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6 Grey nomads – a great resource 38 Heat Factory disposable 10 hour Heat Packs
7 Collector Cars of Australia 38 Klean Kanteen: The original stainless steel bottle
8 Ultimate Aussie BBQ rules released launches In Australia
9 CD Giveaway! 39 Redarc Smartstart In-Vehicle Charger
10 Safe winter motoring tips from your trusted Bosch Car 40 Award-winning Narva Power Cup makes connections
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17 Australian – Owned – Designed – Built 40 Projecta BT200 digital voltmeter
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Who are the Gall Boys?

The Gall Boys from Kedron Caravans run a true
family business established in 1962.
arry Gall and sons David, Peter, Craig, Ashley and Glen are the Daly River and on to Western Australia’s Kimberley region via

B all involved in the business, manufacturing some of the

most well-known custom-designed all-terrain caravans.
For over 10 years now, they have also been packing up the
the Gibb River Road. A few days was spent as guests to
discover the highlights of Home Valley Station, and then on again
up to Kalumburu and the King Edward River.
camp gear and hitching a van up to a Landcruiser to head north A highlight of the trip from here is the beautiful historic
and document remote travels and produce some of the most journey through the red dunes of the Canning Stock Route, from
popular warts and all style adventure DVDs. wells 51 to 36, and to appreciate what the early day drovers
Over this time 7 titles have been produced, “Journey the pushed through with the herds. The amount of work done in
Kimberley”, “Circle the Gulf”, “The Rugged Cape York isolation especially into preparation with the making of the wells’
Adventure”, “Free Campin’ the Outback”, “Tacklin’ the Top End”, deep timber lined walls, is truly something to appreciate.
“Makin’ the most of the Fraser Coast”, and “The Far N.Q. The Gary Junction and Plenty Highway then led the way
Adventure”. home.
It’s been a two year break for them from the cameras and The new DVD is out now, and is a movie that will capture
2010 marks a much anticipated 8th release, “Crossin’ the most of what remote adventure has to offer the traveller, from
Canning”. travel conditions, to areas and creatures to see, along with
This latest trip starts from Brisbane to go up around the Gulf boating, fishing and characters met along the way. Musical
and on to the Northern Territory’s Shady Camp for a rarely seen accompaniment is from Matt James and makes for some great
mullet spawn through a weir thick with waiting saltwater viewing and entertainment.
crocodiles and some barramudi fishing, then back on the road to From all the Gall crew, happy and safe travels!

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Grey nomads – a great resource 

National Harvest state manager

Robert Hayes met up with Joe
and his wife Deidre who were
seven months into an indefinite
trip around Australia.
After an extensive working life in
Melbourne, Joe and Deidre were tired of the
grind of city life. They bought a caravan and
joined the throng of others heading off on
the big journey around Australia.
With Joe being cooped up in a
workshop and Deidre having worked in retail,
they were both keen to get some work that
would take them outdoors and meet some
new people.
“One of the first things we did was to get
a copy of the NHLIS Harvest Guide”, said
Deidre. “It had all the information we needed,
but we were concerned whether there would
be suitable jobs for people who were a bit
older. The NHLIS staff assured us that many
growers prefer to employ slightly older
people because of their reliability and skills” said Joe. expect seasonal work to be available anywhere and everywhere.
Since then the couple have worked in a variety of jobs from Do your homework and use resources such as the NHLIS to
pruning stonefruit and packing avocadoes to driving forklifts and increase your chances of finding work” said Joe and Deidre.
testing wheat at a silo in WA. To talk about work opportunities while travelling the Harvest
“Travelling and working is a great combination, but don’t Trail phone: freecall 1800 062 332.

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Collector Cars
of Australia
A classic collection compiled for the very first time!
By Ken Stepnell

For the first time ever, a highly sought-after collection of photographs of Australian
collector cars has been compiled into a book with the new title, Collector Cars of Australia.
The collection of images, by photographer Ken Stepnell, showcases the finest collector
vehicles of all makes in Australia, from Dodge to Rolls-Royce, Rover to Chevrolet, Toyota
to Ford and of course, Holden.

he book features shots of over 1,100

T vehicles, divided into key eras of

automotive history, from the Veteran and
Edwardian era, to Vintage Cars of 1919-1930,
Classic Cars of 1931-1945 and the Post-
Classic Cars of 1946-1960s, many of which
have been restored to their original glory in
the images.
Stepnell spent years capturing these
golden oldies, travelling across the country to
automobile clubs and fairs to capture
Australia’s hidden four-wheeled gems.
Collector Cars of Australia is a must have
for any car enthusiast, filled with historical
facts and information on the development of
the motorcar in Australia as well as stunning
imagery, providing hours of amusement.
Anyone who claims to be a car lover should
have this book sitting on their coffee table!
Ken Stepnell grew up on a farm at Buninyong
near Ballarat. His love of photography started
when his parents gave him a box camera for
his ninth birthday. Since then, Ken has
become a renowned photographer,
particularly in the genres of Australian
landscapes and natural history. He is a
multiple winner of the coveted Hasselblad
Masters Award for nature photography, and
his images have been published in various
books for more than 40 years. Always on the
lookout for a new challenge, Ken turned his
attention to more man-made subjects, and
decided to create the first photographic
collection of Australia’s collector cars. He set
about capturing the great diversity of car
designs from the car industry’s first days until
the late 1960s. He and his wife Pam often join
friends on collector car rallies.
PUB DATE: August 2010
PRICE: $49.95
IMPRINT: Hardback

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Ultimate Aussie BBQ rules released

The ultimate list of Aussie BBQ Protocols has been compiled following a
competition paying homage to this great Australian tradition.
ow generations of Australians to come can refer to this as “BBQs are a designated calorie-free spot.”

N lore—their definitive guide to acceptable barbie behaviour.

Contributions were received from around the nation,
building a list of protocols including:
“Tofu is not meat—it does not enter the sacred space of the
Niche protocols: “Putting on a drag queen voice and saying
Classics protocols: “No one tampers with the cooking ‘Ooh, we girls love a bit of sausage’ is only funny the first time
except the cook.” you say it. If then.”
“After dropping a piece of meat on the ground you have The Aussie BBQ Legends competition was created by
exactly 7 seconds to pick it up and place it back on the grill boutique sauce and jams maker Beerenberg, a family-owned
before the germs reach it ...” Australian company based in the Adelaide Hills.
Expert tips: “When bringing your own meat to a barbie one The full list of protocols can be seen at:
must always ensure one only consumes someone else’s steak and people can still join the
that is of a better quality then the one they provided.” debate on the Aussie BBQ Legends’ Facebook page
Family tips: “Teach child from early age if they come near
the grill they have to eat double their vegies. Never had an injury Beerenberg extends thanks to all the contributors—the BBQ
yet!” enthusiasts, experts, raconteurs and skilful cooks who have
Gibes at the new generation: “Real BBQs don’t have wok passionately shared their thoughts on the great Aussie barbecue.
burners. They consist of a hotplate, hotter than Satan’s tongue,
seasoned by eons of built-up grease and augmented with a
Anthony Paech – Managing Director, Beerenberg Farm
small grill area for decorative scorching if you’re the fancy pants Tel: (08) 8388 7272
type.” Mob: 0401 987 228

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Thanks to our friends at ABC Music/Universal, we have three great
Australian CDs to give away – just perfect for the road!
Music Deli Presents Archie Roach – 1988
Archie Roach releases some of his first The album recorded in 1988
ever recordings on this incredibly captures some of Archie’s raw power
poignant album. and emotion in songs such as Took the
In 1988, much of Australia was children away, Weeping in the forest
celebrating the Bicentennial, but (recorded live with Yothu Yindi), and
through his music, a young Archie Christmas eve, which he performed
Roach was giving a voice to those who with Paul Kelly.
weren’t celebrating. Many indigenous There are two bonus interviews with
Australians were struggling with Archie at the end of the CD, one
disadvantage and despair, land rights recorded in 1988, the other recorded
battles and deaths in custody. 20 years later in 2008.

Making Waves – Golden Blak Trax

This compilation release features some indigenous musicians to create
of Australia’s leading indigenous classic contemporary music that connects with
artists from 1980-1995 including the true Australian spirit within us all.
Warumpi Band, Yothu Yindi, Kev These songs reflect the Indigenous
Carmody and Christine Anu. experience of the late 20th century and
These artists convey what it means have become important parts of
to be Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Australia’s cultural history as well as
Islander in this country and have anthems for the Australian Indigenous
inspired a younger generation of community.

Warren H. Williams – Looking Out

Singer/Songwriter Warren H. Williams values. It’s traditional country with a
has become one of the most loved touch of soul and is produced by Steve
indigenous identities on the Australian Newton (John Williamson). Looking Out
music scene. This new album release is also the first release of ABC Music’s
follows his CMA Awards Golden Guitar new Heartland label, which was
win with John Williamson and Amos established to support and release
Morris in January 2009. music that touches on uniquely
Warren’s songs on Looking Out Australian values, tradition and culture
touch on core Australian and family from uniquely Australian artists.


For your chance to win one of these great Australian albums, simply write to us at
Caravanning Australia and tell us what your favourite driving song is and why.
Send your entries to: Caravanning Australia CD Competition, 5th Floor, 38 Currie
Street, Adelaide, SA 5000 or email your entry to
by 1st July 2010 to be in the running.

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Safe winter motoring tips from your

trusted Bosch Car Service
Winter is now upon us and just as we all feel the cold, so does
your car. The battery has to work harder to start the cold engine
and added strain is placed on your vehicle’s electrical systems.

he items listed below are the

T parts of your car most

susceptible to cold weather.
Making yourself aware of these,
checking them and discussing any
issues with your local Bosch Car
Service workshop will ensure your
vehicle makes it through winter
Windscreen wipers –You need
to make sure your windscreen
wipers are in the best condition. If
there are any signs of cracked
rubber, smudges on your
windscreen or squeaking, it’s time
they were changed. Even if they
look ok, check when they were
changed last. Bosch recommends
replacing wiper refills every 6
months and wiper blades every 12
months. Remember to check your
washer fluid levels as well.
Heating System –You’ll want
to ensure your heating is working
properly and efficiently to keep
warm. But just as importantly, the
heating system also includes your
demister. Remember, clear vision is
critical for safe driving, so a foggy
windscreen can be just as
dangerous as bad windscreen
Battery – Batteries don’t tend
to like cold weather. The drop in
temperature causes a drop in Spark plugs/Glow plugs – A vehicle not starting in cold
battery power, causing many batteries to struggle when starting weather can often be caused by worn spark plugs (in petrol
your car in the cold. Your local Bosch Car Service should check fuelled vehicles), or worn glow plugs (in diesel vehicles). Your
that your battery and the battery terminals are in good condition. local Bosch Car Service will check your plugs as part of a routine
Fitting a Bosch battery will improve your starting performance in service, but always let them know if you’ve had problems starting
cold weather. your car.
Tyres – Good tyres are critical to safe driving, especially in Oil – Remember to check your oil levels and always replace
the wet. Worn tyres increase the risk of skidding. Your tyre in winter. New oil and a new oil filter will help your engine to start
pressure is important too. Under-inflated tyres reduce the control easier in the cold.
you have over your vehicle and over-inflated tyres reduce your Lights – Having your lights working is extremely important,
vehicle’s grip, causing instability and poor road handling. Check especially in winter when visibility is often low. Check your lights
your tyres for damage and get even the slightest fault seen to. and make sure you replace them if they are faulty.
Brakes – Your brakes are critical to the safety of your car so
Remember Bosch supports the Bosch Car Service network
they should be checked regularly, however in winter they
by providing them with access to Original Equipment quality
become even more important. Stopping distances can increase
components, so you can be sure any Bosch parts replaced in
by up to 30 metres in wet conditions. If your brakes are making
your car will deliver many kilometres of reliable performance.
any sort of noise, the brake pads may need replacing. Always
remember too, to check the brake fluid level before heading off Trust your local Bosch Car Service to ensure trouble free
on a long journey. motoring this winter.

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On The Road

A few stormy moments

Watching the sunset over the Olgas.

In our previous edition of Caravanning

Australia, the Curry family were
experiencing the very best the Gulf has to
offer, with spectacular fishing and sunsets
in Karumba, canoeing through Lawn Hill
National Park, and after crossing the border,
discovering the Devils Marbles. Join Belinda
Curry as she takes us on their latest journey
south into Alice Springs and Kings Canyon.

or our first few weeks in Alice Springs we stayed out the

F back of a local hotel in a camping area. On the whole this

place was quite cheap—only $20 a day including power
and water, and we soon found out why. There were some
German backpackers camping next door, and one morning we
found one of them walking around looking a bit sick, as they had
had two of their car tyres slashed during the night.
One morning, Anthony went to unlock our bikes after a
particularly restless night and found them, saved (thank god) by
the few remaining strands of wire left on our plastic coated wire
lock. Apparently the would-be thief had decided it was too hard
to get through. After this experience we decided to spend the
rest of our stay in Alice Springs wrapped in the safety blanket of
the BIG4.
While in Alice, we headed out to explore the East and West
Hamming it up at BIG4 Alice Springs. MacDonnell Ranges, seeing places such as Ellery Creek Big Hole

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and a spectacular sunrise

it—the scenery here is amazing.
The next morning Anthony got up at
sunrise to make his way 25km down the
road to prepare for his next mission,
which was to climb the 4th highest peak
in the Northern Territory—Mt Sonder,
1,380 metres above sea level. The hike
itself is around 12km return and is usually
an eight-hour journey. This one took him
3.5 hours.
We also spent a great day in Desert
Park, and after a visit here, you will never
look at the desert the same way again.
You learn about the different birds and
plants unique to the desert, and the
customs, art, and survival skills of the
Aboriginal people. We all love these
places, and I enjoy seeing the kids learn
so much. We have been amazed at how
much Jack gets out of it. He gets totally
engrossed, and asks lots of questions. He
has really matured during this trip—it’s
Anthony casts an eye over Alice Springs. been the best thing for him, learning in
and Ormiston Gorge. waterhole. Anthony is a keen walker, and such a hands-on way.
In the West MacDonnell Ranges, although the handout says its takes three The School of the Air was also on the
Anthony decided to do a few walks. The or four hours to complete the walk, itinerary, and it was great to see the
first one was Ormiston Gorge Pound Anthony was back in 1.5 hours. teaching of students as far away as
walk, which completes a full circuit from When he got back, Anthony managed 1,000km. They now learn over the
the visitor centre, meandering around to talk the kids and I into a walk to the Internet so the kids can not only hear their
scenic slopes, dropping into the flat ghost gum lookout, and while this is only teacher but see them as well. It was great
expanses of the Pound and returning a 1km round trip, for me this was a for Jack to see how these children do
along Ormiston Gorge via the main challenge. I went and surprisingly enjoyed their school work. We are homeschooling

Jack and Bella enjoying the School Of The Air.

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A perfect rainbow over Kings Canyon. Base Camp at MacDonnell Ranges.

Jack and it is in itself an amazing learning we got our first glimpse my heart started area and were mesmerised at the way the
experience, not only for him, but for us as beating a little faster. colours changed as the sun disappeared.
parents. We decided to spend the money and We took hundreds of photos before the
After bidding a fond farewell to Alice stay in the Ayers Rock Resort sun finally set at 7pm.
Springs, we started our southbound campground for a couple of nights. As we The next morning, after some
journey to our nation’s most famous approached the car filled with a very confusion at being woken in the dark,
rock—Uluru (Ayers Rock). excited buzz—the kids were very excited both little people climbed down from their
I was really excited! The landscape and I sounded like a broken record; “Oh bunks on autopilot, got dressed, and we
was stunning, and the red dirt and small wow, it’s amazing!” To date, it is the one all made our way back into the park.
green desert shrubs on the way out made sight that made me feel truly speechless Once the sun was well and truly up,
for a rugged but beautiful journey. We all because of its magnitude (yes, I know— we ate our breakfast at the base of Uluru.
kept our eyes peeled for our very first me, speechless? It’s hard to believe). Never have I eaten breaky in a more
sighting of the majestic rock, and when We stopped at the sunset viewing spectacular location. After breakfast, we

MacDonnell Ranges vista. Dancing at Kings Canyon.

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In party mode at Kings Canyon. Belinda tackles the Kings Canyon Rim Walk.

joined a free ranger tour, which was We then left Uluru and headed 300km “Let’s give this one a miss,” I would have
extremely informative. If the sight of this northeast to the very impressive 270- been out of there like a shot. But of
amazing landmark wasn’t enough to metre-high Kings Canyon. course, with Anthony there is too much to
amaze me (and it was, believe me) then It really is amazing how much a see and too little time to see it, so we
the history of the rock completely blew me journey like this teaches you about rolled Big Bertha into the Kings Canyon
away. yourself. At the risk of sounding Resort Caravan Park, where we set up
The next day in the afternoon we went unappreciative, after our visit to the our van, and looked behind us to the
out to Kata Tjuta (the Olgas), which MacDonnell Ranges, then on to Uluru and most amazing view of the canyon ridge
consists of 36 steep-sided domes and lies the Olgas, I have to admit I was feeling a line.
about 32km west of Uluru. We completed little National Parked-out. So, as much as The next morning we all went
the Walpa Gorge Walk, which felt a little I had really wanted to visit Kings Canyon exploring the Canyon. I saw Anthony’s
like a lunar visit, before watching the sun in the past, and as sad as it sounds, I eyes light up when he saw a sign that
set over yet another beautiful place. have to admit that if Anthony had said, said, ‘Rim Walk 6km’.
“Oh no, not me, not on your life!” I told
him. “Just take me back to the van and
you can do that one all on your own.”
So that afternoon after a swim in the
pool and a thunderstorm at 3pm, Anthony
decided that now was the right time to
walk around the rim of Kings Canyon.
“Are you sure that’s a good idea? That
storm looks like it’s coming back,” I said.
“Nup, it’s gone. She’ll be right.”
So off he went and within an hour and
a half that thunderstorm rolled back into
the canyon camp ground like a freight
About 15 minutes later our Patrol
pulled up, and out jumped a remarkably
dry Anthony. “Wow, that was awesome,”
he said. He had been a third of the way
around when the black clouds rolled in, so
he started to run, and jumped in the car
just as the rain really started.
He arrived back at the van just as the
downpour stopped, so we stood, beer in
Stunning Uluru, aka Ayers Rock. hand, looking out at Kings Canyon

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Above and below: The perfect family portrait, complete with Aussie landmarks in background.

admiring the newly formed rainbow, and rim of Kings Canyon. Join us next time when we journey
wondering what the rest of the world was After two hours, I returned to the van further south and try to find our
doing. feeling the most amazing shot of adrenalin fortune in opals in the bizarre and
Anthony told me what an amazing coursing though my veins. If you are amazing Coober Pedy, before
walk it was, and he strongly suggested visiting Kings Canyon, you MUST do the
continuing on to Woomera, Port
that I go and walk it the next morning. I rim walk. It gives you a completely
knew that if he was suggesting I do it then different view of this spectacular place. Augusta and the Yorke Peninsula. 
it must have been exceptionally good, so I After I had completed my walk we
agreed to him having the kids while I took started our journey south, and finally
on the challenge of walking around the crossed the border into South Australia.

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General News

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ustralians enjoy travel, bush camping, beach camping and available for day trips, or if desired, the camper can be set up

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registration, tyres and springs to consider. The Trayon model With your portable home on board your vehicle, being able
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and easily set up by one person once the campsite is reached. of many which makes the Trayon Camper worthy of
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board, with the convenience of having all your equipment readily trip around our beautiful country.

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General News

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General News

Why is AL-KO moving towards

Dacromet coating?
As products evolve and improve, manufacturers are looking for a
process or improvement that will set them as the market leader.
AL-KO International, Australia’s leading supplier to the RV industry,
is continually looking at ways to improve products that are entering
or currently exist on the market.

ne such improvement is the use of

O Dacromet coating on products that

traditionally were Galvanised or Zinc
Plated. Products such as Leaf Springs &
Rocker Roller Suspension, Brake Caliper
and accessories, Fish Plates and Axle
Pads are now being coated with this
extraordinary material.
Applied as a liquid material, Dacromet
coating contains metal oxides, metallic
zinc and aluminium flakes. The zinc and
aluminium platelets align in multiple layers
forming a metallic silver/grey coating that
becomes totally inorganic after curing.
What are the advantages of
Dacromet coating over Zinc or
Galvanised coating?
3 Dacromet coated products can
withstand in excess of 500 hours salt
spray testing, most zinc plated
products will rust before 240 hours of
salt spray testing.
3 Solvent Resistant – When Dacromet is
cured on the metal surface, the
coating becomes inorganic, and thus
resistant to solvents, gasoline, brake
fluids etc.
3 Corrosion resistance is superior to
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Dacromet coating provides a
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Galvanising or zinc plating requires Dacromet coated instead of Zinc plated or technology, and so when you next think
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caused hydrogen embrittlement. With with this wonderful liquid substance that Camper, Trailer or Boat Trailer, ask an
Dacromet coating the original strength offers protection that other protective AL-KO Customer Service person about
properties of the metal are not coating cannot. And as with all new
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On The Road

One hell of a trip or a trip from hell

By Phill and Elaine Dohne
Saturday 25th of July 1998: Elaine and I were up at 3.00am for a 4.00am start. We had been planning
this trip for about 12 months. It had started to rain, but we had just started on our epic journey to the
tip of sunny Queensland so one day of rain wouldn’t worry us. I had decided to travel to Cobar via
Ivanhoe in our mighty Suzuki. Unfortunately the rain remained quite constant, flooding the roads, and
we had to turn around. We ended up staying in a motel in Hay, where the motel manager informed us
that all dirt roads in the area were closed.

Additions to the pack rack

t had rained overnight and was still raining the next day with to sunny Queensland and stayed at a relative’s house at Fordsdale.

I more rain in the forecast. Elaine found a large crack in the

aluminium support of the roof rack, so we headed off to Dubbo
to find someone who could weld aluminium. Luckily we were able
After a few days there, we set off towards Roma. As we drove
through Toowoomba it started to rain again, so by the time we
arrived at Roma, it was pouring and we had to find a motel once
to find someone to repair the roof. The rivers to the north of Dubbo again.
were flooding again, so I decided that we would go north via Thankfully, no more rain the next day, and we arrived at
Dunedoo, Scone, Muswellbrook, and Willow Tree to get to our next Emerald at Lake Maraboon camping grounds, which was packed
destination, Tamworth. We stayed the night in Dubbo, and the next with tourists.
morning we had to change our route due to overnight floods. We On Monday 3rd August, we headed for Undara Lava Tubes.
set off for Tamworth even though the rivers were beginning to rise The extra moisture in the air had our little Suzuki zooming along.
in the area. With one ear on the car radio and the other on the UHF We turned on to the dirt road to the Lava Tubes, with only 15km to
CB as we approached Tamworth we heard that the only bridge in go to meet up with the rest of the folks from the Suzuki Club that
the town was about to go under and the road was to be closed in we intended to travel with. While driving to our campsite, I heard a
10 minutes; we made it with a few spare minutes. Unfortunately, loud clunk and found that the left rear axle housing had split. I rang
we got stuck on the New England Highway because of a landslide the RAA Plus, but couldn’t explain how to find us, then called the
and had to find a motel. local RACQ. They were able to pick up our car the next day and
On Wednesday 29th July, now four days into our trip, we were take it back to their garage 45km away at Mt Surprise.
up at 6.00am. We heard that the road was open so we wanted to After our car was picked up, we did the full day tour of the
start early. About 2km from Armidale we found ourselves in the Undara Lava Tubes which was excellent; we did a fair bit of
middle of a blizzard. Never fear though, we made it safely through walking and climbing, had dinner at the Undara Lodge Bistro, sat

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On The Road

around the communal campfire and listened to various artists

The rest of the group left Undara for Cairns in the morning. We
received the bad news that all the gears in the car needed to be
replaced so I arranged for my own parts from a company in
Brisbane called Suzisport to be sent to Cairns and delivered the
next day to Mt Surprise.
The Suzuki was returned to us at Undara at about 1.30pm the
next day and we were on the road again. The RAA Plus was good
and I highly recommend that everyone have this cover when
travelling away from home.
The car ran well for a while then decided to play up when we
stopped at Millstream Falls. The waterfall there is the widest
waterfall in Australia. We visited Millaa Millaa Falls too, then made
our way to Cairns via Innisfail. We arrived at the Cairns Coconut
Grove Resort (Caravan Park complex) about 7.00pm; thankfully the
rest of the gang had put the tent up for us.
On Saturday 8th August, day 14: more car problems. Elaine
Spider at Chilli Beach
and I decided to try to fix the car instead of going with the rest of
the group on a reef cruise.
The next day, we were still having trouble with the car, so we
decided to change all the ignition leads and presto, the car was off
like a rocket. We finally made it to Cairns, had a quick tour and did
some shopping.
On Monday 10th August, we were on the road by 11.00am.
We stayed the night at Cape Kimberley, which had a really good
beach with a lot of natural oysters on the rocky headland.
We were back on the road by 9.00am the following day and
took a leisurely drive, stopping at Thornton Beach and eating lunch
at Cape Tribulation. The scenery was spectacular, although the
road was a little rough. We then visited Bloomfield Falls and
camped at Bloomfield Beach.
We headed out about 9.00am the next morning and arrived in
Cooktown about 11.30am. Our third good day in a row. We had a
good look around Cooktown, explored the Botanical Gardens, and
walked to Finch Bay. After two days there, we set off again.
We stayed at a campsite allocated to us at Hann River
Crossing but it had very little shade. Most of us decided to leave Pascoe River, Frenchmans Road

early the next morning to travel on to Musgrave Station, except for

a few keen bushwalkers who wanted to do a 7km walk around
Hann River Crossing. Once we got to Musgrave Station, we stayed
The next day, Tuesday 18th August, we drove to Chilli Beach
and set up camp. The area was very dirty with all the rubbish that
washed up from boats.
On Friday 21st August—disaster struck us again. We had set
off for Weipa along the Frenchman Road, which was OK until we
came to the Pascoe River crossing. We all managed to cross it
without too much trouble. Once across we decided to watch a
group of motorcycles come across as well. I stood behind the rest
of the group for safety’s sake, but one of the bikes decided that it
didn’t like the look of me and the great monster reared its head
and charged straight at me. The rest of the group parted like the
Red Sea, and the bike struck me on the left leg and knee with its
knobby front paw pushing me to the ground and breathing fire all
over me. After an epic 6 hour journey from the Pascoe River to
Weipa Hospital, x-rays showed that my knee had torn ligaments as On back of the Mack, Bramwell
well as an old break. I told the doctor I hadn’t broken my leg
before, but he insisted the break was old.
The next day, more disasters…yes, more. Elaine had to go to
Weipa Hospital for a rash that she, I, and a few other club
members had developed. We called it “Chillizuki Fever” but it
appeared that a little mite was the cause of all the hassles and
everyone with the rash had to take antihistamines.
My knee was still swollen and sore a couple days later, and
was bandaged up to 4 times its size with layers of cotton wool and
crepe bandages. Elaine’s face was swollen and she had a fever;
she had had an allergic reaction to the antihistamines.
My leg was a little better the next day. Sue, one of the Suzuki
Club members, Elaine and I went to the doctor again. I had to go
to physio the next day as well. The rest of the group left Weipa for
Cairns after lunch.
Once they had left, those of us still in Weipa went fishing down
by the Railway Bridge for the afternoon. On returning to camp we
all decided to try and find alternative accommodation in the town,
Japanese Tourist, Cape York

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On The Road

First repairs, Undara Lava Tube Drama at the Pascoe River

Small Lava Tube (Undara) Bramwell Station

as it wasn’t very pleasant living in the tent when it was so hot. We Two days later, I finally arrived at Cairns and the car was
decided to stay in “Riverview Cabins”. delivered to the local Suzisport dealer. I hitched a ride to Coconut
A couple of days later, my leg was a little better, but Elaine’s Grove, as my car was at the dealer, and arranged for a deluxe
rash was back with a vengeance. I visited the physio and Elaine cabin (including a spa) for 3 days and hired a car with unlimited
went to the doctor again. At about 8.00pm, Elaine’s rash was really kilometres.
bad, so I got a taxi to take us to the Weipa Hospital once more. We drove down the coast to Innisfail, walked to Josephine
Elaine was admitted to the hospital, so that the doctor could Falls, saw the Mungalli Falls and Rainforest Village, and from there
monitor the rash and try and get her temperature down. we had a look at the Cathedral Fig tree which was massive. We
Elaine was allowed to return to camp the next day. Once she also took the train to Kuranda, did some shopping and returned to
was back, we packed up the car and decided to make our own Cairns via skyrail. This was quite an experience for us, especially
way to Bramwell Station, a distance of about 187km. Because of for Elaine as she is afraid of heights.
my knee, Elaine had to drive and made her first ever river crossing. We got the car back over the weekend and proceeded to
We made it to Bramwell Station and decided to stay in the cabin travel to Townsville, Emerald, Charleville, and then to Cobar via
overnight as it would save me having to crawl in the dirt to get in Bourke over the next few days. We encountered some flooding on
and out of the tent. While Elaine was unpacking the car, she our way, but luckily made it out. Our last stop of our 49-day trip
noticed a small oil stain on the back. We checked the axle housing was Wentworth and then we had an uneventful trip home.
first thing and yep, it was broken again. We spoke to the owner of I went to see the doctor at home because my leg was still
the station, Theresa Heinemann, who said that we could use the swollen. After several x-rays, my doctor told me the leg was
station phone the following day to call the RAA Plus and the broken in THREE places and an operation was needed
RACQ. It appeared that we would be residents of Bramwell immediately, which would necessitate a bone graft and pins,
Station. plates, and screws. The surgeon was horrified to hear that I had
After several phone calls on the following day, Friday 28 been walking on the leg for about a month (so much for good
August, I arranged to have a truck pick up me and the car and medical services in the country). I rang Weipa Hospital and told
take us to Cairns. The rest of the gang would stop and pick up them what they had missed.
Elaine to take her back to Cairns. At that point, they were at Lessons learnt on this trip
Punsand Bay. Do your homework—make sure that you can source parts for your
By Saturday, I had a job at Bramwell. I was the new bar car. Find a reliable company or franchise. The company Suzisport
person. Elaine also had a couple of new jobs; she started and was great and nothing was too much of an effort, their prices were
stopped the generator and balanced the bar books. quite reasonable, the bill waiting for us back in Adelaide was a
Wednesday 2nd September was the day that I was to leave further $645 which included all parts, air freight to Cairns for the
the delightful surroundings of Bramwell Station. The rest of the first lot of parts and road freight for the second diff housing.
gang was coming to pick up Elaine about lunchtime. Just when Make sure that you have RAA Plus or similar when travelling
things were looking up, I received some news from Theresa - the away from home. I estimate that the RAA had spent about $1,600
truck that was coming to pick me up had broken down along the on my behalf alone. So the moral of this story: Don’t discuss your
track somewhere. I COULDN’T BELIEVE IT. The truck arrived at extra cash reserves in the presence of your car, as it will duly make
8.30am the next day, AT LAST. sure that it’s spent!

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Time to rethink risk in retirement, says

A far reaching review of AustralianSuper’s default investment option has cast new light on appropriate
age-related risk levels for retirement investors.
ustralianSuper’s review compared the risks and benefits of The new age-based default for pension
A its current default investment option, the Balanced option,
to several others, including its own options and different
types of default options, such as age-based and target date
New age-based default investment option arrangements for
members of AustralianSuper’s Pension product will commence
on 1 July 2010. After this date members, who have not made an
funds. The latter are currently the dominant default model in US investment choice will transition from the Balanced option to the
pension funds. Conservative Balanced option when they reach age 75. This
More than 80 per cent of AustralianSuper’s $30 billion under change recognises that when members are in later retirement
management is invested in the default investment option. and their balances may be quite depleted they have a shorter
“One of the key findings of the review was that it can be investment horizon in which to smooth out any short term peaks
detrimental for members to reduce their investment risk once and troughs in investment returns.
they retire. In response, we have not only retained the Balanced
option as AustralianSuper’s default investment option for Retirement income vs retirement balance
accumulation members, we have introduced an age-based The concept of ‘retirement income’ as distinct from ‘retirement
default for our pension product,” said AustralianSuper Chief balance’ was central to the analysis. Given most members’ long
Executive Ian Silk. investment horizons, which increasingly continue beyond
retirement, the review highlighted that it is important to invest
Risk of reducing risk too soon with the objective of providing the highest possible retirement
Factoring in long term investment return trends, longevity, income for the longest possible period, rather than simply
Australia’s Age pension and members’ appetites for risk, the maximising the account balance at retirement.
review demonstrated that in a default investment option context, “We realised it would be short-sighted to compare default
members could be significantly better off if they stay with the options on the basis of account balances they would provide at
Balanced option until well into retirement. retirement, because members’ savings often remain invested for
This is counter to the commonly accepted view which many years after they retire. They have increasingly long
suggests that once members reach age 55 to 60, they should investment horizons and they are also cushioned by the
consider moving into lower risk - and lower return - investment availability of Australia’s Age pension,” said Mr Silk.

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Win super lotto

With a 50 percent chance of finding some free super, it’s certainly better
odds than winning lotto.
mall and lost account balances in the superannuation in the past financial year alone, due in part to Australians’ apathy

S industry have once again come to the fore with

SuperRatings’ just-released research showing that small
and lost accounts in the Eligible Rollover Fund sector continue to
and in part to a system that makes consolidating super far too
However, with new regulations due to take effect later this
grow. year, it is now the government that is set to reap benefits from
An additional 140,000 of these accounts were created last lost and unclaimed super accounts. Some 1.54 million accounts
financial year, bringing the total number of accounts to over 6 of less than $200 each are set to be passed onto the Australian
million, more than 15% of all Taxation Office to eventually
superannuation accounts and find their way to consolidated
representing some $5.15 Finding your lost super is a revenue. It is estimated that the
billion in effectively unclaimed no-brainer. Although it might ATO will receive well over $100
super. Claim yours before the take a few minutes to locate million in the first tranche of
government takes your share. and follow up, it’s money that monies due to be transferred
Despite major is owed to you and getting around October this year.
improvements being made to a eaten up by fees at such a With the average ERF
number of these ERFs since rate it will soon be a write-off. account balance just $6 shy of
the sector came under scrutiny $1000, and the number of ERF
five years ago, the rate of fees accounts being more than half
deducted from these inactive accounts remains close to double the number of working Australians, now might be the best time
that of mainstream superannuation funds. This has allowed to look for lost and inactive super.
suppliers to strip an estimated $140 million from these accounts As part of the ERF survey, SuperRatings collected

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information on the number of members that had been located in SuperSeeker will look for your lost and unclaimed super by
the past 12 months. Comparing the figures against total searching the LMR and other records, including the
members, the results show that AUSfund found 176,858 of its Superannuation Holding Accounts special account and
members (9.6%) over this period. This was far higher than the unclaimed superannuation money register, and will provide you
next best results, with AMP ERF locating 30,000 (8.2%) of its with possible matches.
members and SuperTrace ERF locating 60,429 members (4.3%). SuperSeeker is a free service available 24 hours a day, seven
It is concerning to see that six funds located less than 1% of their days a week, to help you locate missing super. You can access it
membership in the past year. online using the SuperSeeker tool, or by phoning 13 28 65 and
Finding your lost super is a no-brainer. Although it might take following the prompts.
a few minutes to locate and follow up, it’s money that is owed to
To use SuperSeeker online, you will need to provide your
you and getting eaten up by fees at such a rate it will soon be a
name, date of birth and tax file number.
If SuperSeeker finds a possible match, it will give you the
Want to find your missing super? The ATO website is a great
name and contact details of the fund that may have your lost
place to start.
super. It will also provide details of this account, including the
Finding your lost and unclaimed super account number and your address as provided by the fund. This
The ATO keeps a list of names of people who have been will assist you when making contact with your fund.
reported by their funds as lost. This list is called the lost Where an account is found on the LMR, you may wish to
members register and includes details of lost account members consider:
for: • consolidating your super accounts, which may reduce
• superannuation funds your fees and costs
• approved deposit funds • contacting the fund to update your personal details or
• eligible rollover funds
enquire about your lost account
• retirement savings account providers.
• withdrawing your benefit, if your account balance is
If you have changed jobs, addresses or names, you may be
less than $200 and certain criteria are met.
listed on the LMR. You may also be listed if:
If the balance of your lost super account is less than $200,
• your fund has been unable to contact you because
they do not have your address or the mail they sent you you may be able to take it out tax-free.
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4WD Vehicle Insurance

4WD vehicle insurance

Market value Vs agreed value
What is the difference between market value and agreed value insurance contracts,
and is it significant? A question we are asked many times.

he majority of motor vehicle insurers issue market value the worth of your vehicle once it has turned into a pile of ash

T policies. Where 2WD sedans, etc. are concerned this is

usually not a problem, as various ‘valuation guides’ are
issued by several competing organisations which give insurers
after a fire!
Agreed value is of particular use to owners with low use,
highly accessorised or modified vehicles, and those in better
and their clients a basis to determine the actual market value of than average condition.
any given vehicle is at any point in time. Generally most vehicles Under either system you are charged a premium based on
don’t vary greatly in value across any particular model and few the sum insured you nominate. Agreed value pays you this figure
have significant modifications or accessories, so the guides work in the event of total loss, market value may not.
satisfactorily. Over insurance, i.e. selecting an excessively high sum
Unfortunately this is not the case with many 4WD vehicles. insured, will not be accepted by agreed value insurers. Market
The guides issued are not as comprehensive and the value of a value insurers may accept a high figure and charge a premium
4WD can vary greatly for any particular model and age, based on on the figure you nominate, but in a claim settlement you will be
usage and how the vehicle has been maintained. This means paid the lower market value only, ie you have wasted money on
market value can change radically. In the event of a significant an inflated figure you will not receive.
loss, determining the market value for write-off purposes is left to Under insurance is worse. A market value policy will pay out
the insurance assessor who often must resort to checking the sum insured or the market value, WHICHEVER IS THE
second-hand dealers for sale prices of similar vehicles. LESSER. Agreed value will simply pay out the figure you have
Market value gives you no guarantee as to what you will be nominated. In either case in a total loss you will be paid the figure
paid out in the event of a loss. The insured figure is in fact settled you nominated; this may not be a problem if you have accepted
after the loss occurs. The market value will generally be based this is all you want for your vehicle. The problem occurs when
on an ‘average’ vehicle of your make and model and will not take you have a serious accident and the insurer considers writing off
accessories into account. your vehicle as opposed to repairing it. If your sum insured is too
Agreed value sets the figure an insurer will pay out at the
low they will be encouraged to pay you out the low figure and
commencement of the contract. This figure is locked in for
sell the salvage rather than fix the vehicle. The choice rests with
twelve months. It should take into account all your accessories.
the insurance company, not you.
The figure is nominated, debated and if necessary, proven by you
In summary, market value is satisfactory if you own a
at proposal. Once the insurer accepts this figure you know
‘standard’ vehicle and are happy to accept an ‘average’ value for
exactly what you will be paid out in the event of a loss during the
year. Generally the insurers will only agree on a figure they your vehicle to be determined at the time of a claim. If you want
consider is based on the actual market value of the base vehicle, to know that what you pay for is exactly what you will get, you
give or take 10%, plus accessories, but having agreed on it, they need an agreed value contract. Either way, selecting the correct
are locked into this figure for the full term of the insurance contract and sum insured initially will save you money and
contract. possible hassles down the track.
At renewal the insurer will advise you of the value they are This article has been prepared by TCIS Insurance brokers.
prepared to accept for the next period of insurance. Again, this is For comprehensive advice on all 4WD insurance matters,
the chance to work with the insurer to amend your value, taking contact TCIS Insurance brokers on 1800 633 745 or visit
into account additional accessories etc. Far better than debating their website at

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Getting started
In this second instalment of the RACQ-Caravanning Australia Towing Guide, we highlight
some of the important towing regulations and considerations for you to address before you
hitch up and head out. We recommend that you make a checklist of the following points,
and cross them off to ensure your towing rig meets all of the requirements. (CONTINUED OVER PAGE)

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Speed limits
The speed limit when towing is
generally the posted speed limit,
however in Western Australia the
maximum speed for trailers over 750kg
ATM is 100km/h.
It’s important to realise that when
towing, your vehicle is heavier and will
be harder to start off, accelerate and
stop, so you will need to drive
Mandatory towing equipment
There is certain equipment that is
mandatory for towing any trailer. This
includes obvious things like tow bars
and trailer wiring connectors. However,
particularly where the trailer mass is
approaching the upper limit of the
vehicle’s specifications, its
manufacturer may mandate certain
additional equipment. Load-levelling
devices, high capacity tow bars,
heavy-duty rear suspension and brake
controllers are examples. Where
specified, this equipment must be Always check towing gear before each trip.
Fifth wheel trailers
Load distribution/levelling devices Fifth wheel caravans and horse floats are becoming increasingly
Load distribution devices are used to return the tow vehicle’s popular due to their larger size and carrying capacity. They are
attitude to as near level as possible once the trailer has been designed to be towed by trucks and utilities that have the towing
connected. They do this by transferring some of the weight connection in the vehicle’s tray rather than at the back like a
imposed on the tow vehicle’s rear axle to the front axle, which conventional tow bar. The regulations covering fifth wheel trailers
amongst other things, benefits steering control and braking. are quite different to those for a conventional trailer and we
They are available in a range of sizes and styles to suit the therefore recommend that you seek advice from the
particular application. manufacturer if you are considering the purchase of this type of
However the vehicle and tow bar must be strong enough to trailer.
withstand the increased loads imposed by such systems. If the
tow bar does not have provision for, or was not originally Safety chains
intended to have a load distribution device fitted, the advice of All States and Territories require the use of safety chains. Safety
chains must be strong enough to hold the trailer should the
the tow bar manufacturer should be sought before fitting one.
trailer coupling accidentally disconnect, and comply with the
Some vehicle manufacturers specify load-levelling devices as
appropriate Australian Standard. Trailers up to 2,500kg ATM are
a mandatory part of their towing package, however some
required to have one safety chain while trailers from 2,500kg to
specifically advise against their use due to tow bar and vehicle
3,500kg must be fitted with two safety chains. The “D” shackle
design issues.
used to connect the safety chain to the vehicle’s tow bar must
Load distribution systems are not intended to compensate
have a load rating equivalent to that of the safety chain. Safety
for excessive ball or rear axle loads or to correct poor trailer
chains must attach to the main frame of the tow bar, not a
removable part such as the tow bar tongue.
Other levelling devices include height adjustable shock
absorbers and original equipment self-levelling suspension Trailer brakes
systems. Before attempting to tow heavy loads with self-levelling Trailers up to and including 750kg GTM do not require brakes.*
suspension systems, or using weight distribution devices with Trailers not over 2,000kg ATM must have brakes that operate
them, the advice of the vehicle’s manufacturer should be sought. on at least one axle.
Override brakes are acceptable on trailers up to and
About tow bars including 2,000kg GTM.
Just because the car you bought came with a tow bar, don’t Trailers over 2,000kg GTM are required to have brakes that
automatically assume that it is suitable for a caravan or other apply automatically if the trailer becomes detached from the
heavy trailer. Many tow bars are only intended to tow light trailers towing vehicle.
and will be totally unsuitable for heavy use. Trailers over 2,000kg ATM must have brakes on all wheels.
Tow bars are available from a number of sources, but most Brakes other than override systems must be able to be
commonly they are purchased from a specialist tow bar operated from the driver’s seat.
manufacturer or as original equipment from the vehicle The cost and complexity of trailer brake systems will vary
manufacturer’s spare parts and accessories outlet. depending on the application, however where required, most
When buying a tow bar there may appear to be a price light trailers will have either override or electric brakes. Electric
benefit in buying non-genuine, but keep in mind that the vehicle brakes require the installation of a control unit in the tow vehicle.
manufacturer’s towing package is often more than just a tow bar. *Note also that some vehicles have a low un-braked trailer
Such packages can often include things like body reinforcement, weight limit and will therefore require brakes to be fitted to trailers
heavy-duty suspension and additional transmission oil coolers, all that have an ATM of less than 750kg.
of which are designed to maximise safety and vehicle durability.
Another point often overlooked is the height of the vehicle’s Extended towing mirrors
tow bar in relation to the trailer’s draw bar. For best results the Extended towing mirrors are required where the vehicle’s existing
trailer should be slightly “nose down”. If it tows “nose up”, it may mirrors cannot provide a clear view past the caravan or trailer.
be unstable. Usually problems such as this can be corrected but The information provided in this fact sheet is intended as a
it is work best left to a specialist in the field. general guide only. You should carry out further research and
If the tow bar tongue or ball obscures the rear number plate, investigations into the topics outlined above prior to
it must be removed from the tow bar when not in use. implementing any actions or recommendations.

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General News

Make positioning a caravan or boat a breeze

Austdan Trading Pty Ltd is an Australian-owned import/export company committed to supplying
Australia and New Zealand with high-tech innovative products for the recreation/industrial and
military markets. The first of such products is the brilliantly designed and manufactured Danish
product known as the Camper Trolley (CT1500).

he Camper Trolley has been designed and your caravan or boat is on the Camper Trolley,

T developed to effortlessly
manoeuvre/position caravans or boats
(even light aircraft) weighing up to 1.5 tonnes (it
and away you go. The Camper Trolley does not
incorporate the use of your jockey wheel and
adds no extra weight to your caravan as it is
can move greater weights) by means of a hand- totally portable and can be carried by one
held remote control. The large caterpillar tracks person (18kg). Each Camper Trolley is supplied
enable the Camper Trolley to position a caravan with a durable zip-up carry/storage bag. The 2.5
or boat trailer on a variety of surfaces, e.g. tonne Camper Trolley is currently undergoing
asphalt, concrete, compacted soil, grass, gravel testing and will be released as soon as possible.
etc. Camper Trolley is powered by a 14.4-volt The owner of Austdan Trading Pty Ltd, Neil
lithium ion battery, which can be recharged by McIntosh, a resident of the Northern Rivers
means of the supplied 240-volt recharger or via (NSW) since 1985, moved to Denmark in 1999
the solar panel, which has been cleverly built with his family and returned last year to establish
into the top of the chassis. his company. After 12 months preparing the
Each Camper Trolley is supplied with a
product to meet all Australian Standards
quick-release mounting bracket that has been
(including frequency transmissions), the Camper
designed in Australia to suit both size drawbars
Trolley was officially launched in December 2009
used for caravans here in Australia, and takes
and is now available at selected caravan
no more than 30 seconds to attach without the
dealerships throughout Australia.
use of tools or electrical wiring. Should you have
both a caravan and a boat it is a simple matter Distributor enquiries are also welcome and
to swap the bracket, attach the Camper Trolley, can be made by emailing Mr McIntosh at
raise your jockey wheel so that all the weight of

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Caravanning Australia • Winter 2010 • 33

Navigation Equipment

Spatial Vision’s Digital Topo

Maps Victoria
Digital topographic and township maps for regional
travellers and outdoor enthusiasts
The Digital Topo Maps DVD provides complete statewide
coverage of the topographic mapping as produced in Spatial
Vision’s series of Vicmap Books (edition 2).

Features and Use

The DVD provides GPS ready digital maps in the popular
OziExplorer format that can be used for planning your next
holiday or adventure or tracking your current location.
The Digital Topo Maps are ideal for four wheel driving,
camping, bushwalking, mountain biking, fishing, and
car touring. The maps can be installed on an OziExplorer
equipped PC or PDA and GPS to access the maps whilst
touring regional Victoria. In addition, users can create their
own maps, search for streets, localities and key
tourism features.

Free Trial
Spatial Vision has made components of the Digital Topo
Maps DVD available for a free trial. To learn more about this
product and download sample maps please visit:




Large 5” easy-to-view widescreen

for improved location accuracy
2GB on-board memory plus 4GB microSD Card
for extra map and data storage NAVIGATION – PRELOADED WITH HEMA 4WD MAPS
Bluetooth and FM Transmitter
Hema Maps will get you there… Rear-view camera ready
3 Large 5” easy-to-view widescreen
Preloaded with HEMA 4WD & 3 New 64-Channel GPS for improved location accuracy
1:250K Topo maps
3 2GB on-board memory plus 4GB microSD Card for extra
3 G R E AT N AV I G AT I O N A P P L I C AT I O N S , A L L I N O N E G P S ! map and data storage
3 Bluetooth and FM Transmitter
3 Rear-view camera ready
3 Preloaded with HEMA 4WD & 1:250K Topo maps
3 great navigation applications, all in one GPS!
STREET NAV - ROUTE 66 4WD NAV - OziExplorer TOPO NAV - Memory Map 3 STREET NAV – ROUTE 66
3 4WD NAV – OziExplorer
The intelligent voice guidance software Switch to 4WD NAV to use all the Going bush? Use Memory Map to
uses the latest NAVTEQ streets and latest HEMA 4WD maps, plus access Australia's widest range of
back roads making it easy to navigate complete topo coverage at 1:250,000 high resolution raster topo maps

3 TOPO NAV – Memory Map

to a street address, your accommoda- scale. Record your journey and add and marine charts.
tion or another point of interest. your own waypoints, routes and maps.

BONUS backup DVD including the HEMA 4WD maps and

$990 RRP
GeoScience Australia 1:250K topographic maps.

34 • Caravanning Australia • Winter 2010

Navigation Equipment

NAVIGON iPhone app update 1.5.0

becomes available and adds safety
camera feature in Australia
NAVIGON AG, a leading provider of mobile phone on-board navigation, has announced
the availability of update 1.5.0 for MobileNavigator in Australia, the most feature-rich
navigation app available on the iPhone platform.

he new update adds a

T Safety Camera feature to

the Australian NAVIGON
app as well as three innovative
features that are available for
all MobileNavigator versions
worldwide: connection to
Facebook and Twitter,
Panorama View 3D with 3D
terrain views derived from
NASA data, and personalised
route recommendations via
“With our latest iPhone
app update, NAVIGON
continues to expand the
navigation functionalities of
MobileNavigator, making sure
our users have access to the
latest NAVIGON innovations,”
said Gerhard Mayr, vice-
president of worldwide mobile
phones and new markets,
NAVIGON. “In addition to the
three major features that we of the surrounding recommendations can be relies on the GPS receiver,
add to our app worldwide, environment and what lies suggested, one primary, and independent from a cell or
NAVIGON also adds a Safety ahead, with landscapes that up to two alternatives, wireless signal, to provide the
Camera feature for the include elevations, shadows, providing the user with options most feature rich on-board
Australian version of our app.” and geographical images. to choose the preferred navigation application.
The new Safety Camera Panorama View 3D is course. MobileNavigator is a familiar,
feature provides drivers with integrated in-map, MobileNavigator yet streamlined user interface
an advanced warning of fixed independent from the phone’s transforms the iPhone into an that offers intuitive visual
red light and speed cameras. It data connection. inclusive navigation device that feedback and readily
also displays the speed zones NAVIGON MyRoutes accessible connected features,
of many roads throughout analyses driving habits, which takes the efficiency of
Australia, raising driver patterns, location, time and mobile navigation to new
awareness and safety. day to provide up to three heights. It is the only on-board
MobileNavigator update routes clearly displayed in-map iPhone navigation app
1.5.0 also gives users an easy with ETA, distance and driving available that includes Google
way to broadcast current times for each. Up to three Local Search, Reality View™
position, destination and ETA Pro, branded in-route POI’s,
(Estimated Time of Arrival) to seamless in-app iPod controls,
favourite social media outlets, enhanced pedestrian mode,
Twitter and Facebook, without Traffic Live, and now
navigation interruption. The in- connection to Facebook and
app Facebook or Twitter icons Twitter in one application.
seamlessly launch during Pricing and availability
navigation and Twitter will MobileNavigator update 1.5.0
automatically limit character is available for free to all
input to its required maximum current users. Panorama View
140 characters. 3D is an In App Purchase for
Complementing the AUD$9.99. MobileNavigator
elegant iPhone UI, Panorama Australia sells for AUD$99.99
View 3D is three-dimensional in the App Store with no
digitised cartography hidden charges or additional
generated from NASA’s height monthly fees.
and terrain data. The 3D maps
deliver an accurate depiction For more information, please

Caravanning Australia • Winter 2010 • 35

Navigation Equipment

Spatial Vision launches a

new edition of their
Digital Topo Maps DVD
patial Vision, a leading creator of map products,

S has recently launched a second edition of their

award-winning Digital Topo Maps DVD. The Digital
Topo Maps DVD provides complete statewide coverage
of the topographic mapping as produced in Spatial
Vision’s series of Vicmap Books (Second Edition). The
Vicmap Books are used by the emergency services.
This Second Edition benefits from a significant data
upgrade undertaken by the CFA, Department of
Sustainability & Environment and Spatial Vision. In
addition, the topographic maps were field checked by
the CFA.
Features and use
The DVD provides GPS-ready digital maps in the
popular OziExplorer format that can be used for
planning your next holiday or adventure, or tracking
your current location. The Digital Topo Maps are ideal
for four-wheel driving, camping, bushwalking,
mountain biking, fishing, business travel and car
touring. The maps can be installed on an OziExplorer
equipped PC, PDA or GPS to access the maps whilst touring
regional Victoria. In addition, users can create their own maps,
search for streets, localities and key tourism features.
Free trial
Availability Spatial Vision has made components of the Digital Topo Maps
The Digital Topo Maps DVD will be available from 18 March DVD available for a free trial. To learn more about this product
2010, directly from Spatial Vision (via or and download sample maps please visit:
leading map and GPS retailers.

more versatile than a standard navigator

Big 7 inch

Windows For nearly 50 years the one-stop shop for maps

CE The Map Shop has been supplying maps and travel books to
the Australian consumer for nearly 50 years. During that time
there have been many changes in presentation of mapping
PolNav - Navteq for street navigation data and the delivery methods. This has included global
OziExplorer CE for off road maps positioning systems and digital maps on SD cards and CDs.
Selling GPS equipment for over 15 years and running short
Plus a map data SD card with courses in their use ensures that staff and customers are kept
Fullers Adelaide & Country SA,
 The Map Shop not only retails map products but publishes
its own map products having won prizes in the last two years
1:250k data for all of Australia,
& more! for the quality of its work.

6-10 Peel St, Adelaide 

This means that additional digital data is made exclusively
available to purchasers of GPS equipment from The Map
tel: 8231 2033 Shop.

36 • Caravanning Australia • Winter 2010

Product Reviews

New Leatherman wristwatches—

understated, stylish and quality assured
eatherman—the company that has movements and a black leather band.

L built a solid reputation on its popular

multi-tools—has launched new model
watches that are stylish, understated and
With a 3-year warranty, they come with
the Leatherman quality assurance, and
promise excellent value for money.
hard working, with the exceptional quality Leatherman wristwatches are available
you’d expect from such a brand. with a black or silver dial.
Both models feature a large face RRP $199.00
(46mm dial), 50 metre water resistance, Please contact ZEN Imports on
stainless steel cases, luminous hands and (02) 9807 9922 for further stockist
markings, date display, Japanese information.

Tatonka carries baby safely if the

terrain doesn’t suit a pram…

atonka’s NEW Baby Looking after mum and is made from a combination of outings.

T Carrier backpack is
perfect for families to
explore the great outdoors.
dad, the Tatonka Baby Carrier
includes a height-adjustable
Padded Back Vario carrying
two durable fabrics, Rugg Tex
11.1 and Extreme 6.6 offering
high wear and tear resistance,
The Tatonka Baby Carrier
is designed for babies old
enough to sit up, and will carry
Don’t let the pitter-patter of system with padded shoulder colourfast and its PU coating a maximum weight load of up
tiny feet stop you from and hip straps. The Vario makes it water-repellent. to 15 kilograms.
enjoying the great outdoors. system effectively transfers the Extra features include: Warranty: 12 month warranty
Tatonka has released a deluxe weight of the load from the Integrated sun shade, toy Price: $299.95
Baby Carrier backpack with shoulders to the hips, offering pocket, head cushion, Stockist: All good outdoor
features designed to make even weight distribution so integrated detachable and
and travel specialists.
parents and baby comfortable carrying loads won’t become a washable bib, zip-up pockets
and safe. burden. for additional storage for items
Special features include an For extra safety a chest like a nappy bag, folding
adjustable and padded seat strap is provided complete changing mat, strong handles
Contact: Contact OSA on
designed to cushion baby on with signal whistle, and a on the front and back, and 1800 558 707 or visit
long trips, while the seat child’s shoulder strap to keep strong base construction for for
adjusts easily as the baby them secure. standing. An additional bag your nearest platinum dealer or
grows. The Tatonka Baby Carrier can be attached for longer local stockist.

Caravanning Australia • Winter 2010 • 37

Product Reviews

Heat Factory disposable

10 hour heat packs for
your next adventure
hen playing sport in Disposable Heat Packs are

W winter—golf, tennis,
skiing, snowboarding,
walking or hiking—hands need
non-toxic, environmentally
friendly, odourless and air
activated. Keep in the car,
to stay warm for comfort. The boat or at home and never be
Heat Factory Disposable Heat cold again.
Packs are perfect for gloves Simply open pack, remove
and pockets or anywhere warmer, shake gently and
soothing heat is needed. place where heat is needed.
Providing safe instant heat, The heat pack must be
these Disposable Heat Packs covered to work properly and
can be used for sport or stored in an airtight container
exercise, cold weather outings, until next use.
spectator events, camping and Available at all good
even treating sore muscles. outdoor lifestyle stores.
The Heat Factory Priced from $1.95

Klean Kanteen: the original stainless steel bottle launches

in Australia
lean Kanteen®, the

K company that
introduced the first
personal hydration bottle
made from stainless steel, has
launched its range in Australia.
Klean Kanteen® products
contain no BPA, phthalates,
lead or toxins.
Klean Kanteen® was first
designed in 2004 to give
environmental and health
conscious people an
alternative to plastic and
aluminium bottles. Before
Klean Kanteen®, hydration
bottles were made from either
polycarbonate plastic or
aluminium, materials now
associated with a host of
diseases and illnesses.
Klean Kanteen® has since
evolved to produce a line of
colourful, eye catching,
ergonomic and functional
designs, including an insulated
range to keep liquids cooler or
hotter for longer.
Klean Kanteen® water
bottles and accessories
feature a larger standard
opening for oversized ice
cubes and come standard with
the sport cap 2.0 for easier
water access.
Functionality is built into
the Klean Kanteen® design. two types of thread designs, earth friendly bottle, Klean liner, the taste won’t distort.
Curvy corners, rounded internal threads on the Classic Kanteen® is made from pure Klean Kanteen® is available
threads and large mouth bottles and external threads on 18/8 food grade stainless in three sizes: Classic, Wide
design make bottles safe, easy the Wide bottles. Both types of steel, keeping the inside safe and Insulated, in multiple
to clean and sanitary, so threads are made using 100 and intact. All paint in the colours, sizes and finishes,
germs and bacteria won’t get percent stainless steel, not colourful range is safe and lead and is dishwasher safe.
caught in the threads of the plastic or aluminium. free, and because Klean RRP from $19.95.
bottles or the caps. There are For the ultimate body and Kanteen bottles don’t have a

38 • Caravanning Australia • Winter 2010

General News

Redarc Smartstart In-Vehicle Charger

he REDARC SmartStart

T microprocessor-controlled In-Vehicle
DC/DC Charger will save you money
and ensure your safe travels in the remote
parts of Australia by extending the life of
your expensive main and auxiliary
batteries whilst you drive.
100% designed and manufactured in
Australia by REDARC the SmartStart
BCDC1220 allows users to combine a
second battery of a different chemistry or
brand with the vehicle start battery. The
SmartStart DC/DC Charger provides a full
charge for AGM, GEL, Lead Acid and
Calcium batteries using a sophisticated
charging algorithm developed by
REDARC in conjunction with research
knowledge developed in conjunction with
a world leading Australian University.
It has been tested and approved for
Australia’s harsh environment and can be
installed in the engine bay of the Car, 4WD
or Truck or within your Camper Trailer,
Caravan, Motorhome or Boat. The unit with no further input from the user. supported by REDARC’s two year
features a combined dual battery isolator The REDARC SmartStart family of warranty and renowned technical support
and charger within a very compact unit products are Australia’s most trusted Australia wide.
and displays to the owner the stage of dual battery isolator and in-vehicle For more information please visit
charge. Once installed the unit is smart chargers and are used by 4WD or call REDARC
enough to safely take care of everything clubs throughout Australia. They are on (08) 8322 4848.

If you’ve invested heavily in an expensive, high quality

Don’t let a flat auxiliary battery, it’s worth protecting it with the
Smart Start® BCDC.
The Smart Start® BCDC is a three stage charger that

battery cut your operates from any input voltage between 9V and 32V DC.
Its advanced electronics ensure that your auxiliary battery
always receives the optimum voltage and current for
maximum battery life and performance.

holiday short. It is also a highly advanced battery isolator that protects your
start battery from excessive discharge, whilst allowing the
auxiliary battery to supply non-essential loads.
A Redarc DC/DC battery charger will Primary features and benefits
let you stay as long as you want. Maximises the performance of your auxiliary battery
Saves you money by maximising battery life
Negates the effect of voltage drop over long
cable runs
Ensures you will never have a flat start battery
Provides you with safety and security
Suitable for harsh and marine environments
Suitable for charging from 12V or 24V vehicles
Compact in size and easy to install

Visit or call us on

08 8322 4848 for your nearest stockist 23 Brodie Road North, Lonsdale SA. Phone (08) 8322 4848 3557/CW

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Product Reviews

Award-winning Narva Power Cup makes connections easy

arva’s award-winning

N Power Cup, designed to

fit into a standard vehicle
cup holder and plug into a
cigarette lighter socket,
facilitates easy connections to
power a range of accessories.
The convenient Power Cup
has twin USB ports commonly
used for electronic items such
as MP3 players, digital
cameras, GPS navigation
systems, etc. It also has two
illuminated standard accessory
Suitable for 12 volt
applications, the unit is fuse
protected and comes fitted
with a 2 metre spiral lead and
plug. It is rated at 8 Amp and
is also fitted with four LED
battery indicators.
Available in an attractive
blister pack from leading
automotive accessory outlets
throughout Australia, the Narva
Power Cup Part No. 81056BL
has a recommended retail
price of $39.00.

Projecta BT200 digital voltmeter

rojecta’s latest innovation

P allows you to literally

monitor the condition of
your battery from the driver’s seat.
Simply plug it into a cigarette
lighter socket within the vehicle
and a voltage read-out is
provided on an easy-to-read
digital display showing the actual
voltage of the battery.
At the same time, three LEDs
show the condition of the battery
by way of high, medium or low
coloured indicators.
Compact and lightweight, the
new Projecta BT200 digital
voltmeter is ideal for use with dual
battery systems providing a
concise interpretation of a
battery’s health.
Suitable both for 12 and 24
volts, and fuse protected, the
Projecta BT200 digital voltmeter
is ideal for camping, road trips or
weekly battery checks. It fits
conveniently into a glove box for
easy storage when not in use.
Presented in an attractive
blister pack, the Projecta Digital
12/24V voltmeter is now available
under part number BT200 from
leading automotive outlets at a
recommended retail price of
about $39.00.

40 • Caravanning Australia • Winter 2010

Product Reviews

Headlight maintenance program launched

he Headlight In conjunction with

T Maintenance Program is
a new initiative from
Invision, designed to increase
restoration and/or upgrading
the headlights, correctly aimed
headlights can make
the car’s lighting and its visual significant improvement to
appearance with the three- headlight performance. It’s
step plan: Restore, Aim, also a safety requirement as
Upgrade. misaligned headlights can be a
Plastic headlight lenses hazard for oncoming drivers.
deteriorate over time and With restored headlight
begin to look a dirty yellow lenses and correctly aimed
colour. This is caused by headlights, the final important
abrasion and UV exposure and step to achieving the best car
leads to a significant reduction lighting is by upgrading the
in light output. headlight bulbs to one of the
The Invision Headlamp high performance bulbs in the
Restoration Kit is designed to Philips range.
restore plastic headlamp The range includes a
lenses back to as new selection of bulbs to suit any
condition. The kit includes all need and application, whether
cleaners, sandpaper, polish it be more light on the road, a
and polishing cloths, UV whiter light, or even a
resurface coating and a white/blue light. Whatever the
detailed instruction sheet. choice, upgrading the bulbs
The headlights will be will result in very noticeable
clearer and the headlight improvements in lighting.
performance dramatically For further information visit

Projecta’s new solar panel kits

omplete powerful solar

C panel kits that are ready

for action straight out of
the bag now cater for a wide
range of applications, thanks
to new Projecta technology
and research on market
Four convenient sizes are
available in 40W, 60W, 80W
and 120W with the two smaller
compact and lightweight kits
ideal for maintaining and
charging batteries used to
power small to medium
appliances such as camp
lights and accessories.
The two larger, more
powerful panels are designed
for use on caravans, motor
homes, houseboats and
remote pumps as well as
shacks and holiday homes
where power is required to
charge batteries servicing
larger or multiple appliances.
Each kit is equipped with immediate battery connection Projecta’s all new solar panel with a durable padded carry
foldaway support legs and an and operation. The two larger kits are both efficient and bag for convenience and
inbuilt solar controller to kits also include a Merit and compact in size. All models protection of the panel.
maintain the battery in a fully Anderson plug to allow easy feature tempered low iron The new Projecta Solar
charged state while protecting connection to pre-wired glass for enhanced Panels are available from
it from overcharging. A 10- battery systems. performance and weather leading automotive, 4WD and
metre lead complete with Thanks to the protection. They are fitted with camping outlets throughout
battery clips is fitted to each technological developments in a sturdy heavy-duty alloy Australia at prices starting from
so they are ready for polycrystalline technology, frame and come complete about $549.00.

Caravanning Australia • Winter 2010 • 41

Product Reviews

Stylish accessory socket adds safety

and value to your caravan

stylish new surface it includes the added ideal mounting solution as leading automotive outlets

A mount accessory socket

from Narva makes
installation a breeze.
protection of a dustproof
rubber cover.
With many modern
opposed to traditional sockets
requiring deeper cavities for
mounting and wiring.
throughout Australia under
Part No, 81025W in a retail
display pack or in bulk cartons
Featuring a modern style caravans and recreational The new Narva Surface with an approximate
white plastic housing, the new vehicles built today with Mount Accessory Plug takes recommended retail price of
Narva accessory socket can thinner walls and plastic all types of cigarette lighter $18.00.
be conveniently mounted mouldings, the white surface plugs used on a wide variety of
either internally or externally as mounting socket provides the accessories. It is available from

Bendix ‘STEALTH Advance Technology’ creates

new level of whisper-quiet smooth braking pad
MP Bendix has released ‘STEALTH Advance

F a new generation
‘STEALTH’ brake pad
delivering whisper-quiet silky
Technology’ have been
extensively tested within
Bendix’s Australian friction
smooth braking with laboratory; the biggest in the
noticeably less dust. Southern Hemisphere. The
This groundbreaking amazing results are unrivalled
‘STEALTH Advance stopping performance, the
Technology’ has been quietest brakes ever, long
introduced to the Bendix wearing and remarkably
General CT range of brake smoother, cleaner braking.
pads, virtually eliminating noise Top selling Bendix 21
and vibration at its source. General CT product numbers
With this breakthrough, Bendix are now available with
has created its quietest brake ‘STEALTH Advance
pads ever, with remarkably Technology’ from leading
smoother and cleaner braking. automotive outlets throughout
Studying the surface Australia and New Zealand.
contact between each ‘STEALTH Advance transfer the caliper force where
individual brake pad and rotor, Technology’. These new it is needed to provide the
Bendix engineers used high diamond cut pads have no most effective surface contact, For more information free call
technology laser and radial features, virtually resulting in unrivalled stopping the Bendix Brake Advice Centre
on 1800 819 666, or email us at
dynamometer equipment to eliminating contact vibration performance.
identify the optimum contact between pad and rotor. The Noise, durability and or visit our
surface area. The result is new pads are engineered to performance of the innovative website

42 • Caravanning Australia • Winter 2010

Product Reviews

New Bosch battery range now available

he new Bosch battery

T range has been released,

providing the latest in
battery technology for a wide
range of applications with
varying performance levels.
Designed with vehicle
owners in mind, the program
provides maximum benefits to
drivers, with all batteries in the
range totally sealed and 100
percent maintenance-free.
With their extremely high
capacity and cold start
currents, Bosch batteries
deliver maximum reliability and
starting power in all weather
Their innovative grid
technology makes these
energy packs resistant to high
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Car Cube launches quirky new products

umorous names like Rasta Mitt, Wax with good humour and secondly with high

H On Wax Off, and Glam Pad take on the

typical wash mitt polish applicator and
glass buffing pad.
performance products,” Ms Tulevski said.
The Car Cube washer enables users to
wash a car anywhere with just 20 litres,
The range includes products to wash, making it the most efficient way to wash a
dry, shine and detail any vehicle and is vehicle with water.
available nationally through selected Auto One wipe with Car Cube microfiber will lift
One stores, Big W, independent retailers and more traffic grime, grease and brake dust
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Business Development Director, Miriam chemicals.
Tulevski, said the company wanted to do The range comprises 14 new products to
something different with the range. wash, dry, shine and detail any vehicle.
“At trade shows we learnt that Ms Tulevski said competitive prices would
environmentally efficient practices are not a
give customers something else to smile
priority for auto customers,” she said.
“Rather, they want cleaning gear that
“Our leather chamois start at $11.99
does a good job which suggests a
while the Bug Off Sponge is just $1.99,” she
perception that eco-efficient equals poor
performance. said.
“We’re challenging that perception firstly For more information visit

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Product Reviews

Dual DVD HeadRest System by ASL automedia,

a ‘lifesaver’ for those long car trips
he Dual DVD HeadRest ASL Automedia supply a

T System comes with dual

channel headsets, games
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services from navigation
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screen cover. with the latest Navteq
The system plays DVDs mapping, Dual DVD HeadRest
independent of each other. and roof systems, reverse
This product is a must for camera kits including
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Cargo barriers released

ayman Reese has These include interior trim placing the unit where you Only after measuring the

H announced the much-

anticipated launch of its
premium range of cargo
plugs to cover up unsightly
drilling holes for when you
decide to remove the unit, and
need it the most and all cargo
barriers which are installed into
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mesh distortion and
anchorage system damage
after the drop test will the
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Product Reviews

Sunbeam holds the secret to fresh food

eeping everyday food

K deliciously fresh is easier

and more convenient
than ever before, with the
launch of the Sunbeam
handheld FoodSaver®
The Sunbeam FoodSaver®
FreshSaver™ vacuum
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designed zipper bags and deli
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Product Reviews

Local artisan cheeses released on maturity with a

cheesemakers’ guarantee

indi Cheese is proud to

J announce the launch of

Old Telegraph Road—a
traditional and local artisan
cheese range available in
selected gourmet food stores
and restaurants. Old Telegraph
Road is released only when
ripe enough to serve and is
stamped with the
cheesemakers’ guarantee of
Old Telegraph Road
celebrates the old fashioned
method of cheese making—
one that values the patient
practice of waiting. In today’s
fast paced world, the
traditional art of cheese
making has been lost. Old
Telegraph Road brings back
the delicious texture, taste and
aroma of slow maturation. Old
Telegraph Road is for cheese
lovers who know what a ripe,
matured to perfection cheese
should taste like.
Head Cheesemaker,
Franck Beaurain, and his
cheese making team of
passionate locals created the
Old Telegraph Road range in
reaction to the shortage of ripe
and ready to eat local cheeses
on the market. Their aim was
to make a cheese that was
held back until mature enough
to be served not a moment
too soon—ripe, flavoursome,
Released only after it has
been matured for one to three
months, Old Telegraph Road
renews the art of ageing
cheese, known by the French
as ‘affinage’. It is during this
process the magic happens.
The cheese making team is so
particular about ‘affinage’ it
has included a cheesemakers’ renowned dairy producing Washed Rind, Heritage Blue, so our customers can be
guarantee on the packaging in region. Old Telegraph Road is Sapphire Blue and Jumbunna confident our locally made
the form of a numbered red named after the road where Blue. cheese is always beautifully
rosette—a promise that Old the factory is located, in the Franck Beaurain says, mature and ready to eat. I will
Telegraph Road is available heart of this famed dairy “Chefs and deli owners are ensure personally with a
only when it’s the best it can country. The milk doesn’t finding it increasingly difficult stamp of approval that Old
be. travel far before it is to buy local, ripened cheese to
Telegraph Road guarantees
Proudly Australian made transformed into authentic, serve to their customers. Old
and owned, Old Telegraph hand-made cheese at Old Telegraph Road delivers a this every time.”
Road is made from the highest Telegraph Road. cheese with real, rich flavour Old Telegraph Road
quality cows milk produced by The Old Telegraph Road achieved through careful cheeses will be available
local cows* that feed on the range includes six different ageing and attention to detail. nationally in selected
lush, rich pasture of West cheeses: OTR Brie, Triple I have always wanted to restaurants and gourmet food
Gippsland—Victoria’s Cream White, Fire Engine Red guarantee a cheese’s ripeness stores.

*Jindi Cheese is an Australian-owned specialty cheese manufacturer. Based in the rolling hills of Gippsland, Victoria, the heartland of Australia’s dairy farming, its
multiple awards are testament to a commitment of quality, taste and innovation. Old Telegraph Road by Jindi is predominantly made from milk produced by Friesian
cows. Friesians are also known as Holsteins. It is the most popular breed, identifiable by its black and white appearance. The breed originates from Holland and
produces high volumes of milk with a low butterfat content. The health of the cow and farm hygiene is important for the quality of the milk that is critical for high
quality cheese.

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Latest Wine Releases

Hilltops reds dressed in gold

A dual release from the 2008 vintage will draw attention to Barwang’s favoured region
for premium red wines—Hilltops in New South Wales.
n appropriately named high

A altitude region, Hilltops is slightly

warmer in climate than nearby
Canberra. Yet with cooling winds from
the Great Dividing Range providing
protection to the vines, Shiraz and
Cabernet Sauvignon flourish in this
region and produce wines of marked
depth, elegance and structure.
Leading up to the 2008 vintage,
Hilltops experienced a warm season
with favourable growing conditions
and low to moderate rainfall. The
harvested fruit displayed full, ripe
flavours, delivering bold, flavoursome
characters to the 2008 Barwang
Hilltops Shiraz and 2008 Barwang
Hilltops Cabernet Sauvignon.
“Hilltops is a very exciting region
for red wines because it consistently
experiences textbook growing
conditions and has such rich minerality
in the soil,” says Barwang winemaker
Andrew Higgins. “The result is that we
get to work with grapes of ideal acid
and ripeness, fantastic flavour and colour retention and intense, Pricing and distribution: The Barwang wines are available
bright fruit characters.” nationally, priced at RRP $19.99

2008 Barwang 2008 Barwang Hilltops

Hilltops Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon
Fruit for this vibrant Shiraz was “To create the 2008 Barwang
fermented in open top Hilltops Cabernet Sauvignon,
fermenters before undergoing parcels of fruit were fermented in a
malolactic fermentation in a combination of open top and
combination of 25 percent new, rotary fermenters. The open top
40 percent one year old and 35 gives fruit lift and mid palate whilst
percent two year old French and the rotary adds structure and
American oak. length. A portion of the wine
The wine was kept in these underwent extended maceration
barrels for a period of 16 to give a different tannin profile for
months prior to a final blending. blending, providing opulence and
A portion of the selected wine length to the wine,” explains
was also matured completely in Andrew. “In a similar style to the
tank to retain freshness and add 2008 Barwang Hilltops Shiraz, the
lift and complexity to the final wine was then transferred to 25
wine upon blending. percent new, 40 percent one year
“This is a fleshy, fruit driven old and 35 percent two year old
wine with dominant fruit flavours French and American oak to
of rhubarb and black cherry, complete primary and malolactic
coupled with varietal black fermentation.”
spice,” says Andrew. “It shows a Crafted as a fruit driven, full-
fine and long tannin finish and bodied style of wine, the 2008
the oak treatment has given the Barwang Hilltops Cabernet
wine beautiful balance and Sauvignon presents flavours of
length.” cassis, liquorice and dark
Gold – Rutherglen Wine chocolate, coupled with varietal
Show 2009, Class 213 mint undertones. The wine shows
ample structure from supple fruit
tannins and nutmeg oak and
finishes with lingering, savoury
Gold – Bathurst National Cool
Climate Show 2009, Class 8010

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8 Winter Delights
from the kitchens of HEINZ®

Baked Bean Tapas Beef & Beetroot Steamed Fish Linguine with
Breakfast Burger Parcels Meatballs
Hearty and simple, this burger will This is a seriously simple way to
Serves: 4 Preparation time: 10 minutes
satisfy lovers of genuinely satisfy even the fussiest eaters at
INGREDIENTS wholesome-tasting hamburgers. Cooking time: 20 minutes the dinner table. These meatballs
2 tsp olive oil Makes: 4 Serves: 4 are so quick to prepare, and it’s
1 onion, roughly chopped really easy to get a great flavour
Beef Patties: with this soup because you don’t
1 clove garlic, finely chopped 60g butter, softened
500g beef mince have to add any additional herbs
2 rashers bacon, chopped 1 tbsp wholegrain mustard
⁄2 onion, finely diced or spices…although you could
420g HEINZ Baked Beans in 1 tbsp finely chopped chives finish with some fresh parmesan if
1 egg
Tomato Sauce 2 tbsp HEINZ Tomato Ketchup you’d like. Try these quick
2 tsps L&P Worcestershire Sauce
420g can chopped tomatoes 1 onion, cut into rings meatballs for a delicious meal
4 x 180g pieces firm fish fillets
1 tbsp HP Sauce 4 hamburger buns, split and ready in only 20 minutes.
toasted cooked rice and vegetables, for Serves: 4
1 cup baby spinach leaves
4 lettuce leaves, rinsed serving
4 slices cheddar cheese lemon wedges, to serve 400g lamb or beef mince
4 eggs 440g can GOLDEN CIRCLE Sliced
1 egg, beaten
Beetroot, drained METHOD
METHOD 1 cup fresh breadcrumbs
tomato relish, for serving 1. Pre-heat oven to 180ºC.
1. Pre-heat oven to 180˚C. 2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
METHOD: Combine butter, mustard, 2 tbsp oil
2. Heat the oil in a frypan then 1. Place the beef mince, onion, chives and L&P sauce. Mix 1 onion, sliced
add onion, garlic and bacon egg and HEINZ ketchup in a 420g can HEINZ Condensed
and cook for approximately 3 bowl and season to taste. Tomato, Herb & Roasted Garlic soup
Mix until well combined. 2. Place fish fillets onto 1
⁄2 cup water
minutes or until onion is soft.
Divide the mixture into 4 individual squares of baking 400g dried linguine pasta, cooked
Add HEINZ Baked Beans, and drained
portions and shape into large paper or foil approx. 25 x
tomatoes and HP sauce and patties about 1cm thick. METHOD
allow to simmer for 5 2. Heat a large non-stick frying 1. Combine mince, egg,
pan or barbecue plate and 3. Spoon butter mixture over the breadcrumbs and herbs. Mix
lightly spray with oil. Cook top of each piece of fish. Fold well and shape into small
3. Add spinach and cook for a
burger patties over medium- baking paper up and turn balls. Heat 1 tbsp oil in a
further 2 minutes until
high heat for 3 minutes each large pan and brown
spinach is wilted. Season to over at the top and sides to
side or until cooked. meatballs. Remove and set
taste with freshly ground Meanwhile, add onion rings form a parcel. Place onto an
aside. Drain on absorbent
black pepper and salt. to pan and cook tossing oven tray and bake for 15-20 paper.
4. Divide mixture between 4 frequently for 4 minutes until minutes until fish is tender. 2. Add extra oil to pan and cook
lightly browned. onion for 2 minutes, or until
tapas pans or shallow Cooking time will depend
3. Assemble burgers by placing softened. Add HEINZ soup
ovenproof dishes and form a upon the thickness of the fish
a lettuce leaf on the base of and water. Season with black
well in the centre. Crack an each toasted bun. Top with a fillet. pepper. Return meatballs to
egg in the centre of each well cheese slice, beef patty, 4. Serve fish drizzled with the pan, bring to the boil and
GOLDEN CIRCLE beetroot cooking juices from the parcel simmer for 15 minutes.
and bake for 7-10 minutes or
and cooked onions. Finish 3. Toss meatballs and sauce
until egg is cooked to your and accompany with rice,
with a dollop of relish. with the pasta. Serve
liking. Serve with toasted Replace bun lid and serve vegetables and lemon immediately garnished with
bread. immediately. wedges. basil.

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Mum’s Fish Pie Slow-Cooked Lamb Tuna & Green Pea Vanilla Cake with
This pie is the ultimate comfort Shanks with Baby Risotto Raspberry Sauce
food and always brings back very Risottos are such a great standby This vanilla buttermilk cake
fond memories of Good Friday as Beets meal and a terrific way to evokes many happy childhood
a child. Mum always served her Lamb shanks are such a great incorporate a whole range of memories of a special cake my
delicious fish pie annually on this winter dish and so easy to just vegetables, chicken or fish into grandmother used to make. As a
special occasion, but for some put on the stove and forget. With the meal without trying too hard. child, I always loved the delicious
If you’ve never attempted making jam and cream that used to ooze
reason we were never treated to the vegetables and sauce
a risotto before then there’s only a down the side of the cake and
this dish any other time of the contained within the one pot they onto my fingers. Strangely, it
year. Well, times have changed in give a really wholesome, hearty few tricks you need to note for
always reminded me of eating
feel to this special winter meal. your success. Firstly, be sure to
my home and we don’t wait for scones. It’s only been in recent
heat the rice until really hot (in fact
special occasions to enjoy the Served with a big dollop of years that I’ve rediscovered this
it should be too hot to hold glorious cake and have since
delicious creamy flavour of this creamy mashed potato, I can’t
between the forefinger and thumb been able to share the eating
magnificent fish pie. In my view, think of a better way to enjoy when dry-frying it in the pleasure with my own family and
every meal should be a special winter. beginning) and secondly, ensure friends and yes, it does still
occasion! Serves: 6 the stock is hot when you add it remind me of eating scones.
Serves: 4 INGREDIENTS little by little to the rice. Both of Serves: 8
1 tsp olive oil these tips will guarantee good
6 Frenched lamb shanks
absorption and a top quality
100g butter Cake
risotto. So feel free to add your 125g unsalted butter
⁄3 cup plain flour 6 garlic cloves, peeled
own favourite vegetable 1 cup caster sugar
3 cups milk 6 baby onions (pickling onions),
combinations to the tuna and 2 eggs
1 tbsp seeded mustard peeled
enjoy this delicious Italian meal 250ml buttermilk
700g potatoes, peeled and diced 440g GOLDEN CIRCLE Baby Beets
time and time again. 1 tsp vanilla essence
in Juice, drained with juice reserved 2 cups flour
425g can GREENSEAS Tuna Serves: 4
Chunks in Brine, drained 1 cup reserved beetroot juice (use 2 tsp baking powder
water to top-up to one cup) INGREDIENTS Pinch salt
⁄4 cup finely chopped chives
2 cups beef stock 4- 41⁄2 cups vegetable stock
⁄2 cup HEINZ frozen peas 11⁄2 cups water
1 cup red wine Raspberry sauce
100g baby spinach, chopped 1 tbsp olive oil 500g jar COTTEE’S Raspberry Jam
4 sprigs rosemary
⁄2 cup grated tasty cheese 1 tbsp butter 125ml apple juice
4 sprigs thyme
1 onion, finely chopped
METHOD 1 bay leaf
2 cups Arborio rice 250ml cream, lightly whipped
1. Melt 75g of butter in a 6 whole peppercorns
2 medium zucchini, halved & sliced
saucepan. Add flour and stir, METHOD
METHOD 1 cup HEINZ Frozen Peas
1. Preheat oven to 180˚C. Using
cooking for 1-2 minutes. Pour 1. Heat a large, heavy based 425g can GREENSEAS Tuna
a mixer or food processor,
in 700ml of the milk whisking Chunks in Springwater, drained
pot; add oil and lamb shanks cream the butter and sugar
continuously. Bring sauce to
⁄2 cup shaved parmesan cheese
and cook for approximately together until mixture is pale.
the boil until thickened, 10 minutes until shanks are METHOD Add the eggs one at a time,
stirring regularly. Stir in 1. Combine stock and water in beating well after each
well browned on all sides.
mustard and set aside. a saucepan and bring to the addition. Add the buttermilk
2. Add the garlic and onions
boil, then reduce to a slow and vanilla and mix on low
2. Cook potatoes in a saucepan and cook for a further 3 simmer. speed.
of boiling water until tender. minutes. Add the GOLDEN 2. Sift the flour, baking powder
2. Heat butter and oil in a large
Drain. Mash until smooth, CIRCLE beetroot, beetroot and salt together and add to
heavy based saucepan until
adding remaining butter and juice, stock, red wine, butter has melted. Add the the mixture. Mix on low
milk. Season to taste. rosemary, thyme, bay leaf and onion and sauté 2 minutes, or speed until just combined.
3. Stir GREENSEAS Tuna, peppercorns. Stir to combine until soft. Stir in the rice and 3. Transfer mixture to a greased
chives, peas and spinach into and lined 20cm cake tin and
gently whilst bringing liquid to cook a further 2 minutes.
bake for 45 minutes, or until a
white sauce and season to the boil. 3. Add 1 cup stock to rice and
skewer tests clean. Allow to
taste. 3. Cover pot and reduce heat to stir until absorbed. Continue
cool in the tin for 5 minutes
4. Pour mixture into a 1.5 litre a simmer. Allow shanks to adding stock gradually until before inverting onto a
baking dish or 4 x 11⁄2 cup all is absorbed and rice is serving plate.
simmer gently for 11⁄2 hours or
tender. 41. To prepare sauce, heat
ramekins. Top with potato, until lamb shanks are tender.
4. Stir in zucchini and peas, and raspberry jam with the apple
sprinkle with tasty cheese Stir occasionally. cook a further minute. juice in a small saucepan until
then bake in a preheated 4. Serve lamb shanks and baby Remove from heat and stir in hot. Pour sauce over slices of
oven of 180ºC for 25 minutes beets on a pile of creamy the tuna and parmesan warm vanilla cake and finish
until golden and heated mashed potato and garnish cheese. Serve with extra with a dollop of lightly
through. with fresh herbs. parmesan if desired. whipped cream.

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National Rally

Australasian Touring Caravan, Motorhome & Camping Club

National gathering—Deniliquin, NSW

16/3/10 – 23/3/10
TUESDAY processing plant and a sample bottle of the product each.
A total of 42 member units attended the get together at Charlie Carp has a commitment to protecting our waterways by
Deniliquin (Deni to the locals)—at the Deniliquin Riverside controlling European carp and helping to replenish native fish
Caravan Park, and no time was wasted in catching up with old stocks, as carp has become a serious threat to Australia’s inland
friends. At happy hour, our president, Brian, welcomed everyone, waterways.
and Denise from the Peppin Heritage Centre came along and It was amazing to see the huge size of the carp (all locally
gave a very interesting talk on local history and places of interest, caught), which are frozen until the time of processing, and even
after which the club put on a welcome sausage sizzle. It was all more amazing was that there was no fertiliser smell anywhere.
very relaxing. It’s a very well kept and run factory, and the manager was most
As Denise explained, this region, like many others in helpful to our group.
Australia, has suffered badly for the best part of seven years from We had a free afternoon, and it was another beautiful hot
drought, so the rains that deluged the area just the week before day. Many took advantage of the great pool at the park, whilst
we arrived were welcomed by all. The dams were almost full, the some went fishing at the Edward River and lots of ladies did an
crops were saved, and life in the country was looking good initial investigation of the shops. At happy hour, the park
again. managers Andrew and Shelley put on a barbecue dinner and
Tourism is big in Deniliquin, and many festivals are held in and salads for us. Afterwards, we were entertained by a local
around Deni each year, including the Seniors Muster, held after gentleman called Alec Allitt, aged 81, who still works a farm
Easter each year, and of course the world famous Ute Muster. outside the town with his wife. He is a bush poet and travels all
Deniliquin holds the Guinness World Record for the largest over the place to the bush folk festivals.
parade of legally registered utes in the world—an amazing We heard classic Australian yarns, skits about caravanners,
number of 2,839 drivers took part in 1999, thereby establishing and bush poetry. We enjoyed all the jokes and had a good laugh,
Deniliquin as the Ute Capital of the World. In 2008 a grand total especially at the satire about caravanners. Aussies love to laugh
of 7,242 utes made the pilgrimage to the Ute Muster site. at themselves! It was great fun.
After morning tea, we tagged along out of the township to the This was our coach tour day. We strolled to the Heritage Centre
Charlie Carp fertiliser factory, and were given a tour of the (incorporating the Visitor Centre). This was once the Deniliquin

Island night dress-up winners

50 • Caravanning Australia • Winter 2010

National Rally

Auctioneer supreme Island night dress-ups

Public School, and a classroom has been left intact with all of its We saw the ‘fancy’ end of the town where there are lots of
furniture, books and bags. The centre was renamed the Peppin lovely properties on the riverfront, and were shown the famous
Heritage Centre in honour of the Peppin family and the influence ‘Deni Ute Muster’ grounds, before continuing on to Clancy’s of
they had on the founding of the Australian merino industry. Conargo Winery where we got to taste their various wines.
We looked at all the displays of early settlers, historical Lunch was served at the winery and then we listened to a talk
documents, photographs, and the history of stations along the from the manager, Bernard Clancy, about his extensive collection
Edward River. The ‘Struggle for Water’ exhibition fascinated all of of international numberplates, which fill every wall and even the
us. In the grounds of the centre was an original ram shed with ceilings in the factory. Some plates are very old limited editions
cane grass roofing, the legend of the Headless Horseman, and and are quite valuable. Bernard also collects bottles and
the Wanganella Gaol. We gathered in the central room of the glassware, and it’s a very interesting place to visit.
building for a talk by Denise, and she encouraged us to look at a Then it was on to East Tolans Farm, which is run by Adam
large exhibition by one of the local artists, which was fascinating and Pamela Wettenhall. The first thing we saw was a very large
and unusual. The centre is a must to visit. rice crop that was almost ready to harvest. In Deniliquin, bulk rice
We had a delicious morning tea at the Crossing Café then is milled for export markets under the SunRice brand. According
waited for our coach to arrive. Denise was our tour guide and to information supplied, 40 million people around the world eat
was very knowledgeable, having run a rice farm in the district for rice milled from Deniliquin, which is a major centre for the
over 30 years. Australian rice industry.

Mosaic ute in Deniliquin

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National Rally

Some of our members at craft morning Pancake breakfast

Adam and Pamela also run

sheep, cereal crops and
agroforestry. We were shown the
lambing paddock and saw many
newborn lambs. Lots of them were
twins, staggering to their feet for the
first time—it was a great sight, as
was the group of three alpacas who
stand guard over and protect all the
newborns and the ewes.
We just missed out on seeing a
group of ewes being sheared but
were shown through the shed and
saw the wool being sorted and
Pam is also a talented artist, and
we were taken to their homestead
where she works with old barbed
wire and makes the most amazing
artistic structures, which are
scattered all around their extensive
Huge bronzed birds stand guard
whilst a group of ducks appears to
be coming out of the pond, and wire
ball baskets are everywhere. The Bronzed sculptures at East Tolans farm
farm was well worth a visit, and we
were back to the park in time for happy
hour. Another free day today and it was hot again, so a lot of time
was spent in and around the pool—it was a great central social
FRIDAY spot. The craft ladies kept busy in the cooler areas, and many
John Eggleston and the golfers got an early start today. We were people checked out some of the town attractions, such as the
pleased to see our Western Australian delegate Allan arrive this Waring Gardens—the beautiful park in the centre of the town
morning, who had flown from Perth to Melbourne on the red-eye, with a natural watercourse running through it—the bird-life at the
then driven up to Deni. Ted and Verna also arrived from Island Sanctuary, the Ute on the Pole, and the mosaic-covered
Melbourne to join in just for the weekend. This epitomises the ute, not to mention long lunches at the cafes and clubs around
‘family’ aspect of our club. the town.

Processing carp Frozen carp ready to process at Charlie Carp Factory

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Rice farm outside Deniliquin

Wool being baled at East Tolans farm Some of East Tolans’ homestead sculptures

In the evening Barry and Helen put on a quiz/trivia evening, TUESDAY

which was enjoyed by all, judging by the laughter and groaning— Free day, and barefoot bowls in the evening. Barefoot bowls
and it was good for the brain, too! night was a great success with 27 members playing and the rest
supporting. The RSL put on a spread that only country folk can
SATURDAY do, a barbecue with a table full of salads, and it was a meal to
General Meeting at 10am. Allan outlined his plans for ‘The
remember. After our meal we were put into playing teams and we
Traveller’ as its new editor, with WA members offering to help at
all enjoyed 16 ends of bowls. After the game had finished, we
busy times. Verna ran through their planned itinerary for the
Shepparton AGM in October 2010. This looks like being a full-on, made our way back upstairs where a nice supper awaited us.
well-organised get together, and she and her husband Ted have Member Gerry led the winning team for the bowls, and a
both put a lot of work in to make it a success. The Club dinner at presentation of a mug and cloth was made to the winning team.
the Deni RSL Club that evening was lovely. The Mountbatten Before we left, a presentation was made to Jock the organiser,
Room was done out very tastefully, the meal was lovely, and and to president Brian, then all members were presented with a
afterwards many members stayed on to play the pokies, listen to wine glass from the president of the Bowls Club. This was truly a
the band, dance, and generally have a good time. night to remember and it really made us all agree that Deniliquin
is a truly RV-friendly town.
We had a pancake breakfast with a wonderful selection of fruits, WEDNESDAY
juice, cream, jams and syrups. Brian said that as the men had Our get together was officially closed and fond farewells were
cooked the barbecue on the first night that the ladies could take said to all, until we meet at the next get together. We highly
over, and we did, churning out pancakes by the dozen—they recommend the town of Deniliquin to all travellers, whether you
were delicious. Afterwards, craft tables were set up and items be RV travellers or not, as there is so much to see and do in and
laid out for sale. In the afternoon there was a disc bowls around the region. Take the time, talk to the local people - you
tournament, which was a lot of fun, and even first-timers did well. will be warmly welcomed as we were. It is so much more fun to
Happy hour was followed by a pizza night and fancy dress be with a like-minded group of people who are like family to each
(island style). We had a ball and Allan chose the best costumes other such as in our club.
on the night. Instead of a raffle, it was decided that we would As our bumper sticker says ‘DO IT IN DENI’. A great time
wrap the donations up and hold a mystery auction with Bill as was had by all.
the auctioneer and Doreen helping. It was a great success, and 3 Money spent in town was $30,000+
the quality of the prizes was excellent. Proceeds of the Mystery Auction:
3 A donation to the local hospital. A cheque was presented to
MONDAY the President and Treasurer of the local Hospital Auxiliary for
Free day, more pool time, and some went bowling. Happy hour $300.
was followed by a BYO barbecue and get together at the camp
3 A donation to the Royal Flying Doctor Service of $300.
kitchen, and in the evening, card games were hosted by John
and Colleen Sheerin. By Helen & Barry Beachley – AUS 410

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Explore Australia’s Red Centre

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T through the heart of Australia’s Red

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Set on lush green grass shaded by
native desert oaks, this well-equipped
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Campground guests have access to
all that Ayers Rock Resort has to offer,
including 13 dining experiences, a
shopping centre, the Red Ochre Spa, and attractions are on offer within the national dining experience under a canopy of
the renowned Mulgara Gallery displaying park, from unique desert explorations by stars, to the Desert Awakenings tour
aboriginal art. camel or Harley Davidson and the taking in the sunrise, a bushman’s
More than 65 tours, activities and unforgettable Sounds of Silence desert breakfast and a base walk of Uluru.

Ayers Rock Campground offers a range of
facilities and shaded sites, making it the
perfect base camp to explore the natural
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Pitch your tent on lush green grass or park your
caravan under the shade of native desert gums.
With caravan and tent sites, powered sites,
air-conditioned cabins and village tents to choose
from, Ayers Rock Campground offers a range of
services and facilities to make the great outdoors
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Australian Indigenous
cultural heritage
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures are complex and diverse. The Indigenous
cultures of Australia are the oldest living cultural history in the world—they go back at least
50,000 years and some argue closer to 65,000 years. One of the reasons Aboriginal cultures
have survived for so long is their ability to adapt and change over time. It was this affinity
with their surroundings that goes a long way to explaining how Aboriginal people survived
for so many millennia. (CONTINUED ON PAGE 57)

Warning. This article may contain the names and images of Aboriginal and Islander people now deceased.

Aboriginal stone messages and artwork found off the Anne Beadell
Highway. Image: Tourism Western Australia.

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• Aboriginal Culture Rockart Tours

• See ancient aboriginal rockart • Hear about bush tucker
and medicines • And the history of the Aranda people
• Tag Along Station Tours & dot paint workshops
• Self Contained Cabins

Wallace Rockhole Tourist Park Camp Ground

Wallace Rockhole is a true Aranda and traditional bushtucker.
Aboriginal community on the edge of 3. Dot painting workshops – learn
the James Ranges 117km west of Alice about dot painting and have a go on
Springs on the way to Hermansburg, a bookmark.
Palm Valley, and on to Kings Canyon via 4. Stock Camp – visit the cattle yards,
the Mereenie Loop Road. learn about the way cattle are
The community offers excellent mustered, drafted, cut, branded,
camping facilities (2 cabins) and tours: tagged and trucked with billy tea
1. Rockart Tour – see the ancient and camp oven damper.
engravings that belong to a graphic
The community’s art centre has
tradition across Australia (8,000
locally made arts and crafts for sale.
years old), and learn about the
community and traditional culture. For conditions, details and pre booking,
2. Learn about kangaroo tail cooking phone Ken on (08) 8956 7993.

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ultural heritage is seen as ‘the total ways of living built up by to ensure Indigenous involvement in national and state parks is

C a group of human beings, which is passed from one

generation to the next’, given to them by reason of their
seen to be part of processes which help contribute to
reconciliation, respect, recognition and cultural awareness,
resolution of Native Title, training, employment and enterprise
In Australia, Indigenous communities keep their cultural development, support for Aboriginal heritage and cooperative
heritage alive by passing their knowledge, arts, rituals and management of the parks and wildlife.
performances from one generation to another, speaking and
teaching languages, protecting cultural materials, sacred and Diversity—location and languages
significant sites, and objects. Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders identify themselves through
their land areas, their relationship to others and their language
Land—at the core of belief and stories—which may be expressed through ceremony, the
Land is fundamental to the wellbeing of Aboriginal people. The arts, family, religion, and sports. Cultural heritage is passed on
land is not just soil or rocks or minerals, but a whole environment from one generation to the next.
that sustains and is sustained by people and culture. For There were about 600 different clan groups or ‘nations’
Indigenous Australians, the land is the core of all spirituality and around the continent when Europeans arrived, many with
this relationship and the spirit of ‘country’ is central to the issues distinctive cultures and beliefs. Their ‘territories’ ranged from lush
that are important to Indigenous people today. woodland areas to harsh desert surroundings. Different groups
All of Australia’s developed different skills
Aboriginals were semi- and built a unique body of
nomadic hunters and knowledge based on their
gatherers, with each clan particular environment. 
having its own territory from The system of kinship
which they ‘made their We cultivated our land, but put everybody in a specific
living’. These territories or in a way different from the relationship to each other as
‘traditional lands’ were well special relationships
defined by geographic
white man. We endeavoured with land areas based on
boundaries such as rivers, to live with the land; they their clan or kin. These
lakes and mountains. They seemed to live off it. I was relationships have roles and
understood and cared for taught to preserve, never responsibilities attached to
their different environments, to destroy. them.
and adapted to them. Kinship influences
marriage decisions and
Aborigine Tom governs much of everyday
Dystra behaviour. By adulthood,
Indigenous knowledge of people know exactly how to
the land is linked to their exceptional tracking skills based on behave, and in what manner, to all other people around them as
their hunter and gatherer life. This includes the ability to track well as in respect to specific land areas. Kinship is about meeting
down animals, to identify and locate edible plants, and to find the obligations of one’s clan, and forms part of Aboriginal Law,
sources of water and fish. sometimes known as the Dreaming.
Language is vitally important in understanding Indigenous
National parks heritage, as much of their history is an oral history. Hundreds of
National parks can contain sites of significance for Aboriginal languages and dialects existed (although many are now extinct),
communities, such as rock engravings and artwork. National and language meaning, as well as geographic location, is used
parks can be significant for Aboriginal people because of today to identify different groups.
Dreaming stories associated with those sites.
National parks management recognises this intrinsic Adaptation—tools and technology
relationship that Aboriginal people have with their ‘country’. The Tools and implements reflect the geographical location of
land is often less disturbed by European settlement. Often the different groups. For example, coastal tribes used fishbone to tip
land areas have been relatively inaccessible or not suitable for their weapons, whereas desert tribes used stone tips. While tools
European agricultural practices, or have been left relatively intact. varied by group and location, Aboriginal people all had knives,
National Parks and Wildlife Service programs are often run in scrapers, axe-heads, spears, various vessels for eating and
conjunction with Traditional Owners and Aboriginal communities drinking, and digging sticks.

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Walkatjara Art gallery was started in 1995, it is
situated at Uluru at the Uluru/Kata Tjuta Cultural
Centre and is a Subsidiary of Gumlake PTY LTD, the
Company is owned by Mutitjulu Community and
operated by a Board of Directors all of which are
Anangu of Mutitjulu Community at Uluru.
The name Walkatjara comes from the Pitjanjatjara
language, Walka meaning “designs, drawings or
meaningful marks”. And Tjara “having”.
All Artworks in the Gallery have been created here
by the local Anangu men and women of the
Mutitjulu Community. In 1995 the Walkatjara
Womens Art Group ventured into pottery and
ceramics, they are all hand painted with stories that
are culturally significant to the Uluru Region.
Each of Walkatjara’s Artists receive 60% of the sale
price of an art piece, and after the galleries
operating costs, all other generated income are
used for Mutitjulu Community Projects.

PO Box 82, Yulara, NT 0872

Lassetters Highway,
Uluru/Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, Uluru
Tel: (08) 8956 2537 Fax: (08) 8956 2724
GPS: 25’30 S; 131’00 E


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of the region’s most rare some sand on your shoes and explore the rich deserts of
and elusive animals on a Central Australia. Spot rare and endangered animals,
Nocturnal Tour. discover the abundance of wildflowers in winter, and learn
about one of the world’s oldest living cultures from local
Aboriginal guides. Make a day of it and enjoy a cuppa or
lunch in the café overlooking the MacDonnell Ranges.
Larapinta Drive, Take your time and take home lots of photos, new stories
GATEWAY TO THE WEST MACDONNELL RANGES and secrets of the desert. You will never look at deserts in
Phone (08) 8951 8788 the same way again!

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Aboriginal people achieved two world firsts with stone

technology. They were the first to introduce ground edges on
cutting tools and to grind seed. They used stone tools for many
things, including: to make other tools, to get and prepare food,
to chop wood, and to prepare animal skins.
After European discovery and English colonisation, Aboriginal
people quickly realised the advantages of incorporating metal,
glass and ceramics. They were easier to work with, gave a very
sharp edge, and needed less resharpening.

Sacred sites and Dreaming stories

In most stories of the Dreaming, the Ancestor spirits came to the
earth in human form and as they moved through the land, they
created the animals, plants, rocks and other forms of the land
that we know today. They also created the relationships between
groups and individuals to the land, the animals and other people.
Once the ancestor spirits had created the world, they
changed into trees, the stars, rocks, watering holes or other
objects. These are the sacred places of Aboriginal culture and
have special properties. Because the ancestors did not
disappear at the end of the Dreaming, but remained in these
sacred sites, the Dreaming is never-ending, linking the past and
the present, the people and the land.
For Aboriginal people, all that is sacred is in the land.
Knowledge of sacred sites is learned through a process of
initiation and gaining an understanding of Aboriginal law. It is, by
definition, not public knowledge. This is why the existence of
many sites might not be broadcast to the wider world unless
they are threatened.
Perhaps the most well-known sacred site in Australia is
Uluru. Located in the centre of Australia, southwest of Alice
Springs, the first European explorers named it Ayers Rock. The
caves inside the rock are covered with Aboriginal paintings. In
1985 the Commonwealth Government of Australia returned


• Art Gallery • Museum

Top Didj & Art Gallery

home to the famous apple strudel • Listen to tales of tribal life • Paint your own artwork
Entry fee - $10.00 Seniors $8.00
Open from - 9am to 4pm Mon-Sun 130kms
• Hunting activities • Vast range of didgeridoo’s
west of Alice Springs. • Variety of unique artwork • Pat Edward the emu
visit: Bookings (08) 8971 2751 or 0414888786
Tel: (08) 8956 7402 or Fax: (08) 8954 8025
Crn Gorge Rd & Jaensch Rd, 7km from Post Office, Katherine, NT 0851

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Uluru to its traditional owners, Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara

people (also known as Anangu).

Performance—music, songs, dance and

Ceremonial performances are seen as the core of cultural life. For
example, for Tiwi Islanders, these performances bring together all
aspects of their art—song, dance, body decoration, sculpture
and painting.
Music, song and dance was and still is today a very
important part of Aboriginal life and customs. There were songs
for every occasion, some of which were expressed in special
Songs and dances were exchanged often at large ceremonial
gatherings when many people gathered together and when trade
goods were also exchanged. These gatherings often occurred at
a time and place when there was plenty of food.
Dance is a unique aspect of ceremonies which is learnt and
passed down from one generation to another. To dance is to be
knowledgeable about the stories of the ancestral heroes,
although dancing, unlike painting and singing, is learnt at an early
This allows large groups of people to demonstrate their clan
rights in front of an audience. Dance is also seen as an occasion
to entertain and to be entertained and through the work of dance
to show their love for families and kin. It is for this reason that
dance may be performed at the end of every day in some

Visual arts
The quality and variety of Australian Indigenous art produced
today reflects the richness and diversity of Indigenous culture
and the distinct differences between tribes, languages, dialects
and geographic landscapes.

Arlpwe Artists
Aboriginal Corporation
ABN 53 051 816 864 Traditional Dance Festival – Ali Curung
A Traditional Dance Festival is to be held on July 3 & 4 in Ali
Ali Curung is a four hours north of Alice Springs on the
CULTURE CENTRE Stuart Highway to Darwin and is accessed by a good
bitumen road 15 minutes in.
PMB 188, Ali Curung, Via Alice Springs NT 0872
There will be men and women dancing as well you will
Phone/Fax: (08) 8964 1640 also see a woomera spear throwing competition as well as a
fire making competition with boomerangs.
Email: At the community owned Art Gallery you can experience
bush tucker, and bush medicine talks and art
Visit our website: demonstrations of painting, jewellery making and artefact making.
Each night there will be music concerts from live bands
and film showings as well.
Arlpwe Art and Culture Centre is supported by the
Federal Government and the NT Government Visit our website:

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The emergence of ‘dot’

paintings by Indigenous men from
the western deserts of Central
Australia in the early 1970s has
been called the greatest art
movement of the twentieth century.
Prior to this, most cultural material
by Indigenous Australians was
collected by anthropologists.
Consequently, collections were
found in university departments or
natural history museums worldwide,
not art galleries. That all changed at
a place called Papunya with what
became known as the Papunya Tula
art movement of the Western
Today Indigenous art ranges
across a wide variety of mediums
from works on paper and canvas to
fibre and glass.The story of the way
these art forms developed runs
parallel to the history and
experiences of the artists
themselves. It reflects customary
trading patterns, a struggle for
survival and the influence of
governments and churches.
A report by the Cultural
Ministers’ Council—Statistics
Working Group in 2007 suggests
that over a quarter of Australia’s
Indigenous population is involved in
creative arts, with almost twice as
many Indigenous females as males.

Aboriginal tourism has only recently
emerged as an industry. A diversity
of tours and experiences that
promote Aboriginal culture and
lifestyle are available for travellers
throughout Australia. The
Aboriginal elder drawing dreamtime stories in the dirt. experiences range from organised
tours to performances of dance, the
purchase of traditional Aboriginal
BOODEREE NATIONAL PARK artefacts and an opportunity to stay
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• Three much loved campgrounds in bush
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beaches and our bushwalking trails with ensure that communities prosper
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Iwantja Arts is an Government online culture portal,
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visit our website art centre that supports 22/4/2010. Copyright Commonwealth of
Indulkana Community. Australia, reproduced by permission.

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Western Australia

Wongan Hills
“It’s a Wildflower Adventure”
Wongan Hills is a small thriving community with great
shopping, friendly people and amazing walk trails with more
than 1300 species of flowering plants.
Mt Matilda Walk Trail
This beautiful 3 hour wildflower walk to 5 hour scenic walk
has been listed as one of Western Australia’s Top 50 Trails.
See spectacular views of the Wheatbelt, wildflowers galore
and the elusive malleefowl. Glimpse the majestic eagle as it
hovers over the hills.
5th Annual Reynoldson Reserve Festival
12-14 November 2010 – weekend of stalls, guided walk
tours of this amazing reserve, photo exhibition and more.

where your wildflower PINK LAKE
adventure begins TOURIST PARK
Situated only 2 kilometres from the town
centre, Pink Lake Tourist Park is ideal for
that quiet, relaxed getaway. Wildflower
season September to November.
En suite cabins, 1 & 2 bed villas, tourist
cabins and budget cabins. Large shady
Images courtesy
Jen Grey Wilson
powered and unpowered sites with fully
and Don Palmer
equipped campers kitchen, spacious
country, is the ideal stopover on your journey through the ablutions and sheltered BBQ areas. Well-
spectacular Pilbara countryside.
The revitalised centre reflects a distinctly West Australian flavour
behaved family pets accepted. New
showcasing local and nationally made products such as books,
stunning objects of ceramic, glass or wood, and our beautiful
playground equipment. Wireless internet.
range of contemporary jewellery.
Take a walk through our mining and pastoral museums which explore
113 Pink Lake Road, Esperance WA 6450
the history and industries which have shaped this unique and timeless
landscape, or book a tour of BHP Billitons Mt Whaleback Mine Freecall: 1800 011 311 Fax: (08) 9071 5075
– the largest open cut iron ore mine in the world.
Mention this ad to staff at the Newman Visitor Centre
to receive your complimentary set of Wild Flower
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Valid whilst stocks last, one postcard set per visitor.


Cnr Newman Drive and Fortescue Ave
Phone 08 9175 2888 Fax 08 9175 2964
Opening times 8-5 (7 days)

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Golden Outback
A place for discovery, and re-discovery
Western Australia’s Golden Outback by name alone promises an experience tinted gold; by
the sun, the minerals stumbled upon there, and the character of the people. Gemma
Peckham recalls time spent in the colourful outback of Western Australia years ago, and
discovers that although some things may have changed, some are thankfully bound to stay
exactly the same.
rowing up, my school holidays were almost invariably taken difficult to resist the temptation of wandering up and down these

G somewhere in the lesser-known regions of Australia. From

driving across the Nullarbor, to visiting the ghost town of
Silverton, my parents packed me and my two sisters up and took
historic thoroughfares.
Coming into the wheatbelt region, if you’re heading west
from South Australia or Esperance, take a turn inland towards
us into the thick of Australia, showing us more of our country Wagin. On the way there, it’s worth a quick stop at Lake
than a lot of Australians see in a lifetime. Towerrinning, where you can really get away from it all. The lake
The outback always featured prominently in our trips, and it is a haven for water sports enthusiasts, as you can go
is the colour of the landscape that burns brightest in my memory. swimming, boating, or waterskiing. There are plenty of great
picnic spots, and a bird-life sanctuary where a number of
Wheatbelt different bird species congregate. Lakeside Camping is a
The wheatbelt region of the Golden Outback is a beautiful vista fantastic spot to lower your flywheel or hammer in some tent
of rocky red terrain and golden wheatfields, studded with small pegs, if you’re looking to truly soak in the atmosphere of this
townships whose main streets are so delightful, you’ll find it location.

Western Australian Christmas tree (Nuytsia floribunda) and grass tree (Balga), Cape Le Grand National

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Western Australia

Shire of Kellerberrin
Kellerberrin, situated on the Great Eastern Highway,
is located 204 kms East of Perth in the Central
East Region.

Upcoming Events:
3 Speedway Meetings: July – October
Speedway Club, Kellerberrin
3 Eastern Zone Horse Trials: July
Greater Sports Ground, Kellerberrin

Kellerberrin from Hill – Photo by Mick Cole

3 Agricultural Society Show: September
Greater Sports Ground, Kellerberrin
Shire of Kellerberrin 3 Central Wheatbelt Harness Racing: March – May &
September – November
Hillview Caravan Park Greater Sports Ground Kellerberrin
Contained within the Greater Sports Ground
The Shire of Kellerberrin has a population of over
Caretaker after hours 0428 138 474 1,200, with a town population of over 1,000 people. The
With all facilities and electric BBQ other townsite of the Shire is Doodlakine, with an
estimated population of 30 residents.
Scenic Walks around the hill
The countryside is slightly undulating with stands of
Peaceful location away from the main highway timber and scrub. Varieties of timber include Salmon
Phone (08) 9045 4006 Gum, York Gum and Gimlet, also rare stands of Banksia
and Gungunru.
Fax (08) 9045 4437
Visitors to Kellerberrin can enjoy the benefits of living
The ‘true’ Wheatbelt Centre in a community which enjoys a safe, healthy, relaxed lifestyle.

Quairading –
Enjoy Our
Country Lifestyle
The Quairading Tourist
Committee is
conducting tours of
the District during
Winter and Spring
Located only 160 km from Perth, an easy two hour
time, to view our
drive. A beautiful small country town in the heart of the
Wheatbelt, that offers a safe country lifestyle for just a spectacular
visit or staying a lifetime.
wildflowers and native
BOOK A GROUP TOUR OF QUAIRADING fauna. These volunteers are keen to promote our town
and the different attractions available to visitors.
Prior bookings are a must and package includes:
Tourist Centre featuring Natural Wood Sculpture, Vintage
Club with working tractors and machinery, Wildflowers at
the Nature Reserve, with a perfect view of the area from
N OW A RV F R I E N D the top of Nookaminnie Rock. Meet the local volunteers
L Y TOW N and much more.
SHIRE OF QUAIRADING Quairading is a RV Friendly town and features
(Tourist & Tidy Town Committee) excellent Caravan Park facilities including a fully self
Phone: (08) 9645 1001 contained two bedroom cabin with disabled access.

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The Giant Ram entry statement to Wagin. IMAGE: TOURISM WESTERN AUSTRALIA

the trips my family took into the outback, we stopped at a

section of this immense fence; an unusual sight stretching into
brown nothingness in both directions, with no other sign of
civilisation—I remember how strange it seemed. It still stands as
it did then—an impressive construction, and so steeped in
history, and even popular culture, that it’s definitely worth a visit.
The rabbit proof fence was maintained by a group of workers
whose huts were once located in Quairading—you can see the
remaining chimney and timber supports at a property in town.
While Quairading is the place of the small brush kangaroo, its
neighbour Narembeen, according to the Aboriginal origins of its
name, is the place of the female emu. Spotting oddities in
townships was always great fun for my sisters and me as we
drove through numerous outback locations, and Narembeen
didn’t disappoint. There are sculptures of emus scattered
throughout the town in rather unlikely places.
You may be lucky enough to spot some real emus as you
A cats paw (Anigozanthos humilis) in flower, common in the southern area of Western drive to some of the attractions outside of town. The Old
Prospector’s Trail not only takes you through undisturbed bush, it
also takes you back in time. It’s a theme-based drive, with
Travelling as a child, it used to take something big to get my reconstructed prospector camps, interpretive displays and a
attention, and a nine metre tall merino sheep in Wagin definitely fantastic lookout.
did the job. The sheep, erected in 1985 and still standing tall in If you prefer to walk, the Hidden Hollow (a name that would
the Wetlands Park, is the locals’ celebration of the town’s have guaranteed excitement from the back seat on any of our
prosperity, which came from Merino farming. journeys) has a scenic walk to a natural amphitheatre rock, which
Wagin’s historical village showcases old machinery and is a perfect spot for a picnic.
buildings which demonstrate the heritage of the area, and there’s And if rocks are your thing, then you will not be disappointed
a heritage walk which allows you to really appreciate the history as you head towards Bruce Rock, a typical wheatbelt town.
of the town. Dotted around the landscape, as if shaken like dice and rolled,
Much of the time driving though the centre of Australia years are rocks of all different shapes and sizes. One of the more
ago, I had a book on my knee, because as a kid it doesn’t impressive of these is Kokerbin Rock, Australia’s third-largest
matter how stunning the scenery is—sometimes you need monolith, and a place where small hands can press against the
something to do. I remember, though, that travelling through this brown and black streaked stone, and feel a bit of history
area was enough to make me fold down the corner of my page, coursing under its surface.
and stare out the window. The sky was like an inverted mystical In town, there are plenty of local museums dedicated to
blue bowl, domed over the vast yellow flat land. history, agriculture, and memorabilia. Also take a minute to check
Wheatbelt towns are quaint, and the countryside that
separates them is varied and fascinating through a child’s eyes.
The enormous vistas of farmland, interspersed with golden fields
and unusual rock formations, can really inspire a young
North of Wagin, Quairading is a modest township, with a
name derived from the Aboriginal word for ‘small brush
kangaroo’. Many of Quairading’s attractions are the natural
elements that surround the town, such as the Quairading Nature
Reserve, where you can wander amidst remnant native
vegetation, spot many different species of native animals, and
get a great view of the town and surrounding areas from • Powered & underpowered sites
Nookaminnie Rock. • Dogs allowed • In quiet rural setting with lake views
Toapin Weir is another lovely place to visit, and is the first
example of a reticulated water system derived from a rock Lake Towerrinning Moodiarrup, Western Australia
catchment. The weir is located in the midst of the bush, and is a Ian & Tereasa Peirce, Agg Road Duranillin 6393
popular spot for picnics. Tel/Fax: (08) 9863 1040 Mobile: 0428 631 040
Also close by is the intriguing rabbit proof fence. On one of Email:

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Home of the Giant Ram
Historical Village Museum
& Woolorama


Other attractions include:
• Giant Ram Park with picnic facilities • Old Well • Wait-Jen Trail
• Historic Walk & Buildings • Natural Attractions & Wild Flowers in
season • Norring Lake • Accommodation and all the usual services.
Tourist Information Centre within the Historical Village
Tel: (08) 9861 1232
Open daily 10.00am - 4.00pm (except Christmas and Boxing days,
Good Friday and Easter Sunday)

G Perenjori Caravan ParkF

Cnr North Road and Crossing Street • 

• 30 Powered sites & 10 Unpowered Camping Sites • 

• 5 luxury chalets • 
• Comfortable Shady Sites
• Dump Point
Renowned for the district wildflowers in season particularly    
the famous and rare wreath flower. Very friendly town with all  
camper and caravanner’s needs available.    "#$ $%&&     
Please contact Bronwyn or Ken on 9973 1193 '   '
' '


A Place of Wheat & Wattle
Come and join the peace and tranquility at the Dalwallinu
Caravan Park. We have powered and unpowered sites, on-
site vans, self-contained units and campers kitchen. Rallies
are welcome and your dogs on a leash are welcome too. Just
a short walk to the town centre and restaurants.
Phone: (08) 9661 1253

Kalannie Caravan Park

For further tourist information Heading our way? Why not drop in and enjoy the scenic farming
call the Shire of Dalwallinu country and the beautiful wildflowers in season. Powered sites,
on (08) 9661 0500 or on-site vans and unpowered sites available.
visit the web: Phone: (08) 9666 2068

Wild Flowers
Within 100 kms Dalwallinu is the largest density of Wattle (Acacia) species to be found
anywhere in the world. They flower most of the year, but blooming reaches its
maximum during the months of August and September. From July to October each
year, thousands of wildflower enthusiasts make the journey to enjoy our beautiful
wildflowers, including the unusual Wreath Flower.

Special Event
The Annual Wattle Week Festival, is held in the second week of September, and offers the opportunity to take
guided tours throughout the Shire discovering the heritage, natural sites and flora of the area.

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out the bank at Shackleton, which claims to be Australia’s Also surrounding Moora is what was once a large ‘salmon’
smallest bank, measuring only three by four metres. gum forest, where the pink trunks are offset by golden wattle and
Just down the road, experience the charm and warmth of blue dampiera. Moora is home to a number of quirky and lovely
Kellerberrin, where there is no shortage of country hospitality. artworks, including the Town Clock, which was designed by local
Enjoy a beer at the Kellerberrin Hotel, and visit the folk museum school students, and the historical murals along the Painted
in the town’s old Agricultural Hall for a look at some interesting Road.
memorabilia from the town’s history. Wildflower season is from July to October, so if you’re visiting
There’s also a great gallery, the International Arts Space in winter, you’re sure to encounter a huge variety of blooms.
Kellerberrin Australia, where international artists complete a Dalwallinu is the first town on the Wildflower Way, and hosts
three-month residency in Kellerberrin to experience Australia’s thousands of visitors throughout wildflower season as they
rural landscape, and to represent it through art. traverse this famous route.
Continuing north, past fields of gold-plated wheat rippling on The town itself is worth a stop, with some interesting things
its stalks, you’ll find Mukinbudin. Here, as in much of the
to see. The Old Well, at the town’s entrance, is where the
surrounding area, there are massive granite outcrops begging for
district’s pioneers used to source their water, and the old prison
exploration. Chiddarcooping is a granite reserve where, towards
and courthouse has been relocated and restored, with the
the end of winter, the white leschenaultia and red velvet flowers
begin to flourish, carpeting the area. judge’s bench still intact.
Don’t miss the Mukinbudin Spring Festival and Art Exhibition When you get to your next stop, Perenjori, make sure that
in early September, a festival with a carnival-like atmosphere that you take a trip on the heritage-listed Caron Coal Stage, and see
brings all of the residents of the wheatbelt together with visitors the scenery while somebody else does the driving.
to the area. Rested from a break from driving, jump back into the car and
Heading further towards wildflower country, where the pinks, take a self-drive heritage route past the Perenjori Museum, the
reds and violets of roadside flower patches turn a long car trip John Forrest Lookout, and the intriguing Rothsay town site.
into an extended daydream, one of your first stops will be Moora. Rothsay is a true gold mining ghost town—over 90,000 ounces
Here, the geology changes, and different soils give rise to more of gold had been extracted from the mine there by the early
flowers than wheatfields. CONTINUED ON PAGE 70

Narembeen Caravan Park

Mukinbudin AAA ★★★★★
Caravan Park

Blue Skies, Green Bush

2001 Winner Heartlands & Golden Fields! Moora Caravan Park
Region Tourism Awards 175km north of Perth
“Caravan & Camping Category” Powered sites, new 5 star ablution
block and sheltered tenting area. Situated on the Moore River, the roads are
Ideally located adjacent to swimming pool free lined with large attractive salmon gums and
access in season, recreation oval, golf course, Nestled in amongst natural timber, the town showcases beautiful parks, gardens,
only short walk from main shopping area. and close to the Historical main heritage buildings and icons.
11 powered sites, 3 fully self-contained air
conditioned park homes, 4 comfortably street, Walker’s Lake Walk Trail, Roe Modern facilities, powered tent sites available,
refurbished barracks cabins (twin share) Lookout and the spectacular Hidden free laundry facilities, disabled facilities, BBQs
available for rent. Linen provided. TV in every available, camp kitchen, pets allowed on
room. Clean ablutions and barbeque facilities. Hollow. Onsite cabins available. leash, shady sites, six self contained chalets,
Dump point access. dump point and RV parking.
Currall Street, Narembeen WA 6369 34 Padbury Street
For bookings please contact
Reservations and Enquiries Tel: (08) 9064 7308 Tel: (08) 9651 1401 (AH: 0409 511 400)
Caretaker/Bookings: (08) 9047 1103
Shire of Mukinbudin: (08) 9047 1102 Email:

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Welcome to the
Wheatbelt South Region
Narrogin, the commercial centre of the
Wheatbelt South, is surrounded by rich
agricultural land and many nature reserves.
Wildflowers attract many visitors during spring.
There is a good choice of self drive routes. Bush
walking is another favourite pastime.
Dryandra Country Visitor Centre – Cnr of
Park & Fairway St Narrogin. Phone (08) 9881
The Centre caters well for visitors to the
region. Souvenirs, books, internet, fax and
photocopying available.
For events go to
Wickepin is the home of Albert Facey
Homestead featured in the book A Fortunate Life.
Leading from the homestead enjoy the walk
around Yarling Brook and see heritage buildings
of the town or in spring visit Malyalling Rock for a
picnic lunch and view the beautiful orchids found
in the area. There is a small caravan park in the
Wandering is ‘Where the Wineries Meet the
Wheatbelt’. Visit your choice of 4 wineries The
newly built Tanglefoot Cellar Door Café already
has a good name for its cuisine while Wandering Brook Estate Pingelly – Visit Tutanning Reserve or Boyagin Rock. Enroute
serves an excellent meal. A pretty drive will take you past the scan the eastern horizon for the 15 metre high cross built as a
Church of St Martin and the historic Pumphreys Homestead built symbol of peace and hope. Pingelly Heights Observatory open
in 1888. Cross the Hotham River at Pumphreys Bridge where Oct – Apr is a great place to view the stars and learn more about
there is a large caravan/camping area with one toilet but no the Milky Way Galaxy. If you are looking for an over night stop
water or power. Use of the CWA hall can be booked through the there is a caravan park in this RV friendly town.
Wandering Shire ph: 9884 1056.
Dryandra Woodland and Barna Mia Animal Sanctuary –
Cuballing is located north of Narrogin. Explore the Heritage
Located between Narrogin and Wandering is Dryandra
buildings of this well presented town noting the locally made
corrugated iron sporting signs and ploughman at the town’s Woodland. Winding gravel roads, a range of walking trails and a
entry. North of the town is Yornaning Dam, a popular bush camp unique radio drive trail allow visitors to experience Dryandra’s
area. picturesque open woodland scenery and floral beauty.
Popanyinning, affectionately known as Popo, is a small Barna Mia is an endangered animal sanctuary. Book a
town 15 minutes further north. Enjoy the nature walk surrounding guided spotlight tour looking for some of Western Australia’s
the town. There is a caravan park just south of the town. most threatened marsupials, including the bilby and boodie.

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Dryandra Country
Just 2 hours drive from Perth
Narrogin • Cuballing • Pingelly • Wandering
• Wickepin • Dryandra Woodland •
Visit Dryandra Country Visitor Centre in Narrogin where the friendly staff can give
you handy tips on the best bushwalks and wildflower areas, provide local maps and
brochures, assist with directions to places of interest and camping grounds in the area.
Narrogin is the regional centre of the Dryandra Country area containing the
largest remaining woodland in the Southern Wheatbelt, and home to some of Western
Australia’s most unique wildlife.

While in the Wheatbelt South region…..

Book on a guided night tour at Barna Mia Animal Sanctuary in Dryandra Woodland
and discover woylies, bilbies, bettongs and wallabies in their native habitat.
View the Milky Way Galaxy at the Pingelly Heights Observatory, explore Tutanning or
Boyagin Reserves or follow the pioneering history of the Mourambine Heritage Trail.
Enjoy a day travelling to the well kept town of Cuballing seeing the locally made metal
sculptures and historic buildings. Yornaning Dam is the place for that picnic lunch or
overnight bush stay.
Visit the Albert Facey Homestead in Wickepin. Leading from the homestead enjoy the
walk around Yarling Brook and see heritage buildings of the town.
Sample local wines in Wandering and enjoy lunch at the newly established Tanglefoot
Cellar Door and Café or a relaxing evening meal at Wandering Brook Estate.
Photograph wildflowers and watch out for birds in Foxes Lair Nature Reserve on
Narrogin’s doorstep.

For further information contact,

Dryandra Country Visitor Centre
Corner of Park and Fairway Sts,
Narrogin 6312
Phone: (08) 9881 2064
Western Australia


1900s, but when the mine stopped producing, the town shut
down. All that is left now are some deserted buildings including
the old mine manager’s house, the foundations of the gold
battery and the original mine shaft. A handful of miners’ graves
are a reminder of the rugged beauty of this region.
The Gascoyne-Murchison region is where the Golden Outback
really begins to take shape. As you drive through more sun-
drenched scenery with varying landscapes of red sand,
misshapen granite, and wildflowers that decorate the plains, roll
the window down and let the outback air whip through the car.
Fossicking on any of our trips was always exciting—it never
mattered that what we thought were nuggets turned out to be
lumps of dirt; the fun was in the looking. Mount Magnet is a treat
for fossicking enthusiasts, with plenty of sites in and around town
for trying to start a new gold rush.
Explore the rock formations here, from the Amphitheatre to
the Granites, and visit a few more abandoned gold mining towns,
where you can find fascinating relics of the pioneers that once
inhabited this area in search of fortune and fame.
Before you leave town, take the heritage walk through the
streets, where days past can be glimpsed on shopfronts,
through windows, and down backstreets.
The Gascoyne-Murchison region is unique in that much of it
contains settlements, but no real towns as such. The Murchison
Shire is known as ‘The Shire with no town’, due to its sprawling
vast landscapes and pastoral stations, and the fact that it is
home to a mere 150 or so people. Similarly, the Shire of Upper
Gascoyne has a population of only 360, and yet covers
The Murchison Settlement is the closest you’ll come to a
town in the Murchison Shire, and is home to the Shire offices.
From here, you can visit some of the many beautiful attractions
that the Murchison area has to offer.
Errabiddy Bluff, just north of the settlement, is a striking




Welcome to Wondinong – a working

Come and see our NEW Roadhouse sheep and cattle station centrally
and Tourist Bureau – Opening in mid 2010 located to the historic towns of Mount
Magnet, Cue and Sandstone. Rooms
CHEAP FUEL 24 hr fuel eftpos facility
available with meals and linen provided.
• Hot food • Cold drinks Caravans and campers welcome.
• Shady powered and unpowered caravan and camping sites
PO Box 118, Mount Magnet 6638
• Hot Showers • Always clean friendly service
Tel: (08) 9963 5823
Tel: (08) 9963 7968 Fax: (08) 9963 7037 Fax: (08) 9963 5865
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The Granites located near Mt Magnet. IMAGE: TOURISM WESTERN AUSTRALIA

landmark in the scenery, and a visit is rewarded with a fantastic children from around the shire, and is now a museum that serves
spot for picnicking and walking. There are photos of my sisters as a tribute to the town’s history. Enjoy a beer at the Junction
and me, perched on precarious rocky outcrops on the bluff, but Hotel, a building that began its life as a general store in 1906,
we were just pretending for the cameras—some adventurous and is now a popular watering hole.
types have been known to try to scale it to the top. Close by is the Mount Augustus National Park, where the
The Gascoyne Junction Town is the hub of the Shire of park’s namesake rises 1,106 metres above sea level. Take a
Upper Gascoyne. A building still in town was once the school for picnic and get up close to the granite monolith, which is said to

Caravan Park
Lot 69 Gregory Street, Gascoyne Junction
GASCOYNE JUNCTION Western Australia 6705
Tel: (08) 9943 0940 Fax: (08) 9943 0939

4 Scott Street, Gascoyne Junction WA 6705 • Powered Sites

• Camping Sites
Tel: (08) 9943 0988 • Air-conditioned Rooms Available
Friendliest Park in Town
Conveniently located for access to the Kennedy Ranges

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* Vehicles * Radio Equipment * Uniforms * Artillery * Australian Light Horse Display

* Photographs * Memorabilia

For opening times please phone 08 9093 1083

Ph: 08 9093 1083 Fax: 08 9093 1063

Visit the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder’s two historic town halls

and experience their grandeur for yourself.
Learn more about the region’s past in the Local History
Archives which is situated in the Boulder Town Hall.
The Boulder Town Hall also has the only surviving Philip
Goatcher hand painted stage curtain in the world, which
celebrated its century in 2008.
For more information about the opening hours and
tours of the Kalgoorlie & Boulder Town Halls, contact:
City of Kalgoorlie – Boulder
Tel: (08) 90219600

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4-wheel driving near Leonora. IMAGE: TOURISM WESTERN AUSTRALIA

be over 1,750 million years old.

For a true outback experience, some farmstays in the
Gascoyne-Murchison region offer camping facilities on their
 properties. This option is great, as it gives you a real sense of
outback living, as well as a hands-on experience of the way


    farms in the area work.
   "()"#'&%'& Back on the road, travel south-east, and you’ll drive into the

  West Australian Goldfields, where the broad outback horizons
 are jaw-dropping. On one of our many trips to this region, I

   remember stepping out of the car and looking up, stunned by
• #"
 the amount of sky that there is out here. Night skies are
•   !  remarkable in the Golden Outback—there is a clarity in the air
  that you won’t find anywhere else.
•   ! Leonora, one of the major towns in the goldfields region, is
  as clean as the sky is clear, a well-kept little town with plenty to
•    offer. There are plenty of heritage buildings scattered around
town, along with the mine sites and cemeteries that cement the
gold rush times into the town’s history.

Leonora Visitor The Malcolm Dam, not too far out of town, is a haven for the
local birds, making it a birdwatcher’s delight. Wedge-tailed
Information Centre eagles are not uncommon in the area, along with a number of
other fascinating species. Make a detour to the Terraces, where
nature walks will unveil some of the most spectacular scenery in
& LIBRARY Gwalia, also located in Leonora, is a historical site and a gem
of the gold rush era. There are shops and cottages still standing
(TOWER STREET LEONORA WA 6438) as they were left when the town was deserted, as well as the
Hoover House, built for Herbert Hoover when he was a mine
• Tourist Information
manager, after which he went on to become the President of the
• Library Services United States.
After visiting a lot of small, quiet outback locales, you might
Open Monday to Friday 9am to 4.30pm need to brace yourself for Kalgoorlie. This is WA’s largest
P: (08) 9037 7016 goldfield town, and this town is bristling with a life of its own.
E: Unlike many of the other towns in the golden outback, Kalgoorlie

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• Largest range of
local gold nuggets
and gold nugget
jewellery in the
• We buy and sell gold
nuggets and bullion.
• Gold Nugget Jewellery with Argyle diamonds,
The Great Beyond Broome pearls, Australian opals.
• Gold nugget pendants, earrings, rings, cuff links,
VISITOR CENTRE charms, bangles.
Home of the Explorers’ Hall of Fame • Take home your own piece of Kalgoorlie history
Complementing the rich visual history of the Northern
from $24.
Goldfields, the Great Beyond Explorers’ Hall of Fame • Locally owned and operated so come in and see
Ted & Lecky.
utilises cutting edge technology to bring to life the
characters and stories of the past. 150 Hannans Street Kalgoorlie
Step back in time with several notable Explorers who (just up from the Westpac Bank)
led challenging expeditions through Central Australia Open: Monday to Friday 9 am to 4 pm
during the mid to late 19th Century as they recount Phone: (08) 90215555 Fax: (08) 90215370
their stories of hardship and bravery. Discover what it
was like for women and pioneers living and working
on the Goldfields during the pioneer days and learn
about the valuable industries that sustain our inland.
The Great Beyond Visitor Centre also houses a gift ORA BANDA
shop and the Horizon’s Café.
OPENING HOURS: Monday – Friday 9.00am – 4.30pm IN 2011 ORA BANDA HISTORICAL INN TURNS 100
Saturday – Sunday 9.00am – 1.00pm EXPLORE THE PAST AND ENJOY THE PRESENT

The Great Beyond Visitor Centre

Augusta Street, Laverton WA 6440
Tel: (08) 9031 1361
Fax: (08) 9031 1665

Come for the day, night or week!

• Motel units– Families welcome
• Caravan park– Powered and un-powered
• 2 Beer gardens
• BBQ facilities
• Pets allowed- (Restrained & supervised)
• Kitchen open for meals daily
PHONE: (08) 9024 2444 FAX: (08) 9024 2226
28km’s off the Goldfields Highway

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Poppet heads at the Australian Prospectors and Miners Hall of Fame, Kalgoorlie.

is still an active
mining town.
There are so
many things to York Hotel, Kalgoorlie. IMAGE: TOURISM WESTERN AUSTRALIA
see in the town
itself, you’d best get started as soon as you arrive. Start with a trip out to the
enormous open-cut mine, where you can see the industrious bustle of a working
mine. The ‘superpit’ mine produces up to 850,000 ounces of gold a year, and is the
largest open-pit gold mine in Australia.
While you’re out of town, head to the Ora Banda Historical Inn, just 60km from
town and a real remnant of gold rush times. The Inn turns 100 in 2011, and is a great
place to visit—sit on the verandah and have a cold beer while the sun sets over the
There are plenty of heritage buildings in Kalgoorlie, including some lively pubs
where you can meet a number of local characters. Kalgoorlie is also great for
Royal Flying Doctor Service shopping, and you can pick up a souvenir of your time spent on the goldfields at
Kalgoorlie Visitor Centre Natural Gold Nuggets and Jewellery, where you’ll find a collection of gold nuggets of
/PEN-ONDAYTO&RIDAY various shapes and sizes, and some lovely jewellery.
AM PM For some less material memories, head to the Great Beyond Visitor Centre to pick
'UIDED4OURSATAM NOONPM up some last-minute information on the places you’ve visited, see the Goldfields War
%NTRYISPERSON Museum for insight into life on the goldfields during the war, or be inspired by the
&ORLARGEGROUPBOOKINGSAND Royal Flying Doctors—the service has a visitor centre where you can learn all about
the RFDS and the fantastic work that they do.
Discover the story of this uniquely
Australian, lifesaving service! Leaving the Golden Outback of Western Australia, you might feel like you’re
,OCATEDAT+ALGOORLIE "OULDER!IRPORT leaving something behind. But of this majestic landscape, the memories are enough
to sustain you until you head back, and discover that your memories are almost as
vivid as the real thing.

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What’s On Where

Kununurra Agricultural Show, Kununurra Wubin Wildflower Display, Wubin
This WA show has been running for 38 years, and doesn’t show any The Wattle Week Festival in Wubin plays host to this beautiful
sign of slowing down. Friday will be alcohol-free family day, with wildflower display, which showcases flowering plants from within the
sideshow alley, stalls, a range of animals and more. Saturday features shire of Dalwallinu. There will be orchids, grevilleas, melaleucas and
the Wheelie Bin Race, Watermelon Olympics, Lawnmower Race and many different species.
Tel: 08 9664 1021
Hay Stacking.
Tel: 08 9168 2885 SEPTEMBER 11-25
Ravensthorpe Wildflower Show, Ravensthorpe
AUGUST 19-23
The variety of wildflowers in Ravensthorpe in September is incredible,
Nannup Flower and Garden Festival, Nannup and this two-week event displays over 700 named specimens –
Many great activities are offered during this colourful five-day festival, thought to be the largest number of different flowers in the world to be
including the Gardeners Day Out, guided tours run by Especially Tulips, displayed in one show.
a floral display at the Town Hall, and the Saturday night Sing For Your Tel: 08 9838 5049
Supper is always a hit.
Tel: 08 9756 0242 KEN PEACHEY
Shinju Matsuri Festival, Broome
This is the festival of the pearl, celebrating the unique and diverse
identity of Broome. An exciting whirlwind of colour, sound, taste and • SPECIALISTS IN ALL TYPES OF
smell will captivate you as you experience this beautiful and historical CARAVAN REPAIRS & ALTERATIONS
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Kings Park Festival, Perth
There’s so much to fit into this year’s Kings Park Festival, it’s running 194 CAMPBELL STREET, BELMONT WA 6104
for a month. As well as the famous range of resplendent wildflowers, PHONE: (08) 9277 1381
there will also be a great range of activities, including workshops, FAX: (08) 9277 8528
guided walks, live music and more. EMAIL:
Tel: 08 9480 3600 DL 2391 MRB–1167

TRIPLE J TOURS navigate the wilderness area between Kununurra and the
Lake Argyle Dam, a 55-kilometre boat expedition along beautiful river and
gorge country – an area whose beauty rivals any freshwater system around
the Kimberley.
One of Australias longest daily river cruises (established in 1988) that has
been made possible by Australias largest man made lake sytems. The result
is an ecology that has been altered substantially.
This in turn has resulted in significant changes in vegetation density, thus
creating a fantastic habitat for all types of birds, marsupials and reptiles.
All of which contribute to a healthy ever changing system.
It highlights the development of the ambitious Ord River Irrigation Scheme,
the resulting agriculture and the consequent ecosystem that has flourished
after the Kununurra Diversion Dam was constructed in 1963.
On the tours the wildlife is abundant, crocodiles are seen daily, plant life is
lush and the rock formations are a photographers dream. Climb aboard and
you will not be disappointed!

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Explore the magnificent

Bungle Bungle Range with
East Kimberley Tours
any travellers describe the Bungle Bungle range in the

M East Kimberley of Western Australia as one of the world’s

great wonders. The Bungle Bungle range is an intricate
maze of spectacular sandstone beehive domes, narrow gorges
lined with magnificent fan palms and soaring cliffs with many
seasonal waterfalls and rock pools.
One of Australia’s most recognised natural icons, remote and
absolutely breathtaking, Purnululu National Park (Bungle Bungle)
has been recently been inscribed on the World Heritage List.
Major attractions in the park are Echidna Chasm, Mini Palm
Gorge, Picaninny and Cathedral Gorge.
Today, East Kimberley Tours, who has been operating for
over twenty seven years, is one of the most comprehensive
ground tour operators in Purnululu National Park, with a sixty bed
base camp offering many different touring options.
Their tours range from fly/drive, 4WD drive in and out, one to
three day tours, with tours departing from Kununurra and
Warmun/Turkey Creek. East Kimberley Tours make it easy for the
people who are travelling with their caravans as they offer tours
departing from Turkey Creek Roadhouse, where people are able
to pull up at Turkey Creek Roadhouse and park for the day or
night and join one of their tours.
East Kimberley Tours operate from the 1st of April each year
through to late November. For more information please
check out the website

East Kimberley Tours

Come and explore the magnificent Bungle Bungle with East Kimberley Tours.
With over 27 years of experience, East Kimberley Tours will guide you through
the amazing world heritage listed Purnululu National Park.
Touring options are available from Turkey Creek/Warmun and Kununurra, with
full day, two and three days tours available. Also the option of overnighting at
their comfortable and modern Bungle Bungle Bushcamp.
Bookings: 1800 682 213

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Western Australia/South Australia Border Village

WA–SA Border Village

WA–SA Border Village welcomes you. This business
supports tourism on Eyre Peninsula.
Accommodation: WA–SA Border Village Motel

rom Nullarbor to the border the highway has been built close ‘the body of an immense whale was embedded at the base of

F to the coastal cliffs, and the 184km journey has been broken
up with five scenic lookouts where travellers may take
advantage of the panoramic views of the Great Australian Bight
the cliff’. The greyish coloured rock above the white limestone is
called Miocene Nullarbor Limestone because it was laid down
during the miocene epoch.
and its rugged coastline. Due to the nature of the crumbly cliffs Most Australians consider the Great Australian Bight to be
visitors are advised to approach with caution all lookout sites. the curve extending from Cape Pasley, in the west, to Cape
South Australian coastal waters are frequented by several Carnot, near Port Lincoln, a distance of 1160km, however,
species of whales during their annual migration from the according to the definition laid down by the International
Southern Ocean. All whales and dolphins are protected when in Hydrographic Bureau in 1953, the Bight commences in the west
Australian waters. at West Cape Howe and stretches to South West Cape in
The Border Village complex consists of air-conditioned motel Tasmania. It also stated that the boundary between the Bight
units and cabins, powered caravan sites, camping area, a 24- and Bass Strait was a line from Cape Otway, in Victoria, through
hour service station, takeaway food, a licensed restaurant, poker King Island to Cape Grim, Tasmania. Another interesting point is
machines, and a fascinating signpost showing the distances to that Australia appears to be the only nation which recognises the
many parts of the world. Cross the border and you’re in Western Southern Ocean, to most of the world it is still the Indian Ocean.
Australia, with Eucla the first town, only 13km down the road.
Why not call in and have your photo taken standing in the The Nullarbor Plain
pouch of “Rooey II”, the Giant Red Kangaroo which stands 17ft In 1867 surveyor, E.A. Delisser, journeyed out into the treeless
tall at the Border Village. plain which he gave the name Nullarbor from the Latin ‘Nullus’
and ‘Arbor’ meaning ‘no trees’.
The Great Australian Bight The Aboriginal name for the Nullarbor Plain was ‘Oondiri’
The Great Australian Bight, the largest indentation on the meaning ‘the waterless’, for the average rainfall of the area is
Australian coast, is said to be the longest line of seacliffs in the about 8 inches per annum. The Nullarbor Plain extends
world. The white coloured rock near the base of the cliffs is approximately 450 miles from east to west and from the coast it
known to geologists as Wilson Bluff Limestone and it was formed extends 200 miles to the Great Victoria Desert in the north —
on the seabed between 38 and 42 million years ago. Edmund covering an area of 77,000 square miles — almost as large as
Alfred Delisser, the surveyor who named the Bluff, reported that the State of Victoria.

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Western Australia/South Australia Border Village


Eyre Highway, Madura, WA 6443
Phone (08) 9039 3464 Fax (08) 9039 3489
31⁄2 Star Rating
Offers 46 Rooms with Private Facilities, Colour TV, Video In-House, Radio, Refrigerator, Tea/Coffee
Facilities, Air Conditioning, Guest Laundry, Swimming Pool, Fans, 10 Powered Caravan Sites,
Coin Operated Laundry, Playground, All Desalinated Water, Pets on Leash.
“Wylies” À la carte Restaurant (Fully Licensed) — Bar Meals, Take Away Meals and Bar
Shell Fuel Service Station, Auto Gas, EFTPOS and all Major Credit Cards
Motel, Budget Accommodation — Folder Bed and Cot Available — Powered Sites — Internet Café


Eyre Highway, c/o PMB 44, Ceduna, SA 5690 — Tel: (08) 9039 3474 Fax: (08) 9039 3473
• Hotel • Motel • Service Station • Caravan Park BP Card Available
• 24 Motel Units • 8 Family Motel Units 24 Hours
• 10 Backpacker Cabins • 44 Powered Sites • Swimming Pool • Internet Café
• Unpowered Sites Unlimited • Dogs on Leash • Fuel • LPG-Unleaded • Diesel
• 12 Horse Yards Available • Av-Gas (Pokies) Restaurant
• Laundry • Rainwater • Public Telephone • Ag Check Point Info WA Only
• Most Cards Welcomed • BBQ Facilities Welcome to Good Friendly Service


Facilities available at Cocklebiddy are as follows:
• Fully Licensed Restaurant & Snack Bar • Bar Open Until 10 pm (9 pm Sundays)
• Take Away Meals • 24 Motel Units including 4 Budget Rooms
• Caravan & Camping Facilities • Petrol Station 7am – 9pm, full drive way service
• Access to Caves & 4WD Access to Beach
• Open 7 Days Per Week • Towing Service Available • Internet Café
For Bookings Telephone (08) 9039 3462
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Caiguna is situated 1109km from Perth and 372km

J OHN E YRE M OTEL from Norseman. Its services include a motel, caravan
park, large roadhouse and an airstrip for charter and
CAIGUNA, EYRE HIGHWAY 6443 Royal Flying Doctor planes.
The road between Balladonia and Caiguna is one
Tel: (08) 9039 3459 Fax: (08) 9039 3449 of the longest straight stretches of roadway in the
world. There are several natural rockhole dams
• Fuel • Restaurant • Takeaways • 24-Hour Service which provided the only water in the early days.
• Motel Units with TV • Budget room no TV These are named Afghan Rocks after an Afghan
camel driver who was found washing his feet in the
• Bar Open 10am – 10pm • 10am – 9pm Sun. water and was shot dead.
25km south of Caiguna is the memorial to John
• Modern Sealed Caravan Park • Quiet Sheltered Camping Baxter who was the companion of John Eyre and was
Facilities • Fresh Water • Showers • EFTPOS Machine killed on April 29, 1841. At various times of the year,
• BP Card • Ice • Airstrip • AVGAS • Auto Gas Caiguna and Madura are bases for the tuna fleet
spotters who fly ahead of the tuna fleets in South
• Internet Café • Hotel Licence Australia. Fossil beds are found near the area.

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Within a stone’s throw of your
next caravanning adventure
Caravanning trips in Australia can often be a significant undertaking—lengthy
drives across open plains, through forests and along coastlines. But for those
with less inclination to be cooped up in a car for endless hours, there are
other options. In South Australia, Gemma Peckham discovers that there is a
huge variety of destinations to visit, and all within 100km of Adelaide.

Yaldara Estate, Barossa. PHOTO: BRETT SHERIDEN ©SATC

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& CAMPING AREA The economy of South Australia was approaching
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Two shepherds, Thomas Pickett and William Streair,
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he state capital itself has boundless experiences for visitors Valleys, the Light district is a rural area better known for its

T to the area. Look at a map of South Australia, and you will

find Adelaide ringed within a circle of parks – an indication
that a stay in Adelaide will provide a bundle of cosmopolitan
farming and is patchworked with wheat fields intersected by
creeks and rivers.
A number of small towns accentuate the tranquil countryside.
activity wrapped up in the beauty of the natural environment. One of note is Kapunda in the region’s north, a place often called
Adelaide is made up of a mixture of beautiful heritage one of the state’s best-kept secrets.
buildings and new architecture. Visit the State Library, the South The town was built on a huge copper discovery in the area,
Australian Museum and the Art Gallery for some fantastic and the heritage and history of its settlement are now on show—
displays and exhibitions. Visit one of the newer additions to town, particularly in the grand stone buildings that stand throughout the
the National Wine Centre of Australia, a building dedicated to town. The heritage trail guides visitors past tunnels, open cuts,
Australia’s wine industry. Enjoy sipping some of the nation’s finest and miners’ cottages, as well as the town’s well-regarded folk
wines while you appreciate the architecture of the building itself. museum.
In town, you’ll find some great produce to go with that wine Another major drawcard of the Light district is Freeling. As
at the Adelaide Central Market. While you’re shopping, explore the setting for the television drama McLeod’s Daughters, the
Rundle Mall and the neighbouring streets for a variety of shops popularity of this small town has blossomed.
and some great bargains. It’s easy to see why this town caught the eye of television
As you move your way out of the city, the suburbs of producers—its heritage streets boast facades of a quaint rural
Adelaide offer quirky cafes, good Aussie pubs, and of course beauty. Take a walk past historical sites and buildings, and revel
some lovely parks and gardens, so get out of the city centre and in the history—and the newfound glamour—of this iconic town.
explore all that Adelaide has to offer. Drop in and buy a round at the Railway Hotel—aka the
When your travels have taken you outside the bounds of Gungellan Hotel—the famous watering hole from the TV series.
greater Adelaide, head north to some of the most picturesque With the wine regions in close proximity, your senses will be
countryside in South Australia. overwhelmed by the subtle vineyard aromas. Travel over the
Most people travel to this region to experience the Barossa, rolling hills into the Barossa region, where you will be spoilt for
and for good reason. But before you reach the world-famous choice.
wine region, stop in at some of the towns in the Light Regional Head straight to Tanunda, the heart of the Barossa, where a
Council district. showcase of the region’s wines is housed at Chateau Tanunda.
Although its towns sit wedged between two of the finest As well as the obligatory wine-tasting, there are some great
winemaking regions in the country—the Barossa and Clare cafes, pubs and eateries where you can ensure that your


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Come and see Kapunda

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• A taste of the Region
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• Extensive range of
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• Accommodation
• Souvenir and Australiana
Book Sales
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and Clare Valley wine regions
• Community Art Gallery
Kapunda, a modern country town, surrounded by rolling
• Craft Shop
hills, picturesque nature trails, only one hour drive north of
• Family History Research Centre Adelaide.
• Library The rich history of Kapunda can be discovered with the
Open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm Heritage Trail map available from the Visitor Information
Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays 10am to 4pm Centre, situated in the beautiful “Thomson Building”.
Closed Christmas Day & Good Frday
Start your journey with the “Interpretive Display” and get
Thomson Building,
a taste of our colourful mining heritage, home of the
Corner of Main Street & Hill Street
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Picturesque Hahndorf. PHOTO: GEMMA PECKHAM

indulgence is complete. endowed with wineries, cellar doors and all things wine-related,
Visit the Barossa Visitor Information Centre in Tanunda to you’ll definitely need to stop for a few days to enjoy the wine
read up on the rest of the region before you immerse yourself. without having to drive. Chateau Yaldara and Orlando Wines are
Around Tanunda are a number of pretty towns, including definitely worth a visit for their size and success, and there are a
Nuriootpa and Angaston to the north, and Lyndoch to the south. number of smaller, family-owned wine businesses in the region.
Where Tanunda is the heart of the Barossa in terms of its The famous Whispering Wall is located in Lyndoch, and has
culture and exposure to the region’s attractions, Nuriootpa is the incredible acoustic properties. It is a reservoir retaining wall 140
commercial centre, where a lot of industry takes place. It is a metres in length, but due to its curved shape, if you speak at a
fascinating town, with grape vines that seem to grow along each normal volume at one end, someone standing at the other end
street, crawling up buildings and stretching out into the vineyards will be able to hear you perfectly. This attraction is definitely worth
beyond the town centre. a visit for its novelty value.
Some of Australia’s most famous vineyards are based here, On the fringe of the Barossa region, Gawler is the oldest
including Wolf Blass and Penfolds, home of the renowned country town in South Australia, as well as being one of the
Grange Hermitage. Explore the countryside surrounding largest commercial centres in the state. The town was
Nuriootpa and you will come across numerous sites perfect for established in 1839, and holds a treasure-trove of historical
idyllic picnics—pick up a bottle from one of the cellar doors, artefacts in the form of impressive old buildings, heritage areas
some cheese and bread from the Barossa Community Store, and fascinating museums. Don’t visit Gawler without stopping in
and bask in the beauty of the Barossa. at H.B. Crosby, a store that still has the original ‘flying fox’ cash
Angaston, just 10 minutes from Nuriootpa, is another town device installed—the only one in Australia left in its original place.
beautifully adorned with historical buildings and features. Many of The Gawler region, bordering onto Light and Barossa
the buildings here were built in the mid-to-late 1800s, and the territory, is endowed with both wheat fields and vineyards,
presence of so many beautiful old buildings gives the town an air providing a combination of twisting green vines and rustling
of grace and elegance. golden fields—a picture-perfect blend.
Take a look at the Barossa Old Rose Repository, where a By day in Gawler, you can trundle the town’s streets and
unique collection of old roses thrives. The roses were planted by surrounding countryside, giving your camera a workout as you
early residents of the Barossa, and the collection is home to a take in the idyllic scenery. The Mount Lofty Ranges, and the
number of unnamed and commercially unavailable rose varieties. North and South Para rivers which join here, provide perfect
Head down south and you’ll find Lyndoch, a town so well- backdrops for your travel snaps.

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Granite Island, Victor Harbor. PHOTO: BARRY SKIPSEY ©SATC.

After dark, head to one of 10 historic hotels that offer great

bands, delicious food and plenty of entertainment. The Old
Bushman Inn is a good choice, combining 1840s architecture
with an updated interior, reflecting country charm and modern
From the regions north of Adelaide, head to the east. The
Adelaide Hills are so close to Adelaide they could be inner city,
however their mountainous setting and distinct lack of
metropolitan landscapes means that they are completely
separate—physically, aesthetically and culturally—from the main
Hahndorf is a main attraction in the Adelaide Hills, and is a Horseshoe Bay Caravan Park, Port Elliot. PHOTO: ADAM BRUZZONE ©SATC.
lovely holiday town, famous for being Australia’s oldest German
settlement. It is also a South Australian State Heritage Area, and chances are that you’ll be interested in something new. How
a wander down the leafy streets will reveal why. about a ride on a horse-drawn tram that takes visitors from
Evidence of the German settlement here is everywhere you Victor Harbor to Granite Island along a 600m wooden
look, with Kaffeehauses (coffee shops) and German food stores causeway? This delightful attraction is a must for people visiting
lining the streets. Kranskies and beer steins adorn many of the this area, and is an experience unlike any other.
outdoor tables. Granite Island itself is also a fantastic place to visit, with
Aside from the food and German influence, there are also lots penguin shows every night, and a variety of natural wonders that
of lovely shops with curios from the local area, including a hand- emerge as you wander, making for a great day trip.
made puppet shop, a number of fudge and confectionery shops, While you’re in the mood for vintage travel, take a ride on the
and galleries displaying local artwork. heritage steam train, the Steam Ranger, which also operates
This area has inspired many artists, not least Hans Heysen, from Victor Harbor and travels back and forth to Mt Barker.
whose former home and studio is open to the public just outside Not to be outdone, the non-vehicular variety of attractions in
the town. While you’re in the surrounding countryside, make a Victor Harbor are also very impressive, including a whale
quick stop to Beerenberg Farm, where you’ll discover jams, information centre, plenty of wineries, golf courses and natural
sauces, pickles and chutneys that have earned an international features.
reputation for their high quality. Just 8km east of Victor Harbor is Port Elliot, a historic
Only 12km from Hahndorf is Stirling, another beautiful town township set on lovely Horseshoe Bay. The protected beach is
that captures the ambience of the Adelaide Hills. The town’s perfect for swimming, and has stunning views of the dramatic
wide streets, lined with expansive leafy trees, are what cameras coastline. The town has a pristine historic centre, and a leisurely
were made for—Stirling is a town that is all about aesthetics. stroll along The Strand will reveal beautiful historic buildings,
Wealthy residents of Adelaide built homes in Stirling to cafes, restaurants and shops.
escape the heat on the plains in summer, and the town’s climate Housed in the old beach kiosk and walled on three sides by
was ideal for market gardens and orchards. This emphasis on glass is the delightful Flying Fish Café. Set right on the beach, it’s
the land has helped the town to blossom into a delightful town not uncommon to see whales, seals and sea birds from your
famous for its beautifully cultivated gardens, which adorn the table—quite a lunchtime show!
yards of some stunning heritage houses. With all of these destinations within an hour’s drive of
If you’re in search of a seaside sojourn, then head south to Adelaide, there is no need to drive for hours on end to find the
the seaside towns of Victor Harbor and Port Elliot. perfect holiday spot. Like a full-bodied shiraz, they’re right under
If you’re a seasoned traveller and have seen a lot of Australia, your nose.

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What’s On Where

JULY 1-31
Coonawarra Cellar Dwellers, Coonawarra September 17-19
Winter is traditionally a slow time of year for winemakers, so the
vignerons at Coonawarra take the opportunity to dig out some great Toop and Toop Rock ’n’ Roll
wines from the cellars to entice visitors during the month of July. Festival 2010, Victor Harbour
Tel: 08 8737 2392
Vine & Wine Sculpture Installation
Sculptures by some of the Limestone Coast’s artists will adorn the
grounds of Zema Estate vineyard. The sculptures are formed from vine
cuttings, and guests are invited to take a tour, admire the artworks,
learn about vine pruning, and enjoy a tasting at the cosy cellar door.
Tel: 08 8736 3219
JULY 2-17
Beachport Lions Club Salmon Fishing Competition,
The picturesque Beachport Salmon Hole is the setting for this great
contest, which gives everybody the chance to try their hand at salmon
fishing. A great holiday activity, with over $1,000 worth of prizes up for
Tel: 0417 955 584
JULY 23-31
Willunga Almond Blossom Festival, Willunga
Help locals celebrate the first blossom of the season. This festival is
an exciting mix of food, fun and entertainment, offering markets, a
street parade, a week of festival lunches and concert series, a fire and
light spectacular and a Grand Festival Ball.
Tel: 08 8556 3603

July 1-31
AUGUST 10-12
Coonawarra Cellar Eyre Peninsula Farmer and Fishermen’s Market, Cleve
Dwellers, Coonawarra A highlight at the Eyre Peninsula Field Days, the Farmer and
Fishermen’s Market marquee offers an abundance of flavours, with
seafood and meats prepared by local chefs and producers, local wine,
and sweet treats at the coffee bar.
Tel: 08 8682 5081
Royal Adelaide Show, Adelaide
One of the biggest events on the Adelaide calendar, the Adelaide Show
offers everything you might expect—agricultural shows, rides,
sideshows, food, handicraft, cookery, live music, fashion parades—
and that’s just the start.
Tel: 08 8210 5211
Murray Bridge Orchid Club Spring Show, Murray
Members exhibit beautiful flowering orchids at this annual show. Orchid
photography, floral arrangements and orchid craft are all part of this
event, and you can also purchase growing supplies.
Tel: 08 8532 5607
Toop and Toop Rock ’n’ Roll Festival 2010, Victor
Rock around the clock at this great rock ’n’ roll festival, featuring two
stages, two large dance floors, and some great rock and roll and
rockabilly bands. Over 200 incredible vintage cars, hot rods and
motorbikes will also be on show.
Tel: 08 8551 0777
Murray Bridge Show, Murray Bridge
One of the oldest and largest country shows in South Australia, the
Murray Bridge Show brings plenty of activities, including horticultural
and agricultural events as well as sideshows, rides and amusements.
Tel: 08 8531 0248

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Northern Territory

Walk with us, Share with us,

Our Country…Our Culture
o trip to the Northern Territory is complete without visiting region. If you are looking for an experience rather than just a

N the spectacular "Nitmiluk", Katherine; featuring some of the

most amazing gorge scenery in the Northern Territory,
abundant wildlife, unique nature and Indigenous experiences.
place to stay Nitmiluk Tours have a range of accommodation
options in idyllic and relaxing settings.

Nitmiluk Tours is 100% Indigenous owned and is the Reservations: (08) 8971 0877 or via the website
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Getting centred
along the
Red Centre Way
As we head towards the outback town of Alice
Springs the Red Centre drifts into view. The lazy
desert, dotted with silver scrub and rocky
outcrops, stretches to the horizon. Dirt roads cut
across the sand like giant red snakes lazing in the
sun. The magnificent MacDonnell Ranges rise
abruptly to encircle Alice Springs, casting
protective arms around the people who call
her home. CONTINUED ON PAGE 91

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Kakadu Air
Every visit to Kakadu should include a scenic flight. The Park
is so large that only from the air can you get a true sense of
the amazing size and magnificence of this great Park.
Many of Kakadu’s most breathtaking localities can only
be seen from the air. A flight over Kakadu and neighbouring
Arnhem Land reveals a vast and astounding panorama of
differing landscapes. The ancient sandstone plateau is
edged with spectacular towering cliffs and sliced by deep
ravines. Along the way there are scenes of hanging
waterways, primitive rainforests and, in the wet season,
spectacular waterfalls.
See the East Alligator River where it abruptly leaves the
rugged stone country to lazily wander across its vast
floodplain scattered with deep water billabongs.
During the dry season you will witness traditional
Aboriginal fires “cleaning” country for a new season of
hunting and gathering. In the wet, the same lands will be
shrouded in a thousand shades of green or silvered under
mirror-like floodwaters.
Few places on earth will reveal such immense areas of
vibrant, wild country, but with little indication of the heavy
hand of modern man.
Kakadu is a vast panorama of changing landscapes as
varied as ancient sandstone plateau, edged with dramatic
escarpments. In the wet season, numerous waterfalls, some
massive, plunge from the Plateau in spectacular form. The
lowland rivers thrust a winding path seaward, flanked by
billabongs, floodplains, forest and all things in between.
A Kakadu Air scenic flight rises above it all, giving views
that will forever change your perception of this timeless land.
Kakadu Air: The Northern Territory’s longest established,
most experienced, best equipped specialist scenic flight

Share Our Wide Open Roads

And Highways
In the Territory road trains are common,
distances between towns are long and
conditions vary. There are a number of ways
you can help ensure you have a safe and
enjoyable trip:
• Plan regular breaks
• Keep your distance from other vehicles
• Don’t slow suddenly
• Don’t overtake a turning vehicle
• Travel at a speed adequate for the
• Stick to the left of your lane
• Dip your lights before negotiating a crest
or curve or when behind a road train
• When approaching an oncoming road
train on a single lane highway, slow
down, gradually pull off the road and
drive slowly on the shoulder.
For further information on road safety visit

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ur bags are packed with jackets, beanies and scarves. The After breakfast, we stop at the lookout to Mt Sonder and

O Red Centre is visited by Australia’s typical four seasons; we

are travelling in winter and well prepared for the mercury’s
drop to an average of three degrees at night.
experience first-hand the breathtaking Namatjira landscape. This
living painting is instantly recognisable from acclaimed
indigenous artist Albert Namatjira’s watercolour tributes and
Our five-day journey is along the Red Centre Way, a partly continues to inspire the region’s artists.
sealed track that winds from Alice Springs through the West Taking the form of a pregnant woman reclining across the
MacDonnell Ranges to Watarrka National Park and on to Uluru- landscape, Mt Sonder is known to the Western Arrernte people
Kata Tjuta National Park. We are here to unwind after months in as Rwetyepme. The traditional landowners believe the
the city, to immerse ourselves in peaceful and powerful Red Dreamtime ancestors are still alive in the land today and the
Centre landscapes and get revitalised. mountain is engraved with their tracks.
In Alice, we take the Aboriginal Sacred Sites and Cultural Further west, Tnorala (Gosse Bluff) Conservation Reserve is a
Tour with Arrernte elder Pat Dodds. Pat tells us the Dreamtime must-see for lovers of all things astral—the massive crater was
story of the Yeperenye, giant caterpillars that were transformed formed by a comet more than 130 million years ago and has
into the MacDonnell Ranges during the Creation period. This is made an indelible impression on the landscape. Impressive close
the first of many Red Centre experiences that will alter our up, it is even more so from a lookout east of the Reserve. Here
perception of the land around us and our place in it. the desert has been lulled into submission and the breeze ruffles
Alice Springs is a charming, quirky town and full of surprises. lime-green grasses and wildflowers hued purple and white.
Known as Mpwante or “meeting place” to the Arrernte people, it The next day we head to Kings Canyon, the highlight of
is home to more art galleries per capita than any other place on Watarrka National Park, with its awe-inspiring, 300-metre cliff
earth. faces. We take the three-hour Rim Walk, marvelling at the hardy
The art is sourced from the indigenous communities of the trees eking out an existence in this striking landscape and feeling
Western and Central Deserts, world-renowned hot spots for similarly grounded in nature.
international art collectors. The region produces a range of works High above the valley we find the red beehive domes of the
as eclectic and bright as the landscapes of the Territory itself, Lost City before climbing steeply down to the Garden of Eden’s
from the vibrant palettes used in the Santa Teresa region to the cool, palm-fringed swimming hole, tucked snugly in the depths of
earthy tones of the Western Desert. the canyon walls.
We explore more than a dozen art galleries, including Along the Mereenie Loop Road, 130 kilometres southwest of
Papunya Tula, Studio 21, Gallery Gondwana and Mbantua Alice Springs, is the Aboriginal community of Hermannsburg and
Gallery, absorbing the plethora of stories told through the just beyond it, the stunning expanse of Finke Gorge National
artwork. Each piece tells a story about the artist’s land, ancestry Park. The park is home to the Finke River, believed to be some
or the Dreaming and we listen with our eyes, filled with wonder. 15 million years old and the oldest river system in the world.
We leave Alice and drive through the West MacDonnell We see in the next morning at Uluru, silent as the light
Ranges to explore the geological masterpieces of Simpson’s changes from blue to pink to yellow. The traditional owners, the
Gap and Standley Chasm. In each location the earth has exerted Anangu people, tell us Uluru is hollow below the ground, and the
its force to heave up rock walls from below its surface then left area is inhabited by ancestral beings, part of the tjukurpa, or
them to be shaped by time’s artisans, wind and water. Dreamtime.
As we drive, surrounded by the grandeur of the natural We take the base walk around The Rock—for some, this is
landscape, the dramatic colours and wide open spaces, we find the spiritual heart of outback Australia. Surrounded by a
ourselves slowing down on the inside and savouring every butterfly-blue sky, with the monumental red rock towering above
moment. You can’t help but feel small out here and the problems us, we feel as powerful and inspired as we do tiny in its shadow.
of the world cease to exist. We drive on to Kata Tjuta and do the Valley of the Winds
We arrive at Ellery Creek Big Hole, a great place to swim and Walk, which meanders through the massive rock domes, and are
an internationally significant geological site—it is one of several surprised by the yellow flocks of wild budgerigars.
waterholes in the Australian outback that never runs dry. It is On our way north back to Alice, we detour into Rainbow
bracingly cold, but we can’t resist a dip to wash away our city Valley, a huge, polished bluff embedded with bands of red, yellow
stress. The power of nature works its magic and we leave feeling and orange sandstone. The freestanding cliffs are part of the
rejuvenated and refreshed. James Range and particularly striking in the early morning and
We travel on to the colourful ochre pits, 110 kilometres west late afternoon light.
of Alice. The rainbow quarry has been used for generations by Just south of Alice, we rest up at Ooraminna Homestead—
the local Aboriginal people as a prime source for the ochre used outback hospitality at its best. We enjoy a relaxing pre-dinner
in rock art and body painting. drink with the owners and staff and tour the station to see how a
Further along, Ormiston Gorge is a peaceful, permanent cattle station survives in the desert.
waterhole surrounded by towering red walls and there are plenty Back in Alice, with our choice of cafes and restaurants, we
of bushwalking options, ranging from the 20-minute Ghost Gum settle in and brush the dust off our boots and hope the
lookout walk to the seven-kilometre Ormiston Pound Walk. regenerative power of nature we experienced along the Red
There is a picturesque campground here, and we linger Centre Way will be harder to shake.
outside after dinner to marvel at the sky’s dense carpet of stars.

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What’s On Where

JULY 2-3
Alice Springs Show, Alice Springs August 14
This may not be a capital city show, but there is plenty of fun and
Old Timers Fete, Alice Springs
excitement to rival the bigger cities’ events. Based on agricultural
produce, livestock and craft, the show also has competitions, cooking
displays, sporting events, rides and a sideshow alley.
Tel: 08 8952 1651
JULY 9-10
Tennant and Districts Show, Tennant Creek
It’s a regional show in the outback, with rides, sideshow alley with its
games and attractions, plenty to learn with displays and exhibitions,
and of course, show bags and lots of food.
Tel: 1800 500 879
Lions Imparja Camel Cup, Alice Springs
Quirkiness is not lacking in this fantastic outback event, in which riders
grapple with the camels to get them storming down the track. As well
as the nine races, there will be belly dances, rickshaw races, food stalls
and bars to make this a day to remember.
Tel: 08 8952 6796
Darwin Fringe Festival, Darwin
Venues across Darwin will host a range of arts events in the Darwin
Fringe Festival. Theatre, dance, poetry, music, visual arts, film and
comedy are all represented during this cultural fortnight in Darwin.
Tel: 08 8945 7347
JULY 16-18
The Katherine and District Show Society, Katherine
This show has everything you’d expect from a show, and more. The
sideshows, trade exhibitors and rides run alongside horse and cattle
events, and a campdraft and rodeo. Plenty for locals and visitors alike
to see and do.
Tel: 08 8972 1746
JULY 22-24
Royal Darwin Show, Darwin
The Royal Darwin Show is one of the most multicultural shows in
Australia. Along with the grand parade of livestock and machinery, the
art, craft, cooking and sideshow rides, there is entertainment, food and
drink that reflects the multicultural population of Darwin.
Tel: 08 8984 3091
Gove Peninsula Festival, Nhulunbuy
Small-town charm combines with big-town show elements to give you
a unique day of fun and festivities. A float parade will be followed by
plenty of entertainment including sideshows, competitions for art,
baking and more, and plenty to tempt your taste buds.
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What’s On Where

JULY 31 the brave rodeo clowns. Food, drink, and possible international guests
Harts Range Bush Sports Weekend, Harts Range will add to a great weekend.
For something a little bit different, head to Harts Range and watch the Tel: 0427 015 494
horse races, tyre truck races, lolly scramble, tug-o-war and sack races. AUGUST 14
There are novelty and rodeo events, and the weekend comes to a close
Old Timers Fete, Alice Springs
with a dance and talent quest.
Tel: 08 8956 9779 It’s time to rummage! The Old Timers Fete is a great day with endless
entertainment, a book stall, craft stalls, preserves and cakes, food stalls
JULY 31 and more bric-a-brac than you’ve ever seen in one place.
Lingalonga Festival, Batchelor Tel: 08 8952 2844
Enjoy the true tropical atmosphere at the Lingalonga Festival, where a AUGUST 21
quiet town will come to life with the sounds, colour and aromas of true
Henley-On-Todd Regatta, Alice Springs
Territory culture. The festival will take you on a journey through
Batchelor’s colourful history. A typical regatta involves crews of oarsmen battling down a body of
Tel: 08 8976 0536 water. This regatta is a little different, as the Todd River is dry, and
crews propel their craft down the riverbed using their feet, mostly.
AUGUST 2 You’re guaranteed a day of laughter and fun.
Railway Heritage Picnic Day, Adelaide River Tel: 08 8952 6796
This great family day was originally declared a public holiday so that SEPTEMBER 4
railway employees could go to Adelaide River to enjoy a picnic, so the
Cyprus Food and Wine Festival, Darwin
township now holds a traditional railway picnic each year. There are
also games, races, walks and traditional railway food and refreshments. One of the oldest wines on earth, the Cypriot Commandaria, will be
Tel: 0417 838 578 showcased at this delicious festival, along with Mediterranean food,
musical acts and dance performances. Learn about the history of
AUGUST 8 winemaking from Australian winemakers.
Darwin Beer Can Regatta, Darwin Tel: 08 8927 0111
This one-of-a-kind event has been running since 1975, and is still a SEPTEMBER 10-19
hugely popular spectacle. Watercraft made from beer cans and cartons
Alice Desert Festival, Alice Springs
are raced in the shallows of Mindil Beach, with some hilarious results.
Tel: 0409 823 871 The Northern Territory’s premier arts and cultural festival celebrates
the desert and its people. Share the stories, songs and lifestyle of
AUGUST 12 Central Australia’s arid region, and enjoy the Bush Bands Bash, a
Santos Opening Concert, Darwin showcase of indigenous music.
Part of the Darwin Festival, this free concert showcases the fantastic Tel: 08 8953 6111
live music talents of the Territory’s best performers, including some of SEPTEMBER 17-19
Australia’s finest indigenous musicians. Enjoy the entertainment as you
Brunette Downs Campdraft, Rodeo and Gymkhana,
watch the sun set over the ocean.
Brunette Downs
Tel: 08 8943 4200
Jackaroos, jillaroos and novices from all around Brunette Downs come
AUGUST 13-14 to this event to participate in the bull ride. There are plenty of activities
Darwin North Championship Rodeo, Berrimah to see, including barrel races, flag races, teams relay and individual
Australia’s leading riders pit their wits against the beasts of rodeo for campdrafting.
your viewing pleasure. Other events include roping, barrel races and Tel: 08 8964 4522
Saltwater Fly Fishing Challenge, Darwin
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where they can connect with other like-
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provides our guests with a way to share Anyone who has stayed at any of the They offer families a village
their stories, stay in touch with news seven Gold Coast Tourist Parks is now atmosphere, excellent recreational
about our parks or keep in touch with invited to share their experience or facilities and best of all, a very affordable
their extended tourist park family.” suggest ideas on the blog. holiday.
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Savannah Way
All that glitters
Visitors to Queensland and the outback can easily become distracted by a multitude of
destinations whose glittering wares are sold in travel agency windows and on travel-based
television shows. Cairns, with its bevy of luminous beaches and sun-kissed holiday-
makers, beckons the Queensland visitor. West of Queensland, the bounties of the Northern
Territory call out to adventurous travellers, promising croc-filled lagoons and harsh but
captivating terrain. But Gemma Peckham discovers that there are more treasures in
Northern Queensland than you might imagine. CONTINUED ON PAGE 97

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aravanners have a trained eye, and whilst they enjoy a

C beach break or an adventurous trip into the heart of the

Northern Territory, they can also look past the allure of these
popular destinations. They pick up a map and see that tempting
stretch of road lying between the Queensland coast and the Top
End—a road that has been touted as one of Australia’s ultimate
adventure drives: the Savannah Way.
This route will take you from the lustre of the Tropical North
Queensland beaches across a wide expanse of northern
Australia, and plenty of things will emerge along the journey to
help you understand why the Savannah Way is so magnetic.
The Queensland section of the Savannah Way traverses the
Tropical Tablelands and Gulf Savannah, passing through a
number of townships that are worth a stopover.
As you leave the coast behind, Mareeba is just one hour west
of Cairns but is the real start of your voyage across the Savannah
The Shire of Mareeba is steeped in Queensland’s agricultural
and horticultural history. It’s a fertile area, and everywhere you
look, you’ll discover a shade of green you’ve never seen before.
One of the best ways to take in the beautiful tropical foliage is on
a cable car ride over the Kuranda Rainforest. The Kuranda
Markets are accessible via the cable car, so the trip will not only
yield a great scenic experience, but perhaps some trinkets as
A less leisurely expedition is to the Mareeba rodeo, which
takes place in mid-July this year. The rodeo has been an annual
affair since 1949, which means the organisers have had more
than 60 years to perfect the day’s events. There are plenty of
novelty events, entertainment, and fantastic food and drink, but
of course you’ll be there for the action! If you’re looking for a real
rodeo experience, you can’t go past Mareeba.
The sunsets in Mareeba are magnificent, their shifting colours
causing the western sky to blush. Prefer a sunrise? You won’t be
disappointed by the hot air balloon rides that Mareeba is famous
for—take a dawn trip over the expansive landscape while the sun
slowly climbs to illuminate your morning.
Dimbulah, not far from Mareeba, is an interesting place to Barron Falls, Kuranda. PHOTO: PETER LIK.
visit, having been the junction for rail lines between the goldfields
at the turn of the last century. From Dimbulah, you can access right to log in the area. If you do immerse yourself in the
the historic Hodgkinson Goldfield and the nearby Tyrconnel rainforest, though, beware—there are rumours of a yowie living
Historic Gold Mine. There is plenty of history to be found here, so somewhere amidst the trunks!
when you visit, be sure to take your camera and have a look at There are also common sightings of 46-metre-tall, odd-
the interpretive panels at the restored railway station, which tell looking creatures in Ravenshoe, but these ones are easily
the story of the region. And just in case you feel like staying, the explained. Just outside of Ravenshoe is a wind farm, equipped
Dimbulah Caravan Park is located centrally with all the amenities with a number of windmills that stand 46m high, and the group
you’ll need. of 20 is an impressive sight—their odd beauty has now become
When you feel like you’ve exhausted the full program of quite a popular tourist attraction.
possibilities in the Mareeba area, head south to Ravenshoe, Just outside of Ravenshoe, is Millstream Falls—the widest
another fantastic stopping point along the Way. waterfall in Australia. Further along the road is Tully Falls, reached
Nature is at the heart of Ravenshoe, with the town’s by a short walk through the rainforest. The falls only run at full
industries and attractions emphasising natural energy, natural capacity during a big wet season, but the immense wall of bare
sights, and natural therapy. rock, surrounded by leafy rainforest, is a spectacular sight at any
Sitting 930 metres above sea level, Ravenshoe boasts the time of year.
highest elevation point in Queensland and is set amidst lush Since the downturn in the local timber industry, the town has
mountain pastures and World Heritage rainforest. Make sure that become a magnet for artists, and an interesting place for those
you venture into the rainforest while you’re here, because it’s still with a creative bent to visit as there are a number of art galleries
standing after much controversy in the 1980s, when local timber in the town. Head to the highest pub in Queensland, or visit
industries battled with environmentalists in a bid to protect their Queensland’s highest railway station in Tumoulin, 7km from

Skybury’s Australian Coffee. PHOTO: DARREN JEW

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Millstream Falls National Park. PHOTO: KARL SEELIG Rainbow Lorikeet, Mount Surprise. PHOTO: TOURISM QUEENSLAND

Undara Volcanic National Park. PHOTO: PETER LIK

Ravenshoe and accessible by the historic Ravenshoe Steam One of the next towns you’ll come to is Mount Surprise,
Railway. which is the first town of the Gulf Savannah region. The
West of Ravenshoe is the small town of Innot Hot Springs, settlement of Mount Surprise itself is quite small, with a few
where natural underground water emerges at a temperature of shops, a service station and the obligatory country pub. Despite
78 degrees Celsius, and is said to have healing properties. Take its size, Mount Surprise is worth a stopover as it is a hub for a
advantage of the springs by staying for a day or two at the number of great day trips.
nearby camping ground, hitting the water every now and again Just down the road from Mount Surprise is a popular tourist
for complete revitalisation. attraction, and you’d have to have a pretty good excuse to miss
The water theme continues as you travel further along the it. The Undara Lava Tubes are located in the Undara Volcanic
Way. Just before you reach Mount Garnet, take the dirt road National Park, and are the longest lava tubes in the world.
turn-off to the Wurruma Swamp, which is a revered treasure of Formed by lava leaving the Undara volcano via channels around
the Mount Garnet region. Even when most local wetlands have 190,000 years ago, these tubular caves are a spectacular sight,
dried up, the Wurruma Swamp retains its water, providing the with ‘lavacicles’, stalagmites and pillars—creations of the flow of
opportunity for a variety of water birds to stalk across the lily lava all those years ago—creating an eerie but beautiful
pads that blanket the surface of the water. It’s a truly remarkable backdrop as you explore the tubes.
sight, and definitely worth a stop. An attractive feature of Mount Surprise is the array of gems
Also close to Mount Garnet is the Forty Mile Scrub National that can be found here—topaz, aquamarine, quartz, peridot,
Park, which is a unique, isolated patch of rainforest surrounded moonstone, agate, fluoride, and even diamonds and gold are all
by eucalypt woodland. Take yourself on a walking tour of the found in the area. At Mount Surprise Gems, you can fossick for
National Park, spotting ancient and recent volcanic flows, and all of these minerals on a tour that has a ‘you keep what you find’
native flora and fauna along the way. policy. The shop from where the tour is based is located in
Mount Surprise, and you travel just over 40km to the dig for a
great morning with the prospect of finding buried treasure. Also
available at the shop are appraisal and faceting services for any
gems that you do find, as well as a café to replenish yourself
after a tough morning of fossicking.
Back out on the road, take a left turn at Georgetown and a
quick detour to Forsayth—a town whose fields were once almost
carpeted with gold. In prospecting days, mining was not needed
as gold could be found lying around on the ground. Although
you’re less likely now to kick up a nugget with your boots, the
town is a stop on the popular Savannahlander rail journey, and
has a few attractions of its own.
Cobbold Gorge, just south of Forsayth, is a chasm between
stunning sandstone formations typical of this area. Waterholes
and rock falls are fed by springs that keep the water level
constant, and a delightful waterhole at the mouth of the gorge is
perfect for swimming: you may however have to share the banks
with some of the local wildlife.
Also to the south of Forsayth is the Agate Creek Mineral
Club Hotel, Croydon. PHOTO: PETER LIK

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Gulflander Railway Station, Normanton. PHOTO: PETER LIK

Reserve, surrounded by the region’s formidable sandstone walls, Victorian architecture and intricately designed crossbeams is one
and abundant with agate in a variety of rich colours. Visit the of the most interesting features of Normanton.
reserve on a fossicking trip, and find some of the best specimens The old buildings in Normanton will definitely capture your
available in Australia. attention. Worth a visit are the watering holes that form the social
Back out on the Savannah Way, pay a visit to Croydon, hub of the town such as the ‘Purple Pub’ and the Albion Hotel.
which is linked by rail to Normanton, the hub of the old The Bank of New South Wales building retains some of its
Gulflander train. Visitors from Normanton are often ferried on the beautiful timber work, and is an quirky yet pretty structure.
Gulflander to Croydon, overnight bag in hand, to stay the night There are plenty of things to see and do around Normanton,
and see what the town has to offer. including bird watching and bush camping at nearby Shady
The township has been developing its historic precinct as an Lagoon, angling for that huge barramundi at Norman River 25km
attraction for visitors, restoring the buildings of its gold rush days away in Glenore (locals habitually catch fish weighing 5kg), and
to provide a quaint village where you can really envisage the of course visiting the Burke and Wills Cairn that marks the last
past. Buildings of note are the old surgeon’s house, which is now camp of the explorers’ expedition. And finally, pay a visit to Krys,
a bottle museum, the courthouse, the old gaol, and the railway who’s happy to smile for photos—just don’t get too close to the
station. Wander around and imagine what life was like during the teeth of this life-sized replica of the largest crocodile ever shot,
gold rush. which measures in at a startling 8.64 metres.
150km away, you can explore Normanton, the port where
The last stop on this driving tour is Karumba, situated just off
gold was received from Croydon, and an important hub on many
the Savannah Way on the Gulf of Carpentaria. The township itself
journeys in the Savannah region. Normanton is well known for
is a laid-back, come as you are kind of place, with not much
the Gulflander railway, which was used for transporting gold until
more than a pub and a few houses, many of them holiday
the supply in Croydon was exhausted. The railway has not made
a profit since 1907, however the charming old train still runs once homes. Locals claim that there are few places in the world that
a week between Normanton and Croydon. Departures are from have the same friendly, laid-back feel of Karumba in winter.
the National Trust railway station, which with its preserved Karumba is a gathering place for fishermen from all over
Australia—the fish virtually volunteer to be hooked. The
barramundi fishing here is said to be sensational, and the Gulf
waters provide a perfect breeding ground for many different
species of fish.
Beyond the mangroves, overlooking the Gulf of Carpentaria,
Karumba Point has some of the most beautiful sunsets in the
region. Some people claim that Karumba Point is the best place
in the world to watch the sun set, but you can decide that for
yourself as you take it in and contemplate where you’ve been,
and where you’re going next.
When you head back to Normanton with a head full of
sunset, you can continue on the Savannah Way across the
Northern Territory and Western Australia, finishing in Broome. But
we will leave you here, with memories of Queensland’s Savannah
Way that will hopefully match the sparkle of those destinations
that sometimes seem to outshine the smaller locales.

17th & 18th July 2010

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Karumba sunset. PHOTO: NICK POCOCK

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gorges of awesome proportions, it is home to a myriad of native
birds and wildlife. Travelling the rugged Gibb River Road, one can
visualise what the pioneers of this land once experienced.
Take the next big adventure from Perth to Broome; travel
through The Great Sandy Desert, Australia’s second largest National Park, with a landscape of massive mountain ranges
desert, through to Eighty Mile Beach and on to the Karijini and steep gorges more then 100 metres deep. Within the
National Park swim in the crystal clear rockpools, walk through
the lush vegetation and marvel at the waterfalls and lookouts at
Oxer and Junction pool. Explore Coral Bay with direct access to
Ningaloo Reef, one of the rare places on earth where you are
able to walk from the beach straight onto a coral reef.

16 Day Brisbane to Alice Springs Camping $3550

14 Day Perth to Broome Camping $3395
14 Day Broome – Kimberley – Tanami –
Alice Springs Camping $3095
12 Day Cape York Sea/Land Camping $3125
12 Day Cape York Drive/Fly Camping $2850
9 Day Cape York Fly/Drive Camping $2350
7 Day Cape York Drive/Fly Camping $2049
7 Day Cape York Drive/Fly Accommodated $2695
Many more tours available

So, what are you waiting for? We invite you to join us soon
for the holiday of a lifetime.
For more information call 1800 77 55 33 or visit our website

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Explore the wonders of Mackay region

Mackay is an unspoilt region of Australia that reflects the true Aussie lifestyle—laid back,
relaxed and natural. From the beaches and rugged hinterland, to the depths of the lush
tropical rainforest, the Mackay Region has several National Parks pulsating with abundant
wildlife easily reached from major highways nearby.

ackay’s tropical city centre is a hive

M of colour and activity. Take the self

guided Heritage Walk past 20
lovingly restored heritage listed buildings,
and admire Queensland’s best collection
of art deco architecture. The mighty blue
Pioneer River is a Mackay icon and can
be viewed from the new Bluewater Quay.
The developing Mackay Regional botanic
Gardens is one of Australia’s newest and
most innovative botanic gardens.
Featuring flora and land forms from the
Central Queensland bio-region. Whilst
visiting—make the most of the free guided
walks, enjoy the local artwork at the
gallery or sit back for a delicious lunch at
Lagoons cafe.
The impressive Mackay Marina Village
is a favourite with locals and tourists alike.
We highly recommend alfresco dining on
the palm fringed esplanade at the growing
number of restaurants and bars. Partake Finch Hatton Gorge, located in the climate. Ah the serenity! Sarina is big
in island and snorkelling day cruises, foothills of the Eungella Range has enough to provide great services with an
fishing charters and whale watching in excellent walking trails through the excellent range of dining experiences,
season. rainforest to Araluen and Wheel of Fire accommodation friendly and welcoming
If you feel like relaxing there are thirty waterfalls. Take a refreshing dip in the caravan parks, hotels and motels yet
one stunning beaches on offer, idyllic deep natural swimming holes surrounded small enough to offer a boutique holiday
fishing spots (fresh and saltwater), walking by the high gorge walls and rainforest. For experience without the crowds and tourist
tracks, Artspace gallery and the three tier a unique experience go Forest Flying
Bluewater lagoon with a children’s water trappings.
through the tree tops! This area is also home to the largest
park—all free of charge! Eungella National Park (pronounced
The Mackay region produces one third coal export facility in the southern
Young g’lah) is recognised as Australia’s
of Australia’s sugar exports—with lush hemisphere. Best vantage point is from
longest continual stretch of sub tropical
sugar cane fields still surrounding many the Haypoint Lookout—you will be
rainforest. Eungella is leisurely one hours
areas. drive west of Mackay, passing through the captivated by the sheer size of the
Located 10 minutes north of Mackay, scenic Pioneer Valley, carpeted by lush operations that are busily loading dozens
Farleigh is a small township and home to cane fields and dotted with quaint country of tankers patiently waiting offshore.
one of the regions’ five sugar processing townships. A must visit for anyone to the Take the Tour—Taste the Action at one
mills. The Farleigh Mill is open to the region, it makes for a perfect day trip or of the region’s biggest attractions the
public during the crushing season (late longer. Sarina Sugar Shed. This is one of the
June to late November). Experience rainforest walks amongst sweetest experiences you will ever have
If you are curious about how a sugar ancient rainforest, tumbling rivers and the and offers and interesting stop-over for
mill works and how sugar cane is turned home of the unique ‘Platypus’ at Broken travellers along the Bruce Highway.
into sweet and yummy sugar, then a River—one of the most reliable places in Located in the Field of Dreams Parkland,
Farleigh Sugar Mill Tour with Reeforest the world to view this elusive Australian Railway Square, Sarina. Open Monday to
Adventure Tours is a definite must. animal in the wild. It’s easy, and fun to Saturday from 9.00 am. Tour times 9.30
Meeting at the Farleigh Sugar Mill, you will camp, picnic and bushwalk in the national am, 10.30 am, 12.00 noon and 2.00 pm.
be taken through the mill by your guide parks within the Mackay Region. Adults $15.00, Child $7.50 (5-17
and have the process explained to you Head inland and beyond the ranges to attending school) Seniors/Pension Card
step by step. discover MORE of what the region can holders $12.00 Family Pass $35.00 (2A 2
Take the tour in the morning at 9am or offer. This prosperous Coal Country C). Closed some public holidays.
11am or an afternoon tour at 1 pm, 7 contains a growing number of open cut
Experience the whole factory tour in
days a week. Morning/ afternoon tea is and underground coal mines producing
included. Long sleeve shirts, long pants one easy assessable level. Visitors will see
black gold—a valuable industry providing
and closed in shoes are mandatory. Cost the machinery and equipment that
the life blood for the entire region.
all inclusive—Adult $22.00, child $12.00 Just south of Mackay is Sarina and process sugar cane into sugar and the by-
(4-12) Family $59.00 (2 x2). This tour is one of the friendliest towns on the coast product molasses along with the
suitable for all ages but be aware there are with what just might be the best climate in distillation process for the production of
a lot of stairs and heights. Also A Working the world. Sarina offers a variety of the Sugar Shed’s own liqueurs, vodka and
Cane Farm & Mill Tour operates beaches with over 90 kms fronting the schnapps. Visitors can taste and
Mon/Wed/Fri includes m/tea, lunch and Coral Sea. Grasstree, Salonika, Armstrong purchase products produced by the mini
mill tour. Cost $105.00p/p for more and Sarina Beaches are quiet yet mill and distillery, including sugar cane
information contact Reeforest Adventure delightful; popular for fishing and perfect juice, fairy floss, their very own ginger beer
Tours. for wasting an afternoon in our glorious and range of gourmet sauces.

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Sarina Sugar Shed offers you a truly unique experience with

a year round educational and tasting experience.
An ideal adventure for all ages. Enjoy a complimentary taste or
two of products produced at the Sugar Shed such as our Mango
Rum and Rum Liqueurs, Butterscotch and Mango Schnapps and
our very own ginger beer. Our Chefs Gusto range of gourmet
sauces will be sure to tantalise your taste buds.
Children will love the Fairy Floss
Souvenirs, gifts and locally made products including our full
range of gourmet sauces and alcohol are available. Located in
the Field of Dreams Parklands, Railway Square Sarina.

OPEN: MonSat from 9.00 am

Phone: 07 4943 2801 Fax: 07 4943 2802
CLOSED: some public holidays
TOURS TIMES: 9.30 am 10.30 am 12.00 noon and 2.00 pm
Admission prices apply


• Platypus & Rainforest Eco Safari
• Mackay City Heritage Tour
• Cape Hillsborough Northern Eco Safari
• Sugar Cane Farm and Mill Tour
Visit a working sugar mill on our
Farleigh Sugar Mill Tour
7 days a week 9am, 11am & 1pm
Wednesday and Saturday Nights 6pm

Ph: 1800 500 353

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Relax in
Majestic Mackay
Mackay’s the perfect spot for a relaxing short break, offering easy access to a range of
stunning natural attractions and a vibrant city scene. Damien Condon swapped his suit for
some shorts and discovered the region’s hidden secrets.

ackay is a surprising place, where you’ll find the contrast Zaatar Crusted Lamb Rump with saffron scented cous cous,

M of red Brigalow country, lush rainforest, the Great Barrier

Reef and the Coral Sea, national parks, beautiful
beaches, a colourful heritage and an evolving cosmopolitan
grilled continental garlic, and roasted garlic and tahini yoghurt
Take a quick stroll (about 200 metres) for a taste of the
centre. Mediterranean at Satchmos with top-quality tapas. As you sit
If experiencing something new, different, or unusual is high eating your meal you will see motor boats and yachts sitting
on your holiday list, then an escape to the Mackay region is a obediently like aquatic canines ready to go for a run.
must! Within a one and a half hour drive of Mackay city you’ll find If the call of the water becomes too much and you’ve only
an incredible variety of landscapes and experiences. For the got a few hours to spare, Seasun Maritime might be the ticket.
water babies, there’s Mackay’s Marina precinct, which continues They offer half-day (three hour) boat trips where you can snorkel,
to evolve. fish, go paragliding, ride a sea biscuit (inflatable tubes) or go
The marina offers various aquatic activities, and has a food whale watching… whales permitting of course! All of this is on
and wine district and somewhere to lay your head. The four and the pure azure water just off Mackay.
a half star Clarion Hotel is a light and airy modern building A sunset cruise on the Reef Goddess is a must! As the
offering stunning views across the water and the Southern orange orb of the sun dips below the horizon, listen to some live
Whitsunday Islands. If you feel like relaxing, a picnic hamper music. On Sundays, it’s a jazz cruise with the food taking on a
packed at your request can be taken for a drive or eaten by the more Cajun flavour, while singer Mischa gets the party swinging
water, or you can relax with a massage in your room. New Orleans style.
Then there’s Latitude 21, the Clarion’s relaxed marina-facing The ‘Goddess’ can also get you to Scawfel or Brampton
restaurant serving up quality modern Australian cuisine. Try the islands for a day trip.

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Scawfel means diving and snorkelling and lazing by the The popular walk to Araluen Falls is a 40-minute round trip or
waters edge with staff bringing you cool drinks on the sand. it’s one and a half hours if you want to visit both the Araluen and
Brampton on the other hand is bushwalking, butterflies and Wheel of Fire Falls.
abundant wildlife. Heading further away from Mackay you start to climb Mt
Both are pristine, unspoilt, and as yet quite undiscovered by Dalrymple – winding your way to stunning vistas out across the
tourist-trap regulars. valley to the coast.
If you want to get into the ocean minus the boat, Mackay has You are now in Eungella National Park, a world of tall timber
31 beautiful sandy beaches waiting to be explored. That’s one for and small wildlife. The sentinels of the park are the Mackay Tulip
each day of the month! Oaks standing tall, buttresses flared, cloaked in mists and
Beyond the blue, Mackay offers visitors a varied experience centuries old. They grow nowhere else.
few regional centres can boast –good bars, food, coffee and a Up here you can see a platypus swimming in the wild any
flavour influenced in no small part by the large Maltese and time you like (almost). If you stay at the Broken River Mountain
Pacific Islander communities that are integral historically and Resort on top of the mountain they will actually guarantee that
culturally to the region’s identity. you see one. The normally timid critters must have decided that
Sample the coffee at Foodspace in the gallery Artspace the people visiting here come in peace.
(Gordon Street) or at Café Valetta in Victoria Street (they also It is not just duck-billed monotremes that abound, however.
have amazing home-made Maltese food), the local fish special at When you follow one of the many walks you will see butterflies,
Pacinos restaurant on the banks of the Pioneer River, and have a birds, turtles and eels all going about their business. The
cocktail as the sun goes down on the splendid art deco balcony
mountain resort’s cabins have fires for the cooler times of year
at Platinum Lounge.
and are self-contained, or you can head into their restaurant and
Beautiful heritage buildings from the turn of the century meld
have Austrian chef Oskar offer up filling fare while you watch the
with the candy-coloured confectioneries of art deco creations.
possums scoffing their tucker on the deck. There are also
Walk along Victoria Street to see the sugar-money funded
splendour of the Old National Bank building and then visit the camping facilities next door.
Australian Hotel building for a taste of north Queensland art deco Getting there
architecture. If you’re arriving from the North or South, the Bruce Highway (A1)
From Mackay looking inland, your eyes are immediately is the most direct route. If you’re arriving from inland, take the
drawn to the lush, green promise of the Pioneer Valley. Mackay-Eungella Road, or the Peak Downs Highway (70).
As you make your way up the valley you pass charming
sugar hamlets hemmed in by the ever-present sugar cane on Caravan Parks
either side of the road. Andergrove Van Park – Tel: 07 4942 4922.
Stop at the Pinnacle Pub for one of their world-famous pies Central Tourist Park – Tel: 07 4957 6141.
and then make the quick hop to stunning Finch Hatton Gorge. Mackay Marina Caravan Park – Tel: 07 4955 1496.
Once inside this lush green world you can see boulders The Park Mackay – Tel: 07 4952 1211.
perched like Buddha praying – their contemplations punctuated Seawinds Caravan Park – Tel: 07 4954 9334
by the crack of the whipbirds’ calls. Bucasia Beachfront Caravan Resort – Tel: 07 4954 6375

Isaac Region – A Unique Part of the Real Australia

Aptly labelled as the ‘destination with a difference’, Isaac
Region encompasses just under 60,000sq km of fertile
plains on rich volcanic soils, jagged mountainous
outcrops, beaches, coal mines and the towns of Nebo,
Moranbah, Clermont, Dysart, Middlemount, Carmila, St
Lawrence and Clairview.
The region is a place where traditional qualities of the
outback live on, mixed with the very best modern
communities can provide. It’s a place where the relics of
the past abound with tributes to the old mines, early
cemeteries, bullock teams, and old townships of

For more information contact Isaac Regional Council

on 1300 472 227 or email:

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BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort

he multi-award winning BIG4 Adventure

T Whitsunday Resort is proudly positioned

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on providing an experience that is truly
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own private retreat.
There are always new and exciting things
happening at BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday,
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they appreciate that all the award winning
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holiday and at BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday
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family actively involved in the day to day
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morning teas, bingo, scenic boardwalks along the sea front,
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North Burnett
A natural Queensland alternative
hen visiting the ‘North Burnett’ you Enjoy a relaxing and affordable stay at

W will discover the essence of

country Queensland. Experience
famous country hospitality and explore
the Council Caravan Parks:
Mountain View Caravan Park –
Biggenden – (07) 4127 1399
breathtaking scenery of natural beauty. 34 Powered sites, unpowered sites
You will be amazed to discover several 2 amenities blocks, laundry, covered bbq
national parks, lush orchards, vineyards and modern camp kitchen.
and vast grazing country. Enjoy fishing Mount Perry Caravan Park –
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and 1 hour west of Bundaberg, the North
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(07) 4165 1168
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3 Mount Perry – Historic mining town Pictured: Big Foot, Cania Gorge National Park (top),
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MAR Cania Dam Freshwater Fishing Classic JUN Recreation Aviation National Fly-In Monto
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APR Eidsvold Easter Musicians Muster SEP Mundubbera Heritage Day
APR Gayndah, Mount Perry, Monto Shows SEP Mount Perry Dump Truck Pull
MAY Eidsvold, Mundubbera, Biggenden Shows OCT Mount Perry Woodchop
MAY Gayndah Silverwhip Campdraft OCT Monto Garden and Craft Expo
MAY Monto Annual Cattle Drive NOV Mount Perry Races
JUN Monto Festival and Rodeo NOV Eidsvold Heritage Day

Telephone:1300 696 272


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Outback oasis
Pocket-sized koalas, wombats
the size of cows and an ancient
gorge fringed by rainforest are
just waiting to be discovered in
Queensland’s very own Outback
oasis, writes Jessica Reid.

Overlooking Lawn Hill National Park. PHOTO: TOURISM QUEENSLAND

hree hundred and ten kilometres and we didn’t so much as downstream from the gorge’s main entrance.

T pass a petrol station; three cars, two Wedge-Tailed Eagles,

thousands of termite mounds standing like tombstones, an
emu, a roadside cattle muster and a couple of kangaroos, yes,
Adel’s Grove began humbly as an experimental Botanical
Garden in 1920 created by Albert de Lestang (hence the name
“Adel” derived from Albert’s initials).
but otherwise it was just us and the wide expanse of By 1939, Albert had planted more than 1,000 species of
Queensland’s Outback. exotic and native plants, shrubs and trees, but in the early 1950s
We were on our way to two hidden gems in this remote part disaster struck when a fire swept through the grove and
of the State’s far north-west—Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) National destroyed almost everything in its path, including Albert’s
Park and the World Heritage-listed Riversleigh Fossil Fields, dwelling and a trunk containing all of his research papers.
which are both, as we found, well worth the drive. The current owner/managers of Adel’s Grove, Rod and
If you don’t have a 4WD, the best way to see these Michelle Low Mow have been running the property since 2001
spectacular landmarks is on one of Dell Burgen’s three day/two and have made quite a few changes since they took charge. The
night Yididi Aboriginal Guided Tours which depart Mount Isa site now offers a bar and restaurant, 17 permanently-erected
every Tuesday and Friday. tents (complete with bedding, bedside table, deck and outdoor
After driving such a long way through flat savannah land, we setting), 15 cabins and 53 designated tent sites, which according
were nearly at the Queensland/Northern Territory border and I to the Low Mows are all booked out months in advance during
must admit I had started to doubt the legend of Lawn Hill’s the peak season of June to September.
greenness and grandeur. “I’m always asked if I feel isolated out here, but with so many
Yet almost out of nowhere we were suddenly at the gorge’s people coming through, it’s often a case of me wanting to get
entrance and before long were silently canoeing carefully through away from everyone,” laughed Rod.
the waterlilies and striking scenery. Both Michelle and Rod were born and bred in Brisbane, but
Steep ochre cliffs guide the permanent fresh water gorge met while working in Mount Isa as teenagers.
along a winding path fringed with thriving green trees, ferns and “We set off to travel around Australia, but didn’t get much
scrubs. About 1km into the gorge we tied off our canoes and further than here!” said Rod.
dived into the fresh water. While Michelle runs the restaurant and day to day operation
I was quickly drawn to the nearby tiny waterfalls and well- of the property, Rod takes daily trips to one of the area’s other
placed rocks which created my own mini Outback spa, while the highlights—the Riversleigh Fossil Fields.
fishermen, hikers and bird watchers in our group were also well “Since 1967, scientists have increased Australia’s known
catered for in this incredible spot flourishing with flora and fauna. creatures by more than 1,000 from this site alone,” he said.
The afternoon quickly slipped by before we headed back to “Wombats the size of cows, flesh-eating kangaroos, three
the area’s only accommodation at Adel’s Grove, which lies just metre tall flightless birds, pocket-sized and giant koalas, and 13

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different species of crocodiles are just some of the creatures they

have discovered to be roaming the land where you are standing
up to 25 million years ago.
“This land used to be a lush rainforest and lake and I
guarantee you that under nearly every bit of rock out there you
will find a bit of bone which has been preserved in limestone,”
Rod said.
Granted World Heritage listing in 1994 for its outstanding
representation of the evolution of Australian mammals and the
quality of its fossils, Riversleigh Fossil Fields covers a 10,000ha
area, with ‘D-Site’ the only section open to the public.
Before or after seeing the real thing it’s highly recommended
that visitors pop into the Riversleigh Fossil Centre in Mount Isa
for an extensive insight into the region as it was millions of years
ago, and into the process of fossilisation.
Here we watched a palaeontologist at work and saw a
number of fossils and life-sized replicas of some of the ancient
animals which once inhabited Australian soil. Sunrise at Bills Hill, Adel’s Grove. PHOTO: TONY GWYNN-JONES
The Riversleigh Fossil Centre is located in the Outback at Isa
complex which is also home to the famous ‘Hard Times Mine’, mango leaves to cow poo to make paper, and of course the
which was built and operated by real miners and today provides Mount Isa School of the Air whose students live up to 500km
the opportunity to experience first hand the daily life and away and come to ‘class’ over the radio. Tours of the school
workings of an underground mine. operate each weekday at 10am during the school term.
After donning bright orange overalls and hard hats with And while there aren’t any pocket-sized koalas or gigantic
lamps, we descended 30 metres into the mine and began wombats roaming outside the classroom window, there’s
exploring the rabbit warren of underground tunnels and certainly enough history and heritage in this stunning part of the
pathways. Our passionate guide explained the history and world to make you feel like you’ve gone back in time and back to
evolution of mining, showing us both past and present nature.
equipment and even let each of us try the Air Leg Drill. Accommodation and holiday ideas:
Other highlights in Mount Isa include a visit to Arilla Paper, the
indigenous paper-making company that uses everything from Adel’s Grove:

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All roads are open to Quilpie

Following the much needed rainfall to start 2010, Quilpie Shire is nothing
short of stunning. With 67,482 square kilometres of colourful outback,
including wild flowers and rivers and creeks in flood, the Quilpie Shire
offers some seriously stunning sights to behold.

ravelling to Quilpie is almost as easy and sit amongst the blooms, experiencing

T as a trip from Brisbane to Sydney.

Travel on sealed roads by car or take
in the breathtaking views from the air with
the beautiful colour of feathers up close
and the birds in graceful flight?
Fancy catching a yellow belly in the
a twice-weekly commercial flight from Bulloo? Fishing and ‘telling a yarn’ in the
Brisbane arriving in just over two hours. outback is yet another pastime that
Another great way to sit back and take in benefits from the rain. The trick is finding
the outstanding outback view is the the best stops. Stop in at the local Imperial
Westlander train to Charleville and then Hotel or Quilpie Club, enjoy a quick ‘coldy’
hopping on the connecting coach. All and you will be well on your way to a good
roads lead to Quilpie. fishing spot and story to tell.
The heavy rainfall of 2010 has
The rejuvenation of the landscape has
guaranteed a phenomenal season of
brought about renewed human spirit within
Australian flora and fauna. From brolgas in
the buffalo grass, to budgies in the community of the shire. Quilpie Shire locals
Beefwood trees, Quilpie Shire has certainly are reaping the rewards of the great rainfall
benefitted from this wet season. of 2010, spirits are high and they are ready
Quilpie Shire is home to a vast range of to share their own beautiful slice of the
beautiful birds. Cockatiels, Galahs and outback with you.
Honeyeaters are dominating the skyline Quilpie Shire is filled with experiences;
and perching themselves on fence lines. characters and beauty you won’t find
Native birds are taking advantage of the anywhere else in the world. Bursting in
nectar and admiring themselves in the contrast and colour, botanical finds and
waters reflection. Why not take a picnic wildlife a plenty. Check it out. It really is
lunch and head down to Lake Houdraman simply stunning.

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Phone: (07) 4656 0500

Visit The Buffs Club and enjoy what we have to offer....

The Buffs Club – Mt Isa
The Buffs Club, winner of Best Club North QLD 2009,
located in the heart of Mount Isa is known for its great
■ Boomerang Coffee Shop atmosphere, top food, cold beers and a variety of services
■ Gaming Lounge
and facilities all under the one roof.
■ Kids Club and play area
Our Bluetongues Sports Bar is the perfect place to
■ Courtesy Bus
■ Function Room
watch the game, play pool or place a bet on Keno or the
■ Bluetongue Sports Bar TAB. Why not try your luck on one of the latest and greatest
■ The Frog & Toad Bar & Grill Poker machines.
■ On the Deck Dining Then relax in our award winning, licensed, Boomerang
■ Thirsty Camel Bottle Shop Coffee Shop and indulge in a slice of divine cake or freshly
■ Weekly Members Draw
brewed coffee. Or if you are looking for a delicious meal, The
Frog & Toad Bar & Grill is open for lunch & dinner 7 days a
The Buffs are a family orientated club and provide a fully
supervised Kids Club, equipped with a variety of activities,
Can’t get enough of the Buf fs Club toys and computers to keep even the most active children
The Buffs Club also have 3 modern function areas and
are equipped for any occasion. Large or small, from
weddings to business seminars, we can help make your
event memorable.
Best Club
North The Buffs Club is open from 9am daily and 8am on
Qld 2009
The Buffs Club Sundays for Breakfast.
For your convenience a free Courtesy Bus is available
Corner Grace & Simpson Streets, Mount Isa that will pick you up and deliver you back home again.
Phone 07 4743 2365 Visit Mount Isa’s Best Hospitality Venue today! – The
Fax 07 4743 7773 Email: Web: Buffs Club

Experience Winton
When you take your trip to Winton, come to relax and
immerse yourself in the experiences this unique country town
has to offer, known for its friendly hospitality and big smiles.
Visit the Waltzing Matilda Centre, discover Lark Quarry
Dinosaur Trackways, the worlds only recorded dinosaur
stampede, try your luck at Opalton, play a tune on the Musical
Fence or visit Bladensburg National Park, just to name a few
of our attractions.
Winton is the ideal place to discover the outback, so pack
your car and venture out to Winton and experience the
diversity of this great area.

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A little loop of history in Queensland’s

Adrienne Costin visited the central west region of the Queensland 0utback and discovered
a wonderful drive loop just outside Longreach complete with little towns with wide streets,
historic black stumps, enormous windmills, pet kangaroos and bikes for hire.
ake a close look at the map for roads around Longreach world record shearing 321 sheep in seven hours and 40 minutes.

T and you’ll see one just outside the nearby town of

Ilfracombe, population 185, which heads south to the even
smaller settlement of Isisford, population 120.
While much of the Outback is now cattle country, sheep are
its history and a must is a visit to the Blackall Woolscour, an
historic wool washing plant which has stood the ravages of time
It is an easy hour’s drive and if you are lucky you will be and this year celebrates its centenary. The corrugated iron
welcomed to town by a pet joey named Jenny, whose best friend buildings house steam-run machinery which was imported from
appears to be a well-rounded Labrador dog. England and brought in by bullock drays. That’s impressive
Isisford has decried the middle of nowhere expression, enough given the size of the machinery, but even more so is that
preferring to regard itself as “the middle of everywhere”, a phrase the plant is still fully operational and the machinery is run by
it promotes in an excellent AV presentation which plays in the steam from May through to August each year.
theatrette of the stylish Outer Barcoo Interpretive Centre. The Our guide was local Bob Wilson, a former woolpresser and
centre includes a museum with a life-sized replica of Isisfordia now local artist whose works include the mural at the back of the
duncani, the evolutionary ancestor of today’s crocodiles, flora Black Stump display in town. The Woolscour is open daily and
and fauna displays, information on the history of the area and the guided tours leave every hour between 9am and 4pm and take
formation of the Great Artesian Basin, and the coffee shop around an hour. Admission including the tour starts at $11 for
serves an excellent cuppa. adults, $6.60 for children and $27.50 for a family group (two
Across the road is the famous Clancy’s Pub, which this day adults/two children). Bus groups receive a discount.
was getting a face lift in the cool of the morning—its famous sign Next and final stop for the day was Barcaldine, just over
resting on the ground waiting to be hitched aloft to its usual spot 100km north on the Matilda Highway. Barcie, as it is fondly
on the front façade of the old building. Isisford is reputed to have known, is famous as the site of the 1891 Shearers’ Strike which
been the inspiration for Banjo Paterson’s poem Clancy of the led to the formation of the Australian Labour Party. Sadly, the old
Overflow and when Glen Clancy became the licensee of the hotel Ghost Gum, better known as the Tree of Knowledge, under
in 1965, he named it Clancy’s, a name which has stuck through which the strike took place, was poisoned. At the time of our visit
future owners. it was being restored in Brisbane and will soon be returned to its
Blackall is about 120km to the south-east and was rightful place on Oak Street.
discovered in 1846 by Major Mitchell and became famous as the There’s something very clean and green about Barcaldine,
home of ‘Alice Downs’, the property where Jackie Howe set a despite the fact it is in the middle of the Outback, and it has its

Clancy’s Overflow Hotel. PHOTO: TOURISM QUEENSLAND

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The Pristine Environment own oasis in the form of the Worker’s Heritage Centre. The
Wildlife, the wildflower splendour, rivers, sand attraction pays homage to the ordinary men and women workers
dunes, fishing, billabongs, waterholes and scenery of Australia and is set on two hectares of tropical gardens based
around a billabong.
Excellent Facilities Buildings and old trains house displays donated by groups
from across Australia and include the imposing tent known as
Historic Bedourie and Birdsville hotels, cafes,
the Celebration Theatre which toured Australia as part of the
restaurants, coffee shops, art galleries, hotels,
Bicentennial Celebrations in 1988. A clone of the Tree of
motels, cabins, caravan parks, fuel & auto services,
Knowledge known as ‘youngun’, is flourishing in the gardens of
magnificent & pristine bush camping. the centre. The centre is open 7 days a week. Admission is $13
for adults, $8.50 for children, $10 concession, $28.50 for a
ABUNDANLICFE family, and bus tours by arrangement.
OF BIRD CENT Barcaldine’s collection of hotels are located on Oak Street
FLO which runs parallel to the railway line and are well worth a visit for
a chat with the locals, and the Masonic Lodge has to be seen to
be believed. The imposing corrugated iron has a weatherboard
frontage which has been cleverly painted to take on an art deco
At the end of its street is the impressive 8.2 metre windmill
E& which quietly goes about its business, pumping water into a
4WD WAGON, M10 & 11 nearby water feature. Visitors wishing to see Blackall from closer
BEDOURIE R 2010 up might like to hire one of the stylish new bikes available for
SEPTEMBE 0 visitor use at the nearby Visitors Information Centre.
Call now for a copy of the The Facts:
“Visitor Guide”, “Remote Desert Travel” Getting there: Qantaslink flies daily between Longreach and
& “Bird Watchers Guide” Brisbane and several times a week to and from Blackall and
Barcaldine; car hire is available from Longreach; QR’s The Spirit
of the Outback travels twice weekly to Longreach; Greyhound
Diamantina Visitor Centres, Australia runs regular coach services.
Bedourie and Birdsville Tours: While in Blackall link up with Tom Lockie on one of his
Artesian Country Tours where you’ll hear a ‘yarn’ or two and visit
1300 794 257 some of the area’s best kept secrets. For more information on Queensland’s Outback visit

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On the trail of
Queensland’s ‘lost giants’
Step back into the land of the lost giants and
follow Australia’s Dinosaur Trail on a journey of
prehistoric discovery, an experience only possible
in Outback Queensland.

Lark Quarry Dinosaur Trackways Walking Track, Winton. PHOTO: LIN MARTIN

ollow the trail linking Richmond, Winton and Hughenden you can discover the world’s only recorded evidence of a

F and learn about the creatures which inhabited Queensland’s

Outback 100 million years ago, when ancient inland seas
were alive with marine reptiles and dinosaurs roamed the land.
dinosaur stampede, which inspired the stampede scene in
Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park.
In Winton, see the dinosaur display at the historic Corfield
See world-class fossils, visit the world’s only preserved and Fitzmaurice building, where highlights include the skeletal
dinosaur stampede, and dig up the past at public-fossicking remains of ‘Elliot’ and a dinosaur diorama recounting the
sites. stampede.
Richmond, ‘the fossil capital of Australia’, is home to the Head north-east to Hughenden, dubbed ‘dinosaur country’,
award-winning attraction Kronosaurus Korner Fossil and and visit the Flinders Discovery Centre which houses ‘Hughie’, a
Information Centre which contains over 400 ancient exhibits, life-sized Muttaburrasaurus, and an excellent fossil display of
most notably Australia’s best preserved dinosaur Minmi and the
international standard.
Richmond Pliosaur, Australia’s best vertebrate fossil ever found.
Also in Hughenden, don’t forget to get your hands dirty and
Hand-held audio guides are available for a self-paced tour of
fossick in designated areas to see what you can dig up.
the centre and afterwards you can have a dig at free designated
fossicking sites. Show your discoveries to the resident curator for For more information on Australia’s Dinosaur Trail visit
identification—they might even be sharks’ teeth, fish bones or or call 1800 247 966. For
shells from ancient inland seas! general Outback holiday information visit
At Lark Quarry Dinosaur Trackways, 110km south of Winton,

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Discover the beauty and excitement of the Maranoa, a vibrant region only a few hours west of
Brisbane. Clear blue skies and spectacular landscapes are home to unforgettable adventures with
the diversity of scenic walks, iconic attractions, outback pubs, country races... something for
everyone. The Maranoa – Make it Yours.

For information on upcoming events

in the Maranoa region call us on (07) 4622 8676
or visit

Highways to history
The collection of highways traversing
Queensland’s Western Downs take the
traveller on a journey which is rich in history,
writes Adrienne Costin.

ook at a map of the Western Downs, an area of roughly

L 126,000km2 to the west of Brisbane and you’ll find an impressive

collection of highways, as it is the hub for the road network
travelling north/south and east/west in Queensland.
Nine highways run through the region if you include the Carnarvon
Highway, which starts at Mungindi on the southern border and leads
north to the Carnarvon National Park above Injune, the Barwon which
runs between Goondiwindi and St George and is named after the
Barwon River, a main tributary of the Darling River, and the Moonie and
Balonne Highways which are part of the Adventure Way.
The Great Inland Way enters the Downs from the south at the tiny
town of Hebel, population 28, home to a welcoming pub and the
tearooms at the Crafty Yum Yum Café.
Like the rest of the Downs, the land around the little township
stretches leisurely to the horizon, sometimes framed by trees or dotted
with lonely specimens who stand tall alone. The Hotel opened in 1894
and was a Cobb & Co stopover. The original village store, built three
years later also remains and local legend also reckons the Kelly gang
used the town as a hang out.
Travel north to St George and 45km out of town watch the left for
the signs to the Nindigully Pub, Queensland’s oldest hotel which still
stands in its original condition and location on the banks of the Moonie
River. The pub’s licence was issued back in 1864 when they brewed
their own beer and rum. It’s still a great place to go for a quiet ale, even
when special events like the Nindigully Pig Races and New Year’s Eve
aren’t taking place.
The highway continues on to Surat, the town from which the last
scheduled Cobb and Co coach left before stopping forever at nearby
Yuleba. This historic run is commemorated at the Cobb and Co
Changing Station, a local landmark which is home to a museum, art
gallery and 25,000 litre fresh-water aquarium.

Roma Avenue of Heroes. PHOTO: MURRAY WAITE & ASSOC.

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Nearby Roma and the surrounding

countryside were first explored more than
150 years ago by Sir Thomas Mitchell.
The unofficial capital of the region dates
back to 1867 when it was named after
Lady Diamantina Roma Bowen, the wife
of the governor at the time.
This thriving rural town has plenty to
offer the modern day visitor but history still
plays a major role and one of its most
popular attractions is the Big Rig, a
fascinating tribute to Australia’s oil and
gas industry which includes a spectacular
night show. This is a rich agricultural and
farming area, and grapes have been
grown here for many years. In fact,
Queensland’s oldest winery, Romavilla,
has been producing table and fortified
wines since 1863 and proudly continues
to do so.
Even the trees are historic. The
Avenue of Heroes is a heritage-listed
avenue of 138 bottle trees within the Moonie highway. PHOTO: TOURISM QUEENSLAND.

town, which were planted as a tribute to Balonne River. garage which is now a Vintage Car
soldiers from the district who lost their The Warrego Highway is the 744km Museum. While in town railways buffs
lives in World War 1. Mt Abundance stretch from Brisbane, which enters the should visit the End of the Line display in
Homestead outside town was the site of Downs at Dalby and leaves it past Roma the Glenmorgan Railway Station.
the first settlement in the region and was at Mitchell on its way to Charleville. At the Gardeners and naturalists will also enjoy a
built in 1860. Visitors are still welcome. township of Miles between Dalby and visit to the nearby Myall Park Botanic
Follow the road north and you’ll go Roma you’ll find the Miles Historical Garden, one of Australia’s oldest
right past the Carnarvon National Park, Museum and more than 20 old buildings collections of arid and semi-arid native
home of the spectacular Carnarvon Gorge in a recreated township. Miles was plants, and the birthplace of the Grevillia
with its ancient rainforest and some of the originally known as Dogwood Crossing plant ‘Robyn Gordon’.
finest Aboriginal Rock Art in Australia. and like many of the settlements in the Goondiwindi, locally known as Gundy,
The Adventure Way is the link area was established on a track blazed by is the start of the Gore Highway which
between Brisbane and Adelaide and Ludwig Leichhardt. runs for 210km from the Western to the
includes two State highways as it passes Another historic experience awaits Darling Downs through a rich patchwork
through the Downs: the Moonie Highway, outside the town at Possum Park where of farming landscape. The area around
a 285km stretch of road from Dalby to St accommodation is offered in historic Goondiwindi was settled in the 1840s by
George and the Balonne. underground bunkers and restored troop pastoralists and by the middle of that
As can be assumed by its name, the carriers. century had become an important
Moonie Highway passes through the tiny The Leichhardt Highway, named after administrative and commercial centre. The
town of Moonie which was the site of the explorer, begins in Victoria and enters
town is still most famous as the home of
Australia’s first commercial oil field. It Queensland at Goondiwindi, then heads
champion racehorse, Gunsynd,
opened in December 1961 and despite north-east across the state to the
affectionately nicknamed the ‘Goondiwindi
being a relatively small field is still Capricorn Coast. Travelling north, take a
operational today. At St George, the left turn at the tiny settlement of The
highway becomes the Balonne for 300km Gums and you’ll come to Glenmorgan To further explore the Western Downs
to Cunnamulla, mostly following the and Monty’s Garage, a 1940s style auto visit

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2010 Xstrata
Mount Isa Rotary
Rodeo to deliver a
heck of a ride
The Outback Queensland city of Mount Isa
is ramping up preparations for the Southern
Hemisphere’s largest rodeo event, the 2010
Xstrata Mount Isa Rotary Rodeo to be held
from Friday, August 6 to Sunday, August 8.
ore than 25,000 visitors are expected to head to the Isa

M for the 52nd annual rodeo, which attracts the nation’s

best talent competing for a prize pool of $200,000.
Kalkadoon Stadium, Buchanan Park will be the headquarters
for three days of non-stop rodeo action, including bull riding,
saddle bronc and bareback, steer wrestling, roping, ladies barrel
racing and breakaway roping.
Outside the stadium, the whole city catches the rodeo
spirit—with local businesses and schools competing in the “Best
Dressed” Competition including for best window display, best
dressed school and best dressed business premises.
The action kicks off on Friday, August 6 with free rodeo entry
from 10am to 2pm, leading into the opening Mardi Gras Parade
from 5pm, with plenty of free family entertainment including live
The action continues with the “Man Against Beast” Friday
night event showcasing different kinds of rodeo competition as
the name suggests!
The weekend focus is on rodeo competition, leading up to
the Sunday finals.
Other rodeo week events include the Zonta Bush Poets
Breakfast and Mailman Express Sprint Horse Race, a 200 metre
sprint from a running start open to non-thoroughbred horses.
Mount Isa is located in north-west Queensland, 900km inland
from Townsville along the Overlander’s Way and is easily
accessed by direct flights from Brisbane, Gold Coast, Darwin,
Alice Springs, Townsville and Cairns, as well as by road and bus.
Visitors coming earlier or staying on after the rodeo can
explore local attractions including Outback at Isa where you can
take a “Hard Times Mine Tour” or visit the Riversleigh Fossil
Centre, Lake Moondarra, and the region’s twin jewels,
Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) National Park and the fascinating
Riversleigh Fossil Fields.
For more information visit
or phone (07) 4743 2706.
For accommodation and holiday ideas visit

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About Nerada Tea

t was April Fools Day in 1882, when four young brothers 1000 acres of tea fields make way for the two highest mountains

I rowed a boat to an area to become known as Bingal Bay –

just over 100km south of Cairns. This was the beginning of a
company which has now grown to become Australia’s largest
in Queensland .The Visitors Centre is a great place for either
morning tea, a light lunch or afternoon tea as you experience all
that the Cairns Highlands (Atherton Tablelands) has to offer. The
grower and producer of tea. full range of Nerada Tea products are also available purchase .
At the home of Nerada Tea, on the Cairns Highlands When you arrive at the visitors centre, you will have the
(Atherton Tablelands), there is over 1,000 acres of tea planted, opportunity to see the Nerada Tea Experience. The Nerada Tea
delivering 6 million kilos of fresh tea leaves to the Glen Allyn Experience is designed to showcase to you the fascinating story
processing factory every year. of tea, not only in Australia but why it is one of the most popular
beverages consumed around the world. The Nerada Tea
The Visitors Centre Experience is a 45 minute journey in understanding how tea is
The Nerada Tea Visitors Centre is located adjacent to the Nerada made at the Glen Allyn Estate and why Nerada Tea is one of the
Tea processing facility. The scenery is quite simply stunning as most popular tea brands consumed in Australia.

Visit our tea plantation and factory

on the Cairns Highlands just 10km
outside the town of Malanda.
Discover how beautiful tea is grown
and processed. Take a tour, buy
fresh tea, a special gift or relax
and enjoy an amazing cup of
Australia’s Own Tea.

Glen Allyn Rd, Malanda.

Open Daily 9am to 4pm.
V I S I TO R S C E N T R E Phone [07] 4096 8328

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What’s On Where

JULY 3-4
Bedourie Campdraft, Rodeo and Gymkhana, Bedourie July 4
The outback offers up some fascinating local characters, heart-
stopping entertainment, and a great time for all during Bedourie’s
Fassifern Fresh Food Festival,
annual event. Great horsemanship, good food and drink, and live music Boonah
create a great weekend for all.
Tel: 07 4746 1254
JULY 3-4
Cairns Ukulele Festival, Cairns
The humble ukulele takes centre stage at this fun tropical festival. The
multicultural and tropical aspects of the region are highlighted through
performances by international, national and local artists.
Tel: 0405 619 026
Caloundra Cup Carnival, Caloundra
All the fun and excitement of a big racing meet, with some of the best
jockeys from around Australia bringing competitive racing to one of the
most valued racetracks in Australia. Roving entertainment and fashions
on the field cap off the excitement of the day.
Tel: 07 5491 6788
Fassifern Fresh Food Festival, Boonah
The country air will give you an appetite, so it’s a good thing that this
country town is putting on their Fresh Food Festival, in the beautiful
heart of the Scenic Rim. There will be a farmers market, cooking
demonstrations, and of course plenty of food and wine to sample.
Tel: 07 5463 3081
Mary Poppins Festival in the Park, Maryborough
Each July, Maryborough in Queensland celebrates its unique
connection to Mary Poppins. Author Pamela Lyndon Travers was born
in Maryborough, and this festival honours the famous nanny
with street theatre, music, arts, crafts and plenty of fun.
Tel: 07 4190 5742
JULY 9-10
Yeppoon Lions Pinefest, Yeppoon
People from the local and wider community come to Yeppoon every
year to enjoy this great event. The Grand Street Parade, beach
activities and spectacular fireworks display are highlights of this
fantastic family festival.
Tel: 07 4939 2904
Bedourie Camel Races, Bedourie
Along with the main event of the day, the camel races, there are plenty
of novelty events to cater for everyone, with lots of prizes up for grabs.
Great food, music and dancing at the track ensure that everyone has
a fantastic day.
Tel: 07 4746 1291

BEDOURIE RACE CLUB Kingaroy Showgrounds

• Friday Night Rodeo & Novelty Events
• Ute Muster Saturday Morning • Overnight sites • Permanent sites • Camp sites
• Saturday: Races at 1pm • 50 Powered sites • 25 Powered sites with concrete slabs
including Fashions of the Field • Hot showers • Pets welcome • Laundry facilities
• Saturday Night Live Entertaining & Dancing • Affordable rates ($17.50 per night) • Spacious
• Accommodation: Royal Hotel & • Shady treed areas • Central location
Simpson Desert Oasis Caravan Park • Undercover car parks • Dump site
• Events & Race Meeting September 10-11
On site management
• 52NDAnnual Meeting
Phone: (07) 4162 5037 Fax: (07) 4162 7120
Ph: (07) 4746 1219 Fax: (07) 4746 1279
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What’s On Where

JULY 15-25 August 19-22
Jumpers and Jazz in July Festival, Warwick
There’s nothing like a quirky festival in winter to warm you up. Visitors Broadbeach Blends
are invited to rug up at Warwick’s coldest time of the year, and join in of Jazz Festival,
the fun with music, workshops, a craft market, and more. The highlight Broadbeach
of the festival is the jumpers that adorn more than 100 trees in the town,
specifically created for this event.
Tel: 07 4661 9073

JULY 16-18
Boulia Camel Races, Boulia
People from all over Australia come to see this annual camel race,
which caps off a fantastic three-day festival. You may get distracted
trackside, with plenty of live entertainment, food, music, dancing and
Tel: 07 4746 3408

JULY 17-18
Charters Towers Gold Fever Festival, Charters Towers
Dig up some fun at this great family festival. You can buy a plot in the
Gold Battery, and every plot is guaranteed a prize. There’s plenty of
live music, bush poets, country markets, gold panning, wagon rides
and more.
Tel: 07 4761 5515

JULY 21-23
Cairns Show, Cairns
If you miss the Cairns show, you’ll definitely be disappointed. The
essence of a real local show is captured in Cairns, where the
agricultural and farming shows are set alongside crafts, art, novelty
events, and a few surprises as well.
Tel: 07 4031 3671

JULY 23-25
Gold Coast Home Show and Caravan and Camping
Expo, Southport
This is the region’s premier Home and Lifestyle event, showcasing the
latest in caravans, motor homes, camper trailers and off-road and
outdoor gear. On-site food, entertainment and competitions round out
the day.
Tel: 1800 671 588

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, Queensland Department of
Environment and Resource Management and
Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol offices.

For more information call 1800 990 177 or visit

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What’s On Where

Rainbow Beach Family Fishing Classic, Rainbow Birdsville Races, Birdsville
Beach The Birdsville Races is one of the most important events on the
After eight days of fishing, a lucky angler will take home the grand prize outback calendar, attracting between 5,000 and 6,000 visitors from
– a share in $100,000. The event is open to all ages and gender, so Australia and worldwide. The XXXX Gold Birdsville Cup is as coveted
grab your rod and try your luck. Cooking demonstrations, guest as the Melbourne Cup, and the excitement at this event is always
speakers and entertainers will keep everybody amused. extreme.
Tel: 07 5486 3191 Tel: 1300 794 257
Quamby Rodeo, Quamby Southern Downs Sculpture Symposium, Warwick
What more could you ask from a rodeo? Bull riding, saddle bronc, Up to 20 participating artists will carve local Warwick Tanamerah
mutton busters, greasy pig, lolly man and the original Donkey race, all sandstone in public view at Leslie Park, so the public can watch the
in the one place at Quamby. There is so much happening at this rodeo, sculpting process with the end result being a spectacular sculpture
you’ll be reeling. symposium.
Tel: 07 4742 1249 Tel: 07 4661 7179
Hervey Bay Whale Festival, Hervey Bay Back to Boulia, Boulia
The ‘up close and personal’ whale season, and our connection with Choose from a range of activities to compete in, from egg-and-spoon
nature, is celebrated in Hervey Bay with a day of festivities, including races to bronco branding, motorsports and dog races. There are also
an illuminated street parade, workshops, roving entertainment, and of lots of talented acts at the talent quest, and the weekend finishes with
course food and fireworks. music and dancing.
Tel: 1800 214 789 Tel: 07 4748 4979
Fraser Lions Hervey Bay Seafood Festival, Hervey Bay Hinchinbrook Family Fishing Classic
A shady natural park at Urangan Harbour hosts an indulgent day of A fun day out will be had by all, as keen fishers throw their lines in,
seafood, fine wine, music and prizes. Seafood from the waters adjacent whilst others get involved in the mud crab tying and the prawn eating
to the Fraser Coast is cooked up for guests to feast on, while local competition. There will also be musical entertainment and plenty of
wines are matched to the cuisine. games for the kids.
Tel: 0402 636 485 Tel: 07 4776 5211
Broadbeach Blends of Jazz Festival, Broadbeach IGA Coolum Kite Festival, Coolum Beach
Growing bigger every year, this great festival is a sure fire way to jazz Look skyward at Coolum Beach on this unique weekend, and you’ll
up your life. World-class musicians converge on the Broadbeach see colourful kites of all shapes and colours riding the breeze. As well
precinct to serve up a side of classic jazz to go with your fabulous food as expert kite-makers flying their creations, there will be plenty of other
and fine wine. entertainment, and a whole lot of atmosphere.
Tel: 07 5539 8416 Tel: 07 5474 1955
Festival of the Walks, Montville Tin Can Bay Seafood Festival, Tin Can Bay
Over eight days, experience some of the hinterland’s most scenic How far can you throw a mullet? How many prawns can you eat? Find
areas. Take a guided walk through warm subtropical rainforest, full out at the Tin Can Bay Seafood Festival, where such entertaining
open eucalypt forest, events complement the free activities, music, hot and cold food, and
and past picturesque fantastic fun mood of the day.
waterfalls. There are Tel: 07 5486 2056
a variety of walks for
different ages and
fitness levels. September 25
Tel: 07 5478 6435
Tin Can Bay Seafood
Betoota Races,
Festival, Tin Can Bay
A proudly family-
Situated off Highway, walking distance oriented event, these
to Hotels, Cafés & Clubs, A/C Ensuite races are fun for
Cabins, Budget Cabins, Drive-thru & everyone. Along with
the horse races,
Ensuite Sites, 2 Camp Kitchens &
there are entertainers
BBQ Areas, Swimming Pool for children, as well
Your hosts: Newman Family as a hobbyhorse
race. The
Freecall: 1800 Go2Esk (462375) accommodation is
26 Hassall Street, Esk Qld 4312 camping only, so get
Ph: (07) 5424 1466 outback with a swag
or a tent and enjoy
Fax: (07) 5424 2815 Betoota!
Email: Tel: 07 4656 3250


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The new owners of TULLMACK CARAVANS are waiting and ready to meet
all the Travellers passing through Mackay.
As we own caravans ourselves we understand that you need a one stop shop
to help with all your inquiries, parts and sometimes small troubles. Our aim is
to keep our customers enjoying their journey in the most safest and enjoyable
way possible.
We also enjoy meeting new friends that sometimes becomes a yearly event.
I’m sure you will find our staff to be friendly and helpful should you wish to
buy or change your caravan to upgrade. Or maybe find your requirements
have otherwise found that you need some special luxuries that are well
Greg, Heather, Trudi, Ross and Adrian are very professional in their field and
look forward to servicing your needs in anyway possible.
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New South Wales

First Fleet Memorial Gardens

The First Fleet Memorial Garden in Wallabadah is a unique tribute to the people who
colonised Australia in 1788. Sitting on the banks of the Quirindi Creek, the memorial is the
perfect location to stop for a picnic or a barbecue and discover some fascinating stories
from Australia’s past.
he Memorial Garden was pioneered

T by stonemason and First Fleet

Descendent Ray Collins, who
developed a passion for the First Fleet
when he discovered that his surname was
not Collins, but Cross. It seemed that his
family had wanted to deny their convict
ancestry, but Ray felt their journey to
Australia should be commemorated.
Ray found there were no memorials in
the country dedicated to the 1200-plus
passengers of the Fleet, so he decided to
build one himself. Having worked on some
notable graves, including Fred Hollows’ at
Bourke, and restoration work on the
graves of Henry Lawson and Ben Chifley,
Ray has a wealth of experience in
commemorative stonemasonry, a craft
that is also a Collins-Cross family tradition.
After almost 20 years researching and
looking for a Council that would support
his proposal, he was welcomed with open arms at the Liverpool aboard those first vessels.
Plains Shire Council in New South Wales. Completed in 2005, The stories of the first fleet passengers, crew, and convicts
the memorial features a garden island for each of the 11 ships in are told in detail as you wander the gardens. Excerpts from
the First Fleet, surrounding a central map of Australia. The original documents include personal stories of the treacherous
meandering path takes visitors past painstakingly hand-carved voyage, first encounters with Australia, and details of the lives of
stone tablets showing the names of each passenger in the First pioneers upon settlement. Visitors can even read details from the
Fleet. Visitors to the garden love to search for their surnames at original logbooks of the ships, including the quantity and type of
the memorial, to discover whether their distant relatives were livestock and provisions brought to Australia. One such excerpt

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includes 35 ducks, 4 cows, 40 kettles, 300 gallons of brandy, from managing the gardens this January after six dedicated
and 589 women’s petticoats! years.
The First Fleet Memorial Garden is complete with paths, The Gardens are situated in Wallabadah Park, adjacent to a
gardens, information boards, picnic and barbecue areas, toilet camping area on the banks of Quirindi Creek, which is a popular
facilities and shade sails, and visitors can now experience the overnight rest stop for campervans. The Gardens are open
Second Fleet Memorial Garden, which opened in late November
Monday to Sunday from sunrise to sunset, and entry is free.
last year.
Having completed his work of passion, Ray Collins retired Telephone (02) 6746 1096 for more information.

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&Bs, 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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The Clarence Valley is home to the

Clarence Coast and one of Australia’s
largest waterways, the Clarence River

ith eighty kilometres of spectacular coastline, pristine be assured of a relaxing stay. With 1.5 kms of absolute beach

W beaches, fabulous fishing spots, accessible National

Parks and historic towns, you will love touring the
Clarence Coast.
frontage, there is easy access to the Lifeguard patrolled beach
(patrolled during the holiday season), a tidal lagoon and various
rock pools. Anglers can catch bream, whiting, tailor and jewfish
From Iluka in the North through to Yamba, Maclean, Grafton, from the rocks and beach or launch sea craft from the main
Minnie Water and to Wooli in the South, the Clarence Coast is beach of the Sandon River.
blessed with idyllic weather and picture perfect scenery. Experience nature at its best in Minnie Waters and Wooli.
Clarence Coast Holiday Parks offer a choice of Explore the pristine beaches, bushwalk with an abundance of
accommodation to suit all budgets—from unpowered camping native animals and enjoy the very best fishing and swimming.
sites to 4 star cabin accommodation. With 5 parks to choose Minnie Water Holiday Park is located adjacent to Yuragyir
from in coastal locations, Clarence Coast Holiday Parks are the National Park. With a choice of bush camping sites and a great
natural choice to stay when touring the Clarence Valley. swimming pool, you will be able to sit back and relax.
In the quiet coastal fishing village of Iluka, Iluka Riverside Take a short drive to Wooli and visit the Split Solitary Marine
Tourist Park is located on the river and you can cast a line Park. For the adventurous try scuba diving or hire a boat and
directly from a water front camping site into the Clarence River. explore the Wooli River. Enjoy a game of bowls and a meal at the
Explore World Heritage listed Rainforest at the Iluka Nature Wooli Bowling Club.
Reserve or enjoy whale watching from the panoramic whale- The Wooli Caravan and Camping Park is ideally located in
watching platform at Iluka Bluff in Bundjalung National Park. the centre of Wooli on the Wooli River and you are welcome to
Stay at the Calypso Holiday Park, Yamba. Centrally Located, experience the quiet village life for yourself. Not only does the
the park borders the Clarence River with views to Hickey Island. Clarence Coast offer world class beaches, National Parks and
As Calypso’s guest, you can moor your boat on the private beach side towns, you will find many examples of colonial
pontoon or simply find a great spot to watch the sunset across architecture, antiques and collectable arts and crafts throughout
the Clarence River. Experience Australia Best Town for yourself. the Clarence Valley.
Brooms Head is a short drive from Maclean and regular Stay at one of the Clarence Coast Holiday Parks and begin
visitors don’t miss the opportunity to stay at the Brooms Head your journey of the Clarence Coast today.
Caravan Park. With refurbished cabins with ocean views, you will

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New South Wales

Patonga Caravan &

Camping Area

Patonga Beach
• An idyllic setting between Patonga Creek and Broken Bay,
surrounded by Brisbane Water National Park. Go fishing, play tennis, Patonga is an idyllic setting between Patonga Creek and
swim, bush walk or relax on the foreshore and surrounding beaches. Broken Bay, surrounded by Brisbane Water National Park.
• Powered and unpowered sites for tents and caravans Relax on the foreshore and beaches, play tennis, go fishing,
• Modern amenities & laundry facilities
swim and bush walk. We offer powered and un-powered
• BBQs playgrounds & boat ramp
grassed sites for tents and caravans. There are modern
Room Type Starting Rates Rate Covers Max Capacity
Caravan or Tent Sites amenities, disabled amenities, family room & laundry facilities.
Powered $19 2 people 8 Electric BBQs on the foreshore and in the playground
Unpowered $19 2 people 8
Terms and conditions apply. Minimum booking periods may apply for peak season, weekends reserve area. Single concrete boat-ramp gives easy access
and public holidays.
to Patonga Creek & Hawkesbury River. Local tavern and
Bay Street, Patonga NSW 2257
bistro, fish & chip shop, general store are in walking distance.
T: (02) 4325 8222 E: Winter specials available now between 1 May and 31 August 2010

Newcastle’s Stockton Beach

Tourist Park
Located on Stockton Beach, and just a five 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. The park offers a choice of deluxe
ensuite cabins, budget cabins and a special
access cabin; tent and van sites, modern
amenities, a camp kitchen and internet access.
Pack your fishing gear! Whether it is ocean,
beach, rock or boat fishing, the fish are waiting to
be reeled in!
Families are welcome! The kids will be
entertained with great play equipment and the
whole family can enjoy the patrolled surf beach or
local swimming pool just 50 metres from the Park.
Give us a call today so you can ‘hide away or
go play’!

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North Coast New South Wales

keeping winter at bay

The Farmers’ Almanac once published the saying, “a real

friend is someone who takes a winter vacation on a sun-
drenched beach and does not send a card”. So, with that
in mind, Gemma Peckham recommends that this winter,
you fill the cupboards in your caravan with towels, bathers
and snorkels, hitch the van to the car, head for the NSW
North Coast and forget about home completely—your
friends will thank you. CONTINUED ON PAGE 132

PICTURED: Sugarloaf Point Lighthouse. PHOTO: TOURISM NSW.

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f it’s sun-drenched beaches you’re searching for, you won’t

I have much trouble finding them on the coast between Sydney

and the Queensland border, but there are a few stops along
the way that are definitely worth a look.
Gosford is a popular stopping place on the way out of
Sydney, only 80km north of the state capital and set amidst
some incredible natural scenery.
The town was established in the 1830s, and you can still see
buildings from this time around town. Take a look at Henry
Kendall’s cottage and historical museum, which was built in 1836
by convicts from hand-hewn sandstone.
Also in town are beautifully kept Japanese gardens at
Gosford Regional Gallery and Arts Centre, all manner of scaly
creatures at the Australian Reptile Park, and miniature steam
trains at the Central Coast Steam Model Co-op.
Just outside of Gosford is the Brisbane Water National Park,
which is well worth a visit. Wildflowers are abundant in this area,
as are Aboriginal rock paintings on the sandstone landscape.
There are engravings, water views, waterfalls, fishing spots and
rainforest walks, so make sure you take your time and let all
thoughts of the city dissolve as you embark on the journey
Up further in Wyong Shire, there are a number of towns
waiting to make your acquaintance. A quartet worth getting to
know is Bateau Bay, The Entrance, Toowoon Bay and Blue Bay.
Bateau Bay is ringed by spectacular scenery, including
forests, rocky cliffs and, of course, beautiful beaches. Much of
the area around Bateau Bay is taken up by Wyrrabalong National
Park, an expanse of wilderness where birds and native animals
have as much fun as you do on your holidays. Where the park
meets the ocean, coastal cliffs provide rock platforms for low-tide
exploration and fishing, or for sitting and gazing out to sea.
The Entrance is just 6 kilometres from Bateau Bay, but what
a difference 6 kilometres makes! This cosmopolitan town is not
Gosford Regional Gallery and Arts Centre. PHOTO: HAMILTON LUND ©TOURISM NSW

Birubi Beach Holiday Park is located at

the gateway to the largest sand dunes in
the Southern Hemisphere. Our beachside
position brings this amazing landscape
to your doorstep. The Park is set on 14
beautifully landscaped acres, with a pool,
kids playgym, table tennis, mini golf
course along with two fully equipped
camp kitchens.
The village of Anna Bay is a leisurely 5
minute walk from your accommodation.
A variety of retail outlets, including a
family friendly tavern will more than
provide all your holiday requirements.
Birubi Beach Holiday Park is here to
cater for all accommodation needs. The
beautifully presented Deluxe and Ensuite
cabins are perfect for families and
couples. The Standard cabins and
Powered Ensuite Sites provide budget
accommodation in style.
Birubi Beach is the North point of a 32km
surf beach that runs South to Newcastle.
With a permit (available from Reception) BIRUBI BEACH HOLIDAY PARK
you may drive your 4WD along the beach. 37 James Patterson Street
Popular activities on the beach include
visiting the Sygna Wreck, Tin City,
sandboarding the dunes, camel rides, Tel: 02 4982 1263
quad bike riding and of course surfing. Fax: 02 4982 1266
Because Birubi Beach is patrolled, the
whole family can play safely.

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One Mile Beach Holiday Park

ne Mile Beach Holiday Park is the

O only Holiday Park at Port Stephens

located right on the beach, the park
is adjacent to the Tomaree national park
and nestled in 14 acres of native
Just 2½ hours North of Sydney, 4½
hours East of Dubbo, and just 10 minutes
from shopping, restaurants, clubs, and the
CBD of Nelson Bay.
A wide range of accommodation is
available to suit all budgets, fully self
contained beach-side apartments, deluxe
villas, family beach houses and grassed
and slab Caravan and tent sites all with
power and close to amenities. Ensuite
sites are available.
There are 9 under cover BBQs and 3
camp kitchens for the exclusive use of
park guests.
During school holidays, fully qualified
personnel supervise the “FUN” kids Club.
The resort style pool with water slide,
wading pool, spa, and water fall feature
are heated all year. You can enjoy tennis on the full size court, volley ball, putt-putt golf and table tennis. Latest release movies are
screened in the large entertainment centre next to the pool.
To receive great saving on mid-week packages mention Caravanning Australia when booking.
One Mile Beach Holiday Park
426 Gan Gan Road, One Mile Beach, NSW 2316
Toll free 1800 650 035 P (02) 4982 1112 F (02) 4982 2832

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Caravan Park and Marina Spectacular Lake Glenbawn is located in the
upper Hunter Valley of NSW. Choose your
standard of accommodation – cabins, bungalows
Where the FISHING

or villas, powered caravan sites or basic camping BEACH STREET, BONNY HILLS, NSW 2445
in nature’s glory. Marvel at the close proximity
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stops of kangaroos and joeys. Use the lake for water
skiing, swimming or fishing (bass and golden EMAIL:
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Take the time to sit and reflect, using the many MANAGERS: Matthew & Samantha Forster
viewing sites overlooking the lake. Walk the dam Rainbow Beach Holiday Village is a peaceful
wall for a unique experience or make your own
paradise with direct beach access at Bonny Hills,
trail through the unspoilt parkland.
only 15 minutes south of Port Macquarie.
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Coastal Escape – Crescent Head, NSW

Crescent Head is a favourite stop off during a holiday
pilgrimage along the NSW coast.
Crescent Head Holiday Park is perched on the edge of a
reserve overlooking a world renowned long surf break and
flanked by an accredited six hole golf course, creek and the
village shops.
Beach, rock and estuary fishing is a popular past time and you
can brag to friends and families via the internet café at the
onsite Creso Espresso.
Surfboard, kayak and bicycle hire is available at the office and
the adjacent Country Club has golf, tennis, lawn bowls, pool
table and weekly entertainment.

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Brisbane Water National Park. PHOTO: NICK RAINS ©TOURISM NSW

CONTINUED FROM PAGE 132 channel here, so you should manage to Before you leave the area, head to
only well equipped with shops, catch a decent meal. But if not, the Crackneck Lookout, perhaps so called
restaurants and markets, it is a remarkably restaurants of the township beckon. because you’ll be straining your neck to
pretty town with plenty to see and do. Close enough to The Entrance to have see all the beautiful scenery at once. From
Getting around The Entrance is easy, all facilities within walking distance, but this vantage point, you could almost plot
with an array of transportation available. removed enough that it retains its small- out your journey along the coast—look
Of course, walking is recommended as town charm, Toowoon Bay is a happy north and try to pick out the next beaches
the best way to absorb the town’s place to spend a few days on your travels, you’d like to visit.
delights, but you can also get mobile on exploring the hinterland, taking a dinghy You may not be able to see as far as
bicycles, pedal boats, catamarans, out to deeper water to catch the night’s Newcastle from the lookout, but it’s just
kayaks, and sailboards. dinner, and enjoying the laid-back 65km up the road, and is a city that is
As is the case in most coastal towns, atmosphere. More of those ever-present renowned for its beautiful beaches.
fishing is a great way to entertain yourself, beaches huddle around Toowoon Bay, Despite the chilly winter weather,
and also to entertain the notion of a fresh- including the beautiful beach at Blue Bay, Newcastle has been designed in such a
fish feed when you get back to your van. and the cute by name and by nature Little way that you can enjoy the beaches
Blackfish and prawns are abundant in the Bay. without having to get in the water. Take a

Stay with us and take the fuss out

of your next touring holiday.

• Riverside location • Private boat ramp

• Private river jetty • Large Powered sites
• Camp Kitchen • Dump point
Bring the caravan and enjoy our
new resort pool, spa & sauna,
Jumping pillow, playground,
1/2 court tennis and games room.
Discover it! Love it!

143 Nursery Road, Macksville NSW 2447

Ph: (02) 6568 1850
Couple relaxing with a glass of wine watching the sunset over Anna Bay, Port Stephens.

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Sunset at Forster. PHOTO: ©TOURISM NSW

brisk walk to Nobby’s Lighthouse along the Bathers’ Way, a path

linking many of the region’s great tourist attractions. It may be
cold, but take your bathers just in case—there are some very
tempting swimming spots along the way.
To warm up after a dip, if you’ve ventured away from the
relative warmth of dry land, hit one of the many cafes on Darby
Street or in the city centre for a hot chocolate or cappuccino.
While you’re at it, grab one of the gourmet treats as well. You’re
on holiday after all!
After dark, there are plenty of options—restaurants and
cultural hotspots are in abundance—so go out without a plan
and see where you end up.
If it’s a really wild night, you may well end up in Anna Bay,
50km north of Newcastle. Otherwise, get there in the traditional
manner—drive up the Pacific Highway.
The dunes behind Anna Bay’s main beach, Birubi Beach,
form the largest coastal sand mass in New South Wales. It
naturally follows, then, that adventure seekers love the region for
its quad-biking, sandboarding and four-wheel-driving
Others come to this quiet spot to do a bit of beach fishing or
whale watching, and as the beach extends into the distance in
both directions, it’s the idyllic spot for long romantic walks along
the beach.
The township itself is small, but there are several eateries and
shops. Grab a paper-wrapped package of fish and chips and
head to the beach—there are few things better than piping-hot
fish and chips on the beach in winter.
Further north is the isolated destination of Seal Rocks.
Separated from the main road by an unremarkable dirt passage,
this is one of the few remaining places on the coast that lays
claim to incredible scenery, beaches, dive sites and picnic spots, Kempsey Beach. PHOTO: ©TOURISM NSW

yet still remains mostly untouched. This in itself is a good enough concrete bridge, and both towns have plenty of facilities for
reason to go there this winter, before the inevitable spread of travellers.
development hits this idyll. With so much water available, it makes sense that water
The main attraction of the area is the Sugarloaf Point sports dominate this area. For the visitor, dolphin cruising and
lighthouse, which was built in 1875 and is one of the few scuba diving are great attractions, and Forster Beach is a
remaining manned lighthouses in Australia. There is no entry to spectacular reminder as to the reason you came to the coast in
the lighthouse itself, but follow the path around its base and winter.
head out to the lookout, from where you can view Seal Rocks, Not to be outdone, the neighbouring beaches have gussied
an archipelago of rocky islands that is home to Australia’s themselves up to match the beauty of Forster Beach, and you
northernmost colony of fur seals. can walk past a number of them on the Pebbly Beach
From Seal Rocks, continue on the Lakes Way to Forster, one Bicentennial Trail. Also head to the summit of Cape Hawke, from
of two main towns that form a dual township spanning both
sides of Wallis Lake. Tuncurry is connected to Forster by a large CONTINUED ON PAGE140

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What will YOU discover on

Cathedral Rock
National Park

H ave you ever been kissed by a dolphin? Befriended a kangaroo on a beach or

driven through World Heritage rainforest with waterfalls cascading around you?
Discover the Green, Gold & Blue of Coffs Coast - from the subalpine mountains, through
subtropical hinterland to the submarine wonders of the blue Pacific Ocean!

Where is Coffs Coast? And of course the beaches and the ocean
Coffs Coast sits midway between Sydney and playground... The Solitary Islands Marine Park
Brisbane on the North Coast of NSW, along offers astounding diving, whale watching and
the legendary Pacific Coast touring route. The boating. The waters are warm, the sands crisp
stunning Waterfall Way also links Coffs Coast to and there’s plenty of space for your towel on any
the New England Tablelands from Armidale. of the thirty or so Coffs Coast beaches. Fishing is
still like it used to be in the local estuaries - and
The city of Coffs Harbour is the main centre, the area is famous for its oysters and prawns.
surrounded by Nambucca to the south and
Bellingen to the west... all within an easy hour National Parks
drive from ‘Coffs’. Eleven national parks, including the World
Heritage Dorrigo National Park, and 50 reserves
Subalpine, Subtropical, Submarine and forests offer walks, picnic spots, swimming
Coffs Coast has the best of three worlds... holes, amazing wildlife, waterfalls and lofty
lookouts that make you feel on top of the world!
The mountains to the west are the remnants of
Your perfect picnic spot...
the ancient Ebor Volcano, sitting over one and a there’s one around every corner
half kilomtres into the sky at Point Lookout, west
of Dorrigo. Granite outcrops, gorges and rolling
paddocks highlight the subalpine landscape - and
it can even snow there in winter!

The Great Escarpment down into the valleys of

the hinterland are lush, green and dotted with
warm welcoming communities. Rainforest and
waterfalls, remote picnic spots and winding
country lanes make the hinterland the perfect
place to explore, get to know the locals end enjoy
the country hospitality.

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Touring Around Coffs Coast

There are many gorgeous day trips around Coffs
Coast - all with lovely scenery, villages and new
things to discover.
Head for the hills through the Bellinger Valley on
Waterfall Way up the escarpment to Dorrigo and
the New England Tableland.
Heading south through the coastal villages of
Sawtell, Urunga and Nambucca Heads uncovers
remote beaches and pristine rivers for boating
and fishing.
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Orara Valley behind Coffs Harbour is home to
Main events over winter and spring...
classic Aussie country villages like Coramba, so
grab a map and see what you can discover. Sawtell Chilli Festival
...Saturday 3 July, Sawtell village centre
Bellingen Jazz & Blues Festival
...Weekend 22-24 August, venues around Bellingen
Toast Urunga Food & Wine Festival
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Where to Stay
There is a huge selection of holiday parks to meet
your needs and provide a friendly, secure and
relaxing stay. Most are on the river or beach front
and offer excellent value for a night or a week
long holiday. Sawtell offers an eco-friendly park
right on the creekfront, while Park Beach on the
city’s edge has a great park suitable for families
and also caters for large motorhomes.
For a peaceful escape surrounded by subtropical
palms and rainforest, try Coffs Coast’s northern
Plenty of fruitful fishing spots... beaches around Arrawarra.
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boutiques, and Coffs CBD for that city buzz.
Information Centre
Arts and Culture
Coffs Coast is home to many creative types Ph 1300 369 070
as well as being a centre for celebrating life. Ph (02) 6648 4990
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where the views are spectacular.

Forster Beach Caravan Park is a great place to base yourself
while in the area, and be sure to precede one of your camp
dinners with some of the oysters that are farmed in Wallis Lake—
they’re a speciality of the area, and definitely not to be missed.
Hold onto your hats as you hit the road to Kempsey!
Kempsey is the home of the Akubra, so you can pick up the best
caravanner’s accessory—perfect for bushwalking, boating,
picnicking and sitting around the fire.
Kempsey is slightly inland from the coast, and is surrounded
by forest, farmland, and banana plantations. A drive in the region
is a great way to spend an afternoon, stopping in at Sherwood
Estate Wines, Cedar Park, Trial Bay Gaol, and the historical town
of Gladstone, whose claim to fame is that its Gladstone Hotel
has the best beer on the Macleay River.
50km north and back out on the coast, Nambucca Heads
The Big Banana, Coffs Harbour. PHOTO: HAMILTON LUND ©TOURISM NSW
may not have a claim on ales, but one could argue that it’s one of
the prettiest towns on the coast. If you were to make a list of popular holiday resort. Fun, absolutely! Of course, you can find
elements that would make up a perfect seaside town, some quiet spots in and around Coffs Harbour, but there are so
Nambucca Heads would feature most of them. Hills tumbling many activities to get involved in that you might not want to.
down to the ocean, sand dunes, rivers meeting the sea, and, of Along with the central coast’s mandatory pastimes like water
course, those crescents of sand and sea—the beaches. sports, walks to stunning lookouts, and visits to a variety of lovely
People have a ball in Nambucca Heads. From taking a dip at beaches, Coffs Harbour offers many more activities that you
one of the many great swimming spots, to bird watching, might not find anywhere else. Visit the Pet Porpoise Pool
shucking fresh oysters and taking in the local history and culture, Oceanarium, where you can shake fins with a dolphin, or even
it’s an undisputedly popular spot. Find evidence of this at the Vee get a kiss from one of the resident porpoises. There are
Wall, a breakwater covered with irreverent phrases and praise for penguins, fish and other animals at the park, and feeding these
the area, written by visitors to the town. lovely creatures is very popular, especially with the kids.
There are plenty of great spots to stay in the Nambucca Just down the road from Coffs Harbour is a working re-
region, including the Nambucca River Tourist Park, a lovely spot creation of early gold diggings at George’s Gold Mine, set in the
overlooking the Nambucca region, and a place where you’re beautiful forest countryside. You can tour through a tunnel of the
assured of peace and quiet. Bayfield Gold Mine, where a vein of gold-bearing quartz glints
The next stop to circle in your road atlas is Coffs Harbour, from within the walls.
and quiet is probably not a word you’d use to describe this Another unique attraction is the miniature Dutch village at the

Experience Kyogle
Kyogle Visitor Kyogle Council LGA is lifestyle. Visitors are attracted to

Information Centre
Kyogle and the surrounding villages drawn by the
spectacular natural beauty of the area that flows with
essence of the Australian rural character.
Cross the creek and discover where real coffee is
served, dine on French Cuisine with altitude on top of
Mallanganee Range, grab a picnic lunch and head out
for a day of exploration in our World Heritage
Rainforests, or leisurely recreation at Toonumbar Dam.
Begin a journey of discovery along the scenic Lions
Road and visit the historically significant Border Loop
Railway Spiral and Tunnels, or you may choose the
Touch the Country Drive visiting the villages of
Woodenbong and their now famous Yowie Country

…will take you there! Markets, Historic Urbenville, Uniquely Australian

Bonalbo and sample Bush Tucker surrounded by
Cnr Summerland Way & Anzac Drive authentic indigenous artwork and the home of the
Australian Light Horse Tabulam where you can marvel
Kyogle NSW 2474
at the longest single span wooden bridge in Australia.
Ph/Fax (02) 6632 2700 Kyogle has maintained the character of its main
 info street, hidden behind these beautiful façades a plethora
of shops, cafés, Galleries, coffee shops and hotels offer the visitor a uniquely Australian experience.

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New South Wales

Houseboats on Tweed Heads River. PHOTO: SHARYN CAIRNS ©TOURISM NSW

Clog Barn, where you’ll find Holland down under. It’s a lovely For food lovers, Tweed Harbour offers up some fantastic
place to visit, and a great opportunity to get your own pair of seafood for an end-of-trip feast, and the picnic spots at Fingal
hand-made Dutch clogs. Beach are great if you want to indulge in treats of your own
No trip to Coffs is complete without a visit to the iconic Big choosing.
Banana. Behind this famous landmark is an attraction that is When your time in Tweed Heads comes to an end, sit at the
somewhat incongruous with the beach theme of Coffs—it Razorback lookout, gaze over the valley, and reflect on your trip.
includes an ice-skating rink and a toboggan run. So if the Most importantly, take your time!
weather is too cold for the beach, head to the snow! Now that you’ve enjoyed the northern New South Wales
Back inland now, to where Kyogle sits happily wrapped up in coast beaches in the depths of winter and forgotten about the
rainforest. This area is worth visiting purely for the chance to cold, grey streets of the city, head back home and make your
travel through the countryside, which is postcard-perfect. Make friends jealous with tales of the voyage—you may not have sent
sure you visit one of the National Parks, such as Toonumbah, a card, but nobody said anything about a slide night!
alive with plants and native animals, and a treasure-trove of all
things natural.

Border Ranges and Mount Warning in the region are known
for their incredible mountain scenery, and the World Heritage-

listed Gondwana Rainforests in the Border Ranges National Park
will ensure that you never forget this area.
While it’s sad to finish a trip along the central coast, if you
have to, there’s no better place to say goodbye to the coast than 31⁄2 Stars ★★★✩
Tweed Heads. Here, you’re getting closer to the tropical climes of
Queensland, so winter will seem like a distant dream. • 26 cabins (ensuite) self-contained • 3 vans
Tweed Heads is a popular surf locale, with its great beaches • 9 powered sites • Waterfront • Free dinghy use
and relaxed lifestyle. The surrounding natural environment is the
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leisurely pursuits. The Tweed River winds through this • No pets • Close to beach & clubs • Residential
countryside with the wisdom of an old traveller, passing through
National Parks and the Tweed River Valley on its merry way. Take 158 Dry Dock Road, Tweed Heads South NSW 2486
a few minutes to drive alongside, or, for those who prefer the Ph: (07) 5524 2999
sensation of floating, take a cruise or even hire a houseboat to Email:
really take in the surrounds.

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New South Wales

Snowy Valleys Way

he Snowy Valleys Way – Gundagai this area home.

T New South Wales to Beechworth

Victoria takes in over 300 kilometres
of breathtaking scenery and landscapes.
Gold prospectors and cattlemen all
tried to make their fortunes amongst
these hills and valleys.
With a winter chill in the air and shorter Beechworth hosts the Ned Kelly Visit the Rusconi Marble
days, it’s the ideal time to explore the Weekend in August. Walk through the Masterpiece at Gundagai, a piece
towns that nestle in the foothills of the historic town precinct, visit the which took 28 years to complete.
Snowy Mountains. reenactment of Kelly’s trial and absorb the Tumut Wetlands are a series of
If cold and snow put you off the idea atmosphere from the old stone buildings lagoons with walking trails where you
of the mountains in winter, reconsider. which witnessed the dramatic events.
can discover a plethora of birdlife.
Some of the towns of the Snowy Valleys More information is available by
visiting the website At Laurel Hill take in the splendour of
Way sometimes enjoy a light snow fall but
mostly they can offer spectacular views of, or by the sugar pine walk, known as nature’s
snow capped peaks and natural beauty. A grabbing a FREE touring map and cathedral.
frost on the ground and breath puffing like brochure by dropping in at one of these Tumbarumba: experience the true
smoke from your mouth can be truly Visitor Information Centres along the way: tales of the mountain cattlemen, heart
enjoyed when your accommodation Gundagai Information and
of the legends at the Boggy Creek
boasts fine food and a wood fire… add a Travel Centre Show.
bottle of wine from a local vineyard and 249 Sheridan St, Gundagai NSW Visit Farran’s Lookout between
the experience is complete. P: 02 69440250 Tintaldra and Towong, overlooking the
More rugged visitors may enjoy a majestic Murray River and the
Tumut Region Visitor Centre
camp fire to warm their evening, the magnificent Snowy Mountains with
5 Adelong Road, Tumut NSW
choice is yours. P: 02 69477025 Mount Kosciuszko in the background.
The Snowy Valleys Way offers W: The Koetong Hotel, a quaint
everything from cosy cabins, motels,
caravan and camping grounds, luxury Tumbarumba Visitor Information Centre establishment, was built around 1883
retreats and romantic B&Bs to rustic farm 10 Bridge St, Tumbarumba NSW as a coach house and respite for
stays. P: 02 69483333 travellers on Cobb and Co Coaches.
W: Situated 30km east of Tallangatta and
From the river flats at Gundagai, site of
the infamous floods of 1852, follow the Corryong Visitor Information Centre 50km west of Corryong, the hotel is set
winding road through Tumut before 50 Hanson St, Corryong VIC among beautiful countryside that’s well
climbing the hills to Batlow and on to P: 02 6076 2277 worth exploring.
Tumbarumba. W:
Beechworth Visitor Information
The way takes you on through Beechworth Visitor Information Centre Centre hosts a series of guided tours
Corryong, Yackandandah and finishes at 103 Ford St, Beechworth VIC themed on ghosts, gold or Ned Kelly,
magnificent Beechworth. Many of the P: 1300 366 321 experience the history first hand.
iconic figures of Australian history called W:

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on the alternate touring route to the Hume Highway...

Gundagai Information & Travel Centre 02 6944 0250 Corryong Visitor Information Centre 02 6076 2277
Tumut Region Visitor Information Centre 02 6947 7025 Beechworth Visitor Information Centre 1300 366 321
Tumbarumba Visitor Information Centre 02 6948 3333

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What’s On Where

JULY 1-31 JULY 17
Winter Rose Pruning Stroud International Brick and Rolling Pin Throwing
Head to the Hunter Valley Gardens to see how the experts prune their Contest, Stroud
roses. Demonstrations and talks will provide advice on how to care for This unique contest is held in four towns, all named Stroud, in Australia,
your roses properly, and a free rose cutting on departure will help to the UK, Canada and the USA. Here in NSW, the program of events
start that rose garden. includes wood chopping, tug-o-war, market stalls, foot races and, of
Tel: 02 4998 4000 course, the brick and rolling pin throwing.
Tel: 02 4994 5584
Sawtell Chilli Festival, Sawtell JULY 24-25
Get hot and spicy this winter at the Chilli Festival in Sawtell, where Dolls Bears Toys and Collectables Fair, Sydney
you’ll find stalls, cafes and restaurants dedicated to the fruit with bite. The largest doll fair in Australia, this event plays host to over 180
You can buy chilli products and sample spicy food on offer – but there traders selling dolls, parts, antiques, toys, collectables and bears. There
is also plenty to eat for those who like their food chilli-free. are speakers on collecting, demonstrations on doll-making, and you
Tel: 0403 823 555 can even bring your own doll for identification.
Tel: 02 9525 8291
International Tartan Day, Maclean JULY 29 – AUGUST 1
The day begins with a lone piper playing from the top of St Mary’s Lightning Ridge Opal Festival, Lightning Ridge
church tower. The celebrations then begin in Cameron Park, where The unique town of Lightning Ridge holds a four-day program of
Scottish music, dancing, bands, and a mini Highland Games will keep entertainment, novelty events and parties to celebrate the opal as
everyone entertained. Australia’s national gemstone. Leading international and Australian
Tel: 02 6645 4310 jewellers will showcase their wares.
Tel: 02 6829 4477
Jazz at Catherine Vale, Fordwich JULY 30 – AUGUST 8
The Newcastle-based Jazz Preservation Band plays classic, old-style Frost Fest, Orange
Dixieland and New Orleans jazz. A sausage sizzle on the lawn, wine- It may be cool in Orange in winter, but the range of venues offering
tasting at the cellar door, bocce and live music will enhance the arts, music, and culture are warm and inviting for the winter visitor. The
celebrations, held on Louis Armstrong’s birthday. festival aims to promote health and wellbeing, the region and its unique
Tel: 02 6579 1334 lifestyle.
Tel: 02 6360 1990
JULY 9-11
Lismore Four Wheel Drive Caravan Camping and JULY 31 – AUGUST 1
Marine Show, Lismore Nimbin Performance Poetry World Cup 2010, Nimbin
Outdoor enthusiasts, leisure holiday-makers, anglers and adventurers $6,000 is up for grabs in this annual performance poetry contest, in
will be in heaven at this event, where hundreds of the latest industry which poetry performers from all over Australia vie for the glory of
products will be on show. There will be exhibitors, entertainment, winning, and a share of the prize pool. A weekend of fantastic
informative seminars, and plenty of food and drink. entertainment in the charming town of Nimbin.
Tel: 02 6627 4406 Tel: 02 6689 7424

July 31 – August 1
Nimbin Performance
Poetry World Cup 2010,

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What’s On Where

Eulah Creek Antique and Machinery Day, Narrabri Bellingen Jazz and Blues Festival, Bellingen
Bring the family along to this great day out. There is vintage working ‘Something for everyone’ is the order of the day at this festival, where
machinery, small motors, tractors, vintage cars, street rods, you can hear live music that presents a cross-section of jazz and blues
blacksmithing and historical displays and sheep shearing, as well as styles. Bellingen’s historic streetscape and lovely river provide a
art and craft, and much more. fantastic backdrop for the weekend.
Tel: 02 6794 4669 Tel: 02 6655 9345


The Golden Oldies presents The Dubbo Vintage Truck Border Stargaze, Bowna
and Tractor Show, Dubbo Chances are if you’re hitting the road, you like a bit of open space, and
With more trucks, tractors, steam engines and cars than last year, this there’s nothing more open than outer space. This event brings amateur
event will definitely be a hit with engine enthusiasts. Along with the astronomers and members of the public together to enjoy a night under
machinery, there are rallies and parades, displays and entertainment, the stars.
as well as food and refreshments. Tel: 02 6040 3704
Tel: 0418 226 751
AUGUST 20-22
AUGUST 13-14 Sapphire Coast Orchid Club Winter Orchid Show,
Tullamore Agricultural Show, Tullamore Merimbula
An event for the social calendar, the Tullamore Show offers plenty to It’s not just the awards that bring orchid growers and the public in
see and do. Pavilion exhibits, ring events, sideshow alley, livestock droves to this event. There are hundreds of spectacular blooms on
judging and the dog show all contribute to the great family fun feel of display, including Australian and more exotic varieties. A sales table
the event. provides an opportunity for both growers and the public to purchase
Tel: 02 6893 7266 quality plants.
Tel: 02 6496 3641
AUGUST 13-15
Second Annual Corowa Line Dancing Fun Weekend, AUGUST 20-22
Corowa Wild Side Festival, Hawks Nest
After last year’s fantastic weekend, you won’t be disappointed this A little different to most other festivals, the Hawks Nest festival offers
year, when participants will attempt to set a record for the longest line the usual delights of markets, live music and delicious food, but the
of line dancers along the Murray. A great weekend for everyone. focus is on the incredible flora and fauna in the area, with free guided
Tel: 02 6032 9858 walks through the wildflowers and natural environment.
Tel: 02 4997 2554
AUGUST 13-16
Rockin at the Junction – Mildura Wentworth AUGUST 27-29
Wintersun Rock and Roll Festival Newcastle Jazz Festival, Newcastle
The Wintersun Rock and Roll festival has now been combined with the Some of Australia’s best jazz and blues performers will entertain
annual Wentworth Festival, rocking both sides of the river! The event visitors in five different halls within the City Hall at various times over
offers free rock and roll at Wentworth Services Sporting Club, while the weekend. The Jazz Breakfast is always a hit, along with the gala
across the river a variety of performances take place in Mildura. dance and Jazz Gospel.
Tel: 03 5027 3302 Tel: 0422 245 003

AUGUST 20-21 AUGUST 28-29

Camellia Show, Narrandera Penrith Show, Penrith
Held at the Narrandera ex-Servicemen’s Club, this event showcases All the family should come along to this fun-filled weekend, with the
up to 1,000 of the best camellia blooms in the region. This year will grand parade and fireworks spectacular providing a highlight, along
mark the 35th annual Camellia Show in Narrandera, which is well worth with equestrian events, wood chopping, sideshows, exhibitions and
a visit. lots of live entertainment.
Tel: 02 6959 2317 Tel: 02 4721 2375


Fighter World Aircraft Museum
Consider “Fighter World Aircraft Museum” for inclusion in your Harden Caravan Park
Albury Street, Harden NSW 2587
travel plans. Situated at the RAAF Base in Williamtown. Fighter
World is only 20 minutes drive from Newcastle City Centre. Peaceful country towns on the Burley Griffin Way between Yass and
Temora. (Turn off Hume Highway approx 16 kilometres south of Yass)
Watch the FA-18 Hornets and sit in a real jet cockpit.
Café on site. • Walking distance to Harden Shopping Centre,
railway station and medical facilities
Stay in touch with the latest news by visiting • Tourist attractions and scenic drives This website will also show you • Conveniently located near clubs and sporting facilities
detailed maps and instructions on how to get there. • Next to Harden Swimming Pool and Newson Park
• 16 Powered sites • 6 Cabins (no ensuite facilities)
Fighter World is a great, inexpensive day out. • Communal laundry • Communal toilet/shower facilities (male and female)
For further details ring (02) 4965 1810 or • On-site manager • Pets (under control)

email For your welcome enquiries please phone (02) 6386 0280

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What’s On Where

Helicopter Hoedown, Inverell September 21 – October 4
Two days of bush poetry, competitions and entertainment are on offer Tulip Time, Bowral
in the pioneer village in Inverell. Entertainment includes bush poetry
and music, as well as an open mike night, and there is plenty of bush
tucker on hand.
Tel: 02 6722 3411

Penrith Caravan and Camping Expo, Penrith
With over 150 exhibitors of caravans, campervans, motorhomes,
camper trailers, 5th wheels and accessories, it’s no wonder that this
event has been hailed as the largest lifestyle event in western Sydney.
Get along, and you’ll find everything you need for that great outdoor
Tel: 02 9615 9999

Capital Petanque, Lake George
If you don’t know how to play petanque, don’t worry. It’s an easy game,
and five minutes of instruction will be plenty to get you on the grass.
At the Lerida Estate Winery, enjoy a drop of the region’s finest wine
between games, have a bite to eat at the café, and enjoy the beautiful
surrounds of the Lake George region.
Tel: 02 6292 1629

Tulip Time, Bowral
Corbett Gardens will be abloom with over 100,000 tulips and 25,000
annuals on spectacular display. Tulip Time is one of Australia’s oldest
and most beautiful floral festivals, with food, entertainment and craft
stalls providing extra enjoyment for visitors.
Tel: 02 4871 2888

Annual Porchetta Day, Gunnedah
Italian food-lovers, get ready for Porchetta Day. The produce of the
Gunnedah district is whipped into delicious Italian fare during this two-
day food and wine extravaganza. And remember – don’t leave too
early, or you might miss dessert.
Tel: 02 6740 2230

For just $10.00 per night, the

Coolamon Caravan Park
offers tidy amenities and
sullage dump point. Situated
on attractive park. Within
easy walking distance from
main street & recreational
facilities. New toilet
& shower facilities. Bourke’s Pharmacy
Coolamon Shire Council An Outback icon since 1878
Bookings: (02) 6927 3013 32–36 Oxley St, Bourke NSW 2840
(Bookings are taken at the local newsagent) Phone (02) 6872 2004

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Once upon a time in

Victoria’s High Country…


Picture perfect, Victoria’s High Country slips

easily into the make-believe world of a
children’s storybook. Travellers might find
landscapes from Enid Blyton or Beatrix
Potter in the warm months, but those who
travel in winter will discover majestic C.S.
Lewis scenery of pristine white snow and
blue mountain ranges. Eden Cox discovers
that with so much to explore, Victoria’s High
Country is a classic adventure.
Sibley Soundshell, Bright. PHOTO: GEMMA PECKHAM

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o experience the story of the High Country from beginning to

T end, start in Bright, and draw a leisurely path across this

diverse region.
With its close proximity to the Victorian snowfields, Falls Creek,
Mount Hotham and Dinner Plain, Bright exudes fairytale splendour
in winter. The towering snow-capped mountains are a sight to
behold, especially when bathed in a surprisingly orange sunset, or
reaching up into an ominous cloud mass. Snapping on a pair of
cross-country skis is definitely the best way to experience the
majesty of this place in winter.
If you’re not the sporting type, or you’re travelling with some
junior explorers, tobogganing is a fun way to see the sights, even if
they are whizzing past you at top speed! There are some suitable
family runs at all the major ski resorts and toboggans are available
for hire from most rental outlets on the mountains.
It’s just as well that the High Country offers some wonderfully
laid-back experiences as well.
Follow the snaking path of the Ovens River as you travel north-
east on the Great Alpine Road towards Myrtleford. Here you will
find a bustling commercial centre set against the impressive
backdrop of Mount Buffalo.
Hiring a bike at the Myrtleford Cycle Centre is a good way to
discover the town’s secrets. Pull up at The Red Stag Restaurant for
a gourmet meal or Devonshire tea, and you can also feed, touch,
and learn about European red deer. Stop in at Heiners Bakery for
an extensive range of freshly made cakes and bread, and you’ll
also discover a cafe gallery room with some great photos of
Myrtleford taken in the 1930s.
Myrtleford has a thriving agricultural heart, producing fresh
produce such as wine-grapes, walnuts, chestnuts and cherries.
Several wineries will give you the flavour of the town in a choice of
red and white varieties. Try the Mt Buffalo Vineyard whose grapes
are grown locally in the Buckland Valley, or visit the Michelini Wine
Showrooms for a variety of free tastings.
As you cycle the town you’ll surely come across The Phoenix
Tree, an amazing reminder of the majesty of nature. Like a guard
standing watch at the edge of the town, this huge, toppled river red
gum has a vast and intricate root system, with a beautiful Phoenix
Bird sculpture by Hans Knorr at its base. It’s as if J.R.R. Tolkien
placed it here himself!
When you’re ready to move on, jump back in your car and
travel just five minutes to discover a different perspective of
Myrtleford at The Reform Hill Lookout.
You can drive your car within 50 metres of the top, or take in
the scenery on a walking trail from further down. You’ll also find
remnants of Myrtleford’s mining past in old tunnels and abandoned
ventilation shafts once used in the extraction of gold-bearing
At the top you’ll feel like fairytale royalty presiding over this
quaint and beautiful township. The commanding views of the town
centre and surrounding agricultural fields and valleys are truly idyllic.
Once you’ve been humbled by the views, head out on the
Great Alpine Road for the beginning of the next chapter of your
High Country story. After just an hour of Victorian country scenery
you’ll find yourself surrounded by pretty gardens and stately
architecture in Benalla.

Myrtleford Butter Factory. PHOTO: PETER DUNPHY Four-Wheel Driving in High Country. PHOTO: MANSFIELD SHIRE

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Old Courthouse, Benalla. PHOTO: DAVID SCALETTI Alpine Valley Winery. PHOTO: DAVID HANNAH

But don’t be fooled; behind the innocent façade, Benalla has The Benalla Cemetery is an eerie but important stop on the
an exciting history to discover. This small town was the epicenter of Kelly trail. Here you’ll find the graves of several victims of the
the Kelly Gang’s activities, and you’ll find a bounty of real artifacts Glenrowan Inn battle, including hostage Martin Cherry, and Ned’s
and sites to recall the bushranging days. For aficionados of this brother Joe Byrne.
real-life legend, The Ned Kelly Touring Route will take you to all the After all the excitement of the Kelly story you’ll be ready for a
right places. feast. Tour the many farm gates and try a selection of delicious
You’ll see an extensive collection of ‘Kellyana’ at the Visitor fresh produce such as grapes, cherries and olive oil, before
Information Centre, including the portable police cell in which Kelly sampling some wonderfully diverse local wines.
was imprisoned. Next is a building the Kelly family knew all too well; Re-energised, step into a fairytale at the Benalla Ceramic Mural
The Old Courthouse and Survey Office, where several Kellys, alongside Lake Benalla. The eccentric mural design began as a
including Ned and his mother Ellen, appeared many times in the community project in 1983, and has been labelled the largest
late 1800s. community artwork in Australia. The structure includes an
Diagonally opposite is the old Bootmaker’s Shop, close to its amphitheatre, viewing platform and two sets of sound pipes
original 1877 condition. This is where Ned Kelly had an altercation (Thongaphones) for performances.
with his police escort after being arrested for ‘Riding across a All that exploring can take it out of you, so settle down for a
Footpath and Drunkenness’. nice, peaceful car journey to the next stop in your High Country
adventure. Continue east on the Hume Freeway and you’ll enter
pretty Violet Town, the first surveyed town in Victoria, in a little
under two hours.
Every second Saturday of the month the renowned Violet Town
Market springs to life with a range of food, jewellery, furniture,
antiques and plants fit for the most decadent of fantasies. It seems
that whatever you want, you’ll be able to find it at this bustling
market. Try homegrown seasonal fruit and vegetables, locally
grown lamb, olive products, nuts, wine, honey, pies and bread.
You’ll even be able to take home some specialty garden compost
or worm juice to start your very own thriving garden!
Once you’ve stocked up on everything you could ever possibly
need at the market, take a quiet stroll along the walking track
beside Honeysuckle Creek. Watch for native birds and other
animals, as the gentle trickle of the creek washes away the stress
of the day.
Your vehicle might be groaning with the weight of all that
market shopping, but push onward along Harrys Creek Road and

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stop when you get to Strathbogie. This is the last chapter of your
High Country story.
You’ll surely be glad to hear that Strathbogie has a great range
of accommodation options for the weary traveler, because all
heroes and heroines need a good night’s sleep. Find yourself a
caravan park (there is one in nearby Euroa, and a handful to
choose from along the way to Mansfield), B&B or hotel and
recharge the batteries; you’ll need plenty of energy to experience all
Strathbogie has to offer.
The wonderful fresh produce you’ve hoarded from the Violet
Town Market will make an excellent breakfast, or treat yourself to
eating out in the main street.
If you’re a water baby deep down, Strathbogie will really tug at
your heart strings. Head for Lake Nagambie and take your pick
from sailing, powerboating, waterskiiing or fishing. The lake is
perfect for sailors of all levels, so the inexperienced boater can also
have a good time learning how.
The Nagambie Lakes region is an ideal spot for recreational
fishing. The combination of river systems, lakes and backwaters
offers the keen angler a variety of opportunities, and fishing licenses
are available at the Visitor Information Centre.
But perhaps you’re more of a landlubber? Lake Nagambie
caters for all with its diverse inhabitants of colourful marine, bird and
animal species that will entertain you all afternoon.
As the sun sets over the sparkling water, you’ll be presented
with a photo opportunity the professionals would be lucky to get.
The orange sunset contrasts brilliantly with the navy waters and
powder blue sky, as you marry the images with the orchestra of
twilight sounds.
This is an idyllic place to end an epic adventure story. A journey
of discovery, natural beauty, history and indulgence that can only
leave you happily ever after, knowing that the High Country tale is
one you’ll pick up again. The end. High Country freshwater stream. PHOTO: MARK WATSON

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Nagambie Lakes and

Strathbogie Ranges
trathbogie Shire is the undiscovered jewel of restaurants are becoming increasingly popular as

S Victoria’s north-east. Home to the majestic

Goulburn River and its estuaries the region
is an important area for water enthusiasts and
tourists sample regional local fare washed down
with award-winning local wines.
A leisurely drive through the Strathbogie
recreational pursuits. The shire also Ranges showcases some of the area’s treasures.
encompasses the stately Strathbogie Ranges Antique and produce stores, world-class horse
with its granite hills, ferny glades, rocky outcrops studs, and nut and olive groves. The cooler
and creeks. climate also houses cherries, apples, quinces,
Just an hour to the outskirts of Melbourne, fresh herbs, herbal teas and free range eggs.
the shire is a picturesque day trip, a weekend Once the domain of bushrangers, gold miners
away and increasingly a tree change location for
and loggers the ranges have become a favourite
those seeking a more relaxed way of life.
spot for tourists with long lunches, timeless
Hire a canoe or take a leisurely boat trip
along the river where you can see the abundant sunsets and meandering Sunday drives.
bird life, native plants and animals. Water The shire is known as the Horse Capital of
enthusiasts converge on Nagambie Lakes to the State due to its expanding equine sector.
pursue skiing, canoeing, kayaking, jet skiing and Thoroughbred breeding studs are the
fishing. cornerstone of this important industry, with
Three of the region’s iconic wineries, prestigious Melbourne Cup winners bred and
Mitchelton, Tahbilk and Plunkett Fowles provide trained in the shire.
a relaxing setting for wine enthusiasts. Not to be Strathbogie Shire – 90 minutes from
missed is the boutique cellar doors that open Melbourne, perfect for a day trip or a weekend
their doors on weekends. Produce stores and away.

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Vine to grape to table

Some parts of the world strike it lucky a half from food-mad Melbourne this is taking advantage of rich soils and high
with their natural good looks. The still a region where you can discover little altitudes to create some wonderfully
Strathbogie,shire with its two distinct known delights – bio dynamic cherries, HOHJDQWH[DPSOHVRIFKDUGRQQD\ULHVOLQJ
– and distinctly beautiful – regions is heirloom rhubarb, artisan cheese – and and pinot noir from small plantings of
GH¿QLWHO\RQHRIWKHOXFN\RQHV%RWKWKH be able to sample beautiful wines without grapes tucked amongst the hills and
Nagambie Lakes Region, with its network having to brave a stampede of fellow bush.
of rivers, lakes and wetlands, and the food and wine loving travellers.
Strathbogie Ranges Region, with its Local produce can also be sourced
dramatic granite-topped mountains and The Nagambie Lakes Region, home to from farmers markets that are held on a
stupendous views, share a unique and renowned wineries like historic Tahbilk regular basis in Avenal, Violet Town and
striking splendour that, together, create Estate and the gorgeously positioned Nagambie and there are farms dotted
a truly special part of the world. Given Mitchelton Estate, has an unbroken throughout the region that open their
the remarkable diversity of its landscape winemaking history stretching back to the gates to food foragers when their produce
and climate and its abundance of water, ¶V ,W ZDV GHFODUHG DQ RI¿FLDO VXE is at its peak. Most of these places are
it is hardly surprising that the Shire of region in 1993 because of the unique not listed on any map so it is up to you
Strathbogie is capable of producing FOLPDFWLFLQÀXHQFHRILWVH[WHQVLYHV\VWHP to keep your eyes peeled if you want
a startling array of great food and of rivers and lakes and it is renowned WR¿OOWKHEDFNVHDWRI\RXUFDUZLWKVXQ
truly special wine. What is surprising, for doing great things with the Rhone warmed tomatoes and peaches, organic
given that the area boasts some of the varietals like shiraz, marsanne, rousanne vegetables, sweet apples and quinces or
oldest Shiraz vines in the world, one of and viognier. dark shiny cherries.
Australia’s oldest vineyards and a long
history of rearing beautiful lamb and beef, A growing number of smaller, boutique Remember it is always a good idea to ask
is that so many people are yet to discover wineries are both tapping into the past and a local about where the most beautiful
the delights of this beautiful – and ORRNLQJWRWKHIXWXUHEULQJLQJH[FLWHPHQW spots are. A little direction from those in
delicious – region. Look for farmgates as and fresh winemaking eyes to an historic the know could have you picnicking by a
you drive around – some of the best fruit and proven winemaking area. waterfall or at a particularly picturesque
and vegetables are on sale at farms that bend in the river, marvelling that more
food trail. is the winemaking action amongst the beautiful place.
rugged, cooler beauty of the Strathbogie
Yet even though it is only an hour and Ranges Region. Winemakers here are

Strathbogie Shire Council

PO Box 177
Euroa VIC 3666

Bendigo’s history
runs deep
ounded on one of the world’s richest goldfields, Bendigo

F reveals vivid reminders of its glorious and heady past with

every corner you turn. Gold was no temporary lure to this
beautiful city and its impact is still evident in the grand
architecture and its authentic attractions.
Visitors are always enthralled by a visit to Central Deborah
Gold Mine where they can tour a real gold mine and discover
what conditions as a miner were like during the harsh gold rush
era. With only the light on your cap to light your path you will be
guided through the honeycomb of underground tunnels where
almost one ton of gold was unearthed.
For a trip down memory lane which will remind you of when
the gentle rumble and ringing bells of trams provided the
background music to our young and blossoming streets hop
aboard one of Bendigo’s famous Vintage ‘Talking’ Trams which
regularly depart from Central Deborah Gold Mine.
Be delighted by the sights and sounds of Bendigo as your
tram tells you the story of Bendigo’s golden past. This hop-on,
hop-off tour stops throughout the city allowing you to explore
many of the beautiful parks, attractions, shopping and dining
facilities that Bendigo has to offer.
Tours operate daily. For more information Tel (03) 5443 8322
or visit

Looking for a truly authentic experience?

Whether you explore the fascinating hidden underground
tunnels at Central Deborah Gold Mine or trundle along Bendigo’s
picturesque streets aboard a Vintage ‘Talking’ Tram, we have ...

Something for everyone!

76 Violet Street, Bendigo (03) 5443 8322

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Bendigo: it’s warm inside

To say that Bendigo is cold in winter is somewhat of an understatement. The
small regional centre more than occasionally records winter temperatures
under zero degrees Celsius.
rost renders the green grass white, breath is exhaled in

F cumulus clouds, and the elegant heritage buildings lining the

streets appear to bunker down against the stinging wind. This
climate provides an excellent excuse to indulge in a couple of new
eateries in town, where you can escape the chill with a hearty
meal and a glass of wine.
Bendigo’s proximity to Melbourne is beginning to show in the
smaller town’s culture, with a new laneway restaurant proving to
be an unexpected hit. Tucked into a small alley away from the
main thoroughfare, The Dispensary Enoteca draws crowds of
tourists and locals alike with its sophisticated approach.
Quality espresso coffee is served throughout the day, and for
those who need something more to cut through the low winter
temperatures, there are plenty of wines, 50 boutique beers to
choose from, and a whisky list boasting over 100 varieties of
single malt that are guaranteed to get the blood pumping back to
those extremities.
The culinary skills in the kitchen are evident in the enticing
menus, including lovely bar tapas or more substantial meals to
help you shake off the winter chills. Speaking of which, a warm
chocolate pudding will certainly aid in the quest for escape from
the cold.
Another new Bendigo establishment is Basement on View,
located in the beautifully refurbished basement of Bendigo’s
heritage-listed Capital Theatre.
The Basement, once a dark subterranean space, has been
transformed into a warm and inviting nook. It’s an ideal place to
spend a wintry, enjoying coffee and cake in a warm relaxed
atmosphere. There are also teas of the world on offer, and the
international theme continues throughout the establishment with a
gift shop selling handicrafts from Myanmar and India. All proceeds
from sales of these goods go back to the respective communities.
If it’s an evening reprieve from the cold that you need, sample
one of the Basement’s many great meals along with a glass of the
region’s finest wine. Linger in the heritage splendour before you
button down to venture back into bracing Bendigo climate.
A trip to Bendigo in winter needn’t mean that you have to
pack your entire wardrobe in your suitcase. Instead, pack a map
to find these tucked-away places, and prepare to venture into the
great indoors of Bendigo.
For more information on The Dispensary Enoteca and the
Basement on View, visit, or The majestic exterior of Bendigo’s Capital Theatre.

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Connecting the Bellarine and Mornington

Peninsulas – Getting there is half the fun!
he Queenscliff – Sorrento Car and Passenger Ferry The MV Sorrento has disabled facilities with a lift from the vehicle

T connects two of Victoria’s scenic, historic, food and wine

regions – the Bellarine and Mornington Peninsulas. It can
turn a long road trip into a relaxing, peaceful journey.
deck to the passenger lounge.
The vessels are specially designed to travel in all weather
conditions and operate 7 days a week, 365 days a year –
Alternatively, travel as a foot passenger and enjoy a magnificent departing every hour, on the hour from 7am to 6pm. An extra
day exploring the quaint villages of Queenscliff or Sorrento. service at 7pm operates from the 26th of December through until
There is much to do on the 45 minute crossing. Explore the the end of daylight savings.
ferry and choose your favourite vantage point, whether it be from All vehicles have easy access to the ferry with a drive on drive
inside the comfort of the air conditioned lounges with full length off facility – no turning required – perfect for caravans, motor
windows, or from one of the outside decks. Sample the delights homes and larger vehicles.
of the onboard kiosk, watch the mighty ships as they leave and But the journey does not necessarily have to start or finish
enter the Bay or look out for dolphins as they frolic in the waters with the ferry. The Ferry Beach Café, located at the Queenscliff
or at the bow of the vessel. terminal, has the best bay views in town. Stop before or after
View the Victorian coastline from a whole new perspective. your trip and enjoy the famous “Beachcomber” breakfast,
The scenery is at once noticeably different on each side. On the homemade soups or fish and chips made from fresh local flake.
Sorrento approach magnificent homes nestle into the rugged The coffee is excellent and boutique beer and wines are also
clifftops, yachts moored in the small coves bob up and down available.
and the Sorrento pier beckons. As you near Queenscliff, the
For further information please contact Peninsula Searoad
historically significant Fort looms large with its high walls and
Transport on 03 5258 3244 or visit
unique black Lighthouse, and the rooftops and chimneys of the Find out more about multi ticket passes* for regular users
township contrast with the Harbour’s magnificent new marina. and the caravan “early bird” special – $22.00* for any size
There are two vessels, the MV Sorrento and the MV caravan (does not include motor vehicle, driver or
Queenscliff each holding up to 700 passengers and 80 vehicles. passengers) on the 7am and 8am ferries. *Conditions apply.



Depart daily from Queenscliff Harbour and Sorrento Pier

• 7am to 6pm
• All year
• All weather




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Geelong Frankston

Tel: (03) 5258 3244 Sorrento

Phillip Island

PO Box 214 Queenscliff 3225 BASS STRAIT

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What’s On Where

JULY 4-6 JULY 18
Craft Alive Expo, Wodonga Cardross Indoor Winter Market,
The largest and most diverse craft show in Cardross
regional areas, Craft Alive brings finished craft Just outside of Mildura is a market where you
products, craft supplies and woodworking to can escape the winter cold. Browse through
visitors. The expo is indoors, so get cosy in the food, wine and craft stalls, have a
those winter months with a craft Devonshire tea and warm your hands on your
extravaganza. tea cup, and for the very eager, show up for a
Tel: 0421 355 440 hot breakfast at 8:30am.
Tel: 03 5024 1345
JULY 16-19
Australian Sheep and Wool Show, JULY 23-25
Bendigo Echuca-Moama Winter Blues
This iconic show has been running since Festival, Echuca-Moama
1877, showcasing Australia’s top wool This weekend is not to be missed, as the
growers and prime lamb producers. As well historic port precinct comes alive with music
Leongatha Apex Club
as the ram sale, there are fashions, food, and frivolity. The ambience that the festival Caravan Park
entertainment and a great opportunity to buy brings to the area is perfect for enjoying a lazy
quality wool products. lunch at one of the many cafes, restaurants, Managers: Bim and Kay Puru
Tel: 03 5439 5094 pubs and cellar door outlets, and enjoying the 14 Turner Street, Leongatha Vic 3953
blues. Phone: (03) 5662 2753 Fax: (03) 5662 5514
JULY 17 Tel: 03 5480 7555 Email:
Selection by Tastebuds with Mount
Avoca, Avoca AUGUST 5 – SEPTEMBER 4 Park features: Ensuite cabins, tent sites,
powered sites, BBQ, laundromat, children’s
A good glass of wine is one of life’s great Craft Cubed Festival, Melbourne
playground, recreation room, walking distance
pleasures, and when it’s teamed with This festival brings the craft community
to shops, tennis courts, swimming pool, golf
delicious food, there’s not much that can beat together, providing a platform for
it. The Selection by Tastebuds series of slow communication and exchange between course and bowling club.
food lunches was conceived by the Pyrenees practitioners. The Craft Cubed Festival Dump point
winemakers to enhance the experience of promotes experimental, skilled and ideas- Close to beaches of Inverloch, Waratah Bay
drinking their wines. based craft and design. and Wilsons Promontory.
Tel: 1800 206 622 Tel: 03 9659 7775


Barwon Heads Caravan Park, Barwon Heads 3227 Email:

Ph: (03) 5254 1115

Barwon Heads Caravan Park The Riverview Family Caravan Park

(The home of Sea Change — Pearl Bay) Barwon Heads Road, Ocean Grove
Ewing Blyth Drive, Barwon Heads
Phone: (03) 5256 1600
Superbly located on Victoria’s southern coastline, nestling quietly at
the Barwon River mouth. The Barwon Heads Park offers sparkling The Riverview Park nestles upstream on the Barwon River located on
beaches, timber jetties, roaring surf, mysterious rock pools and the sand spit between the Ocean and the Estuary leading into the
peaceful estuary waters. Connewarre wetlands with its mangroves and abundant wildlife.
The park provides excellent cabin accommodation including the
4 star Laura’s Beach Houses that are fully equipped with 2 spacious The park offers over 100 powered sites in a flat shady
bedrooms, kitchen, bathroom and comfortable sitting room. Enjoy environment with many of the sites right on the river’s edge. Family
the magnificent view across the bay to Point Lonsdale and Port Philip 1BR cabins that include bunks, kitchen, bathroom and outdoor deck
Heads. are also available.
The 2 BR air conditioned cabins are located high on the side of
the Bluff with great views across the park and the ocean while the Complete with a new children’s playground, recreation hall, kiosk,
Family 1BR cabins are located both on the Bluff and on the flat close full laundry facilities, BBQs etc. the Riverview Park offers the
to the entrance to the park. opportunity for great walks along the peaceful Barwon River
New accommodation features 3 deluxe cabins, 2 of which
observing the pelicans or maybe a spot of estuary fishing, including
feature 3 bedrooms and fabulous ocean views.
The park also features over 200 powered sites, full laundry the giant mulloway. A hit of golf at the Ocean Grove Golf Course is
facilities, children’s playground, tennis courts, BBQs etc. only minutes away as is a bowl at the Ocean Grove Bowling Club.

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What’s On Where

Ned Kelly Weekend Festival, Beechworth World Lighthouse Day and Antique Roadshow,
Now in its seventh year, the Ned Kelly Festival has a lively program of Warrnambool
re-enactments, theatre, art, music, displays, market stalls, The 150th anniversary of the Warrnambool Lady Bay Lighthouses
competitions and talks. brings a full day of activities to Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village. There will
Tel: 03 5728 1656 also be an antiques roadshow with appraisals by experts.
Tel: 03 5559 4608
AUGUST 14-15
Chocolate Rush, Flemington AUGUST 21-22
If you don’t like chocolate, this is not an event for you. For the other Victorian Alpaca Colourbration Carnival , Bendigo
99.9% of you, get ready for a weekend of pure indulgence! Workshops, This is the third largest alpaca event in Australia, playing host to over
tastings, classes, demonstrations, and of course a chocolate market 500 alpacas of every colour. Browse alpaca fashions and products, or
will keep a chocolatey smile on your face all weekend. watch the trade and stud displays. An interesting day for all.
Tel: 1300 737 363 Tel: 0412 004 956

Apollo Bay Recreation Reserve

& Camping Ground
• On the banks of the Barham River HOLIDAY PARK
• Surf beach/fishing, long beach walks, are just next Right next to Lake Bullen Merri
door, across the Great Ocean Road
• Start of the Great Ocean Walk
• Cabins, Powered & Unpowered Sites Sites from $22.00 Cabins $80.00
• Tennis Courts, Playground & Football Oval
• 700 metres to Town Centre & Golf Course Park Rd, Camperdown VIC 3260
• 3 amenities blocks with laundries
Ph: (03) 5593 1253 Fax: (03) 5593 2695
Phone: (03) 5237 6577
70 Great Ocean Road, Apollo Bay VIC 3233 Email:



Located at historic Point Cook RAAF Base, the birthplace
Learn about Australia’s Air Force in fascinating detail through of the Royal Australian Air Force, the RAAF Museum
thousands of memorabilia items, over 25 beautifully preserved Aircraft
and special flying displays. Just over 20 minutes from Melbourne on houses the largest collection of military aircraft and related
the Princes Highway.
artefacts in Australia.
Open 10:00am to 3:00pm (Tuesday to Friday)
10:00am to 5:00pm (Weekends and Public Holidays) Ranging from the Australian Flying Corps to present
Closed Mondays, Christmas Day & Good Friday day, the Museum displays combine objects and personal
Take the Point Cook Road off the freeway and follow the signs to the stories to give visitors an understanding of the rich history
and traditions of the Royal Australian Air Force.
TEL: (03) 8348 6040
FAX: (03) 8348 6692
These displays are augmented by thirty historic aircraft
WEB: from the entire 89 year history of the RAAF, some of which
EMAIL: are maintained in flying condition for displays every
Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday at 1 pm.

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What’s On Where

JULY 3 books, clothes, accessories, and of course fantastic home-made
Salamanca Market, Hobart cakes, jams and chutneys.
Between sandstone facades and plane trees, and right by the water in Tel: 03 6272 6812
Hobart, you’ll find Salamanca Market—a Hobart institution and a market
JULY 22-25
well worth visiting. Food, music, Tasmanian art and craft, clothing,
collectibles and more are all available at the Salamanca market. Devonport Jazz, Devonport
Tel: 03 6238 2843 It doesn’t matter if you’re a traditionalist, a new-age jazz fan, or like
your jazz to swing, they’ve got it all at Devonport Jazz. Breakfast jazz
JULY 4 is fun for the early risers, and lunch and dinner are covered as well at
Jazz in July, Kettering a range of cosy venues.
Every year, the Bruny Island Jazz Band entertains the Kettering Tel: 03 6424 0511
community, bringing great tunes and a fantastic time. During the show,
there will be a half hour interval for refreshments. JULY 24-25
Tel: 03 6267 4722 handmadehobart, Hobart
The name says it all – this market showcases all manner of handmade
items, from jewellery and accessories to homewares and tasty treats.
Devonport Farmers Market, Devonport
Tasmania’s talented craftspeople and artisans put on a great show.
One of Tasmania’s favourite markets, the Devonport Farmers Market Tel: 0423 161 268
ensures that you’ll get the freshest and the best local vegetables and
seasonal fruits – great to add to your camp meals. AUGUST 1
Tel: 03 6424 2253 A Swinging Jazz Trio, Deloraine
JULY 11 Fans of experimental music will enjoy this concept – three musicians
Chocolate Winterfest, Latrobe who have never played together before come together to create some
Winter in Tasmania can be cold, but some things never fail to warm spontaneous, inventive jazz.
you up—and you can get them here in Latrobe. Chocolate, food and Tel: 03 6363 1408
wine are all on offer in this celebration of all things chocolate with many AUGUST 8
events across Latrobe you’ll have plenty of chances to indulge.
The Market, Penguin
Tel: 03 6421 4650
This is the largest market in northern Tasmania, with over 100 stalls
JULY 18 jam-packed with goodies. Fresh produce, fine Tasmanian woodwork,
Hobart Showground Sunday Market, Hobart jewellery, fashion, giftware and more. There is plenty of fantastic food
If it’s a bargain you want, you should head to Hobart. Every Sunday, to enjoy while you listen to the great live music.
the market’s stall holders offer beautiful glassware and ceramics, tools, Tel: 0409 306 122

Bruny Island (one of Tasmania’s best kept secrets) is

historically one of the most significant places in Australia,
being the first landing place of European explorers during their
voyages of discovery to the ‘Southern Seas’.
Bruny is a unique island with sweeping beaches, spectacular
capes, rainforests, wildflowers and abundant bird life.
Access to Bruny Island is by vehicular ferry ‘Mirambeena’
which departs from Kettering (approx. 35 mins travelling time
south of Hobart), 10 times per day.
The ferry can carry up to 65 passenger vehicles at any one trip
and the crossing time is approximately 15 minutes.
Care must be taken when driving at night to avoid damage
both to the wildlife and to your vehicle, so please drive slowly
after dark.
Caravan Parks are located at Adventure Bay. Camping areas
are located at the Neck Beach, Cloudy Corner and Jetty Beach,
all have pit toilets. Firewood is not supplied and potted water
is limited so bring your own drinking water.
For more information about the Bruny Island ferry service:
For more information about Bruny Island:
or phone the Bruny D’Entrecasteaux Visitor Centre
on 03 6267 4494
Ferry Timetable Information 03 6273 6725
Bruny Island Ferry Company – Operator

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Caravan Club Directory


Send any listing updates to
NATIONAL Ron Jones Dianne Moore
3 Saligna Court, Everton Hills, QLD 4053 PO Box 185, Wondai, QLD 4608
AUSTRALIAN TOURING CARAVAN, MOTORHOME AND Tel: (07) 3355 0680 Tel: (07) 4168 5390
12 Beltana Street, Grovedale, VIC 3216 SOUTH EAST CARAVAN CLUB INC.
Mr Graham Knight Sue Thorpe
Tel: (03) 5243 1277 PO Box 898, Coolum Beach, QLD 4573 PO Box 824, Morayfield QLD 4508
CAMPERVAN AND MOTORHOME CLUB OF AUSTRALIA Tel: (07) 5446 4339 Tel: (07) 5309 4237
Ron Green, Secretary Mrs Arlene Hallen
PO Box 327, Cardiff, NSW 2285
9 Hemdon Street, Gatton, QLD 4343 Len Duncanson
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF CARAVAN CLUBS INC Tel: (07) 5463 2448 52 St Andrews Drive, Cornubia, QLD 4130
Mrs Lorraine Perry, Secretary Email: Tel: (07) 3287 7126
1 Resthaven Ave, Charmhaven, NSW 2263 DOWNS WANDERERS CARAVAN CLUB INC. Email:
Tel: (02) 4393 9564 Mrs Wendy Groves
PO Box 8077, Toowoomba Mail Centre, QLD 4352 Diana Parmenter
Tel: (07) 4687 7643 74 Finucane Street, Capalaba, QLD 4157
Email: Tel: (07) 3245 2702
Mrs Maureen Taylor Mrs Marie Hegerty
195 Witta Road, Maleny QLD 4552
61 Eridunda Circuit, Hawker, ACT 2614 Mr Kev Gallagher
Tel: (02) 6286 2134 Tel: (07) 5494 4404
Email: 4 Cone Court, Camira, QLD 4300
Email: Tel: (07) 3288 4843
Mrs. Margaret Jaques
10 Serissa Street, Crestmead, QLD 4132 TOOWOOMBA & GOLDEN WEST CARAVAN CLUB INC.
NSW STATE ASSOCIATION OF Tel: (07) 3402 0508 Greg Whitley
CARAVAN CLUBS AND MEMBERS Email: 126A South Street, Toowoomba, QLD, 4360
Mrs Lorraine Perry, Secretary Email:
1 Resthaven Avenue, Charmhaven, NSW 2263 Barrie Sibson TRUE BLUE CARAVAN CLUB INC.
Tel: (02) 4328 3965 PO Box 5358, Torquay QLD 4655 Patrick Lawson
Email: Tel: (07) 4124 9710 43 Learmonth Street, Strathpine QLD 4500
BLUE MOUNTAINS CARAVAN CLUB Email: Tel: (07) 3205 4660
Merv Barnett, Secretary GETAWAY CARAVAN CLUB INC Email:
91 Belmont Street, Merrylands, NSW 2160
Barbara Douglas
504 Waterford/Tambourine Road, Logan Village, QLD 4207 SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Mr Dean Wakely Tel: (07) 3299 7595 ASSOCIATION OF CARAVAN CLUBS OF SA
17 Clisby Way, Matraville, NSW 2036 Email: Mrs Eva Warwick, Secretary
Mrs Robyn Baker, Secretary Mr Ken Maddison Tel: (08) 8337 9274
PO Box 5144, Chittaway Bay NSW 2261 4 Troon Court, Robina Qld 4226 Email:
Tel: (02) 4388 5558 Tel: (07) 5593 3446 ADELAIDE CARAVAN CLUB INC
GUMNUT CARAVAN CLUB INC. 63 Lord Howe Ave, Hillcrest, SA 5056
Mrs V. Goddard Isabel Campbell
152 Durban Street, Bathurst, NSW 2795 14 Melody Street, Victoria Point QLD 4165 BAROSSA VALLEY CARAVAN AND CAMPING CLUB
HUNTER REGION CARAVAN CLUB Tel: (07) 3820 9932 Mrs Jenny Lewis, Secretary
David Harwood, Secretary Email: PO Box 611, Nurioopta, SA 5355
3 Victoria Road, Bolwarra, NSW 2320 Tel: (08) 8563 8211
Tel: (02) 4934 8078 Ms Linda Lakeman CAMPERVAN CLUB OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA INC
NEWCASTLE CARAVAN CLUB 73 Sempfs Road, Hervey Bay, QLD 4655 Mr. Ken Purnell, Secretary
The Secretary Email: 103 Mystle Road, Seacliffe, SA 5049
557/1126 Nelson Bay Road, Fern Bay, NSW 2295 JAYCO OWNERS CLUB OF S.E. QLD INC. Tel: (08) 8296 3462
Tel: (02) 4928 2436 Glenys Cooper CARAVAN CLUB OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA
SOUTH COAST CAMPERVAN CLUB PO Box 2160, Tingalpa QLD 4173 Mr Bob Freak
M. Nicholson, Secretary Tel: (07) 5537 7949 16 Fowler Street, Seaview Downs, SA 5049
102 Loralyn Avenue, St Georges Basin, NSW 2540 Email: Tel: (08) 8449 4573
J. Johnson, Secretary Mrs Brenda Usher Mrs Yvonne Cooke, Secretary
10 Waratah Avenue, Cudmirrah, NSW 2540 11 Silkwood Court, Glenore Grove, QLD 4342 170B Upper Sturt Road, Hawthorndene, 5051,
SHOALHAVEN CARAVAN CLUB Tel: (07) 5466 5168 Tel: (08) 8178 0876
Kevin Hill, Membership Officer Email: Email:
2 Meehan Street, Shoalhaven Heads, NSW 2535 Deb Rose Mr John Gray, Secretary
Tel: (02) 4448 7990 15 Jasmine Crescent, Shailer Park, QLD 4128 64 Foxfield Drive, Onkaparinga Hills, SA 5163
Email: Tel: (08) 8325 2989
275 Oaks Road, Thirlmere, NSW 2572 Ineke Schouteten Mrs Helen Manson, Secretary
Tel: (02) 4681 9640 29 Wonga Street, Toowoomba, QLD 4350 12 Bass Place, Flinders Park SA 5025
Tel: (07) 4638 2259 Tel: (08) 8443 4749
57 Wandewoi Ave, Sane Remo, NSW 2262
MACKAY CARAVAN CLUB INC. Mrs Mary Smith Secretary
Pauline Waters 47 Noolinga Way, Salisbury North 5108
QUEENSLAND PO Box 332, Mackay, QLD 4740
Tel: (07) 4959 0978
Tel: (08) 8250 6818
Mrs Barbara Rutherford Geoff Neuendorff c/o Locked Bag 1 RSD, Smithfield, SA 5114
1 Colvillea Close, Carseldine, QLD 4034 PO Box 1111, Burpengary D.C, QLD 4505 Tel: (08) 8287 5949
Tel: (07) 3886 8640
Pat Mander Mr Kelvin Roberts, Secretary
PO Box 4276, Raceview, QLD 4305 NORTH QUEENSLAND CARAVAN CLUB INC. 11 Fitzgerald Road, Pasadena SA 5042
Tel: (07) 3288 8370 Mr John Dale
Tel: (08) 8177 2029
Email: PO Box 4565, Kirwan, QLD 4817
Tel: (07) 4723 1784 Email:
PO Box 1320, Browns Plains BC QLD 4118 122 Braun Street, Deagon QLD 4017 Mr Murray Balchin, Secretary
Tel: (07) 3200 0096 Tel: (07) 3869 0345 Unit 89, Masonic Village, Ridgehaven, SA 5097
Email: Email: Tel: (08) 8264 7230
Mrs Val Cunningham Mr Ross Kelly Mrs Iris Mayr, Secretary,
39 Shaw Street, Bundaberg, QLD 4670 141 Whites Road, Buderim, QLD 4556 46 High Street, Peake, SA 5301
Tel: (07) 4153 6078 Tel: 0409 668 108 Tel: (08) 8574 3085
8 Whistler Street, Mango Hill, QLD 4509 194 Edgewater Village, David Low Highway, Bli Bli, QLD 4560 Mrs Pauline Schilling
Tel: (07) 3886 3266 Tel: (07) 5450 0467 8 Colwood Avenue, Fulham, SA 5024
Email: Email: Tel: (08) 8356 4301
Dawn Dicinoski Gwen Egen Mrs Lyn Cook, Secretary
PO Box 5821, C.Q.M.C., QLD 4702 20 Eidsvold Street, Keperra, QLD 4054 24 Treefern Avenue, Rostrevor, SA 5073
Tel: (07) 4928 5295 Tel: (07) 3355 9168 Tel: (08) 8336 3124
Email: Email: Email:

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The Secretary Mrs Karen Davis, Secretary Marion Sinfield
PO Box 2454, Port Augusta SA 5700 3 Plum Street, Doveton VIC 3177 25 Toodyay Road, Middle Swan, WA 6056
Tel: (08) 8643 6449 GREAT OCEAN ROAD COMMITTEE Tel: (08) 9274 2560
Email: Robyn Hoe, Senior Clerk JAYCO CLUB OF WA INC
ROAD RUNNER CARAVAN CLUB INC PO Box 53, Torquay VIC 3228 Mr Peter Birch,
Mr Bill Henschke, Secretary Tel: (03) 5220 5021 PO Box 893 Kalamunda WA 6296
7 Shipton Street, Elizabeth SA 5112 Email: LEISURE SEEKERS CARAVAN CLUB
Tel: (08) 8255 1388 JAYCO OWNERS CLUB OF VICTORIA INC Gordon Grant
SA POST-TEL INSTITUTE CARAVAN AND CAMPING The Secretary 191 Summerlakes Parade, Ballajura, WA 6066
CLUB PO Box 41, Chadstone Centre VIC 3148 Tel: (08) 9249 6964
1085 Greenhill Road, Summertown SA 5141 Mr Tony Doria, President Ms Barbara Ruscoe, Secretary
Tel: (08) 8390 0220 275 Belmore Road, Balwyn North VIC 3104 72 Boronia Avenue, Collingwood Heights WA 6064
Email: Tel: (03) 9857 5241 Tel: (08) 9844 1200
16 Vitana Avenue, Ingle Farm SA 5098 Mr Ray Stevens, Secretary Lesley Hodges
Tel: (08) 8260 2043 16 Doulton Avenue, Heathmont VIC 3135 3 Namatjira Way, Kenwick, WA 6109
SOUTHERN NOMADS CARAVAN CLUB SA INC Tel: (03) 9870 9715 Tel: (08) 6459 3691
43 Hawker Avenue, Plympton Park SA 5038 MIDWEST CARAVAN CLUB OF WA INC
Mr Lou Blencowe, Secretary (BASED IN GERALDTON)
Tel: (08) 8293 7374 PO Box 250, Glen Waverley VIC 3150
Email: Jan Hardiman
UNITED CAMPING CLUB Avril Annett, Publicity Officer Tel: (08) 9921 1469
Mrs Gillian de Souza, Secretary PO Box 440 WAngaratta VIC 3677
106 R.M. Williams Drive WAlkley Heights SA 5098 MOTORISED CAMPER CLUB OF WA INC
Tel: (08) 8260 5401 Mr Ray Spargo, Secretary
Email: c/o 2 Towerhill Rd, Alexander Heights WA 6064
PO Box 165, Ashburton VIC 3147 Tel: (08) 9771 1433
Mr Ken Haythorpe Brana Williams
5 Westwood Street, Davoren Park SA 5113 110 Clow Street, Dandenong VIC 3175
Tel: (08) 8255 4911 3 Pries Ave, Kelmscott, WA 6111
Tel: (03) 9791 7577 Tel: (08) 9390 7019
Mrs Mary Jarrad, Secretary REDGUM CARAVANNERS INC
7B Dunvegan Court Warrnambool VIC 3280 Monica Houghton
5 Brentnall Avenue, Blair Athol SA 5084 Tel: (03) 5562 3464
Tel: (08) 8344 2568 117 Waterperry Drive, Canning Vale, WA 6155


The Secretary Alton Smith
Rod Williams, Secretary 33 Halse Cres, Melville, WA 6156
PO Box 7250, Launceston TAS 7250
18 Francine Street, Australind, WA 6233 Tel: (08) 9330 1351
North West Campers and Caravanners Club
Mrs Elaine Mackenzie, Secretary
Tel: (03) 6442 3983 Mrs Janet Dicker PO Box 236, Bullcreek, WA 6149
34 Boonooloo Road, Kalamunda WA 6076 Tel: (08) 9444 8680
Tel: (08) 9293 4970 SOU’WEST GETAWAY CLUB INC
The Secretary
Ruth Elliot
Lyn Wareham
13 Quarry Street, Gearldton WA 6530 PO Box 58, Dardanup, WA 6236
Tel: (08) 9921 3994 Tel: (08) 9728 1231
Mrs Helen Thacker David Beardall
PO Box 298, Croydon VIC 3136 26 Davies Crescent, Kardinya WA 6163
Email: 235 Stockman’s Trail Settlers Village, 194 Old Mandurah Road,
Tel: (08) 9331 1267 Ravenswood, WA 6210
Fran Comstive Ian Townson
16 Doulton Avenue, Heathmont VIC 3135 1 Saggers Drive, Bentley, WA 6102
Tel: (03) 9870 9715 3 Bundera Road, Southern River, WA 6110
Tel: (08) 9361 1452 Tel: (08) 9490 8858
Mr David Field May Robinson
PO Box 1056, Kangaroo Flat VIC 3555 12 Howell Street, Marmion, WA 6020
PO Box 926, Busselton, WA 6280
Tel: 0408 605 499 Tel: (08) 9448 8600
Tel: (08) 9752 2925
PO Box 631, Patterson Lakes VIC 3197 26A Sholl Avenue, North Beach WA 6020
Tel: 1800 734 493 Tel: (08) 9447 9770
Marilyn Wratten, Secretary
Email: 1 The Avenue, Midland WA 6056 Email:
PO Box 5, Bakery Hill VIC 3354 [FORMERLY DUNDUKLUMPEN CC] 2 Trevithick Close, Stirling WA 6021
BENDIGO CARAVAN CLUB INC Janice Hayes Tel: (08) 9349 8166
The Secretary 112 Wungong South Road, Darling Downs, WA 6122 Email:
PO Box 2508, Bendigo Mail Centre VIC 3554 Tel: (08) 9498 2633 THE JAYCO OWNERS CLUB OF WA INC
The Secretary Mr Dave Pattenden 11 Marlow Way, Thornlie, WA 6108
PO Box 10, Bendigo VIC 3552 4 Garvey Place, Bunbury WA 6230 Tel: (08) 9452 1002
Mrs Barbara Collins, Secretary FAMILY WANDERERS CARAVAN & CAMPING CLUB INC Mr John Holmes
129 Dublin Road, East Ringwood VIC 3135 Robert Davenport 1/42 Moondarra Way, Joondalup WA 6027
Tel: (03) 9893 1007 50 Goldfinch Loop, Woodvale WA 6026 Tel: (08) 9300 2163
Email: Tel: (08) 9409 3787 Email:
Mrs Glenys Ferguson, Membership Officer FAMILY WEST CARAVAN & CAMPING CLUB INC Barbara Cheeseman
411 Boronia Road, Bayswater VIC 3153 Mike Rice 15 Gloucester Rd, Kalamunda WA 6076
Tel: (03) 9729 5576 15 Bismarck Approach, Rockingham WA 6168 Tel: (08) 9293 4552
COMPASS CARAVAN CLUB INC Tel: (08) 9528 5887 Email:
Mrs G. Edwards, Secretary Email: WEST SIDE CARAVANNERS INC
PO Box 405, Frankston VIC 3199 GEOGRAPHE CARAVAN CLUB INC Vivien Howard
Tel: (03) 9781 4074 Helen Wakefield 11 Judith Road, Wattle Grove, WA 6107
DRIFTAWAY CARAVAN CLUB INC 80/502 Bussell Highway, Broadwater, WA 6280 Tel: (08) 9453 9837
Mrs Faye Harvey, Secretary 1 Luita Street, Wembley, WA 6019 39 Daylesford Elbow, Jane Brook, WA 6056
70 Earl Crescent, Bannockburn VIC 3331 Tel: (08) 9341 3761 Tel: (08) 9294 2707

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Caravan fanatic John Marek travels for six months of the year through outback Western Australia and put his tyres through torture.

he caravan is packed and last trip exploring through virgin through the sidewalls. I might also
you and your partner are country from south of Mt Magnet add that they’re pretty quiet on the
finally ready to head out on to north of Meekathara in Western highway. As for driving on bitumen,
your trip. The last thing you want to Australia, there was a period of 5 very nice handling and low noise up
worry about now is whether your days where we were driving over to the 110th km.
tyres will make it to the end of the nothing but rock-littered flats. After Next time I will get a set of ST’s for

“The caravan, well that needs to be on Coopers ST’s as well, as I have had more flats and
blowouts with the ‘cubby house’ than the Discovery. I realise that most people just use
LT tyres on their caravan, but for complete peace of mind, I’m going to fit Cooper’s ST’s
as I have on the Discovery. Peace of mind my friend, is worth it’s weight in gold.”

journey. But John Marek, a caravan the first day I stopped worrying the caravan to match the Discovery.
fanatic, has figured out how to about rock punctures and drove on, Having all the same tyres will be a
relieve his worries. confident that the Discovery fitted god-send.”
“I purchased a full set of Cooper with Coopers ST’s could handle it. John Marek
tyres from Tyrepower in Kalgoorlie. I only had to worry about the tyres
I told the owner that as a prospector on the caravan, as they were fitted For your closest authorised
I covered some pretty rough ground with another brand. Cooper Tires dealer and free
and so a set were fitted. The last ten thousand kilometres info pack call:
I’m not too cautious with tyres - I
put them through a bit of torture. For
have mainly been on bush tracks,
ungraded roads and rock-littered
(1300 266 737)
six months of the year they support plains. I blew two LT caravan
the fully loaded-up Discovery and tyres, but the Coopers handled it
pull our small caravan throughout all without a problem. No chipping
the outback of Western Australia and no bits of rubber torn off the
while we search for that elusive tread. Those sidewalls are tough, as
gold. there were a few rocky places where
Cooper tyres are very good. On my I was certain that I was going to rip