It’ close to time for the Simpson Desert Regional Reserve and Conservation Park’ annual close-down for the (very) hot months over summer. The closure kicks in on December 1 so if you do still want to get out – and across – the mighty Simpson, you’ ve only got a few weeks. If you still want to squeeze a desert trip in, see www.environment.sa.gov.au/parks/know-beforeyou-go/closures-andalerts for the latest info on the park and for further contact details.
From October onwards, Western Australia’ huge variety of native wildflowers start to bloom, with November a prime time to check out this colourful extravaganza. The state’ south-west is the prime viewing spot, with a number of fantastic viewpoints in popular national parks, such as Leeuwin-Naturaliste, as well as around the Margaret River area. This region, with the heathlands abutting the coastline, and the forests farther inland from there, is perfect for them. Tourism Australia offers an awesome digital guide online. Go to http://viewer.e-digitaleditions. com/i/959040-wildflowerguide-2018/0 and check it out.
It’ the 45th year for this famous angler’ festival based in the NSW Snowy Mountains. It continues to offer something for all fishing styles, whether trolling, spinning, fly and baitbased. Held from Saturday, November 3 through to Thursday, November 8 at 6pm, with the presentations being held at Adaminiby on Friday, November 9. There will be some great prizes up for grabs, including the major lucky draw prize of a Quintrex 370 Explorer boat (complete with 15hp Yamaha motor and trailer), valued at more than $10,000, plus additional lucky draw prizes as well as fishing category prizes.
November is prime whalewatching season along the NSW coast and one of the best ways to check out these marine mammals as they journey down our coastline is to download the NSW National Parks “Wild about whales” app to your smartphone. The app is brilliant, allowing you to publish your own personal sightings in real-time, receive updates on the location of whales as they are logged by users along the coast, and you can even filter the whale sightings by timeframe and particular regions, allowing you to focus on your closest viewing region. Check out www.wildaboutwhales.com.au for more info.
Yep, it’ on again, the fourth season of Million Dollar Fish, up in the Top End, kicking off on October 1 and running through to February. The competition, run by Tourism NT and Tourism Top End, enables anglers the chance to snare one of 100 barramundi tagged with a $10,000 prize, and then there’ the biggie: one barra swimming around Top End waterways worth $1m. The fish have been released around Darwin, Kakadu NP Arnhem Land, Katherine and the Tiwi Islands. And yes, the 4X4 Australia editorial team is trying to convince management we need to be there. To beat us to it, go to www.milliondollarfish.com.au
More fishing news cracker at that: the Department of Primary Industries conducts hour kids’ fishing workshops (saltor freshwater focused) for eight to 14-year-olds during school holiday periods. costs $40 per child they learn about fishing rules and regs, fish habitat conservation, essential skills (think: knot rigging, baiting, casting, etc.). They also receive rod, reel, tackle box, cap and more goodies. www.dpi.nsw.gov.au
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