What's in the February 2010 issue....

 

Places to go...

Volcanic discovery

Mount Schank, in SA, is a dormant volcano that, these days, is quite safe to visit.

 

Along the Matilda

Towns and attractions in Queensland's outback are linked by this easy-access highway.

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Gloucester, a special place

This NSW town is central to some of the most scenic areas in the country.

 

Gorges of the Gibb

The gorges are gorgeous along the Gibb River Road.

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Slow road to Hobart

Take it easy between Launceston and Hobart, and explore the little towns along Tasmania's Heritage Highway.

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Whroo and Rushworth

These towns are far from bustling, and surrounded by interesting forest, wildflowers and a fascinating past. .

 

Things to do...

Trees on the Nullarbor!

There's a new species of tree thriving on the Nullarbor Plain between Ceduna and Norseman, west of Eucla.

 

Big Lizzie

This is the Mother of all tractors and a captivating piece of out history.

 

Fire safe

Safety should be the top priority where fires are a concern.

 

Portable power

This battery pack is a great solution for campers whose power needs are minimal.

 

Fishing for barramundi

These prized fish can be caught at a number of locations, and lures can be the best way to catch them.

 

Puzzles! Try our crossword and Sudoku puzzles.

Caravans, MotorHomes & more...

Reader's rig

Readers Denis and Dianne converted a 1968 Franklin Caravelle into a caravan complete with en-suite that's light enough to be towed by a Toyota Camry.

 

Toyota Prado

The new Prado is an even better rugged machine with an excellent off-road ability.

Campsites...

Wombeyan Caves Camping Area, NSW.

Crows Nest Tourist Park, Crows Nest, Qld.

Warracknabeal Caravan Park, Warracknabeal, Vic.

Indee Station, Pilbara region, WA.

Nature...

In the bush

A mallee woodland isn't bland and boring, and these trees are now seen as a bit of a saviour in areas threatened by rising salinity.

Just for readers...

My Favourite Place

Esperance in Western Australia is one of the prettiest places that Denis and Marcia have seen.

 

Readers' letters

Each month, the best reader's letter wins a rugged, 12-volt Panther Versa-Lite.

Cooking...

Perfect breads

In this issue, we've got a fabulous selection of savoury and sweet breads for campers to enjoy.

Along the Matilda

 

 

 

 

Along the Matilda

By Roger Allnutt

 

Running roughly north from Melbourne through Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland are a number of major highways. From Barringun in NSW, to Karumba on the Gulf of Carpentaria, the "road" is evocatively called the Matilda Highway in recognition of the Australian legend of Waltzing Matilda.

 

In Queensland the first big town is Cunnamulla, a service centre for the vast properties in the area, and for places west to Birdsville like the opal fields at Eulo.

 

The Heritage Trail, a self-guided tour, can be done on foot and traces the history of the town at historical sites such as the post office, saddlery, Trappers Inn, blacksmith, state school and St Catherine's Convent.

Gorges of the Gibb

 

 

 

 

Gorges of the Gibb

By Jill Harrison

 

Originally built for road trains to transport cattle from isolated stations to ports in Derby and Wyndham, the Gibb River Road stretches from 5km south of Derby in the west, to 53km west of Kununurra in the east of Western Australia's Kimberley region.

 

For most of its 665km length, the Gibb is unsealed.  Without a doubt it's a dusty road, with bulldust that swirls around and seeps into your car, the kind of dust you can taste.  It's got corrugations that rattle everything, including your bones.  Then there are gullies and potholes, and sharp rocks that might try to spike a tyre, though the condition of the road is dependant on when it was last graded - it can be good or it can be bad.

 

So why do people want to travel this dusty and bone-shaking road?  Because the Gibb captures the imagination as a four-wheel-drive trek, and the scenery and the gorges along the way are simply spectacular.

Slow road to Hobart

 

 

 

 

Slow road to Hobart

By Susan & Keith Hall

 

However you measure it, the main route from Launceston to Hobart is not a very long journey.  The distance is just under 200km and the road has been made to bypass most of the towns and villages along the way. 

 

So you can zip down Highway 1 to Hobart in less than three hours if you want.  But this is actually a journey to take a bit of time over. 

 

Highway 1 is also known as the Midland Highway, and more tellingly as the Heritage Highway.  That name comes from the fact that all those towns and villages bypassed along the way have a lot to offer travellers.  Most are picturesque and contain historic buildings, convict built bridges, interesting outdoor sculpture and good old fashioned eateries .