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Issue 103: Sep 17 2016


Along! Win!

Project Polly

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Small steps as Polly returns to active duty…


A DIY roof hatch replacement!


My Town – Barcaldine

Malcolm travels NZ in a Roller Team Rambler…


Crack the whip! iMotorhome Join the Vans from Snowy River! There’ll be movement on the driveways now the word is getting ‘round that the next big iM weekend’s underway. Come and join the celebrations – it won’t cost a thousand pounds, but long will you remember the great days. There’ll be tried and noted recipes from places near and far and we’ll muster round the campsite for three nights. We’ve booked restaurant and winery, historic tour and more, so the inclusions sure will fill you with delight!

This October 28-31 iMotorhome invites you to come and experience Dalgety. The only NSW town on the famous Snowy River, Dalgety was the original site chosen to become Australia’s National Capital. Now a sleepy riverside town on the granite-studded Monaro Plains, we’ve arranged a weekend of fun, food and festivities you’ll never forget. Home for your three nights is the cosy Snowy River Holiday Park, nestled on the banks of the Town’s famous river. Owners Sue and Colin get things going Friday night with a welcome barbecue hosted by the local cricket team – Colin’s own – in the nearby CWA Hall. It’s you chance to meet and get to know the iMotorhome team, your fellow travellers and some locals as you settle in for the weekend’s fun. Saturday morning you’ll wake to the smell of bacon and egg rolls and coffee. Then you’re off on a guided historic walk that will help bring Dalgety’s story to life. There’s also a video on the mighty Snowy River and its story. Saturday afternoon you’re free to explore – maybe try trout fishing or watch for platypus when the sun goes down – before dinner across the road at the historic Buckely’s Crossing Hotel. We’ve booked the old dining room where new owners Deb and Sharon promise to put on a three course dinner of country proportions, so come prepared! Sunday morning there’s time to sleep in – but not too long – because have we got a day for you: We’ve booked out the Snowy Vineyard and Microbrewery! Buses take the worry out of driving and host Wayne will take you through an informed and adventurous tasting of more than a dozen craft beers, flavoured schnapps and excellent cold-climate wines. There’ll be nibbles along the way plus a brewery and winery tour, then a memorable buffet lunch prepared by their accomplished chef. But wait, there’s more: We’ve booked The Barstars – including Gunther Gorman (Daddy Cool and Sherbet) and Dave Twohill (Mental As Anything, Dragon and Men At Work – to rock your afternoon! Perched on a hilltop with Snowy River and Mountain views, you’ll enjoy fine food and boutique ‘refreshments’ to the sounds of some of Australia’s classic rock musicians on what will be an exclusive and genuinely unforgettable long afternoon! Monday it’s a farewell bacon-and-egg roll breakfast and the chance to swap contacts before heading home or where ever the road might lead you. You’ll never forget Dalgety – or the weekend you were one of the Vans from Snowy River!

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When: 28-31 October 2016 Where: Dalgety, NSW What’s included: • 3 night’s un-powered camping at Snowy River Holiday Park • Friday night welcome barbecue dinner hosted by the cricket team • Saturday morning bacon & egg roll breakfast with juice/tea/coffee • Saturday morning guided historic Dalgety walking tour & video show • Saturday night three-course pub dinner • Sunday lunch at the Snowy Vineyard & Microbrewery including • Return bus transfers so you’re free to enjoy the day! • Craft beer, flavoured schnapps and cold-climate wine tasting, with nibbles • Exclusive brewery and winery tour • Leisurely buffet lunch • Live music by the Barstars • Monday morning farewell bacon & egg roll breakfast with juice/tea/coffee What’s it Cost? $229 per person What’s Extra?

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Bookings: Numbers are strictly limited and it’s first-in best-dressed. Email dalgety@imotorhome.com.au for a booking form. A nonrefundable $25 per-person deposit is required within 7 days of booking confirmation.

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HOMMM… When the going gets tough mystics often retreat to a mountaintop. After a rollercoaster ride over the last few weeks during which a potential merger/ takeover of iMotorhome was discussed, considered and ultimately rejected, I thought it only fitting to do the same. So here I am atop Oxley Hill overlooking Bowral; not exactly in the lotus position, but rather in Project Polly using her as an office with a contemplative view. Hommm… This was the second such potential merger I've negotiated this year – the first one you weren't aware of – and while it’s flattering to know people think enough of this magazine to want to make it their own (provided I stay at the helm!), nobody as yet has come up with what I consider the correct recipe. For example, the first people wanted to make it onlineonly, so you'd need to be connected to the internet to read it, while the second people wanted to make it a print magazine published every three months! Can you imagine? The good news is we’re still here and doing what we do, but changes are coming. Some will excite you while others might disappoint, but all are necessary I believe for the continued success of iMotorhome. One benefit of having the business closely scrutinised by a third party was it highlighted our strengths and weaknesses – and we have plenty of both to work on. Just to keep you in suspense, however, I won't say any more until next issue. Don't you hate that?

Fabled Beginnings… As a child I always loved the fable of the hare and tortoise. The concept of the slow plodder appealed (as much I suspect because I couldn't stand the smart-arse bragging of the hare). As I've related in previous editorials I love cycling, but depending on the day it's something of a love hate relationship. Being someone far closer to 60 than 55 my mind frequently writes cycling cheques my body can't cash. That's been compounded in recent years by the amount of time this magazine and related activities consume. One thing I have noticed is the less I ride the more capable I think I am! Anyway, I have dreams of riding long distances – think Sydney to Melbourne or across large swathes of America,

Europe and the UK – but after a couple of hours in the saddle my body has other ideas. Recently, I began using a heart rate monitor in conjunction with my GPS-enabled cycling computer (I do love gadgets!). At the same time I did some online research to find out what the results mean. It turns out I only have two riding speeds: hard and harder, but as I only ride alone or with Mrs iMotorhome on the tandem, I didn't really understand that. Further online reading introduced me to the concept of endurance riding, which is based on keeping your heart rate within certain parameters rather than judging progress by speed or time. So I tried it and the result has been an epiphany. It has also been completely counterintuitive. The biggest thing to learn has been to significantly reduce my usual effort on hills to keep my heart rate within limits. While it certainly makes the journey slower the reduction in fatigue at the end of the ride is remarkable. Previously I rode at an average 85% of my suggested maximum heart rate. Now I aim for 75%, which equates to about 2 km/h an hour average speed difference. Now, three-plus hour rides (and building) are relatively easy and those distant destinations are back on the agenda. This has an application in motorhoming, in case you're wondering. It has made me realise how much less stress on the vehicle (and fuel consumed) reducing average speed must have. While I'm sure many of you have known the reality of this for a long time, especially those with the time to travel at a leisurely pace due to retirement, for those of us still battling deadlines and schedules it's counterintuitive. I'm going to try it next time on a long drive and see what difference five or ten kilometres per hour makes to journey times and fuel usage. And that's no fairytale. Look out rabbit, I'm coming to get you…


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About Us



Who we are, where and other legal stuff

Find back issues and more on our website


On my Mind


On your Mind




Share your thoughts for the chance to win $50!




Touring Test: Roller Team Rambler


Project Polly: Small Steps


TechTalk: Hatching a Plan!




What’s On?


Advertisers' Index

What’s happening in the wider RV world and beyond

The latest Marketplace offers

Malcolm rambles around NZ’s ski fields in this interesting Italian ex-rental…

Polly returns to active service after some overdue attention!

A DIY guide to roof hatch replacement…

My Town – Barcaldine


MobileTech Eventbrite app

What’s on around Australia over the next three months…

An A to Z of who’s in this issue!


Next Issue What’s coming up and which shows are on soon!

Resources | 9 resources


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Back Issues

Road Tests

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Time Traveller! Malcolm samples Bürstner’s stylish Ixeo Time IT 726G…


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Project Polly

Webasto heater installation!


A quick dash to Melbourne and back


Keeping your gas cooker in top condition…

Reader Survey

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Win $50 for the best letter! It’s only fitting that since Ed has his say in On My Mind, you should be able to have yours too. If you have anything to say – or ask – just drop a line to letters@imotorhome.com.au and

we’ll share it with our readers. We’ll also reward the most interesting, useful or thoughtful letter each issue with $50 to help you on your way.

Back Up! Re last issue’s winning letter, it’s a great idea to have all the motorhome information organised and easily available and stored in the motorhome/campervan as Di suggested, until someone likes your setup and steals the vehicle and everything is gone. This happened just recently, so apart from the folders, I now also have electronic folders: A picture of the

item and receipt, plus a download of all the operating manuals, which are stored on my tablet and then to backup. Thanks, Cathie. Sorry to hear of your misfortune Cathie but well done on your resourcefulness. Please accept this issue’s $50 prize for your efforts!

Buy Definition… I'm an avid iMotorhome reader and have found it a wonderful source of information. However, I would like to make a couple of ‘amendments’ to the last issue: In an article it says, “Lesson 101: a motorhome has a bathroom, a Campervan doesn’t." I believe this statement to be incorrect, for

the following reason. We own an Isuzu ELF which is registered in Qld as a campervan, and it has a toilet and shower. I contacted Qld Transport to ask the difference between a campervan and motorhome and was advised they classify a motorhome as a purpose built vehicle whereas a campervan


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is a vehicle which has been modified, e.g kombi, ELF, etc. I understand that not all states in Australia may use the same classification, however to print that a campervan does not have a toilet or shower is incorrect. In regard to the letter about help for Isuzu owners, there is an Australian Facebook page for Isuzu owners that is very helpful – Isuzu Caravan Club Australia. Thanks for your awesome magazine and look forward to your next issue. Cheers, Maree.

the definition, there is no ‘official’ one, but in the Industry it's generally accepted that a campervan is for the 'camping lifestyle' and hence has no bathroom (even if it has a Porta Potti and external shower). A motorhome, by comparison, is a 'motorised home’ and so comes complete with a bathroom. The body style is irrelevant unless it’s removable, in which case it’s a slide-on (which might or might not have a bathroom!). I’d venture if you told someone with a Kombi or similar that their vehicle wasn’t ‘purpose built’ they would disagree with you – and Qld Transport. Thanks for the Isuzu heads-up, I’ll pass it on!

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Whiff of Misunderstanding? I wondered if this may be of interest to readers – or if I’m just mad? It crossed my warped mind while away on our recent weekend trip. While travelling in the motorhome we live in an enclosed environment that includes those personal facilities that make it self-contained, but one needs to control the odours that can waft from ‘that’ part of the vehicle. Having come from a sailing background – I still referring to that part of the vehicle as the head – we’ve gone back to what we did at sea. We keep a box of matches at hand and a quick light of one in the appropriate area burns the small amount of inflammable gases that have been produced, thereby eliminating

the odour. It’s far cheaper than air freshener and we believe it actually burns the odorous gases, rather than just hiding them. How do others control the odours? What other cheap, effective methods are out there? Regards, Eric. Well that certainly is an interesting solution to a crappy’ old problem (though where exactly is “the appropriate area”?) It’s certainly something I’ve wondered about with regards to others and a similar thought has regularly crossed my mind in hotels: Why is there no air fresher in the bathroom? Let’s wait to hear what our innovative readers think!

Upping the Ante I have read recently that the regulations have changed regarding recertification of GVM capacities. My query concerns upgrading a MWB Mercedes Sprinter from 3500 kg to 3880 kg. Apparently the Sprinter might have ‘spare permissible load capacity for the rear axle’ on a fully loaded van, according to another industry magazine article late last year. Is it still as simple as having a qualified Vehicle Engineer do the new certificate either before or after initial vehicle registration, and is it a universal process across Australia? Is it preferable to do a GVM change before a motorhome conversion is undertaken?

a GVM upgrade after a recent, beautiful MWB fit out due to the conversion works. Sounds like hard work. iMotorhome is still a great fortnightly read/ resource and now, with over 100 issues down! Thank you! Regards, Mark.

That’s an interesting question Mark. As far as I’m aware an engineer’s certificate is good enough. A GVM upgrade is certainly related to the rear (and often front) axles having extra capacity, although some suspension work is often required. Re going back to Germany for Potentially lot of question there but I wonder if approval, that might be related to keeping it Western Australia only has recently changed its under Mercedes’ warranty. I’ll ask around and requirements? A WA converter is reported to see what I can find out. be liaising with Mercedes Benz in Germany for

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Oils Well… Hi Richard, I totally agree with you comments last issue about the Fiat Ducato. We have been proud owners since March this year and love its manoeuvrability, comfort and ‘oomph’, and think these are minor problems.

We have been on the road since June and have clocked up nearly 10,000km and we love our Ducato.

The cup holders are not really an issue for us and they make great storage containers for spectacles, keys etc. The Sat-Nav is a farce and it was only after we took delivery that we found out we should have been given a TomTom to provide local maps. However this has assisted in overcoming the other problem you mentioned – the speedo. I agree the orange colour is impossible to see through sunglasses. However, if you turn on the TomTom it will clearly state the speed limit for the area you are in and what your current speed is, so you don't need to look at the speedo.

Thanks for your Ducato thoughts and update. I use my iPhone or iPad on the new flip-up holder on top of the dash and use its speed reading, as you say. It’s just a pity Fiat has chosen style over practicality. How are the instruments at night, are they legible?

Regards, Stevie.

With regard to the oil change interval, modern diesels with highly efficient oil filtering systems – plus advances in oil technologies – are pushing intervals out ever further. Just remember, there is usually a time limit if you don’t reach the recommended distance, and 12 months is the norm. As a mechanic friend once said, “No engine ever suffered from having the oil changed too regularly”. Interesting about initial We were somewhat surprised to discover oil usage though. Re the price, 5 litres of Castrol that the first service is after 23,000 km, but Edge Titanium synthetic oil for diesels is $84.99 all agents seem to agree on this. Also be prepared, for the first 5000km or so the oil level online through a discount place, to $76 seems quite reasonable! Good to hear you’re loving is unstable and you need to carry oil with you your Ducato, too. to top-up. The recommended oil is imported Italian and costs an eye watering $76 for 5 litres!

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FIND CHEAPER LPG In January 2015 he set up a Facebook group named BBQ Gas Bottle Refills - cheapest in Australia? He invited fellow Grey Nomads to report refills and swap purchases, and created a database containing those details for all who joined the group to see. The idea reportedly took off like a rocket!


new website called Gas Bottle Refills has launched as an extension of what was originally a Facebook Group.

The website claims to makes it easy to find nearby refill services on Google maps, based on your location. In most cases, prices listed as well (like $12.95 for a 9 kg refill at Deniliquin North in NSW). This service was set up by Grey Nomads, Gordon and Barbara Campbell who began touring Australia in 2010 in a caravan. But when Gordon had a stroke in 2012 they switched to a new motorhome. It came fitted with two top quality nine kilogram gas cylinders, but they had no idea how much gas they would use, where they would refill or how much they would pay. What they did know was they weren’t exchanging their shiny new cylinders for the “rubbish” they said they saw at some ‘Swap and Go’ locations. By the time they returned home they had refilled 5 times at an average cost of $36 per refill. That’s when Gordon decided there had to be a better way!

Collating and entering the data took almost 2000 hours in the first year. By the time they were ready for their second big trip they had built a very useful, cost-saving tool. By the end they had refilled their nine kilogram cylinders seven times at an average cost of $19.02, a saving of almost $17 per refill. Another telling fact was revealed during that seven months on the road. Gordon said he found Facebook not very well regarded by grey nomads, nor was it an ideal medium for a large database. After weighing up the cost of an app versus a website, he ‘bit the bullet’ and had a website built, which was launched in May this year. “Thanks to the interest of fellow Australian road travel enthusiasts our website is slowly gaining an online following. One day we may be able to recoup some of our financial outlay from advertising. But if we don’t, well, we reckon we’re providing our fellow Grey Nomads with a worthwhile free service.

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HELP THE FISHES! 1993 and the creation of the current Age of Fishes Museum.


riends of the Age of Fishes Museum in Canowindra are attempting to raise funds to keep a part of their history alive. In October, Charlie McCarron is auctioning his magnificent collection of automobiles and among them is the iconic 1963 Holden Sedan emblazoned with the Age of Fishes Logo that was used in the early years to secure support and gather momentum for the original dig in

The Friends have created a ‘gofundme’ campaign to raise funds for this Iconic Item. Whatever they manage to raise will be used to bid for the vehicle in the auction. If successful, the car will be permanently housed at the Age of Fishes Museum in an ongoing exhibit and used for future promotional purposes. If not successful all money raised will be used to create a professional exhibit at the museum detailing the history of the vehicle and its legacy so the story is not lost in time. You can help preserve the cultural history of this unique and important Canowindra icon by pledging your support at the gofundme page here. The Friends say any donation small or large will be greatly appreciated!

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he SmartRV Auckland Sales Centre will host its annual Oktoberfest Motorhome Expo on Saturday 15 October, from 9am to 2pm. Oktoberfest has become an exciting tradition at SmartRV and this year’s event will be bigger and better than ever. The event will feature SmartRV’s full line-up of new Carado and Bürstner models fresh from Germany, along with a great range of secondhand motorhomes. "As well as the fun of German festivities, this is a unique opportunity for everyone to view the largest range of premium German motorhomes in the country," says Michael Becker, CEO of SmartRV.

As in previous years, this year’s Oktoberfest Motorhome Expo will also feature used motorhomes from SmartRV’s sister company, Wilderness Motorhomes. Buyers looking for high-end motorhomes at entry-level prices will have the largest range ever of used Bürstner motorhomes to choose from. For the first time, a 2013 Bürstner six-berth motorhome – ideal for families – will also be on display. The SmartRV team will be on hand at the expo to help customers find the perfect motorhome to suit their needs and budget. SmartRV’s Oktoberfest Motorhome Expo will be held on Saturday 15 October from 9am to 2pm at 11 Pavilion Drive, Airport Oaks, Auckland. Click here for more details.


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n numbers that bode well for the recreational vehicle industry – at least on face valve – the number of people intending to retire in the next 12 months is estimated at 415,000, a 27% increase on the level seen in 2008 when it was 327,000. Men represent 228,000 and women 187,000. The magnitude of the intending retirements, combined with the fact their average retirement funding is inadequate for being ‘selffunded’, is likely to increase substantially the need for government support. These are some of the findings from the latest Roy Morgan ‘State of the Nation-Spotlight on Finance Risk’ report. The data is from Roy Morgan’s Single Source survey of 50,000+ people pa. A major problem facing the Australian government and individuals is how to fund the retirement of an ageing population. Superannuation, through its tax concessions and compulsory nature, has been the main way of trying to achieve this and is having some success. How ready are intending retirees to fund their retirement? We need to understand how well equipped those intending to retire in the next 12 months are to fund their retirement and

the role superannuation will play. Currently the average gross wealth (total assets excluding owner-occupied homes) of intending retirees is $306,000, up from $231,000 or 32% in 2008. Superannuation is playing an increasing role-now representing 64% of gross wealth in 2016, up from 52% in 2008. Although the average debt level for this group is currently only $25,000, it does reduce their average net wealth to $281,000, which is generally inadequate for selffunded retirement. The overall conclusion from this is that intending retirees will be relying on government benefits for some time yet, given the fact that the Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia ( ASFA) estimates that an individual would need $545,000 and a couple $640,000 for a ‘comfortable lifestyle’. Given the very low interest rates at the moment and the level of economic uncertainty, the amount required to fund retirement is likely to rise well above these levels. This is likely to negatively impact the proportion who become ‘self-funded’ retirees and as a result place more reliance on government benefits. To read the report in full click here.

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ational Visitor Survey (NVS) results reveal an additional 3 million visitor nights were spent in NSW caravan and camping accommodation in the past year, a 22% growth in nights in the state. “In the twelve months ended June 2016, visitors spent more than 16.5 million visitor nights in caravan and camping accommodation across NSW. That’s a fantastic result and it really reflects the industry’s continued growth and how much people love these holiday experiences,” Caravan & Camping Industry Association (CCIA) NSW, CEO Lyndel Gray said today.

in caravan and camping holidays nationally, with overall visitor nights now totalling over 49.3 million across Australia. The state is also the most popular destination for caravan and camping trips with 32% of all trips taken in Australia heading to NSW or over 3.9 million trips. Given this success iMotorhome finds it disappointing such organisations appear to fight so hard to stifle competition from lowercost alternatives and freedom camping sites near popular destinations, under the guise of ‘competitive neutrality’.

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as Travellers have helped turnaround the fortunes of a run-down heritage showground in NSW. The Armidale Showground’s income has slowly increased since RVers were allowed to overnight at the facility. It has also now received a $57,282 grant from the State Government's Public Reserves Management Fund Program to carry out urgent upgrading of the entrance road and to rewire the pavilion. Showground Reserve Trust administrator Rodney O'Brien said, “As we start to generate funds from the caravan park and other activities, and with Government support like this coming in, we're definitely making a difference.”

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he small town of Werris Creek near Tamworth in NSW has moved a step closer to having another freedom camping area for Grey Nomads and other travellers. The proposed Australian Rail Track Corporation-owned site on the western side of Single Street, south of Poole Street, was recently given the thumbs-up by the community's 355 Committee. If given the owner's consent and approved by the Liverpool Plains Shire Council, the freedom camp will undergo a 12-month trial. Mayor Andrew Hope said another freedom camp was planned for Willow Tree to complement existing facilities at Wallabadah, Currabubula and Premer.

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34 | Touring Test: RollerTeam Rambler

Rambling Along!

An NZ ski adventure in a Roller Team Rambler… by Malcolm Street

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The Rambler is built in Italy, spends a season as a rental in the UK then arrives in NZ with 25-35,000 km on the clock and an attractive price tag. A six-berth C-Class well suited to family travel, the design also works for a couple who like alternative sleeping options and/or occasional travel with children.


ccasionally in this business one gets to combine a bit of business with pleasure. A few days on the ski slopes of Cardrona and Treble Cone on New Zealand’s stunning South Island were very much on the agenda this winter and it seemed reasonable to use a motorhome for that little sojourn. The RV Super Centre’s Steve Lane and Tony Sutton were kind enough to make a Roller Team Rambler available to me and so I flew to Christchurch with a load of ski gear and collected the motorhome from their depot. It’s conveniently close to the airport and if you happen to arrive on one of those charming but cheap late night flights there’s a hotel very close by so you can be up bright and early ready to go next morning.



little bit of background on the Rambler. It’s built in Italy by Roller Team, part of the very large Trigano group, and gets to New Zealand via Britain. THL, the parent group

of the RVSC and also Maui/Britz/Kea amongst others, also have a large share of a British motorhome rental company, Just Go. That company buys new Roller Team motorhomes, uses them for a year in Britain and then sends them to New Zealand for sale. In short, what that means is you get a little-used motorhome at a substantial discount on a new one. So how does a former British rental motorhome look when it hits the ground in New Zealand? Let’s take a look. The Rambler is a six berth motorhome and the first one of these I had a brief look at last year had the entry door on the driver’s side, but that’s now been swapped to the kerbside. Also of note is the very large storage bin at the driver’s side rear. It’s actually the under bed but is certainly large enough to accommodate a considerable amount of gear – including I should point out – several pairs of snow skis, which can be fitted in diagonally. That was about the first thing I noticed when trying to load all the paraphernalia that goes with skiing, into the motorhome

36 | Touring Test Right: The mains power connector has a strap to hold the lead off the ground, reducing the chance someone can trip over it. Below: It’s interesting that although this is the current X295-series Fiat Ducato it retains the older style instrument cluster, which is far more readable than the new style. Note reversing camera display on the rear-view mirror.

Down to Business…


ooking very familiar is the motive power for the Rambler – a Fiat Ducato. In this case it’s a Multijet 130, which translated from Fiat language means a 2.3-litre 96 kW/320 Nm turbo-diesel with the 6-speed automated manual transmission (AMT). With a tare of just under 3000 kg the Rambler isn’t a particularly heavy motorhome, so on the road the engine performed willingly most of the time. However, on steep hills it struggled at times – and there are certainly a few steep hills in NZ! Like many in the RV business in Australia

I have become accustomed to the largest and most powerful of the Fiat engines as standard (think Multijet 160 and later 180) and so I find the smaller engines a bit lacking. Roller Team seem to follow many of their contemporaries in the way their motorhomes are built, using a composite wall and roof structure. The walls having an external covering of fibreglass with laminated plastic for the inside and Styrofoam and extruded plastic in between. The roof is much the same, except the interior sheeting is fibreglass in a similar style to the floor, but the later is 54 mm thick for a bit of extra strength where it counts. Roller

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Roller Team must have a great deal of confidence in the way it builds its products because it offers a 10 year body integrity warranty. Team must have a great deal of confidence in the way it builds its products because it offers a 10 year body integrity warranty. Just on a side issue, like many a British and European RV manufacturer, Roller Team spend a bit of time on air circulation by doing things like venting wall units to keep the temperature

constant throughout and prevent condensation, which is something of a problem in cooler climates. To that end the windows are interesting – acrylic double glazed as usual – but a mixture of hoppers and sliders. I’d have thought, given the weather in Europe, hoppers might have been used all round to keep the rain out.

Apart from the aforementioned storage bin at the rear there aren’t any other external bins apart from those required for the toilet cassette and gas cylinder, with the latter located between the passenger door and motorhome entry door. On the subject of gas, there is but one 9 kg cylinder, but I must confess to being a fan of having a pair of

38 | Touring Test Below: The bed in the Luton is the largest in the vehicle and has good head room, although the TV’s location appears to impede access somewhat. Bottom: For a European motorhome the kitchen is a good size. It's also wellequipped, while the use of concealed LED strip lighting is functional as well as stylish.

4.5 kg cylinders instead. In my case it’s quite a practical preference because the cylinder ran out on a subzero night at Lake Tekapo. Without the ability to fire up the LP gas heater it was a rather chilly sleep and I had to wait until next morning to get the cylinder refilled. This might of course also be a good argument for a dieselfired heater! The situation turned out to be an unintended test on the Rambler’s insulation and I reckon it worked very well. What little heat I did generate inside kept it (relatively) warmer than outside.

Moving Inside


he Rambler’s layout clearly suits a rental operation. A six-berth unit, there’s a double bed in the Luton above the cab; the dinette directly behind the driver’s seat converts into another double, while the main bed fits into the rear driver’s side corner. That leaves enough room for a bathroom in the opposite rear corner, a kerbside kitchen ahead and a waist-high cabinet between the entry

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With a tare of just under 3000 kg the Rambler isn’t a particularly heavy motorhome.

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Above: Despite running out of gas for the central heating one night the Rambler’s insulation did a reasonable job of retaining interior warmth. Right: This unit between the entry door and cab provides valuable bench space and houses the crockery and other items, but prevents the passenger seat from swivelling. door and passenger cab seat. Because of the layout, neither cab seat swivels but I have to say that a swivelling passenger seat would be good when moving to and from the driver’s cab, if nothing else because the dinette seatback makes manoeuvring through a little tight. Looking fairly stylish, especially for a rental motorhome, is the décor. Very much European, it features dark-patterned timber veneer melamine cabinetry, with white lacquered overhead lockers, white bench tops and two colour faux leather on the dinette seating. Although there wasn’t an external light there certainly was plenty of internal lighting – direct, indirect and mood. Indeed, for a former rental motorhome it was very well set up indeed.

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Decor is clean, bright and modern while the cupboard’s flat surfaces and leatherette dinette upholstery make for easy cleaning.

Meal Time and More


iven Euro motorhomes aren’t noted for their large kitchens, I found the Rambler’s larger than most. Fitted into the benchtop is a combo three burner cooktop and stainless steel sink, while under the benchtop is a grill/oven and 96-litre 3-way fridge. That leaves room for four good size drawers (the cutlery drawer is “hidden” behind the rear top drawer) and two overhead lockers. Since my motorhome was equipped to go it came with all the necessary items, filling much of the cupboard space ,but there was still room for food essentials. I liked the rail across the inside front of the overhead lockers. Although it made getting something like the electric kettle out a bit fiddly, it did mean nothing fell out when the door was opened. The waist high cabinet between the entry door and cab has a large drawer for all the crockery, plus two shoe holders. Again, being

an ex-rental, the crockery drawer came with a purpose built rack. Although everything still rattled a bit, a towel stuffed into the drawer before driving off sorted that problem out. Above this cabinet is where the flat screen TV is mounted. It’s probably the most workable of locations but had to be moved around when lifting or dropping the Luton bed. Best viewing angle was undoubtedly from the forward facing dinette seats. Speaking of the dinette, I used it for eating, relaxing and working purposes. It was reasonably comfortable, although the seat cushions could have done with a bit more Velcro as they seemed to move around when driving. Both a 240V power point and USB charge point were located under the table, but were awkward to get at. Long experience has taught me to carry a power board and the 5V/ USB equivalent, so I just left them plugged in all the time.

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Above: This Roller Team-branded touch-screen for electrics, water, etc is neat and modern. Right: The crockery drawer is a good size and handy to the dinette. Note the cupboards below, which are made for shoe storage and other bulky items.

Apart from running out of gas, when the heater was working it did a great job. Being located under the main bed meant that if left on very low it not only kept the bed warm but any wet ski gear left on the under-bed shelf overnight was warm and dry the next morning.



was travelling on my own for this review but six people – probably four adults and two children – could easily travel in the Rambler, with two having to travel backwards on the rear-facing dinette seat. Bed measurements are 1.96 m x 1.25 m (6’ 5” x 4’ 1”) for the main, 2.01 m x 1.52 m (6’ 7” x 5”) for the Luton and 1.90 m x 1.22 m (6’ 3” x 4’) for the dinette, so all are reasonably sized

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Above: The main bed is in the driver’s side rear corner and a decent size, if not overly wide. Right: The split wardrobe at the foot of the main bed is also the mounting point for the hot water system control, a light switch and a rather curiously placed USB charging outlet.

and a lesser number of travellers could easily opt for a bed each. As usual with making up a corner bed, fitted sheets or a Duvalay or two are best. I’m not a fan of clambering on a mattress to make up a bed, I’m afraid I’m not patient enough! Around the main bed, overhead lockers are fitted around the walls and occupants get an LED reading light each. At the foot of the bed, on the side of the wardrobe, is a mounting point for the Truma water heater/space heater controls, light switch for the blue floor-level night-lights and a USB charger point. Whilst the first two were great for late evening/early morning operation and middle of the night loo

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visits, the charger point was useful but oddly located. In addition to being a switch mounting point the wardrobe offered a relatively generous amount of hanging and storage space, not to mention some handy instructions stuck to the inside of the door. Next to the bed, in the kerbside corner, the bathroom was very much my style: compact enough so as not to take up too much space but roomy enough to be usable. From back to front were the shower cubicle, cassette toilet and vanity cabinet. There was also a locker above the loo and even a small compartment Clockwise from top left: The bathroom is in the kerb-side rear corner (next to the main bed) and spacious enough to provide a separate shower cubicle. It also has a corner vanity, good storage and an opening window in addition to the roof hatch, for ventilation. The Rambler’s European heritage was appreciated in the South Island’s wintry conditions.

Right: The Fiamma bike rack on this vehicle was a valuable inclusion. Below: The only external storage locker provided space for all my snow skiing equipment and still had room to spare. The sliding dinette and Luton windows seem unusual, given the Rambler’s European origins, as they can't be left open in the rain (unlike the hopper window at the rear). Typically Italian, the Luton peak is nicely styled and manages to avoid looking too bulbous. behind it. Ventilation was handled by a hatch above the shower and mid-sized window.

What I think


ardon the pun but I enjoyed my little ramble in the Rambler. It’s certainly a nicely set-up motorhome and suited my purposes very well. Although an ex-rental it was certainly in good condition and didn’t really look like one. In fact the only clue was the notice stuck to the inside of the wardrobe door. Being a six berth it will suit a family very well, but I reckon a couple will be equally at home. Ramble on I say!

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Specs GENERAL Make

Roller Team







Approved Seating




VEHICLE Make/Model

Fiat Ducato Multijet 130


2.3 L 4-cylinder turbo-diesel


96 kW @ 3600 rpm


320 Nm @ 1800rpm


6 speed AMT


ABS, ESC, Hill Holder, Dual Airbags


90 L

WEIGHTS Tare Weight

2992 kg

Gross Vehicle Mass

3490 kg

Max Payload

498 kg

Braked Towing Capacity

2500 kg

DIMENSIONS Overall Length

6.90 m (22’ 8”)

Overall Width

2.31 m (7’ 7”)

Overall Height

3.20 m (10’ 6”)

Internal Height (minimum)

2.12 m (6’ 10”)

Main Bed

1.96 m x 1.25 m (6’ 5” x 4’ 1”)

Luton Bed

2.01 m x 1.52 m (6’ 7” x 5”)

Dinette Bed

1.90 m x 1.22 m (6’ 3” x 4’)

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Specs EQUIPMENT Slide-Out




Entry Steps



Dometic 3 burner + Smev grill/oven




Stainless steel


96 L Dometic RM8501 3-way




12 V

12 V Sockets/USB Outlets

2 x USB

Air Conditioner


Space Heater

Truma Combi 4

Hot Water System

Truma Combi 4


Thetford cassette


Separate cubicle


1 x 95 AH


1 x 120 W


1 x 9 kg

Fresh Water

100 L

Grey Water

100 L

Hot Water

10 L


Thetford cassette

PRICE As Tested - used 2015 model, approx 30,000 km


Pros • • • • • • • •

Handling Decor Large external bin Internal storage Kitchen size Internal lighting Overall condition Six berth but easily used by two


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Small Steps Project Polly has taken some small steps forward‌

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Above: The little 2 kg cylinder looks a bit lost but will still do for now given our limited travel opportunities. The original 4 kg cylinder developed a leaking valve, which will be repaired when I have it retested. Below: The GasSwitch is invaluable as it not only shows gas level, it cuts off supply if a leak is detected.


he winter of our discontent has passed and Polly is finally back in service, albeit still with one major niggle, but more on it


As reported in the last Polly update (Issue 100), I've been waiting sometime for a replacement LPG cylinder and a set of sliding-door rollers from Apollo, but these have failed to materialise. Polly’s cylinder is an odd size that precludes easy replacement, so I went out and bought an small 2 kg cylinder to get us back on the road. The reality is we seem to get away so infrequently we could well get a year out of this new cylinder! The plan now is to have the old cylinder retested and its leaking valve replaced, and use the new one as a backup.

Good to go?


t last we had gas to the cooktop again, but no matter what I tried the Suburban hot water system wouldn't light. I could

hear the piezo igniter clicking away as the system cycled through its series of three startup attempts before calling it quits, but it seemed no gas was getting through. The only thing for it was a trip to the Doctor. So, when we borrowed the Trakka Torino Xtra reported on in the last issue, Polly went to

50 | Project Polly

Above: Removing the rear panel of the wardrobe revealed the bulk of Polly’s internal wiring, including the TV booster box and cable connections. Below: Despite nothing seeming out of place we still can't tune in television reception. The Motorhome Doctor – literally – Trakka’s new campervan and motorhome repair and service facility just around the corner from their showroom. Knowing Trakka doesn’t use Suburban hot water systems I was a little dubious they might be able trace the problem, but I needn’t have worried. The morning after dropping her off the call came that the system was working, but the anode was in serious need of replacement (this I already knew and had a replacement in the garage, but not the correct size socket to remove it). I got The Doctor to fix that too. Why wasn’t it igniting? It seems a sticky valve was the problem, and lubricating it, the solution. That was about a month ago and I free camped a week back, in the wilds of an industrial estate, waiting for the Penrith Caravan, Camping and Holiday Expo’s opening day. It took nearly two full cycles of the Suburban’s automated ignition sequence to get the system running, after which it needed to re-light itself a couple of times due to cutting out after a few minutes. But heat water it eventually did! I've just tried it now with similar results; it seems not all is well in Suburban hot water land. I’m keeping

The towel rail provides much needed drying space and doesn’t seem to impact headroom despite protruding slightly below the level of the reading lights. However, it has been set towards the rear of the vehicle to maximise headroom above where we sit to use the dining table.

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my mind open about a replacement, including Truma’s new AquaGo instant hot water system, which potentially seems like the ideal solution.

Up in the Aerial…


he only major bugbear now is a lack of TV reception. We discovered it at the CMCA Rally in Bathurst in March, and a cursory check of things at the time showed no obvious problem. We're not big TV watches – far more likely to stick in a DVD or watch something on an iPad – so at the rally and on the few times we've used Polly since it hasn't been a big problem. But it needs to be fixed, so up to the roof I went and thoroughly examined the aerial as best I could. Still no obvious problem… Next, it was time to delve deeper by removing the backing panel in the wardrobe, which hides most of the electrical wiring and connections, including the television’s. Still nothing obvious. The TV and aerial booster are getting power (we can watch a DVD and watch it trying to tune-in stations), while the aerial connections seem solid. I’m now back to thinking it’s an aerial problem on the roof, but that will require specialist help. Thank goodness for DVDs and iPads!

Hanging in There


he final thing of note is Mrs iMotorhome’s stirling effort to install towel rails. Wet towels are a challenge in Polly because hanging space is limited – okay, non-existent – and early on we identified the space between the reading lights (beneath the cupboards above the beds) as prime real estate. Measurements revealed 900 mm bathroom towel rails would sit easily in this space – one

above each bed – while still allowing ample headroom when sitting up in bed, dining or working (they hang down a little further than the reading lights, but it’s not an issue). We’d bought a pair from Bunnings very early on and they'd sat in the garage ever since, but last weekend Mrs iM decided she needed a project and off she went. Some time later I was summoned to bring the camera to witness part of the job. Just one was installed – above ‘her’ bed on the kerb-side bed – and contrary to my love of all-things balanced it’s offset to the rear to maximise headroom when sitting at the other end to use the table. The second one will be installed just as soon as I’ve replaced the old halogen reading lights above my bed with the LED units bought about the same time as the towel rails (there were LEDs above ‘her’ bed when we bought Polly). But you can't rush these things. Small steps indeed…

52 | TechTalk

Hatch a Plan!

A bit of DIY can pay big dividends in the long run says our Techspert, Pia, from Southern Spirit Campervans…


ost RVs are fitted with one or more skylights or roof hatches to improve air flow and ventilation, and to bring in more natural light. They are a great feature, but on the other hand can become the weak spot on your roof. Many things can cause them to need replacing, like hail or impact damage, cracking from UV exposure or a water leak. Depending on the size, replacing one isn’t out of reach of a reasonably competent DIYer, so here’s a rundown on what to do. Remember, hatches come in various types and models from brands such as Dometic, Fiamma, Camco and Omnistor. This means they might differ when

it comes to installation as some inner frames are separate from the outer frame while on others the inner and outer frames screw into each other. Also, some are singled glazed PVC domes while others are double glazed acrylic.

What you need: Most obviously, purchase the correct replacement hatch! That said, you don’t have to stay with the same brand, just make sure you choose a hatch that will fit your existing roof cut out, for example 400 mm x 400 mm. You can check the required size by removing the inner frame of your hatch and measuring the cut-out.

TechTalk | 53 Also, make sure you buy a new hatch to suit the thickness of your roof. Alternatively, check with the manufacturer if in any doubt. For example the Dometic Heki can be ordered in for a roof thickness of 24-42 mm or 43-60 mm. This is essential to ensure your new patch will fit properly. Note: The replacement of a roof hatch requires some DIY skills, so if you are unsure about the task and your skill level have the job done by a professional RV repairer.

Tools and Material • Cordless drill/Phillips head screw driver • Flathead screw driver • Putty spatula • Stanley Knife • Cleaning rag • Cleaner (must suit the roof skin material e.g. mineral turps, Sika cleaner) • Adhesive primer, which varies and will depend on the material the new hatch is made from. For example the Dometic Heki and Thule Omnivents need a primer such as Sika 215 to ensure the sealant adheres to the new hatch. For the roof surface itself you also have to know which material it’s made from and apply a suitable primer, such as Sika 206 for painted metal • A UV stable, permanent and slightly elastic/ flexible bonding adhesive or sealant such as Sika 221(easier to remove later on and permanently elastic) or a butyl-based sealant • To seal the frame from outside you can also use Dicor Lap sealant. Click here for an installation job using this product.

54 | TechTalk Steps to Replacement Warning: Hatch replacement requires working on the roof of your vehicle. Ensure you have secured the ladder or other access system and take extreme care when working at heights. If you are uncomfortable with this or at any stage during the installation process, have the job done professionally. Do not attempt during wet, windy or hot weather and ensure the roof is dry. 1. U  npack the new hatch and read the installation manual! Check the hatch and all parts are complete and in undamaged condition. 2. U  nscrew internal frame. Some hatches have only these screws, which hold the inner and outer frame together. This means you will find no extra screws on the outside of the roof hatch.

3. Ensure the roof is dry. CAREFULLY climb up and have all your tools and required equipment with you. 4. Remove sealant covering existing screws (if there is any). 5. Remove screws. 6. Remove all other easy-to-reach sealant. You can use a putty spatula to do so but be careful not to damage the roof skin! 7. Now you might be able to lift the complete outer hatch off the roof. This will be relatively easy if Butyl sealant was used. In case the hatch was installed with Sika sealant or similar, you might need a flathead screw driver to lift the frame a bit and then cut the sealant careful with a Stanley knife all around. Again, make sure you do not damage the roof skin while doing so.

TechTalk | 55 8. Once the hatch has been removed make sure you remove all remaining sealant and dirt.

12. Place outer roof hatch into position and screw on, either from outside or inside, depending on model.

9. With the hatch removed check the framing between the outer roof skin and internal ceiling to see if any water damage have caused timber rot.

13. Fit the inner frame (in case this wasn't done in the previous step).

10. Clean and prime the roof area and hatch, as required. 11. Apply sealant to roof hatch. Make sure it’s applied ALL around in equal amounts with no gaps!

14. Seal the roof-side screws and seal around the hatch frame. Make sure you seal properly and completely to avoid water leaks. This sealed area should be checked on a six monthly basis.

TIP: To protect your roof hatch from sun and hail damage, etc, plus to help keep cooler in summer (and warmer in winter), consider a protection cover. Covers for several brands are available on eBay or you can email us at Southern Spirit Campervans by clicking here with your hatch details.

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Barky Mad! Locals are mad about Barcaldine and you should be too… by Sharon Hollamby


arcaldine was one of the first towns close to being a civil war. It’s a great part of in Central Western Queensland to be Australian history and very special to us. Oh, registered as RV Friendly, so it’s fitting to and being called Barky!” kick off our regular new My Town series. When’s the best time to visit? Some 520 km west of Rockhampton, ‘Barky’ “Definitely in winter, it’s quite nice here then. as it’s affectionately know prides itself on true It can be extremely hot here in the summer country hospitality. Recently I chatted with months, with temperatures in the mid to high Kay, an enthusiastic local who gave me the 40s.” lowdown on where to go and what to see. What are the top things to see and do? Here’s what she reckons makes the town a great place to visit… “Barcaldine is steeped in Australian history. The Tree of Knowledge is definitely a must What is Barcaldine best known for? see. We also have the Australian Workers “That would have to be the Tree of Knowledge. Heritage Centre, the Historical Museum and The tree is where the shearers held their strike the Masonic Lodge. All of these places will give in 1891. Over 1300 men took part in this you a glimpse into our, and Australia’s, history.” momentous struggle between shearers and What about major festivals or events? pastoralists over wages and conditions. This event played an integral part of the formation “Yes, we have The Tree of Knowledge of the labour union and the ALP. What many Festival on the first weekend in May.” people don’t realise is that it came very

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Above: The remains of Barcaldine’s famous Tree of Knowledge – claimed to be the meeting place that gave birth to the Australian Labor Party – are under this unusual structure on the main street. At night it’s illuminated, with impressive effect. Below: The Tree’s remains have been turned into an award-winning display, while cuttings taken before its death have been propagated and are now growing in town. A clone has also been planted at the Ecosciences Precinct in Brisbane. Where is the best place to stop for a coffee? “The Cafe Crema on Oak is very popular. They also have a range of arts, crafts and homemade jams.” Where are the best places to eat? “For breakfast try the Ridgee Didge Cafe or Barcaldine Bakery. For lunch you can get a lovely meal at The Union Hotel/Motel or The Shakespeare Hotel. Roses n’Things Caravan Park do Devonshire teas and also a nice lunch. At night The Ironbark Inn and The Landsborough Lodge both have a great dinner menu with generous servings.” What’s good to see and do at night? “The Tree of Knowledge is spectacular at night when it is all lit up. Some visitors have described it as quite eerie being there at night. On Friday and Sunday nights there are movies

58 | Travel at the Barcaldine Radio Theatre, or you could go out to dinner at one of our pubs and get to know some of our friendly locals.” How do locals relax? “We love our sport, especially the football! We have a rodeo and lots of other events, and we’re keen to be involved in whatever is happening. We all love to socialise!” Recommended picnic spots? “Lloyd James Weir and the Rotary Park are both lovely picnic spots. The Council Park and Skate Park, and The Apex Park also have play equipment for the kids. There are plenty of parks and seating in the main street as well, if you need to stop and rest.” Where are the best camping spots? “We have three lovely caravan parks, all reasonably priced and very friendly. There is bush camping at the Lara Wetlands Camping Ground, which has an artesian spa and pool, plus a huge camp kitchen. The Lloyd Jones Weir also has bush camping for a donation.” What about shopping with easy parking? “Well, most of our shops are in the wide main street, so it is easy parking. We have a

pharmacy, an IGA plus O’Donnells Friendly Grocery, there’s a toy shop, two dress shops, an electrical shop plus a garden and giftware shop, and of course a saddler. What country town would be complete without one? Oh, there are five hotels, two of which are pokiefree.” Do you have facilities for visitors wanting to keep fit? “Yes, we have a gym, exercise classes, boxing, walking trails and an Olympic size swimming pool.” Do you have any specialised disabled facilities? “Most places in town have disabled access and we do have disabled toilets in town.” Finally, what makes your town special? “Barcaldine has a culture all its own. People are friendly and genuinely interested in visitors to the town. It is a safe place to live, I love it here. We even have the best tasting drinking water in two States. There is a competition every year and last year we beat NSW to take out the top prize!”

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Fast Facts: Tourist Information Centre

Click for Google Maps

Dump Point – Barcaldine Showground

Oak St, Barcaldine. Qld. 4725.

Potable Water – Barcaldine Showground

T: 07 46511724

Doctor (Ash St) – 4651 1500

E: barcinfo@bigpond.com

Pharmacy (Oak St) – 651 1121

W: barcaldinerc.qld.gov.au/aboutbarcaldine-region

Hospital (Ash St) – 4650 4000

Casual Parking – Oak Street Short Term Parking – Barcaldine Rest Area Long Term Parking – Lloyd Jones Weir (Donation)

Shopping – IGA (Oak St) – 4651 2207 Shopping – O’Donnell’s Friendly Grocery (Maple St) – 4651 2233

60 | Mobile Tech




Keep track of what’s happening, with Eventbrite… By Emily Barker

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eeping your finger on the pulse when it comes to the evergrowing number of events and happenings in your area can be a full-time activity, and even more so for travellers.

ticket purchasing app. It is, however, very evident this app is predominantly a marketplace; its primary role is a platform to assist businesses to organise and sell tickets to events. That being said, it doesn’t make the app any less useful, you just have to filter through the multitude of seminars, workshops and conferences (does everyone really dream of becoming an entrepreneur?). Wade through them and you’ll find a wealth of interesting and diverse events.

It seems that with the advance of online media we are often bombarded with notifications, invitations and reminders to attend events, and perhaps the only thing worse is realising you’ve missed something important. Fortunately, help In terms of this diversity you’ll have access is at hand in the form of yet another app! to events you might normally never hear of. From free author meet-and-greets at local Eventbrite, in principal, is your one-stop event libraries to charity fundraising dinners, public locator, registration tool and where applicable, forums and roundtable discussions, local

62 | Mobile Tech council events, free community film nights and boutique markets and fairs, there’s something for everybody. There are also a multitude of music, art and food festivals, lifestyle exhibitions, museum presentation evenings, university open lectures and much,much more.

Dig Deeper At first glance it’s easy to dismiss this app as too commercial, but once you become familiar with its somewhat awkward search and filter options you’ll discover some gems sure to make the process more than worthwhile. A big call perhaps, but I’ve just registered for a free yacht trip out to a tropical island in the name of environmental responsibility! I might be spending the day picking up rubbish, but quite frankly it sounds incredibly appealing! One distinct feature of this app seems to be

the strong organisational aspect. It appears to be a popular advertisement platform for many large organisations such as councils, universities, government departments and charities. This might be due to the decline in print media and the subsequent search for an alternate avenue.

What’s it Got? In terms of features this app has few, but the ones it does possess are exceptionally handy. In addition to a search tool that can be categorised by event type, date or distance away, you can also register for or book for an event via the app and receive your QR-coded ticket directly, bypassing the need for printed or mailed paper tickets. Tickets can also be saved to Passbook or Wallet (iOS) for further convenience. You can securely store credit or debit card information for future purchases and each

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event comes with a map location and further contact details. Naturally, there is also the option to opt in (or out of) for push notifications. You can set these to suit your requirements, from event reminders to suggested events in your area. Once booked or registered each event is stored within the app and can be exported to your calendar or shared via social media. All up, if you take the time to get to know this app it should become

a handy tool. The Eventbrite website has been long established, it’s a convenient and modern way to explore the world. Fast Facts Name: Eventbrite Platforms: iOS and Android Cost: Free Size: 35 MB

64 | What’s On?

What's On? Our new, ongoing round-up of events across Australia for the next three months. From food and wine festivals to music of all types, arts, crafts and more, there’s something for you somewhere, so get planning and get out there!

QUEENSLAND 16-18 – Rockhampton: Capricorn Food and Wine Festival. Showcasing Central Queensland regional gourmet food and wine.

your moves, experience the heart and soul of rural Queensland in this community celebration of music and lifestyle. 30 Sep-3 Oct – North Tamborine: Tamborine Mountain Scarecrow Festival. What better way to explore an area than by foot, led by scarecrows? Explore the ‘Scarecrow Discovery Trail' and soak up the celebrations!

18-25 – Monto: Monto Dairy Festival. A week long, event packed celebration of all things Dairy, it’s set to be Udderly divine!

1-2 – Millmerran: Australian Camp Oven Festival. Queensland’s most iconic biannual event! Fancy yourself a camp cook? Test you skills, join in the workshops or just enjoy the company and camaraderie!

30 Sep-2nd Oct – Cooktown: Wallaby Creek Festival, Rossville. Experience a rainforest inspired celebration of music and arts set in the stunning grounds of Home Rule Rainforest Lodge.

1 – Gympie: Rush Festival. Experience the diverse creative culture of the Gympie region during October as it celebrates community, culture, heritage and its fantastic people!

30 – Finch Hatton: Pioneer Valley Country Music Festival. Kick up your heels and break out

6-9 – Strathpine: Brisbane International Garden Show. Held over four days, prepare to be

What’s On? | 65 impressed as over 40 nurseries gather to showcase in the small town of Emu Park, Queensland (near and celebrate Queensland’s unique gardening style Yeppoon and Rockhampton) this event is the main in a relaxed parkland setting. fund-raising activity for the Emu Park Lions.

4-6 – Airlie Beach: Airlie Beach Festival of Music. This tropical festival has it all going on. Prepare for a weekend of old school artists taking back the stage and creating sweet sweet music. Artists include Tim Finn, The Ramones, The Potbelleez, Daryl Braithwaite, Chain, GANGAjang and many more.

8 – New Chum: Golden Jubilee Celebration. The Ipswich Historical Society is celebrating its 50th year in operation. Prepare for a day of reminiscent festivities and a birthday party like no other! 7-17 – Bundaberg: Crush Festival. Taste, See, Hear and Feel the incredible diversity & creativity of the Bundaberg region! A festival for all the senses. 13 – Nanango: The Waterhole Rocks. When three worlds collide the results are guaranteed to be incredible! The Nanango Show Society is presenting the 5th Annual Waterhole Rocks Rock n Roll Campout weekend. It is a Rock n Roll, Car and Vintage Caravan Show and Shine weekend not to be missed!

12 – Sunshine Coast: Conscious Life Festival. Queensland’s fastest growing health and wellbeing festival. Free workshops, seminars, demos and live music. 12 – Kandanga: Mary River Festival. Described as one of the friendliest and laid back festivals around. Experience community spirit at its best as neighbours come together to celebrate the natural wealth and abundance brought to the region by the Mighty Mary River.

15 – Townsville: 150 Defence Force Air Show and Townsville Bulletin Sky Show. Townsville celebrates 150 years in 2016, witness its premier celebration as the local RAAF take to the skies, followed by a community concert and fireworks! 16 – Atherton: Taste Of the Tablelands. Tropical showcase of the region’s culinary delights and prolific produce! 14-16 – Yeppoon: Yeppoon Lions Tropical Pinefest. Celebrate the mighty pineapple in this iconic QLD festival. 22 – Mackay: Global Grooves. Travel the globe in a day as Mackay celebrates the cultural diversity of its region. 29 – Emu Park: Emu Park Oktoberfest. Immerse yourself in Bavarian culture as you dance, yodel, eat and drink in celebration. Reputedly one of the best in Oktoberfest celebrations in Australia. Held

For more Queensland events click here!

NEW SOUTH WALES 19 – Gunnedah: Annual Porchetta Day. Celebrate Gunnedah’s identity as one of Australia’s premier food baskets – as well as its Italian lineage. 24 – Port Macquarie: Port Macquarie Beer and Cider Festival. Some things are rustically (and refreshingly) simple. 24 – Mudgee: Flavours of Mudgee. Free

66 | What’s On? community street festival featuring local stallholders and their regional wine, food, and produce.

1-3 – Goulburn: Streamliners. Rail fans from around the world gather to celebrate and indulge.

24 – Woolgoolga: Curryfest. Celebrate the unique Punjabi heritage of Woolgoolga with music, dance, food & festivities.

2 – Boorowa: Irish Woolfest. If it’s not on your bucket list it should be! Celebrate an Aussie icon with an Irish twist! 2-31 – Wagga Wagga: Taste Riverina Food Festival 2016. A food bowl this big needs an entire month to celebrate! 7 – Wagga Wagga: Cork and Fork. Local food, local wine, local music; atmosphere in abundance! 8-9 – Lockhart: Spirit of the Land Lockhart Festival. Celebrate the resourcefulness and creativity of rural communities with this unique farm sculpture festival.

24-25 – Pambula Beach: Pambula Motorfest. So much more than a just a motor show! 25 Sep-2 Oct – Coffs Harbour: Coffs Harbour International Buskers and Comedy Festival. The International Buskers and Comedy Festival involves a huge number of shows in 11 different venues over 7 days, including Australia's largest gathering of professional buskers. 30 Sep-2 Oct – Coonabarabran: StarFest. Siding Spring Observatory opens its doors to the general public in a weekend of tech talk 30 Sep-2 Oct – Bellingen: Bellingen Turtle Festival - 3Day Music, Arts & Environment Gathering. Rising from the murky depths of the unfunded and retired Bellingen River Festival, a new festival emerges like a lotus – full of hope, promise and healing intentions.

1-2 – Narooma: Narooma Oyster Festival. Celebrating the region's oysters and their growers, natural clean quality produce, chefs and rich artistic and cultural talents. 1-2 – Narrandera: Barellan Working Clydesdales and Heavy Horses Good Old Days Weekend. Held annually over the October long weekend at the Barellan Showground's offering two fantastic days of competitions, demonstrations and displays of working horses and farming methods used in years past.

9-11 – Balranald: 5 Rivers Outback Festival. Celebrate all that is wonderful about living in a rural and outback NSW community surrounded by five of the most iconic river systems in NSW. 14-17 – Griffith: Griffith Festival of Gardens. Join the ABC’s Costa Georgiadis as Griffith throws open its front doors and back gates! 14-30 – Orange: Orange Wine Festival. Positioned as a friendly event open to winelovers of all ages and understanding, the Orange Wine Festival is a two week celebration of events and activities highlighting the region's premium wines through wine shows, tastings, educational workshops and celebrations with local produce.

14-16 – Wingham: Wingham Akoostik Music Festival. Prepare for three days of non-stop music in a family friendly, community inspired and Volunteered powered festival. 14-17 – Coffs Harbour: Smoke on the water Festival. Uniquely positioned, this is an epic showcase of planes, trains and automobiles!

What’s On? | 67 15 – Griffith: Griffith Multicultural Festival. One-day free festival of food, dance and music celebrating the multicultural heritage of Griffith in the Riverina. 23 – Davistown: Davistown Putt Putt Regatta and Wooden Boat Festival. For the wooden boat enthusiasts a day not to be missed. 21-23 – Coleambally: Taste Coleambally - Food and Farm Festival. Sustainable local farming is more than just a trend, it’s the future! 21-23 – Newcastle: Newkulele Festival. Biannual event featuring international and local ukulele performances, workshops, market and feature concerts. 21-23 – The Entrance: Chromefest. A three day tribute to classic American autos, hot rods, rock-nroll and rockabilly! 27-30 – Dungog: Dungog Festival. Food, Film and fresh air. Long table dinners and lazy lunches (in secret locations!). Join in this year for a feast of local and national music and performance, fresh local food from the Hunter Region, a cutting edge film program, workshops, markets, dinner dance, comedy show and much more! 28-30 Moruya: Granite Town Festival Moruya. Experience the best eats, Jazz beats and visual treats in this Carnevale-inspired celebration. 28-30 – Wollongong: Australian Harley-Days. Be there from the beginning. Introducing Australia’s first ever Australian Harley Days described as, “An extravaganza of Harley-Davidson showcases, stunts and spectacles to ignite the senses and excite all ages.” This open event will have three days of entertainment and world class custom Harley-Davidson motorcycles on show.

Nest know how to celebrate in style! Come and celebrate this action packed town festival set on the picturesque waterfront of the Myall River. 29 – Queanbeyan: Queanbeyan River Festival. It’s a River festival with a twist. Do what you can to float your own boat! 30 – Lake Macquarie Area: Rathmines Catalina Festival. Held annually to commemorate the rich military history of the Rathmines WWII RAAF base. Enjoy awesome aerobatics, military vehicle and sea plane show, live music and much more. 29 Oct-6 Nov – Grafton: Jacaranda Festival. World-renowned, this is the oldest floral festival still celebrated in Australia. Established in 1934 and held annually in Grafton, from the last weekend in October to the first weekend in November. 29-30 – Eden: Eden Whale Festival. Celebrate the southern migration of whales with this spectacular two-day event. 30 – Marulan: Marulan Annual Kite Festival. Small town fun with high flying adventures! 29 Oct - 6 Nov – Grafton: Grafton Jacaranda Festival. Celebrate the iconic lilac-blossoms that line the streets of Grafton.

1-2 – Narooma: Narooma Oyster Festival. Celebrating the region's oysters and their growers, natural clean quality produce, chefs and rich artistic and cultural talents. 4-6 – Byron Bay: Byron Latin Fiesta. Enjoy a feast of Latin dance workshops and parties, with international, national and local instructors and performers!

29 – Tea Gardens: Myall River Festival. The communities of Tea Gardens and Hawks

5-6 – Millthorpe: Millthorpe Garden Ramble. Enjoy a feast for the senses as you’re invited to ramble your way through open gardens, craft

68 | What’s On? studios, cellar doors and eateries throughout Millthorpe and surrounds. 5-6 – Scone: Scone Literary Long Weekend. With a motto of ‘Maintain the Page’ and a mission to promote books and to nurture a love of literature, the Scone writer’s festival has something for everyone. 6 – Port Macquarie: Oysters in the Vines. What more could you ask for than a celebration of oysters and fine wine? Live music, gourmet food, a picturesque vineyard setting? This is one event not to be missed! 5 – Warrumbungle Area: Crooked Mountain Concert. Hosted by NSW National Parks in Australia’s only Dark Sky Park; enjoy an evening of Hillbilly inspired music, dancing and star gazing! 11-13 – Narooma: Narooma Boats Afloat. Celebrate traditional boats in all their varied forms, from clinkers and putt-putts to launches, cruisers and yachts. Held on and around the pristine waters and colourful boat sheds of Wagonga Inlet in Narooma on the NSW South Coast. 12 – Wollongong: Viva La Gong. Celebrate Wollongong's cultural life and creative identity with a vibrant art and community festival. 12 – Ballina: Ballina Prawn Festival. Celebrate the home of the big prawn with an iconic and quirky celebration of the rich character and unique features of Ballina.

26-27 – Macksville: Nambucca River Festival. Celebrate the richness and diversity of the beautiful Nambucca Valley with a classic festival focused on high energy water activities showcased upon a River Stage unlike no other. For more New South Wales events click here!

VICTORIA 08 Sep-4 Oct – Silvan: Tesselaar Tulip Festival. The tulips may be the stars of this show but there’s plenty more to see, do, taste and enjoy. 15 Sep-2 Oct – Melbourne: Melbourne Fringe Festival. Victoria's largest celebration of independent art, featuring local, national and international artists activating a variety of Melbourne spaces with works across every conceivable art form.

1 Oct-13 Nov – Melbourne: Japanese Whisky Pop Up (Bar White Oak). Australia's largest collection of Japanese whisky has been released as a consumable exhibition. The pop-up bar named Bar White Oak is located within Melbourne CBD whisky bar, Whisky & Alement, until mid-November serving a rotating menu of over 150 unique and rare Japanese whiskies.

4-9 – Ballarat: Ballarat Cabaret Festival. Let the Stars shine and the audience roar! 17-20 – Mullumbimby: The Mullum Music Festival. Tucked away in the hills of Byron Bay, enjoy a weekend of atmospheric music and arts. 19 – Gundagai: Sergeant Parry Day. Head back in time to the wild days of the New South Wales goldfields, where bushrangers and police fought head to head. Held on the banks of the mighty Murrumbidgee River, relive tumultuous history on Sgt Edmund Parry Memorial Day.

8 – Camperdown: The Camperdown Aussie Farmers Annual Show. Show your support for Australian Farmers in this family friendly showcase of county essence. 15-16 – Glenrowan: Glenrowan Winemaker's Weekend 2016. Held in the heart of Kelly country, indulge in a gourmet weekend of roam-about dining and wine appreciation.

What’s On? | 69 15 – Barongarook West: Otway Oktoberfest. Held at the Otway Estate Winery and Brewery, experience craft beer at its finest and celebrate Oktoberfest in true Australian style! 20-23 – Camperdown: Camperdown Cruise Rockabilly Weekend. 50s Rockabilly weekend, featuring custom cars, gorgeous glamour and authentic bands. 23 – Coldstream: Cuban Jazz Festival. Set in a luxurious boutique winery, it’s Jazz and all that! 28-29 – Abbotsford: Brewers Feast. Held at the iconic Abbotsford Convent, prepare to enjoy great food, craft beer, cider and live music.

Australia's best off road motorcycle riders. Watch the top 100 riders battle for three hours on the hardest course Australia has to offer. 12 – Koroit: Koroit Agricultural & Pastoral Show. Experience all the excitement, fun and spectacle of a country show including cattle competitions, horse events and art and craft competitions. 12-13 (Rural Areas November 19-20) – Melbourne: Melbourne & Peninsula Garden DesignFest. The largest designer open garden weekend held in Victoria. Support local charities while you visit a range of diverse, yet equally spectacular gardens.

29 – Portland: Upwelling Festival. Celebrating a unique natural ocean occurrence, the Bonney Upwelling, this festival is all about the wonder of the ocean. 28-31 – Maldon: Maldon Folk Festival. Set in the historical township of Maldon, boasting a legendary festival atmosphere, showcasing an abundance of music, dance and theatre. 28 Oct - 1 Nov – Mansfield: Mansfield High Country Festival. Celebrate in High Country style, something for everyone!

5 – Port Fairy: Port Fairy AP & H Society Annual Show. Experience a traditional country show with all the events, displays and competitions loved for generations. 5 – Melton: Djerriwarrh Festival. One of the largest community events within the City of Melton. It’s a party for the people. Including a vibrant street parade, market stalls, activities for all ages, gourmet food, stellar main stage performances and an impressive fireworks finale! 6 – Croydon: Maroondah Festival. An iconic event that unites a community and presents a fun-filled, entertaining and interactive festival extravaganza. 6 – Wildwood: Husqvarna Motorcycles Wildwood Rock Extreme Enduro. A showcase of

12-13 – Woodend: Macedon Ranges Wine and Food Budburst Festival. It’s a spring celebration of fine food, wine, music and entertainment! 26 – Frankston: Frankston’s Christmas Festival of Lights. Soak up the Christmas spirit at this annual festive celebration. 27 – Malvern: Melbourne Pen Show. Calling all writing enthusiasts! The Melbourne Pen Show is held by a not for profit incorporated association aiming to promote greater awareness of the use of both vintage and modern writing equipment in the community. For more Victorian events click here!

SOUTH AUSTRALIA 1-3 – Ceduna: Ceduna OysterFest. Celebrate the mighty mollusc in this iconic (and delicious) festival. 5 – Minlaton: Minlaton Show. All the fun and festivities you’d expect to find in a rural Agricultural show! 14-23 – Renmark: Renmark Rose Festival. More

70 | What’s On? than just a flower festival this has grown to become a ‘blooming’ celebration of community and region.


21-23 – Willunga: Fleurieu Folk Festival. An annual three day family-friendly celebration of contemporary and traditional folk music, held in the picturesque township of Willunga in South Australia's premier wine region.

01-30 – Perth: Kings Park Festival, Kings Park and Botanic Garden. Western Australia’s premier wild flower event.

4-6 – Millicent: Millicent Agricultural and Horticultural Show. Join in as the regional community displays and parades the best produce, livestock, craft, creations and exhibitions.

11-18 – Broome: Shinju Matsuri Festival. Celebrate Broome’s unique multicultural heritage and history thanks to its pearling heydays. 16-18 – Bindoon: Chittering Wildflower Festival. Local arts, crafts, and wildflower displays. Embrace spring like never before.

5 – Weetulta: Weetulta Strawberry Fair. Embrace sweet tradition with this 80 year old fair! 11-13 – Moorook: Riverstock Festival. Voted Community event of the year in 2015 and described as ‘three days of music, fun, food and wine.’ What more could you ask for? Set on the banks of the Magnificent Murray! 19-20 – Adelaide: Adelaide Motorsport Festival. Experience the thrills of by-gone era with a two day festival that celebrates and re-enacts South Australia’s rich motorsport history. Dubbed a “museum-in-motion,” Adelaide comes alive with the sound of classic motorsport. 19-20 – Mannum: All Steamed Up Engine, Blacksmith and Classic Boat Festival. Featuring historical displays, demonstrations and fun filled events this celebration of river life has something for everyone.

17-18 – Kalbarri: Zest Festival. Uniting Indigenous and modern Australian culture and the multicultural community through performance, music, art, food, education, outdoor adventure, short film, puppetry, sculpture and community workshops. 18 – Bindoon: Bindoon Historic Vehicle Day. View the evolution of the automobile in the beautiful surroundings of one of Western Australia's most picturesque villages.

14-16 – Merredin: Merredin Festa Italiana. A weekend full of Italian pastimes, delicious food and exciting entertainment. 15 – Bindoon: Bindoon Ag Show and Rodeo. Let the region showcase its talents, resources and produce and all the spills and thrills that accompany country spirit! 19 – Mount Gambier: Mount Gambier Brass Band Festival 2016. The largest country based brass band festival of its kind in Australia! For more South Australian events click here!

21-25 – Shark Bay: The Dirk Hartog voyage of discovery: Shark Bay 1616 festival. A festival of music, art, culture and history. Celebrating 400 years since the landing of Dutch explorer Dirk Hartog! 22 – Perth: Bonjour Perth French Festival. An event designed to encourage people to explore the

What’s On? | 71 culture, cuisine and creative endeavours of France and all French-speaking nations. 20-23 – Carnarvon: Kickstarters Gascoyne Dash. It’s WA’s very own Finke Desert Race, just longer, tougher and dustier! 28 Oct – 6 Nov – Fremantle: Fremantle Festival. In its 111th year, the Fremantle Festival is packed with special events and happenings and bursting with verve, colour and Freo-style!

25-27 – Perth: Event Arcadia. The Arcadia Spectacular is an Australian-first and will combine theatre, circus, music, aerial performance, robotics and pyrotechnics. Transforming recycled military machinery and industrial components into spellbinding new worlds, the Arcadia Spectacular shows are the ultimate immersive experience For more Western Australian events

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TASMANIA 2-5 – Mandurah: Mandurah Stamp, Coin, Banknote and Postcard Fair. The major Philatelic and Numismatic event in Western Australia, a collector’s paradise! 4-6 – Perth: Conscious Living Expo. Uplift Your Body Mind and Spirit and Explore Healthy Sustainable Lifestyle Choices at Perth's Premier Expo Event. 5 – Perth: Live Lighter Perth Basant Festival 2016. Described as a ‘festival to celebrate life’ it’s a spring celebration of new beginnings and renewed respect for Perth’s rich and varied cultural communities.

8 – Wynyard: Bloomin Tulips Festival. Celebrate spring, the spectacular tulip and all that is colourful, creative and charismatic about this local community. 14-16 – Queenstown: Unconformity, The. Previously known as the Queenstown Heritage & Arts Festival, a biennial three day festival that aims to be the most significant contemporary cultural programme in Tasmania. 23-25 – Cradle Mountain: Tastings at the Top. Two-day festival celebrating the finer things in life.

13 – Karnup: South of The River - Family Fete and Craft Market. Showcasing local small business and talented craftspeople with amazing products, crafty crafts and creative wares. 20 – Cowaramup: Mili's Spring Sunday. Set in the grounds of Edwards Winery enjoy a day of market stalls, live music, great food and of course great wine! 26 – Busselton: Light the Night. Shed some light and support the Leukaemia Foundation in raising awareness for Blood Cancer.

4-7 – Deloraine: Tasmanian Craft Fair. A craft experience like no other! Held over four days featuring the largest working display of arts and crafts in Australia with more than 200 artists and artisans. 19 – Bicheno: Bicheno Food and Wine Festival. One of Tasmania's best food and wine festivals held on a magnificent waterfront site in the town of Bicheno on Tasmania's East Coast. Featuring outstanding local food, wine, music and entertainment. For more Tasmanian events click here!

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NORTHERN TERRITORY 02-04 – Alice Springs: Red CentreNATS. The ultimate festival of wheels in the heart of Australia. 06 – Kakadu: Jabiru Mahbilil Festival. Immerse yourself in culture through a variety of mediums; the arts, music, workshops, demonstrations and celebrate local traditions. 09-18 – Alice Springs: Desert Song Festival. A cultural smorgasbord of local, national and international artists and performers. 18-19 – Borroloola: DanceSite. A celebration of the richness and diversity of traditional dance in the NT. 23 Sep-2 Oct – Alice Springs Area: Parrtjima A Festival in Light. A free event unlike any other in the country and the first authentic Indigenous light festival of its kind in the world. Parrtjima - A Festival in Light will illuminate more than 2.5 km of the majestic MacDonnell Ranges as it showcase the oldest continuous culture on earth through the newest technology, using the 300-million-year-old landscape as a natural canvas. 29 Sep-2 Oct – Tennant Creek: Barkly Muster Gold Rush Camp Draft. A major regional event of the Northern Territory, promoting and celebrating the dynamic pastoral history of the region.

1-9 – Kakadu: Kakadu Bird Week. With a program catering to both experienced and beginner bird-watchers, explore and celebrate the diverse and extensive birdlife of Kakadu.

4-11 – Gove: Gove Game Classic Fishing Competition. Pit your strength against a barracuda, sailfish or marlin in the stunning waters off Nhulunbuy over four gruelling days of unforgettable fishing. 4-7 – Marrakai: Marrakai Mango Festival. Be entertained by all things ‘mango’ while enjoying the natural beauty of the savannah and wetlands of the area. From Mango cocktails to jumping crocodiles and all the local twitching delights in-between. 12 – Darwin: Charles Darwin Film Festival. An exclusive film festival seeking to embrace the principles of English naturist and geologist Charles Darwin. Featuring short films, documentaries and music videos produced by local Northern Territory Filmmakers. 22 – Darwin: Christmas Saltwater Craft Fair. Fill your Christmas with extra special gifts, buying handmade goods from the people that make them, in the stunning Darwin Waterfront Precinct. For more Northern Territory events click here!

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thoughts on Jayco’s flagship, which is built on the latest Iveco Daily. With a 7000 kg GVM it’s a good thing he has his light rigid driver’s licence! Project Polly will be back as there are a couple of things in the pipeline well worth reporting on. One of particular interest to Ford Transit owners will be a ‘proper’ wheel alignment by a truck specialist. Stay tuned!


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Toowoomba Home Show

Sundown Racecourse Princes Highway, Springvale. Vic. 3171.

Toowoomba Showgrounds Toowoomba, Qld. 4350.

• Open 10:00-5:00 daily (4:00pm Sunday) • Parking: Free • Adults: $16 ($14 online) • Seniors: $12 ($10 online) • Kids: Not advised!

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