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Thargomindah HYDRO
Destinations

Thargomindah, Queensland – a little town with an Aussie first!

Do you know the FIRST place in Australia to produce hydro electricity? It wasn’t the Snowy Hydro Scheme, or near a city. Thargomindah – a tiny town in the south west corner of Queensland claims it was not only the first town in Australia, impressively, it was third in the world! Drilling began in 1891, with the bore struck in 1893. Hydro-electric powered the street lighting from 1898-1951 by using the water pressure from the Artesian Basin. This Artesian Hydro Power Plant is believed to be the oldest working unit in Australia, and possibly the world! You can see close up a windmill and a decommissioned oil “donkey”. You can

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Cooma - Flags
Destinations

Visit Cooma and Snowy Hydro, New South Wales

About 114 km south of Canberra on the Monaro Highway, you’ll come to a regular stop off for us – Cooma, New South Wales. It’s a great base for groceries, shopping and a top museum. The Snowy Hydro Discovery Centre was hands on fun for our whole family. We really recommend visiting her before you explore the Snowy Mountains – as it gives you perspective on just how hydro power works. Displays really demonstrate the water flow, as well as the sheer scale of the project. Construction took a whopping 25 years to complete, from 1949-1974, and over 100,000 workers

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Botanic Gardens, Adelaide SA
Bucket List

12 Must See and Dos in Adelaide, for your South Australia Bucket List

If you want to know what to see and do in South Australia’s beautiful capital, here goes. We were only there for three nights, but took in so much! Markets, churches, food, trams, gardens, history, culture and wine! Don’t forget the shopping. Plus we’ll give you the tip on where to camp and still be close to the city. Here’s a dozen reasons to visit Adelaide: 1. Take a tram If you travel within the city mile, it is free to hop on and off and a great way to get your bearings as well as travel on the cheap.

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Camping

What to see and do at Arthur River in Tasmania’s North West

Boasting three budget campgrounds and a caravan park, Arthur River is a must do! This tiny village has a population of about 25. Surrounded by the Arthur-Pieman Conservation Area and located on the Tarkine Drive this is a pristine area of Tasmania.  As for wildlife, there are  Bennett’s wallabies, Tasmanian pademelons and wombats. Tasmanian devils, brushtail possums and spotted-tailed quolls! Unfortunately, we only spotted the Tassie Devil signs. Birdwatchers have plenty of species to spot as well. On top of fishing, surfing, horse riding and camping, it is surprising how much there is to do and see… The Edge of the World A must! Take the short drive and take the boardwalk to

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Chambers Pillar, Northern Territory
Budget Campsite

Chambers Pillar: MUST SEE and 4WD budget camp, Northern Territory

Not just a camp area, this historical reserve is 160 km south of Alice Springs and is dominated by a 50m high sandstone pillar. At sunrise and sunset, the red and orange in the rock are impressive over the Simpson Desert plain. There are short walks so you can explore, take photos and local wildlife. Castle Rock, Northern Territory The local Aboriginal people believe that the pillar is the gecko ancestor Itirkawara. He and his wife were banished – turning into rock, his wife is Castle Rock, 500 metres north east. Also check out historical markers – John MacDouall Stuart

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Darwin River Tavern, NT - you can see the anthills!
Camping

7 cracking places to camp in the 4 states and 1 territory we visited this year

Darwin River Tavern, NT – you can see the anthills! We are just back from a trip to Armidale, NSW and we loved that all we needed to bring were two thin CAMPS Pendium books! NSW and QLD. In fact we have flown to NT in March and Tassie  in February – bringing only ONE super light book. Our trip to the Victorian High Country in the Easter school break – meant I only packed three state guides. So we thought we’d show you some of favourite places the books took us too! Here’s a free oceanside camp and RV stop,

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Boohoo Boonoo Falls, New South Wales
Camping

Romantic Boonoo Boonoo Falls, New South Wales

Before you get to Boonoo Boonoo National Park, you need to get the lingo right! It’s pronounced Bunna Boo Nu. Practice it, soon it will roll off the tongue. I hadn’t quite done that in the video! https://youtu.be/PbkorYCfx4c The photos simply don’t do it justice! The lookout is where Banjo Paterson proposed to his missus, so they say! No wonder she said yes, Boonoo Boonoo Falls is breathtaking. It is an effort to get to also – 43 km from Stanthorpe, Queensland or 23 km from Tenterfield, New South Wales, turn west. It is 4 km on the Boonoo Boonoo

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Australia's largest granite rock - at Bald Rock National Park, New South Wales
Destinations

Climb Australia’s largest granite rock – at Bald Rock National Park, New South Wales

My adrenaline is still on overdrive after climbing down the southern hemisphere’s largest granite monolith! When I’ve visited Stanthorpe, Queensland, I stopped at Girraween National Park, on the way to the border town, Wallangarra. It is full of granite domes, balancing rocks, and epic walks. I remember them being a bit scary, too! Well, Bald Rock National Park adjoins Girraween. And we had quite the adventure here, that is NOT for the faint hearted. After lunch and checking out the lovely Bald Rock Campground and local wildlife, we read the walk info. “Grade 5! No way!” said I. Ever the diplomat, Heatley assures, “We’ll

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Curtin Springs - image Dian Maney
Destinations

Camp at a Cattle Station and Wayside Inn at Curtin Springs, Northern Territory

Curtin Springs – image Dian Maney Curtin Springs is a special part of Australia, owned by a family who have made this remote place their home.  Unpowered sites are free, and there is a fee for shower/facilities and powered sites. It is pet friendly, caters for big rigs through to tents.  With over a million acres of land, Curtin Springs includes a cattle station, handmade paper production, guided walks, and Wayside Inn that provides accommodation, campground, fuel, store and meals. Powered sites are limited so ensure you call ahead, but unpowered sites are unallocated and require no booking. Unpowered sites are

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