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Feb free GoSeeTravelSmart prize practical driving-towing safety net

March 13, 2014
Feb free GoSeeTravelSmart prize practical driving-towing safety net

The February free GoSee TravelSmart Club members prize will save lives. The Driving andTowing to Stay Alive DVD is a practical safety-net for those who tow or are about to. Februarynew TravelSmart Club member Menke Papalitsas of Mooroolbark Victoria is the GoSeeAustraliaDVD winner.

On route to Outback adventure is free GoSee TravelSmart Club member Bob MacDonald ofMaitland Bar who has won a copy of Vic Widmans latest book Classic Outback Tracks whichreveals 19 of his favourite outback experiences.

Vic Widman has been exploring Australia since 1978 by 4WD and has seen more of it than mostof us could imagine. He is one of Australia's leading 4wd trainers and 4WD tag-along touroperators 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 hisfavourite 4WD tracks. Prizes are won each month by GoSee TravelSmart Club members inAustralia and New Zealand. The GoSee TravelSmart Club is past 14,000 members.

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

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

Australian GoSee TravelSmart Club winners:

Great Divide Tours Classic Outback Tracks (next draw April) BobMacDonald Maitland Bar.

GoSeeAustralia DVD (Driving and Towing to Stay Alive) Menke Papalitsas, Mooroolbark,Victoria.

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

Mogo Zoo prize: A Family Pass for two adults and two children. winner is Nena Monfries, ofRedhead NSW. A troupe of Western Lowland gorillas led by the impressive 210kg SilverbackKibabu is now at Mogo Zoo. Like Orana Wildlife Park near Christchurch NZ Mogo Zoo's corefocus is it is committed to the survival of endangered species.

Kibabu's two favorite ladies Mouila and Kriba and their offspring, Mahali and Kipenzi came toSouth Coast New South Wales from Taronga Zoo, Sydney.

Be a winner in March -The Techni-Ice 23 lt Cooler Bag free TravelSmart member Club prize willbe drawn again in March, May, July and September. Generous industry supporter Techni-Iceprovides another great prize for March TravelSmart Club members. The 23 lt Cooler Bag. TheCooler Bag will be in the free Club member prize draw every two months.

AND FROM New Zealand:

The Kiwi free TravelSmart Club member winner of the Orana Wildlife Park Family Pass is BruceChisholm of Geraldine.

Set in 80 hectares Orana is New Zealands only open range zoo. OranaWildlife Park is located within 15 minutes drive of Christchurch Airport as GoSee found on arecent visit. Over 400 animals, representing more than 70 species, are displayed at Orana WildlifePark.

Sixteen scheduled animal feeds occur daily and are accompanied by a presentation from awildlife guide. This means Orana Wildlife Park has something to keep visitors of all agesentertained for the entire day. Orana's unique and exciting animal encounters are a park specialtyand will get visitors up close to endangered animals, for example:

Mogo zoos Handsome silver-back Kibabu
Mogo zoo's Handsome silver-back Kibabu

Travel through the Lion habitat on board a specially modified vehicle to meet the 'King of theBeasts' up close (2.30pm). (Conditions apply this is an additional cost to Orana Wildlife Park

entrance, 20 tickets are available daily and people must be over 1.4 metres in height to participate.

Tickets can be reserved only if they are pre-paid for in advance). See a Tiger search and leap forits food (11.30am).

Hand feed the majestic Giraffe (12pm and 3pm).

Help feed a range of friendly animals in the Farmyard (1pm). This interactive area has a wide rangeof domestic animals such as sheep, calves, llama, rabbits and pigs.

Meet the mighty Rhinoceros face-to-face (3.20pm).

View New Zealands national icon, the Kiwi.

Stroll through an alpine themed aviary for close views of New Zealand Kea the worlds onlymountain parrot. Guests will also view the antics of many other amazing animals such as Apes,Monkeys, Meerkats, Otters, Porcupines and Wild Dogs.

The Parks extensive native fauna collection features Kiwi as well as a range of other endemicbirds such as Tui, Bellbird, Kereru and Kakariki. The Park is home to one of the mostcomprehensive public collections of native geckos. Guided tours occur daily and visitors can rideon Orana's complimentary Safari Shuttle, join a guided walkabout tour and/or meander around thePark at their leisure.

For those wanting something extra special, Orana also offers a range of behind the scenesexperiences (additional cost non commissionable), as outlined:

Fanana the Jet-set giraffe has a big future ahead at Orana
Fanana the Jet-set giraffe has a big future ahead at Orana

A taste of Madagascar - Venture onto the Ruffed Lemur island to feed these delightful primates.

$30pp (excludes Park entrance), occurs at 1pm Thursday - Sunday.

Cripes its stripes! - Ventureinto the Tiger Dens to see how Orana manages these big cats. $20pp (excludes Park entrance),occurs at 3.15pm each Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

Meet a Cheetah - Enter the habitat with a beautiful hand-raised Cheetah for a personal encounter.$100pp (includes Park entrance), occurs at 11am Friday - Monday.

Travel through the Lion reserve - Oranas Lion Encounter is genuinely unique and gives extremelyclose views of the King of the Beasts. $30pp (excludes Park entrance), occurs at 2:30pm daily.

People must be over 1.4m in height and be fit and able bodied (eg able to stand up and sit downunassisted) to participate in the behind the scenes experiences.

Park admission costs: $25 per adult, $21 per senior/student, $8 per child (5-14 years),pre-schoolers are free and a concession pass (2 adults and up to 3 children 5-14 years) costs $58.

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 checkwith locals on the suitability of your vehicle and know both you and your vehicle's capabilities in thebush - do a 4WD course!

Black and White Ruffed Lemurs are gentle residents at Orana
Black and White Ruffed Lemurs are gentle residents at Orana

Take only the essentials and try and leave unnecessary items behind - they'll add more weight andstress 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 therisk of rollover. - If towing a trailer, makes sure your tyres are up to the job and check thecondition of the wheel bearings and suspension before you leave.

Leave advice with friends or relevant authorities on your destination and itinerary, so if youoverstay your journey the alarm can be raised for search and rescue.

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

In really remote country someone in your party should have HF radio or a satellite phone, both canbe 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 creekbed get out of there quick-smart, for there's a good chance a flash flood might roar down thewatercourse, claiming vehicle and possessions.

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

Ground clearance really matters on the Canning Stock Route
Ground clearance really matters on the Canning Stock Route

Stop and have a cuppa and a stretch. A 15-minute break will put plenty of separation betweenyou. If you do get stuck, do not leave the vehicle!

Driving on Outback roads can be tricky. Road surfaces vary dramatically in quality especially afterseasonal extremes, when rain can make them impassable for days. Watch you speed too, forhigh-crowned dirt roads are treacherous when trying to slow in a hurry to avoid an animal, rock orentering a floodway quicker than need be.Information courtesy of Flinders Ranges Outback SA Tourism and Vic Widman

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

Click the Join Free TravelSmart Club option button and fill in your details, enter the verificationwhich is case sensative and click save. To be eligible for the monthly prize draws new TravelSmartmembers must supply their full contact details.All TravelSmart Club members are automatically in line for the chance to win monthly prizes.

Paralana Springs track SA is 4WD only
Paralana Springs track SA is 4WD only