TRAVELLERS UPDATE - TOURING AUSTRALIA - SOUTH AUSTRALIA
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OUTBACK ROADS TEMPORARY CLOSURES, RESTRICTIONS & WARNINGS REPORT
For outback roads temporary closures, restrictions and warnings reports contact the Dept of Planning & Infrastructure Road Condition Hotline on 1300 361 033 or visit the web site:
Dept of Planning & Infrasture/Outback Roads: http://www.dpti.sa.gov.au/OutbackRoads
Woomera Prohibited Area exclusion periods
Defence has planned its use of the Woomera Prohibited Area (WPA) and has decided on the following exclusion periods for the Amber Zone in the current financial year:
Details can be found on this web page for 2016–17 exclusion periods calendar (XLS) and
Restrictions on access to the Woomera Protected Area (PDF) are summarised in a poster, which you can download or print for reference.
Commonwealth legislation and determinations define the prohibited area and exclusion periods.
You can subscribe to WPA exclusion period updates by emailing us with 'Subscribe' as the subject; see Contact on their web site.
Amber Zone 1 – South-Eastern Corner
14 May—30 June 2017
Amber Zone 2 – Corridor
Includes a section of the Anne Beadell Highway.
11—30 June 2017
Notifications of restrictions in parts of the Green Zone will be made through this website and relevant travel information outlets with 21 days notice.
For all details go to their web site:
Can also check out the NPs web page at: http://www.environment.sa.gov.au/parks/
SOUTH AUSTRALIA NATIONAL PARKS - Online booking for parks
A new online booking system for entry, camping and accommodation is being rolled out in South Australia’s national parks.
Park visitors can go to www.parks.sa.gov.au to pay park entry fees, choose a campsite and book and pay for it and book accommodation in Innes National Park and Mount Remarkable National Park. The system is currently being tested in these parks and will be rolled out across the state to other parks for entry, camping, accommodation, and park facilities such as tennis courts, dive permits and tours.
The new system brings South Australian parks booking facilities in line with interstate and international parks to cater for visitors who want to book online. http://www.environment.sa.gov.au/Home/Full_newsevents_listing/
South Australia NPs Parks Passes
Whether you’re a regular parks visitor or just visiting on holidays, save money by purchasing a Parks Pass. Passes are available for our most popular parks. Every Parks Pass has something different and special to offer, whether it’s entry, camping, or guided tours on Kangaroo Island. Simply choose the pass or passes that suit your needs.
Multi Park Pass
Holiday Park Pass
Desert Parks Pass
Single Park Pass
Kangaroo Island Tour Pass
Mount Remarkable National Park or Innes National Park – pre-booking
Are you planning a trip to Mount Remarkable National Park or Innes National Park? A new system has been introduced to make it easier and fairer to camp at sites in these parks. Camp sites must now be booked prior to arrival at www.parks.sa.gov.au. To book your site please visit www.parks.sa.gov.au and follow the steps as directed:
WITJIRA NATIONAL PARK and the SIMPSON DESERT RESERVES - S.Aust/Qld
The Witjira Co-management Board have approved that fire wood collection & wood fires will not be permitted in Witjira NP. This does not apply to either the Simpson Desert Regional Reserve or the Simpson Desert Conservation Park in South Australia.
In the Simpson Desert National Park in Queensland, now known as Munga-Thirri National Park, open fires are prohibited!
Important note – Desert Parks Passes and Entry/Camping permits are no longer available at Oodnadatta.
Desert Parks Passes should be purchased prior to Dalhousie either before leaving on your trip, at other agencies or at Mt Dare. Do not rely on park staff being at Dalhousie to sell a Desert Parks Pass as they may be at other parks including the Simpson Desert, or in the field at Witjira.
Entry/camping permits can be purchased from the Self Registration Station on the eastern side of the Dalhousie office.
Check local conditions before travelling into this area. See the National Parks website at www.parks.sa.gov.au for more information, and web: http://www.environment.sa.gov.au/parks/Park_entry_fees/Parks_Pass_outlets
Simpson Desert and the K1 Warburton, Walkers Crossing, Halligan Bay Point and Pedirka Public Access Routes
The Simpson Desert and the K1 Warburton, Walkers Crossing, Halligan Bay Point and Pedirka Public Access Routes will open on the 15 March 2015.
Passes should be purchased prior to Dalhousie either before leaving on your trip, at other agencies or at Mt Dare.
Entry/camping permits can be purchased from the Self Registration Station on the eastern side of the Dalhousie office.
Wood fires are not permitted in Witjira NP, with the exception that wood fires are still permitted at Mt Dare. This does not apply to the Simpson Desert reserves in South Australia and wood can be carried through Witjira to be used in the Simpson Desert reserves.
Please check with local authorities or call the Desert Parks, ph: (08) 8648 5328.
For information about access to the Queensland Simpson Desert, please contact the Wirrarri Visitor Centre, Birdsville, ph: (07) 4656 3300.
Sand Flags for the Simpson
From 2014, all vehicles must be fitted with a safety flag as detailed below when crossing the Simpson desert.
The flag must be a minimum of 300mm wide by 290mm high and be made of fluorescent materials, red-orange or lime-yellow in colour.
Motorbikes are to have a rear mounted flagpole, with the top of the flag a minimum 3.5 metres from the ground.
Vehicles with a bullbar, the flagpole is to be attached to the bullbar, with the top of the flag a minimum 3.5 metres from the ground.
Vehicles without a bullbar, the flagpole is to be attached via bracket at the front of the vehicle, with top of the flag a minimum 3.5 metres from the ground.
Alternatively, the flag pole can be attached to the front of the roof rack, with the top of the flag a minimum 2 metres above the roof of the vehicle.
New name for the Coongie Lakes National Park
Coongie Lakes National Park in the far north-east has a new name, with a new dual name coming into effect. Minister for Sustainability, Environment and Conservation Ian Hunter said the National Park is known as the Malkumba-Coongie Lakes National Park. http://www.environment.sa.gov.au/parks/Home/Media_Centre/
Dogs in Parks – South Australian National Parks
Certain parks in South Australia provide dog owners with the opportunity to walk their dogs and enjoy the attractions of SA parks and reserves. You can take your dog into many parks along designated walking trails providing that it is on a lead and it remains under your effective control at all times. Parks include:
Innamincka Regional Reserve
Coorong NP – Ocean Beach Only Murray River
Chowilla Regional Reserve and Game Reserve
Murray River National Park (Lyrup Flats)
Loch Luna Game Reserve (in the Kaiser Strip area)
For a full listing, and to download a brochure ‘National Parks and your dog’, visit their web site: http://www.environment.sa.gov.au/parks/Visiting/Dogs_in_parks
New Fees for Ngarkat CP
A park entrance fee of $10 has been introduced to the 270,000-hectare Ngarkat CP in SA's southern Mallee. The fee will apply to all park visitors (including day visitors and campers) and be in addition to existing camping fees, which are currently $10/day. For more details go to: http://www.4wdsa.asn.au/?page=article&of=167
There are nine different campsites to choose from while the newly refurbished Pertendi Hut interpretive trail is one of eight trails in which visitors can learn about the park.
Camping at Kalamurina - and changed costs for camping
Kalamurina station, another property owned by Australian Wildlife Conservancy (see http://www.australianwildlife.org/sanctuaries/kalamurina-wildlife-sanctuary.aspx)
Self-sufficient campers are welcome betweeen 1st April and 30th August in designated camp sites on the eastern side of the property. Access is via a station track just north of Mungerannie on the Birdsville Track. Camping is in designated sites on the eastern side of the property and bookings are essential, at least two days in advance. Phone Tess or Mark on (08) 86758310. Some restrictions do apply and camping costs $25/vehicle. There are no facilities; no fishing, vehicle movement is restricted; and campfires are not allowed.
REGIONAL SOUTH AUSTRALIA The Birdsville Mailman on Show - Marree
The life of the famed Birdsville Track mailman, E.G. (Tom) Kruse, MBE, and his 1936 Leyland Badger, are now permanently celebrated in the Marree Hotel.
The Tom Kruse Gallery is a major art installation in the dining room includes 180 photographs representing various periods in his life and artefacts from the Kruse family and other private collections.
Entry to the exhibition is via a gold coin donation to the RFDS. Web: http://www.marreehotel.com.au
We're sad to tell you that the Sceale Bay Bush Camp, at the small hamlet of Sceale Bay, south of Streaky Bay on SA's west coast is now closed. Still there's a great camping ground in Streaky Bay and a host of bush camps along the nearby coast. Check out our guide, Across the Bight & Nullarbor, available from our web site at http://www.guidebooks.com.au/GAB%20BightNullarbor%20bk.htm, for more details.
The atomic bomb testing range at Maralinga was handed back to the local Aboriginal people after a number of extensive clean up operations. Tours of the range and 1950s bomb sites, along with the permits to visit the area, can be arranged. First you need to write to the traditional Aboriginal owners, the Maralinga Tjarutja Council, and request a permit. You can also download this from their website: http://maralingatjarutja.com/, or email them at email@example.com, ph: 08) 8625 2946. Post the completed form to PO Box 435, Ceduna, SA, 5690. There is a small fee per vehicle payable.
Next you need to contact the caretaker at Maralinga: ph: (08) 8670 4081, email: robin.matthews@Y7mail.com, to arrange a suitable time to visit. You can’t enter the test site or be admitted to Maralinga Village without being escorted by the caretaker.
You can stay in the dongas and huts left by the clean-up crews in the village, or camp.
Lake Eyre Gets an Old Name - Kati Thanda
Lake Eyre in the arid heart of South Australia and the largest ‘lake’ in Australia, will now have the dual name of Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre. The local Aboriginal people, the Arabana, last May won native title over 70,000sqkm of the far north of SA, including Lake Eyre, known to them as Kati Thanda.
ForestrySA’s Wirrabara Forest reopens to visitors
ForestrySA is pleased to advise that parts of the popular Wirrabara Forest have reopened to visitors, following the Bangor fire.
Popular forest locations the Wirrabara Picnic Ground, Ippinitchie Campground, King Tree Paddock and the “A” Plantation are now open.
FLINDERS RANGES Mt Caernarvon Opens Again
The crest of Mt Caernarvon in South Australia's Flinders Ranges is again open to limited access by self-drive 4WD vehicles. Total length of the new route is over 50km and it is open on most long weekends and on allocated weekends for group bookings of more than 10 vehicles. Bookings well in advance are essential; check out: www.caernarvontrack.com.
Mineral Collecting banned in Arkaroola
Most of Arkaroola and a portion of the Mt Freeling Pastoral Lease next door have became a protected area.
It is now illegal to collect minerals from within the Arkaroola Protection Area and large fines apply.
This is the first private land protected in such a way in SA and is the result of the No Mining fight that Arkaroola ran for six years, and finally won. It should be noted that not all of the Yudnamutana mining field is outside of Arkaroola, and outside of the Arkaroola Protected Area.
Yudnamutana the old town and cemetery is certainly outside the Arkaroola boundary, but some of the eastern old mine sinkings lie inside Arkaroola.
Historic Copper Mine Trail.
This track connects three historic copper mining sites, Sliding Rock, Nuccaleena and the Blinman min. It is a one-way track that follows the old road that once connected Sliding Rock town with Blinman in the 1870's.
Please contact Stoney at Warraweena CP, ph: (08) 8675 2770 www.warraweena.com.
A real Flinders Experience
Located north west of Blinman in the heart of the Flinders Ranges is Moolooloo Station. There is something for everyone here with breathtaking scenery, bushwalking, 4WDriving, bird watching, horse riding, the historic Nuccaleena Copper Mine, Aboriginal carvings, gorges and natural springs. To plan your next trip, ph: (08) 8648 4861, www.moolooloo.com.au.
Beltana Station, Beltana Road
Beltana Station is a fully working sheep and cattle station and also offers a range of accommodation and camping, as well as some 4wd tracks to explore. They also have camel safaris.Thomas Elder imported some of the first camels to South Australia and Beltana Station became one of the most successful breeding studs and largest depot for camels in Australia.The homestead, cottage, shearing shed and men’s quarters all date back to the 1860s, are all made of local stone and still in good order today. Facilities include a cafe & restaurant set in the historic woolshed, as well as a BBQ area. Well worth a stop.
For more details check out their web site: http://www.beltanastation.com.au/
Wines & Tracks - Bartagunyah Estate
Bartagunyah Estate, south east of Melrose in the southern Flinders Ranges is a small, rather new winery on a much older surrounding sheep property. While the cellar offers a range of wines, there is an easy 4WD trail to enjoy, which offers great views while a number of campsites can also be enjoyed.
For more details, ph: (08) 8666 2136 or on the web vist: www.bartagunyah.com.au.
Kelly's Farm Holidays, SE of Quorn
You can stay on a working farm situated in an idyllic rural setting approximately 17km SE of Quorn (or about 26km north of Wilmington) in the southern Flinders Ranges of SA. There's abundant wildlife to enjoy and a choice of a spacious self-contained farmhouse or a number of camping sites.
For more details contact Peter & Sue Kelly, ph: (08) 8648 6071, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Coorong Region Part closure of Coorong
Because of on-going dredging operations at the mouth of the Murray River part of the Coorong National Park will be closed until further notice. The closure applies to the whole of the Younghusband Peninsula west of a line transecting the park north to south at Barkers Knoll, (coordinate 138.898474° E, 35.559926° S), to and including its tip at the mouth of the Murray River. As well, all areas within a 5-metre radius of a perimeter formed by buoy lines and/or markers surrounding any dredging plant or equipment are closed to public access.
Mundoo Island is a privately owned cattle station only 1 1/2 hours drive south of Adelaide in the Coorong on the Fleurieu Peninsula, and is accessed from the Goolwa side of the lake. This unique property is the last farming property on the River Murray - where the river meets the sea, and the station is run over a series of islands nestled in the mouth of the River Murray, the largest being Mundoo Island - 3,000 acres.
Campers wanting to experience this unique environment at the mouth of the Murray River have a number of exclusive sites to choose from and camping is limited to small groups. For bird lovers (the bird life is amazing) and fishermen, walkers and canoeists, and those who want to explore the nearby lakes and the Coorong, this place takes a bit of beating.
There is no public access to Mundoo Island. An entry fee is payable to be escorted to and from your camp site (across the barrage).
You can also enjoy a 1 1/2 hour mini-bus station tour or book a private birdwatching tour (and at the moment the bird life is fantastic) and marvel at the diversity of the unique freshwater / saltwater environments providing varied habitat for numerous bird species.
For more information on the station contact Sally, ph: (08) 8555 2242 or 0418 843 299, or visit: www.mundooisland.com.au.
Watervalley Wetlands, Coorong
Indulge yourself and explore Watervalley Wetlands, in the heart of the Coorong in the south east of SA. This working cattle property is a 4WD, camping, bird watching, bush walking nature-based destination, ideal for all ages and offers 4WD tag-alongs or self-drive trips. There's bush camping available and accommodation in the homestead. For further information, free call 1800 635 855, or visit: http://www.watervalleywetlands.com.au/index.html.
Murray River 4WD Fun
Specs lake is an 3600ha private property with 14km of Murray River frontage, just two hours drive from Adelaide. It comprises red gum studded river flats to stoney hills and sandy mallee scrub with low dunes. The property has a number of self drive trips, an extreme 4WD tour, some great riverside camping, the Loveday Tavern and a 4WD adventure park will challenge most people's idea of four wheel driving and fun. For more details visit: www.loveday4x4adventures.com.
Far west coast of SA Appeals
There’s some great fishing, camping and sand and beach driving on SA’s far west coast. Fowlers Bay camp ground makes a good base if you want a few facilities and its central to all the action – ph: (08) 8625 6143 for more details.
Snorkel with the Seals
You don’t have to be a good swimmer to experience one of the great wildlife experiences of this country. Swimming with the friendly seals of Baird Bay on the west coast of SA is an unforgettable experience.
For more details contact Alan and Trish Payne, ph: (08) 8626 5017, or visit: www.bairdbay.com.
Marion Bay Delights
If you are heading down to the southern rugged tip of Yorke Peninsula in South Australia for a spot of diving, surfing or fishing, then Marion Bay could well be the ideal base for you. Check out: www.marionbay.com.au.
Yorke Peninsula … differently
South Australia’s Yorke Peninsula is one of the most popular holiday spots in the state whether you are into fishing, surfing diving or camping. You can have a different experience and get a completely different perspective about the peninsula by joining any of the tours run by multi award winning, Aboriginal Cultural Tours.
For more info, visit: www.adjahdura.com.au.
Pondie Bay Camping - Inness NP, Yorke Peninsula
Pondalowie Bay in the Inness National Park down at the southern 'toe' of Yorke Peninsula is one of the best places for a summer holiday. It is popular over the school holidays but the camping, swimming, surfing, fishing and diving is some of the best on the south coast of Australia. To plan your next trip visit: www.environment.sa.gov.au/parks/Find_a_Park/Browse_by_region/
Coodlie Park Farm Retreat - Eyre Peninsula
Coodlie Park on SA's Eyre Peninsula's offers a holiday with a difference. Set on a large rural property the property is located on the coast between Mount Camel Surf Beach and the spectacular Talia Caves (about 50km west of Elliston). There’s a range of accommodation including bush camping sites, while tours featuring the best of the local fishing spots and adventure sports can be organised. Guests can enjoy their own private beach, cliff-top walk with outstanding views and Australian wildlife such as kangaroos, native birds, emus and wombats. For more info visit: www.coodliepark.com.au.
Stay on the Track at Robe
Rumours have been around that the beach route between Beachport and Robe has been closed … or will be. This is not true. However, at times the route does pass through private property for short distances – Nora Creina being one – drivers need to slow down and respect the privacy of the people there. A Recreational Vehicles Working Group has been established and the Wattle Rangers 4WD Club has created a detailed colour map of the route which is available free at the Beachport Visitor Info Centre, ph: (08) 8735 8029, web: http://robe.com.au/. You can also download their Off-Road Guide Robe SA to help you find the best 4WD tracks around Robe SA (http://robe.com.au/?page_id=59).
For more info on Robe itself check out the web site at: http://www.council.robe.sa.gov.au/page.aspx
Beachport - Nora Creina - New Bypass Track
With approval from DEH and the Coastal Protection Board, the Wattle Rangers 4WD Club in conjunction with the Millicent Sand Buggy Club have re-opened existing tracks just behind the beach to bypass Buggy Club grounds at Beachport.
These tracks have not been used for many years.
The purpose of this bypass is to eliminate the possibility of 4WD vehicles and sand buggies crossing paths. Sand buggies in their club grounds may travel at speeds in excess of 10Omph.
A large bulldozer contracted by the Buggy Club for work on their tracks was used to re-cut a 200 metre section of overgrown track. Much work was done clearing and pruning over the following few months.
You are urged NOT to enter into the buggy club grounds at any time. The new section only affects the track between points 15-21 on the Beachport to Nora Creina track.
To read more about it go to the Four Wheel Drive South Australia web site at: http://www.4wdsa.asn.au/trackse.htm#bypass
and to get a copy of the map go to:
Free Maps on Limestone Coast between Robe and Carpenter Rocks
Brought to you via the Westprint Heritage Maps (http://www.westprint.com.au/freemaps.htm), you can download free pdf file format mapswith distance charts and driving advice for the maps below. They were developed by and are provided free of charge by the Wattle Rangers 4WD Club Inc. (Beachport) in conjunction with the Department of Environment and Heritage (National Parks) to visitors intending to travel along the Limestone Coast between Robe and Carpenter Rocks in 4 wheel drive vehicles. It is assumed that the traveller will based in Beachport and all directions are written as such.
Beachport Conservation Park
Little Dip Conservation Park
Canunda National Park. - in 2 sections
By-Pass around a recently washed out section of beach between Beachport & Nora Creina
The above maps can also be downloaded on the Wattle Range Tourism web site:
Hamilton Station Camping in Northern SA
The remote Hamilton Station on the track north from Oodnadatta to the Simpson Desert or the Old Ghan Railway Line now offers camping along the nearby Hamilton Creek. As well there's air-conditioned cabins available, and both the camping area and the cabins have good facilities. They are open for visitors from the 1st April to 30th September each year. For more details ph: (08) 8670 7960.
Etadunna Delights, Etadunna Station
Situated on the Birdsville Track, Etadunna Station allows 4WDriving on the property and from near the homestead. There is a 20km track to the old Bethseda Mission, situated on the shores of Lake Killapaninna which fills with water when the Cooper floods. Keys have to be collected from the station and access/camping costs apply; Ph: (08) 8675 8308 for details.
Mt Ive Outback Experience
Mt Ive station in the Gawler Ranges in the far north of the Eyre Peninsula was established in 1869 and is a working sheep property. It also offers a range of accommodation and camping as well as 4WD tracks and access to the vast salt lake of Lake Gairdner. It’s well worth a visit for a few days. For more details ph: (08) 8648 181, web: www.mtive.com.au.
Coward Springs Camp, Oodnadatta Track
When you are heading up the Oodnadatta Track take the time and stop at the Coward Springs Campground. It's a beauty. The camping area is beside the old Ghan railway line and was previously known as Coward Springs Siding. A bore sunk in 1886 to service the railway has created an extensive wetland that attracts over 100 species of birds.
For more details, ph: (08) 8675 8336 (April to October); web: www.cowardsprings.com.au.
Burra - Fossil Experience
Fossil remains of a marsupial lion and diprotodon have been discovered near Burra in SA and the DEH have developed a fine visitor experience centred around them and the site where work is still carrying on. For more details contact the DEH's office in Burra, ph: (08) 8892 3025, or you can check out the Visit Burra web site at: http://visitburra.com/, http://visitburra.com/web/our-town-burra/megafauna
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