Issue 75: Jul 04 2015
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Big Day Out with Polly. How did she go? Perfectly, which I have to say was a surprise. I had intended reporting on Polly in this issue, but space and time constraints have pushed it back to next issue. What I can say is how pleasantly surprised – no, impressed – I was by how well this 5-year old van with 260,000 km on the clock performed, and what a good vehicle Ford’s ‘old’ Transit is. I now understand why Apollo’s Graham Bullock said Transits are the most sought after ex-rental vehicles they sell. What a pace the last two weeks have run at! The Sunday after publishing last issue I flew to Brisbane, picked up Project Polly – our ex-Apollo Rentals Ford Transit van conversion – and drove back to the Southern Highlands on what turned out to be a marathon day. It’s funny how these things work out, though. I took along a Duvalay, pillow and extra blanket with the full intention of stopping for at least a few hours on the way back, given I was up at 3 am to be on the six o’clock flight. I didn’t get away from Brisbane until around 8:30, after Ian from Reverse Alert Australia ran me through the system they’d fitted, and how to use it. Also, I was towing an 8 x 5 box trailer fitted with the Reverse Alert system, which although empty still added drag and 225 kgs weight, so it was never going to be a quick drive home. Perhaps it was knowing how much I had to accomplish on the Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday that spurred me on (or maybe just the coffee), because without even feeling like I needed a sleep I turned the engine off at 11:20 that night, in front of my garage. Perhaps it was the ‘thrill’ of the long, solo drive – something I did a lot of in my younger days – or perhaps it was just knowing I could stop anytime that kept me going. Coffee aside, whatever it was I had a great day and a good familiarisation experience
I did allow myself the luxury of a sleep-in on the Monday morning, but not too long. There was much to do before handing Polly back to Ian on Thursday morning for the start of her life as a Reverse Alert demonstration vehicle. Buying a vehicle from interstate entails, at least in NSW, an in-depth mechanical inspection prior to transferring the registration. I also had to get an inspection certificate for the LPG system that powers the hot water and cooktop. Fortunately there were no problems with either, but interestingly, when I went to the Motor Registry to complete the paperwork and get NSW number plates, they didn’t know or care what the gas certificate was for. Sign writing was next and a local business – Bowral Signs – went out of its way to get the job done at short notice. The design is basic and far from the full body wrap our designer Agnes was keen to come up with, but for the moment it will do. Since then, Polly has been down to Melbourne and as I write is now at the Lismore Show (hopefully) impressing visitors as Ian demonstrates the innovative Reverse Alert system. Say g’day if you see them in your travels and stay tuned for an in-depth report on Polly next issue.
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On my Mind
On your Mind
Big Day Out!
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Day Test: Wirraway Eurostyle 260 SL 4X4
Longtermer: Horizon Casuarina
Technical: Reverse Alert
Travel: Reader Writes
What’s happening in the wider RV world and beyond
The latest Marketplace offers
Luxury Explorer – Wirraway’s 4X4 takes off-road luxury to the extreme…
A report card on our longterm Horizon Casuarina
An Australian emergency braking system set to take on the World!
Relocation Road Trip – Hobart to Sydney in a rental relocation motorhome…
Just A Little Bit Fancy – It doesn’t cost a lot to enjoy a stay in Balranald!
Appreciation Society – Beverage apps to ‘elp you feel ‘appier!
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Next Issue What’s coming up and which shows are on soon!
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll share it with our readers. We’ll also reward
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Hello Ed. I have been following the innovative ideas from your readers who have sent in ideas for Fiat Ducato Drink holders. We have had several Fiat Ducatos and have purchased, on the internet through eBay, Marine Drink holders that open and shut flat, which come with hardware of four small screws. These we have fitted perfectly onto the driver and passenger doors as in the attached photos. They are adjustable and can be purchased individually or in packs of two or four. Cost for two is around $9.50 and about the same for postage. There is just enough flat surface on the door trim of the later models to screw them on. The older 2005 Fiat Ducato has a larger area for attachment. These holders look almost original as they are the same colour black as the door, although they are also available in white. We would not be without them – as we would not be without our Fiat Ducato Motorhome! I anxiously await each issue of iMotorhome. Kind Regards, Pam.
Hello Pam, I can’t believe how much interest the subject of Fiat Ducato cup holders has generated! Thanks for your contribution; it’s good to know there’s an off-the-shelf solution. From memory they’re the same units Trakka fits to its Ducatobased motorhomes! Please accept this issue’s $50 for your efforts – and glad you like what we’re doing!
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Mystery Motorhome Hi Richard, still looking for any help identifying this motorhome I’ve bought! Cheers, Peter Well Peter, no luck so far. Here’s hoping an eagle-eyed reader can shed some light!
Hi Richard, we think this email (below) is a scam. We have a small car to tow behind a motorhome, for sale on the CMCA web site. We are positive it is a scam, and if you read it and think it is, you are welcome to reprint it in the iMotorhome mag, as a warning to others. Regards, Arthur
Thanks for the response, I would have loved to call you directly but due to the nature of my work we do not have access to phone at the moment, which is why I contacted you with internet messaging facility. I want to be sure if it is still in good condition ,i will not be able to come for inspection now all i really need from you is the exact details, is there any history I should be aware of? What is your last negotiable price?
Please kindly send me your BANK details or pay pal payment email and name to set up purchase, as i don't have access to my bank account online as am not with my credit card details here on our mine site but i have my Commonwealth bank account linked up with my PayPal account so I will be paying you through PayPal to your nominated bank account i will arrange for pick up and delivery it in NT by my freight agent after the cleared payment to your account. Regards, John. Thanks Arthur, it certainly is a scam and seems to be the same one, with the same wording, that’s been circulating for a year or more now. Well done spotting it, let’s hope it helps others avoid the trap
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Auto Trail Expands
n the UK a new multi-million dollar manufacturing facility is being planned for Auto-Trail motorhomes in order to help meet the growing demand for its motorhome range. The current facility at Europarc, on the outskirts of Grimsby, is to be expanded. Explaining the reason for the investment, Stuart Turpin, Joint Managing Director of Auto-Trail said â€œOwning a new motorhome has become increasingly popular. New motorhome registrations in the UK have risen by over 25% in the last three years. The latest award
winning Grimsby built motorhomes are very much in demand, not only here in the UK, but also in Australia and New Zealand. Should the current trends continue, within the next two years we are in danger of reaching our production capacity. Therefore, it is vitally important that we plan for the futureâ€?. The UK has now grown to become the third largest market for new motorhomes in Europe, after Germany and France. A total of over 72,000 new motorhomes were registered throughout Europe in the past 12 months.
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he Advertising Standards Board has rejected claims a Holden ad featuring one caravanner abusing another is offensive. The 30-second television ad shows one caravanner in a brand new 4WD Colorado 7 shaking his outstretched hand and muttering "bloody caravanners" as he comes up behind an older and slower caravan â€“ a sentiment echoed by his young son sitting in the rear of
the 4WD. The advertising watchdog revealed it was among the most complained about ads so far this year, attracting 161 protests from enraged viewers. But despite this, it ruled the use of the word bloody in the ad was not aggressive but "light-hearted and ironic considering the man is towing a caravan himself". It dismissed the case. from caravanningnews.com
UI Parks has added five caravan parks to its nationwide network. "What has been particularly exciting is the fact that many of them have been recommended by our travelling nomads," founder Bert van Spronsen said. Kui Parks now has 47 caravan parks under its wing. The latest additions, all in Queensland, are Chinchilla Tourist Park, Barambah Bush Caravan Park, Crows Nest Caravan Park near Toowoomba, Three Rivers Tourist Park in Mundubbera and Sapphire Caravan Park in the Gemfields. from caravanningnews.com
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Noosa Decision Welcome
usinesses in a small Queensland town have welcomed plans to set up an overnight camping area for RVers. Noosa Shire Council has agreed to trial the caretaker-controlled, maximum four-night RV stop in Mary River Road near the heart of Cooroy. It hopes the facility, which will include a dump point, will encourage the growing RV
market to stop awhile. Local shops said they couldn't be happier. It will accommodate up to 40 recreational vehicles and, according to local councillor Sandy Bolton, provide an opportunity to boost the local economy. from caravanningnews.com
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RV Builders Training in Focus
he national body responsible for addressing the skill needs of Australia's RV builders will pay special attention to the industry this year. Manufacturing Skills Australia plans to set up a targeted project
group with industry representatives to look at training take-up and how electrical licensing regimes can be more effectively managed. The body is responsible for developing and updating of qualifications for workers who build, service and repair recreational vehicles. Eight qualifications cover recreational vehicles in its training package, ranging from Certificate II to Diploma level. The Caravan Industry Association of Australia said it would continue working closely with MSA to ensure training was relevant to the industry. from caravanningnews.com
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NT Fish Limit Warning
ravellers have been reminded of the Northern Territory's strict fishing rules. It comes after police issued a 68-yearold traveller from NSW with a notice to appear after he was caught with 6 barramundi on the Daly River, double the 3 fish bag limit. The man was staying at the Woollianna
Caravan Park, which is close to some of the best barramundi hot spots in the Northern Territory. Senior Constable Sean Stanley, of the Water Police Section, said tourists were "encouraged to enjoy our excellent fishery", but stressed all visitors must comply with bag limits in waterways across the Territory. The NT Fishing Mate app, which provides detailed information about the new general possession limits and fish protection areas, is now available for download on all mobile devices and tablets. "Water Police will continue to adopt a zerotolerance policy in relation to marine and fisheries offences," Sen-Constable Stanley warned. from caravanningnews.com
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Freedom Camping O
ur regular feature keeping you in touch with what’s happened and happening in the world of freedom camping in Australia.
These stories and more can be found in detail at the Freedom of Choice website, indexed by state and town, while you can also find the latest news and updates on their Facebook page. 1 June – Bundaberg – is it time for a rethink? Interesting letter to the Editor in the News Mail. To quote the Council’s response to the writer, “Council is keen to ensure that local holiday parks which employ local people, use local trades, buy their materials and services locally and pay rates to contribute to local infrastructure, are not put under additional financial strain by the provision of free alternatives in close proximity”. This response drew quite a debate on various social media. 1 June – This story Gladstone – but? This story is about Gladstone but it has been syndicated around the country. In every story except one (Toowoomba) the figures have shown an increase in RV registrations. With this growth surely the stories of freedom camping being damaging to
the caravan park industry must be a furphy? Just where are the parks proposing to accommodate these continuing increase in numbers? 3 June – Caravan parks disgruntled Even in the Outback you can’t escape the constant complaints. “Brenda Fitzgerald, owner of Stuart Caravan Park, said business is quieter than usual and she feels she is losing business to Blatherskite Park. "This year we're feeling it, and I think word's got around [about Blatherskite]," she told 783 ABC Alice Springs. "If it keeps going the way it is I think all the parks will suffer." No mention of the year after year situation where you can’t get into a park in Alice Springs as they are full. 5 June – How things change! It’s not that long ago we were commenting adversely on articles published about Noosa Shire, but now a change in attitude shows promise for RV tourism in the region!
Feature | 25 6 June – A disappointing agenda for Ballarat Council meeting It would appear the caravan parks in Ballarat are not giving up without a fight and the trial of Pioneer Park is to be suspended if Council adopt this staff recommendation. See page 54 onwards of this document for full details. UPDATE – After a massive email response Council deferred cancelling the trial, final deliberations are awaited 8 June – Bega RV Friendly Town application creates unfriendly rift "Bega Showground Trust chairman Charlie Bell and caretaker Allen King are keen to see a successful application for Bega to become an official RV Friendly Town. Bega Caravan Park owners John and Loretta Carlon say their considerable investment in amenities for guests is in serious jeopardy should the RV Friendly Town application be approved.” Would we have expected anything different? 15 June – Figures don’t lie! FIGURES! 25% increase in twelve months! How often are we told that freedom camping is damaging the CP industry? Figures don't lie. This supports our contention that the industry is growing at such a rate that there is room of all. 16 June – Welfare campers? Well we have seen some derogatory remarks made about freedom campers but this one takes the cake when a “Businessperson" from Wynyard decided to vent their spleen on the inevitable subject of freedom camping. It brought a swift response too. This story completely flies in the face of the FACTS in the previous story. 18 June – RV park posed for Echuca Local businessman Peter Hill has submitted plans for a 16 site RV park in Echuca, to Campaspe Shire Council, who are expected to review it in coming weeks. The proposed 0.8 hectare site, which is privately owned by Mr Hill, is 300 metres from the town centre and enjoys a 100 metre frontage to Campaspe River. Mr Hill said the RV park is intended
for short-stay accommodation for Grey Nomads, which will bring significant economic benefits to the region. 18 June – Showground camping debate at Naracoorte Why does this story sound so familiar? Because it’s repeated over and over around this country. One thing that struck us was this statement made by the Show Society, "It (the showground) is not a new business, having existed as a campground long before the caravan park was even built.” But now it is claimed to be unfair competition? 19 June – Port Hedland opens RV Park 23 June – Crackdown on “illegal” campers, is it really a problem? A journalist questions how much of a problem it really is. 25 June – Council give approval for first CMCA members RV short term stop over. Hinchinbrook Council has given approval for the first NZ-style RV park in Australia. Details on page 5 of Council minutes. 29 June – Why are we not surprised? For years we have been forecasting the mining boom in WA would eventually stop and to some extent it has. For many, many years the tourism trade turned its back on it's core market to chase the big dollars of the mining workers and now we see stories like this surfacing and the blame on the downturn is being laid everywhere but in their own backyard! Even councils are saying “One of our caravan parks last year, I don't know if this is common knowledge, actually closed to tourism and concentrated on FIFO (fly-in-fly-out workers).” And the parks are saying “Our reputation as a tourism destination is in tatters”.
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28 | Day Test: Wirraway Eurostyle 260 SL 4X4
Wirraway’s 4X4 takes off-road comfort to the extreme… by Malcolm Street.
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Being able to get off the beaten track – and back on – with confidence is what this 4X4 Wirraway is all about. Luxury in the bush – what more could you want?
our-wheel drive motorhomes are thin on the ground. There are some good reasons for that; mostly to do with either practicality or cost. Until a few years ago, those wanting to travel off-road either had the choice of something built on a Toyota Hilux 4X4 or Isuzu truck 4X4 (normally used in bushfire tankers) or something very expensive like a MAN 4X4 truck chassis. Iveco has changed the game somewhat with its compact Daily 4X4, currently only used by specialist manufacturers, but it was Mercedes Benz that made the most difference, with its 4X4 Sprinter in both van and cab-chassis form. Mildura-based Wirraway Motorhomes builds on just about all the current range on Sprinter cab-chassis, so when a customer came along looking for 4X4 motorhome it wasn't a difficult request to meet.
or its standard motorhomes Wirraway normally supplies the Sprinter 516 CDI, with a 2.2-litre turbo-diesel producing 120 kW and 360 Nm. However, for a fourwheel drive a little more grunt helps, so the more powerful 519 CDI model is preferred. It’s a 3.0-litre turbo-diesel producing 140 kW and 440 Nm that drives through a 5-speed automatic transmission (2WD Sprinter auto are 7-speed). In terms of motorhome construction, a boxsection RHS aluminium frame supports a 12 mm plywood floor. Above that, composite styrofoam/fibreglass vacuum sealed panels form up the wall structure, which includes Seitz double-glazed hopper windows and a Dometic door with a fixed window. Two-pack epoxy
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Right: The slide-out barbecue is a nice touch. Below: The rear drawer is at a good height, while the side lockers, with their dust-sealing lids, provide easy access to stored items, including the gas cylinders. All are remotely controlled!
paint is used on the entire body structure for increased durability as well as good looks. External storage is definitely a feature of Wirraway motorhomes! Instead of conventional lockers, most are drawers â€“ with some having a dust sealing lid â€“ and all are operated by remote control! Particularly handy is the rear drawer that's at a very user-friendly height. External drawers are certainly different to the usual set-up and an advantage is minimal bending over, including the gas cylinder bin (with 3 x 4.5 kg cylinders) and the storage for the 2
KVA generator. On the kerb side it also means a convenient table top for the adjoining slide-out BBQ. Another Wirraway feature is the automatic hose rewinder that has enough water pressure delivery that allows for washing the motorhome or pumping water from another source, like a river, without contaminating your potable supply. Very clever!
On The Road
he 519 CDI Sprinter powers along and itâ€™s difficult to pick any difference to the more usual two-wheel drive, even in ride quality.
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I gained the impression that even proprietor Rob Tonkin was impressed with the vehicleâ€™s abilities. Where the 4X4 did count was on some nice red-dirt tracks that Rob Tonkin, owner of Wirraway, managed to find. That was where the bigger V6 turbo-diesel really counted. It delivered enough power so the motorhome could easily climb the hilly tracks, while the 4X4 system delivered good traction. I gained the impression that even proprietor
Tonkin was impressed with the vehicle's abilities. Sure the 4X4 Wirraway doesnâ€™t have the ground clearance, arrival/ departure/ramp-over angles or toughness of a Land Cruiser, but it gives extra traction when needed and provides peaceof-mind when venturing onto gravel roads and in to bush campsites.
irraway has relatively few layouts in its range, but there's nothing wrong with that. Far better in my opinion to keep refining a layout that already works well, rather than the scatter gun approach some manufacturers seem to use!
32 | Day Test The kitchen isnâ€™t massive, but is well equipped and even has a top-loading washer in the benchtop corner. Drawer space is considerable, too.
In this case the 4X4 has the Eurostyle 260 layout. It consists of an island bed in the rear with a split bathroom separating the bedroom from the front living area. Both cab seats swivel and work in well with sideways-facing lounges on either side and table in the middle. That leaves the central area for the entry door, plus the L-shaped kitchen bench on the driverâ€™s side. Like many a layout, the result is bedroom/ bathroom area in the rear and lounge/dining up the front. Generally speaking, the layout has been fairly evenly proportioned; that is no one area (like the front lounge) has been compromised too much because of, say, a large bathroom. Tasmanian Myrtle timber or laminate is used for the all interior cabinetry and the end result is very pleasing to the eye. A feature of note are the large handles on all the cupboard doors and overhead lockers. Often, catches are
quite small and not easy for those with arthritic fingers. Large roof hatches, generous window space and a glossy white ceiling all contribute to a light, bright interior. During the evening, well situated LED ceiling and under-locker lights do the same.
n this layout most electrical controls, including the radio/CD player, are either above the doorway or down the panel beside the doorway: all very handy. Keeping the two 120 AH batteries charged are a 25 A smart charger, the vehicle alternator and in this case, optional solar panels. Controlling all those is a Sargent EC325 control panel. Electrical systems in any RV these days can be quite complex, so itâ€™s helpful at least when the controls and switching are mostly in the same location.
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Having the major electrical and system controls grouped together by the entry door is a good feature.
34 | Day Test Below: For a motorhome with a central spilt bathroom thereâ€™s still a good feeling of space. Bottom: Cupboard and drawer handles are well sized for older fingers.
lthough the sideways lounges aren't particularly long, they will seat a person on each side quite comfortably. Of course, there are the swivelled cab seats as well, with all seating nicely upholstered in leather. Fitting neatly in between the seats, the table is finished in exactly the same way as the bench tops: that is, with a timber edged laminate. Above the cab seats it's all quite open with a handy shelf across the front and small cupboards on either side. Overhead lockers are fitted on both sides above the lounges. TV viewing is fairly easily accomplished because the front TV (there are two) is mounted above the fridge on the rear side of the entry door, and in this position can be seen from all the seats.
Day Test | 35 Below: Kitchen storage space is well catered for! Bottom: Quality Tasmanian myrtle timber gives the Wirrawayâ€™s interior a real sense of style.
Time To Eat
ne thing is for sure: In the kitchen there's no shortage of drawers â€“ eight to be precise! All are fitted into the L-shaped bench, with the stainless steel sink/drainer sitting at right angles to the wall and the cooktop/grill/oven in the more conventional position against the wall. There's even a bit of bench space squeezed in between the two. It's not immediately obvious, but fitted into the corner of the kitchen bench is a top loading washing machine. It might seem a funny place to locate it, but frequently that corner space is hard to use effectively, so it's not a bad location at all. Just move the wine bottles and glasses first! Fitted in between the kitchen bench and adjoining shower cubicle is a full height slideout pantry â€“ one with decent shelves so that food supplies don't bounce out when travelling on rough roads. Across the aisle the
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Above: The kerb-side bathroom cubicle is well equipped and houses the toilet and vanity. Below: The driverâ€™s-side shower cubicle is nicely rounded and a good size. 186 L 3-way fridge is topped by a microwave oven, which is a fair height off the floor, plus the aforementioned flat screened TV.
orming up the split bathroom is a Eurostyle (partly rounded) shower cubicle on the driverâ€™s side and a toilet cubicle directly opposite. The latter having not only a cassette toilet, but also a shaving cabinet and vanity cabinet with pedestal style wash basin. Supplying the ventilation are a small window and a fan hatch in the ceiling. Handy additions are towel rails on both sides. The toilet cubicle door can be used to close off the bathroon/ bedroom area from the front of the motorhome.
itting in all its splendour in the rear is an island bed. It's surrounded on three sides by good sized windows and comes with a well crafted bed head, side
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Where the 4X4 did count was on some nice red-dirt tracks that Rob Tonkin, owner of Wirraway, managed to find.
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Above: The island bed is surrounded by windows, providing an abundance of light and fresh air. Left: Tables, drawers and a wardrobe are provided on both sides of the bed. cabinets, wardrobes and overhead lockers. The wardrobes are the hanging variety, leaving enough space for a bedside shelf, complete with power point.
What I Think
don't think it is being disrespectful to Wirraway to suggest it might be better to classify this motorhome as an all-wheel drive unit rather than a four-wheel drive. After all, itâ€™s size and ground clearance are going to restrict its abilities somewhat. But at the same time, having traction on all four wheels improves the vehicleâ€™s abilities considerably, especially in the likes of mud or snow. Apart from that the 4X4 EuroStyle 260 comes with all the features we have come to expect from Wirraway. It provides luxury travel with added ability and would be a very civilised way to go see even more of Australia than is usually possible.
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Eurostyle 260 4X4
Mercedes Benz 519 CDI
3.0 L V6 turbo-diesel
140 kW @ 3800 rpm
440 Nm @ 1400-2400 rpm
5 speed auto
Gross Vehicle Mass
Light Rigid (LR)
7.90 m (26 ft)
2.25 m (7 ft 5 in)
3.15 m (10 ft 4 in)
2.00 m (6 ft 6 in)
Rear Bed Size
1.88 m x 1.52 m (6 ft 2 in x 5 ft)
Dometic 4 burner, grill & oven
Dometic RM4605 186 L
12 V LED
1 x 120 AH
1 x 135 W
Air Command Ibis
Truma 14 L
3 x 4.5 kg
Grey Water Tank
$235,000 (on road in VIC)
Layout see Page 41. >>>>
• Quality • Sprinter 4X4 chassis • Very generous external bin capacity • Sophisticated water hose/ pump system • Stylish, light and bright interior • Well proportioned interior • Kitchen drawer space
• Ground clearance off-road • Smallish water capacity
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It provides luxury travel with added ability and would be a very civilised way to go see even more of Australia than is usually possible.
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Automatic - Remote Locking Drawers
The EuroStyle 260
When you enter your vehicle, there’s a “Key tab” to select and open any one or all 7 storage drawers / service lockers. Once remotely activated the drawer system looks after itself by automatically releasing and activating the pneumatic opening mechanism that unlocks and extends the drawer for you at waist level. Each drawer has a Locking Lid that doubles as a tabletop or convenient workbench, refer to illustrated items 1 - 7 below.
From Wirraway “Australia’s Most Innovative Motorhomes”
Snapshot Specs 23 28
L a rg e S t o r a g e D r a w e r o r L o c k e r For Onan Petrol or Honda EU20i Generator
5 L arge St orage L ocker At waist level - No Bending or Kneeling
Key tab for Remote operation of all 7 Storage Drawers and Service Lockers
St orage L ocker
BBQ - A u t o Ho s e Un it
St orage L ocker
Wirraway’s Innovative Electronics
The EC325 ( ECU ) Power Supply Unit is the most advanced, and yet it’s the most simple to operate electrical system available.
At waist level - No Bending or Kneeling Large Storage Drawer for Table & Chairs and Annex Walls etc
Storage - Service Lockers Full Leather Lounges
10 -11 Matching Leather Swivel Captains Chairs
The Wirraway EuroStyle 260 Options Include: Single Beds Layout (28) with side overheads (23)
Each Wirraway has an innovative automatic tank filling & electric rewinding mechanism for the food grade water hose. See full documentation for details.
Large Swivel Table
Dometic150lt AES fridge with 27lt Microwave over
22” LCD Television
Optional LCD Television
Large Kitchen Sink Large Kitchen benches
Stove, Oven, Grill 3 x Gas + 240v Hotplate
Waste Bin with Lid Overhead Overheads
Full Height Pantry Privacy Door
Double Bed with Storage
Queen Bed Optional Single Beds Optional
Bedside Table - Drawers
Half Wardrobe Roof Mounted AC
Separate Circular Shower
12v Vented Roof Hatch Separate Toilet - Vanity
Skylite - Roof Hatch Vinyl Floor Covering
Carpet is an Option Automatic Entry Step Access Assist Handle
Large Windows throughout
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The Wirraway 260 SL
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42 | Longtermer Update: Horizon Motorhomes Casuarina
One Night Hardstand! Or, she buys seafood by the sea shoreâ€Ś
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he last two weeks have been quiet for our long term Horizon Motorhomes’ Casuarina (Cassie) due to the rushed arrival and reassignment of our own motorhome – Project Polly (see page 48). However, we did manage to sneak away for a night and escape the frosty winter chills of the Southern Highlands for a sunny afternoon and cool overnight by the sea at Shellharbour, south of Wollongong. The good thing about having a motorhome sitting on the driveway and mostly packed is the ability to get away at short notice. Last Friday – another impossibly clear winter’s day with a heavy morning frost – presented itself as an ideal short-notice opportunity. Within an hour the pantry and fridge were stocked, the water tank topped and the iMotorhome office packed into a bag, ‘just in case’.
On The Way!
e were gone by lunchtime and managed all of a kilometre before dropping into a neighbour’s for coffee. Their driveway narrows in the final stretch, encroached upon by fruit trees reaching out to vehicles passing by. It’s no place for a coachbuilt motorhome, but a smaller van conversion like the Casuarina is compact enough to thread its way through. This ability to reach more out of the way places makes exploring in a van conversion all the more fun. Whizzing through Bowral and out along the Illawarra Highway to Robertson, we turned right at the famous Robertson Pie Shop – a dowdy tourist trap selling overrated and overpriced pies – and onto Jamberoo Mountain Road. Banned to vehicles weighing more than 10 tonnes; trucks, cars with
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caravans, and any vehicle more than 10 metres long, this is a scenic ribbon of road that eventually plummets down the face of the Illawarra Escarpment and deposits you in the rural village of Jamberoo. From there it’s a short, winding and picturesque drive past impossibly productive dairies to Kiama and its famous blow hole; expect we turned left on to the appropriately named Swamp Road, a shortcut to Shellharbour.
Top: You can’t get much closer to the ocean than this. Shellharbour’s main street is just a few minutes walk away, too. Above: What tourist town would be complete without gift shops?
A sleepy seaside town founded in 1817, Shellharbour awoke some years back to developers’ bulldozers moving in to create an idyllic rural seaside community – for tens of thousands. The good news is that while the rolling hills and open grasslands surrounding Shellharbour have been suburbanised, the township itself has escaped largely unscathed. Okay, it’s now home to tiny boutiques and trendy cafes, where Yummy Mummies chose must-have fashions and meet for lattes before picking the kids up from school, but it’s still a one-main-street town with a historic pub at the end, across from the beach.
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Above: The harbour is a recreational one now and home to just a handful of moored boats. There’s a nice park, a small beach and it's right across from the historic Ocean Beach Hotel. Right: The caravan park is neat as a pin, but compact and unsuited to big rigs. Check when booking to make sure you’ll fit.
or years I’ve been meaning to visit the Shellharbour Beachside Tourist Park. Occupying a small point just a few minutes walk from town, and with the closest thing you’ll get to absolute beach frontage in the region, its position is breathtaking. It’s not a big park and there are plenty of permanent caravans and holiday cabins, meaning RV space is at a premium. Being winter and just for a one night – albeit the beginning of school holidays – I managed to prebook a waterfront powered site with concrete slab for $38. There’s only a $5 premium for one of the dozen or so waterfront sites, which seemed pretty reasonable. I’d say about half the sites in the park were occupied
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The Beverley Whitfield Pool is a saltwater pool just a few minutes walk from the caravan park. It would be a great place for a refreshing and safe dip – in summer!
that night and there were a couple of spares along the waterfront, too. This isn’t a place for big rigs as the sites are smallish, closely grouped and the roadways twist and turn. Anything up to about eight metres – maybe nine – should be okay, but they ask when you book and will let you know if you won’t fit.
– oh, and the magnificent rumbling spectacle of a Lockheed Super Constellation flying back and forth on a training flight from nearby Albion Park Airport! The trouble was, when it was overhead we were in town having an ice cream and my iPhone camera simply wan’t up to the task of capturing it. Damn…
The Park is pet friendly, has a mix of grass and concrete-slab sites, and also some drivethrough sites (non-waterfront). There’s a single amenities block that’s neat and tidy, a guest laundry, free barbecues and picnic tables, LPG and ice available from the shop and, best of all, the ocean is literally a stone’s throws away. The Beverley Whitfield Pool (ocean baths), the historic Ocean Beach Hotel and town centre aren’t much further!
A small, thermostated fan heater kept the seaside evening chill at bay, while the microwave proved its worth heating frozen home-cooked dinners brought with us. We spent a relaxing evening in ‘Cassie’ and after dinner and a dose of TV, retired to the sound of breaking waves and the scent of sea salt in the air.
We reversed up to the waterfront, pulled out the camp chairs and enjoyed an end-of-week drink watching dolphins play, as the sun set. The sound of waves crashing on rocks and rolling onto the beach were the only distraction
ur homeward journey demonstrated another advantage of a smaller, manoeuvrable motorhome. Shellharbour is a thriving southern suburb of Wollongong and has a large shopping centre – Shellharbour Square – which is home to a well
The great adVANtage…
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Fast Facts ‘Our’ Horizon Casuarina fit the site’s concrete slab perfectly. known and highly regarded seafood market, and fruit and veggie store. Although the centre has rooftop parking I parked out on the street while Mrs iM dashed inside and indulged her culinary shopping desires. Some time later (we won’t go there) she emerged, laden with seafood ‘bargains’ that filled the fridge, while bags of fresh fruit and vegetables were stowed for the drive home. There’s something terrific about being able to grab perishable bargains on-the-run even when you’re not touring, or towards the end of a trip, and carry them home. Does this little motorhome’s flexibility know no bounds?
Fiat Ducato XLWB van
Odometer on pick-up
Odometer last fill
Av Fuel – overall
10.98 L/100 km (25.8 mpg)
Shellharbour Stopover Where: Shellharbour Beachside Tourist Park Click for Google Maps 1 John Street, Shellharbour. NSW. 2529 Click for Google Maps
T: 02 4295 1123 E: firstname.lastname@example.org Pros…
• Seaside location
• Not for big rigs
• Waterfront sites
• Smallish sites
• Walk to town
• Crowded when busy
• Reasonably priced
48 | Technical: Reverse Alert
A revolutionary Australian reverse braking system with global ambitions. by Richard Robertson
t’s been said there’s nothing as powerful as an idea whose time has come. The people at Reverse Alert Australia will be hoping it’s their time now as they embark on an ambitious programme to market a revolutionary aftermarket emergency braking systems to the world. The Reverse Alert concept is simple: An aftermarket system that applies the brakes if it detects an obstacle behind a vehicle. The initial idea was to develop a system to counter the increasing number of children’s deaths caused by reversing accidents on driveways. Like so many ideas, however, once under development applications in many other areas became apparent.
Technical issues aside, much of the development period has been spent securing Australian Design Rule approval and international patents, but now the groundwork has been laid and the Reverse Alert system is market ready.
Nuts and Bolts
everse Alert works like this: When reverse gear is selected (auto or manual), data from parking sensors is fed to a solenoid, which is connected by cable to the brake pedal. In normal operations, when an obstacle is detected at a distance of 1.6 m (5’ 3”) the solenoid is activated and the brakes are firmly applied, stopping the vehicle immediately. Such an obstacle might be a child
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Located in the engine bay, this solenoid activates the brake pedal in the driver’s footwell via a cable though the firewall. It’s a simple but effective system that fits any vehicle with a brake pedal. running out behind the vehicle, a person who steps out unexpectedly, a pole, wall or other vehicle. A dash-mounted switch illuminates when reverse is selected, indicating that normal reverse mode is in operation. The switch also has two buttons that provide further options. The top button – ‘P’ – is for parking or manoeuvring situations and reduces the trigger limit to 0.4 m (1’ 4”). The lower button – ‘O’ – is an override switch that lets you reverse up to a trailer or, for example, reverse down a steep driveway where the acute angle between the drive and road would otherwise trigger the brakes. The system’s ultrasonic sensors have a 125º horizontal and 70º vertical sweep and it’s recommend they replace any existing reverse parking sensors so as not to cause conflicting alerts. The holes from existing sensors can be used, reducing installation time, which generally runs to two to four hours for a car and three to five hours for a truck or, presumably, RV.
50 | Technical Installation on heavy/big vehicles includes sensors mounted near the top corners to detect buildings, awnings, tree branches or whatever. Reverse Alert can also be fitted to a trailer, caravan, fifth-wheeler, etc. Ideally the host vehicle and trailer will have separate systems installed, in which case the host system is overridden by the trailer’s. However, you can just have the sensors fitted to a trailer, which will operate the vehicle’s brakes (not the trailer’s) when an obstacle is detected.
Motorhome’s Project Polly is now on the road as a demonstration platform for Reverse Alert Australia. As such it has been fitted with both a host system and trailer connection, and I received first hand experience on the drive back from Brisbane, and in local running. Apart from the dash switch and rear sensor, you would’t know the Reverse Alert system is installed – at least until you lift the bonnet. On Polly – a Ford Transit – the surprisingly substantial solenoid is mounted high up, just behind the bonnet catch. Its equally substantial cable arcs around the engine bay and into the driver’s footwell via the firewall. There, a sturdy clamp attaches it to the brake pedal. In operation the vehicle stops quickly when the system is triggered. The Transit has a manual gearbox and the system works well, but an auto would remove any chance of suddenly stalling. In reality, when reversing your foot is usually close to the clutch – if not hovering above – and if you know the system might trigger you’re well on guard for it. Normal mode is fine for backing up in more open areas, but I quickly found myself selecting reverse and pressing P as a matter of course when any parking or tighter spaces we're encountered. In park mode (P) the reversing sensors come to life audibly and beep with increasing frequency as you near an obstacle.
Top to bottom: The second plug connects the trailer’s system to the host vehicle. The dash switch is all green when reverse is first selected, but ‘P’ flashes blue if pressed for Parking Mode.
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Polly came with parking sensors in the rear step, which were inoperative. They were replaced with Reverse Alert’s own units, which are angled-up slightly to prevent false alerts due to their low mounting position. In real world driving – and bearing in mind Polly has a towbar with protruding tongue – I usually ran out of nerve listening to the beeps (and watching the reversing camera) before the 40 cm trigger point was reached. I only used override mode (O) when backing up to reconnect the demonstration trailer.
Applications and Experience
everse Alert has a myriad of applications in everything from trucking fleets to rental motorhomes, in the mining industry, family cars and SUVs, RVs of all persuasions and many more.
An interesting comment came when explaining the system to the mechanic who had to carry out Polly’s mechanical inspection to transfer registration from Victoria to NSW. Not only did he immediately embrace the concept and show everyone in the workshop, he saw the potential for “old people” as he put it, who regularly turn up needing a tail light lens replacing due to another parking accident. My experience so far has been nothing but positive. Interestingly, knowing the system is installed has made me more mindful when reversing. However, I had one experience that
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On a trailer, caravan, etc, the sensors can be mounted on a bar if no obvious mounting points are available. You can also have a trailer-only system that operates the tow vehicle’s brakes. highlighted its true potential. I was sitting in Polly in the mechanic’s workshop, ready to leave, and finishing a conversation through the driver’s window. The engine was running, reverse gear selected and my right foot rested lightly on the brakes. Suddenly I felt the pedal retract further towards the floor and head the solenoid trigger. Neither the mechanic nor I had noticed, but the receptionist had popped out of the office and walked right behind the van. In the shadows of the workshop and with sunlight streaming in through the roller door, she was essentially invisible. Had she done so just a few seconds later the day could have finished very differently.
he beauty of the Reverse Alert system is its simplicity. It doesn’t have to integrate with the vehicle’s systems and as a stand-alone, aftermarket product seems to be suitable for any vehicle. It’s important to remember, however, it is an aid and as such doesn’t remove the driver’s responsibility when reversing. In practice it seems pretty well foolproof, but what is it they say about fools being so enginuitive?
The Reverse Alert system is available nationally (except ACT) though a limited dealer network and part of the job now is to expand distribution. The parent company – Automotive Innovations Group – is in the final stages of issuing a prospectus for an initial public offering (IPO) on the Australian Stock Exchange and it seems exciting times are ahead. When you think of all the angst and expense caused by property damage in minor (and major) reversing accidents – not to mention the human cost of occasionally tragic outcomes – the Reverse Alert system appears to be an idea whose time has come. Perhaps the biggest question is why didn’t someone think of it before? Fast Facts: Who: Reverse Alert Australia Where: Check website for nearest stockist E: email@example.com Cost: Installed from $999 for 4-sensors and $1699 for an 8-sensor system. See NEWS page 14 for a special iMotorhome reader offer!
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54 | Travel: Reader Writes
Relocation Road Trip! Hobart to Sydney in a rental relocation motorhomeâ€Ś By Dave & Kathy Boxwell
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e had been waiting to try out a motorhome relocation for a while, so when we received advice of an early bird special in January this year that coincided with already booked holidays, it was too good an opportunity to pass up. The deal was for a relocation from Hobart to Sydney for 7 days at $50 a day, plus an extra 5 days at $150. The deal included the cost of the motorhome passage on Spirit of Tasmania and an ocean recliner seat for the driver. Having been to Tasmania twice in the preceding 26 years, the first time taking our car and hiring a caravan in Burnie and the second time 13 years ago taking the in-laws pop up camper, we were looking forward to trying the motorhome option. We had completed a three week motorhome trip around New Zealand in 2011 with our three adult sons (22, 20, 17) and absolutely loved it, and the idea of freedom camping. So without further fuss we quickly expressed interest in the relocation and two days later received word of confirmation. April 2015 couldn’t come quick enough and after a hard couple of months at work we were looking forward to a welcome break. We booked an additional ocean recliner seat on the Spirit, our flights to Hobart and our hotel accommodation, and the necessary travel insurance. One of our sons mentioned he could probably get time off work to join us on the trip but we politely ignored his suggestion and decided this was a trip just for Mum and Dad!
On The Way!
e flew out of Sydney on Friday afternoon and arrived in Hobart two hours later. It appeared for a while that we might not have any catered food on the flight, as the catering company was running late. But the pilot, in everyone's best interests, held out for food as it involved a five hour
Below: Happy campers! Dave and Kathy on picking up their rental motorhome in Hobart. Bottom: It wasn’t a long walk from the first night’s hotel to the Apollo Rental’s depot the next morning.
56 | Travel Tasmania’s natural beauty – like the Bay of Fires – is just part of the State’s attraction. Fresh seafood and local produce are others, plus a world-class Whisky Trail for those who love a wee dram.
turnaround for the plane’s crew. I don’t think they were looking forward to just bottled water for this period. We eventually arrived and were picked up by the hotel shuttle van. It turned out, the hotel was right next door to the rental yard, so it was a short walk the next morning to pick up our motorhome. The vehicle we were relocating was a six-berth Apollo on a turbo-diesel manual VW Crafter. After completing all the necessary paperwork, payments, having a run through on the motorhome’s features and noting any existing minor damage we were on our way! We declined the offer of a GPS as we had brought our own, and also the folding camp chairs at $17 each, deciding we could pick up a couple at Kmart or Bunnings in Hobart, which we did for the princely sum of $5.50 each. We also got to bring them home! We did away with the Club lounge at the rear and decided to leave
it made up as a double bed, which certainly made life easier as we also had the dinette at the front of the motorhome. Well we were on our way and the first stop was to Salamanca Markets in Hobart, which are held every Saturday morning. This is a wonderful market full of local crafts, local produce and local people. We only spent about an hour wandering around, sampling and buying the local produce, as we had a short stay parking spot and weren’t too sure on the hospitality aspects of the local constabulary. We did however meet the daughter of Greg Duncan (creator of “The Wall” at Derwent Bridge – more on this later) and bought some jam from her. We moved on to the local Coles and stocked up with goodies, then set off through Sorrel and on to Triabunna. There we stopped at a picturesque picnic area overlooking the coast
Travel | 57 Relaxing by the sea or a campfire in the bush: Getting away from the everyday is easy in Tassie
towards Maria Island, had a cuppa and a snack and marvelled at the motor homing lifestyle that lets you do such things: No setup, just walk through from the cab and put the kettle on with minimal fuss. We were certainly settling in quickly! We then headed up towards Swansea and decided to spend the night at a free camp on the beach at Coles Bay. We had already worked out a rough itinerary, but were willing to keep it flexible and we had brought our Camps Australia Wide 7 book with us. This is a marvellous resource for motor-homers or campers looking to free camp their way around. It includes dump points, free and minimal cost camps and even includes the GPS locations. We arrived at Coles Bay late in the afternoon and went for a walk along the beach, then came back and cooked our evening meal. We checked out the motorhomeâ€™s shower, which proved to be a better design than the one we had in New Zealand, with this one having a sliding screen to separate the toilet area to keep things dry. I decided to try it and
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Photo stop on the Freycinet Peninsula.
then discovered that when the water pump operated, the LED lights dimmed dramatically. Hmmm I thought, looks like we have an electrical issue as the house batteries were fully charged, having been on charge all night at the Apollo yard when we left, and now the gauge was reading 9.5 volts! I suspected that this was either faulty batteries or a charging issue as the three-way fridge was operating during travel. As the vehicle had only travelled 22,000 km it seemed to indicate a charger issue, which turned out to be correct when later investigated and repaired by an Auto Electrician in St Helens.
unday morning we headed to Wineglass bay and Freycinet Peninsular for a look around before heading up to Bicheno and St Helens. We had a wonderful fish and chip lunch looking over St Helens’ Harbour, then spent the afternoon at Bay of Fires at a free camp right on the beach dunes. Kath did a little reading while I wandered off for a quiet
fish around the rocks. We made a phone call to Apollo and were given an authorisation number and approval to get it repaired and ventured back to St Helens. Note to self: make sure that you buy a Telstra SIM card for the phone as the Vodafone coverage in Tasmania is minimal. We were up bright and early on Monday morning after spending an unplanned night on a powered site at St Helens to charge things up, and off we went to meet the auto electrician. It turned out the earth wire of the voltage solenoid regulator had come adrift, no doubt to the previous hirer storing some items under the seat and the wire being knocked off during travels. This meant the batteries did not receive charge from the vehicle’s alternator. No worries, an hour later and soon fixed by the friendly auto electrician and we were on our way again heading up to Scottsdale via Elephants Pass. No, we didn’t see any elephants, but the drive was very scenic anyway and the motorhome performed beautifully around the winding bends. The
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Reflecting on history, and the autumn colours, in New Norfolk. turbo seemed to come on at around 2200 rpm and the gearbox and engine combination seemed to work really well in the hilly country. It was effortless on the highways and freeways, and able to cruise at the posted limits. We stopped for lunch at a free camp built by the local Lions club in Scottsdale, which allows for free camping for up to seven days beside a very scenic little pond with large grassy and treed sites. It even has a shower and toilet block. The site was well kept and well worth a stop for exploring the local area. We headed off after lunch, skirting around Launceston and down towards Cressy and Poatina, an old hydroelectric town. From there it was down through the centre of Tasmania via some steep mountain ranges.
Living The Life!
e camped the night at another free camp at a little place called Blackburn Creek, basically in the centre of Tasmania, making sure that we had the
motorhome pointed in the direction of the way out to the road. This camp spot was a large flat grassy area beside a creek, which was dry at this time. There was plenty of firewood handy so we made a campfire and sat in our camp chairs sipping hot chocolates, eating Tim Tams, and listening to some quiet music and the birdcalls. We figured it was peak hour when we saw a car about every 10 minutes; otherwise they came past about 20 minutes apart. Ah the joys of a camping trip. Work seemed to be in far, far away land. What a life! We had a few visitors after dark, firstly thinking they were Tassie devils but it turned out to be brawling possums. Shining the torch around I counted at least five possums in a hundred metres radius. Sadly the Tassie Devil population has decreased by 85 per cent, wiped out by Devil Facial Tumour Disease and they are not so frequent visitors now. Tuesday morning we headed into Bothwell, which has some of the widest streets in Tasmania. There we fuelled up before heading
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In 2007 we saw a platypus in the waters below Russell Falls, but not this time. No matter, itâ€™s still one of our favourite attractions and a real must-see.
down the Midland Highway to Bridgewater and then New Norfolk, one of our favourites from past visits. This is a very scenic town on the Derwent River, with fantastic reflections of autumn trees along the riverbanks. We had morning tea there and watched a mother duck with four ducklings and an adopted father goose as a protector, paddling quietly at the river edge. Very cute.
up the river bank less than two metres from us and the other swimming freely in the river with the trout. Unfortunately the sound of the camera turning on spooked the one on the bank, while the one in the river was too quick for me, but they are etched in our memories forever!
From New Norfolk we headed off to Plenty to visit the very first Australian Salmon and Trout Hatchery. There we wandered through the various ponds and the fly fishing museum, and learned about the salmon pond keepers. We wandered along the riverbank and saw not one but two Platypus; one was literally crawling
e left there and headed off to Russell Falls, another of our favourites where in 2007 we saw a platypus as well, but unfortunately he wasnâ€™t home this time. However, the scenic falls were a vista to behold. We saw trout swimming in the river as we wandered among the tree ferns, before then heading off to Strathgordon and Lake Pedder
Travel | 61 along a beautiful winding scenic rainforest road. The Tasmanians don’t seem to worry too much about speed advisory signs on this section of road and with the overhanging vegetation it was difficult to gauge some of the corners. Sometimes we found they tightened up somewhat mid-corner, presenting surprises to the unwary! We free camped at a little spot called Teds Beach on Lake Pedder, where the cost was $10.00 per night. We tried to pay but there were no envelopes left for the honesty system and locked-up box. A couple of other motorhomes joined us for the night. I went for a fish again and tried a Tassie Devil lure (of course) and caught a fine brown trout about 34 cm long. What a day –two platypus, a trout and camping in the wilds of Tasmania – I should have bought a lottery ticket! Wednesday morning we headed into Strathgordon and stopped at the information centre. The very friendly staff showed us a couple of views over the lake and recommended some other spots to visit, including the Gordon Dam wall. We trundled out to the dam wall and on the way stopped for a view over the lake. There we were rewarded with a rainbow vista, very scenic indeed! The dam wall is built in a very narrow ravine and is incredibly high. The infrastructure built in such a lonely spot certainly gave us an appreciation of the hard work and conditions on the Hydro schemes from times past. ….. to be continued in Issue 76.
Above: The impossibly steep wall of Gordon Dam gave us a real appreciation of the effort required by the workers in this remote and difficult location. Below: Rainbow over Lade Pedder!
62 | Travel: Balranald
Just a little bit fancy Story by Elizabeth Mueller, images by Helmut Mueller
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t’s not that many months ago Balranald opened its brand new visitor centre. For a small town on the edge of the NSW outback it was a pretty big event, and rightly so: The new centre is modern and spacious, with facilities that boost Balranald’s reputation as a town that welcomes travellers.
This handsome fellow’s a southern bell frog – more green sculptures can be seen around town.
Officially known as the Balranald Discovery Centre, the complex consists of separate buildings surrounded by manicured grass and gardens, with a sizeable parking area and a few frogs hopping around as a tribute to a local endangered species. As to be expected, the visitor centre itself has a range of brochures and maps, along with souvenirs and local products. It’s certainly flashier than the old cubbyhole centre, but the service is just as friendly and it’s easy to tell the helpers here love to share their part of the world. The grandly named Interpretive Pavilion is a really good example of how technology and tourism can work together in a tasteful and useful way. The mixture of audio and visual displays is quite captivating, while the hands-
This one didn’t get away!
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Some of the outbuildings at the woolshed complex
on approach is an excellent way to get a real ‘feel’ for Balranald’s attractions. It’s all a bit of fun too – and on-demand – so there’s no waiting for an attendant to run the video on nearby national parks, or to open the circular cinema where stories are told via a 270º screen. And it’s not every place one can pick up a Murray cod and find out the inside facts! Even better, there’s no charge to explore the pavilion, and visitors can take their time to roam around.
ike so many tourist complexes these days, Balranald’s includes a café that offers a decent coffee and a short menu with specials to suit the season. It’s a nice Eling Winery has place toForest relax while planning theplenty next stage of thekeep journey,you though Balranald’s keen to entice to coming back… travellers to stay at least a little while – and Story by Richard Robertson
there is a fair bit of enticement! A nice addition to the new complex is a 24-hour parking area for self-contained travellers. There’s a shower in each of the male and female toilet blocks and the location’s great – just a short walk up the main street to the local butcher, baker and newsagent, or to the ex-servicemen’s club for a meal and drink. Twenty-four hours really isn’t enough time to have a good look around, even for travellers on the haul along the Sturt Highway between Sydney and Adelaide. Folk who like to revel in the past will find a bit of history around town as well as down by the Murrumbidgee River, which flows right past Balranald’s doorstep. A riverside reserve has plenty of space for a stroll and by all accounts it’s a good stretch of the river for fishing. The local caravan park also has Murrumbidgee frontage and is nicely shaded by huge old river gums that so characterise
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A Murray pine drop-log design was used for much of the homestead’s construction.
inland rivers. Of course, Balranald does have its ‘big’ attractions as well and in this case it’s Yanga National Park – a property that was once considered to be the largest privately owned station in the southern hemisphere!
anga primarily ran sheep and the woolshed is a fantastic building that’s open for self-guided tours. The woolshed’s about 6 km from Balranald, with the final 1.6 km on a 2WD-accessible gravel road that ends at a car park big enough to turn a road train in. In fact, road trains probably did turn around here in another age. It’s only been 10 years since Yanga’s last shearing so the woolshed’s got a real ambience about it. The original yards, pens, races and a fair bit of original grease are still intact, though repairs were done a while back to reaffix the roof
after a freak storm. Modern touches to this late-1800s structure are aimed at lending an insight into the workings of the station, and at a number of points mounted iPads deliver a presentation from the last of Yanga’s workers; from the roustabouts through to the wool classers. The Yanga story continues through interpretive boards in the woolshed and down by the river, where a wharf once stood for wool and other supplies to be loaded or unloaded from paddle steamers. Even though much of the woolshed’s infrastructure of quarters, kitchens and outbuildings haven’t had the same care as the woolshed, it’s still an interesting precinct. There’s a nice outlook over the river too, though it’s hard to find a bad view over the Murrumbidgee!
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Above: The woolshed’s a good place to wander around, especially under an outback-blue sky. Left: Set up at Mamanga, definitely riverside camping.
anga National Park is another place that tempts travellers to stay a while. A short drive from the woolshed is a riverside picnic area with tables and toilets, and a few kilometres further on is Mamanga, one of three campgrounds in the park. Mamanga is by far the most convenient camp to Balranald – Willows is about 25 km away and the Woolpress Bend camps require a permit and about 55 km of mostly dirt road from the Sturt Highway. Mamanga is a total of 8 km from town, with about 2 km of that on a good dirt road. One area’s set aside for RV vehicles, with lots of room to turn and manoeuvre that’s mostly clear of overhanging branches. The second section is signed as suitable for tents, though we’ve seen campervans and smaller motorhomes
Travel | 67 happily set up here too. Both areas have river frontage and enough space so as not to be camped on top of other travellers. For a bush camp – and a free bush camp at that – the facilities at Mamanga are pretty good. A few fireplaces and tables are spread around, and each section has toilet blocks that are a touch fancy: solar lighting, washbasin and paper hand towels! And credit must go to National Park field staff for the cleanliness of the facilities. The old homestead is another Yanga mustsee, and it’s another free attraction. The homestead complex, which also houses park headquarters, is about 9 km from town (2 km on dirt) and while it’s open every day for a wander around, we can recommend tagging on to one of the ranger-led tours. Built around 1870, the homestead has a colonial Georgian style with a bit of bush ingenuity added as required through the years. It’s grand in a way, with long verandahs that overlook gardens, but also functional, with kitchens, offices, living rooms and the division of the ‘big house’. Most of the household items are still in situ and, with a ranger as a guide, more of Yanga’s stories come alive.
It’s nice to find a not-so-little country town where hand-in-pocket isn’t required to see the highlights and icons. With its new Discovery Centre and the accessible attractions of Yanga, Balranald has stepped-up to the challenge of enticing travellers to stay just a little bit longer. We reckon it’s done a pretty good job!
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• Balranald is on the Sturt Highway in NSW, between Hay and Euston • It’s a CMCA accredited RV-friendly town • The Balranald Discovery Centre is on the Sturt Highway (Market Street) • The Centre is open from 10 am to 4 pm every day, except Christmas Day and Good Friday. • Yanga National Park office is about 9 km from Balranald. The homestead precinct is open from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Ranger tours run on selected days from 10:30 am.
68 | Mobile Tech
Appreciation Society Apps to ‘elp to feel ‘appier! By Emily Barker
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ark Twain famously once said, “Too much of anything is bad, but too much good whiskey is barely enough,” and who are we to disagree with a man reputed for his legendary words? Apps today come in so many different shapes and sizes; some for fun, others for function and a few to lend a helping hand, which specifically in this case is to help us find that often-elusive great whisky, wine or beer! The world of beverage appreciation can be a little daunting to the casual observer. It is however one that is decidedly fun to explore; especially if you throw in a little food pairing! Whether you want to investigate the origins and reviews of yet another craft beer, seek the opinion of an expert sommelier before purchasing a gift, or are simply trying to find the best bargain on your favourite single malt, there’s an app to help. Cheers – and remember enjoy drinking responsibly!
Distiller – Your Whiskey Companion Cost: Free Size: 2.9 MB American, Irish, Scottish, Japanese or even Australian; the first thing to know about the world of whisky (or ‘whiskey’ depending on your side of the pond) is that it’s complicated, and those who are truly passionate are indeed ‘invested’. It’s quite clear the creators of Distiller are true lovers of whisky but what sets this app aside is the fact they openly declare their novice status. The entire aim of the app is to encourage and educate those new to the whisky world without the alienation or expensive trial and error associated with traditional experiences. The recent surge in popularity of craft beers and authentic whiskies has presented drinkers with far more choice beyond style and taste and with this comes more confusion. The intention of Distiller is to provide uninitiated drinkers with an un-intimidating recommendation engine with original reviews from fellow amateurs and experts alike.
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This app screams sophistication. Its interface is simply a joy and it boasts such a range of features making it the perfect companion for any level of whisky enthusiast from casual to connoisseur. The creators may have been amateur whisky drinkers but they were on the money when it came to media and technology. Certainly a standout feature is the Recommendation Generator. You’re asked a series of questions, including how familiar you are with whiskey, which style you’re seeking and where you’ll be enjoying the drink, along with your adventure level and price range. Then it hits you with a specific match to your general answers – giving indecisive people hope and adventurous people a fresh idea! The quality of information supplied in this app is however what distinguishes it from the many ‘two drams in’ novice review apps around. Expert contributors are sought from all over the world and when blended with knowledgeable-
yet-warm professional information pieces (and a little amateur social media-like commentary) the result is a refreshingly full bodied, multilayered and often velvety rich experience that’s deep in detail, but with enough floral bouquet to keep one’s attention! Vivino Wine Scanner Cost: Free Size: 67.3 MB This app is self-described as suited to ‘low commitment drinkers’: people who enjoy wine on a casual basis without too much intellectual investment into the vintage, vineyard or terroir. Don’t get me wrong, most reviews are written by people who seriously enjoy wine, they just don’t wish to write lengthy reviews about how ‘earthy, acidic or floral’ a wine is. They just want to remember it for next time and maybe give it a quick five-star rating (or a wide berth!).At its core
Mobile Tech | 71 this app uses image recognition technology to identify wines within its data base and access the associated community sourced reviews. With currently more than 9 million users, Vivino is a great way to choose, remember and share wines. The simple five-star scale classification makes it easy to rate a wine and any additional comments are purely optional. The primary feature of this app is the scanner. You can take a photo of any wine label or even wine list to check pricing, ratings, reviews, food paring suggestions and recommendations. It’s also a great way to access current information such as the best price deals, or even purchase online. If a wine is not recognised by the app its placed in a queue for identification by a real human. As with many apps reliant upon community information it does have some ‘holes’. The creators are well aware of this and often run promotional campaigns to encourage users to upload more images and associated information. The app itself has been created with a great deal of care and enthusiasm. Its clear interface is pleasant and easy to navigate whether you are leisurely planning a weekend menu or stuck mid-decision in a bottle store; and without a doubt just like a fine wine, it’s getting better with age!
or lovers of lagers and ales you would think there would be one definitive app celebrating all things frothy, pale, dark, amber or simply liquid gold. But it’s beer – and there are so many to choose from! There are apps dedicated to bargain hunting such as Beer Pal, which promises you’ll never pay full price for beer ever again! Now Tapped keeps you up to the minute whenever a great craft beer is tapped in any major metro area in Australia, while there is Untapped, the social media app devoted to all things beer, and a place where beer lovers can join together to upload photos, rank beers and submit reviews. In a quirky twist, Untapped also offers an inbuilt
72 | Mobile Tech game-like ‘loyalty’ strategy, where badges can be collected by completing tasks such as checking-in to three venues in an evening (Brew Crawl badge) or drinking 10 Australian beers (Down Under badge)!
to Dan, a James Squire Chancer Golden Ale is just the ticket! There is also the added convenience of being able to purchase directly via the app.
Naturally the app is focused upon sales, but Dan Murphy’s there are many features that make it quite a useful tool too. You can use image recognition Cost: Free technology to search for product information by Size: 15.1 MB simply taking a photo of whatever bottle you are looking for and you can save results for quick When it comes to retailers there is little dispute reference later. You don’t have to sign up for an that Dan Murphy’s delivers the goods, and often account if you don’t want to, however there are the prices to match. It’s only understandable often great bargains to be found! The only flaw then its app is filled with great information to I can find with this app is you need to be very assist anyone needing to know more about a specific when directly searching for an item: certain beer. I personally know very little about Pinot and Pale ale should be easily differentiated, international bitterness units or what beer to host but like most things never assume! with a six-hour roast shoulder of organic pork with caramelised root vegetables; but according
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