NO PLANS yet for this New Year’s period? Ron’s penned a few ideas that’ll get the tyres dirty.
Mountain Cattlemen Get Together (Vic)
The 2018 Get Together will be held on private land in the Omeo region of eastern Victoria from Friday January 12 to Sunday the 14th. There will be three days of great entertainment celebrating the very best of Cattlemen’s culture and heritage. Try or watch the hay stacking, dog high jump, tug of war, the poetry competition or the whipcracking. Everyone is encouraged to join in. Watch the famous Cattlemen’s Cup, the Buck Out and the Heritage Parade, and be entertained by great bands. Camping, hot showers and water etc. will be included in your ticket price. There will be a bar and many food outlets to satisfy any taste. Those under 17 years of age get in for free. For info, visit: www.mcav.com.au/webpages/get_together.html
Party ’til you drop in the North-west (NSW)
With the annual New Year’s Eve party scheduled for Cameron Corner – where the states of Queensland, New South Wales and South Australia meet – and a Night Rodeo and Gymkhana at Tibooburra, you’ve got a difficult choice on which one to attend. For more details on the Corner gig, contact Fenn and Cheryl by calling (08) 8091 3872; while for the Night Rodeo see: tibooburramotel.com.au
Tasmania has some fantastic 4WDing and great camping, which can keep you busy for a month or more. For a great guide to more than 60 tracks that can take you around our island state, visit: www.roving.com.au
Nullarbor Farm Accommodation (SA)
Coorabie is south of the Eyre Highway near Nundroo, approximately 155km west of Ceduna. The farm is strategically located near Fowlers Bay and the Scott’s Bay and Mexican Hat beaches. Coorabie Farm offers three types of accommodation – donga-style air-conditioned rooms, 16 powered sites and unlimited unpowered sites. The farm provides a fully equipped kitchen and an ablution block with laundry, all of which have rainwater supply. A gas barbecue and camp fire area is available, along with a fish cleaning area and access to a cool room. Contact the managers, Deb and Poggy Kloock, on (08) 8625 6126.
Ride them Bulls (Qld)
The Mitchell Rodeo will be held on December 31 at the Mitchell Showgrounds. There will be all the normal rodeo action, including the saddle bronco ride, the tough and action packed bull ride, the fast bareback bronco ride and the fun barrel race. For more information, visit: www.prorodeo.com.au
Toss a Tuna (SA)
Port Lincoln’s Tunarama Festival is one of the largest and most popular regional festivals in Australia held over the Australia Day long weekend – from January 25 to the 28th. It’s a family friendly festival held on the foreshore lawns of Boston Bay where you’ll find filled stalls, sideshows and rides, with fun events, activities and competitions for all ages. There’s the annual World Championship Tuna Toss competition where players attempt to fling a fish weighing between eight and ten kilograms as far as they can. It’s all good fun. For more info see: www.tunarama.net
Northern Station Stay (WA)
Nalbarra Station is a 161,000 hectare property and a great holiday destination for those travelling up the Great Northern Highway. John and Karen’s working sheep station is approximately 70km north of Paynes Find and 17km off the highway on a well-graded dirt road. There is plenty to do at Nalbarra with amazing breakaway country for artists and birdwatching. Bushwalk or enjoy a drive through the gorgeous countryside. You can camp or stay in the renovated shearers quarters. For more info go to: www.nalbarra.com.au