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Thursday, 17 Oct 2013

Vic Widman Classic Outback Tracks TravelSmart prize to NSW

Classic Outback Tracks by Vic Widman.
Classic Outback Tracks by
Vic Widman.

Free GoSee TravelSmart Club member Peter Pearson of Yamba,NSW has won a copy of Vic Widmans latest book Classic Outback Tracks which reveals 19 of his favourite outback experiences.

Vic Widman has been exploring Australia since 1978 by 4WD and has seen more of it than most of us could imagine. He is one of Australia's leading 4wd trainers and 4WD tag-along tour operators through his company Great Divide Tours.

Vic is one of the most knowledgeable people on outback travel.

Now members of the free GoSee TravelSmart Club have a chance to have their own copy of his favourite 4WD tracks. Prizes are won each month by GoSee TravelSmart Club members in Australia and New Zealand. The GoSee TravelSmart Club is approaching 13,700 members fast.

Vic's latest book is a compilation of 19 of his favourite outback tracks. Each location is described in detail with a history of the area. This practical knowledge extends to what you will find when you visit, where to see all the best scenic locations and where to camp, plus an insight into the driving conditions you are likely to encounter.

Some of the areas included in this book include, Outback NSW, Corner Country, Simpson Desert, Hay River Track, Karijini NP, Anne Beadell and Gunbarrel Hwy, the Canning Stock Route and all the famous tracks, Birdsville, Oodnadatta and Strzelecki Tracks to name just a few. Retail value is $39.

Another free TravelSmart Club  member winner for October is Glen Carey of Sarina, Queensland.

Glen wins the Hayman Reese Hitch Lock PIn to make certain his towing gear is fully protected. Hayman Reese has been Australia’s leading manufacturer of towing system products for more than 50 years. Tow a trailer to the local tip or a caravan to the tip of Australia Hayman Reese has the products to assist in making the trip safely and easily.
The Hayman Reese Silver hitch pin lock, Part Number 55040 locks the towbars removable tongue into the towbar preventing theft.

It is recommended to use this genuine Hayman Reese Hitch Silver Hitch pin lock when using a Hayman Reese Weight Distribution Hitch (WDH) to ensure that the warranty  is maintained.
Key features:
Dust and weather proof cover to protect the lock.
Locks the hitch pin tongue in place.
Deters thieves.
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The Mogo Zoo prize which is an adult entry pass goes to Tony Carlsen of Terrigal New South  Wales.

A troupe of Western Lowland gorillas led by the impressive 210kg Silverback Kibabu arrived at Mogo Zoo in August.
Kibabu's two favorite ladies Mouila and Kriba and their offspring, Mahali and Kipenzi came to South Coast New South Wales from Taronga Zoo, Sydney.
Established in 1989 Mogo Zoo is a founding member of the Australasian Species Management Program and plays a leading role in various breeding programs.

For GoSee TravelSmart Club members in New Zealand the Orana Zoo family pass  prize goes to Maree Rivers of Geraldine.

Over 400 animals, representing more than 70 species, are displayed at Orana Wildlife Park. Internationally, Orana Wildlife Park is known for its breeding programs for Rothschild's giraffe, southern white rhinoceros, cheetah, scimitar-horned oryx and sable antelope.
Orana Wildlife Park on McLeans Island Road, Harewood is 10 minutes from Christchurch Airport and 25 minutes from Christchurch CBD. Open daily 10am until 5pm. Last entrance is 4.30pm.
Closed Christmas Day.
Ground clearance really matters on the Canning Stock Route
Ground clearance really matters on the Canning Stock Route

Here are some collected thoughts on happy, safe 4x4 driving in Australia and New Zealand:

Carry a spare set of fan belts and a top and bottom radiator hose.

Carry a simple set of tools and a first-aid kit.

Carry additional drinking water, food and fuel.

Check each morning the condition of your under-bonnet items, in particular all fluid levels, and air filter and inspect the tyres and pressures.

Some of the tracks are best suited to high-clearance, dual-range transmission vehicles, so check with locals on the suitability of your vehicle and know both you and your vehicle's capabilities in the bush - do a 4WD course!

Take only the essentials and try and leave unnecessary items behind - they'll add more weight and stress to the vehicle and cost more in fuel.

Avoid the use of roof racks and if they are a necessity, pack only light items upstairs to avoid the risk of rollover. - If towing a trailer, makes sure your tyres are up to the job and check the condition of the wheel bearings and suspension before you leave.

Leave advice with friends or relevant authorities on your destination and itinerary, so if you overstay your journey the alarm can be raised for search and rescue.
Offroad  Low range 1st  Valley bottom coming up with track to the right
Offroad Low range 1st Valley bottom coming up with track to the right

Give some thought to communications; a UHF CB radio gives reasonable coverage with other road users and pastoralists, whilst an emergency positioning beacon (EPIRB) is an inexpensive failsafe for desperate situations.

In really remote country someone in your party should have HF radio or a satellite phone, both can be hired inexpensively.

If rain threatens, be prepared to stay put for a couple of days to avoid damaging the roads (penalties apply for road users driving on closed outback roads) and if you're driving in a dry creek bed get out of there quick-smart, for there's a good chance a flash flood might roar down the watercourse, claiming vehicle and possessions.

Some common courtesy and patience goes a long way, so too leaving gates as you find them and staying on designated tracks and trails. Avoid windscreen damage and dust when approaching on-coming cars, slow down and move over to the left of the road lane. If the approaching vehicle is a road-train, give it plenty of room and get off the road and don't even think about overtaking a road-train kicking up a heavy cloud of dust.

Stop and have a cuppa and a stretch. A 15-minute break will put plenty of separation between you.

If you do get stuck, do not leave the vehicle!
Martu art Canning Stock Route.
Martu art Canning Stock Route.

Driving on Outback roads can be tricky. Road surfaces vary dramatically in quality especially after seasonal extremes, when rain can make them impassable for days. Watch you speed too, for high-crowned dirt roads are treacherous when trying to slow in a hurry to avoid an animal, rock or entering a floodway quicker than need be.

Information courtesy of Flinders Ranges & Outback SA Tourism and Vic Widman

Free GoSeeTravelSmart Members Club approaches 13,600 members.

Editors Note: The Join Free TravelSmart Club option button is 15th option button down on the left of the and Home Pages.

Click the Join Free TravelSmart Club  option button and fill in your details, enter the verification which is case sensative and click save.

To be eligible for the monthly prize draws new TravelSmart members must supply their full contact details.

As a registered member of the GoSee TravelSmart Club members also have access to additional features which include towing set-up and equipment videos, a variety of activities to keep children entertained while on the move. They include colouring pictures, mazes, word games, Sudoku and additional games and Google Earth.
Paralana Springs track SA is 4WD only
Paralana Springs track SA is 4WD only

All TravelSmart Club members are automatically in line for the chance to win monthly prizes.

GoSee TravelSmart Club members get access to GoSee Useful Links.

These include Weather, public toilets,, Fruit Fly checkpoint information, National Seniors, Campervan and Motorhome Club of Australia (CMCA), Country Fire Authority Victoria and the NSW Rural Fire Service, in fact all state and Territory fire services are included.

As a registered member of the free GoSee TravelSmart Club members also have access to Towing set-up and equipment videos.

Editors note: pictures with this story are from GoSee experiences with a variety of our 4x4 and Sports Utility Vehicles (SUV) in South Australia,  ACT, NSW and the Northern Territory.

For more information
contact: Garth Morrison
Editor Go See Australia and Go See New Zealand Directory
25 deg 4x4  slope  Check GoSee angle against trees  Molonglo ACT
25 deg 4x4 slope Check GoSee angle against trees Molonglo ACT
Arkaroola  landscape
Arkaroola landscape
Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary bush camping
Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary bush camping
Croc country. Mary  River bakes in NT sun.
Croc country. Mary River bakes in NT sun.
Look at the ground view just south of Arkaroola SA
Look at the ground view just south of Arkaroola SA
North side  of a Canning Stock  Route sand dune
North side of a Canning Stock Route sand dune
GSA meets the  mound near Litchfield NP NT.
GSA meets the mound near Litchfield NP NT.
White sand track Canning Stock Route
White sand track Canning Stock Route

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