RON AND VIV MOON’S LATEST NEWS AND INFO FROM AUSTRALIA’S TREKS AND TRACKS.
Campers are welcome to stay at the Kalamurina – a property of the Australian Wildlife Conservancy group (see: www.australianwildlife. org) – between April 1 and August 30 each year. Access is via a station track just north of Mungerannie on the Birdsville Track. Camping is in designated sites on the eastern side of the property. Bookings are essential and should be made at least two days in advance (the gate is locked). No campfires. Phone Tess or Mark on (08) 8675 8310. Some restrictions apply. To camp it costs $25 per vehicle.
A permit system has been introduced to control fourwheel drive vehicles on Nine Mile Beach from Redhead to Belmont, south of Newcastle.
The system, which will also cover Belmont Wetlands State Park, will cost $33 per week, $44 per month or $88 for a year.
No motorbikes, quad bikes or unregistered vehicles will be permitted.
Vehicles will be required to stick to designated beachaccess routes, speed limits will be enforced and people’s behaviour will be monitored. A ranger is to be appointed.
Permits are initially available from the Redhead service station and Belmont North bait and tackle shop, but other outlets should soon be available.
Visitors and Tasmanians are now able to purchase their national park passes online, anytime. People intending to visit will be able to use their mobile devices while travelling around the state, or use their computer or mobile device before they holiday, to purchase a parks pass. For more information: www.parks.tas.gov.au
‘Rose Isle’ is a sheep and cattle grazing property situated 70km down from Bourke on the Louth-Bourke road. It offers beautiful river views, peaceful camp sites, shearers’ quarters accommodation, fishing, camping, hiking, or just a spot to relax.
Garry and Samantha Mooring have lived at Rose Isle with 30 years and they can cater for overnight visitors, with dinner and breakfast, and will also prepare homemade packs for your day trips. For more info phone: (02) 6874 7371, or find them on Facebook. th their family for the past rnight
Because of on-going dredging operations at the mouth of the Murray River, part of the Coorong National Park will be closed until further notice.
The closure applies to the whole of the Younghusband Peninsula west of a line transecting the park north to south at Barkers Knoll (co-ordinate 138.898474° E, 35.559926° S) to and including its tip at the mouth of the Murray River.
Also, all areas within a 5m radius of a perimeter formed by buoy lines and/or markers surrounding any dredging plant or equipment are closed to the public.
Straddie Camping offers easyaccess island camping on the idyllic North Stradbroke Island, which is within easy driving distance of Brisbane and the Gold Coast.
Popular with four-wheel drivers, surfers and fishermen, the island also offers scuba diving, swimming, kayaking, sand boarding and bush walking, and is renowned for dolphins, turtles, manta-rays, kangaroos and koalas, as well as superb views of the annual humpback whale migration.
For more information: www. straddiecamping.com.au
Not everyone will be happy with these developments in the Kalbarri National Park, but the WA government recently announced an tourism precinct in the park.
This includes two 100-metrehigh skywalks at the Inyaka Wookai Watju site (West Loop), the sealing of the Loop/Z-Bend Road and redevelopment of the Z-Bend and Meanarra Hill tourist sites.
The skywalks will project 20m and 12m beyond the gorge rim, more than 100m above the Murchison River. For more information go to: www.parks. dpaw.wa.gov.au