Outback Travel News, 29 November 2012

On this week’s news update, we feature a destination where you can get away from the crowds right near Alice Springs, an outback summer film festival, an inexpensive mobile camping app, and a real alternative to hiring or buying a satellite phone for outback travel.


00:30 Feature Destination – the East MacDonnell Ranges

03:25 Summer Vibes Film Festival

04:16 Wikicamps Australia app

04:48 Delorme inReach Two Way Communicator

Feature Destination: The East MacDonnell Ranges

The East MacDonnell Ranges (locals call them the ‘East Macs’) are very close to Alice Springs, and are easily accessible with an ordinary car.

There’s Aboriginal rock art at places like Trephina and N’Dhala Gorge, historic sites like Arltunga where you can explore an entire ghost town and check out old gold mines, and get away from it all at remote places like Ruby Gap and Ambalindum.

People are often surprised at what the East Macs have to offer -and we’ve heard people RAVE about Trephina Gorge’s shady and spacious camping area.

Check out this page for your very own photo tour of the East Macs. We’ve sure once you see the pictures, you’ll want to hop in your car and just GO!

Outback Film Festival in Broken Hill

The Patton Street Village ‘Summer Vibes’ Festival starts THIS Friday (November 30).

A group of Broken HIll locals have got together this year to create the Summervibes Festival, a nine-week film outdoor festival that that includes local and international films, night markets, local music and arts.

Summervibes started as an idea to support emerging filmmakers and opens this Friday with a big open Christmas party and night time markets.

The festival runs until the end of January and every Friday night features either an open air cinema with award-winning short films, a night market or community event.

An Inexpensive Mobile Camping App

Wikicamps is an easy to use, low priced apple or android app that will help you find campsites, caravan parks, points of interest and even has a satellite dish pointer, a camping checklist.

As it’s wiki-based, you’re even able to upload your own photos, reviews of campsites, and any new information you come across during your travels.

There’s a New Zealand version of the app coming out in December followed by the next update of WikiCamps Australia early next year.
The app is only $2.99 and is available from the Wikicamps website: http://www.wikicamps.com.au/

or the iTunes store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/wikicamps-australia/

 An Alternative to a Satellite Phone

The Delorme inReach Satellite Communicator device can be used on it’s own to send tracking messages or predefined text messages to let people know you’re ok. OR you can pair it with your smartphone (iPhone or Android) and send two-way text messages to people back at home. Unfortunately, you cannot make voice calls with your phone.

But texting in the middle of nowhere. That’s gotta be good!

It’s quite inexpensive (see the links below) and offers an alternative to buying or hiring a sat phone.

You can purchase the inReach Satellite Communicator here (affiliate link that we will earn a small commission on).

There is a $49.95 on-off activation charge, and monthly subscription to the service is $19.95 (information about monthly subscription and activation in Australia & New Zealand here).

Delorme’s Australian website (non-affliate link): http://alwaysinreach.com.au/

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Thanks and see you next week.

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