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The Sandstone Caves in the Pilliga Nature Reserve @thatladyfrombrazil  via Instagram
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What is The Pilliga?

The Sandstone Caves in the Pilliga Nature Reserve @thatladyfrombrazil  via Instagram So many times we’ve driven the Newell Highway south, from Narrabri to Coonabarabran – through the desolate Pilliga Forest, totally oblivious that there was so much to discover here! Pilliga means ‘Swamp Oak’ and the Pilliga Forest (or Pilliga Scrub) is an Aussie icon and includes Pilliga Nature Reserve, Timmallallie National Park, Pilliga West, and East State Conservation Areas. There is more than 500 000 hectares with 2000 km of trails. Here’s some must see spots: BaradineThis town hosts the Pilliga Discovery Centre – with all the information you’ll need

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Four Corners by Paul Zuccarello @mariachi.abandoned.melbourne via Instagram
Budget Campsite

GO WEST and stay with a farmer!

Four Corners by Paul Zuccarello @mariachi.abandoned.melbourne via Instagram One of the wonderful things we do as a nation, is get behind the battlers, and help out those in need. We’ve seen it with the bushfires and the MILLIONS of funds directed to communities reeling from lost lives, homes and livelihoods from fire damage. We don’t want Australians in the drought areas to be forgotten – so we are asking you, our CAMPS AUSTRALIA WIDE Community, to visit these drought-stricken areas. Rains will come (in some places have had a little), but it will still take years to recover from this drought. So

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Cooloola Berries - Come to a Paella Sunday
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Days Out: Cooloola Berries

Come to a Paella Sunday Farm gate is best! Or so we found on our trip to Cooloola Berries at Wolvi, near Gympie and the Noosa hinterland. Friends were given a Cooloola Berries voucher for a present – and invited us along, to something I wanted to try for a long time – Paella Sundays! We were greeted with generous platefuls, reasonable prices and enticing desserts. The strawberry ice cream is divine. The premises is licensed, and lends itself to long lunches and grazing on the picnic rugs listening to Sunday’s live music. Owner Jason Lewis gave us a tour

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Alert Roadworks on the Pacific Highway
Life on the Road

Alert: Roadworks on the Pacific Highway

Take the Pacific Highway, they said – it is smooth sailing, they said!  Last year the Pacific Highway was hard work with all the traffic and roadworks. We were assured that all this was much smoother now, so choose this route as our way home from Victoria last month.  There has been some amazing progress – although we hit some road works just north of Sydney, we could see the progress all along – and noticed the bypasses at Buladelah and Macksville.  However there was still plenty of stopping in northern NSW. The thing that had our jaws dropping as

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Broken Hill - Sunset Sculptures - Rob Blackburn
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Traveller’s update to Starview Primitive Campsite

Broken Hill Living Desert Reserve Images courtesy Broken Hill City Council My wife and I have just completed a 7500 Km round trip to Alice Springs and back, we went through Dubbo, Broken Hill and Port Augusta along the Stuart Highway to Alice Springs and back to Port Augusta, then the Princess Highway from Tailem Bend to Mount Gambier before heading back into Victoria doing the Silo Route and the Grampians, then the Sturt Highway, Newell Highway and the Hume Highway heading back home in Albion Park NSW. We used the Camps 10 extensively throughout the trip and would like

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Coulsons Creek Road Merriwa to Willow Tree reconstruction Image Upper Hunter Shire Council NSW
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Road upgrades in New South Wales give more options for travellers

Coulsons Creek Road Merriwa to Willow Tree reconstruction Image Upper Hunter Shire Council NSW Camps Australia Wide thanks Barry Blair and Upper Hunter shire Council for this alert. It’s time to give you a brief mention of the road between Willow Tree and Merriwa in NSW which is expected to be fully sealed sometime during this coming September. This particular road is some 82km in length, and once completed will provide grey nomads with some great alternatives in terms of (currently) ‘road less travelled’. Since April 2018, the road between Blayney and Crookwell via Tuena is now fully sealed. Broadly/generally

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The Gilmores head south
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Take the back roads

We are just back from a 3,500 km road trip. We’ve driven from Queensland to the snow many times over the years, but each trip we love to travel via towns we haven’t seen before and roads not yet travelled. It’s good to mix it up a bit. 

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Dungog Shire - Creek
Camping

So where to camp in the shire of Dungog, New South Wales?

Camp on Allyn is one of the options still available in the Dungog Shire, now Council are improving current options in the shire (Image: CAMPS AUSTRALIA WIDE App) There have been a few camping closures by council recently in the Dungog Shire. Here’s a run down on the latest places to stay in the district… Williams River Holiday Park is scheduled to reopen for the Easter school holidays with approximately 58 sites being made available on the hilltop (20 sites) and adjacent to the river (37 sites). A section of the area on the riverbank will be reserved for self-contained

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