TRAVEL BULLETIN

ALL THE LATEST 4X4 NEWS AND EVENTS

ARB ELDEE EASTER EVENT (NSW)

The ARB Eldee Easter Event is three days of family-friendly 4x4 action and adventure in outback NSW over the Easter long weekend (April 19-22). The event takes place at Eldee Station, a working sheep and cattle station east of Silverton and 56km from Broken Hill. Test your competency across a range of outback tracks, compete for prizes, or head out to watch the skilled driving displays. Go to www.eldeestation.com for more info.

DLRA SPEED WEEK, LAKE GAIRDNER (SA)

Dry Lake Racers Australia (DLRA) is conducting the annual Speed Week at Lake Gairdner, South Australia, from March 4-8. This week is all about straight-line speed, with entrants seeing just how fast their rigs can go across the lake’s vast saltpan (the distance vehicles can drive in a straight line is roughly 18km) in the remote outback. The event is unique, as is the amazing location. As well, you’ll see a vast mix of cars, trucks and motorcycles, ranging from modern to very old. It is a great spectator event but you’ll need to be fully selfsufficient. The effort to get there is well worth it. See www.dlra.org.au

STOCKTON BEACH ACCESS CHANGES (NSW)

Permits to access the dunes and tracks of Stockton Beach were changed on January 1 this year. The beach is inside Worimi Conservation Lands and is very popular with drivers looking to tackle some dune driving, or to explore this magical coastline near Newcastle, NSW. The permit allows access to more than 22km of beach and 350 hectares of dunes. The latest permit pricing is: three-day $33; annual $88; annual pensioner $44; annual RV access $88 (applicable to conditionally registered motorcycles and quads); and replacement permit ($20). See www.worimiconservationlands.com/beach-driving

CONDO 750 (NSW)

One of Australia’s premier off-road racing events, the Condo 750 Navigational Rally, is celebrating 31 years in 2019, with the event being held at Condobolin, NSW, from April 5-7. Event organisers have already been out mapping the track for this year’s event and they reckon it’s going to offer the best of all worlds, with fastpaced stages mixed in with the more challenging navigational stages. Vermont Hill Hall is the main venue for those looking for lunch on either the Saturday or Sunday and to join a number of local land owners, who have continued to support the event with access to properties ensuring the Condo is a belter yet again. See www.condo750.com.au

DRIVER TRAINING (VIC)

You can never know too much about off-road driving, regardless of how good you think your skills are. Hence 4WD Victoria runs a number of accredited and nonaccredited courses covering everything from 4x4 basics through to vehicle recovery procedures, map reading, GPS use, sand driving, winter driving and track classification. There’s even a course on chainsaw use; for those who venture into heavily timbered areas, this is a must. All these skills are pretty much essential knowledge for anyone considering spending even the occasional weekend off-road, exploring tracks and destinations. See www.4wdvictoria.org.au

FREE CAMPSITES ACROSS THE COUNTRY (AUS)

For many years now, at the ExplorOz website offered a list of free That list has continued grow in size and detail each year, as members add information. For that last-minute camping adventure, online to www.exploroz.com/Places/Find/Camp_Free.aspx and check out what digs are located near the area that travelling to. The is updated with new camp spots regularly, punters can browse place and current very handy tool.

PADDLE THE CLARENCE (NSW)

Clarence Canoe & Trail is a 195km multi-day paddling adventure that follows the route the Clarence from its headwaters in NymboiBinderay National Park, the Nymboida, and Clarence systems to the town of Copmanhurst, on the north coast. For info, see the Clarence Canoe & Trail kit at www.myclarencevalley.com/clarence-river-canoe-and-kayak-trail