TRAVEL BUL­LETIN

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

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FUEL ON THE CSR (WA)

The Capricorn Road­house will again be de­liv­er­ing fuel to Well 23 on the Can­ning Stock Route. Fuel is also avail­able at Cot­ton Creek (about 100km north-west of Well 23). How­ever, th­ese days more peo­ple rely on the Abo­rig­i­nal com­mu­nity at Ku­nawar­ritji (Well 33) for fuel, which is 930km north­east of Wiluna along the CSR. It pays to give the com­mu­nity a call on (08) 9176 9040, as they tend to run out at times.

COOKTOWN & CAPE YORK INFO (QLD)

Cooktown’s Vis­i­tor In­for­ma­tion Cen­tre is now lo­cated at the James Cook Mu­seum (50 He­len Street). It’s open 9am-4pm, seven days a week. Also check out the Croc Shop for Cooktown and Cape York in­for­ma­tion – you’ll find the friendly staff in the shop on the main street.

MILPARINKA GYMKHANA (NSW)

The Milparinka Gymkhana is held an­nu­ally on the sec­ond Satur­day of the July school hol­i­days. The day­long event takes place at the Milparinka Sports Grounds on the north side of town, along­side Eve­lyn Creek. The gymkhana is a fam­ily af­fair, with rid­ers bring­ing horses from lo­cal sta­tion prop­er­ties, as well from Queens­land and South Aus­tralia. High­lights in­clude the horse races and the men’s and women’s bar­rel races. There’s also ‘slice the melon’, where a ma­chete is used to slice a sus­pended paddy melon. The fully catered and li­censed bar will have live en­ter­tain­ment on the Satur­day night. More info: www.face­book.com/Mil­parink­agymkhana.

DAR­WIN LIONS’ BEER CAN RE­GATTA (NT)

On July 17, the Dar­win Lions’ Beer Can Re­gatta prom­ises to be a lot of fun. Held at Mindil Beach, Dar­win, there are beach events for all ages, as well as spec­tac­u­lar wa­ter events. En­trance is by a gold coin do­na­tion. Bar fa­cil­i­ties are avail­able, but there’s no BYO al­lowed. The pop­u­lar Mindil Beach Sunset Mar­ket food and craft stalls will be trad­ing all day. For all the details and dates, check out: www.beer­can­re­gatta.org.au.

TRACK CLO­SURES (VIC)

It’s that time of the year again when many of the tracks in Vic­to­rian na­tional parks, state forests and con­ser­va­tion re­serves get closed for the win­ter months. Times vary, so for the lat­est clo­sures and up­dates head to: www.fwd­vic­to­ria.org.au.

ARE YOU AN ARTIST? (SA)

Here is a unique op­por­tu­nity for Aus­tralian artists. Ex­pres­sions of in­ter­est for the Leigh Creek Artist in Res­i­dence pro­gram, in part­ner­ship with Leigh Creek Fu­tures, are now be­ing ac­cepted. Aus­tralian artists ac­tively en­gaged in con­tem­po­rary arts are in­vited to ap­ply for a fourto-six-week res­i­dency in the town of Leigh Creek. More in­for­ma­tion at: www.coun­tr­yarts.org.au.

COL­SON TRACK CLAR­I­FI­CA­TION (NT)

The en­tirety of the Col­son Track isn’t open to 4Wders. You can cur­rently travel up the Col­son Track from the French Line, as far as Madi­gan’s Camp 5. Or you can ac­cess the Madi­gan Line to Camp 5 from Camp 1a and Camp 2, al­though it’s re­quested you do not visit Camp 2. Vis­it­ing Camps 3 and 4 is pro­hib­ited. When you ap­ply to the Cen­tral Lands Coun­cil (www.clc.org.au) for a Simp­son Desert Track per­mit for the Madi­gan Line, a map will be sup­plied show­ing you where you are al­lowed to go. Tra­di­tional own­ers have also ex­pressed con­cern with peo­ple driv­ing on clay pans. Even in dry weather, when they might be shal­low or nearly dry, tracks can re­main on the clay pans for more than 25 years.

OPAL FESTIVAL & GEM EXPO (NSW)

From July 28 to 31, the Light­ning Ridge Opal Festival in­cludes an opal and gem expo, opal jew­ellery de­sign trade show and the Opal Queen ball. Jewellers, buy­ers, whole­salers, min­ers, rock hounds, lap­idary en­thu­si­asts and tourists are in­vited to ex­pe­ri­ence what Light­ning Ridge has to offer. For more info visit: www.light­ningrid­geopalfes­ti­val.com.au.

Windy Cor­ner on the Can­ning Stock Route in out­back Western Aus­tralia.

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