NOVEMBER is a big month for 4x4 events. Ron and Viv Moon have selected a handful of some of the best activities taking place around Australia. The most important track closures and openings are also included.
NO SERVICE, NO WORRIES (AUSTRALIA-WIDE)
If you’re in an area without a mobile phone network, then Telstra’s Wi-Fi Calling allows calls to landlines and mobiles over an available Wi-Fi network. How does this help out on the tracks, I hear you ask? Voice services can be connected over compatible smartphones where no service was previously possible. For more info: telstra.com/wificalling
VRILYA POINT CLOSED (QLD)
For the foreseeable future, visiting and camping on the beaches around Vrilya Point on the western side of Cape York has been stopped. There is now a gate blocking access and you’re not allowed to access the area by sea. For more info: www.cape-york-australia.com
OMEO MUSTER (VIC)
The annual Caravan and RV Muster is on again at the Omeo Golf Course from November 10-12. There will be a number of golf events to participate in, a fishing comp, caravan displays, fireworks, live music, helicopter flights and a number of 4WD tag-along tours to get involved in. For more info: www.omeogolfclub.org.au
THE HUON SHOW (TAS)
The Huon Show, known as ‘the show of the south’ will be held at the Ranelagh Showground on November 18. Events and activities include home crafts, a grand parade with a special WWI light horse display, livestock judging, vintage machinery, wood-chopping, and the ever popular dog high-jump event. Check out: www.huonshow.com.au
4WD TRACKS OPENING SOON (VIC)
Seasonal road closures for most of the Victorian 4WD tracks in national parks and reserves will end in time for the Melbourne Cup long weekend in November. For the latest on track openings and other track info, visit: www.4wdvictoria.org.au
COORABIE FARM STAY (SA)
Coorabie is a pleasant place to stop for travellers heading across the Nullarbor. The property is south of the Eyre Highway near Nundroo, about 155km west of Ceduna, and is located near Fowlers Bay and the Scott’s Bay and Mexican Hat beaches. Coorabie Farm offer three types of accommodation, all with good facilities: donga-style air-conditioned rooms, 16 powered sites, and unlimited unpowered sites. Meals can be prepared for guests by prior arrangement. Accommodation needs to be pre-booked, so contact the managers on (08) 8625 6126.
FREE CAMPING AT BOULIA (QLD)
Approximately 30 campsites on a first-come, first-served basis can be found among the beautiful gum trees at Racecourse Reserve on the banks of the Burke River at Boulia in Western Queensland. It’s a free camp and there is no water, power or toilets, so you need to be self-sufficient. Phone and Wi-Fi internet are available, while the town has basic requirements and a very good dinosaur exhibition at the Stonehouse Museum.
WILDFLOWER FLURRY (WA)
The natural wildflower collection in Western Australia is the largest on earth, and it finishes with a flurry of colour in October and November throughout the forests and coastal heaths of the south-west of the state. For great information on where to see the best wildflowers, as well as help to plan your trip around Western Australia, download a free wildflower guide at: viewer.e-digitaleditions.com/t/52970-tourism-western-australia