TRAVEL BULLETIN

ALL THE LATEST 4X4 NEWS AND EVENTS

GULF ESCAPE (NT)

Limmen NP is a hidden gem in the NT’s Gulf Country, but one well worth spending a few days at – especially if you’re a keen angler. The big park sprawls south from Roper Bar to just north of Cape Crawford and offers some brilliant campsites: Towns River, Limmen Campground, Nathan River and Limmen River Fishing Camp. As well as fishing on the Towns and Bight Rivers, there’s the Western and Southern Lost Cities, with their tower-like rock formations.

STEAM RALLY (VIC)

The Steam Rally Echuca Moama is on again over the June long weekend. Held at Rotary Park, Echuca, this year’s event will see more than 200 exhibits showcasing the technology used in the past. Along with working steam engines there will be vintage cars, working horses and plenty of family entertainment. The event is also a major fundraiser (Rotary Club of Echuca Moama) with this year’s major beneficiary to be the Echuca Regional Health Proposed Cancer and Wellness Centre. For further information, go to www.echucasteamrally.com.au

HENRY LAWSON FESTIVAL (NSW)

The Henry Lawson Festival will be held in Grenfell, NSW, over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend (June 8 to 10). Henry Lawson, one of Australia’s most famous poets, was born at Grenfell’s goldfields in 1867. Reading bush poetry by the campfire with damper and some billy tea is a highlight of the festival, while many punters also enjoy the Pinnacle Guinea Pig Races; one of Australia’s most unusual sporting events. For more information on this quintessential Australian event, head to: www.henrylawsonfestival.com.au

GREGORY RIVER CANOE RACE (QLD)

The 44th Gregory River Canoe Race, held May 5, runs over two separate distances: 18km (recreational) and 40km (marathon). It’s open to all types of paddle-craft, from kayaks and canoes through to K1 racers. Enter as an individual or a team, with final entries accepted up to May 4. You can race for fun or get a bit more serious and try to nab some of the $7400 in prizemoney. The brilliant race is part of the larger Saddles and Paddles Festival run over that weekend. Visit www.northwestcanoeclub.org.au

THE NORTH-WEST IS CALLING

It’s that time of year to start thinking about the Kimberley’s Gibb River Road. With the region’s jaw-dropping landscape, plentiful campsites, brilliant swimming holes, great fishing and epic side-trips (the track to Kalumburu), it’s easy to see why ‘the Gibb’ is on bucket lists. From the start-point of Kununurra to Derby – and then on to Broome and Cable Beach – you can make it as quick or as long an adventure as you like. Accommodation options are dotted along Gibb River Road, ranging from NP campsites to the luxury of El Questro Resort.

CARAVAN, CAMPING & TOURING SUPERSHOW (QLD)

The Queensland Caravan, Camping and Touring Supershow will be held June 5 to 10 at the Brisbane Showgrounds. The Supershow will be packed with the latest camping and caravanning goodies from hundreds of manufacturers and distributors, including camper trailers and campervans. There will also be reps from touring destinations to answer queries. Head online to www.queenslandcaravanshows.com.au

LASSETERS CAMEL CUP (NT)

For a cracking day out in the Red Centre, head to Alice Springs on Saturday July 20 and the Lasseters Camel Cup. Camels running flat-out are brilliant to watch, and these big boppers are running fast for a cause as the event is also a fundraiser. Held on the southern hemisphere’s only purpose-built camel racetrack, the meeting has plenty of other activities too, so visit www.camelcup.com.au