RON AND VIV MOON’S LATEST NEWS AND INFO FROM AUSTRALIA’S TREKS AND TRACKS.
CLARENCE VALLEY CAMP OVEN FESTIVAL (NSW)
The Camp Oven Festival, running from August 19-21, will feature camp oven cooking competitions and demonstrations, live music, a bush dance, a bush poetry competition, markets, great food, traditional dance performances, dog trials and even alpaca shearing. There are also fun activities for the kids including games, competitions and workshops. visit: www.nymboidacampovenfestival.com.
A TASTE OF EYRE PENINSULA (SA)
This event held on the Eyre Peninsula has evolved from a simple farmer’s market to a massive food and wine festival. Held this year from August 9-11, the event will showcase an eclectic mix of food and wine, live music and amazing views. Guests can indulge in a delicious selection of seafood, meats, smallgoods, wine, baked items, olives and olive oil, honey, condiments, fruit and nuts and more. visit: www.exploreeyrepeninsula.com.au.
INNAMINCKA PICNIC RACES & GYMKHANA (SA)
Held on the Saturday and Sunday prior to the Birdsville Races in late August, the Innamincka Picnic Races and Gymkhana is an entertaining warm-up for the Birdsville extravaganza. The Gymkhana provides a unique opportunity to witness outstanding displays of outback horsemanship, while the picnic races provide an insight into the way bush racing used to be. Check out: www.birdsvilleraces.com.
GYMPIE MUSIC MUSTER (QLD)
Australia’s largest charity festival is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year! This community-driven festival will be held in the Amamoor Creek State Forest – only a two-hour drive from Brisbane – and will feature more than 120 artists including Kasey Chambers, Luke O’shea and newcomer Fanny Lumsden. Ticket prices range from $85-$370 per person. Visit: www.muster.com.au.
IMINTJI STORE & CAMPGROUND (WA)
The Imintji Store on the Gibb River Road has re-opened. Supplies of fresh fruit and vegetables are limited and only diesel fuel is available. Just a couple of hundred metres away is the all-new campground with toilets, showers and green grass to entice passing travellers. Phone: (08) 9191 7699 or visit: www.imintji.com.au.
CAMOOWEAL DROVERS CAMP FESTIVAL (QLD)
The town of Camooweal will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Drovers Camp Festival from August 26-28. Visitors can enjoy top-class art and photographic exhibitions, be entertained at the new Drovers Campsite, enjoy traditional camp cooking, have a yarn with an old drover, and chat to bush balladeers and other storytellers. To liven up the action, a bronco branding competition is on all weekend. There is plenty of fine food and entertainment for all. Check out: www.droverscamp.com.au.
QUEEN OF THE DESERT FESTIVAL (SA)
Paint your wagon, get your friends and family together, dress in some outlandish clothes and join the convoy from August 15-19. This outback SA event will take you to The Marree Hotel, William Creek Hotel and The Pink Roadhouse in Oodnadatta. It will then pass through the Painted Desert to arrive at Coober Pedy in time for the local Opal Festival. For more details: www.queenofthedesertfestival.com.au.
TYRE & MECHANICAL REPAIRS ON THE GRR (WA)
The only place you can now get any mechanical repairs while travelling the Gibb River Road is at Over The Range Tyre & Mechanical Repairs, located about 28km south of Mt Barnett. They have an impressive range of spare tyres, shock absorbers, batteries, trailer parts and more. Just don’t expect any computer analysis equipment, though there’s a recovery service they will contact if you have a major computer malfunction. Call Neville and Leonie on: (08) 9191 7887.
The famously rugged Gibb River Road in the Kimberley, Western Australia.