Michelle Gilmore

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Michelle and Heatley at Dangar Falls
General

Hello Summer! Cool down and camp along Australia’s Waterfall Way

We just had the BEST week. Our “schoolies” included 5 waterfalls, 8 national parks, 8 pubs and a whopping 20 waterside camps! We followed major rivers – the mighty Clarence and Belliger, lulled to sleep on Nymboida’s rapids, onto dips in the Gwydir and Bielsdown Rivers as well as the Reedy and Never Never Creeks. From uggies to togs, we checked out farms, showgrounds, bridges, halls, forests, hikes, a suspension bridge, a skywalk and met lovely fellow travellers. Instead of a partridge in a pear tree, there was a very noisy cockatoo! I admit, because we are scoping out new camps,

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Heatley and Michelle at Dorrigo National Park, November 2022
Destinations

New arc treetop walkway planned for Dorrigo, New South Wales

We were just wowed by the Skywalk at Dorrigo National Park. Interesting to hear that planning is underway for the new Dorrigo Arc Rainforest Centre and 46 km Dorrigo Escarpment Great Walk! Artistic rendition of the draft concept for the proposed new Dorrigo Arc Rainforest Centre – Credit DPE NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) Area Manager Glenn Storrie said there has been huge interest from the community in the $56.4 million project so far. “The NPWS project team and I have shared the draft project concepts at more than 20 community and stakeholder briefings over the last 4

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Dangar Falls, New South Wales
Camping

Camp at beautiful Dangar Falls, Dorrigo, New South Wales

What a highlight! We just HAD to swim at this beautiful waterfall, so close to Dorrigo. You can camp right next to the reserve and lookout, at Dangar Falls Lodge. The walk down was excellent, with lots of boardwalks and steps… A beautiful waterfall, close to town, less than 20 min to walk with only 65 staircase steps. Highly recommend – one of our stops on The Waterfall Way If you would like order your own CAMPS Pendium, here is a special coupon code for you: PENDIUM20 …and you’ll receive $20 off! Add the code into the checkout! Download the

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Ebor Falls NSW
National Parks

Ebor Falls closed for $3 million redevelopment

TWO years after viewing platforms, pathways and pedestrian barriers at Ebor Falls were destroyed in devastating bushfires, the facilities which make Guy Fawkes River National Park one of the region’s most popular visitor destinations will return from the ashes, with Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall yesterday announcing $3 million for a major redevelopment. Mr Marshall said considerable planning had gone into developing an accessible tourist experience which will act as the ‘eastern welcome mat’ to the region. “We’ve used the devastation caused by the Black Summer bushfires in 2019/20 to hit the reset button and develop a breathtaking suite of

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Tooloom Falls at Bandahngan Aboriginal Area closed
Camping

Tooloom Falls at Bandahngan Aboriginal Area is still closed

We tried to pop into Tooloom Falls on our recent visit. This information below was dated September, 2020. Hopefully the falls and camping will be open again soon.  National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will temporarily close Bandahngan Aboriginal Area at Urbenville while essential rehabilitation and improvement work takes place.  The popular site includes unregulated camping areas at Tooloom Falls and Bandahngan Loop Road and is expected to reopen in June 2021. NPWS Area Manager, Damien Hofmeyer, said NPWS had been advised by the Githabul Aboriginal community that the sacred Aboriginal area required a period of rest. “Bandahngan Aboriginal Area

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Heatley and Michelle on the road
General

Family adventures start now – get ready for summer

Can you believe December is almost here – and yes, that means Santa is less than 4 weeks away!  So today’s newsletter focuses on summer! We gift you four amazing experiences across the country – a BBQ boat, up close with wild dolphins (and we’re not in Monkey Mia), a national park haven and kid friendly campground. Plus we finish with a recipe to serve up for a festive nibbly or a wholesome lunch. We are just back from a quick New South Wales road trip, and looking forward to sharing our highlights. You still have time to order a brand new

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Warrumbungle National Park Visitor Centre
Destinations

Stop into the Warrumbungle Visitor Centre, New South Wales

The Warrumbungle National Park Visitor Information Centre is a beauty! We love info centres for all they deliver on suggestions for what to see and do – but this is why we think this one is a must see if you are visiting the park: Displays are interactive – you really do learn more by doing. It was no chore for our kids to bring me back facts here. Displays encourage touch – the fun facts and moving parts kept our crew occupied. The views – you can look right out to volcanic remnants that the park is known for

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Tin Can Bay Esplanade
Beaches & Coasts

10 things to do and see in Tin Can Bay, Queensland

The small fishing and tourist town of Tin Can Bay is on the Cooloola Coast of the Gympie Region, between the Sunshine Coast and Fraser Coast in Queensland. Here’s what we recommend you do and see whilst you are there: Feed wild dolphins The absolute drawcard for Tin Can Bay is its wild dolphins. They come in and feed most mornings and for a few dollars per person you can watch them, and a few more you can feed them a fish yourself! Unlike Monkey Mia where a few people in a huge group are selected to feed their dolphins, everyone

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Lucky Bay, Kalbarri - Images Adams Family Travels
Beaches & Coasts

2 AMAZING Lucky Bay camps in Western Australia

Lucky Bay, Kalbarri – Images Adams Family Travels Most people know Lucky Bay near Esperance in WA but there is also a Lucky Bay campground 46km south of Kalbarri and it doesn’t disappoint. Both are wonderful bases to explore two unique National Parks – one on the west coast the other on the south. For us it was, regretfully, the last beach stop in WA before we crossed the border. Lucky Bay, Kalbarri  How does a protected bay, reef, massive sand dunes and a budget campground only 50 metres to the beach sound? As you travel 2km down a gravel

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