What's in the April 2012 issue....

 

Oz Trek Series…

Great South Road

Follow the South Coast Highway on the southern coast of Western Australia for a tour of tall timbers, gourmet delights and some of Australia's best beaches.

Places to go…

Waterfall wanders

Victoria's Great Ocean Road is flanked by the Otway Range, where travellers can find stunningly beautiful waterfalls, scenic walking trails and a good choice of forest and beachside campgrounds where you can stay for free.

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Cloud people

Not far from Mackay, at the head of the Pioneer Valley, is Eungella, a land where clouds can turn the landscape into a mystical wonderland.

 

The wild world of Wallingat

Plants and animals take the centre stage at Wallingat, a New South Wales national park that has an abundance of all things wild.

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Spectacular coastline

Innes National Park is known for its perfectly natural beauty and, with seven campgrounds to choose from, its diversity is easily enjoyed.

 

East on the Cape

Take a walk at Cape Conran, a coastal gem in Victoria's East Gippsland that keeps people returning again and again.

 

Tassie delight

The centrepiece of Deloraine is the Meander River, and travellers have the opportunity to camp in a picturesque setting right on the bank of this gently flowing river.

 

Things to do…

Sunset boulevard

The prime spot for Top End sunset viewing is definitely the glorious Dripstone Cliffs.

 

Cook's hill

Cooktown locals and visitors love Grassy Hill not only for the views it affords, but also for its James Cook history.

 

Bird-o!

Tucked away on the arid, rocky plains near Mt Isa is Lake Moondarra, home to some of the most amazing birds in Queensland's northwest region.

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Floods and fish

The stocked species of our inland impoundments can be heavily affected by massive water events.

 

Making Tracks

Camper trailers are not responsible for the deterioration of our sandy desert tracks.

 

Touring Around

Gil Schott looks at just how amazingly diverse our country is.

 

Puzzles!

Try our crossword and Sudoku puzzles.

Caravans, MotorHomes & more...

Goldstream Wing pop-top

The easy-to-tow Wing offers a surprisingly huge living space, and can be optioned up to include extras for extended away-from-it-all holidays.

 

Coronet Prince 17-1

This compact van has loads of space for a couple to tour in comfort, as well as a quick and easy set-up.

 

Trakmaster Gibson

Ron and Viv Moon report on their Trakmaster Gibson, a caravan that’s relatively light in weight, nimble in the bush and ready for off-road work.

 

Toyota Camry

Soldiering on as the country’s biggest selling mid-sized car, Toyota's Camry is a solid, sizeable alternative to a larger 4WD or SUV for people who don't need off-road ability.

 

Campsites…

Each month, On The Road contributors report on bush campsites or caravan parks around the country.
In April 2012 issue our reports include:

Leeton Caravan Park, Leeton, NSW

Beauty Point Tourist Park, Beauty Point, Tas

Blanket Bay campground, Great Otway National Park, Vic

Silent Grove campground, King Leopold Range Conservation Park, WA

 

Nature……

In the bush

Completely at home in the arid inland areas of the continent, Charleville turkey bush is undoubletly a tough little plant.

Cooking…

Cooking adventures

Ultra easy and ultra tempting, our recipes this month showcase what can be created using a range of cooking styles. Try our honey apricot ribs done to perfection over the barbecue, a DreamPot seafood paella, and easy yeast bread fresh from a camp oven.

Just for readers...

Our Country

Our readers' photographic competition focuses on beautiful sunrises and sunsets for the autumn months, and the most inspiring entry received will earn a great prize from Snowgum!

 

Readers' letters

Each month, the best reader's letter wins a portable Rechargeable Firefly LED light from Soterion.

Bird-o

 

 

 

 

Bird-o!

By Dick Eussen

 

Lake Moondarra was constructed in the 1950s to provided a reliable source of water for the mine and the city of Mount Isa. Today it is home to some of the most amazing birds found in Queensland's northwest region.

 

Recently, Eileen and I spent a few days in Mount Isa visiting our son, Richard and his wife, Leah, and their seven children. Between escaping from the grand kids we managed to find time to head bush to some of our favourite places. Eileen was born in the Isa, as were our children. I lived there for 18 years, so we know it well. Getting into the bush is not hard, as the Isa is surrounded by a large series of ranges that stretch for 450km north to south, and run about 140km east to west. It's arid country, with an average rainfall of 380mm per annum. The rains mostly fall in the wet season that commences with storm activity in November and generally ends in April.

 

The ancient pre-Cambrian and lower-Proterozoic ranges are covered by spinifex grasses. The region is generally semi-desert in all but the best seasons, thus any permanent water source in these rocky hills and ranges attracts hordes of wildlife at the end of the Dry.

The wild world of Wallingat

 

 

 

 

The wild world of Wallingat

By Stephanie Jackson

 

Whenever I hear a whisper about a corner of Australia that I've never visited, one with an abundance of wildlife, spectacular native flora and water across which I can paddle my kayak, I find myself at the mercy of my addiction. It's an addiction that sees me drawn to any unexplored destination as an alcoholic is inevitably drawn to a glass of golden ale. And when an amiable and chattering stranger at the NSW town of Bulahdelah blurted out tantalising details of what he insisted was the region's best kept secret, the lure of that secret place, Wallingat National Park, became irresistible.

 

"Are you sure you really want to go there?" my husband Andrew queried when, with wet weather forecast, I suggested a detour from our intended route. "Too right I do!" I insisted, for optimism told me that, in this little known park, I'd discover more than stunning landscapes.

 

Some 250 species of native birds and animals consider that Wallingat's a great place to live. And as our campervan rattled along the dirt road that spears into the heart of the park's forests, I was confident that, if I was quiet and patient, some of the region's most beautiful creatures would reward me with their appearance. I didn't have to wait long for them to stride onto nature's grassy stage.

Waterfall wanders

 

 

 

 

Waterfall wanders

By Catherine Lawson & David Bristow

 

On Victoria's rugged southern shores, the Great Ocean Road snakes along the edge of crumbling limestone cliffs, linking thrilling surf breaks and laidback beachside hamlets nestled in quiet coves. The 12 Apostles is undoubtedly the big drawcard along this famous coastal strip, but the road is also flanked by colourful heathlands and protected ancient forests that rise steeply inland over the Otway Range.

 

On higher ground, tall canopies of mountain ash and myrtle beech trees tower above a vast network of fern-fringed streams that gather as Beauchamp, Erskine and Triplet falls.