4x4 Travel Bulletin: What to do in May 2017

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MEGA MUSTER (VIC)

This muster will be the main fundraiser for the 1st Kilmore Scout Group in 2017. Their aim is to break the world record for the largest gathering of 4WD vehicles at one location (3530 vehicles is the current record) to raise funds for a much-needed upgrade to their scout hall. Set for the weekend of April 22-23 it’ll be a bit of fun with camping on the Saturday night, kid’s entertainment, a food court, a band on the Saturday night, a swap meet and a whole lot more. For more info, search for: 4wdmegamuster on Facebook.

CANOE RACE (QLD)

The 42nd running of the Gregory River Canoe Race will take place on April 30. Thousands of people from all over Australia who are attracted to the idyllic tropical setting of the banks of the Gregory River will enjoy a weekend of canoeing, swimming, camping, fishing and partying. The majority of paddlers are novices, but the serious competitors are also catered for with the opportunity to win some major prize money. Come self-contained with all camping and cooking equipment. Check out: www.northwestcanoeclub.org.au

FUEL AT csr’s WELL 23 (WA)

Fuel deliveries at Well 23 on the CSR start in May, and Outback Fuel Distributors require a minimum of six weeks’ warning of your ETA. The cost per 200-litre drum is $595 for diesel, while ULP and PULP is $615. Please carry your own means of transferring fuel from the drum to your vehicle. For more info, visit: www.outbackfd.com.au

MATARANKA NEVER NEVER FESTIVAL (NT)

The Mataranka Never Never Festival is on again this year from May 19-21. There will be a lively gymkhana and campdraft, an action-packed rodeo, a cricket match, plenty of live entertainment, a family fun day, market stalls and much more. Visit: www.northernterritory.com

2017 BIG RED BASH (QLD)

The Bash runs from July 4-6, and if past events are anything to go by it’ll book out quickly. Set at the base of Big Red outside Birdsville, some of the biggest names in Australian country music, pop and rock will be there. Headliners include Lee Kernaghan, Missy Higgins, James Reyne and Mark Seymour. It’ll be plenty of fun. Pay a visit to: www.bigredbash.com.au

HIKING WITH CAMELS (SA)

Coward Springs Camel Safaris, based at Coward Springs on the Oodnadatta Track, are running two trips this year: June 28 to July 4, and July 12-18. The camels are gentle, well-trained and very expressive. Everything is supplied and the campfire-cooked food is exceptional. For more info, visit: www.cowardsprings.com.au

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