TRAVEL BULLETIN

RON AND VIV MOONíS LATEST NEWS AND INFO FROM AUSTRALIAíS TREKS AND TRACKS.

MOUNTAIN CATTLEMENíS ANNUAL GET TOGETHER (VIC)

Set at the base of some of the best mountain country in Australia, this weekend event is enjoyable for the whole family. There will be a packed program to keep everyone amused over the three days, with lots of horse displays, whip cracking, cattlemen demonstrations, packhorse races and the fabulous mountain cattlemen horse race, along with lots of musical entertainment, a bar and a variety of food.

The event is held at Merrijig, just east of Mansfield, from January 8-10, and thereís a lot of camping available. For more info visit: www.mcav.com.au.

JURIEN BAY: CAMP IMPROVEMENTS (WA)

Campsites south of Jurien Bay, WA, will be cleaner and easier to find and access, with Cliff Head, Sandy Cape, Halfway Bay, Lucky Bay and Milligan Island undergoing refurbishments as the state aims for the tourist dollar.

Improvements include track and road upgrades, interpretative signage, shower and toilet amenities, picnic tables and fencing. Overall, the initiative will deliver eight new campgrounds, the expansion/upgrade of at least nine campgrounds and at least 450 new camping and caravan sites, plus lots more. r

TUNARAMA FESTIVAL (SA)

Held over the Australia Day long weekend (January 22-26), Port Lincolnís Tunarama Festival is one of the largest and most popular regional festivals in Australia.

Itís a family-friendly festival held on the foreshore lawns of Boston Bay, where youíll find stalls, sideshows and rides, with fun events, activities and competitions for all ages.

Thereís the annual Tuna Toss World Championships, where competitors attempt to fling a fish weighing between eight and ten kilograms as far as they can. Itís all good fun.

Check out: www.tunarama.net.

BALGAL BEACH (QLD)

At Balgal Beach, about 50km north of Townsville, there are more than a dozen small campsites. Maximum stay is 48 hours, but camping is free.

Thereís also cold outdoor showers, toilets, a barbecue and drinking water. You canít get much closer to the sea!

ILLAWARRA CAMPING AND 4WD SHOW (NSW)

The 2016 Illawarra Caravan, Camping, 4WD, Fish and Boat Show will be held at Kembla Grange Racecourse from February 19-21. This event is a fantastic show that has grown each year, with more than 200 individual sites hosted by exhibitors. As well as a huge display of products and services on offer, there will be great entertainment for the whole family over the weekend.

HENLEY-ON-MERSEY (TAS)

If you are wandering around Tassie this summer, hereís something you canít miss.

Celebrate Australiaís proud heritage and pioneering spirit, as well as our unique quirkiness, at the Henleyon- Mersey on Australia Day.

There will be a vast array of entertainment and familybased activities such as the Betta boat race, ferret racing, archery and a whip cracking competition, along with sheaf tossing, wood chopping and spud-picking events. There will also be lots of historic machinery and veteran cars on display. For more info visit: www.henleyonmersey.com.au.

POPULAR KIDSí FISHING WORKSHOPS (NSW)

The NSW Department of Primary Industries runs fourhour kidsí fishing workshops for eight- to 14-year-olds.

The kids learn how to fish responsibly in a safe and fun environment, with the workshops including fun lessons on fishing techniques, information on fishing rules, the best methods for catchand- release and a practical fishing session in a safe estuary. These are pretty popular, so bookings are essential. For more info visit: www.dpi.nsw.gov.au.

WEIPA CAMPGROUND (QLD)

People heading to Weipa, Cape York, next season may want to check out the new caravan and campground near the boat ramp at Evans Landing. Call Anna on (07) 4069 9479, if youíd like to stay.

BARRA SEASON OPENS (QLD)

The Gulf of Carpentaria opens its fishing season for barramundi at midday on February 1, having been closed since early October, 2015. For more information visit: www.daf.qld.gov.au/fisheries/ recreational.