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

 

Oz Trek Series…

Broome to Perth via the inland route

Taking in the colourful Pilbara and Murchison areas, and travelling through some of WA’s nicest wildflower country, this trek connects the Port of Pearls with the state’s capital.

Places to go…

A wonderful part of the world

Streaky Bay, on South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula, is a quiet little country town. And if you like fishing, swimming, crabbing, touring, sightseeing or just playing cricket on the beach, this is a holiday destination for you.

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Rainbow Beach break

Stormy weather adds another dimension to Rainbow Beach, a place with a reputation for excellent camping, four-wheel-driving and fishing.

 

Coral Coast camps

The stretch of coast between Shark Bay and Exmouth has some magnificent scenery and plenty of opportunities for water activities. As a bonus, there’s also a choice of campgrounds to suit every budget.

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Outback river

Life’s pretty relaxed along the Ward River, a lazy Queensland waterway where nothing seems in a hurry.

 

Classic Aussie

Relive the classis Aussie beach holiday at Mollymook, between Nowra and Ulladulla on the NSW south coast.

 

Cool waters

Try a snorkelling experience with a difference in the frigid inland pools of Ewens Ponds, south of Mount Gambier, SA.

 

Things to do…

At The Entrance

The NSW central coast town of The Entrance is getting a spruce up.

 

Uh oh…

Disaster is unlikely to happen on your trip, but knowing what to do should the unthinkable happen could help make life a little calmer.

 

The light fantastic

Lighthouses dotted around our coastline are usually located in visually stunning locations. And these days, it’s possible to stay in some of the keepers’ cottages for a getaway with a difference.

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Top End traditions

No visitor to Darwin should miss the famous Mindil Beach Sunset Markets.

 

The art of fishing jigs

Rick Huckstepp offers some tips and advice on how to get the best strike rate when fishing jigs.

 

Motoring adventures

Adventurous Australians have been travelling around this continent since the motorcar was invented.

 

Puzzles!

Try our crossword and Sudoku puzzles.

Caravans, MotorHomes & more...

Cell Caravans FunFinder X “The Coast”

“The Coast” model from Cell Caravans’ FunfinderX range has got the lot, from an en suite to a four-seat dinette, queen bed, single bunk, a full-size fridge and loads of storage space.

 

SLR Caravans Adventurer

The Adventurer’s a big rig motorhome with genuine off-road performance and truckloads of home comforts.

 

Ford SZ Territory

The popular Territory has been updated with fresh styling inside and out, and the choice of a diesel engine for the first time.

 

Campsites…

Each month, On The Road contributors report on bush campsites or caravan parks around the country.
In October 2011 issue our reports include:

Fort O’Hare Campground, Dartmouth, Vic

Premer Camping Area, Premer, NSW

Avoca Dell Caravan Park, Murray Bridge, SA

Hoffman Mill Camping Area, near Harvey, WA

 

Nature……

In the bush

With creamy white flowers and pleasant natural perfume, the lemon scented myrtle is a highly prized bush food plant.

Cooking…

It’s a wrap!

Easy-to-handle snack-sized packages of food can be as sophisticated or as casual as you like. Try some wrapped food ideas, like mushroom potstickers, Chinese roast chicken pancakes, and baked prawn and noodle rolls.

Just for readers...

My Favourite Place

Cycling, sightseeing and enjoying the delights of the Ovens River – a story sharing a family’s love affair with the Porepunkah area of Victoria receives a fabulous prize from Snowgum.

 

Readers' letters

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

A wonderful part of the world

 

 

 

 

A wonderful part of the world

By Steve Hunt

 

For a relaxed, fun filled family holiday you simply can't go past Streaky Bay on South Australia's magnificent Eyre Peninsula.  Having enjoyed another wonderful week in Streaky over the summer school holidays has reinforced just how good this place is.  And you know it has been a successful holiday when all of the kids wished we could have stayed for another week.  Cricket on the beach on Australia Day, fishing, jetty jumping, crabbing, touring, socialising, swimming, sightseeing and teaching the kids how to catch razor fish – we certainly crammed a lot in.  But really we had only just scratched the surface, as there are just so many things to do at Streaky Bay.  My wife Carolyn and I were on our seventh trip, and we still have not seen it all.

Coral Coast camps

 

 

 

 

Coral Coast camps

By Catherine Lawson & David Bristow

 

As the country's largest and least populated state, Western Australia has no shortage of isolated, untouched beaches where only a strip of sand separates your camp and the deep blue sea.  Head north of Perth along the Coral Coast's reef-fringed shorelines to discover unbeatable, accessible snorkelling, prime fishing spots and lonely surf breaks.  Camping options between Shark Bay and Exmouth range from basic beachfront freebies to national parks sites, council-run campgrounds and commercial holiday parks, but you won't want to drive past these seven favourites.

The light fantastic

 

 

 

 

The light fantastic

By John Mainwaring

 

Around the country over the past 10 or so years, it has become common for old lighthouse keeper's cottages to be made available as tourist accommodation.  After many years of service to generations of lighthouse keepers, often in remote situations, these cottages now have a new lease on life, giving visitors a glimpse into a lifestyle that few of us can fully imagine.  Rustic yet comfortable, these places let us experience the seclusion, the beauty and just a small taste of a past era when shipping was the lifeblood of a new country.  Usually lighthouses were placed in spots where a lot of maritime action went on, often on rocky chunks jutting out into the ocean and far from the concentrations of settlement.  Visually stunning with great scenery and frequently regaled with demonstrations of nature's awesome power, these are the sorts of places that can impress at any time of the year.