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TRAVELLERS UPDATE - TOURING AUSTRALIA - NEW SOUTH WALES
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Keep a check on road and track closures and conditions by looking at the following website:
NSW RAM - Roads & Maritime
Newcastle Caravan, Camping & Holiday Expo
Dates: February 9-12, 2017
Venue: Newcastle Entertainment Centre and Showground, NSW
Browse more than 180 caravan, 4WD and camper trailer related exhibits with RVs, camping equipment, tents and top destinations on display.
Kids Fishing Workshops
NSW Fisheries runs four-hour kids fishing workshops for eight to fourteen year olds. The kids learn how fish responsibly in a safe and fun environment, including fun lessons on fishing techniques, information on NSW fishing rules, the best methods for catch and release and a practical fishing session in a safe estuary. These are pretty popular so bookings are essential. For details on when and where the next DPI workshops are, check out the DPI web site for more information: http://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/fishing/recreational/resources/fishing-workshops/kids
Permit System for Nine Mile Beach
A permit system has been introduced to control 4WD vehicles on Nine Mile Beach from Redhead to Belmont, south of Newcastle.
The system, which will also cover Belmont Wetlands State Park, will cost $33/week, $44/month or $88 for a whole year. No motor bikes, quad bikes or unregistered vehicles are permitted. Vehicles will be required to stick to designated beach-access routes, speed limits will be enforced and people’s behaviour will be monitored. A ranger is to be appointed.
Permits are initially available from the Redhead service station and Belmont North bait and tackle shop, but other outlets should be available soon.
The Outback Challenge is a 7-day event that will test the best of man and machine in the grueling environment surrounding Broken Hill. Usually held in Sept/Oct the event includes many dynamic and spectacular stages on remote properties in western NSW. With around 50 teams competing, spectators are also specially catered for. For information on the next Challenge check out:
Utes in the Paddock
While in the Heart of NSW, include a trip to Utes in the Paddock just 3km down Mulguthrie Road, Ootha. This outdoor gallery is a ‘must see’ for the Central NSW region featuring some of Australia’s best known outback artists, in a tribute to life in the outback. For more information visit: www.utesinthepaddock.com.au.
Ute Artists' Take to the Road in November - Carrington Nov/Dec 2015
The artistic stars of 'Utes in the Paddock' are taking the Utes spirit of outback celebration on the road for an inaugural collective exhibition of over 150 of their original paintings and sculptures and prints. Visit "Ute Artists at The Carrington" to be held November 1st through December 13th at the historic Carrington Hotel in Katoomba and enjoy artworks created by the 'Ute Artists'. The collective exhibition is free of charge and open daily from 10:00am to 4:00pm - http://www.utesinthepaddock.com.au/exhibition/
Changes in Deua National Park
The Oulla Creek fire trail was closed for a while but now may be open again – check with the NPWS office in Narooma, ph: (02) 4476 0800. Due to heavy rains earlier this year caution is needed in crossing many of the creeks in the area. Towing trailers on the following trails in the park is now an offence and liable to a fine of $300. Trails include Dampier Mtn, Oulla Creek, Minuma Ridge, Merricumbene, Mongamula and Dry Creek. Trailer access to Bendethera is still available from Moruya via Little Sugarloaf Rd and Bendethera Trail. For more information check out: http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/camping-and-accommodation/campgrounds/Deua-River-campgrounds/Local-alerts
Free Camping at Barbour Park, Gunning
Barbour Park is ideally situated in the township of Gunning, just off the Hume Highway, west of Goulburn and next to the picturesque Meadow Creek. The park allows for free camping or a stopover for a maximum of two nights. Facilities include hot showers, toilets and free barbecues all within a short stroll to the two great cafes, hotel and specialty shops.
For more details go to: www.visitnsw.com/destinations/country-nsw/goulburn-area/gunning/accommodation/barbour-park.
Great Border Camp - Sheep Station campground, Border Ranges National Park
The popular Sheep Station Creek campground in the Border Ranges NP, inland from Tweed Heads is a fabulous spot to spend a few days. There's plenty of room for a camper trailer or van and space for the kids to run around. Be sure to walk one of the three tracks that leave from the campground – the easy Palm Forest walk is a great one for children while the Rosewood and Booyong loops are longer day walks.
For more details go to: http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/border-ranges-national-park/sheepstation-creek-campground/camping
Mt Oxley Camping & Accommodation
Bill & Denise Stalley will share the delights of their outback NSW property, located 28km east of Bourke on the road to Brewarrina. There's a range of accommodation available, as well as camping along the creek and access to 4WD tracks. There's lots to do and wildlife to see. For more details, Ph: (02) 6872 3275; http://outbackbeds.com.au/food-huts-by-mt-oxley.html
The Killer Whale Trail
This self-drive day tour takes you to five historical sites set in breathtaking natural surrounds around Eden, on the south coast of NSW. It is a tale rich with whales and of high adventure. Uncover the dramatic history of whaling from 1828-1930 and learn about the unique relationship between the mariners and the wild killer whales (orcas) that kept the whaling station here the longest operating shore based whaling station in Australia.
For more details, see: www.visiteden.com.au.
Pooncarie General Store – now Port Pitstop
The Pooncarie General Store in western NSW on the Darling River, is now called Port Pitstop and is run by George and Val Kitson. They have diesel and ULP, some oils along with grocery items, take away food and more. They are open seven days a week so drop in next time you are along this fabulous waterway.
Located on the Darling River about 80km north of Pooncarie and 165km south east of Broken Hill is Bindara station. This beef property offers a range of accommodation as well as camping along the banks of the river. Bushwalking, birdwatching, fishing and catching yabbies can all be on the agenda of things to do.
For more info visit: www.bindarastation.com/ or ph: (08) 8091 7412.
Paroo Darling NP
The Paroo-Darling National Park spans two distinct regions covering the arid catchment area of the Paroo River (the Peery and Poloko Lakes) and the old Wilga Station along the banks of the Darling River. The latter incorporates one of the best camping areas along the river, the Coach and Horses Campground, about 50km east of Wilcannia and approx 5km south of the old Wilga homestead, now the ranger base for the park. No campfires are allowed. The Paroo River is the only unregulated rivers within the Murray Darling Basin and sustains a wonderfully diverse ecosystem. The Peery Lake area (day use only) is a haven for water birds as it is currently filled with water. Access to other areas of the park is restricted; ph: (08) 8080 3200 for more info.
Tolarno Station, Darling River
Tolarno Station, about 50km south of Menindee, takes in 436,000 acres and 36km of Darling River frontage. Head west and go and experience the fishing, birdlife and wildlife along with the history that is such a part of this historic homestead.There is excellent fishing opportunities for anglers, plenty of space to relax in peace and quite, lots of Australian wildlife to observe, and the station offers complimentary tours through the century-old homestead. Tolarno Station offers a wide range of reasonably priced accommodation. Visitors can stay at the shearers quarters or the homestead, or alternatively you can camp or caravan on over 30 km of river frontage on the Darling.
For more details, ph: (08) 8091 7403. Web: http://www.tolarnostation.com.au/tourism.html
Goodwood station shares an eastern and southern boundary with the Paroo Darling National Park and Peery Lake is a 45-minute drive north on the Wilcannia/Wanaaring Road. The property is part of a 90,000 acre 3rd Generation owned and run working sheep station located 46km north east of the White Cliffs opal fields in outback NSW.
The station is RV friendly and caters for caravans and campers at the Woolshed Waterhole. For more info visit:
Darling River Camping
If you are looking for a spot to stop and camp overnight, for a week, or longer, check out Nelia gGaari homestead, situated on the west side of the Darling River half way between Menindee and Wilcannia. There's pleasant camping right beside the river while a number of cabins can also be used. Birdlife is plentiful while fishing for Murray cod and yellowbelly is always popular.
For more visit: www.neliagaari.com.au.
Trilby Station Outback on the Darling
Historic Trilby Station situated on the banks of the Darling River near Louth, about 120km south west of Bourke, offers a range of accommodation and camping. You can explore the property with the help of a mud map, go fishing, bird watching or just enjoy the every day atmosphere of a working station.
For more info ph: (02) 6874 7420 or visit: www.trilbystation.com.au.
Burnima Station Stays
Burnima is an Angus cattle stud and cropping property 35km from Deniliquin, NSW. Accommodation including B&B, along with range of camping, including bush camping, is available. The property is a good spot for exploring the surrounding Riverina area of NSW. For more details ph: (03) 5882 1143 or email: email@example.com.
Wanganella Creek Camp Park
This park is located 40km north of Deniliquin, NSW on the way to Hay and features a boat ramp, camp kitchen, BBQ and disabled facilities plus more. For more info, visit: www.youcamp.com/properties/32.
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Rose Isle Station
'Rose Isle' is a sheep and cattle grazing property located 70km down stream of Bourke on the Louth-Bourke road. It offers beautiful river views, peaceful camp sites, shearer's quarters accommodation, fishing, camping, hiking, or just the spot for relaxing.
Garry and Samantha Mooring have lived at 'Rose Isle' with their family for the past 30 years, and they can cater for overnight visitors with dinner and breakfast, and will also prepare homemade packs for your day trips. For more info phone: (02) 6874 7371, or find them on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/Rose-Isle-Station-365814430216712/info?tab=page_info).
Located on the inland floodplains of northern New South Wales, 130km from Bourke, Naree Station has become Bush Heritage's 35th reserve.
The property sits at the head of the nationally significant wetlands of the Cuttaburra Channels and Yantabulla Swamp, which during flood events become home to an incredible 50,000 water birds and are rated as one of the 20 most important water bird sites in Australia. Bush Heritage plans to provide visitor opportunities in the future ... we can only hope so!
For more info see: www.bushheritage.org.au/naree-station.
Milparinka Hotel Stay & Camping
The Albert Hotel built in 1882 was the first pub to be licensed in the then gold boom town of Milparinka in the far north west of NSW. Today it still offers accommodation, food and a cold beer while the surrounding Milparinka Heritage Precinct harks back to those glory days. Nearby the tangible history of Charles Sturt's 1844 expedition to central Australia can be seen. There's also good camping available for a small fee which goes towards the continued maintenance original buildings. It's well worth a stopover for a night.
For more info visit: http://outbacknsw.com.au/albert-hotel-milparinka.html
If you are in the area in July, don't miss the Milparinka Gymkhana. Highlights of the day include the horse races and men's and women's barrel races. As well there's 'slice the melon', which is best described as a cross between jousting and tent pegging but using a machete to slice a suspended paddy melon. This event has become a firm favourite during the 60 odd years that the gymkhana has been running. Fully catered with a licenced bar and live entertainment on Saturday night, this fun day is worth enjoying.
You can have a look at their Facebook site for see more about the Gymkhana at :https://www.facebook.com/MilparinkaGymkhana.
Great Summer Beach Camp
If you want a great summer beach camp ... or at any time really ... head to Yuraygir National Park on the north coast of NSW. Situated on the longest stretch of undeveloped coast in the state the park offers a number of beach side camps, beach driving, great walks, swimming, diving and surfing.
Check out: http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/NationalParks/parkHome.aspx?id=N0040
Barcoos Farmstay - near Bathurst
Barcoos Farmstay is a friendly farm located ten minutes from Bathurst, overlooking the country town of Perthville. Featuring a self-contained farmhouse, two self-contained units, and camping, caravan and motorhome facilities, the largefully equipped kitchen can seat up to 20-24 people, with a BBQ outside. Being a genuine working farm it is a calm and picturesque place for a weekend or a stopover while heading further west. Pet friendly, but conditions apply.
For more details, ph: (02) 6337 2383, or visit: www.barcoosbarn.com.
Carcoar Dam Camping, Blayney, SW of Bathurst
Located near Blayney, south-west of Bathurst, NSW, there's a good free camp with lots of room for a tent or camper, cold showers, flushing toilets, bins and dam water for washing. All basic services can be found in the towns nearby. It's a popular spot for camping, swimming and fishing, and dogs are allowed. For more information check out 'free camping' web sites, such as: http://www.freecampingaustralia.com.au/free-camps/new-south-wales/carcoar-dam-camping-area.html, or go to: http://www.blayney-nsw.com/CarcoarDam.html.
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Brindabella in the Snowy Mountains
Come and enjoy the beauty of the Australian bush and a unique country lifestyle at the Brindabella Homestead surrounded by the Snowy Mountains. This quiet valley is steeped in history and native animals and birds abound while there's a range of accommodation available. For more go to: http://visitcanberra.com.au/accommodation/9003017/brindabella-station.
Little River Cabins
Accommodation in large fully self contained, authentic log cabins on the banks of the beautiful Goobragandra River is available at Little River Log Cabins near Tumut, in southern NSW. With absolute water frontage along the river it's an ideal spot to relax after a days skiing at Selwyn or visiting Blowering Dam for fishing or canoeing down the Tumut River. For more details ph: (02) 6947 5860.
Goobragandra Homestead - Tumut Region
This 100 acre cattle property is surrounded by the Koscuiszko National Park along the Goobarragandra River in southern NSW. The property features self-contained accommodation and is the perfect spot for trout-fishing, canoeing, bushwalking, or horse-riding. For more details, ph: (02) 6947 5751.
For more places to visit, accommodate and camp in the Tumut area, check out their web site: http://www.visittumut.com.au/
Dingo Dell Track Regeneration
With a lot of hard work by NSW 4WD clubs and the NPWS, many of the eroded steep tracks around Dingo Dell, especially on the privately owned area, have been closed and re-vegetated. There is also now an exclusive camping area for 4WD NSW & ACT members located here.
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If you want to discover the magic of the Macquarie Marshes there's no better place to start than Phil and Myra Tolhurt's property that sits right alongside the Macquarie Marshes Nature Reserve. Long time residences of the area Phil and Myra have made their property, Willie Station an extension of the reserve and wildlife is common. While sadly Phil is no longer with us, Myra continues to run Willie Station and keep it open for visitors.
They offer a range of accommodation and great camping at Willie Retreat. For more details, ph: (02) 6824 4361, web: www.willieretreatmacquariemarshes.com.au
Camping on the Nowendoc
Set amongst the picturesque upper Manning Valley the Knorrit Flat Riverside Retreat offers 40 acres of private camping. The river is great for swimming, canoeing and fishing, while the grassy campsites are large and shady with hot showers and flush toilets nearby.
For more details see: www.knorritflatrr.com.au.
Three Creek Tourist Mine Bingara Opened
The Three Creeks Goldmine at Bingara is again open to travellers. Worked since the 1880s the owner, Paul Myer, guarantees everyone will find some gold while panning there. You can tour the old mine, pan for gold, enjoy the extensive displays while camping and van sites are also available. For more details, ph: (02) 6783 2224, http://www.bingara.com.au/index.cfm?page_id=1215
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