Stephen Scourfield heads out into the Wheatbelt and finds community and a sense of being a long way away.
Tom Edwards finds fun, history, beauty and gourmet food are abundant down south.
There are a plethora of ereaders on the market. Choose one that best suits your needs before loading it up with great holiday reading, advises Books Editor William Yeoman
Towing is not all that complicated if you follow a few basic rules - but make it safer by doing research before you buy your van.
You must know what you need with a new van. Comfort is the key factor when considering the ideal one for long trips but it is not necessary to go overboard with features and capabilities you may never need.
At last, freedom! Time and a healthy enough nest egg to be able to hit the Australian road. And track. Free-and- easy adventures into the great unknown, here we come. But with such opportunity come other great unknowns - such as, what will we drive and sleep in? It's an anything but free or easy question to answer, due to myriad variables. But I think a key question is: should I buy a towed vehicle, such as a caravan, camper trailer or fifth wheeler, or an all-in-one campervan or motorhome?
Anetwork of contemporary roadside rest stops in the Pilbara will be completed and ready for use before this season's tourist influx.
The inland route along the Great Northern Highway adds a different texture to the journey north. There's a soothing quiet out Mt Magnet way where old gold boom towns Lennonville and Boogardie lie vacant, their rough grid of streets just about visible in the red. Lennonville's citizens 115 years ago numbered 3000, now few ever hear the wind whistle over the disused railway platform.
Broome hosts a range of colourful events throughout the year. The annual race round has a nine-meeting season which runs from May 31-August 16, climaxing in the $100,000 Broome Cup. Other big days include the Derby Cup on June 28, the Kimberley Cup on August 2 and Ladies Day on August 12. The Gantheaume Point course is metres away from a cooling ocean breeze.
Vacancies at Broome caravan parks are not as hard to come by as in previous years, writes Peter Poat
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