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Australian Silo Art Trail – Wimmera Region

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IMG_0462Take at look at the CamperMate website to see my latest story on some impressive silo art in Australia. These giant towers have become art canvases and their popularity is spreading all around the country. This has been happening for a few years now and it’s becoming easier to include a visit to see many of them as you travel around the country.  These brilliant pieces are not only on grain silos though, you can also find painted water towers and other structures in rural areas and having them is doing a great service in bringing incredible art to the masses and travellers to rural areas that otherwise might have been bypassed. View the pictures →

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Baird Bay to Murphy’s Haystacks

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Let me start this with, the reason to go to Baird Bay is to swim with dolphins and sealions! Normally that is, but not during winter while we are here. The tours to see and swim with them starts again in September.

But even without that, it’s also a lovely spot to visit and stay in a well maintained free camp, ($10 per night) and go fishing off the beach or in a boat.

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Kimba – Halfway Across Australia

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Kimba’s claim to fame has been that it’s ‘Halfway across Australia’ but now you’d have to add, home to stunning silo art, a clever shopping precinct, bushland walking trail, sculptures and views, a brilliant free camp and the friendliest folk to boot.

Kimba is 465 kilometres north west of Adelaide on the Eyre Peninsula and a good stopping point on the way to Ceduna or the Head of the Bight for whale watching season. 

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Stuart Highway Adelaide to Darwin – the Stats

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For those planning a driving holiday along the Stuart Highway which runs from south to north of Australia, here are a few facts and figures as they stacked up for us on a 4 week (25 day) getaway. Our travelling ‘rig’ is a Toyota Landcruiser 200 series V8 diesel, and our caravan is a 22ft Jayco Silverline.

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Adelaide River War Cemetery

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To me, an important part of holidaying is to delve into the history of places to really gain an insight into how and why towns and cities were established and the stories of the people who lived and died there. Adelaide River is a little over an hour from Darwin in the Northern Territory and the role this location played in Australia’s war time history can’t be understated.

During WWII the conflict was brought to Australian soil when the city of Darwin was bombed by the Japanese on the 19th of February 1942. On that day, 240 people including many civilians were killed.

Following that attack, military unit camps were established at Adelaide River,and tens of thousands of troops were stationed there.

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Darwin Street Art

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Everyone is heading to northern Australia at this time of year, escaping the cold wintery conditions of the south, and this year in particular there are more people than ever travelling.

I’ve written a recent piece for CamperMate on the journey north which is dubbed, The Explorers Way, which you can read about here. For interest sake I did a tally as we were travelling for part of the trip and in just a one hour section of the journey, I counted 92 caravans / camper trailers / holiday makers heading north! I can certainly see the appeal and even though it seems extremely busy, there are plenty of free camping options and road side parking areas to enjoy the trip.

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