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CapriCorn region

Central Queensland’s Capricorn Region begins approximately 630 km north of the capital city of Brisbane and covers an area of 115,000 square kilometres, stretching from the Capricorn Coast in the east, through the major city of Rockhampton and further west to Emerald, the Sapphire Gemfields and spectacular Carnarvon Gorge.

Several touring routes and major highways connect the Capricorn Region with Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne in the south and Cairns in the north, whilst the aptly named Capricorn Highway is the major western highway joining Rockhampton with Longreach in Queensland’s Outback. Make the most of your journey whilst in the Capricorn Region with these self-drive itineraries...

OUTBACK & SAPPHIRE GEMFIELDS LOOP Departing from Rockhampton. Duration: From 1 – 4 Nights Explore the road less travelled and enjoy a detour full of surprises. The stretch of highway between Rockhampton and Mackay is known as being a little less than exciting and a trend is starting to emerge among travellers to partake in an exciting detour via the Sapphire Gemfields, just west of Rockhampton before heading North to Mackay.

Rockhampton From Rockhampton, follow the Capricorn Highway west towards Emerald. A drive that boasts stunning scenery. Blackdown Tableland National Park (2 hours) Located just outside of Blackwater, Blackdown Tableland is a popular overnight destination for campervans and tents. The National Park has stunning bushwalks, swimming holes, and aboriginal artwork. Sapphire Gemfields (2 hours or 3.5 hours from Rockhampton) The Sapphire Gemfields located just west of Emerald, are literally a hidden treasure and is a true Outback experience within a short drive of the East coast. You will find a variety of accommodation options and some award winning jewellery galleries. Here you can enjoy tours of small underground sapphire mines and even try your hand in one of the local fossicking parks. For a more ‘hands-on’ experience join a full day tag-a-long tour. Everyone who visits the Sapphire Gemfields is sure to leave with a souvenir sapphire! Sapphire Gemfields – Mackay (4.5 hours) From the Sapphire Gemfields, continue your journey north following the Peak Downs Highway. Enjoy stunning views of Peak Range and be sure to take a break in the country town of Capella before continuing your journey on to Mackay. This highway is abundant with native wildlife, and livestock roam freely so caution is needed when driving. More Time? Venture 3.5 hours south of the Sapphire Gemfields to unforgettable Carnarvon Gorge – its grandeur will leave you breathless. Carnarvon is famous for its deep sandstone gorge, spectacular cliffs, moss gardens, a variety of fauna and flora and Aboriginal artwork.

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CapriCorn region

Carnarvon Gorge

Yeppoon (45 minutes) The gateway to the Capricorn Coast, Yeppoon, is a magical beachside community, well known for its delicious seafood. Take time to explore the coastline and the safe swimming beaches. Don’t miss a sailing charter or day cruise to the Keppel Bay. Great Keppel Island (30 minute ferry transfer) With the protection of a fringing reef, the waters surrounding the Keppels are amazingly calm, making it perfect for all types of water sports such as snorkelling, sea kayaking, etc. Spend the day lazing on spectacular beaches or stay overnight in the casual island accommodation.

CAPRICORN COAST & ISLANDS Departing from Rockhampton. Duration: From 0 – 3 Nights Rockhampton From Rockhampton take a short 20 minute drive north to the friendly township of ‘The Caves’. The township is home to some of the most spectacular caves in Queensland. Capricorn Caves Visit the award winning Capricorn Caves just north of Rockhampton and take a journey through Queensland’s largest privately owned caves. Explore incredible above ground limestone caves formed over 400 million years ago, then follow the Scenic Highway to the Capricorn Coast.

Emu Park (15 minutes) Along the Scenic Highway lie 13 of Queensland’s most beautiful beaches. Take the coastal walk at Kemp Beach for magnificent views across the sparkling ocean to the Keppel Islands. Emu Park is also home to the Singing Ship, a soaring white sculpture on the headland, designed as a monument to Captain Cook. Koorana Crocodile Farm (15 minutes) As you make your way back to Rockhampton from Emu Park, be sure to visit the Koorana Crocodile Farm. The excitement of seeing a crocodile feeding is something you won’t match anywhere. From February to Easter you may also see baby crocs hatch! A perfect spot for lunch - croc burgers are the house specialty! More Time? Venture 30 minutes north of Yeppoon and immerse yourself in the Byfield Rainforest. Enjoy world class Pottery galleries, rainforest retreats and canoe adventures.

www.capricornholidays.com.au


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online at The Apollo Club. Just head to www.apollocamper.com for all the details. Australia is a beautiful country and we encourage our customers to help keep the towns, cities, parks, beaches and native bush pristine. We hope you have an incredible time in Australia. If you love your touring holiday, don’t forget Apollo also offers campervan rental locations across New Zealand, Canada and the USA as well. We value your feedback on your self-drive experience too so please contact

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Queensland’s Outback Where Australia Shines with a warm welcome SOUTH WEST Extensive rainfall in 2010 has resulted in a most magical transformation of the landscape in the South West of Queensland, bringing to life the landscapes and filling once dry lakes and creek beds. There’s no better time to see the South West. Visit the Tregole, Lake Bindegolly or Currawinya National Parks, stretch your legs along a picturesque river walk or explore one of several nature reserves. Vast and unspoiled, the South West is the home of the Natural Sciences and the epitome of the ‘natural’ Outback.

FAR WEST

The Far West is one of the most spectacular regions through which you will pass, and, following what has been one of the wettest years on record, it will be a sight to behold in 2011. Rolling red sand dunes reach into the clear blue skies extending west across the region and into the Simpson Desert. The Diamantina and Georgina Rivers course through the land, channelling seasonal floodwaters towards the incredible Lake Eyre Basin. This is one of the most isolated and challenging environments you will encounter.

CENTRAL WEST The Central West region is at Queensland’s geographical heart and a great deal of history can be explored here. Learn of a rich fossil history, pioneering outback spirits, legends of the bush, and characters of old. The natural attractions are plentiful too, with striking landscapes and diverse scenery, but most impressive are the world class museums showcasing local history and, on a grander scale, European settlement, the pastoral industry, great Australian innovations, song and the human spirit. Experience the cultural and natural heritage which has shaped the nation.

NORTH WEST Queensland’s North West is your gateway to the Gulf region and while spectacular fishing and incredible sunsets may await you on the coast, take your time and enjoy the attractions enroute! With a rich mining and pastoral industry, you will learn much about Queensland’s two largest primary industries, from their early beginnings to the contemporary issues of the present day. The North West also hosts a number of spectacular national parks showcasing the incredible diversity of Australian landscapes and is home to some stunningly rich fossil sites. 4

For more information about holidays in the region visit www.adventureoutback.com.au


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Safety tips for driving 

Seatbelts & Helmets

Seatbelts and child restraints must be worn where available in vehicles. Seatbelts reduce the risk of injury and death in a crash significantly. There are also heavy fines for not wearing a seatbelt or restraint. If you are riding on a motorcycle, moped, motor scooter or bicycle, (also non-motorised scooter in Victoria and South Australia) you must wear a crash helmet. KEEP LEFT

Keep left

In Australia, you must drive on the left side of two-way roads. Ask passengers to remind you each time you set off and when you are turning at an intersection – it could save your life. When walking across the road, remember to look right, left and right again for traffic and cross only when safe to do so.

STOP

Signs

This sign means you must stop and give way to all vehicles. Stop your vehicle just before the white stop line painted on the road. If there is no line, stop where you have a clear view of approaching traffic and give way to all vehicles approaching from your left and right.

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Speed

Speed limits are enforced more strictly in Australia than in most other countries. The speed limit is the maximum driving speed allowed. You must not drive above this limit. Some roads and streets don’t have speed limit signs, but speed limits still apply. As a general rule on roads where there are no signs but there are street lights or houses or other closely 6

spaced buildings next to the road, the speed limit is 50 km/h. Where there are no signs or street lighting or houses or buildings next to the road the speed limit is a maximum of 100 km/h in most states and territories. If the weather is poor (raining, fog) make sure you drive slower. All states and territories have mobile speed cameras, so slow down, drive safely and avoid heavy fines. Always check what the default speed limits are in each state and territory.

Road markings

Where the centre line marking on the road is a single broken line, vehicles may cross the line to overtake when it is safe to do so. If the centre marking has two lines you must not overtake if the line closest to your vehicle is unbroken. Where arrows are painted on the road, you must only drive in the direction they indicate.

Alcohol and drugs

Driving after you have consumed alcohol is dangerous. Australia has strict laws and penalties on ‘drinkdriving’ and police actively enforce them through random breath testing programs. If you have a full driver’s licence you must not drive if your blood alcohol level is 0.05 per cent or higher. At 0.05 per cent blood alcohol concentration, your risk of being involved in a crash doubles. Driving after taking drugs that affect your ability to drive is illegal in all states and territories; penalties are severe.

Driving tired

Many people die in crashes because the driver was tired. To avoid driving tired:  after a long flight, wait until you have

adapted to sleeping normally at night, particularly if time zones are crossed

 share the driving with your licensed

companions  take regular rest stops  don’t try to drive too far in one day  if you’re tired, pull the car over and have

a short sleep Rest areas are located every 80–120 kilometres on main roads for road users to pull over and rest when tired. Facilities may be limited but usually include seating, tables and shelter. If you are very tired the only cure is sleep.

Driving in rural and remote Australia

Driving in rural and remote areas requires special driving skills and awareness of different conditions. Make sure your vehicle is in good working order and has been serviced recently. Always carry a spare tyre, tools and water. If travelling to remote areas off major highways take extra food, water, fuel and tyres. Our remote areas have few towns and facilities, often with large distances between them, so plan your trip. If travelling in remote areas or planning to leave major roads tell local police of your intended route.

 Road

conditions

Road conditions can vary from a sealed surface to gravel and dirt. Use a four-wheel drive vehicle on unsealed roads in remote areas. Be careful of holes, soft road edges, narrow roads with unstable edges, narrow bridges, changing surfaces and dusty roads. The environment can change rapidly. Always check on local road conditions before leaving major roads. Turn your vehicle’s headlights on low beam during the day so vehicles can see you. Drive slowly on unsealed roads and take extra care – loose surfaces are unpredictable. If you drive off the side of the road, do not


EnjoyIng nAtuRE Be prepared if you plan to spend some time in the outdoors walking or hiking:  Tell someone where you are going and

what time you expect to return. Let them know when you return.  Check the weather forecast and be

overcorrect but slow down and return to the road when the vehicle is travelling at a safe speed. Obey road closure signs.

 Flooded

roads

You may come across water on the road. Roads may be covered in water which appears shallow but can have a current strong enough to sweep your vehicle away. Wait until the water level drops or use an alternative route.

 Road

trains

Huge trucks, known as road trains, can be the length of 10 cars. It can take up to 2.5 kilometres to overtake a road train at 100 km/h. Also allow plenty of room before you overtake as they may sway from side to side as you overtake. Be prepared for the ‘windrush’ when passing as it can pull you towards the road train. When being overtaken by a road train, maintain your speed and don’t move off the road. Only slow once the road train moves out to pass and make sure there is space for the road train between you and the vehicle in front of you.

prepared for unexpected changes in weather.  Check the length and degree of difficulty

of your planned walk. Consider using a local guide when taking long or difficult walks.  Drink plenty of water (in warm weather

allow at least one litre of water per hour of walking).  Wear sturdy shoes and socks, a hat,

sunscreen lotion, comfortable clothing and insect repellent. Other handy items for long bushwalks include food, warm

clothing, first aid supplies, a torch and a map.  Read maps and signs, stay on the track,

stay behind safety barriers and stay away from cliff edges.  Do not feed or play with native animals.

You might get bitten or scratched.  Limit your use of fire. Use a fuel stove

for cooking (outside of tents). Never leave fires unattended or unconfined. Be aware of fire bans or restrictions in place. Cigarette butts cause bushfires. Do not drop them or throw them out of your car. Evacuate the area immediately if you see a bushfire.  Visit the ranger station or park

information centre to obtain details on the best places to visit and any additional safety information for that park.

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 Animals Watch out for animals on the road such as kangaroos and emus. Livestock also graze on the side of unfenced roads. The most active time for many animals is sunrise and sunset. If an animal crosses in front of you, reduce speed safely and do not swerve violently or you may roll the vehicle.

 If

your vehicle breaks down

Do not leave your vehicle because it will provide you with shade and protection from the heat. Wait for help to come to you. Consider hiring appropriate emergency communication equipment, such as a satellite phone and an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) device.

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FATigUe – THe HiDDen KiLLeR Fatigue is a factor in up to 35 per cent of fatal road crashes. With drink driving, accurate tests can determine if alcohol was involved in a crash. However, there are difficulties in measuring the specific role of fatigue in serious crashes.

when our biological time clock makes us feel tired  length of time performing the task  sleeping disorders such as sleep apnoea.

FAQs

constant yawning drifting over lanes  sore eyes  trouble keeping your head upright  delayed reactions  daydreaming  difficulty remembering driving the last few kilometres  variations in driving speed.

after work. you will be tired already even though you do not realise it.  aim not to travel more than 8 to 10 hours each day.  Take regular 15 minute breaks at least every 2 hours. Get out of the car, get some fresh air and some exercise.  If possible share the driving. Get your passengers to tell you if you look tired or if you are showing signs of tiredness.  eat well balanced meals at your usual meal times. avoid fatty foods which can make you feel drowsy.  Avoid alcohol and medicines that can cause drowsiness.  Avoid driving at night. The chances of crashing are much higher late at night and early morning.

 What causes fatigue?

 How do I avoid

 Will coffee cure

There are a range of factors that can cause fatigue. The four main causes are:

Get enough quality sleep before you begin driving. Be sure to have 7 to 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep before your trip.  The worst time to begin your trip is

In the short term coffee may be of some benefit but its effects wear off and you are likely to suffer from sleep rebound putting you at risk of crashing.

The only cure for fatigue is sleep.

Fatigue causes several problems for drivers such as: slow reactions and decisions; slow control movements;  hallucinations;  decreased tolerance for other road users;  poor lane tracking and maintenance of headway speed; and  loss of situational awareness.

 How do I know if I’m

fatigued?

Signs of fatigue include:

 

lack of quality sleep time of day driving when you would normally be sleeping (eg 1am-6am) or in the afternoon period (eg 2pm-4pm)

fatigue?

fatigue?

HOW TO PAY YOUR ROAD TOLL

There are toll roads in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne regions and it is your responsibility to ensure that you pay the tolls during your hire. To ensure you have a stress free holiday and do not incur any fines, we have listed the following information for your convenience.

TOLL ROAD

HOW TO PAY

QueenSland

Set up a GO VIa Video Pass. GO VIa Video Passes give you access to all Toll Roads and Bridges in Queensland only.

Gateway Bridge, Gateway extension, logan Motorway and Clem7 Tunnel

1300 046 842 or www.govia.com.au

Go Between Bridge/Clem 7 Tunnel

13 13 57

Sydney

depending on how often or how long you plan to visit Sydney set up a ROaM Visitors Pass. ROaM gives you access to all Toll Roads, Tunnels and Bridges in Sydney only. *Have you travelled through a SYDNEY toll road without a roam account activated? Then you cannot pay for the toll via Roam. In this case, contact the applicable toll road authority directly within 48hrs of travel, to set up an e-pass.

Cross City Tunnel

Roam - 13 86 55 or www.roam.com.au or Cross City Tunnel - 1300 555 833

eastern distributor

Roam - 13 86 55 or www.roam.com.au or eastern distributor - 1300 138 107

M2 – Hills

Roam - 13 86 55 or www.roam.com.au or M2 - 13 76 26

lane Cove Tunnel and Falcon Street Gateway

Roam - 13 86 55 or www.roam.com.au or lane Cove & Falcon St - 13 76 26

M7 – Westlink

Roam - 13 86 55 or www.roam.com.au or M7/Westlink - 13 86 55

M5 – South West Motorway

Roam - 13 86 55 or www.roam.com.au or M5/South West - 1300 555 833

Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Harbour Tunnel

Roam - 13 86 55 or www.roam.com.au or Sydney Harbour Bridge/Tunnel - 13 18 65

M4 – Western Motorway

nO PayMenT ReQuIRed

MelBOuRne

Set up a Melbourne Pass. Citylink passes gives you access to all Toll Roads, Tunnels and Bridges on the Citylink and the eastlink in Melbourne only.

Western and Southern Citylink

13 26 29 or www.citylink.com.au

east link Toll

City link (as above)

Please Note: A valid credit card will be required for the above payments. Non-Payment of any toll roads will result in a $75.00 charge per infringement from Apollo. 8

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DO FRASER YOUR WAY! Kingfisher Bay Resort

www.kingfisherbay.com

Relaxation mixes with adventure, nature complements resort life and silence has its own sound. It’s the perfect location to do as little or as much as you like and is more relaxing in a day than a week anywhere else. Kingfisher Bay Resort offers hotel or self-contained villa accommodation starting from $148* per room per night. Seasonal packages with ferry and meal inclusions available.

Eurong Beach Resort

www.eurong.com

Life’s a beach on the world’s largest sand island. With famous 75-Mile Beach on the doorstep, Eurong is the hub for 4WD adventures on Fraser Island. On the Beach package includes 2 nights motel accommodation at Eurong Beach Resort, return barge transfers and daily buffet breakfast and dinner from $242* pp twin share, 2 bedroom apartment $85* extra per room per night.

per room per night

from

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per person twin share

www.kingfisherbay.com

The popular ‘Day Away’ package gives Hervey Bay holiday-makers the chance to experience Fraser Island’s magic without hitting the sand tracks. You’ll enjoy lunch and morning or afternoon tea as well as a Ranger-guided walk and talk – and all without leaving the resort’s stunning grounds. From $65*adult $30*child $150* family (2 adults 2 children)

Fraser Explorer Tours

www.fraserexplorertours.com

Join us for a 1 or 2 day fun filled adventure to discover the best of World Heritage Fraser Island. Visit all of Fraser Island’s major beauty spots such as Lake McKenzie. Tours depart daily from Hervey Bay and Rainbow Beach and are all inclusive. Explorer Day Tour $175*pp Explorer 2 Day Tour staying at Eurong Beach Resort from $156* pp per day quad share includes all meals and park fees.

Cool Dingo Tour

*

www.cooldingotour.com

With a guided Cool Dingo Tour, you’ll see it all, do it all – and get absolute top value from your Fraser experience. No tents, no sleeping bags, no cooking, no driving, no worries and friendly guides with local knowledge. Fun and adventure on Fraser for 18-35s. 2 & 3 day all inclusive guided tours ex Hervey Bay from $135* pp per day.

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Vehicle and passenger barges run daily from River Heads and Inskip Point. Bookings 1800BARGES 1800 227 437 www.fraserislandbarges.com.au

Kingfisher Bay Resort Group

*Prices valid at May 2011, subject to availability.

1800 FRASER (1800 372 737)

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Courtesy of Tourism Queensland

Queensland Q

ueensland offers countless places to visit and no matter what type of holiday you are seeking you’ll definitely be satisfied, but most likely delighted, at what you’ll find here. Brisbane and the Great Sunshine Way takes in the four main centres of Brisbane, the Gold Coast, the Sunshine Coast, and the Fraser Coast; a fascinating mix of cities, coast and hinterland and the gateway to some of Australia’s most diverse and awe-inspiring holiday experiences. In fact, some of the earth’s most treasured natural wonders like World Heritagelisted Fraser Island, and the ancient rainforests of the Gold Coast hinterland are found here. Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef is a colourful, upbeat, exotic and free spirited destination that will ‘Change Your Latitude’. Cairns is the gateway

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to Tropical North Queensland and the perfect base to explore the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef, Daintree Rainforest, the Wet Tropics and Riversleigh Fossil Fields. Colourful characters, a proud history and a landscape which seems endless in time and space — this is Queensland’s Outback. An amazing country of red hills, plains that stretch to eternity, and spectacular sunsets. A place where characters share a yarn and people say g’day. A land of the dreamtime, where ancient Aboriginal culture is recorded on rock faces and cave walls, and where evidence of the dinosaurs’ reign over the earth can still be found. With so many things to see and do in Queensland, you really are spoilt for choice.

www.tq.com.au

Cooper Creek Wilderness, Daintree.


Courtesy of Tourism Queensland

Courtesy of Tourism Queensland

Beautiful Lake McKenzie on Fraser Island.

Magical Fraser Coast Driving along Queensland’s Fraser Coast, one word comes to mind – magic. The Fraser Coast combines the charms of yesteryear with World Heritage natural beauty. After leaving Brisbane enjoy morning tea at one of the many chic cafés and restaurants of Noosa, or after an earlymorning surf at one of the many surfing beaches stretched along the coastline. But don’t dawdle too long — the Fraser Coast has much to offer. Maryborough is the historical and cultural heart of the Fraser Coast. Just over three hours’ drive north from Brisbane; Maryborough is nestled in a curve of the Mary River. The city’s original Queenslander homes grace the broad tree-lined streets and will fascinate history buffs. For those interested in heritage, the city’s heritage walk is a two-hour delight. If time’s on your side, visit Elizabeth Park and smell the roses or feed the Black Swans at Ululah Lagoon. A great time to visit Maryborough is from August to October as just a short drive to the nearby coastal town of Hervey Bay you will be in for one of nature’s truly enchanting experiences — the migration of the humpback whales. Hervey Bay also offers the chance to explore rivers and creeks by boat, visit secluded restaurants, a coastal winery, go fishing, enjoy a quiet walk along a beach or hop over to World Heritage Fraser Island.

Gem hunting.

Much has been written about the beauty of the largest sand island in the world, Fraser Island, and it is easy to see why. Spanning more than 100 km, an area of almost 200,000 ha, Fraser has much to offer. Fraser’s distinctiveness comes from its natural environment — the only place in the world where rainforest grows on sand. The fact that you are on a large sand island seeps into your mind as you walk along a rainforest stream. There is no sound of water babbling over rocks. These creeks ramble through the forest keeping their secrets to themselves as they make their way to the sea. Fraser is a wilderness, so be aware that it is the natural habitat of dingoes when you’re enjoying the coloured sands, fishing, or picnicking. Follow the directions of signs and the advice of National Parks rangers. On your return trip to Brisbane the tranquil waters of the Great Sandy Strait are worth experiencing. Dotted along the coastline of the Great Sandy Strait are the seaside townships of Rainbow Beach, Tin Can Bay, Tinnanbar, Poona, Tuan, Boonooroo and Maroom. Associated with this medley of seaside villages are great surf beaches, coloured sands, mangrove-lined creeks, great fishing, and bushwalking through a magnificent display of wildflowers. For more information: Fraser Coast South Burnett Regional Tourism Board - Freecall 1800 444 155

www.frasercoastholidays.info

Having a Gem of a time Make the discovery of a lifetime when you go fossicking for gems at the largest sapphire fields in the Southern Hemisphere, which include the towns of Rubyvale, Anakie, Willows Gemfields and Sapphire. To get there it’s only a four hour drive west of Rockhampton on the Capricorn Highway. The Sapphire Gemfields cover almost 900 square kilometres of one of the world’s most significant sapphire bearing grounds. The Gemfields’ townships are populated by many characters of different nationalities, with many locals reporting ‘sapphire fever’. There is a sense of fun and adventure fossicking for your own sapphires, and absorb the history of this fascinating area. Mined since the late 1800s, the moonlike landscape is as much a part of the lifeblood of Sapphire as the rich treasures in the earth. Enjoy a guided tour of the Sapphire Gemfields: tours also provide the opportunity to fossick for your own sapphire. Half and full day tours are available. Fossicking areas include ‘Graves Hill’ and ‘Big Bessie’. The Big Ring, Big Spanner and Big Pick and Shovel can all be found in and around Sapphire. Buy a bucket of wash at Sapphire — all the digging has been done for you and all there is left to do is sieve and sort for the hidden treasure! Sapphire, originally called Sapphiretown, 11


For more information visit www.capricornholidays.com.au

Central Queensland Gems Drive

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Rockhampton – Barcaldine – Winton – Longreach – Blackall – Gladstone www.tq.com.au Waltz through some of Australia’s greatest legends as you venture from Rockhampton onto the vast Mitchell grass plains of the central Queensland outback. Here you’ll find a land that inspired our unofficial national anthem, Waltzing Matilda, and the creation of Qantas and the Australian Labor Party. You’ll experience a true-blue slice of outback Australia as you wander among the footprints of a dinosaur stampede, uncover a gem or opal, and blow the froth off a couple in pubs that have as much character as they do beer.

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has developed into a commercial hub offering a variety of facilities and services including a medical centre, multi-purpose centre, mining equipment sales and tyre service. Visit the Piano Tuners Grave at Retreat Creek. Rubyvale is home to two underground tourist sapphire mines, where you can venture beneath the earth and experience for yourself how sapphire mining was done in the ancient riverbeds. Visit a local pub and view the Gemfield’s architecture of billy boulders and ironbark logs. Dig at one of the nominated fossicking areas in Willows Gemfields. Some of the world’s most famous sapphires have been found here, including a 332 carat rough yellow stone, aptly named the ‘Golden Willow’. Positioned on the ‘crossroads’ along the Capricorn Highway, Anakie hosts the annual ‘Gemfest — Festival of Gems’ every year in August. Visit the Anakie Hotel which had to be partially rebuilt in 1971 after a disgruntled patron blew out the front section with gelignite.

The Town of 1770, so named after the visit of Lieutenant James Cook, is just over 120 km north of Bundaberg.

Beautiful Bundaberg Bundaberg boasts a wide range of other beach and inland attractions that will make your visit unforgettable. Mon Repos Beach is the largest and most accessible turtle rookery in mainland Australia. Loggerhead, green, leatherback and flatback turtles come ashore from November to February to lay their eggs. The tiny hatchlings may be seen popping out of their sandy nests from early January until mid-March. Access to the beach is limited during the season and rangers conduct guided walks each night. Every year from July to mid-October, humpback whales pass close to Bundaberg’s coastline. Whale watching cruises operate from Port Bundaberg during the season. Bundaberg is the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. The most spectacular parts of the southern reef can be found around Lady Elliot and Lady Musgrave Islands— true coral cays, home to thousands of marine species. The reef can be seen on fine, calm days by snorkelling just a metre or two from the shore. Many birds have been attracted to these havens and Lady Elliot Island now has its own small colony of rare red-tailed tropic birds. Lady Musgrave Island is a two and a halfhour cruise from Port Bundaberg and is the only coral island on the Great Barrier Reef with a navigable lagoon. A day trip allows plenty of time to view the reef and marine life. The surrounding waters here are filled with over 200 species of corals

and 1,200 varieties of brilliantly coloured fish. Access is also available from the Town of 1770. Bargara Beach is a seaside township just 12 km east of Bundaberg and has safe, moderate surf. To the south is Kelly’s Beach, also with a safe swimming area. The Hummock, an extinct volcano core, is halfway between Bundaberg and Bargara and is the district’s highest point offering 360-degree views. Woodgate’s golden sandy beach is around 40 km south of Bundaberg and is the first surf beach north of the Sunshine Coast. The National Park walks are a great way to discover the local flora and fauna. The Town of 1770, so named after the visit of Lieutenant James Cook, is just over 120 km north of Bundaberg. The area’s white beaches and crystal clear waters have changed little since the day Cook landed in May 1770. Without a doubt Bundaberg’s favourite son is Bert Hinkler. As one of the world’s great pioneer aviators, he has been honoured with his own museum in Bundaberg’s Botanic Gardens. The museum is housed in Hinkler’s Southhampton home that he designed and lived in from 1926 until his death in 1933. While in the region make sure you visit the Bundaberg Rum Distillery, where the famous Bundaberg rum is made. It is Australia’s best selling spirit and the distillery has a visitors’ centre and guided tours. If rum’s not your drop then the region also has a tropical winery. This is wine with a difference – made from tropical fruit! For more information visit www.bundabergregion.info or call 07 4153 8888.


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Welcome to Queensland’s Sunshine Coast Aptly named, the Sunshine Coast has a year round climate that’s the envy of many other regions. In fact, it’s arguable that the weather on the Sunshine Coast provides one of the most comfortable climates in the world. The region has an average of seven hours of sunshine a day which creates ideal conditions for any holiday no matter how active or relaxed you wish to be.

Where Queenslanders choose to holiday Sunshine Coast is Queensland’s Naturally Refreshing holiday destination with over 100kms of white sandy beaches stretching from family friendly Caloundra up past Point Cartwright, Mooloolaba, Cotton Tree, Coolum to the world famous Noosa. Not only is the Sunshine Coast the first jump off point to Fraser Island, it is renowned for its incredible surf and sand, beach front dining, easy access to golf courses and tourist attractions. Removed from the hustle and bustle of other beach destinations, the Sunshine Coast offers a relaxed, uncrowded ‘come as you are’ holiday. Although the Sunshine Coast is most famous for its beaches, the Glass House Mountains, National Parks, rainforests, waterfalls and the small town treasures of Montville, Maleny and Mapleton prove the region has something for visitors from all over the world.

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Markets The Eumundi Markets are one of Australia’s leading tourist attractions and are held every Saturday and Wednesday of the year come rain or shine. The towering fig trees give shade to the wide walkways where over 500 merchants display their wares. There is

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an abundance of handmade and craft items as well as organically grown produce. The Eumundi Markets are a great place to stroll

For the nature lovers the range of National Parks is remarkable, from the beach front National Park in Noosa to the rainforest trails at Mary Cairncross, the range of flora and fauna are not to be missed. You can regularly see koalas together with a range of representatives from the kangaroo family - the Red-legged Pademelon, the Red-necked Pademelon and the Red-necked Wallaby to name a few. The Sunshine Coast bird life is well documented across the natural riverways such as the Maroochy River Wetland Sanctuary and Noosa Everglades with over 140 recorded species in the Hinterland National Parks including the endangered Coxen’s Fig Parrot and the rare Grey Goshawk.

around and learn about the local artisan work, get some souvenirs for friends back home, and take time for a bite of fresh, natural, local fare.

How to get here The Sunshine Coast is located just a one hour drive north of Brisbane. Off the Bruce Highway you can either head up Steve Irwin Way past Australia Zoo and the Glass House Mountains or turn off right anywhere from Caloundra to Noosa to experience some of the best beach towns in Queensland.

Where to stay With a range of camping and caravanning spots across the coast the only trouble you will have is choosing which one you want to stop at and how long you want to stay. Prime beach front locations mixed with dramatic valleys and forest vistas are there to choose from. For more information on where to go, what to do and where to stay go to visitsunshinecoast.com.au Kondalilla Falls.

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Aerial view of the Glass House Mountains.

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Memorable Markets Bring a recyclable bag and enter shopping heaven at one of our local, hinterland or seaside markets. Stock up on fresh local produce, specialty fare and original creations. ‘Make it, bake it, grow it or sew it’ is the ethos of the famous Eumundi Market, held on Wednesday and Saturday mornings. Eumundi Markets.

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Steeped in Aboriginal Legend, the Glass House Mountains are a series of craggy volcanic plugs rising dramatically from the coastal plain.

Mary Valley Rattler Old Railway Station, Tozer Street, Gympie www.thevalleyrattler.com The Valley Rattler steam heritage tours run every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. Beginning at the historic Gympie Railway Station and travelling through the scenic Mary Valley.

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Feeding the dolphins at Tin Can Bay.

Steve Irwin Way, Beerwah www.australiazoo.com.au Crikey! There is no other zoo like Australia Zoo. With plenty of wildlife action every day including exciting crocodile shows, knowledgeable zoo keepers to chat with and lots of drop-dead gorgeous animals that can’t wait to get up close and personal with YOU. Open 7 days from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm.

Feed the Dolphins at Tin Can Bay www.barnaclesdolphins.com.au Tin Can Bay is one of only three places in Australia where you can hand feed the rare Indo-Pacific humpback dolphins. Feeding commences at 8.00 am with a small group of people in the water at one time. Fish for the feeding is available on site. Because it is a volunteer group they request $5.00 per person to cover some of their costs.

Ginger Factory 50 Pioneer Road, Yandina www.gingerfactory.com.au Spend the day enjoying the delicious flavours, fabulous gift shopping and educational tours. The Ginger Factory is now also home to the Superbee Live Bee Show and The Buderim Ginger Cooking School. Open 7 days, 9.00 am to 5.00 pm, free admission, fees apply for tours and rides.

Underwater World The Wharf, Mooloolaba www.underwaterworld.com.au See more than 5500 sea creatures including sharks, sting rays, seals and otters as you explore eight unique zones. View the world-famous Oceanarium BROKEN HILL tunnel and interact with animals in a Behind the Scenes Tour. Open 7 days SOUTH AUSTRALIA 9.00 am to 5.00 pm.

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Adelaide City Bikes This scheme gives you free unlimited bike hire during the operational hours of the program. There are a number of places to collect the bikes and helmets throughout the city. You need a photo ID that will be held as a deposit for the duration of the hire. For more information visit www.cityofadelaide.com.au or ask at a visitor information centre.

There are 50 bike stations and 600 bikes situated around the Melbourne CBD. You can take a bike out for a maximum of 24 hours with the first 30 minutes being free. Bike hire is self-service using a credit card at the terminal. Helmets are mandatory and are available for just $5.00 at many retail outlets or vending machines. For more information visit www.melbournebikeshare.com.au or call 1300 711 590.

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blend of the old and the new. Extending from Canberra to the highest reaches of the mountains and south across the Monaro Plains, the Snowy Mountains features mountains, rivers and lakes. You could be swishing down winter slopes, admiring spring wildflowers or rambling through parklands ablaze with autumn colour. Harsh but fragile, the rugged natural beauty of Outback NSW has been appreciated for millennia by the region’s Aboriginal inhabitants. And following recent rain in late 2010 and early 2011 there’s never been a better time to visit. Country NSW stretches across the sunny western plains, from the cool rainforests of the Great Dividing Range to the

ochre-coloured expanse of the Outback, spanning the state from north to south. Sydney Surrounds is a grand spectrum of delights. Here you’ll find sparkling waterways, World Heritage-listed national parks, age-old mountains and ravines, cascading waterfalls and some of the most stunning beaches on the planet. The unspoilt natural beauty of the South Coast of New South Wales unfolds in a series of bays and coves. Little townships, many with interesting histories, are known for their fine food and wines, and great country markets. Superb local cheeses are a speciality.

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Quirky things to do in NSW  Many make the pilgrimage to The Pub With No Beer in Taylors Arms on the Mid North Coast, immortalised in song by the late Slim Dusty about the day the pub ran out of beer. Thankfully, that day is firmly ensconced in history, with brewery beer tastings, tours and beer appreciation classes held throughout the year. www.pubwithnobeer.com.au  Tropical Fruit World in the Tweed is home of the world’s largest variety of tropical fruit with more than 500 varieties of rare and tropical fruits. www.tropicalfruitworld.com.au  Go mushroom hunting in Oberon near Katoomba. Between late January and early May, Saffron Milk Cap (Lactarius deliciosus) and Bolete (Boletus portentosus) mushrooms are ripe for the picking!  Get off the beaten track and discover abandoned gold fields at Hill End, Ophir and Sofala. Explore townships that were founded on the discovery of rich gold deposits in the 1870s. Learn how the early Australian settlers worked and survived in those rugged times. Take a guided tour of a fully-functional underground mine at the renowned History Hill or try your luck panning for gold in nearby Tambaroora Creek. Enjoy a counter lunch and a cold beer at the Royal Hotel, or perhaps a cappuccino with scones at Rose Cottage, Hill End.  ‘Bush Tucker Tours’ are held monthly at Sea Acres Rainforest Centre

near Port Macquarie. Join local Aboriginal guides along the 1.3 km walk to discover how local Indigenous people used rainforest plants for food and gain an insight into Birpai culture. Costs from $5 - $15, held on the third Saturday of every month from 1.30 to 3.30 pm. Visit www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au or call 02 6582 3355.

 Emerging as one of NSW’s hottest food and wine destinations and just over an hour from Sydney, the Southern Highlands is one of only three regions in Australia producing intensely varietal cool climate wines.  Discover what very few people in the world have experienced; going truffle hunting with the dogs. Urban Graze Cooking School offer the opportunity to visit Millthorpe and Orange NSW, for an indulgent truffle weekend. www.urbangraze.com.au  Catch-a-Crab cruises take you to the best mud crab hunting grounds where you can throw out the pots and catch your own lunch in the Tweed River. To complete the seafood banquet, try your hand at yabby pumping, shuck oysters straight from the beds and drop a line for some freshwater fish. www.catchacrab.com.au  Visit Aberdeen in the Upper Hunter and experience its wineries, discover exquisite wines you won’t find in bottle shops and enjoy water sports on Lake Glenbawn. Known for its magnificent horse studs and historic homesteads, the Upper Hunter is Australia’s best kept wine secret, producing some of the finest wines in the world.

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Discover exquisite wines in the Upper Hunter.

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 Experience what daily life is like in Outback NSW. Join the Bush Mail Run in Broken Hill, a mail and parcel delivery service operating in the Outback every Wednesday and Saturday. See how the mail and supplies are delivered in the bush to remote country homesteads in the same way for the past 100 years. Tune into the School of the Air, in Broken Hill, providing a satellite education to children in the Outback. www.schoolair-p. schools.nsw.edu.au Tourist sessions are conducted Monday to Friday from 8.30 to 9.30 am.  Glen Innes is the centre for all things Celtic. Originally settled by Scottish, Welsh and Cornish folk, the town enthusiastically celebrates its heritage. It has designed and registered its very own tartan, and the annual Australian Celtic Festival is held the first weekend in May. 21


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If you’ve only got a limited time to visit New South Wales then head north from Sydney after breakfast and by mid-morning you’ll be in beautiful Port Stephens — a kind of ‘one-stop-shop’ of nature and waterway experiences. There are heaps of activities on offer to suit everyone on the bay that is two and a half times the size of Sydney Harbour as well as great surf beaches. Commonly regarded as the ‘dolphin capital of Australia’, multiple daily sightings are guaranteed. From late May to early November, migrating humpback whales can be spotted from either a whale-watching cruise vessel or the shoreline around Fingal Bay and Anna Bay, just south of Nelson Bay. While driving around Port Stephens keep an eye out for koalas. Because they sleep during the day, the best chance to see

one is around dusk in low lying areas with Swamp Mahogany trees. Keep your distance though — they are shy animals and become stressed from too much close human attention. For something a bit different, the Worimi Conservation Lands (Stockton Bight Sand Dunes) are truly one of nature’s masterpieces. Stretching for 32 km, the dunes offer adventure and fun for everyone. You can explore by foot, on a horse, camel or quad bike or join a 4WD tour and sandboard down thirty-metre high dunes. For a bit of culture and history explore the Nelson Head Heritage Lighthouse and Reserve with panoramic views of the entrance to Port Stephens. The museum houses various lighthouse artefacts and when you’re done enjoy a light lunch or afternoon tea at the Inner Light Tea House.

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Get personal with a cheetah at the National Zoo & Aquarium.

Canberra – see for yourself  Discover the home of the Australian story in Canberra, where our national attractions and hidden gems deliver many unexpected delights. Photo: Paul Blackmore. Courtesy Tourism New South Wales

 Uncover the Australian story through Canberra’s famed national attractions which hold the story of our nation. See Phar Lap’s heart, Captain Cook’s magnifier and follow the journey of our Indigenous people at the National Museum of Australia. Take a behind-the-scenes tour with an elite athlete at the Australian Institute of Sport and feel the courage of our Anzacs at the Australian War Memorial’s Tomb of the Unknown Australian Soldier. See our country and people through the eyes of artists at the National Gallery of Australia and the National Portrait Gallery. Hear the stories and events that have shaped our distinctive democracy at the new Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House. The Blowhole and lighthouse in Kiama.

South Coast Maritime Memories Kiama Lighthouse The light was established in 1887, 10 years after the creation of the Robertson Basin, a manmade harbour to service Kiama’s supply of crushed blue metal and paving blocks for the streets of Sydney. Situated on the round apex of Blowhole Point, the Kiama lighthouse stands from sea level to the light at a height of 68.28 metres (224 feet). The foundation is concrete, 4.27 metres (14 feet) in depth and 3.66 metres (12 feet) in diameter; from the bottom of the foundation to the top of the entrance is 4.88 metres (16 feet). The height of the building from the floor to the coping is 10.97 metres (36 feet), to the light is 12.19 metres (40 feet), and to the top of the weather vane is 15.24 metres (50 feet). 24

Kiama Blowhole The Kiama Blowhole was discovered by George Bass on his voyage of coastal exploration on 6 December 1797, after anchoring his whaleboat in the sheltered bay which became Kiama Harbour. An unusual rock formation spouting water high into the air with a spectacular rush of water and sound. Most impressive when seas run from the south-east. A viewing platform is wheelchair accessible. The Kiama Heritage Walk begins here.

Pilot’s Cottage Museum Situated on Blowhole Point adjacent to the Visitors Centre, this beautifully restored cottage operates as a Maritime and Regional Museum and is run by the Kiama & District Historical Society. Detailed pictorial records of Kiama’s colourful past can be seen including cedar getters, the basalt quarrymen and shipping history. Open 11.00 am – 3.00 pm, Friday to Monday.

 Delve further and you can get up close and personal with a cheetah at the National Zoo & Aquarium or be greeted by one of our many local winemakers and sample the fruits of their labour at the cellar door.  This modern city offers fun for the kids and a busy calendar of events and festivals — like Floriade, Australia’s celebration of spring, where glorious spring blooms erupt in tune with bright blue skies. If it’s the great outdoors that you’re after then check out the purposebuilt cycling facilities at Stromlo Forest Park or Canberra’s fantastic cycle path network. Discover nature and wildlife at Tidbinbilla or Namadgi National Park right on our doorstep.  An array of stylish restaurants, bars and shops are close by, and for those more adventurous our scenic natural surrounds await you. So come on, see for yourself. www.visitcanberra.com.au


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ugging the tip of the Australian east coast, Victoria is Australia’s secondsmallest state, covering 227,600 square kilometres – roughly the size of the British Isles. Packed into such a compact area is a wealth of diverse regional areas and attractions, from sweeping coastline and pristine beaches to national parks and forests teeming with wildlife to wineries, lakes and mountains offering skiing, climbing and hiking. Best of all, many of Victoria’s unique and varied landscapes are easily accessible as day trips from Melbourne. Victoria’s capital, Melbourne, sits on the Yarra River and around the shores of Port Phillip Bay. Lauded for its sense of style and elegance, Melbourne boasts glamorous festivals and events, Australia’s best shopping, a lively passion for eating and drinking, and a flourishing interest in the arts. Restored and preserved nineteenth-century

architecture, built following the discovery of gold, provides a heady reminder of a prosperous age, while beautifully tended parks and gardens present a therapeutic respite from the pace of city life. Melbourne and Victoria host some of Australia’s most prestigious events throughout the year, including the Spring Racing Carnival culminating in the Melbourne Cup in November, the Australian Open Tennis Championships in January, the Formula 1™ Australian Grand Prix in March, the Melbourne International Arts Festival in October, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show in March and April. Your taste buds will be rewarded with a number of food and wine events around the state. Visit Victoria today – you’ll love every piece of it.

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Loch Ard Gorge.

Port Campbell This seaside village along the Great Ocean Road offers visitors a wild and scenic retreat.

History The sheltered bay that is the picturesque feature of Port Campbell, 245 km from Melbourne, is named after Captain Alexander Campbell, a trader who began using the cove to escape rough conditions in the 1840s (this is, after all, part of the Shipwreck Coast). More than 180 ships came to grief off the coast between Port Fairy and Moonlight Head; artefacts from some of the wrecks can be seen at the 12 Apostles Visitor Centre in Port Campbell.

Exploring The Discovery Walk starts on the beach and winds gently through windswept heath before unleashing breathtaking views that take in the pounding surf, craggy cliffs and the final rocky outcrop of the famous 12 Apostles. Alternatively, view the coast from a different perspective by joining Phil Younis, owner of Port Campbell Boat Charters, on a trip to see the 12 Apostles and Loch Ard Gorge from the water.

You can easily explore the surrounding region by road. While most people head straight for the Apostles, there is a stunning scenic route (the Food, Wine and Vistas Loop) that goes through farmland and the tiny township of Timboon. Stop at the Timboon Railway Shed Distillery where Tim Marwood has just released his first batch of single malt whisky; it’s also a great place to sample the region’s produce over lunch.

Eating Outdoor activity can certainly work up an appetite and Port Campbell has a number of low-key dining options: Waves has local seafood and other regional produce and is always bustling with locals and visitors alike; Room Six serves a great breakfast and Mediterranean-style meals at other times of the day; and 12 Rocks, just across from the beach, has a casual bar menu and Prickly Moses, a beer from the Otway Estate Winery and Brewery, on tap. The region’s renowned crayfish (southern rock lobster) is available fresh or cooked from the local fish ’n’ chip shop on the main street. The town’s fishermen bring them in every day, weather permitting. For more information: www.visitvictoria.com/villages

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GREAT OCEAN ROAD • GRAMPIANS • BALLARAT GOLDFIELDS

GREAT SOUTHERN TOURING ROUTE AUSTRALIA

One of the world’s great coastal drives - natural attractions, coastal scenery, history and heritage - all in a flexible, compact, touring package. This magical journey through some of the most exciting, enchanting and exquisitely different landscapes in Australia is found in the south-west of Victoria, the nation’s smallest mainland state.

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Marvellous Melbourne, the cosmopolitan capital with its dramatic towers, art galleries, restaurants and charming river, is a natural starting and finishing point.

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The romance of the Great Ocean Road, with its rugged coastline, lush forests and overpowering sense of freedom, is an unforgettable experience.

Their ancient rock art is all part of the enriching experience of a visit to the Grampians.

The road also links the major regional cities of Geelong and Warrnambool, both vibrant destinations in their own right.

Ballarat and its Goldfields are a heady mix of the romance and majesty of the 1850s gold rush and a whole range of modern treasures.

The soaring mountains of The Grampians National Park have been the spiritual heartland of the Aboriginal people for tens of thousands of years.

Native Australian wildlife abounds across the region, including kangaroos, koalas, platypus, native birds and Australian wildflowers.

> For more information and itineraries: www.greatsoutherntouring.com.au Look for this symbol and pick up a map at one of the Visitor Information Centres or at your Apollo Branch and explore this amazing part of Australia.

We’ve taken the best of the Great Ocean Road, Grampians and Ballarat Goldfield regions along with information on over 60 travel products and put them into an easy-to-use iPhone and iPad app. The Great Southern Touring Route apps, are available for FREE through iTunes.


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Canoeing the Murray River.

Enjoy the Grampians and the Murray The Grampians is an emerging food and wine destination and the Murray as a great spot for outdoor and adventure activities. Here are some itinerary highlights for you to choose your own way to discover these fabulous regions.

Dining in style, wine tastings at cellar doors or taking in a pub lunch are all part of the Grampians’ tastebud temptations. Wineries – The historic wine regions of the Grampians and Pyrenees produce some of Australia’s finest sparkling wines and outstanding cool-climate table wines. Taste the region’s finest at the cellar doors of outstanding wineries such as Mt Langi Ghiran and Montara (both in Ararat), Mount Avoca and Taltarni in Moonambel. In the town of Great Western, the spooky underground sparkling wine cellars at Seppelts is an adventure not to be missed (tours run daily), while further delights can be found at the cellar door at Best’s Wines and The Grampians Estate Great

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Food and Wine in the Grampians

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Lake Bellfield, Grampians National Park.

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Outdoor Adventures in the Murray This region and its famous river is a wonderful place to experience the great outdoors. The sunny Mediterranean-style climate of the region’s northern locations such as Swan Hill and Mildura enables visitors the chance to enjoy the activities on offer all year round. Waterskiing – The Murray River has been a drawcard for water skiing enthusiasts for many years. For those

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Western Wine Centre. Further afield in Horsham, Norton Estate, a small family run vineyard in Horsham, produces excellent award-winning shiraz, cabernet sauvignon and sauvignon blanc and the newly opened cellar door at Bangaroo Wines offers a unique Tuscan outdoor landscaped tasting area and a wood fire for winter. Dining – The Grampians is home of the famous Royal Mail Hotel, one of Australia’s most acclaimed regional restaurants located in Dunkeld. As well as a degustation menu in the restaurant, the hotel also offers excellent meals in the bistro and pub sections. Also try the Blue Pyrenees Estate (lunches only), Warrenmang Vineyard Resort (Moonambel), the newly renovated Avoca Hotel, The Vines in Ararat, Salingers in Great Western, Darriwill Farm Café & Roxburgh House in Hamilton and the Quarry and Kookaburra restaurants in Halls Gap.

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wanting to try the sport for the first time, Brett Sands Watersports (Echuca Moama) and Mulwala Water Ski School (Yarrawonga-Mulwala) offers waterskiing and wakeboarding lessons for beginners. Fly a plane – There is no doubt that seeing a waterway from the air makes it all the much clearer. A joy flight above Yarrawonga-Mulwala is a thrilling way to get a bird’s eye view of the expanse of scenic Lake Mulwala, the twisting path of the Murray River and the growth of Yarrawonga-Mulwala itself. Jarden Aviation at Yarrawonga Airport offers visitors the ultimate adrenalin rush – a 15-20 minute Trial Instructional

Flight. The experience includes a preflight briefing on the various controls and features of the aircraft, then once airborne, your instructor will hand over the controls after a demonstration, allowing you to feel what it is like to fly. Kayaking and Canoeing – Discover the hidden beauty of Lake Mulwala on a guided kayak tour from Yarrawonga Outdoors or take a half-day canoe trip along the Murray with touring experts River Country Adventours. If you prefer to go at your own pace, there are plenty of options for canoe hire all along the river. For more information visit www.visitvictoria.com 33


Tasmania asmania is Australia’s only island state. It is a heart-shaped island of lush green valleys, uncrowded towns and villages and still undeveloped coastlines. It is one of the world’s most mountainous islands and while our peaks do not tower to great heights, they are unique in their serrated profile. The geology reflects our connection millions of years ago to Antarctica, and it is one of the few places in the world where ancient dolorite rocks dominate the landscape. The climate is mild and the rainfall regular. The Roaring Forty winds that travel across the island bring with them

the cleanest air in the world. But in less than 300 kilometres the weather patterns change dramatically. On the west coast the average rainfall is around three metres a year, while on the east coast it’s less than 20 centimetres. Hobart, the capital, is incongruously Australia’s second driest large city. You are invited to come to the edge of the world ... truly a world apart, not a world away, and to explore the island and meet the residents. It will be an experience you will always remember.

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The Tamar Valley wine region is the most productive wine country in Tasmania.

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Greg Clarke takes an eight-day discovery journey around Tasmania.

Day One Hobart The $175 million private Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) opened in Hobart in January. From antiquities to concept art, everything about subterranean MONA is intensely exciting. The museum is part of a riverside estate that includes a vineyard, a fine-dining restaurant, a boutique brewery and an informal café. When the sun is out people take their glasses of wine and food from the café and lounge in bean bags on a sprawling lawn that offers views over the nearby Derwent River. You could easily spend an afternoon at MONA. Consider it a leisurely introduction to a new Tasmania. For on this island, food, art and wine now feature as much as renowned wilderness and compelling heritage.

Day Two In 2010, eleven Australian convict sites were added to the UNESCO World Heritage List. Five of these sites are in Tasmania. World Heritage listed Port Arthur, one of the 11 sites, is about a 1.5 hour’s drive from Hobart. Port Arthur is set by a tranquil harbour surrounded by hills of dense native forest. Boulevards of oaks and English elms tower over expanses of verdant lawn and meticulously reinstated convict gardens that house some 30 historic buildings and ruins. Such beauty belies a stark reality: this was a place of much brutality. Lieutenant-Governor Arthur envisaged that Port Arthur would be ‘a place of terror’, a terrifying combination of hard labour and unremitting surveillance. Archaeology, conservation and clever ways of story-telling allow us to soak up the fascinating and brilliantly varied themes of Port Arthur. Unlike the convicts who sometimes ingeniously tried to escape, we won’t be in any rush to leave. Tasmanian Devil Conservation Park has recently undergone a major makeover and is one place (there are nine wildlife parks in Tasmania) to have a close encounter with the Tasmanian devil — the world’s largest carnivorous marsupial. Elsewhere on the Tasman Peninsula are sea cliffs and secret coves and bays that rival anywhere else in Tassie for beauty. Boat cruises of this extraordinary coast leave from Pirates Bay if you want to stay longer to explore.

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Eight Days To Discover New Tasmania

Harbour-side Strahan is the western gatekeeper of the World Heritage Area.

Day Three It’s about an hour’s drive from the Tasman to the east coast where national parks, deserted beaches, vineyards and places of good food are readily found. A wildlife cruise combines some of the coast’s finest features. East Coast Cruises depart from Triabunna. One three-hour cruise takes in an island that is home to a seal colony. The company also provides a ferry service to acclaimed Maria Island. Wombats and kangaroos are easily seen on the island and free-range around some of the remnants of the island’s colonial heritage. Wineglass Bay Cruises depart from Coles Bay. On this cruise we’ll get to the extraordinary Wineglass Bay without breaking sweat – the only other way to get there is a two-hour hike. During the four-hour cruise, skipper Duncan and his crew serve up local oysters, sparkling wine and cheese. Some of Tasmania’s finest wineries will help us re-discover our land legs. Spring Vale, Milton, and Freycinet vineyards are places to get a taste for some of the island’s finest cool-climate wines. Sea-side Bicheno is a little Tassie gem. An evening penguin tour operates on a private nature reserve. On most nights visitors will see from 30 – 100 birds. They’ll walk right by us on their way from the water to their burrows.

Day Four We travel north toward the fishing port of St Helens. When nearly there we’ll detour to Eureka Farm (there are signs near Scamander off the main coast road (the A3): their ice creams, jams, sauces and chutneys are fantastic. The Trail of the Tin Dragon snakes its way from St Helens via Weldborough to

Derby and Scottsdale. It has been reported that some 900 miners from China came to Tasmania in the late nineteenth century. The trail is the story of tin mining in the north-east as well as the redoubtable human spirit. The $2 million interpretative centre at Derby explores themes of life, universe and tin. Barnbougle: An afternoon of golf anyone? Before you answer, consider this: even if you’re not a golfer you might want to play a round at Barnbougle Dunes. It is one of the finest public-access golf courses in the world. A no less impressive sister course, the spectacular Lost Farm, opened in 2010 and is adjacent to the Barnbougle Dunes course. It features a quirky 20 holes. All are playable during a round.

Day Five The Tamar Valley wine region stretches from Pipers Brook, near Barnbougle, to Relbia, south of Launceston. This is the most productive wine country in Tasmania and almost 50 per cent of the island’s wine comes from this area. The valley nurtures chardonnay, pinot noir, gewürtztraminer and riesling grapes. These cool-climate varieties also give the zeitgeist to some of Australia’s best bubbly (sparkling wines). The Leaning Church, Goaty Hill, Moores Hill, Sharmans Wines, Jinglers Creek and Josef Chromy are cellar doors we’ll be glad to visit. Irving Fong owns and runs Jinglers Creek. The 70-something Mr Fong is impossible not-to-like. His joie de vivre will brighten any day. Launceston is home to some of Tassie’s best restaurants. This evening before our thoughts turn to [more] food we’ll make time for a visit to the Design Centre. Here is Australia’s only museum collection of contemporary wood design. 35


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The Tasmanian devil — the world’s largest carnivorous marsupial.

TASMANIAN EVENTS

A church on the Port Arthur historic site.

Hobart Day Six We’ll fortify ourselves for a long(ish) drive to Stanley, one of the finest hamlets in north-west Tasmania, with morning tea at Westbury. The Village Green remains a feature of the town. Get talking to the locals and they’ll proudly tell you their town should be considered much like those vaunted and authentic colonials Ross and Richmond (closer to Hobart). The Old Coast road from Ulverstone to Penguin and the tulip farms (near Wynyard), will be other memorable parts of this day. So will the incredibly rich farmlands of Tasmania’s north-west. We’ll be on the look-out out for farm-gates selling produce straight from the fields. Turners Beach strawberries and Perfecta cherries (when in season) will be a fine addition to a picnic basket. We will leave room for wine from Barringwood Park Vineyard and handmade truffles from Anvers chocolates should we happen to come across them. Time might be tight today but Water Wheel Creek, a timber heritage experience, at Mawbanna is very much worth a visit. John and Sonya who run this are a mighty example of the friendly locals encountered in Tassie.

Day Seven Despite the ease with which it courts food and wine and art devotees, Tasmania’s foremost reputation is built on its staggering wilderness — a whopping 20 per cent of the island is listed as World Heritage Area. If we take the road to Arthur River and Corinna via the Western Explorer route from Stanley we’ll get a good taste of the island’s extraordinary wilds. Some of the road is gravel but it is one of the best drives 36

on the island. It will take around five hours and we’ll stop for lunch at storied Corinna. Harbour-side Strahan is the western gatekeeper of the World Heritage Area. From the village we can cruise, sail, fly or paddle in. We chose to fly over the harbour and up the Gordon River and the Franklin Valley to St Johns Falls. The flight is at a level low enough so we can see the reflections of the landscape in the river. After the flight catch Australia’s longestrunning play. The Ship That Never Was recounts that tale of convict shipbuilders who steal a boat from the Sarah Island (within Macquarie Harbour) slip-yard and escape from their Macquarie Harbour prison.

Day Eight It’s a long drive to Hobart. This means we’ll not only sleep well on the plane but will wish, like a lot of people, that we had allowed more time to explore surprising Tasmania. Still, we should have time to stop for lunch at the Derwent Bridge pub and for a visit to the Wall in the Wilderness. Greg Duncan is fashioning panels of rare Huon pine into near impossibly life-like sculptures that tell part of the history of the Tasmanian highlands. It’s fitting that such artistic excellence should be found near the forests of Tasmania. For the island’s state-wide core of cultural experiences will ultimately become as renowned as Tasmania’s largely unreconstructed wilderness.

For a comprehensive guide to Tasmania see www.discovertasmania.com.au

 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race A 628 nautical mile yacht race which begins in Sydney Harbour and finishes in Hobart. 26 December annually.

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 Stillwater’s Celebration of the Harvest Paying tribute to some of the fabulous local seasonal produce. May

Wynyard  Bloomin’ Tulips A festival of sense stimulating events celebrating the flush of spring colour in the small coastal town of Wynyard. October

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 Evandale Village Fair and National Penny Farthing Championships Features a full program of Penny Farthing racing including the National Penny Farthing Championship. February

Sheffield  International Mural Fest Mural artist’s competition and exhibition. April For more events visit www.discovertasmania.com.au


Kangaroo Island

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fter exploring South Australia’s wine country, why not head into some of the State’s other exciting regions for more new, authentic experiences? Journey through the natural beauty of the Flinders Ranges and South Australian Outback, or meet sea lions and other marine life face-to-face in waters off Eyre Peninsula. Float past stunning red cliffs in a luxury houseboat on the Murray River, or unwind with a fishing escape to the Yorke Peninsula. Have an upclose wildlife encounter on magnificent Kangaroo Island and see for yourself why it’s known as Australia’s Galapagos. Throughout these regions, expect to meet plenty of friendly and laid back characters who will show you how to really relax and enjoy the good life!

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a place of beauty and a place of escape. Kangaroo Island is a pristine wilderness — a place that has offered protection to substantial populations of native Australian animals, a place of beauty and a place of escape. Kangaroo Island (or ‘KI’ as the locals call it) is also big and surprisingly diverse. If you traverse its 155km length you’ll find soaring cliffs, dense forest, towering sand dunes, wetlands and massive arcs of bone white beach. But just because it’s wild, don’t underestimate the welcome ... Some 4,400 folk live here, most of them primary producers, many of them descended from Islanders who have farmed the land and fished the seas for generations. Naturally enough, being surrounded by fertile lands and rich waters, Kangaroo Island produces some of Australia’s finest gourmet foods. Gastronomic adventurers should get ready to be amazed by the likes of freshly caught King George Whiting, sheep’s cheese, marron, a unique variety of honey and an exciting range of varietal wines. As if this isn’t enough on your plate, you’ll also find rich histories, a thriving arts community, and a range of accommodation options ranging from outdoor swags to lighthouse keeper’s cottages to super-chic retreats.

Kangaroo Island Highlights

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 Raptor Domain A unique, one hour educational and entertaining experience, displaying birds of prey in a free flight demonstration. www.kangarooislandbirdsofprey.com.au or call 08 8559 5108

Cape du Couedic Lighthouse.

 National Parks Kangaroo Island’s four major parks are Flinders Chase National Park, famous for the must see Remarkable Rocks, Admirals Arch and walking trails; Kelly Hill Conservation Park for its magnificent limestone caves and hike; Seal Bay Conservation Park where visitors can walk among the third largest and only accessible colony of Australian Sea lions; and Cape Willoughby Conservation Park where tours of the first lighthouse in South Australia are held. Entry fees apply or buy a holiday pass. www.environment.sa.gov.au/parks or call 08 8595 2111 37


VISIT KANGAROO ISLAND & SAVE Experience the hidden secrets that make Kangaroo Island Australia’s 4th national icon. Amazing wildlife, natural wonders, famous food and wine, Kangaroo Island boasts them all. Take your campervan to Kangaroo Island on the SeaLink ferry - it’s just a 45 minute trip with regular departures each day. Advance bookings are necessary.

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Adventure Caving Tour, Kelly Hill Conservation Park.

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 Kangaroo Island Penguin Centre

Barossa’s Treasury of Old Vines

Provides tours of Kingscote’s little penguin colony, a penguin interpretive centre and saltwater aquariums containing a variety of sea creatures from Kangaroo Island’s waters. www.kipenguincentre.com.au or call 08 8553 3025

 Island Indulgence Take your tastebuds on tour through the island’s growing range of gourmet produce – from award-winning sheep milk cheeses at the Island Pure Sheep Dairy to pure Ligurian honey, freshwater marron and olive oil. Taste the boutique wines of this young wine region at one of our spectacular cellar doors, before tucking into the finest local produce at one of many great restaurants and cafés. www.goodfoodkangarooisland.com  Unique Art From painters to potters, writers to woodworkers and spinners to silk painters, the art and crafts of local artists reflect life on the Island. The Kangaroo Island Gallery in Kingscote and KI Artworks in Baudin Beach exhibit and sell only Island-made works — a real opportunity to take an original piece of the Island home with you.

Getting to Kangaroo Island  SeaLink operates two large, luxurious vehicle and passenger ferries, between Cape Jervis and Penneshaw. There are four departures daily, with additional services during peak times. Bookings are necessary. Travelling time is a comfortable 45 minutes. Island connections are available to/ from Penneshaw to American River and Kingscote. Call 13 13 01 or www.sealink.com.au

The strong Australian dollar has had a big impact on Australian wine sales in international markets. But the region with arguably the highest profile overseas – the Barossa – is fighting back with innovative marketing which emphasises its generational heritage, quality and history. The Barossa is an exceptional and diverse viticultural region, with a profound history of grape growing and winemaking dating back to 1842. Acknowledged as one of the world’s leading wine regions, it is home to some of the oldest vineyards in the world, incorporated in its Old Vine Charter. While a Charter defining and categorising the Barossa’s Old Vines has been on the table for many years, it was never finalised. In 2007, it was Barossa-based Yalumba, the oldest family-owned winery in Australia, that declared its own Charter. One of the founders of the Charter, Yalumba’s managing director, Robert Hill Smith, said “The Old Vine Charter is dedicated to the recognition, preservation and promotion of these old vines, and we hope that this charter may play a small role in ensuring that in the unlikely event of another vine-pull scheme, it is not the oldest vines that are destroyed, as was the case in the 1980s.” From its start at Yalumba, the Charter now represents Barossa Old Vine chronology and is an apt reference point for all the region’s winemakers and grape growers. The classification and terminology agreed on to define the different age categories are:  Barossa Old Vine – at least 35 years old  Barossa Survivor Vine – at least 70 years old

 Barossa Centenarian Vine – at least 100 years old  Barossa Ancestor Vine – at least 125 years old The Charter’s authors have noted that “whilst vine age may often be used as an indicator of potential quality, it is not a prerequisite for quality, just as variety, region or maker does not, by itself, create a superior wine. What is generally accepted however is that Old Vines go through the ripening process more effectively”. The Charter was presented at the London International Wine Fair last year where it was extremely well received, and has since featured in many of the Barossa’s promotional activities both at home and abroad. Last year it caught the eye of wine doyen Jancis Robinson MW, who subsequently wrote an article under the heading ‘The oldest vines in the world?’ from which the following is quoted: “Realising just what a world-class treasure trove of old vines they have, the generic body Barossa Grape & Wine has recently instituted an Old Vine Charter, inspired by moves in that direction by family-owned Yalumba.” The Barossa’s sense of guardianship for their Old Vineyards is a product of the region’s close-knit circle of winemakers and grape growers, many of whom have been working together for seven generations. The community hopes that the Old Vine Charter will add further intrinsic value to these rare vineyards and, most importantly, help to highlight and protect these viticultural treasures from ever being pulled from the soils of the Barossa again. To find out more, go to www.barossadirt.com – a 5-minute video about the Charter can also be watched on the site. 39


Western Australia estern Australia is one of the largest states in the world. The landscape is inspiring in its beauty and grandeur, including pristine beaches, rugged gorges, unique rock formations and secluded waterfalls. The climate is also varied, from the Mediterranean climate of the south, to the tropical climate of the north, meaning that you can find summer in Western Australia at any time of year. Western Australia is divided into five distinct tourism regions, each offering a diverse range of extraordinary experiences to impress even the most discerning travellers. The tourism regions are Experience Perth, Australia’s Coral Coast, Australia’s South West, Australia’s Golden Outback and Australia’s North West. Experience Perth includes the capital city of Perth and offers an easy-going, natural lifestyle surrounded by the beautiful Swan River, Kings Park and Botanic Garden, and the Indian Ocean. From the city, head to the South West

Nature’s Window in the Kalbarri National Park.

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for worldclass food and wine, beautiful beaches, luxury accommodation and forests of tall trees. The Golden Outback is where you’ll find historic townships, scenes of spectacular desert wilderness, outback characters, gold rush history, and the beaches of the Southern Ocean. The Coral Coast, located north of Perth, is home to awesome marine life, endless white sandy beaches and the warm, turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean. If it’s an Aussie frontier adventure you’re after, head further north to the Kimberley in the North West and discover one of the world’s last true wilderness areas. Whether you’re after an outback adventure, a relaxing holiday by the beach, a gourmet tour filled with fine food and wine, or an action packed schedule of water sports and thrill seeking, Western Australia offers extraordinary holiday experiences.

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Tourism Western Australia

Bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus), at Monkey Mia.

One Day in Fremantle Drive for less than 30 minutes south west of Perth, and you’ll arrive at the historic port city of Fremantle, where the streets are filled with Victorianera buildings, funky boutiques and lively pubs. Public car parks charging an hourly fee are available in the heart of the city, or if you prefer, park on the outskirts and use the free Fremantle CAT bus departing major tourist locations and business areas throughout the city every 10 minutes, or jump on the Fremantle Tram. Fremantle can also be accessed by public transport, so catch the train or bus from Perth city. Or experience a relaxing cruise on the Swan River — a number of private operators depart Barrack Street Jetty for the port city a few times a day. Make the most of the warm climate by strolling through Fremantle’s maze of streets — you’ll soon appreciate why the city’s considered the bestpreserved example of a 19th century port streetscape in the world. Head to the wharf to visit the Western Australian Maritime Museum. Famous vessels are suspended from the ceiling, including Australia II, the winged-keel yacht that shot to fame after winning the America’s Cup in 1983, and the Parry Endeavour, which carried lone yachtsman Jon Sanders three times around the globe. A short walk from the museum is a worldclass display of cars and motorbikes where automotive enthusiasts will delight in the pieces ranging from an 1898 De Dion to the Williams driven by 1980 Formula 1 World Champion Alan Jones.

Head back into the heart of town for a haunting tour through Fremantle Prison, built by convicts in the 1850s and closed as a place of incarceration in 1991 after 136 years of continuous use. From here, make your way to Fremantle’s original market place on Henderson Street, which is open Friday to Sunday and Monday public holidays. Indigenous arts and crafts are on show, fresh fruit and vegetables tempt and the aroma of scrumptious crepes wafts throughout. You’ll also find some great bargains and local fashions. Head to Fremantle’s bookshops, boutiques and homeware stores, scattered along South Terrace and Market Street — the perfect spot for an afternoon of retail therapy. Feast on fish and chips at Fremantle’s Fishing Boat Harbour, then get a taste of Fremantle’s exuberant nightlife as you continue on to a bar, pub or nightclub. Or check out a brewery for a different atmosphere — most have extensive menus so you have the option of dining too. For more information on Fremantle visit www.fremantlewa.com.au

Coral Coast Nature Travelling the stretch of coastline from Lancelin up to Exmouth is like a journey through evolution. The landscape along the road north passes from cityscape to wheat fields, small coastal towns and desert-like surrounds. Just a two hour drive north of Perth is Lancelin, where huge ocean-side sand dunes offer the perfect spot for adventure four-wheel driving, sand boarding, or windsurfing. Lancelin is also located

within an easy drive of Cervantes and Nambung National Park, home to the famous moon-scape like Pinnacles desert. Formed over millions of years, incredible limestone spires pierce the golden sand, some rising up to several metres tall giving a lunar-like appeal. An hour from Cervantes is the popular holiday spot of Jurien Bay, and just north of Geraldton are the historic twin towns of Dongara and Port Denison. Geraldton is the perfect place to stop to take a scenic flight over the Abrolhos Islands. The earth begins to turn a brighter shade of red on arrival to Kalbarri, two hours north of Geraldton. The striking red gorges of Kalbarri National Park are a nature-lover’s paradise and an adventureseeker’s dream, with breathtaking displays of blooming native wildflowers and the natural rock formation that frames the Murchison Gorge, the iconic ‘Natures Window.’ It’s worth the five-hour drive from Kalbarri to the World Heritage-listed natural wonder of Shark Bay, where for 40 years wild dolphins have been swimming the shoreline of Monkey Mia. As small crowds gather to meet the frolicking dolphins, the atmosphere electrifies as the beautiful creatures greet everyone. Hamelin Pool is one of just two places in the world where you can see the oldest living things on the planet, Stromatolites, responsible for bringing oxygen into the world. The nearby 100-kilometre long Shell Beach is one of only two places on Earth that is made of only one type of shell. The blanket of stars which fill the sky in the evening offers the perfect backdrop to sample a local feast of fresh seafood cooked over a fire. 41


The Red Centre, Finke Gorge National Park

When an inch on your road map can mean a six hour drive it pays to take your time when exploring Australia’s Red Centre. And if you do, rest assured that you will connect with the people and places that define the Australian spirit.

the best a town like alice way to go is slow. after a while the stories will start to find you.

“The Alice” is a town unlike any other – as famous for the personality of its locals as the natural wonders that surround it. Situated at the geographical and spiritual heart of Australia, Alice Springs is home to the world’s oldest living culture, breathtaking wilderness and a rich pioneering heritage. This remarkable lineage continues today as Alice Springs combines a strong sense of cultural and outback history with the convenience of modern facilities. From award winning hotels and holiday parks to quirky cafes and restaurants; world class art galleries and museums to a spectacular golf course, there’s an amazing array of choice. The Alice also plays host to some of Australia’s most iconic events, including the Henley-On-Todd Regatta (the only boat-race in the world cancelled due to too much water), the Camel Cup and the Beanie Festival, to name just a few.

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caterpillar dreaming For centuries the Arrernte people of Central Australia have traversed their

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desert homelands following dreaming stories of their ancestral creation beings. Of particular significance is Caterpillar Dreaming that depicts the East and West MacDonnell Ranges that defines Alice Springs and which offers travellers the opportunity to immerse themselves in the living natural and cultural landscapes of the Red Centre. With such a powerful and lasting connection to their land, it is no wonder that Alice Springs is the birthplace of the modern Aboriginal art movement – a movement that is now worth more than $400 million each year – and which attracts collectors and travellers alike to the galleries in the heart of town.

red centre way No journey through Australia’s heartland is complete without a visit to Kings Canyon and Watarrka National Park, or the World Heritage listed Ulur_u-Kata Tjut_a National Park. Accessible via the unsealed Mereenie Loop Road (4WD required), as well as the fully sealed Stuart and Lasseter Highways, Kings Canyon is renowned for its walking trails. None more so than the impressive Rim Walk atop the 270 metre canyon and through the ancient ‘Lost City’ and ‘Garden of Eden’. Standing 348m high and measuring 9.6km around its base, Ulur_u is one of the most recognised natural and cultural landmarks in the world. Not to be outdone, the massive domes of Kata Tjut_a soar to more than half-a-kilometre high.


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he Northern Territory is the quintessential Australian experience and a geographer’s dream. The journey from north to south begins with the tropical shores of vibrant Darwin and ends in the dramatic deserts of the Red Centre, taking in the cattle stations and sweeping savannahs of the Barkly Tablelands along the way. The Northern Territory is home to World Heritage-listed Uluru-Kata Tjuta and Kakadu National Parks, which preserve and perpetuate both natural and cultural treasures. In fact, the Red Centre is home to the world’s oldest river system, the Finke River, and Arnhem Land is home to the world’s oldest living culture. Aboriginal people have lived in the Northern Territory for more than 50,000 years and their culture and connection to the land remain strong. In Arnhem Land especially, the people continue to live semi-traditional lives. Home of Australia’s Outback, real cowboys work dusty hours mustering on cattle stations so big the best chance of finding all the cattle is to travel by helicopter. Here, the average size of a cattle station is 3122 square kilometres. Covering 12 000 square kilometres of fertile black soil, Brunette Downs is the largest cattle station in the Northern Territory. A driving holiday into the Northern Territory has all the elements of a great Australian road trip.

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Glen Helen Gorge West MacDonnell Ranges.


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Kakadu National Park.

The Aboriginal people of Kakadu are known as Bininj in the north and Mungguy in the south. They have leased their land to the Australian Government for a national park, showing the world how ‘joint management’ can combine ancient culture and modern practice. Throughout the year, Kakadu’s landscapes undergo spectacular changes. Bininj/Mungguy recognise six different seasons, as well as subtle variations that signpost the transition from one season to another. This knowledge of nature is fundamental to the culture of Kakadu and its people. Bininj/Mungguy have lived with the changing landscape for tens of thousands of years, adapting and using the land for food, shelter and general wellbeing.

Gudjewg  Monsoon season – December to March Gudjewg can be described as the ‘true’ wet season. It is a time of thunderstorms, heavy rain and flooding. The heat and humidity generate an explosion of plant and animal life. Magpie geese nest in the sedgelands. Flooding may cause goannas, snakes and rats to seek refuge in the trees. Eggs and stranded animals are a good food source for Bininj/Mungguy during this time.

Banggerreng  Knock ‘em down storm season – April Banggerreng is the season when the rain clouds have dispersed and clear skies prevail. The vast expanses of floodwater recede and streams start to run clear. Most plants are fruiting and animals are caring for their young. Violent, windy

storms early in this season flatten the spear grass; they are called ‘knock ‘em down’ storms.

Yegge  Cooler but still humid season – May to June Yegge is relatively cool with low humidity. Early morning mists hang low over the plains and waterholes. The shallow wetlands and billabongs are carpeted with water lilies. Drying winds and flowering Darwin woolly butt tell Bininj/ Mungguy that it is time to start burning the woodlands in patches to ‘clean the country’ and encourage new growth for grazing animals.

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Six Seasons of Kakadu

Wurrgeng  Cold weather season – June to August Wurrgeng is the ‘cold weather’ time; humidity is low, daytime temperatures are around 30°C and night-time temperatures are around 17°C. Most creeks stop flowing and the floodplains quickly dry out. Burning continues, extinguished by the dew at night. By day, birds of prey patrol the fire lines as insects and small animals try to escape the flames. Magpie geese, fat and heavy after weeks of abundant food, and a myriad of other waterbirds crowd the shrinking billabongs.

Gurrung  Hot, dry weather – August to October Gurrung is hot and dry. It is still ‘goose time’ but also time for Bininj/Mungguy to hunt file snakes and long-necked turtles. Sea turtles lay their eggs on the sandy beaches of Field Island and West Alligator Head and goannas rob their nests sometimes. White-breasted wood swallows arrive as thunderclouds build, signalling the return of Gunumeleng.

Gudjewg – monsoon season.

Gunumeleng  Pre-monsoon storm season – October to December Gunumeleng may in fact last from a few weeks to several months. It is the pre-monsoon season of hot weather that becomes more and more humid. Thunderstorms build in the afternoons and showers bring green to the dry land. As the streams begin to run, acidic water that washes from the floodplains can cause fish to die in billabongs with low oxygen levels. Waterbirds spread out as surface water and new growth become more widespread. Barramundi move from the waterholes downstream to the estuaries to breed. This was when Bininj/Mungguy moved camp from the floodplains to the stone country, to shelter from the violent storms of the coming wet season. For more information about the six seasons of Kakadu visit www.environment.gov.au/parks/kakadu 45


Kakadu National Park, Ubirr

One of the most popular ways to explore the Northern Territory is by vehicle, be it caravanning, camping or driving. The Northern Territory’s well-maintained roads take you through some of the most memorable scenery in Australia.

your experience will be one that you nature’s way cannot get anywhere else in the world.

Roads include sealed, unsealed and four-wheel drive adventure routes and allow you to explore the landscape and attractions at your own pace, with freedom and flexibility. Themed drives include the Nature’s Way, Explorer’s Way and part of the Savannah Way and traverse a number of regions and areas throughout the Top End. There are many four-wheel drive tracks linked to these main routes to take you to beautiful and secluded destinations.

Nature’s Way is a journey of discovery out of Australia’s northern capital Darwin that takes in the magnificent Kakadu National Park and its surrounding environments.

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Kakadu is a world heritage listed park covering 19,000 square kilometres (that’s the size of Wales) containing entire river systems teeming with wildlife, towering escarpments running for hundreds of kilometres punctuated by majestic waterfalls or sheltering Aboriginal rock art up to 40,000 years old. Allow four days for this journey of discovery through the tropical north of Australia.

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culture Through Dreamtime stories, dance and paintings, Aboriginal people encourage visitors to visit and experience their culture. Many of the national parks (including Kakadu and Nitmiluk) are owned and jointly run by the traditional people. The natural galleries in these parks have some of the most famous Aboriginal rock art paintings in the world. Join an Aboriginal guide for bushwalking and bush tucker tasting and hear the dreaming stories behind sacred sites. For a lasting reminder, why not invest in some local indigenous art which is as varied as the landscape across the Top End.

walking and trekking The Top End is home to some of the best bushwalks in the country. There are established trails throughout Kakadu, Litchfield and Nitmiluk National Parks that take in some of the most impressive scenery including vistas, waterfalls, plunge pools, Aboriginal art sites and wetlands. Featuring extraordinary natural habitats and diverse wildlife, there are a number of challenging walks throughout the region, including the 58km Jatbula Trail in Nitmiluk and the 39km Tabletop Walk in Litchfield. Shorter walks include Monsoon Forest walk at Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve and trail grades range from challenging rugged tracks to well-worn paths.


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One Week in the Alice A week is a great timeframe to explore the highlights of Alice Springs and its surrounds — and there are such diverse experiences on offer. Base yourself in the well-equipped town and try this weeklong itinerary that takes in the best of the area.

Day One  Alice Springs Town Alice Springs itself is easily explored on foot. Climb ANZAC Hill and enjoy a 360 degree panoramic view of the town and the surrounding MacDonnell Ranges. Then join a hop on and off town bus tour to watch a lesson in progress at School of the Air and visit the Royal Flying Doctor Service. Afterwards, drop into the Alice Springs Reptile Centre to meet some unusual outback critters.

Day Two  Simpson Desert and Ewaninga Rock Carvings Explore the fringes of the Simpson Desert today. Used as a navigational landmark by explorers and pioneers, Chambers Pillar is a towering red and yellow sandstone formation located 160 km south of Alice. Stop at Ewaninga Rock Carvings Conservation Reserve, where rock carvings and petroglyphs provide a record of the beliefs of local Arrernte people. Spend sunset photographing the sandstone bluffs of Rainbow Valley and then return to Alice Springs.

Day Three  Alice Springs Desert Park and Simpsons Gap Get up early for an overnight excursion into the West MacDonnell Ranges and spend the morning at the Alice Springs Desert Park on your way. Highlights include an introductory movie taking you through 4500 million years of evolution in the desert and the rare creatures exhibited in the nocturnal house. Continue to Glen Helen Homestead, 133 km west of Alice, for an overnight stay, stopping for scenic breaks at Simpsons Gap and Standley Chasm.

Day Four  West MacDonnell

West MacDonnell Ranges.

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National Park Explore the natural attractions of the West MacDonnell National Park as you make your way back to Alice Springs. Start the day by heading 20 km west to Redbank Gorge, where you can swim in picture-perfect

pools. Backtrack east to Ormiston Gorge and Pound, the Ochre Pits (once used by Aboriginal people as a mine for their natural paints) and Serpentine Gorge. Enjoy a swim at Ellery Creek Big Hole before cruising back into Alice Springs.

Day Five  Alice Springs Surrounds Spend the morning relaxing in town. Check out a few of the galleries in the Todd Mall that stock fine indigenous art and shop for local opals and other souvenirs. In the afternoon, join a quad bike tour of a cattle station based just out of town. Keep your eyes peeled for red kangaroos and other local wildlife as you’re guided through spinifex plains on a dust-churning quad. Back in Alice for dinner, go and have your jeans red-hot branded at the Overlanders Steakhouse.

Day Six  Gemtree Head 120 km north-east to Gemtree in the Harts Range on the Plenty Highway for a day of gem fossicking. You can join a tag-along tour (driving your own vehicle behind a guide) to find gold, garnets and zircon. You’ll need to take your own lunch and lots of water. Back at the Gemtree Park, on-site gem cutters can polish and set your treasures into jewellery pieces. Drive back into Alice Springs for dinner.

Day Seven  Alice Springs Telegraph Station Stock up on bacon and eggs before heading out to the Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, located 4 km north of Alice Springs. You can cook breakfast on the barbecues in the reserve’s parkland before exploring the station’s restored buildings and historical exhibitions. Take the scenic walk to a nearby cemetery where workers from the station in the 1800s are buried, before making your way home. For more itineraries visit www.travelnt.com


Every visit to Kakadu should include a scenic flight. The Park is so large that only from the air can you get a true sense of the amazing size and magnificence of this great park. Scenic flights ... easy to see why so popular! Many of Kakadu’s most breathtaking localities can only be seen from the air. A flight over Kakadu and neighbouring Arnhem Land reveals a vast and unexpected panorama of differing landscapes. The ancient sandstone plateau is edged with dramatic towering cliffs and sliced by deep ravines. Along the way there are scenes of hanging waterways, primeval rainforests and in the wet season - spectacular waterfalls.

See the East Alligator River where it abruptly leaves the tumultuous stone country to lazily meander across its vast floodplain scattered with deep water billabongs. During the dry season you will witness traditional Aboriginal fires “cleaning” country for a new season of hunting and gathering. In the wet, the same lands will be cloaked in a thousand shades of green or silvered under mirror-like floodwaters.

Few places on earth will reveal such vast areas of vibrant, wild country but with so little evidence of the heavy hand of modern man.

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It’s exciting to spot a ‘croc’.

Crocodile Facts A trip to the Northern Territory just isn’t complete without spotting a ‘croc’. The star of many a tall tale in the top end, the Australian Estuarine or Saltwater Crocodile is a fascinating and fearsome creature. Our crocs are the largest living crocodilian species in the world. The male can grow up to six metres and the female to around three metres. ‘Salties’, as they are commonly known, are found primarily along mangrovelined tidal rivers (in brackish water) up to 200 km from the coast, and flood plain billabongs, creeks and freshwater swamps up to 100 km from the coast. Adults can venture out to sea and swim around coastlines or between islands. Some have been found to travel over 1000 km by sea. In the wild, very large crocs will take almost anything including dingoes, wallabies, shore birds, other crocodiles, large reptiles, domestic animals, cattle and even people. They will also eat carrion, being attracted from some distance to reach it (even out of water). Teeth are designed for holding rather than cutting, but they help to penetrate and crush the prey within the incredibly powerful jaws. Large prey is broken into smaller pieces either by a violent flick of the head, or a twisting/rolling action of the body (if the prey is secured or held down by its own weight). Swallowing must occur above the water surface, or water will flood the lungs and the crocodile may drown. Normally a fleshy “palatal” valve at the back of the throat prevents this from happening when the head is submerged. Crocs wait close to the water’s edge and pounce upon prey that ventures too close. 50

Stones and pebbles are often ingested to aid digestion. Stones also act as ballast, important in maintaining buoyancy. Most of a saltwater crocodile’s time is spent thermo-regulating, to maintain a body temperature between 30-32°C (the optimum temperature for digestion and other activities), and in maintaining their territories. Saltwater crocodiles are mound nesters, using a variety of grasses and other materials. The eggs are raised about the ground water table, yet many nests are still lost to flooding. Nesting sites near water are selected so the females can remain on guard, and so the hatchlings do not have far to travel. Courtship occurs in September and October, and nesting takes place throughout the wet season, generally between November and March. They lay an average of 50 eggs depending on the size of the female and her age. Laying takes an hour. Interestingly, sex is determined by temperature — mostly males are produced at around 31.6°C and females produced at slightly lower and higher temperatures. Incubation is around 80 days. The female remains close to the nest throughout incubation and defends it vigorously. When ready, the hatchlings produce calls that stimulate the female to dig the nest open. She carries hatchlings to the water in her mouth, gently breaking open unhatched eggs. Juveniles remain close to the female for several months after hatching in a creche, staying in touch by calling. However, at least 80 percent of all eggs die during incubation, and less than one percent will reach maturity. Major predators of the hatchlings include birds and fish, but the major cause of death is cannibalism by other adult crocodiles.

Males reach sexual maturity at around 3.3 metres (10.8 feet) at around 16 years old. Females reach sexual maturity at 2.3 metres (7.5 feet) at around 12 to 14 years old. The salty lives to about 70 years, perhaps over 100 years old. Growth generally continues throughout life, but is very slow in older animals. Large crocodiles can be aged by the number of growth rings in their bones.

Be Croc Safe Crocodile attacks do happen and it pays to take precautions when travelling through their habitat:

 Most importantly — observe crocodile warning signs.

 Small creeks, waterfalls and rock pools are generally safe, but if you’re not sure stay out of the water.

 Stay away from the water’s edge whether you’re camping, fishing or walking around. Always face the water, don’t hang over water from a log or boat and don’t return to the same water-side spot at the same time every day.

 Don’t clean fish near the water and be careful launching boats.

 Never feed a crocodile or provoke them in any way.

 Don’t leave food scraps at your campsite.

 Avoid places where cattle and native animals go to drink.

 Be particularly careful at night time. The best place to observe and learn about these amazing animals is at a crocodile farm or by joining a guided tour. Visit www.travelnt.com for more information.


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P: (07) 4658 1776 115a Eagle Street, Longreach QLD 4730 www.kinnonandco.com.au

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Book a combined 747, 707 and museum entry and receive up to

*Senior, children and family rates available. Bookings essential. Valid 1 April – 27 October 2011/2012. Tours subject to availability.

$10

for each person who books a tour. Valid from 31st August 2011 – 31st August 2012. P: 1300 659 660 or (07) 4749 1555 F: (07) 4743 6296 19 Marian Street, Mount Isa QLD 4825 E: info@outbackatisa.com.au www.outbackatisa.com.au


*Conditions: Present this voucher and your Apollo keys when collecting your boarding passes at Skyrail for your shopping dollars. For use in Skyrail souvenir shops. Not redeemable for cash or travel. Valid with the packages listed on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway brochure only.

The perfect base for exploring the The perfect base for exploring the wonders of the Fraser Coast and wonders of the Fraser Coast and Hervey Bay. Offering family friendly Hervey Bay. Offering family friendly accommodation to suit all budgets * Not valid with any other offer. Maximum discount is to the value of $30 per stay. accommodation to suit all budgets and a fantastic range of facilities. Must present voucher on arrival. and a fantastic range of facilities.

P: (07) 4038 1555 Cnr Capt Cook Hwy & Cairns Western Arterial Rd, CAIRNS QLD reservations@skyrail.com.au www.skyrail.com.au

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P: 1300 78 78 90 or (07) 4658 3000 F: (07) 4658 3350 PO Box 448, Longreach QLD 4730 E: info@oat.net.au www.outbackaussietours.com.au

Steve Irwin Way, Beerwah, Sunshine Coast QLD 4519 P: (07) 5436 2000 info@australiazoo.com.au www.australiazoo.com.au

*

*

*Discount applies to the Cathedral Cave Tour.

*Senior, children and family rates available. Bookings essential. Valid 1 April – 27 October 2011/2012. Tours subject to availability.

P: (07) 4658 1776 115a Eagle Street, Longreach QLD 4730 www.kinnonandco.com.au

CAPRICORN CAVES

$10

Welcome to the story of Qantas. Qantas began in this region of outback Queensland in 1920. This museum, dedicated to the story of Qantas, is an Australia wide community and volunteer project and is entirely funded by public support and sponsorship. Museum open daily from 9am – 5pm (except Christmas Day).

Book a combined 747, 707 and museum entry and receive up to

LD

LD

FREE photo for the Hard Times Underground Mine Tour valued at

P: (07) 4934 2883 F: (07) 4934 2936 30 Olsens Caves Road, The Caves QLD 4702 admin@capricorncaves.com.au www.capricorncaves.com.au

Q

Q

• Outback at Isa Information Centre • Experience the Hard Times Underground Mine • The Riversleigh Fossil Centre • The Art Gallery • The Isa Museum • The Outback Park

10% Discount !

LD

10% Discount !

Amazing tropical limestone caves with a natural beauty different to deep underground systems. Easy walking guided tours - wild caving adventures available.

Q

Kinnon & Co – Cobb & Co Tours & Thomson River Cruises Longreach

LD

Normal Price $113* per adult

*Discount applies to all day tours and extended tours.

*POS Code 4061. Offer valid for redemption prior to 31 December 2012. Valid for one day admission to Australia Zoo which must be purchased directly from Australia Zoo admissions booths. To redeem this offer an original coupon must be presented per transaction and cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer, department or promotion.

Q

Get the full Kinnon & Co. Experience – Cobb & Co. Tour, Starlight’s Spectacular Live Show and Thomson River Cruise all in one deal.

10% Discount !

LD

CRIKEY! Australia Zoo has over 1,000 native and exotic animals plus stacks of amazing wildlife shows including the Wildlife Warriors show in the Crocoseum.

Q

LD

Q

10% Discount !

LD

LD

Per Paying Adult Skyrail Shopping Dollars

10% OFF *

BOOK TODAY 1800 641 444 BOOK TODAY 1800 641 444 BOOK TODAY 1800 641 444

Q

$5

Q

Escape Escape to to Hervey Hervey Bay! Bay!

30% OFF

the normal adult price.*

for each person who books a tour. Valid from 31st August 2011 – 31st August 2012.

*Offer valid 1 October 2011 – 31 March 2012. Adult price: $54.50 per person. Up to 30% off normal adult price on presentation of this voucher.

P: 1300 659 660 or (07) 4749 1555 F: (07) 4743 6296 19 Marian Street, Mount Isa QLD 4825 E: info@outbackatisa.com.au www.outbackatisa.com.au

P: (07) 4658 3737 F: (07) 4658 0707 Longreach Airport, Sir Hudson Fysh Drive, Longreach QLD 4730 info@qfom.com.au www.qfom.com.au


W NS

W NS

10% Discount !

Stay 4 nights, only pay 3 nights

*

on a powered site*

*On campsites and cabins upon presentation of this voucher, up to the value of $30. Conditions apply.

Gateway Village Holiday Park Grafton 

* Conditions apply. Not valid during School Holidays, long weekends and public holidays. Valid during March – November (inclusive) until 30/11/2012. Free night given will be midweek.

598 Summerland Way, Grafton 1800 012 019 (bookings only) P: (02) 6642 4225 E: thegatewayvillage@bigpond.com www.thegatewayvillage.com.au

Freecall: 1800 600 203 www.beachsideholidays.com.au

SA

SA

20% Discount !

10% Discount !

*

*

*Off Mine Tours. The Tour is self guided with written guides in a number of different languages. (French, German, Italian, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Dutch, Hebrew.)

*On Day Tours from Adelaide or Cape Jervis. Present Voucher before travel. Direct bookings only, not valid for online or agent bookings.

P: (08) 8672 5555 Crowders Gully Road, Coober Pedy SA 5723 otm@berrydopals.com.au www.oldtimersmine.com

Call 13 13 01 SEALINK sealink.com.au KANGAROO ISLAND DAY TOURS bookings@sealink.com.au

NT

A W

10 OFF

$

Per Person

Bungle Bungle Scenic Flight

ALLIGATOR AIRWAYS

*Offer not valid with any other discounts.

Hangar 5, Kununurra Airport Freecall: 1800 632 533 P: (08) 9168 1333 fly@alligatorairways.com.au www.alligatorairways.com.au

*Not valid with any other offer. Maximum discount is to the value of $30 per stay. Must present voucher on arrival.

BOOK TODAY 1800 350 888

BOOK TODAY 1300 727 937

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darwinfreespiritresort.com.au

NT

NT

* Not valid with any other offer. Maximum discount is to the value of $30 per stay. Must present voucher on arrival.

10% * OFF

10% OFF *

ALICE SPRINGS

ALICE SPRINGS The perfect way to appreciate the vast remoteness and spectacular dawn colours of the Australian Outback and MacDonnell Ranges.  

10% Discount ! *

*On early morning ballon flights tours only.Not valid with any other offers.Direct booking only.

1800 809 790 www.outbackballooning.com.au


» Fingal Bay Holiday Park » Shoal Bay Holiday Park » Soldiers Point Holiday Park

Stay 4 nights, only pay 3 nights

W NS

» Halifax Holiday Park, Nelson Bay

W NS

Port Stephens Beachside Holiday Parks have four stunning locations to choose from.

Grafton’s 5 Star Holiday Park. • Onsite accommodation, camping powered or ensuite sites. • Enjoy the pool, tennis, campers kitchen, laundry, BBQ and wireless internet. • GPS: S29° 39.962’, E 152° 56.254’

on a powered site*

* Conditions apply. Not valid during School Holidays, long weekends and public holidays. Valid during March – November (inclusive) until 30/11/2012. Free night given will be midweek.

Freecall: 1800 600 203 www.beachsideholidays.com.au

*

*On campsites and cabins upon presentation of this voucher, up to the value of $30. Conditions apply.

Gateway Village Holiday Park Grafton 

SA

20% Discount !

598 Summerland Way, Grafton 1800 012 019 (bookings only) P: (02) 6642 4225 E: thegatewayvillage@bigpond.com www.thegatewayvillage.com.au

SA

MULTI AWARD WINNING TOURIST ATTRACTION

10% Discount ! 10% Discount !

*

*

*Off Mine Tours. The Tour is self guided with written guides in a number of different languages. (French, German, Italian, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Dutch, Hebrew.)

P: (08) 8672 5555 Crowders Gully Road, Coober Pedy SA 5723 otm@berrydopals.com.au www.oldtimersmine.com

SEALINK KANGAROO ISLAND FERRIES

Call 13 13 01 sealink.com.au bookings@sealink.com.au

A W

NT

The The ultimate ultimate Darwin Darwin holiday! holiday!

*On ferry travel. Book in advance. Present Voucher before travel. Direct bookings only, not valid for online or agent bookings.

10 OFF

$

10% OFF *

With accommodation to suit all With accommodation torange suit allof budgets and a fantastic budgets and fantastic range of facilities, our afamily friendly holiday facilities, ourperfect family friendly *Not valid with any other offer. Maximum resort is the place toholiday stay discount is to the value of $30 per stay. is the perfect place to stay Must present voucher on resort arrival. exploring when the Top End. when exploring the Top End. BOOK TODAY 1800 350 888 BOOK TODAY 1800 350 888 BOOK TODAY 1800 350 888

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10% Discount !

Bungle Bungle Scenic Flight

ALLIGATOR AIRWAYS

1800 809 790 www.outbackballooning.com.au

Hangar 5, Kununurra Airport Freecall: 1800 632 533 P: (08) 9168 1333 fly@alligatorairways.com.au www.alligatorairways.com.au

Relax Relax in in Darwin! Darwin!

10% * OFF

*

*On early morning ballon flights tours only.Not valid with any other offers.Direct booking only.

*Offer not valid with any other discounts.

NT

FLINDERS RANGES The beauty and complex landforms of the Wilpena Pound area can only be truly appreciated from the air.  

NT

FLINDERS RANGES

Per Person

Surrounded by tropical landscaped Surrounded tropical landscaped gardens, we by offer a relaxed holiday gardens, we with offeraavariety relaxedofholiday atmosphere facilities atmosphere with a variety of facilities and accommodation to suit all budgets. * Not valid with any other offer. Maximum to suitdrive all budgets. Located only 10 minutes from discount is to the value of $30 perand stay.accommodation Must present voucher on arrival. Located only 10 minutes drive from Darwin CBD. Darwin CBD.

BOOK TODAY 1300 727 937 BOOK TODAY 1300 727 937 BOOK TODAY 1300 727 937

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Adelaide

Alice Springs

Address: 969 Port Road, Cheltenham SA 5014. (Entrance at rear). Phone: (08) 8445 2165 Fax: (08) 8268 4678 Head Office Free Phone: 1800 777 779 Email: info@apollocamper.com Internet: www.apollocamper.com Return Hours: 0800am to 1615pm

Address: 40 Stuart Highway (Cnr Smith Street), Alice Springs NT 0871 Phone: (08) 8955 5305 Fax: (08) 8955 5882 Head Office Free Phone: 1800 777 779 Email: info@apollocamper.com Internet: www.apollocamper.com Return Hours: 0800am to 1615pm

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Brisbane

Broome

Address: 698 Nudgee Road, Northgate (Brisbane) QLD 4013 Phone: (07) 3265 9240 Fax: (07) 3265 9241 Head Office Free Phone: 1800 777 779 Email: info@apollocamper.com Internet: www.apollocamper.com Return Hours: 0800am to 1615pm

Address: 5 Farrell Street, Broome WA 6725 Phone: (08) 9192 5282 Fax: (08) 9193 5423 Head Office Free Phone: 1800 777 779 Email: info@apollocamper.com Internet: www.apollocamper.com Return Hours: 0800am to 1700pm Mon - Fri | 0800am to 1300pm Sat 1 Apr to 30 Sept: 0800am to 1300pm Sun & Public Holidays | 1 Oct to 31 Mar: Closed Sun & Public Holidays

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Cairns

Address: 432-434 Sheridan Street, Cairns QLD 4870 Phone: (07) 4032 0366 Fax: (07) 4053 7136 Head Office Free Phone: 1800 777 779 Email: info@apollocamper.com Internet: www.apollocamper.com Return Hours: 0800am to 1615pm

Darwin

Address: 698 440 Stuart Hwy, Winnellie NT 0820 Phone: (08) 8942 1255 Fax: (08) 8981 4736 Head Office Free Phone: 1800 777 779 Email: info@apollocamper.com Internet: www.apollocamper.com Return Hours: 0800am to 1615pm

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Hobart

Address: 1 Hawkesford Road, Hobart Airport, Cambridge TAS 7170 Phone: (03) 6274 5500 Fax: (03) 6248 4690 Head OfďŹ ce Free Phone: 1800 777 779 Email: info@apollocamper.com Internet: www.apollocamper.com Return Hours: 0800am to 1630pm

Melbourne

Address: 189A South Centre Rd, Tullamarine VIC 3043 (entrance via Annandale Rd) Phone: (03) 9310 4913 Fax: (03) 9310 3848 Head OfďŹ ce Free Phone: 1800 777 779 Email: info@apollocamper.com Internet: www.apollocamper.com Return Hours: 0800am to 1615pm


Perth

Sydney

Address: 266 Great Eastern Highway, Belmont WA 6104 Phone: (08) 9477 5444 Fax: (08) 9277 8355 Head Office Free Phone: 1800 777 779 Email: info@apollocamper.com Internet: www.apollocamper.com Return Hours: 0800am to 1615pm

Address: 182-196 O’Riordan Street, Mascot NSW 2020 Phone: (02) 8338 0075 Head Office Free Phone: 1800 777 779 Email: info@apollocamper.com Internet: www.apollocamper.com Return Hours: 0800am to 1615pm

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Beagle Gulf

Maningrida

DARWIN

KAKADU NP Kakadu Resort HWY

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Twin Falls

Jim Jim Falls

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Bulman

Daly River

AD RO

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Mataranka

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Groote Eylandt Mornington Island

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Adelaide River Lost City Sandy Creek Falls LITCHFIELD NP

Borroloola

WA Y Y HW Cape Crawford Numbulwar

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Jabiru

Gove Peninsula

Gapuwiyak

CE NT

DJUKBINJ NP Humpty Doo

Nhulunbuy

Ngangalala Ramingining

Oenpelli

Ubirr Palmerston

Milingimbi

Larrimah

Victoria Inn Roadhouse

Timber Creek GREGORY NP

Central Australia Region Halls Creek

Fitzroy Crossing

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TANAMI DESERT

TANAMI

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RO

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Rabbit Flat Roadhouse

Barkly Homestead Roadhouse HWY Camooweal

STUART

Tennant Creek

Cloncurry

Julia Creek

Richmond

Barrow Creek

ST OC

Suggested Route on sealed roads – not requiring Apollo authorisation

Yulara LASSETER

AD RO

GUNBA

RREL

NT SA

AL

Birdsville

Kulgera Roadhouse WITURA NP SIMPSON DESERT

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Marla

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SIMPSON DESERT NP

SIMPSON DESERT

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Marree

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Roxby Downs

Andamooka Lyndhurst

LAKE TORRENS NP LAKE GAIRDNER NP

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Tibooburra

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White Cliffs

Woomera

Restricted and Prohibited Roads for 4 Wheel Drive Vehicles I hereby agree that I have received a copy of the Resticted and Prohibited Roads maps and Rental Vehicle Agreement

Leigh Creek

DESERT

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200

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N

William Creek

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Quilpie

DESERT

STURT Oodnadatta

GR

STRZELECKI

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QLD SA

TR

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Longreach

HWY

ULURU-KATATJUTA NP

Warburton

Boulia

Alice Springs

Prohibited Road – No access under any circumstances

HWY

QLD NT

Restricted access – requiring Apollo authorisation

Warakurna Roadhouse

Winton

PLENTY

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Restricted access – requiring Apollo authorisation Prohibited Road – No access under any circumstances

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Mitchell Falls MITCHELL RIVER NP

Cape Brewster Brunswick Bay

Wilson Point

KING LEOPOLD RANGES

Hall Point GIBB

Wyndham

Collier Bay 15

4WD

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El Questro

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Imintji Wilderness Camp CONSERVATION PARK

Kununurra

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Drysdale River

AD RO

RIVER

Lennard River Gorge Road

0

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DRYSDALE RIVER NP

KULUMBURU

York Sound

120

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Surveyors Pool Cape Pond

Kilometres 40 0

Lake Argyle Lake Argyle

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30 kms

1

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RIVE

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Lombadina

KING LEOPOLD RANGES CP

Lennard Gorge

GIB

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Beagle Bay Malaburra

Cape Baskerville

Derby

4WD

Bungle Bungle Range

Y

King Sound

Emeriau Point

Darlu Darlu

Warmun

HW

Lombadina Point

PURNULULU NP

WINDJANA GORGE NP

Coulomb Point TUNNEL CREEK NP GREAT

1 Pandanus Park

Halls Creek

GEIKIE GORGE NP

Roebuck Plains Roadhouse

Fitzroy Crossing

NT WA

Broome Roebuck Bay

1

1

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Western Australia – Central Region Broome HW

Y

Fitzroy Crossing NORTHERN 1

HW

Y

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Thursday Island

Halls Creek

Bamaga

N

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GREAT SANDY DESERT

JARDINE RIVER NP

N

UT RO Kilometres 100 0

CK

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N RUDALL RIVER NP

Kilometres 50 0

OLD TELEGRAPH ROAD

Marble Bar

300

200

Weipa

100

150

FRENCHMANS TRACK IRON RANGE NP

ROAD

PILBARA GREAT

No access under any circumstances between the months of December to May

E

TH OR

NORTHERN

Newman

ING

NORTHERN

CA

NN

Aurukun Archer River Roadhouse MUNGKAN KANDJU NP

REL

BAR

AD RO L

RA

GO

GREAT VICTORIA DESERT

LDF

GREAT

Pormpuraaw

Musgrave Roadhouse

IELD

Hann River Roadhouse

Leonora

Laura

Cooktown

No access under any circumstances between the months of December to May

HW Y

Coolgardie

Southern Cross Merredin

GOONGARRIE NP

STARCKE NP BRIDGE CREEK NP

Kowanyama MITCHELL ALICE RIVERS NATIONAL

Menzies

Koolyanobbing

CAPE MELVILLE NP

RO LAKEFIELD NP AD

Laverton

KARROUN HILL NP

No access under any circumstances between the months of December to May

AL ENT

NT

CE

Warburton

Coen

PM ELO

Wiluna Meekatharra

CAPE YORK PENINSULA

DEV

HWY

GUN

LA INSU

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HW

COLLIER RANGE NP Kumarina Roadhouse

PEN

Warakurna Roadhouse

Kalgoorlie EYRE

HWY 1

DAINTREE NP STAATEN RIVER NP

Daintree

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