlooking Peel and Southern Bay
Islands to the mainland. Great calm water
location, ideal for boating and fishing
Moreton Bay. Close to Dunwich shops and
barge facilities.
Park features: Bayside frontage, shady
areas, amenities block, BBQ facilities,
peaceful setting and laundry facilities. NO
Adder Rock Caravan
and Camping Ground
East Coast Road, Pt Lookout,
Nth Stradbroke Island
Situated in delightful natural surrounds
with shaded camp sites and nestled
behind Adder Rock headland. The Park is
situated on a surfing beach at the
entrance of Point Lookout. Boats can be ideal calm water for fishing/swimming Park features: Laundry facilities,
launched nearby with the aid of 4WD and next to One Mile Jetty where the amenities block and BBQ facilities. NO
vehicle. Straddie Flyer water taxi berths. Within PETS, TOURIST ONLY.
Park features: Ranger on site, laundry walking distance to club with restaurant.
facilities, amenities block, playground Park features: Shady sites, laundry
equipment, BBQ facilities, beachfront facilities, BBQ facilities, amenities block, Flinders Beach Foreshore Camping
(surf ) and shady areas. Cabins available. peaceful setting and bayside location. NO Flinders Beach, Nth Stradbroke Island
NO PETS, TOURIST ONLY. PETS, TOURIST ONLY. Unspoilt Flinders Beach offers some of
Amity Point Caravan Cylinder Beach Caravan the most magnificent foreshore camping.
and Camping Ground and Camping Ground Amenity blocks in small clearings provide
Ballow Street, Amity Point, Mooloomba Road, Pt Lookout, some comforts of a camping ground, yet
Nth Stradbroke Island Nth Stradbroke Island allow the freedom of total beachfront
camping in designated areas. Access to
The beachfront camping area is popular A picturesque park situated on Flinders Beach is by 4WD only. DOGS
with young families with its white sand beachfront. Within easy walking distance CONDITIONAL, TOURIST ONLY.
and calm waters. Land-based fishing is of shops and restaurants. Great rock and
popular from the jetty and rockwalls. beach fishing are also within easy walking Park features: Toilet facilities, shady
Visitors find it easy to relax in Amity’s distance. Popular family camping ground. campsites, ocean fishing and natural
fishing village atmosphere. surroundings.
Park features: Ranger on site, shady
Park features: Ranger on site, laundry areas, laundry facilities, amenities block, Main Beach Foreshore Camping
facilities, amenities block, playground playground equipment, BBQ facilities, Main Beach, Nth Stradbroke Island
equipment, BBQ facilities, shady areas beachfront (surf ) and peaceful setting. This white sand surf beach stretches for
and still water beachfront. Cabins NO PETS, TOURIST ONLY. over 20 unspoilt kilometres along the
available. NO PETS, TOURIST ONLY. Pacific Ocean. Four wheel drives are
Thankful Rest Caravan
Bradburys Beach Caravan and Camping Ground essential to access sites. Find your own
and Camping Ground East Coast Road, Pt Lookout, slice of freedom under a shady tree.
Flinders Avenue, Dunwich, Nth Stradbroke Island Camping is in allocated areas only. DOGS
Thankful Rest is a short walk through
Beautiful views to the northern bay, remnant coastal rainforest to home beach Park features: Shady campsites, ocean
Moreton Island, the lights of Port of – a beautiful sandy surf beach. Situated fishing and natural surroundings.
Brisbane and the Glasshouse Mountains. within easy walking distance of clubs, For price inquiries and bookings
Situated on the shores of Moreton Bay, shops and other beaches. phone 1300 551 253.

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of our popular caravan and camping grounds?
Enjoy hot showers, clean amenities and spacious
For those wanting the ultimate beach camping
experience, you can try one of our two natural
foreshore camping areas with their white sandy
beaches perfect for swimming, surfing and just
relaxing. These campsites are accessible by 4WD
vehicles only, so if you decide to pitch your tent on
the beach, remember a 4WD permit is essential.
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a fast, 30 minute water taxi from Cleveland,
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North Queensland is now
easier for visitors to explore
with the region’s spectacular
attractions mapped out in a
new touring route, the Great
Tropical Drive.
The Great Tropical Drive offers self-
drive travellers a holiday choice
unlike any in the world with its vast
array of experiences and ever-
changing scenery of pristine
rainforest, azure coastline and
dramatic landscapes of rural and
outback Queensland.
The 1545km Great Tropical Drive
incorporates the stunning coastal
drive from Cooktown through Cairns
and Townsville to Ayr in the south,
plus the rural and outback
communities of Mareeba, Atherton
and Charters Towers.
Incorporated within the Great Tropical
Drive is a series of 13 shorter drives
or Tropical Discovery Trails, enabling
visitors to explore shorter sections or
offshoots of the primary route.

The Great Tropical Drive enables Visitors can tailor the Great Tropical
visitors to get off the beaten track Drive itinerary according to their
and discover the hidden secrets of personal interests, length of visit and
North Queensland, serving as the preferred destinations via a website
perfect introduction to the region’s that features a one-stop-shop of
unique environment and the vibrant information with maps, things to see
and friendly people who call it and do and driving tips.
While itineraries provided through
The route travels through areas of the website offer recommended
enormous environmental and travel times, the beauty of the Great
aboriginal significance including 70 Tropical Drive is visitors are free to
National Parks, conservation areas stop off and explore – taking as much
and state forests, the Great Barrier time as they need.
Reef, Hinchinbrook Island and World
Heritage tropical rainforest. Visitors travelling the Great Tropical
Drive should give themselves time to
Towns along the Great Tropical Drive really enjoy the North Queensland
offer insights into the early history lifestyle, which is renowned for its
of the area, while others present relaxed ‘tropical’ pace.
opportunities to savour unique
tastes of the tropics and experience While a few of the offshoot trails
exhilarating adventures. require a 4WD, most of the primary
loop of the Great Tropical Drive is
Whether it be mustering at a cattle
sealed, making it safe and easily
station, white-water rafting or lazing
accessible for all vehicles.
on a palm fringed beach, the
diversity of experiences on offer Visitors can also obtain detailed local
means there really is something to information at visitor information
suit visitors of all ages and budgets. centres along the way.

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Great Tropical Drive

Discovery Trails
Great Tropical Drive The Great Green Way
Cairns – Port Douglas – Cooktown – Townsville – Cairns (457km)
Charters Towers – Townsville –
Starting from Townsville or Cairns,
Cairns (1545km)
the Great Green Way encompasses
The Great Tropical Drive is a world the World Heritage Listed Wet
class touring loop that travels from Tropics Rainforest and Great Barrier
the Great Barrier Reef through the Reef, islands, waterfalls, wetlands,
Rainforests of the Wet Tropics into farming areas and friendly country
the golden Savannah of outback towns. It’s the perfect drive to
Queensland. experience coastal North

Daintree Explorer
Mossman – Bloomfield Track –
Cooktown – Mossman (392km)
Explore the rugged landscape
beyond the Daintree coast. Immerse
yourself in rainforest Aboriginal
Culture, spot a croc or two, and
discover the legacy of Captain James
Cook and the north’s great goldrush.

Cooktown cruise the highway to Port Douglas.
Then drive up Rex Range and spend a
Cooktown – Lakefield National Park
– Laura – Cooktown (279km) few days tasting the specialty foods
of tropical Australia.
Delve deeper into the past on a
journey that explores the vivid Waterfalls
testimony of ancient Aboriginal Cairns – Malanda – Cairns (286km)
Culture, early colonial history and the
landscape of Cape York Peninsula. Cruise through the fields of sugar
cane before climbing the coastal
range to the Highlands that overlook
Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef,
where farming communities share the
tablelands with some of the region’s
most impressive natural habitats.

Mareeba – Chillagoe – Undara –
Mareeba (559km)
This trail is a true adventure drive
that will take you from lush
Reef to Rainforest
rainforests across the golden
Cairns – Port Douglas – Yungaburra Savannah – where you will disappear
– Cairns (261km) underground to explore the limestone
Experience one of the most beautiful caves of Chillagoe and the Undara
ocean drives in the world, where reef Lava Tubes. 4WD vehicle
and rainforest lay side by side, as you recommended.

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Georgetown most prolific cane farming country.
Visit the famous pubs that have
Ravenshoe – Undara – the Lynd
Junction (489km) served farmers for years, the old
South Johnstone Mill, Silkwood and
Descend from the Atherton the must-see Paronella Park.
Tablelands to the base of the Great
Dividing Range where the grasslands Tully to Mission Beach
of the Gulf Savannah reveal the Tully – Mission Beach – Tully
remains of 160 extinct volcanoes in (218km)
the McBride volcanic province. Their
legacy includes deep lava tubes, This trail takes you through some of
gemfields and hot springs. the truly scenic wonders of the
tropical north – lush rainforests,
The Canecutter’s Way golden beaches, and strange
Cairns – Malanda – Cairns (286km) flightless birds – the elusive
Cassowary. You will gain a good
Explore waterfalls, wetlands, beaches
insight into the traditions and culture
and the magnificent Mt Bartle Frere
of the local indigenous people, and
that surround some this country’s
enjoy unlimited opportunities to test
your skills with more adventurous
Ingham – Lucinda – Hidden Valley –
Ingham (462km)
Experience the delights of beaches,
rivers, valleys, a dormant volcano,
wetlands, sugarcane and Australia’s
highest single drop waterfall; AUTUMN 2008 • 139

Wallaman Falls. World Heritage rainforest, and outback and grazing Liquid Gold
Listed Rainforest and Reef, friendly country. A very photogenic section of
Townsville – Ayr – Townsville
country folk and spectacular coastal the Great Green Way region.
and island views are guaranteed in
Western Heritage
Hinchinbrook, part of the Great Green A great relaxing two-day drive
Way. Townsville – Charters Towers – Bluff passing through a national park,
Downs – Townsville (561km) scenic bushland areas and sugar
This tour includes the heritage cane fields. Explore legendary ghost
Townsville – Paluma – Townsville stories in historic Ravenswood, World
goldmining town of Charters Towers,
(279km) War II sites, the Brandon Historic
the outback and wetlands. The
A great two-day drive from Townsville southern region includes rivers, Precinct and the fascinating Gudjuda
(recommended for 4WD vehicles). A mountain ranges, geological Indigenous Cultural Centre.
journey of two contrasts – passing formations and an abundance of flora Explore the Great Tropical Drive website at
through varying picturesque regions and fauna. The small rural
from the coast and beaches, to cool communities offer the visitor The Great Tropical Drive is a joint initiative
mountain ranges, villages, rivers, agricultural history, culture and between Tourism Tropical North Queensland
lookouts, and misty World Heritage great stories. (TTNQ) and Townsville Enterprise Ltd (TEL)

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Welcome to paradise
Tropical North Queensland
Welcome to Paradise – TOWNSVILLE particularly from Pioneer Park, Loam
Tropical North Queensland. Island, Apex Park and Dam Park.
The Ross River
Whether it’s an indulgent The Moltke Wreck
The Ross River is fast becoming
break or a life-changing Thuringowa’s recreational The Moltke is a wreck dive
adventure, this stunning centrepiece, hosting a wide range of accessible from the shore on
region offers you a magical sporting and leisure activities. Magnetic Island. The old cargo boat
and unforgettable experience. Riverwalk, a three metre wide has been standing here for over 70
pathway which overlooks the years, its structure today fairly
Tropical North Queensland is where
beautiful Ross River, runs along the broken up, providing many corners
the rainforest meets the reef. Few
river proudly displaying its natural and holes for marine life to hide in –
places on earth can boast such unique
beauty on every corner. Batfish, Grouper, Squirrelfish,
natural attractions, with the Great
Barrier Reef offering an underwater The Riverway Loam Island and Butterflyfish and Damselfish make
dazzling coral and sea life, and superb Pioneer Park developments provide the wreck their home. Crayfish and
World Heritage listed tropical entertainment venues and fishing Nudibranchs can also be found.
rainforests within easy reach. In this spots, while skiing and wakeboarding For further information:
edition, we explore the treasure-trove are popular activities on the water. T: 07 4726 2728
of main attractions throughout this Ross River also offers some excellent E:
unique part of Australia. bird watching opportunities, W:



Sunferries – More than just a ferry service!

Whether you want to snorkel the Great Barrier Reef, explore
pristine rainforests, relax on a secluded beach or try one of
the many activities available on Magnetic Island, Sunferries is
your one-stop-shop for the perfect holiday in North
Queensland. An award winning ferry service since 1997,
Sunferries provides the link between Townsville and Magnetic
Island. We also conduct day trips to the Great Barrier Reef via
our cruise company – Sunsea Cruises and have a wide range
of tour and accommodation packages to choose from at our
travel company – Sunsea Travel.
Park the caravan for a day and lose yourself on Magnetic
Island. You will notice that it’s like no other island getaway.
The contrasting landscape of this World Heritage listed island
makes this natural destination truly distinctive. The rocky
granite headlands fuse with the 23 bays and beaches studded
with magnificent Hoop pine trees, creating a dramatic
coastline. Visible from the sea, Mount Cook hovers above the
eucalypt woods and green vine forests. The island provides
the perfect setting for a unique escape.


Caravan Park

• Powered slab and grass sites • Tent sites

Phone: (07) 4093 5242 • Self Contained Villas • Pool • BBQ areas
• No pets allowed • 8km from city
Mobile: 0428 871 111
Props: Maxine Smith RESERVATIONS 1800 004 366
• 22 powered sites, also unpowered camping sites • 2 cabins fully
self-contained with fans • TV, linen, etc. • Fully equipped coin Bruce Highway, Cluden, Townsville
operated laundry • Olympic-size swimming pool (August-May) QLD 4811
Ph: (07) 4778 2412
• Gas and wood BBQs available free of charge Fax: (07) 4778 4944
• Centre Point to Chillagoe Caves and other great destinations. Email:
Burke Development Road, Dimbulah Qld 4872 Web:

The Savannahlander—
The outback rail experience
For more information contact
Phone: 1800 793848
Address: PO Box 718, Edge Hill
QLD 4870 Australia

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TROPICAL NORTH Camp on Stephens or Kent islands metre walk, the path winds its way
QUEENSLAND CENTRAL or visit for the day to enjoy the down the hill past several lookout
tranquil atmosphere of these unspoilt points and rest stops to the lookout
The Lady Bowen Wreck spots. Join an organised sea-kayaking area, which also acts as a railway
The Lady Bowen Wreck off Mission tour and enjoy relatively calm platform. The walk is well maintained,
Beach is a 220ft schooner now over conditions close to the mainland, and accessible to all, and is a wonderful
100 years old. A converted paddle make sure you look out for bridled way to view these huge falls. In the
steamer, it now rests in 34 metres terns, white-faced herons and other rainy season you may be enveloped
and has become a reef in itself, seabird species. by a cloud of mist from the falls.
hosting magnificent coral formations For further information: Informative displays describing the
and awesome marine life. Here you T: 1300 130 372 (Tollfree) area’s Aboriginal and European
will find nature’s finest, in the form of E: cultural heritage are located at the
W: beginning and end of the walk.
gropers, sea snakes, giant turtles, index.cgi?parkid=130
lionfish and barracuda. WESTERN DOWNS
For further information:
T: 07 4068 7099 Auburn River National Park
Barron Falls Lookout Track
The Auburn River flows over huge
W: There are several modes of
salmon-coloured boulders as it
transport through Barron Gorge
MOURILYAN courses through a steep-sided gorge.
National Park, including the historic
In this scenic bush setting, weeping
Barnard Island Group National Park Kuranda train and the Skyrail
red bottlebrushes contrast with dark
cableway, which both provide
These seven islands have a green stunted figs and flowering tea-
spectacular views of the Gorge and
fascinating geological history and trees along the creek, and, looking up
the Barron River far below.
contain diverse landforms, including along the cliff tops, you may see
shallow reefs and rainforest-clad At the top of the gorge near peregrine falcons nesting. The forest
slopes. The southern islands are Kuranda are the Barron Falls (Din and waterholes are further
important seabird-nesting areas Din). The Barron Falls Lookout Track recommended spots for bird-
where sightings of the endangered begins with an elevated boardwalk watching. A 150 metre walking track
little tern and vulnerable beach traversing the rainforest just below leads to a lookout far above the river,
stone-curlew have been recorded. the canopy. Throughout the 600 and another (quite strenuous) trail AUTUMN 2008 • 143


Fishing checklist:
Bait and tackle
Safety gear
Free Zoning Map
Check your Free Zoning Map or risk a fine!

Zoning exists in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.
Penalties apply for not following zoning rules.
Grab a free zoning map from bait and tackle shops,
visitor information centres, ship chandlers, Environmental Protection Agency
and Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol offices.

For more information call 1800 990 177 or visit

Burdekin Shire Council BLUEWATER

### 3 Star Rating
Ayr and Home Hill
Bruce Hwy, Bluewater Nth Qld 4818
Caravan Parks
• Powered sites
• Unpowered sites • Cabins
• Pool • BBQ • Shop
Ph: (07) 4778 6118 Fax: (07) 4778 6856

Cabins – Powered Sites – Camp Sites

Pets Under Control
Next to Swimming Pool
5 Minutes to Shopping Centre
Disabled facilities at Ayr
Close to fishing facilities P.O. Box 179
Karumba Qld 4891
Phone 07 4745 9306
QUEEN STREET, AYR, 4807 Fax 07 4745 9238
PHONE: (07) 4783 1429 2 Col Kitching Drive, Karumba, Qld 4891
ELEVENTH AVENUE, HOME HILL, 4806 • Powered & Unpowered Sites • Camping • Pool
PHONE (07)
(07) 4782
4783 2498
2498 • Fish Cleaning Area • Tour Bookings • Weekly events include
Fishing Competition and Free Fish BBQ during the Season

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winds down the side of the gorge road in Flagstaff Hill. For further information:
where, in spring, there are beautiful T: (07) 4954 4299
For further information:
wildflowers to admire. E:
T: 1300 130 372 (Tollfree)
E: or visit Location:
For further information:
T: 1300 130 372 (Tollfree) Self drive from Mackay, travel west
W: along the Peak Downs Highway for
index.cgi?parkid=5 Location: seven kilometres. Turn right onto
Location: 55 kilometres north of Taroom or 35 Eungella Road. Travel past Pleystowe
kilometres south of Theodore Sugar Mill. One kilometre after
77 kilometres south of Eidsvold
(34 kilometres south of Mundubbera. entering Mirani Shire turn right into
MACKAY Edward Lloyd Park where Melba
Note that in wet conditions the soil
becomes dangerous even for four- Melba House House is situated.
wheel drives.) Few know that acclaimed opera
Isla Gorge National Park – Taroom singer Dame Nellie Melba spent the
first year of her married life in a small
Greeting visitors to this park is a
panorama of sculpted sandstone set
house right here in the heart of the WONGA BEACH
Pioneer Valley, in Marian. Today, this
among bottle trees, dry rainforests diva’s house is open to the public
and rare plants, striking rock forms (free of charge!), showcasing a Telephone (07) 4098 7514
and sandstone outcrops which beautiful array of her photos, books Fax (07) 4098 7704
change colour with the passing sun, and furniture, all lovingly
spring wildflowers, rare rock- reconstructed by members and
wallabies and a hand-paved road supporters of the Pioneer Valley Located
built in 1864. Tourism and Development ON THE BEACH
Association. 90 km north of Cairns
Camp overnight or have a sunset
picnic overlooking the gorge (beware The 120 year old house was Fabulous coastal views
loose cliff edges when walking rescued from demolition by the Powered/non-powered sites
around the camping and picnic Mirani Shire Council, which restored
areas). Watch wedge-tailed eagles the run-down house and transported Access to:
and peregrine falcons ride the breeze, it from Marian Mill to a more • Port Douglas and the reef
• Daintree River and rainforest
and honeyeaters feeding on wattles, prominent riverbank setting along the • Mossman Gorge • Fishing
or try to identify familiar shapes in main Eungella Road in Edward Lloyd • Many other tourist activities
strange rock formations. Also worth a Park, two kilometres from the heart of
drive are the remains of the historic Marian. AUTUMN 2008 • 145


Etheridge Shire –
An explorers Treasure Chest
One of the many rich
geological features that exist
in Etheridge Shire is the
Newcastle Range which has
the distinction of being the
smallest populated Newcastle
in the world.
The Newcastle Range is a well-
defined and very important part of
the 39,000 square kilometre
Etheridge Shire in the Gulf Savannah
which lies some 400 kilometres west
of Cairns and 370 kilometres east of
the popular fishing spot of Karumba
in the Gulf of Carpentaria.
The shire is easily accessible along
the fully sealed Gulf Development
Road which is part of the Savannah
Way running from Cairns, Queensland
to Broome in Western Australia.
The Newcastle Range is roughly 2100 Hundreds of thousands of years later, visual accompaniments. A must see
square miles in area – this equates to virtually ‘today’ in geological time, for any traveller, this collection will
1,344,000 acres. However, the these deposits washed down from amaze you with its beauty and its
Newcastle Range, as an entity and in the Newcastle Range to the range’s sheer size.
its entirety, at any given time has a peripheral areas. This resulted in the
population of probably no more than whole Etheridge Shire becoming a Whilst at the TerrEstrial Centre you
a few hundred hardy souls. major Australian prospecting and will be able to get up to date Tourist
mining centre for gemstones and gold Information at the fully accredited
At the top, the northern-most end of
and visited by hundreds of fossickers Visitor Information Centre. Make tour
the Newcastle Range, it is situated
half way between the towns of Mount every year. bookings for the Undara Lava Tubes
Surprise and Georgetown, with and Cobbold Gorge as well as other
The Shire has many varied attractions significant tourist attractions in the
populations of 65 and 300 and 92 depending on the level of adventure
kilometres apart. region, look at some of the artwork of
being sought by the traveller. the region only on display at the
The range is equidistant from the centre, use the internet café and
A visit to the web site for the Gulf
tourist mecca of Cairns, on
Savannah Region generally relax in the cool building.
Queensland’s east coast, and the Gulf will help
of Carpentaria in the west. On either Georgetown also offers access to a
side, at the bottom of the range, are you plan your trip to the region to
maximise your enjoyment of the free public swimming pool and free
the towns of Einasleigh, population barbecues, an excellent river walk
50, to the east, and to the west, many unique world class attractions
available. and plenty of cool shady areas in its
Forsayth, with 90 hardy souls. parks and gardens.
The intrinsic industry assets of the The multi-award winning TerrEstrial
Centre situated in Georgetown is the A place to base yourself to go
Etheridge shire are derived from the
home of the Ted Elliott Mineral fossicking for gold, explore the region
present and past existence of
Newcastle Range. Millions of years Collection. This collection, which is and the adjoining towns of Forsayth,
ago geomorphic upheavals and the work of one man, Ted Elliott, Einasleigh and Mount Surprise or
movements within the range caused contains over 4500 mineral simply relax away a few days or a
formations and deposits of gold and specimens in a myriad of fascinating week. This is country Australia at its
semi-precious gemstones such as colours and shapes from the region laid back best. Plan to come and plan
topaz, quartz, garnet, aquamarine throughout the world. Set out in nine to stay awhile so that you can
and sapphires. themed rooms with an array of audio- experience all this region has to offer.

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Located some 400km west of Cairns and 300km east of Normanton on the Savannah Way, Etheridge Shire includes
the historic townships of Georgetown, Forsayth, Mount Surprise, Einasleigh and Kidston spans from the Great
Dividing Range in the east, through to the diversly rich Newcastle Ranges and the lower plains around the Etheridge
and Gilbert rivers in the west.
Ongoing yields of Gold and gemstones such as Sapphires, Topaz, Garnets, Aquamarine, Moonstone, Quartz and
Diamonds exist in the region alongside world class eco-tourism geological attractions of the renowned Undara Lava
Tubes, Cobbold and Copperfield Gorges.
Whilst in Georgetown visit the multi-award winning TerrEstrial Center which houses the world class Ted Elliott
Mineral Collection as well as providing Tourist Information and Bookings, Internet Facilities and a significant artwork
collection of the region.
For further information on the region’s attractions please contact
Tel: (07) 40621485 Email

PORT 14776
The Port of Brisbane Visitors Centre is the perfect
location to learn, relax and experience something truly
unique. Take a port tour and discover what goes on at a
busy port, or borrow a pair of binoculars for a visit to our
migratory shorebird roost. Or why not simply drop in to
our Eco Café or dine in at our On the Lake restaurant.

You’ll be surprised what you discover

at the Port of Brisbane Visitors
Centre. Call 07 3258 4677 or visit
An attraction worth visiting.

Discover something new at the Port of Brisbane

Located at the heart of Australia’s fastest growing container port,
the Port of Brisbane Visitors Centre offers a truly unique experi-
The Centre sits on the shore of a lake and boasts state-of-the-art
conferencing facilities including an auditorium, meeting/function
rooms and a boardroom. Visitors can explore the Centre’s educa-
tional displays, or dine in the Eco Café or On the Lake Restaurant.
The Centre also offers visitors the chance to take a tour of the port,
providing them with an up close and personal view of how a mod-
ern, efficient and environmentally responsible port operates. Bird
lovers can also take their binoculars down to the Shorebird Roost The Visitors Centre is open from Sunday to Friday, 9am to 4pm, and
and view more than 40 species of local and migratory birds. port tours run daily at 12.30pm.


RIVERGUMS CARAVAN PARK (South-East Queensland)
for your caravan, motorhome, camper trailer and boat
• Caravan Equipment: towing aids, tv antennas,
• Air conditioned cabins (no ensuite) fridges, 12, 24 & 240 Volt equipment, portable toilets,
• Air conditioned on site vans LPG & plumbing, etc.
• Powered or unpowered sites • Camping Products: LPG equipment, 2 & 3 way
• Pets welcome eskies, generators, cookers & BBQs, camp furniture,
sleeping products, tents, etc.
• Safe, quiet & friendly environment
• Touring books and road maps & popular fishing tackle.
UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT 270 Bruce Hwy (Eastern Service Rd)
1-3 Delacy Street, Goondiwindi QLD 4390 Burpengary QLD 4505
Ph: (07) 4671 1383 Fax: (07) 4671 1987 (next to IFS Service Station)
Phone/Fax: (07) 3888 4444

Buying & Selling
• Heritage Collectables • Everything old
• Furniture • Tools • Toys • Bric-a-Brac
• Books • Old Wares • Antique treasures
• Hard to find items
Tel: 0404 772 282 After-hours: (07) 5463 0109
Harry & Lorraine Muller
Elizabeth Street, Aratula QLD 4309

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What’s On Where in Queensland

Enjoy the markets and then take the time to The campdraft is an iconic Australian event Many unique Outback events are on offer at
stroll along the beautiful beaches or the lagoon showcasing the skills of riders in competition this bi-annual festival, such as the Loader Pull,
walk, where kangaroos roam freely. Market in a range of categories including maiden, Show and Shine, Mardi gras, Friday Night
days are held on the second Saturday of the novice, open and junior. There will also be a Rodeo and the feature event - the World
month. spit roast, live entertainment and karaoke. Champion Moonrock Throwing competition.
Phone (07) 4159 8326 Phone: (07) 4166 5135 Phone: (07) 4741 3277


KANGAROO POINT Gardenfest is Toowoomba’s signature Opera in the Vineyard is a major cultural event
gardening event, providing gardeners with the on the Granite Belt calendar and attracts
Every Thursday and Saturday at Riverlife, opportunity to source information and plants
descendants of the Yuggera tribe perform around 2000 guests annually. This event is a
from over 100 exhibitors and gardening
indigenous stories, songs and dances. charity fundraiser, which showcases young, up
and coming opera singers from around
Phone: (07) 3891 5766 Phone: (07) 4634 1155 Australia. Bookings are necessary.
APRIL – JUNE APRIL 23 Phone: (07) 468 41226
The months from April to September provide MUSTER, PROSTON CHILDERS
the best weather for taking this semi-sheltered This weekend of fun at Boondooma Homestead
Come along for all the traditional show events,
walking track in the lush and splendid Lawn kicks off with a pioneer tribute concert and a
as well as this year’s main attraction – four
Hill Gorge. The trail leads to Aboriginal rock art camp oven cook-out with legendary camp-oven
times golden Guitar winner, Troy Cassar-Daley
shelters. The Waanyi people ask that you chef, Terry Leahy. There will be historic displays
and performances by bush balladeers and will perform on the final night, followed by a
respect their culture by not taking photographs fireworks display.
at this site. poets.
Phone: (07) 4168 0161 For details contact:
Phone: (07) 4722 5224
The Bilby (Marcrotis Lagotis), an endangered MOTORCYCLE SPECTACULAR
species, are currently part of a captive Held in the Dingo Creek vineyard, this festival
is a jazz lover’s delight. This year performances The Bundaberg Historic and Classic Motorcycle
breeding programme in Charleville. See these
will feature a musical tribute to Ella Fitzgerald Club hosts activities all weekend, including;
rare creatures and learn about their habits and
and Louis Armstrong. The event raises funds static motorcycle displays, a ride around the
for SIDS and Kids, Queensland. Bundaberg district and a Sunday evening BBQ.
Phone: (07) 4654 3057
Phone: (07) 5485 1731 Phone: (07) 4152 9702
This annual event features a street parade, the
well-known Julia Creek triathlon, the Artesian
Express horse race and bull riding
Phone: (07) 4751 6607
APRIL 11-13
Situated off Highway, walking
AUTUMN MUSIC FESTIVAL, distance to Hotels & Cafes
A/C Ensuite Cabins, Budget SPECIALISTS
Enjoy a feast of music events across a number Cabins, Drive-thru & Ensuite
of locations around the Sunshine Coast Sites, Camp Kitchen & BBQ LIGHT WEIGHT &
Hinterland, including Maleny and Montville. WELL VENTILATED
Area, Swimming Pool
Come along and enjoy a mix of classical music,
beautiful surroundings and delicious food. Your hosts: Newman Family
Phone: (07) 5494 2708 Freecall: 1800 Go2Esk (462375) LATEX & FOAM ALSO AVAILABLE
APRIL 12 26 Hassall Street, Esk Qld 4312
Ph: (07) 5424 1466 DELIVERY NATIONWIDE
Fax: (07) 5424 2815
One of Goondiwindi’s biggest social events for (07) 3883 4511
the year. Enjoy top class racing, Fashions on
the Field and live entertainment. Full bar 57 Grice Street, Clontarf 4019
facilities and meals will be available until late #### 31/2 STAR RATING
Phone: (07) 4671 1999 AUTUMN 2008 • 149


What’s On Where in Queensland

MAY 9-10 MAY 16 TO JUNE 30 MAY 25
This annual event is a traditional-style rural Starting with an opening dinner at the Blackall Enjoy a day at Lucas Estate’s vineyard with
show. Watch equestrians compete in the Woolscour, activities during the festival will great wines from the cellar door, local gourmet
famous six bar jump event, admire local include an exhibition of chainsaw and resin art, food and Blues music.
poetry over lunch, quick shears, a talent quest
handicrafts and enjoy the camel races on Phone: (07) 4683 6365
and a Country Music concert.
Saturday night, followed by a barbecue and
Phone: (07) 4657 4222 MAY 26-27
music until late.
Phone: (07) 4651 1561 MAY 17-18 EIDSVOLD POLOCROSSE CARNIVAL
HAMPTON HIGH COUNTRY FOOD Come along to this weekend of intense
MAY 10 competition and great horsemanship. There
ALL BREEDS CAT SHOW, BRISBANE This annual festival celebrates local produce,
will be a barbecue and bar all weekend, as well
This year the Birman Club of Queensland will as entertainment on the Saturday night.
cottage industries, arts and music.
be holding its 17th Annual All-Breeds Cat Show. Phone: (07) 4697 9066 Phone: (07) 4167 5145
This is a great Mothers Day weekend outing for
MAY 30 – JUNE 9
cat lovers. See a wide variety of pedigree MAY 19
breeds and chat to the breeders about their MURGON DAIRY HERITAGE BLUES ON BROADBEACH MUSIC
beautiful cats. Refreshments available and FESTIVAL FESTIVAL, GOLD COAST
stalls. This annual event boasts top class acts and a
Held at the Murgon Dairy Museum, this annual
Phone: 0433 815 367 festival involves the whole community. Activities very relaxed ambience.
range from puppet shows to ‘cow pat’ bingo, pig Phone: (07) 5539 8416
MAY 10 racing and a hand milking competition.
BUNDABERG ALL-HOLDEN DAY Phone: (07) 4169 9000 JUNE 1
Car enthusiasts from all over Australia visit MARINA MIRAGE SEAFOOD
MAY 19-20
Bundaberg for this popular charity event. Cars EXTRAVAGANZA, PORT DOUGLAS
from 1948 to 2008 will be on display, and there
See and taste the best that Port Douglas’
will be a swap meet and stalls. Come along and enjoy this traditional country
commercial fishing industry has to offer. Meet
event. A great many events will be on offer
Phone: (07) 4155 9037 the fisherman. Feast on delicious seafood from
including; hall exhibitions, prime and stud
cattle, show jumping, wood chop, dog trials the many stalls lining the boardwalk and enjoy
MAY 10-17 and a sideshow. the live music and wine tastings.
FRASER ISLAND BIRD WEEK Phone: (07) 4127 1412 Phone: 1800 603 000
Now in its seventh year, Fraser Island’s
MAY 22-25 JUNE 4-10
acclaimed Bird Week attracts more than 160
Activities include Ranger-guided excursions to BOAT SHOW, GOLD COAST CAMPING AND TOURING HOLIDAY
mangrove and rainforest areas, talks by This annual Boat Show is regarded as a leading SHOW, RNA SHOWGROUNDS
ornithologists, bird art and photography marine event in the Asia Pacific region. Held at Australia’s largest caravan and camping
classes. Sanctuary Cove Resort, over 800 boats will be exhibition returns to Brisbane with all the
Phone: (07) 5539 8416 on display, including pavilion and hardstand
latest in equipment for travellers.
MAY 12 Phone: (07) 5577 6549
This charity night features performances from PORT DOUGLAS WILLOWBANK
bush poets, as well as an auction of bush A ten-day festival of art, sport and culture, held Visit Queensland’s famous Willowbank
artifacts, live music and supper. in various locations around the Douglas Shire. Raceway for a night of high-speed thrills.
Phone: (07) 4156 7570 Phone: (07) 4099 4308 Phone: (07) 5461 9100

Kookaburra Holiday Park

Cardwell - your link to Hinchinbrook Island
Come.....stay a while
*Ensuite villas & units
Australian-Italian Festival *Family cabins
*Caravan & camping
15 - 18 May 2008 sites
Ingham North Qld is celebrating and invites you to *Hostel & backpacker
Mangiamo, Beviamo é Cantiamo (eat, drink and accommodation
celebrate). There is an abundance of Italian cuisine Accommodation to suit everybody
and beverages, and non-stop entertainment on offer. 175 Bruce H’way Cardwell
Ph: 4066 8648 - Fax 4066 8910 Your Hosts:
For your free programme phone (07) 4776 5288 or Leon, Heidi, Peter & Denise

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Celebrating the CCCQ State Rally

Queenslanders go Nuts in Kingaroy!

Karramar, Explorers, Sunshine,

South East & Carousel Members
are to be congratulated on the
excellent manner in which they
organised the event.
This really was a celebration as it
was the first time Members of all 28
affiliated Clubs of Queensland attended
a State Rally, 284 vans in all.
A contingent from all Clubs gathered
at O’Neill Square for a controlled street
march through the CBD, escorted by
the Kingaroy Police and led by the
CCCQ, followed by the Host Clubs then
all other attending Clubs, carrying their
Banners and Flags acknowledging the
cheers and applause from the Kingaroy
Daily, the Jay walkers group set off to
locals and business houses.
explore the town. The State Rally
The open air Opening Ceremony was Newsletter appeared on our doorsteps
attended by dignitaries from the local with the latest news and updates.
community and Chief Executive Officer
of Caravanning Queensland, Ron About half the vans stayed on after
Chapman, and wife Jan. Two the official closing, taking the chance to
representatives from each of the Twenty visit the surrounding districts’
eight Clubs proudly presented their flag attractions: Bunya Mountains, cheese,
or banner to be flown during the Rally. wine and biscuit manufactures and last
but not least, the ever popular Kingaroy
Saturday dawned with many Club
Peanut Van.
members looking forward to the annual
Disc Bowls Competition. During the Rally a variety of bus
After a very close competition, and tours were offered with the tour of
the CCCQ President Ken McNab being very unkind weather, in fact, it was Bethany, home of the late Sir Joh
defeated in the Semi Finals, Coolum almost a heat wave. Bjelke-Petersen, guided by son John
Club were the outright winners, with But like true Caravanners we proving to be very popular.
Suncoast as runners up. soldiered on. On arrival at the homestead Lady Flo
Under the guidance of Les Usher The representative of the Royal greeted and invited us to sample her
(Karramar) our Crafty Club Members set Flying Doctor Service spoke on how infamous Pumpkin scones (these days
up their stalls displaying a wide range important this service is to travelers baked by her daughter in law). Most
of excellent hand-crafted items. This and thanked the Combined Caravan people on the tour took the opportunity
delighted the shoppers and they were Clubs of Queensland Inc. and affiliated to view Sir Joh’s last resting place.
soon buying gifts ready for Christmas. Club Members for the wonderful The Shopper Dockets were a guide
Stall-holders were very happy with donation of $4000.00. to the amount of money spent in the
the results of their efforts. The Monster Raffle draw was a town of Kingaroy and district. This has
The fourteen Trade exhibitors streamlined operation with prizes been estimated to be in the vicinity of
displayed Caravans, Caravan totaling 68 items including two Caravan $150,000 to $200,000.
Accessories, Generators, Water Filters, Washing Machines, Navman, Flat Congratulations to Caravanners for
Annex Matting, Cars & Van wash, Screen TV, plus donations from helping to boost the local economy.
Laundry wash balls and Stain Remover, Exhibitors and Clubs, and was drawn in Vice President Jim Hogan announced
to Lock & Lock storage containers and a record sixteen minutes. that the 2008 State Rally venue will be
others. The comments were; “What a Rockhampton Showground from
The Closing Ceremony on Sunday fantastic effort”. And the winners September 24th to October 1st 2008.
morning was well attended, but we collected their prizes after the Rally was COMPILED BY PRESIDENT MCNAB AND VICE PRESIDENT
were subjected to unseasonable and officially closed. HOGAN. AUTUMN 2008 • 151

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Explore the
beauty of
Narrabri Shire, in the heart of
the Namoi Valley, is the
geographic centre of
Australia’s cotton industry. As
such, much of its support role cotton plays a visit to the autumn is a sight to behold as fields
infrastructure including industry “showcase”, the Australian of bursting cotton bolls turn the
research facilities, seed Cotton Centre, Narrabri, is essential. plains a brilliant white. Planted in
production and ginning is A state of the art enterprise, the early September, cotton is ready to
found here. Centre delivers an objective overview be picked by late March into early
Beginning in the early 1960s the through its Questacon designed April.
cotton industry in Australia is interactive exhibits.
In recent years the picking season
relatively new, but is today one of our Factual, fun and entertaining the has been short due to the fact that
most important agricultural crops and Cotton Centre is an enjoyable drought has seriously lessened the
the highest rural commodity in NSW. experience for the whole family. amount of cotton grown in eastern
For all the facts and figures about the Driving through the Narrabri Shire in Australia. However, if you are here at

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experiences for even the most

reluctant bushwalker, the Park
houses a diverse range of ecological
communities and, on a clear day,
boasts a view spanning over 80,000
square kilometres.
Mount Kaputar National Park’s most
popular attraction is Sawn Rocks, a
towering wall of hexagonal basalt
pipes, resembling a giant natural
Located off the Bingara Road, Sawn
Rocks is an easy, wheelchair
accessible ten minute walk from the
car park. The majority of the Park’s
the right time be sure to experience In stark contrast to the laser levelled bushwalks are located at the top of
cotton first hand with a ginning tour. cotton fields, are the Nandewar Mount Kaputar, approximately one
Ranges, providing a dramatic hour’s drive from Narrabri.
Ginning is the process of removing
backdrop towering over the Shire. Camping facilities are top rate, with
the seed and cleaning the raw cotton
These ranges are the remnants of a hot showers, clean toilets and BBQs.
ready to be baled and shipped for
large volcanic complex formed by There are also two cabins located at
spinning. On a tour you may see the
eruptions some 20 million years ago. Dawson Spring’s allowing non-
cotton being harvested and pressed campers a suitable alternative. Wake
into modules, ready for Today, they make up the Mount
up early and you’ll be treated to the
transportation. Guided tours can be Kaputar National Park, an essential
magnificent spectacle of sunrise from
daytrip for every Shire visitor.
booked through the Australian Cotton a 1512m vantage point.
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North by Northwest
offers something
for everyone
Some of Australia’s most historic country towns are a part of this
fascinating region. These quintessentially Australian settlements,
founded by gold miners, graziers and farmers and chosen by artists for
their special light, are loved by visitors today for their old-world
general stores and friendly country pubs.

Experience the Liverpool Plains

Strategically nestled in the foothills of the Great Dividing Range, near Sydney, the Central Coast, the Hunter and the

Mid-North Coast, Liverpool Plains Shire is the perfect place for that well deserved vacation. Travellers have assorted

accommodation styles to choose from including authentic country farm stays, B&B’s, motels, hotels and caravan

parks. A mosaic of colours displayed by the fields of sunflowers, sorghum, canola, corn, lucerne and wheat provide

the perfect backdrop whilst travelling through the picturesque hills, valleys and sweeping plains. The Liverpool

Plains is a thriving community of approximately 7500 with Quirindi and Werris Creek being the major towns.

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Throughout this region prepare for
the unexpected: a giant telescope;
memorials to Australia’s wartime
history; fields of sunflowers adjoining
cotton and wheat fields; captivating
regional art galleries, giant lakes and
rocks forged by mother nature. NSWs
northwest has something for
Pilliga Artesian Bore Baths
The health-giving waters that flow
into the Pilliga Artesian Bore Baths
have been doing so for well over a
century. The temperature of the baths
is about 43 degrees Celsius and
people have sought relaxation in
these therapeutic waters for years.
The site is found just east of the
village of Pilliga along the Pilliga
Road (approximately 56km from Wee
Waa), and entrance is free of charge.
Basic change rooms and toilets are
provided, as well as lighting for night
bathing, and a roof which covers the
pool area.
For further information:
T: 02 6799 6760

Coonamble Shire

The Coonamble district spans almost 10,000 square

kilometres from the edge of the Warrumbungle

         Mountains, across the Castlereagh Plains to the

Macquarie Marshes, all part of the native lands of the


   Kamilaroi and Weilwan people. The ‘Nickname Hall Of

 Fame’ can be seen in and around the main street.


    Coonamble has a full calendar of events including the

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25($67*$$37$7 and the award winning ‘two eight two eight’

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Indulge The brilliant azure dome of the north-western sky……the endless chocolate-brown

Relax soil of the fertile plains……a sea of swaying golden sunflowers as far as the eye can
see……the dramatic beauty of an ever-changing landscape…...this is Moree!
Do you long to escape the city and leave behind the pressures and relentless routine
of your busy lifestyle? Then dream no longer because Moree is waiting for you! Sitting atop
Australia’s Great Artesian Basin, Moree is a lush oasis which nestles on the banks of the Mehi

Play River. No matter what your tastes, there is an experience waiting to entice you, exhilarate you
and enliven you when you visit Australia’s Spa Capital. With our superb Mediterranean-style
climate of sunny days and crystal-clear nights, Moree and the surrounding districts provide the
ideal location for you to relax, unwind and enjoy an escape like no other. The diverse tapestry of
attractions in Moree lures both visitors and residents from across the globe, creating a fascinating
cultural mix within the district.
In Moree, we have an abundance of great accommodation from which you can choose.
Whether you’re here for an overnight stay or a few weeks holiday we have budget or up-market
motel, hotel or caravan park accommodation to suit all tastes. Much of the accommodation is within
easy walking distance of our amazing Hot Artesian Pools and some establishments even have their
own artesian pools on site. Moree has two major caravan parks, boasting fabulous facilities and good
old country service.
Perhaps you’d like to start your day with a dip at our fabulous Moree Hot Artesian Pool Complex? It’s the
most refreshing way to launch into your Moree stay. If you’re feeling energetic, you can join the lap-swimmers
in the Olympic Pool. Or perhaps you’d like to take part in the aqua-aerobics? Many visitors travel to Moree ex-
clusively to luxuriate in the mineral-rich waters of the natural spas with their reputedly-healing qualities. Rising
from hundreds of metres underground, these ancient soothing waters bubble to the surface to rejuvenate your
body and relax your mind. Whether you stay an hour, a day, a week or longer, you’ll feel your body respond as
nature restores that elusive sense of balance to your life. If you want the ultimate relaxation experience, indulge
in a therapeutic massage on site with one of the qualified masseurs.
Feel like a great coffee and some breakfast before you head off into your day? Then pop into one of the superb
cafés in the centre of town. Traditional country breakfasts, scrumptious fresh fruit salads, organic muesli, tangy
smoothies, seafood omelettes, delicate buttery croissants………..the choice is amazing. Relax and enjoy an unhur-
ried morning as you decide what adventure you’ll embark on today.
Can you imagine being surrounded by the natural beauty of 75,000 magnificent mature pecan trees? To the east
of Moree lies “Trawalla” Pecan Nut Farm, the largest pecan plantation in the southern hemisphere, and as part of a
guided tour, you can indulge in this incredible experience. This informative tour will give you new insight into this style
of farming which features biological pest-control and sustainable farming practices. Throughout the year (see our
Events for Your Diary section), Moree hosts numerous events which celebrate our local culture, industry and lifestyle. Spring,
summer, autumn or winter, every season brings its’ own charm.
On your stroll through Moree, you can see a myriad of lovingly-restored, heritage-listed buildings from varying eras
and styles. Remember to take advantage of our lovely parks, scattered throughout the town. If fishing is your thing, then
throw in a line….you might just catch a spectacular Murray Cod!
If you enjoy the challenge of golf, why not spend the afternoon at the Moree Golf Course which is renowned as one
of the best rural courses in Australia. Look out for the water hazards as the Mehi River wends its’ way right through the
centre of the course!
As evening approaches Mother Nature paints the sky with an explosive palette of vibrant colours. Watch as thousands
of native flying foxes stream across the sunset in search of their evening banquet.
For the perfect end to your day, treat yourself to a delectable meal from one of our marvellous restaurants. Before you
call it a night, take a moment to look up. With our crystal-clear atmosphere you can experience the spell-binding, inky
velvet of the night sky encrusted with the shimmering silver stars of the Milky Way. In Moree you don’t have to dream ……..
you can “Live the Lifestyle”.
Plan your escape today…………….Moree is waiting to welcome you!

Tourism Moree Phone (02) 6757 3350



New South Wales


NARRABRI Location: to take in 360 degree views,

To access Sawn Rocks you must encompassing one tenth of New
Sawn Rocks travel to the Northern End of the South Wales.
Sawn Rocks is a 40 metre basalt National Park along the Bingara Road
The National Park is popular with
cliff face featuring perpendicular- (approx 36km from Narrabri, 15km of
rock climbers and offers 11 walks,
octagonal shaped rocks, resembling a which are unsealed) Sawn Rocks,
most including spectacular views of
series of giant organ pipes. Over Bingara Road, Narrabri, NSW 2390
the area. The park protects a wide
thousands of years, some of the variety of plant communities,
enormous slabs of rock have fallen to including semi-arid woodlands, wet
the bed of Bobiwaa Creek below, and Yarrie Lake eucalypt forests and sub-alpine
today resemble the crumbled pillars A circular lake three kilometres in heaths, with wildflowers in spring
of an ancient or Roman temple. diameter, Yarrie Lake is perched on providing a marvellous display. The
Torrents of water over the ensuing the edge of the vast Pilliga scrub, park is home to a host of animal
years have eroded away the loose providing a haven for countless species, and provides a haven for
dirt, and exposed Sawn Rocks. species of birds and animals. Visitors many threatened species, including
Amongst the clear rock pools and to the lake reported that they had bats, birds, wallabies, quolls and a
the smooth rock bed of the creek at counted 60 species of birds late one unique large pink slug, which often
the base of the formation, the rock is afternoon. The perfect saucer shape appears after rain.
fractured into octagonal shapes of the lake is thought to have been For further information:
identical to the cliff face. It is believed formed by the impact of a meteor T: 1300 361 967 (Tollfree)
many years ago. With an array of E:
that these plunge a further 60 metres
into the earth below. Geologists activities, such as craybobs, water
attribute the formation to the fast skiing, swimming, sailing, bird Location:
cooling of the upper layers of molten watching and camping, there is The Park is located on 36,817
rock following the fiery upheaval something to please everyone at hectares and is 50 kilometres east of
caused by volcanic activity 21 million Yarrie Lake. Narrabri and 570 kilometres north
years ago. A 900 metre walking track west of Sydney.
Mount Kaputar National Park
offers a 10 minute stroll, through tall Mount Kaputar National Park, Mt
eucalypts, morton bay figs, wattles Mount Kaputar National Park
Kaputar Road, Narrabri, NSW 2390
and many varieties of delicate ferns. comprises a gathering of sharp peaks
The upper reaches of the creek reveal and rocky ranges, the remnants of a GUNNEDAH
a fascinating scene of clear rock 17 million year old volcano. Millions
Koalas in Gunnedah
pools, horizontal polygonal rocks and of years of erosion have carved this
some superb plants and trees. volcanic pile into the Nandewar For the animal lover, Gunnedah
Range, with its dramatic landscape of and district are definitely a worthy
For further information:
lava terraces, volcanic plugs and ring visit. The region is home to an
T: 02 6792 3700
Opening times: Accessible at all times.
dykes. At the peak of the range is Mt expanding and healthy koala
For best veiwing times contact the Kaputar, which reaches an altitude of population that can be easily seen in
Information Centre, T: 02 6799 6760 1510m. From the summit it is possible and around the town. By day they are

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mostly sleeping in their favoured the Liverpool Plains Shire on their

eucalypts and sometimes, in the early travel itinerary, which includes nine
morning or evening, seen sauntering bird routes. Species which may be
from tree to tree along the footpath spotted in the area include; the
or streets. Diamond Firetail, Glossy-Black
For further information:
Cockatoos, Regent Honeyeater and
T: 02 6740 2230 many more.
F: 02 6740 2237
Give yourself plenty of time to
Location: submerge yourself in the beautiful flora and fauna sanctuary. According
63 Elgin Street, Gunnedah, NSW bird sanctuaries scattered throughout to some sources, the dam filled with
the shire – from Wallabadah to silt during the 1940s, attributed to
For your best chance of watching the
Quirindi, Quipolly Dam, to Spring the rabbit plagues, and developed a
koalas in town, visit:
Ridge and as far out as Premer. This habitat which attracts both water and
3 the Gunnedah Visitor Information is a must for the avid bird enthusiast, woodland birds. The sanctuary
Centre or for those who simply enjoy the continues upstream along the creek
3 Henry Street near St Xavier’s views. for about one kilometre.
School For further information:
For further information:
3 the Tourist Caravan Park T: 02 6746 1096
Quirindi Visitor Centre
3 Stock Road QUIRINDI T: 02 6746 1096
3 the Bindea Walking Track on Location:
Quipolly Dam & Bird Hide
Porcupine Lookout, and From Quirindi follow the Werris
3 the TAFE Campus Grounds
A flora and fauna sanctuary, the
Dam and Bird Hide is a must for the Creek Road for 10km. Turn right into
LIVERPOOL PLAINS wildlife lover. This dam is known the Quipolly Road for 5km to the new
worldwide and has a newly dam, an open area. Continue 1km to a
Bird Routes of the Liverpool Plains T intersection, turn left – 4km to Hide
constructed Bird Hide on its edge.
Birdwatchers should definitely plot The Bird Hide overlooks the pristine on Lowes Creek Road, Quirindi 2343

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Gunnedah –
The Koala Capital
of the World
Gunnedah is the hub of one of Australia’s richest agricultural regions – the Liverpool Plains in
North West New South Wales. Gunnedah is proudly home to one of the largest and healthiest
Koala populations in the Country. Wild koalas are often seen wandering along main streets,
lazing in parks and even strolling across the local golf course. Keep your eyes peeled; one might
just be around the corner.
Gunnedah is a great spot to base size of Sydney Harbour with a bevy of adventures of rural Australia. The
yourself to explore the region – with fish including Golden and Silver Lyrical Loos are a must see!
day trips to nearby national parks Perch, Murray Cod and Catfish. If its a
Gunnedah has also managed to
including Mount Kaputar, the round of golf you seek, an ‘A’ grade retain that wonderful main street
Warrumbungles and Coolah Tops – a golf course awaits at the Gunnedah shopping vibe that attracts people
must. Beyond the green and furry, Golf Club offering bent greens, full from around the region. You’ll find a
Gunnedah also has many other time professional and equipment traditional country department store,
attractions including several hire. locally owned boutique stores as well
important memorials, museums, as major chain stores and
Gunnedah is proud of its rich
parks and recreational facilities. supermarkets. From chain stores to
agricultural vistas and breathtaking
Take a moment to discover Australian Landscape, said to be the chain saws you’ll find it in Gunnedah.
Waterways Wildlife Park – 10 acres of inspiration behind Australian poet For that very special gift or souvenir
bush land dedicated to the Dorothea Mackellar’s iconic poem ‘My from Gunnedah, call into The Plains
preservation of Australian Wildlife, Country’. of Plenty for local treasures, home
the Rural Museum showcasing grown produce and arts & craft.
Experience Gunnedah’s newest tour,
agricultural machinery and treasures
the Poets Drive. A celebration of Gunnedah is a place where you will
from the past or experience
Australian Poetry, the Poets Drive is a discover true blue country hospitality.
Gunnedah’s heritage at the Water
self-guided drive tour inspired by Genuine smiles and the natural
Tower Museum.
Gunnedah’s iconic landmarks and beauty of the landscape paint a
For water lovers, Lake Keepit State local heroes. An interpretive tour, the picture of real Australia. A country
Park is a majestic family and drive explores the essence of bush experience that will stay with you – to
fisherman’s paradise, two thirds the life and considers the challenges and be remembered with a smile.

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Discover Narromine
Just 37km west of Dubbo, Narromine boasts a long
and illustrious aviation history.

Narromine is “Home of the Wright Flyer” and a visit to

our Aviation Museum is a MUST. Take a joy flight in a
glider or Jabiru and experience Narromine’s world
famous thermals.

Stay onsite at the Narromine Tourist Park, just a short

•Narromine Aviation Museum and Wright walk to the licensed Aero and Golf Clubs.
Flier Replica
•Glider and Ultralight Flights
•Caravan Parks in Narromine and Trangie
Visit the Narromine Iris and Geranium Farm, The Lime
•Lime Grove
•Andonbel Alpaca Coffee Shop
Grove, Australia’s largest lime plantation, Andonbel
•Trangie Historic Hotels
•Goobang National Park Alpaca Coffee Shop, Trangie’s historic hotels and
for more information discover Tomingley, the picturesque Goobang National
Park offering fantastic 4WD tracks and scenic

Narromine Shire has something for everyone so take a

break and experience our hospitality.

Visit for more information.

Ballina Beachside Holiday Parks

…from the lush, subtropical rainforests and
picturesque villages of the hinterland to the crystal
waters of the coast, the Ballina Coast and Hinterland is
truly a natural wonder… a playground for beach lovers,
surfers, boaties, anglers, bushwalkers and eco-
adventurers from around the globe…and what better
place to call home while you enjoy all of what Ballina
and the hinterland has to offer than one of the Ballina
Beachside Holiday Parks or Tent Park.

Enjoy the friendly family atmosphere, clean amenities

and excellent locations with accommodation to suit

…what better place to stay than one of the 4 great

caravan or tent parks on offer from the Ballina
Beachside Holiday Parks located in Ballina and Lennox

4 Great Parks, 4 Great Locations 4 Great Parks, 4 Great Locations, Ballina Beachside Holiday Parks.

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North Coast brimming

with diversity
The North Coast of New South
Wales is an area characterised
by contrasts, with the world’s
largest expanse of sub-
tropical rainforest meeting
with mountains forged from
ancient volcanoes. Add this to
pristine waterfalls, sparkling
coastlines, and endless
beaches, and you have a
holiday destination to please
The diversity of the natural
environment is matched by the
variety of activities on offer; from
swimming, surfing, and whale-
watching, to horseback tours,
bushwalks, and colourful local
festivals. Watch the frolicking
dolphins and take your binoculars to
spot the many kinds of seabird. Take
your 4WD to the vast sand dunes of
Stockton Beach, north of Newcastle,
for a driving adventure.
Scuba-dive in the diverse marine
world of Solitary Islands Marine Park,
off the coast at Coffs Harbour. Hike
through forests, thousands of years
old, in World Heritage-listed
Barrington Tops National Park, or visit
historic Trial Bay Gaol at South West
At the end of a long day, dining out
will be an experience in itself, with
waterfront restaurants serving fresh
seafood and locally grown fruit
accompanied by crisp white wine. The
Hunter Valley offers excellent wine,
whilst the rich volcanic soils produce
macadamia nuts, fruits, coffee, tea,
and pure milk.
relaxed, friendly atmosphere meet a as a penal station, coal town, and
NEWCASTLE vibrant art and gourmet food scene. steel city, and experience the
Newcastle is the only city centre in As Australia’s second oldest city,
museums, galleries and restaurants
Australia that is surrounded by Newcastle is home to some of our
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Newcastle Ocean Baths stations are still in place. Most of
them are still used as residential or
Take a swim in the Art Deco
business premises. Pick up your copy
Newcastle Ocean Baths (opened in
of the Cobb & Co Heritage Trail Mud
1922), or check out the Canoe Pool
Maps for the Narromine and Trangie
(situated next to the Ocean Baths),
built in the late 1930s for young areas from Narromine Visitor
swimmers. The base of the pool once Information Centre. These brochures
featured a map of the world, with the provide great self-drive tours around
various continents jutting out of the the area that follow the original Cobb
water like islands. & Co track, as well as passing some
of the original Cobb & Co sites and
King Edward Park buildings.
Take a picnic lunch to the majestic BALLINA
King Edward Park, with its elegant coastline to create a beautiful
rotunda (c. 1898), hundred-year-old The natural beauty and cultural landscape.
Norfolk Island Pines, stunning ocean diversity of Ballina makes it a perfect
views, beautiful gardens and starting point to explore the rest of COFFS HARBOUR
sweeping lawns. The nearby Obelisk the New South Wales Coast and Coffs Harbour is a major coastal
is a prominent feature on Newcastle’s Northern Rivers. Take your fishing town where the mountains meet the
skyline, and was originally a stone gear along for some excellent ocean sea. It has become famous for its
flour mill. It was also used as a and river fishing, and visit the Ballina quality fishing and bananas, but a
guiding landmark for ships Lighthouse or the Rotary Lookout for variety of attractions make it a
approaching the port of Newcastle. magnificent views of the town and location to suit all tastes and
district. Ideal temperatures make interests.
NARROMINE Ballina a desirable destination year-
The Narromine Shire sits at the round, and its relaxed atmosphere From whale-watching, pristine
very heart of the rich Macquarie offers visitors a very laid-back swimming beaches, and ocean
Valley. A diverse array of activities are holiday. fishing, to major retail shopping
on offer and visitors appreciate both centres, art and craft markets,
Ballina Beaches walking trails and restaurants, you’re
relaxing and heart-racing activities.
Take a peaceful stroll through the Ballina has several beautiful sure to find many enjoyable activities
Swane’s Rose Nursery, or throw a line beaches, with the most popular in the for your itinerary, with a mild climate
in and try your luck fishing along the north of the town. Shelly Beach is a to boot.
majestic Macquarie River. For the popular patrolled beach, excellent for
The North Coast Regional Botanic
more adventurous, take a flight in an children, whilst Lighthouse Beach
aeroplane, glider, or ultra-light; and the pretty swimming beach at
fantastic thermals make Narromine Shaws Bay Lagoon are also Right in the heart of the city is the
one of the three best gliding spots in picturesque locations to spend a Botanic Garden. It covers 19 hectares
the world. day.The coastline is a beach lover’s and is within easy walking distance of
dream with sheltered coves, vast the city centre. With free entry, the
Cobb & Co Heritage Trail gardens allow visitors to take a
ocean beaches and some of the
Narromine, like many Australian world’s finest surf breaks. 32km of leisurely walk and enjoy the
towns, was once on the Cobb & Co white beaches from Ballina to Lennox wonderful variety of native and exotic
route, and many of the original Cobb Head await you. Local dune care plants on display.The One unique
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wildlife and has a display of the travelled by paddlesteamer. The site cattle station covering 100,000 acres
unusual root systems found in of Bourke was first reached by British in Australia’s famous red and black-
mangrove areas. A rare and settlers in the 1820s and the town’s soiled country, North West of Bourke.
endangered species exhibit is also an long heritage is reflected in the Varied and abundant birds and
interesting feature of the garden. interesting buildings that remain. animals make the station their home,
There is wheelchair access, and a Bourke is often referred to as the thriving on the many waterways in
picnic area, and the garden is open gateway to the outback, and with the area. Visitors can go canoeing,
from 9am to 5pm each day. some beautiful mountains to visit fishing, and yabbying, or take an
nearby, tavellers can experience the outback bushwalk trail. Alternatively
BOURKE you may like a camel wagon ride and
desert and the highland in one
The town of Bourke sits alongside region. a camp-out under the big dome.Relax
the Darling River and the Mitchell with a spa in a natural artesian bore
Comeroo Camel Station
highway, and was once a major river or stay in a spacious cottage and
port where goods and passengers Coomeroo is a working sheep and enjoy a BBQ or a camp oven dinner.

Fighter World Aircraft Museum For your next holiday at

Consider “Fighter World Aircraft Museum” for inclusion in your Foster/Tuncurry, do you want:

travel plans. Situated at the RAAF Base in Williamtown. Fighter • Quiet friendly, relaxed atmosphere?

Seni ounts
• Absolute Beachfront?
World is only 20 minutes drive from Newcastle City Centre. • Short stroll to lake, rock pool, shops,

clubs & restaurants?
Watch the FA-18 Hornets and sit in a real jet cockpit. • Deluxe & Ensuite Cabins at unbeatable prices?
• Large, level caravan & tent sites?
Café on site. • Security gates / patrols?
Stay in touch with the latest news by visiting • Family room / Disabled facilities?
• Austar TV? This website will also show you • BBQs, Tennis Court and Playground?
detailed maps and instructions on how to get there. • Spotless amenities?
• Winter Packages?
Fighter World is a great, inexpensive day out. Let Frank, Delma & their
courteous staff look after you
For further details ring (02) 4965 1810 or

kVajZ Newcastle’s Stockton Beach

Great aussie

Tourist Park
beachside holiday Located on Stockton Beach, and just a 5 minute
ferry ride from Newcastle’s CBD, Newcastle’s
Stockton Beach Tourist Park provides a variety of
accommodation in a spacious, relaxed, and
friendly environment with ensuite, deluxe cabins,
PACKAEEK a special access cabin, tent and van sites, modern
IGHT amenities and camp kitchen facilities. Internet
Everything you’ll need, any time
of year. Visit our website and
discover all the things to do –
For stay
access now available.
right at your doorstep. Monday between
– Friday
* Pack your fishing gear! Whether it be ocean,
beach, rock or boat fishing, the fish are waiting to

Seaside village atmosphere

Internet available: wireless and kiosk
5 minute ferry to Newcastle CBD
be reeled in!
Excellent swimming, surfing & fishing
Spacious powered sites & open grounds Families are welcome! The kids will be entertained
Budget, Ensuite & Deluxe cabins
Eco friendly and accredited
Modern amenities
with great play equipment and the whole family
E can enjoy the patrolled surf beach or local
T (02) 4928 1393 F (02) 4920 1301
Pitt Street, Stockton swimming pool just 50 metres from the Park.
* Conditions Apply
Managed by The City of Newcastle Give us a call today so you can ‘hide away or go play’!

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Head south for unspoilt

natural beauty
The southern New South EDEN hooded plover, yellow-bellied glider
Wales combines a rich and long-nosed potoroo. Boyds
Ben Boyd National Park Tower, originally built by Ben Boyd for
pastoral history with great This park, named after Benjamin the purpose of whale-spotting, is well
food and wine, expansive Boyd, a prominent 19th century Far worth a visit at the entrance to
parklands, museums, South Coast entrepreneur, boasts a Twofold Bay. The Pinnacles in the
galleries, art and crafts rugged coastline and a colourful northern section of the park are also
display of folded red rocks that stand a must-see, featuring spectacular
against the unspoilt natural white sand cliffs topped by red
out against the sapphire blue waters
beauty of bays and coves of the Pacific Ocean. gravel. Last, the Green Cape
along the pristine coastline. The park has sandy surf beaches,
Lightstation is one of the main
Little townships, many with highlights of the park, and tours are
rugged bays, rock platforms, quiet
interesting histories, are campgrounds, sheltered inlets and
known for their fine food and historic lighthouses. Its heathlands You can enter the northern section
and forests are home to a variety of of the park on Haycock Road which
wines, and great country
plants and animals, including leaves the Princes Highway eight
markets. Make sure to check threatened species such as the kilometres north of Eden, or the
out these amazing landmarks. ground parrot, eastern bristlebird, southern section by Edrom Road off


New South Wales


BIG4 Bungalow Park is situated on beautiful
Burrill Lake, just 5km south of Ulladulla on the
NSW South Coast. We are approximately 230
km south of Sydney (a pleasant and scenic 3
hour drive) and approximately 200 km east of
Canberra through the historic townships of
Bungendore and Braidwood (about 2.5 hour
Ideally situated, BIG4
Bungalow Park is 26 acres
of groomed lawns,
gardens and native flora
frontage to beautiful
Burrill Lake and only 1 km front beach and sandpit, Canoes, Paddle Boats, 2 Solar
from the surf beach at heated pools, 2 Full size Tennis Courts, 18 Hole mini Golf,
Dolphins Point. 10 BBQ’s, Camp Kitchen, Playgrounds and much more.
Enjoy the facilities we Stay a while, relax, enjoy the park facilities and
have to offer, Absolute experience this special part of the South Coast. You too
Lake frontage, Private will see why holidaymakers have been coming here for
Boat Ramp, 2 Jetties, Lake over 80 years.

BIG4 Bungalow Park -

Playground for all the family


Y BIG4 Bungalow
HW Park



Burrill Lake

■ Private boat ramp

■ 3 playgrounds
Situated on 26 acres of groomed gardens, lawns & native flora with absolute
■ Under cover BBQ’s
lake frontage to beautiful Burrill Lake with a large selection of spacious 1,2
■ 2 solar heated pools
&3 bedroom cabins, powered van sites & shady, grassed camp sites.
■ 2 full size tennis courts
BIG4 Bungalow Park
■ Canoe & pedal boat hire
123 Princess Hwy Burrill Lake NSW
■ 18 hole mini golf

1800 552 944

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the Princes Highway 18 kilometres wilderness area, is one of the most you won’t taste finer.
south of Eden. tranquil places on the coast.
Wonboyn Lake is best discovered
Wonboyn Lake boasts great fishing
LOCKHART by boat as you enter the lake mouth,
and offers a camping area suitable for
sandy shoals and channels open to
The Rock Nature Reserve both tents and caravans. Greenglades rolling surf and untouched beaches
in Nadgee Nature Reserve is a shady where dingoes, dolphins and
Known as Kengal to the local
picnic area on the edge of Disaster deserted sand hills can all be
Wiradjuri people, The Rock towers
Bay with views across to Green Cape discovered.
250 metres over the surrounding
Lightstation. Wonboyn Beach and
countryside, and is thought to have
Baycliff are isolated surf beaches, or GOULBURN
been a site for initiation ceremonies.
you can follow a track to the lake for Garroorigang Historic Home
The reserve is an island of natural
protected swimming. Important
habitat for native animals, including Garrorigang Historic Home is the
Aboriginal archaeological finds have
the turquoise parrot and glossy black private home of the Hume Family. In
also been made here. The reserve
cockatoo. The Rock Nature Reserve is 1857, it was called the Mulwaree Inn,
roads are rough, so careful driving is
in the southern Riverina of New South but known by its Aboriginal name,
Wales, and lies on the boundary of “Garroorigang”, meaning ‘black
two major physiographic regions: the For a different experience, head swan’. The hand pump still remains
Riverine Plain and the western slopes south along the highway, then west over the original 30ft well outside the
of the Eastern Highlands. On a clear along Imlay Road to either Imlay stables.
day, you can see Mount Kosciuszko Crossing or Newtons Crossing picnic
and the Victorian Alps from the top of areas, where you can take a dip in a In 1868, the stables were
the three kilometre Yerong nature choice of lovely swimming holes. Best converted to a school for the sons of
track. This craggy outcrop has picnic discovered by boat, the lake has gentlemen. Over 200 students were
areas and bush trails and can be plenty of magnificent picnic spots. It educated there between 1868 and
accessed via the Tootool/Lockhart also provides some of the area’s best 1883, including test cricketer HH
Road at all times fishing locations. The backwaters of Massie and General Sir Harry
Chauvel, Commander of the 5th Light
the lake are dotted with oyster
WONBOYN leases, so when eating out on the
Horse at the famous battle of
The tiny outpost of Wonboyn, Sapphire Coast, be sure to savour
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Visit Jerilderie
Origin of Ned Kelly’s Jerilderie Letter
• Visit the Willows Visitor Information Centre and the Ned
Kelly Raid Trail Sites.
• Stroll through our Heritage Precinct and take a tour of the
Blacksmith’s Shop and the Tidy Towns 2008 Award Winning
Ye Olde Bank of NSW. Enjoy the eclectic mix of Jerilderie
Arts and Simply Ceramics gifts and souvenirs. Discover Beautiful Jerilderie
• Enjoy a break at the Jerilderie Bakery, Bobbies Café, Central
Café or any one of our three hotels and Sports Club.
Jerilderie, or ‘reedy place’ is nestled on Billabong
• Other services include: Hospital, ambulance, medical and Creek; Australia’s longest Creek. Whether breaking a
library services with internet; 18 hole Golf course, tennis long journey or stopping for a few days – Jerilderie has
courts and sports centre with Pool. Ample parking for
plenty to offer – country hospitality, relaxing surrounds
caravans and motor homes, in Luke Park next to Lake
Jerilderie which includes BBQ and playground facilities. and our unique heritage as the only town in New
Black water dump facility available. All centrally located. South Wales visited by the Ned Kelly Gang.
Accomodation, Tours, Food and Wine Enquiries
Ring The Willows (03) 5886 1666 or Located on the Newell, a direct link to Brisbane,
Jerilderie Shire Council (03) 5886 1200
Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide; Jerilderie also forms
the southern gateway to The Kidman Way Outback.
Our calendar of events celebrates the best of country
life – from the fun-filled Gold Cup Race Day; the
Annual Summer Fair and Flower Show to participating
in our Letter Event Festival. There’s something for

Superb Parrot
Superb Country
Immerse yourself in Boorowa’s history as you take a
stroll along the Shamrock Trail and revel in the local
Aslings Beach Road, Eden
heritage. Treasure hunt at our local galleries with
quality gifts and art. Ask about our group day tours. Phone: (02) 6496 1139
Join us for Web:
“The Running of the Sheep”
on SUNDAY 5th OCTOBER (the long weekend)
Delight in the Irish spirit and free street entertainment, CARAVAN PARK Quiet 11 acres of parkland
THE BOOROWA • Cabins • Power sites – camping • Kiosk
• Laundry • Playground
• Phone • Gas Ref • Modern Amenities
Motorhome friendly and animal friendly. • Covered BBQ
Shade and peace beside the river with new facilities.
Call Teena on 02 6385 3658 – Pets Allowed Conditional –
Phone: Visitor Information Centre 02 6385 3885 YOUR HOSTS LIANNE AND ROBERT
Email: 149 Hume St, Goulburn NSW 2580
Located in NSW on the Lachlan Valley Way Phone/Fax (02) 4821 3233
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the private home of the Hume Family, collateral DUBBO

descendants of the explorer Hamilton Hume. The antique
furniture is original and there are many interesting Terramungamine Rock Carvings
Australiana items of the Victorian times, including relics Be amazed by the 150 rock carvings that were created
of the convict and bushranging eras. by the indigenous Tubbagah People long ago. This site of
For further information: ancient rocks, located along the Macquarie River, is of
Stuart Hume immense historical significance. It was used by the
T: 02 4822 1912 Wiradjuri Tribe to shape tools and spears and was an
Location: important meeting place for the Tubbagah People. Entry
Braidwood Road, Goulburn, New South Wales 2580 is free and visitors are welcome every day.
For further information:
WOMBEYAN CAVES T: 02 6801 4000
Hidden in the Southern Highlands of NSW one hour F: 02 6801 4259
from Goulburn, these spectacular limestone caves offer
you an experience of timeless beauty and splendour. Location:
There are four pristine, highly decorated and very Terramungamine-Rock Carvings
accessible caves, or you might choose to guide yourself Burraway Road via Brocklehurst
through the superb Fig Tree Cave. The three hour Dubbo, New South Wales 2830
Heritage tour provides a nostalgic link with the past. For
the more adventurous, Wombeyan offers a range of
adventure caving for adults and children (equipment URANA CARAVAN PARK
supplied) where you crawl, squeeze and climb your way
through the wild and exciting underground of the world Corowa Road, Urana NSW 2645 (PO Box 58)
of Wombeyan. The 417 hectare Wombeyan Caves Karst Hosts: Bill & Jill Revill
Conservation Reserve has a diverse range of flora and 21 Powered Sites
fauna with walking trails leading you to spectacular PHONE/FAX
limestone canyons, lookouts and waterfalls. To fully
Water Frontage
(02) 6920 8192
Modern Amenities
enjoy this superb natural resource, bring your van or On Site Cabins – 6 & 7 Berth
pitch a tent in the well-appointed camping ground. On Site Caravans
For further information: Excellent Skiing and Fishing
Mike Chalker Flora and Fauna Walking Tracks
T: 02 4843 5976 BBQ Facilities
F: 02 4843 5988
Disabled Amenities
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Dubbo City Caravan Park

The Dubbo City Caravan Park is a 4.5-star tourist
accommodation facility located in Dubbo, home to a
host of unique attractions including one of the
greatest open range zoos in the world.
Conveniently located
to shopping centre, Dubbo is situated geographically in the centre of NSW
cinema, clubs and the in the junction of the Newell and Mitchell Highways,
about halfway between Melbourne
ranging from camping and Brisbane.
sites to deluxe cabins.
The Dubbo City Caravan Park is situated on nearly 4
Solar heated swimming
pool, playground and hectares of land near the banks of the Macquarie River
barbeques. and within walking distance of the Central Business
Security gate with after District, clubs, supermarkets and Dubbo’s
hours code.
entertainment precinct.
The Park has been developed to provide a cool,
pleasant and refreshing holiday environment for the
many tourists that pass through each year.

1800 824 820
Visit our website or

Imagine a place of Beauty: A country town that shines with interesting activities for the visitors of all ages
imagine Bingara.

The picturesque river and mountains • Rest, relax, recreation – fishing, Bingara – where you are only limited
surrounding Bingara are ideal for the fossicking, swimming, horse by your imagination.
adventurous to discover the magic of riding, canoeing, or the geological
the bush. wonders of Rocky Creek Glacial For further information contact the Bingara
• Tour the refurbished Roxy Theatre Area and Sawn Rocks (lava flow) Tourist Information Centre, located in the
• Visit the Myall Creek Massacre Roxy Theatre, Bingara 2404
• Step back to our golden past visit
Ph: (02) 6724 0066 Fax: (02) 6724 1726
Reconciliation Memorial Upper Bingara, Three Creeks Gold Freecall Number: 1300 659 919
• Be a part of ‘Art to the Bush’ at and the Bingara Historical Email:
Ceramic Break Sculpture Park Museum Website:

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Heart of Country NSW

Larger than life

Heart of country New South

Wales is dotted with
fascinating country towns;
settlements founded by
pioneers, gold miners,
graziers, and farmers. Today
visitors will appreciate the
old-world charm of general
stores and friendly local pubs.
Don’t miss the giant telescope,
Dubbo Western Plains zoo, regional
art gallery, and fields of sunflowers.
Take a ride in a 19th-century
paddlesteamer down the Murray
River departing from Echuca-Moama,
hike past the Breadknife formation in
Warrumbungle National Park, and
visit the Shearers Hall of Fame at Hay.
Great food and wine is on offer for
the connoisseur; follow the Poacher’s
Trail that passes through Yass,
Gunning and Murrumbateman for a
selection of the best. Visit the Upper
Hunter Wine Trail, which takes in
vineyards from Broke to Scone, and
sample the boutique wines on offer.
Bingara is a country town nestled
among National Parks and bordered
by the Gwydir River. Its tranquil
atmosphere belies a vibrant
community with much to offer
visitors, both the individual and the
family. Activities include fossicking
and horse riding, fishing and
bushwalking. Travellers will especially
enjoy a visit during the orange
festival, centered on the row of
orange trees planted along the sides
of Finch Street. During the festival the
highlight is the picking of the
oranges, done on a designated day
around the end of June every year.
For the fishing enthusiast, Bingara
is the place to go, with some of the
best fishing available on inland
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Keep it in mind – beautiful Lake Keepit Located 54 km west of Tamworth an 38 km east of

Gunnedah, Lake Keepit offers self-conained accommodation
to suit all budgets. Stay in luxury chalet or a modern style
cabin, powered and unpowered sites are also available or
good old-fashioned bush camping under the stars.
• Swimming • 5 hole Golf Course • Fishing
• Full & Half Tennis • Boating • BMX Track
• Picnic/BBQ Areas • Wading Pool
• Modern Play Equipment • Rollerblading Rink
• Glider Joyflights • Licenced Kiosk

Tel (02) 6769 7605

Fax (02) 6769 7547


Lockhart is 65 km south west of Wagga Wagga, off the Sturt Highway.
The Lockhart Caravan Park is situated on the Brookong Creek just 100m from the shopping area, and
within easy walking distance to all facilities. At this peaceful location there is a bird aviary, an electric
and wood barbecue, clean showers and toilets.
The caretaker, Mrs Janice McCabe can be found at 162 Green Street opposite the caravan park.
Come and relax at Lockhart’s Caravan Park.
Lockhart Caravan Park, Green Street, Lockhart - (02) 6920 5119

OASIS – Regional Aquatic Centre

The Oasis Regional Aquatic Centre opened in
2003, a facility that comprises of state of the
art indoor and outdoor facilities.

The Oasis Regional Aquatic Centre is the

premier sporting facility of not only Wagga, but
also the Riverina and is recognised as one of
the finest recreation facilities Australia wide,
which was demonstrated by taking out the
Aquatic and Recreation Institutes “Facility of
the Year in 2005”.

The water features include; a FINA standard 10-

lane 50 metre pool, 10-lane 25 metre pool,
program pool (heated to 34 degrees), Wave
Pool with Australia’s only wave ball, Leisure
pools including beach area, bubble jet pool,
turbo channel and spa, two children’s pools
with water features and a diving pool.

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for its quality and the size of its fish
and the major fishing competition
held each year over the Easter period
gets both visitors and the locals
excited. But if fishing isn’t your thing,
Gwydir River Trail Rides offer visitors
the opportunity to experience the
bush, riding along the banks of the
Wagga Wagga is situated in the
Riverina area on the Murrumbidgee
river. It is the largest inland city in
New South Wales, and its name
translates from Aboriginal dialect to
“place of many crows”. With some of
the nation’s best food and wine,
national parks, picnic grounds,
unique wildlife, heritage buildings,
festivals, and ancient Aboriginal
culture, there are attractions to keep
you returning to Wagga Wagga again
and again. Activities cater for all ages
and interests and include horse
riding, ballooning, fruit-picking,
tennis courts, gold-fossicking,
bowling, boating, fishing, sky-diving,
and vintage car rallies.
Wagga Wagga Heritage Tours
Wagga Wagga is a town steeped in
rich history, and there are two
heritage tours on offer to showcase
the town’s past. On each of the walks
(45 minutes, or 90 minutes duration)
you will encounter some of the city’s
most significant parks and buildings,
with both beginning at the Visitor THE UNSPOILT BLUE MOUNTAINS
Information Centre.
romantic getaway, but the variety of
Just some of the types of buildings
you will encounter on the walks
attractions make it a great family TEMORA
destination as well. Tour each village CARAVAN PARK
include; the old fire station, several in the region and you will find each
old churches, the police station, one unique in its atmosphere and
National Australia Bank, council activities. With numerous community
chambers, a workman’s cottage, events running all year long, you are
brewery, and the original “Dorset in for a unique experience on your
Cottage”. trip to the Blue Mountains.
BLUE MOUNTAINS Turkish Bath Museum
As you leave Sydney and enter the Mt Irvine Road
Blue Mountains you will be Mount Wilson New South Wales 2786
invigorated by the fresh mountain air, T: 02 4756 2006
F: 02 4756 2176 Planning to visit Temora
just perfect for exploring the
E: Where better to stay than at the
spectacular natural scenery. Temora Caravan Park
Bushwalking is a must in this region, The Turkish Baths in the Blue & Temora Aerodrome Caravan Park
along with a visit to the many Mountains is a peaceful haven Old Junee Road, Temora NSW 2666
galleries and fine restaurants, or even surrounded by rainforest and For bookings
beautiful gardens. The building, in Ph: (02) 6978 0255 (business hours)
a couple of hours of pampering at a 0418 780 251 (after hours)
luxurious day spa. The Blue Mount Wilson, is heritage listed, and 20 Powered sites, and camping sites available
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established here in 1875. The
building itself is a marvel. Partly
restored, the stylish exterior features
arched windows of stained and hand-
painted glass, Italianate decoration
and an elaborate turret with cast iron
finials and roof decoration. The
building regularly holds exhibitions
on the history of the area and its
interesting personalities.
Opening Times 12.30pm - 3.30pm
Every Sunday September & October,
Every Saturday & Sunday during April
& March During the rest of the year
open 3rd Sunday of the month and
some public holidays.
Tamworth has become renowned
as the home of the Tamworth Country
Music Festival taking place each
January. But the friendly town has
something to offer visitors at any
time of year. A beautiful and vibrant
city, Tamworth is bursting with fresh
produce supplied by local growers,
from market gardens and hydroponic
farms, to fish, berries, wine, and
olives. The region also offers cultural

• Caravan & Motorhome repairs
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activities including art galleries, a
conservatorium of music, museums
and libraries, combining a country
lifestyle with city vitality.
Mount Bora
Mount Borah at Manilla (home of
the 2007 Paragliding World
Championships) has become a mecca
for hang-gliding and paragliding
enthusiasts. They come from all over
the world to experience the thermals;
ideal for enjoying air sports. Even for
those afraid of heights, simply
watching the hang-gliders from a
good location is a captivating
experience. Nestled on the banks of
the Namoi River, and just a short
distance from both Split Rock Dam
and Lake Keepit, Manilla is also a
great base for some excellent fishing.
Cowra is a top destination for
lovers of the great outdoors, with
beautiful parks and gardens,
ballooning activities and extensive
waterways perfect for a peaceful
picnic or lazy afternoon. Food and

Wyangala Waters State Park is known as the VIEW FROM BALANCING ROCK TRAIL
“Jewel in the Crown of the Central West”.
Wyangala is situated 37kms SE of Cowra and is
an easy 3.5 hour drive from Sydney, 2.5 hour
drive from Canberra and a wonderful stop over
half way between Brisbane and Melbourne.
The Park has powered and unpowered sites and
is set on the shores of Lake Wyangala in idyllic,
quiet, peaceful bush surroundings away from
traffic noise. There are various walking trails
with varying degrees of difficulty, ideal if you just
want an easy stroll or something a bit more
Wyangala Waters State Park
Tel: 02 6345 0877 Fax: 02 6345 0897

Wyangala Waters State Park

Wyangala Waters State Park is nestled among picturesque bushland on see some of the old history of the old dam built back in the 30’s along
the shores of Lake Wyangala away from busy traffic noise. If you’re with the new wall built in the early 70s.
heading north or south through the Central West NSW call in and say
For the nature lover there are countless native birds and animals. We
even have a pair of the rare White Breasted Sea Eagles who have made
The lake is a haven for those who enjoy fishing or even those who just Wyangala their home. If you are interested, a local bird list is available
want to sit by the waters edge and pretend. Haven’t tried fishing at the office.
before, just ask the friendly staff who are more than willing to assist in
any way possible. If you want a bit of culture, slip into Cowra and see the visitors centre
There are several bush walking trails offering varying degrees of diffi- or visit the world-renowned Japanese Garden or the site of the WWII
culty depending on whether you want a nice stroll through the bush or Cowra POW breakout. You could always have a day visiting the many
something a bit more challenging. Rather just go for a drive and look local wineries. Want something to do of an evening? Why not visit the
around? Ask the ranger, he may be able to fit you in for a quick tour. Darbys Falls Observatory.
For the history buff there are the old gold mining sites, left overs from Wyangala has something for everyone. Try us, we think you will be sur-
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wine buffs will jump at the chance to
tour Cowra’s expanding vineyards and
sample the superb local food and
wine available. For a retail experience
matching that of a larger town,
Cowra’s commercial centre still
retains that atmosphere of country
Prisoner Of War Camp Site
As one of the top Heritage sites in
NSW, the Prisoner of War Camp Site
is a must-see. In 1944 over 1000
Japanese prisoners of war were held
here, and staged a mass breakout
that was the biggest in British and
Australian War History. 231 prisoners
died in the escape along with 4
Visitors can take the walking trail
through the remains of the camp,
before viewing a scale model of the
site at the Cowra Visitors Centre.
Whilst here, the P.O.W theatre shows
a 90 minute presentation which tells
the story of the breakout from a local
resident’s perspective.
Contact Details:
Prisoner Of War Camp Site
Sakura Ave, Cowra, NSW 2794

T: 02 6340 2000

Oberon, on the eastern edge of the Central

Tablelands of New South Wales, is located on the
Tablelands Way corridor which links the Australian
Australia ®

Capital Territory with the Hunter Valley region.

The Tablelands Way (sealed and bypassing the busy
Sydney metropolitan area) passes through
Now online at
Goulburn, Taralga, Oberon, Lithgow and Mudgee.
From Oberon, other major attractions and centres
such as Jenolan Caves (26km), Bathurst (47km),
and Katoomba and the Blue Mountains (77km)
are within easy reach.
Discover the WONDER DOWN UNDER at
The Oberon area has prime agricultural land,
World Heritage listed wilderness areas,
National Parks and major pine forest areas, HOLIDAY COMPLEX
providing some of the most spectacular • Motel-type units • Family lodges (sleep up to 8)
scenic views available. Some of the many activities • Park cabin • Drive-through powered sites
enjoyed include mountain bike riding, bush walking, • Camp sites • Beautiful 18-hole golf course
fishing, fossicking and mushroom hunting. • Swimming Pool • Kiosk, Camp Kitchen, Sewer Dump Point

Oberon Information Centre

Cnr Ross Street & Edith Road • Oberon
Phone: 02 6336 0666
• Recreation Room

• Caves tours

Caves Road, Wellington NSW 2820

Phone: (02) 6845 2970
Web: ...will take you there! Member Family Parks of Australia

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New South Wales

All aboard for an adventure

A world of wizards or a wonder of 19th events happening regularly including Friends of
century engineering—whichever, the Zig Thomas for Thomas the Tank Engine fans, the
Zag Railway at Lithgow brings an popular Wizards Express for Harry Potter
opportunity for families to discover some enthusiasts, the Blue Train which can be hired for
old-fashioned fun while admiring what special occasions such as weddings, not forgetting
many consider a construction masterpiece the regular services for tourists, families, even
of its time.
school groups.
Built between 1866 and 1869, the Zig Zag was
originally constructed to take produce to Sydney Manned entirely by volunteers, the Zig Zag Railway
from the prosperous farming areas beyond the has trains departing every day (except Christmas
Blue Mountains, along with developing the coal day) from Clarence Station at 11am, 1pm and 3pm.
and iron ore industry in the Lithgow Valley. Steam trains run on weekends, Wednesdays,
Families have plenty of choices when they visit the public and school holidays. On all other days, a
Zig Zag Railway—from arranging special The Zig Zag lay abandoned until the Second World
vintage diesel rail-motor makes the same journey.
adventures for the youngest members of the War when one of the tunnels, known as Clarence
family on Thomas the Tank Engine excursions to Tunnel, was used as an ammunition store. Post In addition, there are photo stops and a guided
enjoying a unique railway ride over viaducts and war, the tunnel was again used but in a much tour of the locomotive and carriage workshops.
through tunnels with a backdrop of magnificent different way, this time it was used for growing
On-site facilities include picnic areas, bush walks
valley views. mushrooms.
and a shop serving light refreshments. The Zig Zag
History buffs will appreciate the accomplishment In 1972, a group of railway enthusiasts formed a
co-operative, started to rebuild the track and buy is wheelchair friendly on all its steam services.
of building the railway and viaducts in such an
amazing location. The Zig Zag Railway brought the suitable rolling stock. From 1975, trains again An easy two-hour drive from Sydney or
Great Western Railway Line from the top of the began to steam their way along the steep slopes 40 minutes from Katoomba, the Zig Zag
Blue Mountains, down a sheer precipice into the of the Blue Mountains.
Railway has more information on
Lithgow Valley. Today, the Zig Zag Railway Co-op Ltd still owns and
operates the railway and has expanded operations or by phoning
The first train to travel the Zig Zag was a passenger
train which left Sydney at 9am on October 18, to run daily, using both vintage steam locomotives (02) 6355 2955. To find the Zig Zag Railway, turn
1869. The Zig Zag continued in operation until 1910 and diesel rail-motors. off at the Great Western highway at Mt Victoria
when it was bypassed by a 10-tunnel deviation. Zig Zag’s options are almost endless with special and follow the signs.

Enjoy a day in the

mountains, ride the
train, picnic in the
gardens and share
your lunch with
kangaroos and parrots
Zig Zag Railway
runs trains from
Clarence Station everyday
at 11am, 1pm and 3pm

For more information:

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What’s On Where in New South Wales

This fascinating exhibition features
representations of Sydney from colonial
settlement in the 1790s, to numerous
centenary panoramas which celebrate Sydney
as a metropolis.
Phone: (02) 9251 5988

Armidale has a great number of beautiful
buildings and churches, and in the Autumn
months its gardens, which feature birch, ash
and poplar, are ablaze with colour. There are a
great many recommended walks. For
information call
Phone: (02) 6772 4655

BRIGADOON AT BUNDANOON races, wheelie bin races, horse races, rodeo, seafood cooking classes, meet the winemakers
Each year in April, this Southern Highlands fireworks, stalls and much more. sessions, tutored tastings and winery tours.
town hosts one of the world’s largest Highland Phone: (02) 6829 0333 Phone: (02) 4991 4533
Gatherings, featuring hundreds of pipers and
drummers, a street parade, bands, Highland APRIL 5-6 APRIL 18-21
Games, stalls, displays and activities. LAKE MACQUARIE HERITAGE HUNTER VALLEY STEAMFEST,
APRIL 4-6 100 heritage boats will be on display and there A great weekend for steam buffs and new
will be live entertainment all weekend. Other comers alike, featuring vintage steam train
THIRROUL SEASIDE AND ARTS activities will include boat-building
FESTIVAL excursions, market stalls and much more.
competitions, children’s activities, an art
exhibition, movies in the Park and classic car Phone: (02) 4931 2800
This community event features hundreds of
artists and performers. Events will include displays.
sculptures and installations along the Phone: (02) 4950 2516
seashore, and a miniatures exhibition. IRONFEST, LITHGOW
Phone: 0417498 984 APRIL 12 Come along and celebrate the history of Iron
BLACKHEATH REGIONAL FINE FOOD and Steel in Lithgow. Events include; a jousting
APRIL 4-6 FESTIVAL, BLACKHEATH competition, medieval re-enactments and
ORACLES OF THE BUSH, A popular annual event, with food and wine
metal-working displays.
TENTERFIELD stalls, gourmet local produce and cool climate Phone: 1300 760 276
A celebration of the Australian Bush involving wines.
Phone: (02) 4782 26552 25 APRIL
theatre, bush poetry, music and art.
Performances by professional poets and CAMDEN HAVEN MUSIC FESTIVAL
balladeers, as well as exhibitions, workshops APRIL 12 This annual festival combines country-style
and historic re-enactments. THE COUNTRYFEST AUSTRALIAN hospitality with a diverse range of musical
Phone: (02) 6736 2900 WIFE-CARRYING TITLE, SINGLETON performances by musicians from right around
The wife-carrying contest is a major draw-card Australia.
at Singleton’s annual countryfest. Other Phone: (02) 6556 9622
NOSH ON THE NAMOI, NARRABRI attractions include; a rodeo, a ute muster and
A fine food and wine event set on the banks of dog high-jumping. 25 APRIL
the Namoi river. Relax and enjoy the region’s Phone: (02) 6572 2450 ANNUAL DUBBO SHOW
finest fare.
This year Dubbo’s annual show will be in its
Phone: (02) 6799 6760 APRIL 12-13
135th year. The show will include many
NORMAN LINDSAY FESTIVAL OF traditional events such as equestrian
APRIL 5 CHILDREN’S LITERATURE, competitions, wood chopping, sheep & cattle
HUNTERS HILL HERITAGE FESTIVAL, FAULCONBRIDGE judging and sheepdog trials. There will also be
SYDNEY A two-day celebration of children’s literature a fireworks display and evening entertainment.
Visit historic Hunters Hill during its annual and a programme for writers and readers of all Phone: (02) 6882 4364
festival to enjoy guided walks and tours, a ages.
cruise, exhibitions, museums and much more. Phone: (02) 4784 3832 APRIL 27
For information, visit: ADELONG GOLD AND ANTIQUE FAIR
18-20 APRIL
APRIL 5-6 Autumn is one of the prettiest times of the year
HUNTER SEMILLON AND SEAFOOD in the historic town of Adelong. Stroll about
AUSTRALIAN GREAT GOAT RACING FESTIVAL, NEWCASTLE town and enjoy the sights, then find a treasure
CHAMPIONSHIP, LIGHTNING RIDGE This celebration of the Hunter Region’s world or two at this popular fair.
A highly entertaining weekend, featuring goat famous Semillon will include Masterclasses, Phone: (02) 6947 77025

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27-29 APRIL
Don’t miss the chance to see the Tumut Valley
in all its autumn splendour. The festival will
include bus tours, fireworks, a street parade, a
golf competition and Anzac day celebrations.
Phone: (02) 6941 2537

27-29 APRIL
A fabulous fun-filled weekend with lots of
terrific activities for the whole family, including
a campfire, camp oven cooking, shearing
demonstrations, tours of the district and bush
Phone: (02) 6743 4469

MAY 1-4
AUSTRALIAN CELTIC FESTIVAL, This year will be the 10th anniversary of this JUNE 12 TO JULY 12
GLEN INNES annual event. A ball will be held on the Friday ABORIGINAL CULTURAL CRUISE,
The Australian standing stones, an array of night.
vast granite monoliths, provide the setting for
this festival celebrating all things Celtic. See Sydney Harbour through the eyes of
Activities will include a street parade, MAY 29 TO JUNE 1 Australia’s indigenous people. Participants will
ceremonies and re-enactments, the Celtic be welcomed by a Traditional Aboriginal
THE DUNGOG FILM FESTIVAL welcoming dance and will learn the names of
strongman competition, the kirking of the
Tartan and more. The Festival is staged over four days in the significant landmarks and traditional fishing
charming Hunter town of Dungog, home to the methods. Bookings essential.
Phone: (02) 6730 2410
historic James Theatre. The event showcases Phone: (02) 9699 3491
MAY 2-4 Australian films from both established and
emerging directors, as well as retrospectives JUNE 21-22
WINMALEE AUTUMN ARTFEST and heritage films.
The Autumn Artfest is the largest community Phone: (02) 4992 2420
event in the Winmalee area, showcasing art KATOOMBA
and craft works from local regional artists. 31 MAY – 15 JUNE Saturday is Winter Magic’s big day, with the
Phone: (02) 4754 2822 SEA CHANGE ARTS FESTIVAL, town’s main street closed to traffic and filled
HUSSKISSON with over 150 stalls and 70 performances
MAY 2-4 across 12 stages. On Sunday the celebrations
Seventeen days of art, music, performance, continue, as the town’s cafes, restaurants and
THREDBO JAZZ FESTIVAL food and wine at scenic Jervis Bay. hotels become performance venues for the day.
A community festival celebrating Jazz music, Phone: (02) 4441 5551
food and wine set in picturesque Thredbo, in Phone: 1300 653 408
the heart of the spectacular Snowy Mountains. JUNE 5-9
The festival program features over 120
performers in a variety of venues. PORT STEPHENS COUNTRY MUSIC
Performances will be held in numerous venues CARAVAN &
MAY 2-4 throughout the region. Activities include boot-
KING OF THE RANGES, scooting, square-dancing and country music TOURIST PARK
cruises. AAAT    
Phone: (02) 4984 4751
This event celebrates the skill and daring of Position! Position! Welcome to the
Australian Stockmen and features competitions JUNE 7-9 hospitality at Mudgee’s most centrally
in whip-cracking, bareback-riding, brumby- located Tourist Park - a beautiful, shady
catching and more. MERIMBULA JAZZ FESTIVAL haven on the edge of the CBD
Phone: (02) 6546 6446 A weekend of jazz, dancing and great
restaurants, culminating in the jazz picnic on
MAY 9-11 Monday. • Cedar Cabins • Villas • Powered caravan
NEW ENGLAND WOOL EXPO Phone: 0419 445011 and tent sites - are shaded and well-grassed
• Camper’s kitchen - has a fire pit in the
This expo showcases the very best of the New JUNE 7-9 centre for cold night get-togethers
England Region. You can expect to see yard
dog championships, shearing and fleece DARLING HARBOUR JAZZ AND • BBQs, sink & fridge
spectaculars, alpacas, fashion parades, wool BLUES FESTIVAL, DARLING
crafts, regional food & wine and rural and retail HARBOUR 22 Short St, Mudgee NSW 2850
One of Sydney’s best music events, attracting Ph (02) 6372 2531
Phone: (02) 6772 8974 the cream of local and international artists.
Listen to great music, then stroll about and
Fax (02) 6372 7189
MAY 16-25 enjoy the many other attractions Darling
ARB WARN OUTBACK 4X4 Harbour has to offer.
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Australian Capital Territory

Autumn Surprise Package –

Australian Capital Territory
With its rich history as the Autumn Balloon Spectacular transforming into balloons of varying
capital for a newly federated shape, size and decoration as they
April 19th 2008 to April 27th 2008
country, Canberra is a perfect drift gently into early morning skies.
Canberra has had a long Not only this, but visitors will be
base from which to explore the relationship with ballooning, and this treated to onsite entertainment
surrounding region. There are year will host the 2008 National activities and food and drink, making
an abundance of historic Autumn Balloon Spectacular. Hot air the festival the perfect event for the
townships, natural wonders, balloons will float above the city whole family.
beautiful coastlines and the creating a spectacular and festive
For more information, contact 13 22 81.
Snowy Mountains is only a atmosphere. The event will be held
over 9 days during which the balloons Beijing Olympic Torch Relay
short drive. Visit Canberra in will launch from the lawns in front of
autumn for some of the best April 24th 2008
Old Parliament House. With colour,
attractions and activities of noise and excitement, these This year, Canberra is delighted to
the year enormous craft slowly expand, host the 2008 Beijing Olympic Torch

FLORIADE 13/9/2008 - 12/10/2008

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Relay. Beijing is Canberra’s sister city

and is proud to have been selected as
one of 22 destinations world-wide for
the relay. Beginning in Olympia,
Greece the Beijing 2008 Olympic
Torch Relay will reach the main
Olympic stadium in Beijing on 8
August 2008. Other destinations on
the Torch’s journey include London,
Paris, San Francisco, Jakarta, Hong
Kong and Nagano.
For more information visit

Commonwealth Park, Acton,
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory.
Floriade is Australia’s celebration
of spring, and this year, Floriade turns
21 in style.
Join in the celebrations and see AUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIAL

Australia’s favourite films amidst a

dazzling display of over a million from Happy Feet; the spectacular gardens, fun children’s activities,
blooming flowers. The theme of this Priscilla Queen of the Desert bus, demonstrations, exclusive exhibitions
year’s festival is - Films that shaped Babe’s lovable sheep-herding pig and and many more special events to
our nation, and you will see a lavish more, all emerging from the beautiful celebrate Floriade 2008.
wedding dress from Muriel’s garden beds. Live entertainment will Start Date: 2008-09-13
Wedding, a foot-slapping penguin be a feature, with fabulous showcase End Date: 2008-10-12


See the treasures from the National Coin Collection, the History of Coin Making in Australia,
take a virtual tour of the new Mint facility, purchase gifts for family and friends and even
make your own 2008 $1 coin.


Open Monday - Friday 9am to 4pm;
Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays 10am to 4pm
(Closed Good Friday and Christmas Day).

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The Road Less Travelled

Need to get off the beaten track? Sick and tired of the endless grey stretch of the highway? In
the mood to unwind, explore and savour some of Australia’s most majestic country? Then you
need to sample the touring delights of the Snowy Valleys Way: A beautiful, alternative touring
route to the Hume Highway.

The route lures the discerning traveller the mountain cattlemen, gold prospectors,
along picturesque country roads stretching foresters and farmers. The touring route
between Gundagai, NSW in the north and enables visitors to pursue their passions;
winds its way south through Tumut, heritage; cellar doors; the arts; golfing,
Tumbarumba, Corryong, Yackandandah and festivals; flora and fauna; pub culture;
Beechworth. walking tracks; fishing or take the
This newly developed touring route offers opportunity to re-kindle your romance.
memorable journeys and unforgettable The scenery is spectacular and
days. For the very first time in Australian encompasses the Snowy Mountains, State
touring history, this touring route caters for and National Parks, the Murray and
visitor experiences and passions that stem Murrumbidgee Rivers, the world’s largest
beyond the traditional mindsets of state wooden bridge and monolith, the Ned Kelly
borders and local government area and Man from Snowy River legends,
boundaries. stretching from Gundagai through to
People travel to pursue their passions and Beechworth and the famous Rutherglen
wherever they go, they seek out sights, wine district.
experiences and activities that appeal to
Explore or re-discover your passions, drop
their interests. The Snowy Valleys Way is
a line in one of the many lakes, rivers or
built on experiences and passions and the
streams, photograph or paint the
touring collateral has been designed on
breathtaking scenery, visit the premier art
this basis.
Gallery; Lannigan Abbey at Gundagai. Tee
To this end, the Snowy Valleys Way off at one of the 17 golf courses, enjoy the
experience comprises 10 themes: heritage, patchwork of fields and taste a Batlow
tracks and trails, festivals, golfing, flora Apple, discover the new cold climate wine
and fauna, cellar doors, pub culture, experience of the Tumbarumba and Upper
romance, art and fishing which capitalise Murray regions or enjoy the music and
on the route’s finest attributes. Each theme atmosphere of a festival such as Tumbafest
has a host of attractions and experiences. and only then will you be on your way, the
Travellers can plan their Snowy Valleys Snowy Valleys Way; one of Australia’s top
Way experience according to what drives 10 touring routes that offers freedom to
them, what their passions are. explore, no boundaries!
Enjoy the pristine environment on offer For more information on the countless
along the way and select what interests thematic experiences of this touring route,
you most. You can step back in time and log on to or
learn about caves that formed 440 million contact your local visitor information centre
years ago and the lives of the Snowy for copies of the thematic brochures and
Valleys Way people; from the indigenous to grab a free touring map now on.

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Call any Visitor Information

Centre listed below for your
FREE map!

Gundagai Information & Travel Centre 02 6944 0250

Tumut Region Visitor Information Centre 02 6947 7025
Tumbarumba Visitor Information Centre 02 6948 3333
Corryong Visitor Information Centre 02 6076 2277
Beechworth Visitor Information Centre 1300 366 321

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Murray River

From Source to Sea

One of Australia’s
great journeys
There is no better time for caravanners to get
out and explore this living river, its living
environment and living communities. In this
edition of Caravanning Australia we traverse 5
distinct regions over 3 states that make up
Australia’s most dynamic river and surrounds.
Enjoy the ride as we take a fresh look at
Australia’s greatest river journey, ideal for
travelling by caravan.
3 From the Mountains – Corryong to Corowa/Wahgunya
3 Steep Banks & River Gums – Yarrawonga/Mulwala to Swan Hill
3 Mallee & Outback – Robinvale/Euston to Kingston-On-Murray
3 Golden Limestone Cliffs – Wakerie to Mannum
3 Plains, Lakes & Mouth – Murray Bridge to Goolwa

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From the Mountains Echuca to discover the early history country finally getting to Swan Hill
of the region where a once bustling that offers a strong culture, wonderful
The mountainous Corryong region
river port showcases the remains of a food and excellent community.
provides the tributaries from the
332m-long wharf. At its peak the
Snowy Mountains and from a small Mallee & Outback
Echuca wharf catered for 240 vessels
unassuming river the Murray grows to
in one year. Board one of the Robinvale and Euston lead to the
enter the Hume Reservoir upstream
operating paddle steamers or explore large centre of Mildura. In the heart
of Albury-Wodonga. Positioned in a
fertile valley rich in farming and nearby towns, magnificent Redgum of the mallee, Mildura was originally
classic mountain scenes, Albury- forests, bird-rich wetlands and fauna established as a key irrigation district
Wodonga straddles the Victoria, New parks. Northwest along the Murray in the late 1800s. Nowadays many
South Wales border and is the home Valley Highway in Victoria is irrigated different crops are grown in Mildura
of the Hume Highway, Australia’s

largest highway. From Albury-
Wodonga the snowfields are easily MURRAY ESTATE WINES
Vineyard, winery & cellar door sales
reached for skiing or sightseeing.
Travel to Rutherglen offering a
gourmet’s delight of fine wine, food Trentham...
and cheese. Head Into New South • Alfresco lunch by the river
Wales to Corowa and you will find the
- modern Australian cuisine
birthplace of Australia’s Federation in
1901. • Fully catered BBQ
Steep Banks & River Gums • Wine tastings & sales

Lake Mulwala, the first of the weirs INLAND NSW TOURISM AWARDS 2007
after the Hume Weir leads to a river - BEST TOURISM WINERY - • Locally grown - traditionally made wines
• Offering both red and white table wines,
edged with sandy beaches. The fortifieds and a sparklng white
Murray’s landscape begins to take a • Located 7 km west of Mulwala overlooking
the Murray River
different shape with the riverbanks
Cellar door is open long weekends or to
being much steeper and magnificent arrange a personal tasting, contact us on:
national parks showcasing ancient Ph (03) 5745 8345
Redgums. The Barmah State Park and Trentham Cliffs, New South Wales
Tocumwal Rd, Mulwala NSW 2647
Forest boasts the largest River
Phone (03) 5024 8888
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and it’s surrounding towns, like is a special area recognized back thousands of years.
citrus, grapes, mushrooms, olives and internationally as an area of natural,
Plains, Lakes & Mouth
nuts. Mildura offers the visitor social and cultural value with a
everything required for a great focused theme of sustainability. Still Finally the Murray nears the end of
holiday and river experience. Use it in the Mallee the amazing limestone its journey with plains section
as a base to explore the World cliffs begin to show their presence beginning at Murray Bridge to Tailem
Heritage-listed Mungo National Park. and a series of smaller towns like Bend and down to Wellington where
Wentworth is just west of Mildura and Berri, Barmera and Loxton offer a it spills into the wide and open lake
it is here that the Darling River meets variety of river experiences. system of Lake Alexandrina which
with the Murray. It is one of the most Golden Limestone Cliffs links with Lake Albert. The last leg of
serene and enchanting places in the river’s journey is at Goolwa right
Australia as the two great rivers As the Murray heads west, near the mouth of the Murray that
meet. Between Wentworth and sensational golden cliffs will amaze can be easily viewed from Hindmarsh
Renmark the Murray is virtually any traveller and leave them looking Island. By going southeast from
uninterrupted by any towns. Renmark in amazement. There are great Wellington you will find Coorong. This
was also established in the late lookouts to see the scale and size of national park area is an
1800’s through the irrigation scheme. the Murray system. At the historic internationally important bird habitat
The Riverland region is the largest town of Morgan, the Murray begins to with migratory birds visiting from as
producer of grapes in South Australia head south, it passes through far as Siberia and China and is a long
and offers a diverse range of Blanchetown and Swan Reach on its skinny waterway cut off from the
experiences. Renmark is also near the way toward Mannum. The Murray is ocean by the sand dunes of the
Bookmark Biosphere Reserve which truly spectacular as it winds past a Younghusband Peninsula.
series of fabulous
cliffs full of The Discover Murray Trail is
colours. At Ngaut something that must be experienced.
UP PERISCOPE AND DIVE INTO By taking your time you will enjoy all
HMAS OTW AY’S CONTROL ROOM that the Murray communities have to
Conservation Park
At the Submarine Museum near Nildottie offer and experience breathtaking
in Holbrook, also visit
Greater Hume Shire’s there is a scenery. It is a magnificent road trip,
Visitor Information Centre peephole into the especially for caravanners, with
for all your tourist past with the cliffs waterfront caravan parks and
information, both located
at Submarine Park, Hume offering a camping areas along its length. Plus
Highway, Holbrook. showcase of you will add much needed revenue to
OPEN DAILY 10am to 4pm
fossils millions of local tourism operators at a time of
Cost: Family $10.00
PH/FAX (61) 02 6036 2422 years old and continual negative publicity.
Adult $5.00
WEBSITE Child $2.00 graphic evidence
Pensioner $4.00 To learn more about the Murray, river
Each group of 10 or more $3.50 of indigenous towns or services please log on to
habitation going Discover Murray:

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The Murray River

has a holiday to suit all
The Murray is Australia’s greatest river and one of
the longest navigable rivers in the world. The
mighty Murray threads its way through picturesque
townships and rolling countryside in New South
Wales and Victoria and stretches 2,700 km from
Victoria’s Great Dividing Range to South Australia.
Early last century, the Murray was a busy transport hub for
moving produce and supplies between inland areas and the
cities. Today it is one of Australia’s finest food-producing
regions and includes the internationally renowned Rutherglen
wine region, the world’s largest red-gum forest and World
Heritage-listed Mungo National Park.
Visitors can learn about the Murray’s multicultural settler
history, experience an authentic, historic working steam port,
cruise the Murray on a paddle-steamer (or a houseboat), tee off
on a world-class golf course, enjoy water sports, see
international talent at music festivals, or simply unwind by
doing as little as they wish: the Murray’s idyllic surrounds make
it the perfect place for laid-back contemplation.

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Snowy Mountains Scheme

15 minutes from Khancoban, at the western entrance to the Kosciuszko National Park and the
scenic Alpine Way, is the Murray 1 Power Station and Visitor Centre. Murray 1 is the second
largest power station in the Snowy Mountains Scheme and a must see tourist destination.

Owned and operated by Snowy Hydro Scheme contributes to the Murray glance of platypus swimming in the
Limited, the Scheme plays a vital role Irrigation Area. pondage.
providing peak electricity
BBQs and picnic areas by the water The Alpine way is a scenic drive
requirements to Australia’s National
Electricity Market, as well as diverting are open to the public with light through the Kosciuszko National Park
water for irrigation west to the refreshments available in the Café. with many beautiful lookouts and
Murray and Murrumbidgee River Relax in the tranquillity and watch camping areas scattered throughout
systems. trout swim by, or catch the occasional the Australian Alps.

20 minute inspections of the Power

Station are an ideal opportunity to
view the turbines at Murray 1 from
the viewing platform, the turbines
capable of producing enough
electricity to supply almost one
million homes.
Alongside the Power Station is the
Murray 1 Visitor Centre, with models
of generator units, interactive
displays and information on how the

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Corryong - ‘Man from Snowy River’ SNOWY MOUNTAINS, WHERE THE
Corryong is famous as the final
resting place of Jack Riley, the
inspiration for ‘Banjo’ Paterson’s
poem The Man from Snowy River.
The town is located on the upper
reaches of the Murray River and is
surrounded by mountain peaks and
Outdoor enthusiasts will love
Corryong; not only is it a popular spot
for rock climbing, whitewater rafting
and horse riding, its breathtaking
natural environment is ideal for
bushwalks, 4WD tours, cycling and
In winter, the spectacular sight of
snow-capped Mount Kosciuszko is a
reminder that cross-country skiers
can find snow within a half-hour
For unforgettable high-country
experiences, visit in April for the Man
from Snowy River Bush Festival.

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Riverside Caravan Park
Caravans, Motorhomes and Campers welcome
Extra large sites, a bushland setting and an absolute
riverside location makes the Buronga Tourist Park
the ideal stopover for everyone.
• Clean, modern amenities • Large sites – river views
• Free barbecue, playground & pool
• Central dump point • Big rigs welcome
• Fully Accredited CMCA Member
• Family Parks Member

For the best

Chinese cuisine around
Australian meals are also available
Open 7 days
• Lunch 11.30am to 2.00pm
• Dinner 5.30pm to 9.00pm
Bookings (03) 5744 1515 Off Sturt Hwy, Buronga NSW
Melbourne Street, Mulwala NSW 2647
Tel: (03) 5744 1515 Fax: (03) 5744 2440
Tel/Fax (03) 5023 3040

Corowa Caravan Park

# Friendly 3 Star family park.
# Reasonable rates for
cabins and large shady
# Boat ramp to Murray River.
# Camp kitchen, BBQs,
pool and kids room.
84 Federation Ave, Corowa NSW 2646 # Annual sites available.
Tel: (02) 6033 1944 # Inspections welcome.
Fax: (02) 6033 0075 # Your hosts Cheryl & Don
Lake Hume Tourist Park LAKE HUME
corowacaravanpark@ Ayres.
Situated on the foreshore of Lake Hume
only minutes away from Albury Wodonga.
Whether your holiday includes fishing, RIVERFRONT CARAVAN
skiing, sailing, golfing, touring the wineries
or relaxing, you’ll find it at Lake Hume
Resident Owners: Kaine & Kelly Millard
Tourist Park.
• River Frontage • Ensuite Cabins
• Powered Sites
Tel: (02) 6049 8100
Fax: (02) 6049 8110
• General Store • Takeaway Food • Lotto
RMB 5033 Riverina Hwy • Newsagency
Lake Hume NSW 3691 27 Murray Terrace, Euston NSW 2737
Email: Phone/Fax: (03) 5026 1543

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Albury-Wodonga – Twin cities on Howlong – The Black Swan Yarrawonga-Mulwala – An inland
the border Annabranch aquatic paradise
The Murray River flows between There is a magnificent view and The twin border townships of
the twin cities of Albury-Wodonga. fishing spot at Lions Park where you Yarrawonga and Mulwala are
This thriving, modern city has a can see the two rivers, the Murray separated by the Murray and are an
leisurely country charm with a mix of River and the Black Swan inland aquatic paradise. The artificial
heritage buildings, parks and gardens Annabranch. A Plaque Lake Mulwala offers a host of
including the historic Botanic commemorates Major Mitchell who, activities including waterskiing,
Gardens. Discover Lake Hume, which with his expedition, crossed the canoeing, sailing or angling for
holds six times as much water as Murray here in October 1836. Another Murray cod. A guided paddleboat
Sydney Harbour and is justly a plaque commemorates the first cruise on the lake will take you on a
magnet for fishing enthusiasts and Overland Mail from Melbourne to journey through the flooded red
water lovers. Albury-Wodonga is a Sydney which crossed here in gums that provide wonderful nesting
great portal from which to discover January, 1838.
sites for cockatoos, galahs, pelicans,
the wonderful variety of food and
Corowa – The birthplace of ibis and a variety of other birds.
wine produced in the Hume Murray
Food Bowl. Visit wineries, trout farms, Golfers will be impressed by the
or schedule your tour to coincide with Corowa has the distinction of being largest public-access golf course in
the monthly Farmers Markets, or one called ‘the birthplace of Federation’ as Australia, with 45 holes on two
of the city’s food and wine festivals. it was here, at the Courthouse that championship courses and a 9-hole
It’s also well worth visiting the many the 1893 Federation Conference took executive course. Join a twilight trail
local museums and art galleries, place and the decision was made to horse ride along the river bank or
including the Albury Regional Art draw up the constitution for the new follow the numerous walking tracks in
Gallery and the Army Museum at nation. Trace the full history of the the area. The Pioneer Museum at
Bandiana. See the compelling Federation movement at the Mulwala is worth a look, as is the
Bonegilla collection at the Albury fascinating Corowa Federation National Trust-classified Byramine
Regional Museum to learn about the Museum. Significant buildings of that Homestead.
migrants who rebuilt their lives in era can be discovered on a self-
Australia after WWII. To leave an guided tour of the Courthouse, At the Yarrawonga Antique Clock
unforgettable impression of the area Oddfellows Hall and the Globe Hotel, Museum you can see more than 500
in your mind’s eye go out to Huon Hill which are listed on the Register of antique and novelty timepieces.
for a stunning 360 degree panorama National Estate. Corowa is home to There’s great family fun to be had at
of rolling valleys, lush farmlands and the National Parachute Training Linley Park Animal Farm and Gardens,
snow-capped Alps in winter. Centre and gliding club. where children can hand-feed and
cuddle a variety of animals in a
beautiful garden setting.

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Important Fruit Fly Information

It’s great to be travelling – but fruit and vegetables
SA NSW shouldn’t be travelling with you. If you are travelling
Broken Hill
into the Fruit Fly Exclusion Zone in New South Wales,
Fruit Fly Exclusion Zone
South Australia or Victoria, or across state borders,
Renmark Griffith
Mildura please remember you cannot take fruit or some
vegetables with you.
Fruit and vegetables can look fine but still contain fruit
fly, and a fruit fly outbreak will cost local growers and
communities hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Please eat or discard fruit and vegetables in the
Do not bring any fresh fruit roadside bins provided before entering the Zone or
and vegetables into the crossing the South Australian border. Anyone found
carrying these items will be fined.
Fruit Fly Exclusion Zone
For more information, visit or on your mobile phone.
Don’t give fruit fly a free ride!

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Cobram-Borooga – Longest beach Tocumwal – More sunny days than

on the Murray Queensland COBRAM-BAROOGA
Cobram-Barooga is set in one of Tocumwal boasts more sunny days
the most picturesque areas of the than Queensland! It also features
Murray River. Here you can more than 25 sandy river beaches
participate in a range of fun water and is ideal for canoeing, waterskiing,
sports, bushwalk or play a round (or swimming, river cruises and fishing.
two) of golf at the 36-hole golf Take a scenic, joy or acrobatic
course. flight from the Sportavia Soaring “More than a golfer’s
Centre, reputedly the most advanced paradise”
Discover the waterbird wonderland FREECALL 1800 062 334
and Aboriginal canoe trees at nearby and largest gliding and ultralight Ph: (03) 5873 4523
Quinn Island. The adjacent Ulupna complex in Australia. Fax: (03) 5873 4132
Island Flora and Fauna Reserve is Barmah – The largest red gum
Spacious, self-contained motel rooms with
home to koalas, kangaroos and forest in the world separate queen bedroom, 1 & 2 bedroom cedar
cottages with full kitchen & ensuite bathroom, deluxe
birdlife. spa suite & powered sites with amenities block.
The Barmah State Forest, in
Set on 3 ha & features resort style swimming pool,
If you just want to unwind, soak up conjunction with Moira State Forest, golf nets, tennis court, under cover BBQ area,
children’s playground, games room & camp kitchen.
the sun at one of the wide sandy has the largest red gum forest in the Internet available.
beaches, there’s no place like world. Enjoy a cruise through the Free courtesy buses from the Cobram-Barooga Golf
Club & the Barooga Sporties Club, only 250m away.
Thompson’s Beach, the longest beach adjacent wetlands and marvel at the
Packages available & groups welcome.
along the Murray. many bird species and learn about

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Uncover Echuca’s rich history

at the Port of Echuca
Port of Echuca offers a River to
Rail Trail. Admission includes
a one- hour Port of Echuca
paddlesteamer cruise and all
day River to Rail Trail entry.
Complimentary one – hour guided
tours are available as scheduled.
The River to Rail trail includes:
3 Cargo Shed Museum – Discover
Echuca’s river to rail history in the
Cargo shed museum and view 3 Bridge hotel – View the elegant The Port of Echuca operates the PS
informative audiovisual displays. upstairs rooms and squatter’s Pevensey and PS Alexander
suite of the Bridge Hotel, once Arbuthnot both genuine wood fired
3 Steam display – Marvel at the
former Evans Bros sawmill, fired Echuca’s finest establishment. paddlesteamers.
up by engineers on special days. 3 Underground Bar & Escape Tunnel A ride on either boat is guaranteed to
3 Echuca Wharf – Explore the huge – Slink in to the underground Bar help you unwind, relax and enjoy the
red gum wharf – the largest of its and escape Tunnel at the Star tranquil surrounds of the mighty
kind in Australia. Hotel, a former sly grog shop. Murray River.

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their feeding habits. Picnic Point is a Echuca-Moama – More than just Alternatively, visitors may hire a
popular spot for recreational pursuits Australia’s paddlesteamer capital houseboat for an extended trip on the
such as canoeing, bike riding and Murray, or stay at one of the many
Echuca-Moama is the
golf, and is a great place to pitch a well-equipped Caravan parks in the
‘paddlesteamer capital’ of Australia,
tent. Birdwatchers and wildlife region. Nearby towns will draw you in
enthusiasts flock to the Gulpa Creek and an ideal holiday destination to
with a variety of activities and natural
Reedbeds Bird Observatory at nearby suit everyone. Once a bustling river
splendour, including magnificent red
Mathoura. dock, the Port of Echuca still remains
gum forests, wetlands and fauna
as a testament to the region’s early
parks. The variety of shops,
history. Echuca was once Australia’s
restaurants, and cafes will
KOONDROOK CARAVAN PARK largest inland port and the wharf
complement your relaxing time in
AAA Tourism ###$ once extended 1.2km. Today the port
Echuca-Moama, with a wonderful
is one of Australia’s finest heritage
climate perfect for holidays –
icons and is home to the largest
whatever the season.
riverboat fleet in the world. It was
originally built in the 1860s before The Golden Cow Dairy Centre
falling into disrepair. The wharf’s
This dairy centre is the perfect
restoration began in 1973.
location for a family day out. This
The Murray River is undoubtedly working dairy farm has milkings daily
the centerpiece of the area, and a at 11am, which will fascinate younger
paddlesteam ride is the best way to children especially. Kids can also
Murray River & Gunbower Creek frontage.
Ensuite cabins & sites, powered sites, on site experience the great river. But there bottle feed the animals, and sample
vans. Quiet shaded park. Undercover BBQ area
& camp kitchen. Boat ramp, Fishing gear, bike is more to the Port than just the some of the 39 flavours of specialty
hire. 200m to swimming pool & tennis courts.
Services Club & Golf Club at Barham. Dogs paddlesteamers. Witness the milkshakes.
welcome on application. shipwrights at work, take a ride on a
Your hosts: Judy & Ian Armstrong The Great Aussie Beer Shed
horse and carriage and step back in
Keene Street (PO Box 44) time with a visit to the underground The Great Aussie Beer Shed is the
Koondrook, VIC 3580
Ph/Fax: (03) 5453 2103 bar and escape tunnel at the Star first and only museum of its kind in
Email: Hotel, dating back to the 1890s. Australia. The museum celebrates the

Kyabram Fauna Park

9.30am till 5.30pm
Closed Christmas Day
& Good Friday.

Ph: (03) 5852 2883
A Truly Natural

*An Easy 25
minute drive from

*A 2 minute drive
from Kyabram

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Beer Can, Brewery Related and Chanter Estate Winery & Military Museum contains the vehicles of an
Australiana history. Museum earlier era with over 40 exhibits
ranging in vintage from 1900 to
This is truly a unique attraction, This 100 year old church building
featuring over 16,000 beer cans from has been painstakingly relocated in
Australia and around the world. the heart of Moama. It is a beautiful Emmylou River Cruiser
Marvel at the brewery related items location for the boutique cellar door, For a truly relaxing Murray
including beer tap tops and handles, providing a timeless ambiance. But experience, take a cruise on the
trays, old wooden beer barrels, the estate is also a major tourist Emmylou. Dine on the decks or
bottles, signs, manufacturing complex, incorporating a vineyard beneath the brilliant stars and enjoy
equipment, and machinery. and tasting room. The Military the peace and tranquility. The historic


River Bend Caravan Park

“A peaceful oasis”. Set on 34 acres
surrounded by natural bushland in
the state forest.
Around 15 mins east of Echuca with
the Goulburn River on 3 sides.
Annual caravan sites available.
Q The largest one make car museum in
Australia with over 40 restored Holdens,
• Cabins • Caravans for hire rare prototypes, historical film footage
• Powered and unpowered sites and a unique range of souvenirs.
• Drive thru sites • Tennis courts The collection regularly changes.
• Swimming Pool • Recreation Room Open 7 days.
• Kiosk • River Beach
1134 Stewarts Bridge Rd, Echuca VIC 3564 7-11 Warren Street, Echuca VIC 3564
Tel: (03) 5482 6650 Fax: (03) 5480 7777 Tel/Fax (03) 5480 2033

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paddlesteamer atmosphere will
transport you to a simpler time, and
you can reserve a cabin for one or
two nights. This is well worth the
experience, because the `prettiest
paddlesteamer on the Murray River,’
is the only wood-fired paddlesteamer
in the world that offers regular
overnight cruises.
Day Trips from Echuca-Moama
Using Echuca-Moama as a base,
there are a number of excellent day
trips to suit all tastes:
Gunbower is the gateway to the
largest inland island in Australia.
Gunbower Island, over 50km in
length, stretches from Koondrook in
the west to Torrumbarry Weir in the
east. Gunbower State Forest also
holds magnificent river red gum and
box forests. Visitors will enjoy
camping, fishing, boating,
bushwalking and bird-watching.
Torrumbarry is a peaceful oasis set BARMAH STATE PARK
between Echuca and Gunbower. It is PHOTO: PARKS VICTORIA
also a place of great significance and
with a tremendous history. Lockington is situated 30 minutes flagship is the dairy industry, as one
Torrumbarry is a popular spot for drive south-west of Echuca. Take a of the world’s most productive areas,
fishing and camping, as well as walk through the channel network in and home to the Golden Cow Dairy
water-skiing. the middle of town and be sure to Centre. At the Golden Cow, visitors
look out for the ‘Lock Ness’ yabby, a can witness milking demonstrations
The growing rural town of Kyabram giant yabby which can be pulled up and cuddle a calf. Just 15 minutes
is a major producer of fruit, and dairy from the depths of a channel. Take a
products and is situated just 25 from Echuca, the dairy country
trip down memory lane at the surrounding Tongala is pretty as a
minutes from Echuca. The town’s star
Lockington and District Living picture and well worth a visit.
attraction is the Kyabram Fauna Park,
Heritage Complex, a local history
which is world-renowned for its The enchanting town of Rochester
museum which is home to sculpture
breeding and conservation of native is home to a number of attractions
of Lockington’s favourite son and
Australian animals, birds and reptiles and was the birthplace of one of
shearing champion, the late Kevin
who call the park home. For an Australia’s greatest cycling heroes, Sir
evening out, the Kyabram Club offers
Hubert ‘Oppy’ Opperman. A statue of
fine dining, as well as some great The agricultural township of
the late cyclist and politician has
local and nationally recognized Tongala boasts having the best
entertainers. milkshakes in Australia. Tongala’s Continued on page 208



Riverside Caravan Park & MERCHANDISE

Open Monday-Friday
PH: (03) 5026 4646 FAX: (03) 5026 4640 8am-4pm
WEBSITE: 8533 Murray Valley Hwy,
Boundary Bend Vic. 3599

! Absolute river frontage Tel:

! Ensuite cabins (03) 5026 8380
! Large grassy sites
ROBINVALE on the Mighty Murray (03) 5026 8381
Your Hosts Geoff & Jenny Blohm

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Rich River Golf Club Resort

Nestled alongside the
beautiful Murray River at
Echuca/Moama, Rich River
Golf Club Resort is only three
hours from Melbourne.
Ideal for a day trip, weekend or
extended holiday, Rich River has
a variety of excellent facilities to
make your stay as relaxing and
enjoyable as possible, and all at
affordable rates.
Rich River Golf Club Resort’s two
award winning 18 hole champion golf
courses are magnificently planned
and have developed over the years to
become one of regional Australia’s
premier golfing venues. Bowls,
tennis, croquet and lawn bowls are
also a big part of the sporting
complex at Rich River.
Rich River’s James Maiden Bistro
caters for every appetite and budget
with its wonderful casual dining
menu and daily specials. Our dining
room, sports bar and members
lounge, all spill out onto our new Al-
fresco seating areas, which have
wonderful views of the West golf
course. Play all night at Rich River’s
excellent NSW registered club
facilities and enjoy a variety of live
entertainment and special
If you want to explore the region, the
staff are happy to organise a local
tour which can include wine tasting,
paddle steamer rides, a day at the
Port of Echuca and any other sites
that may take your interest.
Contact us on:
Tel: (03) 5481 3333
24 Lane Moama, NSW 2731

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Rich River Golf Club;
on the edge of Echuca Moama's
Murray River
• James Maiden Bistro
• Al-fresco dining areas
• Coffee Shop with a huge selection of home made cakes
• Magnificent golf course views
• 36 hole golf course plus bowls, croquet and tennis
• Sports Bar with TAB and Keno facilities
• Daily raffle promotions and live entertainment every week

1800 034 230

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Yarrawonga — Mulwala
A brilliant fun packed time is sure to keep the interest of the holiday makers
high as they venture into the twin towns of Yarrawonga Mulwala, no matter
what the season. Even day trippers will be lured to the exciting events.

We can deliver (almost an election

promise) on all expectations:
sunshine, more daylight hours than
our northern neighbours; a filled Lake
Mulwala and all that it offers in its
aquatic playground; fun for the young
and the young at heart, waterslides,
water based activities, good fishing
spots, tranquil walks along the
Murray River, horse riding along the
banks of the Murray, luxury cruising
on the waters of Lake Mulwala, a few
rounds of golf on our magnificently
45 hole manicured greens;
pampering oneself at one of the
palatial health resorts or fitness
centres, taking on some retail therapy
in our shopping precinct and just
holidaying, relaxing and feeling at
peace with the world as you farewell
Indeed our towns and region have so sunshine, refresh yourself at one of
the day watching the magnificent
much to offer you our visitor. You’ll the health resorts.
sunsets over Lake Mulwala. So much
find the delight of camping along the
entertainment at our three major
Murray River. With all on offer in this part of the
registered Clubs to keep you in a
party mood. Families will find Take time out to visit our region, to Murray River and Lake Mulwala, it is
something for every member to enjoy. pamper yourself, soak in the all waiting for you.

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pride of place in the town.
“Gold & Ironbark” town Rushworth
is nestled amid the world’s largest
Box Ironbark forest, and boasts an
authentic National Trust classified
heritage streetscape. The historic
Whroo township, now deserted, was
once a thriving village that developed
around the base of Victoria’s largest
open-cut gold mine at Balaclava Hill.
Waranga Basin is a mecca for
water sports, fishing & recreation
with caravan, camping, and boat
ramp facilities available.
The small township of Girgarre
recently established the Girgarre
Community Farmers Market, held on
the 2nd Sunday morning of the
month. The Girgarre Market provides
a variety of seasonal produce, home
made and locally grown products
from the region.
Cadell Fault is a ridge running from
Echuca to Deniliquin, close to Barmah
and Mathoura. It was formed when
the land was thrust upwards by
earthquakes, tens of thousands or
years ago. The Cobb Highway runs
along the uplifted portion, some 15
metres above land east of the fault,
making it possible in some places to
look directly over the canopy of trees
growing on the lower level.
The collectively-known Barmah-
Millewa Forest covers some 70,000
hectares and contains the world’s
biggest single stand River Redgum.
Frequent flooding over the millennia PHOTO: SHANE STRUDWICK.INFO
has created a vast mosaic of swamps
and lagoons, known as the Barmah- wildlife sanctuary. The island At Barham-Koondrook, there is the
Millewa Wetlands. These have been supports protected populations of historic redgum township of
recognised under the Ramsar kangaroos, emus, goannas, possums, Koondrook. Koondrook is an
Convention as “wetlands of snakes and 160 different species of aboriginal word meaning “meeting of
international significance.” birds and is an idyllic location for the waters” as it is where the
Bird Observatory camping. Stuart Appleby honed his Gunbower Creek meets the Murray
golfing skills on the island’s 18-hole River. Visitors to the area can visit the
The recently constructed Gulpa golf course. Fine tune your golf swing Gunbower State forest, the largest
Creek Reed Beds Bird Observatory is or take a relaxing walk among the tall inland island in the Southern
located approximately 4km down river red gums on the island.
Picnic Point Road. This world class Hemisphere, where an abundance of
observation facility provides Kerang is the world’s largest flora and fauna is to be seen, or
accessible viewing of exceptional breeding grounds for ibis. The Kerang paddle the canoe trail in the forest. A
birdlife and the magnificent Gulpa Wetlands system contains more than stroll along the banks of the Murray
Creek Reed Beds. 50 lakes and marshes and supports River, starting at Apex Park will see
hundreds of species of water birds. you at the beginning of the Redgum
Murray Valley Villages – Wildlife Statue walk which is thirteen
Grab a pair of binoculars to spot ibis
havens sculptures carved by chainsaw
and other water birds such as sea
Cohuna is a great base from which eagles, herons, kites, spoonbills and through the Arbuthnot Sawmill and
to explore Gunbower Island and its coots. ending over the lift bridge across to

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Barham. Visitors can also visit the
Redgum Furniture showroom or
purchase some citrus from Border
Swan Hill – Step back in time to the
paddle-steamer era
The Pioneer Settlement Museum is
a Swan Hill highlight. The Museum
portrays a 19th century Murray River
Settlement in the Mallee and is home
to a fine collection of antiques and
artefacts. The best way to experience
the museum is to travel in a horse
and cart, vintage car or aboard the
105-year-old paddle-steamer Pyap.
At night, you can catch the
spectacular sound and light show.
The Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery is
worth a visit and specialises in
Australian naïve art. Discover the
river at your own pace and stay
overnight on a houseboat or cruise to
the gracious Murray Downs
Homestead on the MV Kookaburra.
Nearby Lake Boga is a delightful
spot to enjoy a range of water sports
such as parasailing, waterskiing or





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the player piano, take a ride in a vintage car or view 3D Settlement is a must see during your next trip along
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watching the yachts. Stock up on Mildura – The oasis on the river establishment as Australia’s first
fresh produce from farm gates dotted inland irrigation settlement.
Mildura is a vibrant oasis set on
around the town, including pistachio
the Murray River, surrounded by Wentworth – Famous waterways
farms and one of Australia’s largest
picturesque citrus groves and and cultural village
olive groves. For something different, vineyards. Mildura has a
visit the Olson Pheasant Farm and cosmopolitan city vibe and a Wentworth is a charming historical
check out gourmet pheasant Mediterranean climate and is township situated near the
products or sample a fine drop from renowned for its food and wine, with confluence of the Murray and Darling
one of the cellar doors. excellent local produce such as wine, rivers and once was the busiest port
Robinvale and Euston oranges and asparagus. The unusual in inland NSW.
pink salt lakes are harvested and sold
Robinvale is a picturesque border Discover the river culture by canoe,
to top chefs and ‘foodies’ nationally.
town of some 1800 people houseboat or from the paddle-boat
Visit Orange World for an
surrounded on three sides by the understanding of the citrus industry. Coonawarra. To gain an insight into
Murray. This section is quite The foodies also flock to Stefano de the history of Wentworth, take the
attractive and is popular with anglers. Pieri’s award-winning restaurant, historic Walk and Drive rail to places
Bumbang Island, opposite the north- Stefano’s. such as the Old Wentworth Gaol, the
eastern corner of town, contains courthouse and convent.
evidence of pre-colonial settlement. Make time for the beautiful Rio
Vista Homestead that is the Mildura For spectacular scenery, try the
Euston and its sister straddle a Arts Centre and which includes an art popular location for movie and
particularly scenic stretch of the gallery, museum and theatre. The commercials, the ancient red sand
Murray as Australia’s most important Mildura area is known for its festivals, dunes, Perry Sandhills. Wentworth is
river twists and turns through citrus the best-known include wine, music also a great base from where to
orchards and vineyards. and the arts. explore Mungo National Park.
The Euston weir lies just a few Don’t miss the Golden River Zoo For more information log on to
kilometres downstream from one of Australia’s finest privately
McWilliams Wines regional owned zoos. There are numerous INFORMATION COURTESY TOURISM NSW AND TOURISM
headquarters and the Lexia Room paddle-steamer cruises to be enjoyed VICTORIA, THE MURRAY REGIONAL BACKGROUNDER JUNE
which displays memorabilia tracing on the Murray including day, evening, 2006, PLUS ADDITIONAL SOURCES.

the history of grape and wine-making show and winery

in the area. cruises.
Red Cliffs If you’d like to
Red Cliffs is named after the explore on your
distinctive ancient red cliffs which own, you can
tower over the Murray River. Check captain your own
houseboat, drive
out Big Lizzie, a one-of-a-kind
a barby boat or
gigantic tractor that was used to clear
take a canoe tour.
the land when settlers arrived, now
For history buffs,
located in Barclay Square.
the Chaffey Trail is
Visit Carringbush Glass Gallery to a must-see
see handcrafted designs; steam because it traces
enthusiasts will enjoy the Red Cliffs Mildura’s
Historical Steam Railway.

Sea Lake Rd, Robinvale Vic. 3549
Tel (03) 5026 3955 Fax (03) 5026 1123
• Monday-Saturday 9am-5.30pm • Sunday 10am-5pm
• Free wine tasting • Great value cellar door sales
& specials • Fine label wines, fortified & sparkling wines
• Credit Card facilities • Mail orders and discounts
• Non-alcoholic wines & pure grape juice
• A variety of new releases
Green Ecological Farming (No artificial fertilisers, chemical pesticides,
herbicides or hormone sprays).

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Residential • Riverfront
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Water Broking • Auctions
Property Management
Servicing Sunraysia
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Situated on the banks of the Darling River, the

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Relax by the pool & spa or enjoy a meal at ‘Darlingz’,
our on-site restaurant.
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Moama NSW 2731 27
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