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

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TALLARINGA CON­SER­VA­TION PARK (SA)

The De­part­ment of De­fence has an­nounced clo­sures of the Anne Bead­ell High­way for 2017 (Fe­bru­ary 26 to March 11; and June 11-30). When the park is open, tourists will need a DEWNR en­try/camp­ing per­mit or a Desert Parks Pass, as well as a tourist ac­cess per­mit from the De­part­ment of De­fence. De­tails can be found at www. de­fence.gov.au/woomera/ per­mit-tourist.htm.

MIL­DURA COUN­TRY MU­SIC FES­TI­VAL (VIC)

En­joy the best of coun­try mu­sic on the banks of Mil­dura’s mighty Mur­ray River. The fes­ti­val, fea­tur­ing a great line-up of Aus­tralian in­de­pen­dent coun­try mu­sic acts, will run from Septem­ber 23 to Oc­to­ber 2, at 25 venues spread around Mil­dura and the outlying towns. It’s a lot of fun and there’s al­ways a chance to go fish­ing or ex­plor­ing around the area, too. For more info: www. mil­du­ra­coun­try­mu­sic.com.au.

AUS­TRALIAN ANTARC­TIC FES­TI­VAL (TAS)

This fes­ti­val pro­vides a fas­ci­nat­ing look at the work Aus­tralia does in the cold­est, high­est, dri­est and windi­est place on earth. Meet ex­pe­di­tion­ers, sci­en­tists, trades­peo­ple and chefs, and be in­trigued at the de­tails of how peo­ple live and work at -40°C temps. The se­ries of ex­hi­bi­tions, open days, en­ter­tain­ment and lec­tures will be held from Septem­ber 8-11. For more: www. antarc­ticfes­ti­val.com.au.

BUSH TUCKER DAY (NSW)

Bush Tucker Day is all about cre­at­ing culi­nary de­lights in tra­di­tional camp ovens over open fires. The event, lo­cated ap­prox­i­mately 65km north­west of Parkes in the ru­ral com­mu­nity of Trun­dle, will take place on Septem­ber 3. There will be bush cook­ing com­pe­ti­tions, bush tucker tast­ings, boil­ing-billy races and mu­si­cal en­ter­tain­ment head­lined by Troy Cas­sarda­ley. Camp­ing, show­ers and toi­lets are avail­able on-site, and campers are asked to pre-book. For more info: www. trundle­bush­tuck­er­day.com or call (02) 6892 1260.

NA­TIONAL BILBY DAY (QLD)

Head to Charleville on Septem­ber 10-11 to cel­e­brate na­tional bilby day. On the Satur­day a special steam train will ar­rive from Bris­bane in time for the Charleville Fur Ball, which will fea­ture a 1930s-inspired fancy dress party with re­fresh­ments, live mu­sic and danc­ing un­til 1am. Adults and kids will love the op­por­tu­nity to get close to a bilby on the Sun­day. For more: www.savethe­bil­by­fund.com.

LAKE AR­GYLE AD­VEN­TURE RACE (WA)

Swim, run, moun­tain bike, pad­dle and run again. If ex­treme phys­i­cal ex­er­tion is your idea of fun, the Lake Ar­gyle Ad­ven­ture Race might be just what you’re look­ing for. This year’s event will be held from Septem­ber 2-4. There’s stun­ning scenery, cool water and an awe­some at­mos­phere – and don’t worry about the croc­o­diles, they’re just freshies. For more in­for­ma­tion see: www.lakear­gylead­ven­tur­erace.com.au.

DESERT SONG FES­TI­VAL (NT)

From Septem­ber 9-18, singers, mu­si­cians and au­di­ences from Al­ice Springs and Cen­tral Aus­tralia, as well as vis­i­tors to the re­gion, can ex­pe­ri­ence some­thing special; choirs from the vi­brant multi-cul­tural com­mu­nity will come to­gether to present a se­ries of events show­cas­ing the unique cul­ture of Cen­tral Aus­tralia. This year marks the fourth an­niver­sary of the Desert Song Fes­ti­val. For more in­for­ma­tion see: www.al­ice­springs.nt.gov.au/ events.

Lake Ar­gyle in Western Aus­tralia.

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