Dinky-di land­marks

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - Escape - - PARK LIFE -

There’s a great range of fa­mous Aus­tralian sights wait­ing to be ex­plored when you take to the road

you’re look­ing for more sight­see­ing and travel ex­pe­ri­ences be­yond the park’s bound­aries, sail back in time at the Mu­seum of the Rive­rina, ex­pe­ri­ence art and cul­ture at the Na­tional Art Glass Gallery, eat and drink your way around the winer­ies, cheese, choco­late and licorice fac­to­ries in the area, or en­joy the Wi­rad­juri Walk­ing Track through some beau­ti­ful gar­dens and parks. More: easts-riverview-hol­i­day­park.nsw.big4.com.au

STOCK­MAN’S HALL OF FAME LON­GREACH TOURIST PARK

When it comes to ex­plor­ing the his­tory and her­itage of the Aus­tralian Out­back, Lon­greach in Queens­land is a top place to park your wheels.

Af­ter set­ting up camp, or un­load­ing into a deluxe cabin, or hook­ing up your van or camper to a pow­ered site at Lon­greach Tourist Park, your first port of call should be the Stock­man’s Hall of Fame. Here you’ll find the story of our fa­mous ru­ral ar­eas from the ar­rival of the Abo­rig­ines more than 40,000 years ago, to be­ing set­tled by the Bri­tish, ex­plo­ration, the es­tab­lish­ment of graz­ing, agri­cul­ture, min­ing, forestry and other in­dus­tries. It cov­ers ev­ery­thing right up to the present day where tech­nol­ogy is reshaping the way farm­ing, busi­ness and com­mu­ni­ca­tions are car­ried out.

Other places to stop at are the Qan­tas Founders Mu­seum, Lon­greach Pow­er­house Mu­seum and Waltz­ing Matilda Cen­tre in Win­ton, about a 90minute drive away. More: lon­greach­tourist­park.com.au

NED KELLY’S LAST STAND WAN­GARATTA NORTH CEDARS HOL­I­DAY PARK

BIG4 Wan­garatta North Cedars Hol­i­day Park is a leafy green desti­na­tion only 15km north of Glen­rowan in the heart of Vic­to­ria’s wine and high coun­try re­gion, which also hap­pens to be the site of the fi­nal siege and cap­ture of the in­fa­mous Kelly Gang in 1880.

Pick up a copy of the siege site walk guide from the Glen­rowan Tourist Cen­tre and dis­cover the no­table spots through a self-guided walk.

Tours of the Ruther­glen and Mi­lawa gourmet food and wine re­gions are also a must. Wan­garatta North Cedars Hol­i­day Park has grassy pow­ered sites to deluxe cab­ins.

There’s also a swim­ming pool and a kids’ play­ground with swings and slip­pery dip. More: northcedars.com.au

PORT ARTHUR HIS­TORIC SITE PORT ARTHUR HOL­I­DAY PARK

There’s no doubt the Port Arthur His­toric Site is one of the best-pre­served con­vict

BIG4 STUART RANGE OUT­BACK RE­SORT

THIS ex­cel­lent out­back park is on the cor­ner of the Stuart High­way and Hutchi­son St in Coober Pedy, only 30km south of the mighty Break­aways.

The fam­ily owned and op­er­ated park has ac­cess to a range of fa­cil­i­ties in­clud­ing a swim­ming pool, kids’ play­ground, bar­be­cues, a brand new camp kitchen and an on­site pizze­ria. The park also hosts daily coach tours of Coober Pedy and the beau­ti­ful desert sur­rounds in­clud­ing the Break­aways, Dingo Fence, opal fields, Moon Plains, Opal Mine and Mu­seum, un­der­ground home, un­der­ground church and the Coober Pedy town area.

When you aren’t ex­plor­ing the Out­back, rest up ei­ther at your site or in one of the one and two-bed­room apart­ments or a su­pe­rior king spa suite fea­tur­ing a lux­u­ri­ous liv­ing area, full mod­ern kitchen and din­ing with a sep­a­rate laun­dry. More: stuart-range-car­a­van-tourist­park.sa.big4.com.au

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