Newsletter 379

Edition 379:  26th March 2015

Hi ExplorOz Reader,

Is Easter really only next week? You know what that means.... traditionally, this starts the opening of the outback travel season with the interior extreme summer heat conditions beginning to drop and less chance of monsoonal conditions allowing access to most areas. However, the Bureau of Meteorology have just released a Special Climate Statement that says we've had an exceptional Autumn hot spell in northern and central Australia, with details being:
  • Birdsville had the highest temperature ever recorded in Australia for the second half of March with 46.5 °C
  • Jervois had the highest maximum temperature for March for the Northern Territory with 44.0 °C
  • Moomba was the hottest ever for South Australia this far into autumn with 45.4 °C
  • Maximum temperatures averaged 5 to 7 °C above average over most of the Gulf Country from 6 to 19 March
The takeaway from this is not to expect a normal start to the outback travel season. Take particular care to check your travel plans with local conditions and please report back through the ExplorOz Travellers Comments section in our Road Alerts section so others can benefit from your experiences.

Happy Camping!
Michelle, Adele, David

Gear Up for Easter Exploring

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Spotlight on the Kimberley

Are you planning a trip to the Kimberley? Want to discover why the Kimberley is an ideal touring destination?

The Kimberley is home to some of Australia's most stunning natural attractions - with spectacular gorges with safe swimming, majestic ancient landforms such as the Bungle Bungles in Purnululu NP, fascinating yet easy walks at Windjana Gorge and Tunnel Creek and adventurous drives on the Gibb River Road, Mitchell Plateau and beyond. Winter is the best time to visit, so start planning now. Click through to read our travel feature on the Kimberley and get all the must-have trip planning details, recommended maps and guide notes from ExplorOz.

Woomera Prohibited Area

We have just published the newly released WPA exclusion periods through to 2016. If you're planning trips in and around the Anne Beadell Highway be sure to check these dates to avoid disappointment.

Save Ningaloo Station (again!)

On behalf of the Lefroys from Ningaloo Station, we regret to inform you that the Government land-grab for Ningaloo Station is on again. Unfortunately, this is round two of the same battle that began nearly a decade ago. Bits of information have been flying around social media but the Lefroys (pastoral owners of Ningaloo), have sent us some material, which is now posted in the ExplorOz Forum here.

Ningaloo Station on the pristine Ningaloo Reef coastline has offered low-fee wilderness camping for decades.This is now under genuine threat as the push is on by DPaW to develop the station into an upmarket tourism hub that will cater for a totally different clientele.

Power Solutions for Caravanners

Do you know what's legal and safe when trying to keep your caravan supplied with power? 

Find out in our Caravan Power Feature here

Vote for the Best of the Rustic Outback

Voting for a winner in the Photo Comp is now active via the 5-star rating system. The winner will be drawn on Tuesday 31/3 based on the judges final decision, however you can get involved by giving a rating for each photo.

Use your desktop computer and open this page - 2015 Photo Comp - (this function is not active on the mobile site). Yellow stars show you the current avg rating score. To add your vote, hover over the stars and watch them turn red - click when you see the number of red stars (1-5) that you wish to give as your rating for the photo (half star voting is also possible; 5 stars is the maximum).

March Recipe Comp

This month's recipe theme is Chicken & Poultry so start thinking about the dishes you prepare with these ingredients when out camping and share them to the ExplorOz Recipe Collection for your chance to win a copy of Hema's new 4WD Adventures guidebook, featuring 100 top tracks!

So far, the entries have included Apricot Chicken & DumplingsThai-Style Chicken Cakes, Leftover Chicken and Roast Veggie Soup.

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