What's in the May 2011 issue....

 

Oz Trek Series…

West Coast Wilderness Way

It’s wet and wild on the west coast of Tasmania, and this trek takes travellers through awesome landscapes and scenery from Cradle Mountain to Lake St Clair.

Places to go…

Coastal camps

The camping options at Murramarang National Park are excellent, and range from a caravan park with high quality facilities to a fairly basic, yet pleasant bush camp.

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Off the beaten track

At the end of a good dirt road is a magnificent watercourse surrounded by a number of green and grassy campsites – Carawine Gorge a little known camp spot in the magnificent Pilbara area.

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WA's free camp capital

East and west of Albany in Western Australia is a string of fabulous free camps, and we look at six of the best!

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Upper Yarra

You don't have to go far from Melbourne to enjoy a good bush camp, and this spot can offer a bit of solitude without the rough conditions.

 

Forms of beauty

At Mt Moffatt National Park in Queensland, Mother Nature has worked overtime to create some of the most bizarre sandstone formations anywhere in Australia.

 

Things to do…

iPhone touring

The world of navigation is being transformed, and the latest applications and accessories for the iPhone and iPad are geared for mobile use.

 

Power up

The DPChip power chip is trialled in a Toyota LandCruiser 100 Series.

 

Trout talk

These foreign fish have become a big industry in Australia, and they're fun to catch as well.

 

Making tracks

With the amount of water throughout central and northern Australia, the number of mossies has increased substantially.

 

Puzzles!

Try our crossword and Sudoku puzzles.

Caravans, MotorHomes & more...

Vista RV Crossover Camper

It's not a caravan and it's not a camper trailer, but the Vista RV Crossover takes the best features from both to offer a compact and light weight camper that’s nimble in the bush – and comfortable as well.

 

Vintage van

A classic Volkswagen Kombi towing a tiny vintage van makes for an eye-catching retro touring rig.

 

Subaru Forester

Increased performance and more equipment head Subaru's Forester update.

 

10 pages of Campsites…

In May 11 issue of On The Road we have 10 pages detailing great places to camp around the country.

Austin Tourist Park, Tamworth, NSW.

Cairns Coconut Holiday Resort, Cairns, Qld

Loxton Riverfront Caravan Park, Loxton, SA.

Skull Springs, near Nullagine, WA.

Young Tourist Park, Young, NSW.

Goondiwindi Tourist ParkGoondiwindi, Qld.

Cockle Creek campground, Recherche Bay, Tas.

Trephina Gorge campsites, Central Australia, NT.

Morven Recreational Reserve, Morven, Qld.

Wantirna Park Caravan Park, Wantirna, Vic.

 

Nature…

In the bush

White-faced herons can be found throughout Australia, and gets its name from its distinctive markings.

Cooking…

Tart it up

Few pastry-lovers can resist a tart, which are great for picnics, as an easy entrée and to be nibbled at stand-up parties.  Our selection includes raspberry shortcakes, prawn and chicken tarts, and vodka and blueberry mousse tarts.

Just for readers...

My Favourite Place

This month a reader showcases a lovely lake in Western Australia, and wins a fabulous prize from Snowgum.

 

Readers' letters

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

Coastal Camps

 

 

 

 

Coastal camps

By Stephanie Jackson

 

As I ambled along a shaded forest trail, there was only one question on my mind.  How could I see more of the stunning world of Murramarang National Park?  I would have to spend several days camping in the area, that was the obvious answer, but with a confusion of camping grounds and caravan parks in or adjacent to this spectacular NSW wilderness area, deciding where to stay was far from easy.

 

Murramarang National Park, north of the NSW town of Batemans Bay, covers almost 12,000 hectares, includes the immense Durras Lake, and sprawls along 44km of coastline.  It's home to several species of native animals, and to more than 90 species of birds, including waterbirds, raptors, parrots, lyrebirds and honeyeaters.  And if you want to make yourself at home here too, I'll give you a rundown on what you can expect to find at the best of the region's camping areas.

Off the beaten track

 

 

 

 

Off the beaten track

By Rob Uhl

 

The Pilbara in Western Australia is full of surprises, so when Walter and I heard about Carawine Gorge we decided it'd be worth a visit.  The gorge is on private property, and access is not difficult as there is a good bitumen road in for all but the last 13km to camp.  A bit of care does need to be taken as this is a mining road, so there’s quite a lot of heavy mining traffic.  The 13km dirt section is a good road but make sure you watch for the sign on the track pointing you into the campsite area. If you go further, you might end up in deep river rubble, which our four-wheel-drive vehicle even without the van had trouble negotiating.

 

Visitors to this area should be well prepared and self-sufficient, with a good supply of drinking water, food, power and your own toilet facilities. .

WA's free camp capital

 

 

 

 

WA's free camp capital

By Catherine Lawson & David Bristow

 

It's a little known fact that Albany, not Perth, was the west's first European settlement, the hub from which itchy-footed explorers set out to unravel the mysteries of WA's vast interior.  So it stands to reason that Albanians are an outdoorsy bunch, with a city council that leads the state in its preservation of wild places where camping is free.  East and west of Albany, nine genuinely scenic campgrounds are located along rugged stretches of the Southern Ocean, beside tannin-hued inlets and neighbouring nature reserves.

 

With top facilities on offer, including beach picnic shelters, free gas barbecues, showers and toilets with wheelchair access, these camps make the Great Southern region the most traveller-friendly in the west.