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RON AND VIV MOON’S LAT­EST NEWS AND INFO FROM AUS­TRALIA’S TREKS AND TRACKS

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DIRK HARTOG IS­LAND: 400 YEARS CEL­E­BRA­TIONS (WA)

Cap­tain Dirk Hartog and crew be­came the first Euro­peans on Australian soil when they dropped an­chor on West­ern Aus­tralia’s largest is­land in Oc­to­ber 1616. To­day, the is­land that bears Hartog’s name of­fers op­por­tu­ni­ties for ex­plor­ers to dis­cover the nat­u­ral rugged beauty of the west coast. Four­wheel drive tour com­pany Camp­fire Es­capes has ex­clu­sive 4x4 ac­cess to the is­land dur­ing this year’s Oc­to­ber fes­tiv­i­ties, which will take place at the light­house at Cape In­scrip­tion, while tall ships from all over the world will sail into Shark Bay. For more info visit: www. camp­fireescapes.com.au

AN­NUAL HENRY LAW­SON FES­TI­VAL (NSW)

Named after one of Aus­tralia’s most beloved poets, the an­nual Henry Law­son Fes­ti­val will run over the long week­end from June 9 to June 13 at Gren­fell, New South Wales. The fes­ti­val will kick off on the Thurs­day evening with a spe­cial event at the Gren­fell Art Gallery. Art ex­hi­bi­tions, a colour­ful street pro­ces­sion, chil­dren’s rides, street en­ter­tain­ment, in­clud­ing live mu­sic and a car show, will be just some of the events over the four days. For more info: www. hen­ry­law­son­fes­ti­val.com.au

AUSTRALIAN 4WD GATH­ER­ING 2016 (SA)

The next Australian 4WD Gath­er­ing is due to take place Au­gust 19-22, 2016, at the Love­day 4x4 Ad­ven­ture Park – 32km² of pri­vate prop­erty on the banks of the Mur­ray River near Barmera, South Aus­tralia. The aim of the gath­er­ing is a fun get-to­gether for four-wheel driv­ers but also to raise much­needed funds for the Royal Fly­ing Doc­tor Ser­vice. Book a spot at: www.gath­er­ing4wd.wix.com/gath­er­ing

ECHUCA STEAM RALLY (VIC)

The 53rd Steam Rally at Echuca Moama will run over the Queen’s Birth­day week­end, June 11-12, 2016. This year, the rally will show­case more than 700 ex­hibits of work­ing equip­ment from yes­ter­year, in­clud­ing many old work­ing steam en­gines – some val­ued at more than $500,000 – vin­tage cars and work­ing horse dis­plays. There will be en­ter­tain­ment for ev­ery mem­ber of the fam­ily, with many other dif­fer­ent things to see and ex­pe­ri­ence. The rally is a ma­jor com­mu­nity event and is or­gan­ised an­nu­ally by the lo­cal Ro­tary club. More info: www.echu­casteam­rally.com.au

MA­REEBA RODEO AND FES­TI­VAL (QLD)

The Ma­reeba Rodeo in Queens­land is one of the big­gest and most pop­u­lar rodeos in the coun­try. It has all the usual rodeo events, in­clud­ing the bull ride, sad­dle bronc, steer wrestling, ladies and ju­nior events, and the bat­tle of the states (Qld vs NSW), held over two days. The car­ni­val runs much longer and in­cludes street pa­rades, a gar­den show, the an­nual agri­cul­tural show, stud beef sale and pop­u­lar wood­chop events – it’s a real trop­i­cal cel­e­bra­tion of all things coun­try. The fes­ti­val runs from July 2 to July 17, while the ac­tion packed rodeo is on July 16 and July 17. More info: www. ma­ree­bar­o­deo.com.au

NE­WHAVEN CAMP­ING (NT)

Ne­whaven Sanc­tu­ary has a lovely lit­tle camp­ing area a few hun­dred kilo­me­tres north­west of Alice Springs. Once a cat­tle sta­tion, the prop­erty was ac­quired some years ago by the Australian Wildlife Con­ser­vancy. Nowa­days it of­fers campers shade among the mulga, com­post toi­lets, a hot shower, wa­ter taps, and fire­places, plus friendly staff mem­bers de­liver wood to your tent or camper each af­ter­noon. The cost is just $10 a per­son per night. For more info: www.aus­tralian­wildlife.org/sanc­tu­ar­ies/newhaven­sanc­tu­ary.aspx

CAPE ARID TELE­GRAPH TRACK CLOSED (WA)

The west­ern end of the Tele­graph Track through the Cape Arid Na­tional Park has been closed to help pre­vent the spread of the Phy­toph­thora dieback, which has ru­ined much of West­ern Aus­tralia’s bush­land. Ac­cess is still pos­si­ble through the park via the re­cently opened Pasley Track, which leaves the Fish­eries road about 20km east of the junc­tion with the Bal­lado­nia track and strikes south-east to meet the eastern end of the Tele­graph Track, about 30km west of Point Mal­colm.

Cape In­scrip­tion light­house.

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