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Boolimba Bluff Carnarvon Gorge QLD View
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Must know tips before you hike to Boolimba Bluff, Carnarvon Gorge, Queensland

Boolimba Bluff is in the Carnarvon Gorge section of Carnarvon National Park half way between Emerald and Roma. The walk itself is a 6.4 km return to the steep slopes above Carnarvon Creek with views to distant ranges. Named the ‘Roof of Queensland’ these plateaus are the source of many of the state’s rivers. You walk about 1 km along the main track, before you arrive at start of a 2.2. km side track – and warnings. There are a lot of steps and rocky sections, and yes – the sign does not lie – it is STEEP! It is

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Check before you go - Victoria Parks
Camping

Where to check flood and storm affected parks in Victoria, before you camp

Parks Victoria, Forest Fire Management Victoria and the Conservation Regulator are urging travellers to be extra prepared before visiting parks and forests. Even where the rain has stopped, the impacts of floods and storms will continue for months ahead. Things might not be as expected, and forecasts and park conditions may change rapidly. Victoria continues to experience the impacts of widespread floods and storms, affecting many communities across the state. Many campsites and access roads, particularly near rivers in northern Victoria, such as along the Murray River, are closed or partially closed and will remain so until they are safe to access. While they

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Flanagan Reserve Bush Camping near Rathdowney, Queensland - Image by Judy and Graham Gardiner
Camping

4 camps under Mount Barney, near Rathdowney in the Scenic Rim of Queensland

Flanagans Reserve – Image by Judy and Graham Gardiner Mount Barney is the second highest peak in South East Queensland and stands majestic in the Scenic Rim corner of Queensland. Mount Barney National Park’s camping areas can only be reached by foot. However there are four privately-run camps all located under beautiful Mount Barney, only 9 to 19 km from Rathdowney. This is a special World Heritage Area of Gondwana Rainforests and the national park also includes Mount Maroon, Mount May, Mount Lindesay, Mount Ernest, Mount Ballow and Mount Clunie, remnants of the Focal Peak Shield Volcano. Bring noodles, pool floats or inflatable

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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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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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See the turtles at Mon Repos
Beaches & Coasts

See the turtles at Mon Repos

Definitely a thing for your bucket list.  The turtles were THE reason we stayed at Bargara Beach Caravan Park. Mon Repos supports the Pacific region’s largest breeding population of loggerhead turtles, and the largest nesting marine turtles on the eastern mainland Australia. Of course we found lots of other lovely things to do in Bundaberg and the coast, but seeing the turtles was the highlight of the weekend. Not just for us, but also our son and his friend.  Be prepared for a wait. If you are planning, book well ahead. If not, and it is booked out – ask if

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Destinations

Alpine National Park in Summer

Go alpine bird watching Pack the tent or the van and head to the Alpine National Park in the warmer months. Make camp in snow gum woodlands at Lake Catani or camp amid wildflowers at Falls Creek. Cool off and cast a line in the Rocky Valley Dam or waterways in the Kiewa Valley. Walk the amazing Razorback Trail and return to your basecamp at Mount Hotham. Trek the Bogong High Plains and Mount Buller and stay at historic cattlemen’s huts. We have just come back from a site checking trip in the Alpine area , this is a great

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Drive through Warrumbungle
Camping

Drive through the Warrumbungles, New South Wales

Fancy a leisurely drive through the iconic Warrumbungles, taking in some of the sights that have put this area on the world map?  The 70km Coonabarabran – Warrumbungle – Tooraweenah drive combines views, lookouts, and easy walks on a spectacular day trip. Or stop here camping and take your time to enjoy it all! Starting in Coonabarabran, you’ll drive through the picturesque Timor Valley. Keep a look out for the interesting fences and mail boxes!  Siding Spring Observatory Did you know Warrumbungles were Australia’s and the southern hemisphere’s first Dark Sky Park?  Highlights worth a visit include the Skywatch Observatory,

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Banksia Bluff Campground, Cape Conran Coastal Park VIC
Camping

Beautiful Banksia Bluff Campground, Cape Conran National Park, Victoria

Banksia Bluff Campground, Cape Conran Coastal Park VIC We loved exploring Cape Conran National Park in Victoria’s East Gippsland region. Banksia Bluff is one of those rare PARKS campgrounds where dogs are allowed. In fact, there is a mixture of unpowered dog friendly and non-dog friendly campsites. Dogs must be on a lead. The popular campground has 135 sites spread out over a kilometre, set amongst mahogany gum and banksia woodland. Campfires are permitted on selected sites and must be within a fire ring. Flushing toilets and an outdoor cold shower is available. All sites have some shade and are generally large. Toilets are

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