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The Secret Great Barrier Reef

When someone says Townsville, do you think Great Barrier Reef?

No? Don’t worry, you’re not alone.

Townsville North Queensland has been keeping a few cards close to its chest, known only by the savvy locals who have been savouring the lack of crowds, 320 days of sunshine, and pristine conditions found in the central Great Barrier Reef.

But it’s about time we let the cat out of the bag and shared it with the world.

Say hello to our FREE ebook, The secret side of the Great Barrier Reef.

Inside you’ll uncover reef experiences you never knew existed. From stretch yellow Jeep tours around the only Great Barrier Reef island with its own postcode, and one of the best shipwreck dives in the world – the SS Yongala – to camping safaris on a deserted island, thrown in with scuba diving and snorkelling over remote (aka untouched!) underwater metropolises.

But epic dives and pristine snorkelling spots aside, there’s no better destination to get schooled on this World Heritage-listed wonderland, still feel like an explorer while you enjoy a patch of the 2300-kilometre coral conglomerate all to yourself, and just kick back and relax on a secluded beach.

 

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Jarrahdale, now RV friendly!

THE PEEL Region’s historic town of Jarrahdale, only 50 minutes south of Perth, is now an RV Friendly Town.

To qualify for the Campervan and Motorhome Club of Australia’s program, towns must meet the needs of RV travellers and satisfy stringent criteria, including access to a general shopping area, provision of low cost overnight parking, and access to potable water and a free dump point

CMCA also considers the general attitude of the local council and community, so as to truly identify the friendliest areas in Australia.

Therefore, travellers can enter any RV Friendly Town™ with the knowledge they will be welcomed and adequately provided for.

Jarrahdale provides a short stay area for fully self-contained RV’s. Travellers can leisurely experience the historic town as a tourist destination and all that it offers.

CMCA director Ken Kipping said the results of the RV Friendly Town™ program continued to be promising.

“It is great to see an increasing number of towns qualifying as RV Friendly,” he said.

“The designation of RV Friendly Towns continues to encourage all RV travellers to stop, shop and enjoy what all the various towns in Western Australia have to offer.

“It is now up to these communities to make the tourists welcome. If you see them around the town, say hello and tell them about some of the great things to see in the Shire.”

 

Northern Territory

There’s No Better Time to Do the NT!

WITH the dry season and cooler temperatures fast approaching, there’s no better time to do the Northern Territory (NT).

The change in seasons sees the full reopening of Top End National Parks, including Kakadu, and a range of new products and experiences on offer across the Territory.

Uluru Camel CupNorthern Territory

Locals and visitors alike come together for a big weekend of true Aussie activity at Camel Cup. Think camel races and outback style ‘Fashions on the Field’. The red sand provides the perfect backdrop for this award winning festival. The event is held from 27-28 May.

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Barunga Festival

The Barunga Festival is one of the Territory’s longest running Indigenous events, showcasing a range of contemporary Indigenous musicians, cultural activities and workshops. The festival is held in a remote community near Katherine, from 10-12 June.

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Wide Open Space Festival

Discover a colourful marketplace with tasty treats, handmade crafts, clothing from local designers and an eclectic mix of entertainment. Held an hour’s drive from Alice Springs, Wide Open Space Festival celebrates the beauty of the Red Centre landscape.

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Dreamtime Escarpment Tents at Kings Creek Station

Kings Creek Station have developed their first luxury glamping site, Kings Canyon Dreamtime Retreat, including three exclusive safari tents. The new accommodation is nestled in the rocky face of Dreamtime Escarpment, deep within the outback station. The product is scheduled to be market ready in April.

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Spirit of Kakadu Tours

Kakadu’s adventure operator, Spirit of Kakadu Tours, invites travellers to walk in the footsteps of Crocodile Dundee in celebration of the movie’s 30th anniversary. Off-road 4WD tours will be available from June to October taking in attractions featured in the movie including Gunlom, Ubirr and Nourlangie.

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Kangaroo Sanctuary

The world famous Kangaroo Sanctuary near Alice Springs will be expanded to include a new ‘camel education and experience’. The sanctuary currently provides a guided sunset tour educating visitors about wildlife care and rescue. The new camel enclosure will appear on season 3 of Kangaroo Dundee.

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Tinkerbee Art Workshop

Explore indigenous storytelling through art with Tinkerbee Workshops at Chifley Alice Springs Resort. Travellers can create their own art piece with Arrente artist Kumalie Riley and learn the meanings of symbols in Central Australia. Tinkerbee offers 90-minute work shops throughout the week.

Sage Resort Darwin

Sage Resort Darwin overlooks Lee Point coastal reserve, through which a short walk will take you to one of Australia’s prettiest beaches. Formerly known as Club Tropical Resort, the property has recently undergone rebranding. Guests can choose from a range of accommodation options including budget friendly to deluxe rooms.

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Safari-style tents for Cooinda

Cooinda Camping Ground is introducing new safari-style tents complete with comfortable bedding and facilities. Up to 40 tents are scheduled for availability from June through to October. Designed for the warm climate, the tents will blend in perfectly with the Kakadu campgrounds, taking advantage of the lush surroundings.

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