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

CREDO STATION (WA)

Work has finished on a range of camping sites at the historic Credo Station – soon to be Credo Conservation Park – 75km north-west of Coolgardie.

Volunteers, government bodies and Aboriginal communities with family ties to the station all came together to create a space where the Aboriginal and pastoral history can be appreciated. The area also has some old gold mines, ghost towns, large rocky outcrops and beautiful eucalypt woodlands to explore. For more, visit: http:// parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au/park/credo

PLAN FOR STOCKTON BEACH RELEASED (NSW)

The new plan of management for Stockton Beach has finally been released to the public.

The important points are: public vehicle access will be permitted at three designated vehicle access points; every vehicle must have a Beach Vehicle Permit; camping will be permitted only at designated sites in designated camping areas, and will be located south-west from ‘Tin City’, behind the beach and frontal dune; there will be a registration and booking system, including camping fees; fires will be permitted only in designated fireplaces; no domestic animals will be permitted; and campers must bring their own camping toilet. For more, visit: www. worimiconservationlands.com

QUEEN OF THE DESERT FESTIVAL (SA)

Quickly get a team together (it’s on March 23-26) to celebrate your favourite Australian film in style. Dress up and get your 4x4 ready for the longest street parade on the planet. The Queen of the Desert Festival is four days of fun, starting in the historic town of Marree and winding its way along the iconic Oodnadatta Track to William Creek, the Pink Road House, the Painted Desert and Arckaringa Station, before joining the spectacular Opal Festival Parade of Floats in Coober Pedy. For more, visit: www.queenofthedesertfestival. com.au

KYABRAM RODEO (VIC)

Be quick for this actionpacked day, as it’s due to be run on March 11. Now in its 71st year, the Kyabram Rodeo will feature bull riding, horse events, roping and sideshow entertainment. It’s a great night out for the whole family. n onMarch st ts,

SIMPSON DESERT AND OTHER TRACKS RE-OPEN (SA)

The routes across the Simpson Desert, along with the K1 Warburton, Walkers Crossing, Pedirka and Halligan Bay Point Public Access Routes, all in the north of South Australia, will open again on March 15, (wet weather permitting) Get ready for your next desert adventure!

CULLY FEST (QLD)

Cully Fest is on track for its 2016 debut in Cunnamulla, south-west Queensland.

There is heaps lined up for all festival goers, including live music, workshops, a day by the Warrego River, and more. Running over four huge days from March 31, the festival is a friendly and down-to-earth gathering where artists, entertainers and locals maintain outback and Aboriginal cultures and traditions. You won’t find thong-throwing or lamingtonmaking how didgeridoos are made, learn to cook an emu in a traditional Kup Murri, and taste delicious Johnny Cakes fresh from the fire. For more, visit: www.cullyfest.com making here, but you will see

CONVICTS AND WENCHES TRAIL RACE (TAS)

If you are in Tassie and feeling fit, you may like to try the Convicts and Wenches race.

It is held in the Narawntapu National Park at Greens Beach, just north of Launceston.

The race is designed to commemorate our convict heritage and has a number of options, from a 5km walk or run, to a solo 50km marathon. For more, go to: www. convictsandwenchesmarathon.com

TJUWALIYN (DOUGLAS) HOT SPRINGS (NT)

These delightful hot springs have been closed in the interest of public safety. Rainfall in the area has caused river level rises and worsening road conditions.

Tjuwaliyn Hot Springs will remain closed for the duration of the wet season. They are not expected to open again until April or May.