Lov­ing the out­back

Take a great Aussie road trip to one of th­ese places to show your sup­port for our coun­try folk

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Sup­port our coun­try folk by tak­ing a road trip to one of th­ese ar­eas

there are many places to go bush to help our droughtaf­fected peo­ple. Here are more. Or check what’s near to you and have a fab week­end away. WIN­TON, QLD The birth­place of both the song Waltz­ing Matilda and Qan­tas, Win­ton is a des­ti­na­tion ev­ery Aus­tralian should visit at least once in their life. The newly re­built Waltz­ing Matilda Cen­tre has been de­signed to high­light the sig­nif­i­cance of the song through an in­ter­ac­tive ex­pe­ri­ence. The cen­tre also houses an art gallery and the Qan­tilda Mu­seum, which show­cases the rich his­tory of the area. For those wish­ing to go fur­ther back in time, visit the Aus­tralian Age of Di­nosaurs mu­seum – fea­tur­ing the world’s largest col­lec­tion of Aus­tralian di­nosaur fos­sils – and don’t miss the mu­seum’s lat­est at­trac­tion, Di­nosaur Canyon, which recre­ates life dur­ing the Cre­ta­ceous Pe­riod. ex­pe­ri­encewin­ton.com.au

PARKES, NSW

This famed coun­try town in Cen­tral NSW should need no in­tro­duc­tion, with its world-fa­mous CSIRO Parkes Ra­dio Tele­scope – bet­ter known as ‘The Dish’ – and pop­u­lar an­nual Parkes Elvis Fes­ti­val that at­tracts vis­i­tors from across the globe. Be­yond those two at­trac­tions, there’s a load of other great things to see and do. The Henry Parkes

Cen­tre is a state-of-the-art cul­ture and tourism com­plex that’s com­prised of sev­eral mu­se­ums and ex­hi­bi­tions. Visit the Wi­rad­juri Am­phithe­atre to learn about the re­gion’s tra­di­tional landown­ers and go back to the dawn of time at the Big Fish Fos­sil Hut. vis­it­parkes.com.au

SALE, VIC

Vic­to­ria’s Sale, in the heart of Gipp­s­land, is steeped in his­tory. Start­ing out in the 1800s as an im­por­tant wa­ter and rail­ways link for Vic­to­ria and South­ern NSW, it has thrived ever since. The Port of Sale was once the main steamer port in the re­gion, but has been re­de­vel­oped into a tourist-friendly board­walk precinct with a vis­i­tor cen­tre, per­form­ing arts cen­tre, restau­rants, mu­se­ums and river cruises leav­ing from the port twice a day. Nearby, Ninety Mile Beach is pop­u­lar for swim­ming, fish­ing and sun­bathing. vis­itvic­to­ria.com/ re­gions/ Gipp­s­land/des­ti­na­tions/sale

EYRE PENIN­SULA, SA

Best known for seafood and ma­rine life, from seals to Great Whites, the Eyre Penin­sula also fea­tures stun­ning bush­land just in­land from its fa­mous crys­tal wa­ters. The Gawler Ranges are a rugged, sun­burnt place formed by vol­canic ac­tiv­ity mil­lions of years ago. Home to count­less flora and fauna, the ranges are a great place to ex­pe­ri­ence stun­ning rock for­ma­tions and beau­ti­ful Lake Gaird­ner – a dry salt lake ringed by an­cient hills. To the west, the Eyre Penin­sula opens up into the Nullar­bor Plain – one of the few great tracts of un­spoilt wilder­ness in the world, high­light­ing how re­mote and grand parts of this coun­try really are. ex­ploreeyrepenin­sula.com.au

TAM­WORTH, NSW

This re­gional cen­tre in North­ern NSW is the birth­place and home of Aus­tralian coun­try mu­sic, and re­mains a hub for both mu­si­cians and vis­i­tors in­ter­ested in the genre. As you en­ter Tam­worth, you’re greeted by the leg­endary big Golden Gui­tar on the Newell High­way. The at­tached vis­i­tors cen­tre is a tourist des­ti­na­tion in it­self, with a range of ex­hi­bi­tions in­clud­ing the Gallery of Stars Wax Mu­seum. The ma­jor event ev­ery year, of course, is the Tam­worth Coun­try Mu­sic Fes­ti­val, which runs in late Jan­uary and brings in an enor­mous range of tal­ent, from mas­sive stars such as Kasey Cham­bers to the new­est up-and-com­ers. des­ti­na­tion­tam­worth.com.au

A farmer sur­veys the land in Queens­land.

Sing Waltz­ing Matilda in pic­turesque Win­ton, Qld.

Go hik­ing in the Gawler Ranges, SA.

Fa­mous and fab­u­lous don’t miss the an­nual Tam­worth Coun­try Mu­sic Fes­ti­val, NSW.

Buy in­dige­nous art in Sale, Vic. Yes please!

Get into Elvis at the Parkes Elvis Fes­ti­val, NSW and Love Me Ten­der!

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