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Oatlands Heritage Highway Information & Historical Society3

Add Oatlands Historical Society Museum, Tasmania – to your list!

by Leisa Cooper, CAMPS Researcher Whilst out checking some sites and taking photographs of the Southern Midlands of Tasmania, I came across the Oatlands Historical Society Museum at the entrance to the town.  The museum doubles as the town’s Information Centre and is a treasure trove of the area’s history. Expect to spend lots of  time here fossicking amongst the amazing displays of photographs, newspaper items, books, and items of historical significance as well as a large collection of military memorabilia. The museum also offers you the “Oatlands Key” which allows access to historical buildings in Oatlands including the 1829

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Twin Towns RSL Club

Local Icons – Twin Towns RSL Club

If you have visited RSLs in NSW you’ll know that most of them are small community clubs. Not in Tweed Heads, NSW. With their history, closest from the border for Queenslanders wanting to play the pokies or visit other NSW freedoms at the time, you are looking at a six-storey high building big enough for 750 cars to park underneath! Their RSL members celebrated a club anniversary in 2018. After a recent $20 million redevelopment, you can dine at one of seven restaurants, stop at four bars, with a huge selection of live music and performers, plus dance floors with

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Wagga Wagga Riverside Redevelopment Stage 2 Concept
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Wagga Beach Caravan Park has closed

  You may have noticed Wagga Beach Caravan Park (NSW site 555 in Caravan Parks 5) is no longer open. Here’s why! Site clearing works currently taking place at the riverside precinct mark the beginning of Wagga Wagga City Council’s Riverside Redevelopment – Stage 2 project. Riverside – Stage 2 will rejuvenate the entire precinct – from the beach carpark through to the former St Michael’s Oval – in line with the principles of the original Riverside Strategic Master Plan developed in 2009. The redevelopment will include food and beverage outlets, event spaces, and a water and adventure playground, and

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Hop on a Cotton Picker - for free!

Hop on a Cotton Picker – for free!

South of Moree, and north of The Pilliga in northern NSW, a town well worth a stop is Narrabri.  Take the Narrabri Region Visitor Information Centre, for instance. Not just your regular info centre, inside you will find a giant red cotton picker that you can climb into and “operate”! Our kids loved it, and still remember the experience. The cotton display is a must do, you’ll also find local produce, local attractions – and when we were there last they produced a guide just for kids on the region. Very much appreciated! More things to do in the area: Next

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Painted Silo Yelarbon
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Where to stay – what to see and do in Yelarbon, Queensland

Image Courtesy Kate Gilmore When driving through Yelarbon, our daughter snapped the painted silo image. Little did she know I was well acquainted with the town, having worked for the Rural Allied Health Team in the 90s in the district. We would overnight in the Texas/Inglewood/Yelarbon/Yetman area every month. In between clients, we would pick up a sandwich from the service station, and picnic by the Lagoon. Just across from the lagoon is a great community run RV stop, the Yelarbon Recreation Ground (QLD site 933 in #camps10 or find it on the Camps Australia Wide App. I spoke to

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Central Gippsland Visitor Information Centre

New Visitor Information Centre for Central Gippsland

Do you love food and wine? How about National Parks, Rail Trails and walking tracks? Located just over two hours east of Melbourne, the Central Gippsland area is a must! Victoria’s greatest natural beauty, wineries, markets and adventure awaits you.  The diversity is astounding, from the reaches of the rugged high country to one of the longest beaches in the world. In fact, the region has all sorts of landscapes for you to explore: Tarra Territory and rainforests 90 Mile Beach Gipp­s­land Lakes National Parks townships of Sale, Maf­fra, Hey­field, Rosedale, Strat­ford and Yarram To help navigate the beauty of

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Nambucca Heads V-Wall

V-wall to be revitalised in Nambucca Heads

A must-see when you visit Nambucca Heads on the northern NSW coast is the ‘V-wall’. Stroll down the groyne and enjoy artwork on the rocks. It is also located next door to the V-wall Tavern and NSW caravan park 380 in Caravan Parks 5.  We are pleased to hear of the upgrade and that RV day use parking spaces are planned! This site has been added as a day use site to the Camps Australia Wide App, as has beautiful Bellwood Park mentioned below. Here’s an update from their council: Nambucca Shire Mayor Rhonda Hoban says a V-wall concept plan to improve this

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Big Red Bash - © mattography - Matt Williams Photography
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What events and festivals do you recommend in Australia?

Big Red Bash – © mattography – Matt Williams Photography Who’s experiencing Birdsville’s Big Red Bash this year?  With Midnight Oil headlining, and 16 other Aussie artists and bands including The Living End, Busby Marou, Kasey Chambers and Richard Clapton – I would love to be there with you!  It is held July 16-18 – over three days and nights at this unique outback festival in the Simpson Desert.  We had a question last month, on what festivals or events in WA would we recommend. So travellers – please share your favourite events. Not just in WA but across Australia.

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Pearl Luggers

Must do: Pearl Luggers

Set in Chinatown, in Broome, WA is a little day out our whole family recommends.  Here’s one of our kid’s diary entry: “Today we did a little tour. The divers all smoked opium to help cure the bends and get them constipated.” And another: “It was SO good, really interesting. I also got to hold the fifth largest pearl in the world and try pearl flesh.” Pearl Luggers is one of those places that really surprised us. We had visited so many museums, and not many had all four children totally immersed in history.  They operated oxygen tanks, stepped into

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