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21/11/2017
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To check for the latest on closed roads and road conditions in any area, see the state by state links to Road Conditions  These cover main roads only.  Many local roads are under the control of local Shires.   

After covering 13,550 kilometres across parts of Western Australia, South Australia, New South Wales, Queensland and a little of north west Victoria, visiting mainly places we had not been before, we are home again. 
 
What did we see?  Until Travelogues are developed, see photos of the highlights on 2107 Trip - a brief summary.
What would you like to see on this News page in the future?    Tell us.
Prices have risen in Western Australia National Parks
Which fees have risen? 
 
As of 1st September 2017, there has been a small price rise in park camping park entry fees.  This includes rises in the cost of annual and holiday park passes. 
 
For the latest prices, see National Park Passes.
 
21st September 2017
The Outback Way is an often rough journey between Boulia in Queensland and Laverton in Western Australia. 
 
 Boulia Shire has been actively sealing the Donohue Highway to the Queensland/ Northern Territory border with only 160 kilometres to go.
 Plenty Highway now sealed from the Stuart Highway to Harts Range.                 
 Sealing  from Docker River to the Border and then continuing the seal from
Kata Tjuta towards Western Australia.
 Laverton  and Ngaanyatjarraku Shires have finalised surveying and will be sealing 100 kilometres of the Great Central Road between them in the coming months.
 
2nd May 2017 
The Outback Way - sealing programme
With the latest announcement from the Hon. Darren Chester MP, a further $125 million has been committed for the Outback Way priority projects allocation, for sealing on "Australia's Longest Shortcut".
 
"This announcement means we will seal a further 210 kilometres of the Outback  Way linking Perth to Cairns and Laverton WA to Winton Qld."said, Mr Patrick Hill - Chairman Outback  Highway Development Council Inc (OHDC Inc.).
 
Over the last six months the State and Territory governments and the OHDC Inc. have met and developed an investment strategy for the Outback Way project. This announcement allocates the current $125 Million.
 
 Western Australia will seal 80 kilometres with $46.5 million
 Northern Territory will seal 60 kilometres with  $52.06 million
 Queensland will seal and widen 69 kilometres with $26.44 million

Besides linking East and West through the heart of the nation, the development of the Outback  Way is critical for the economic development of the sixteen rural and remote communities and centres along the Outback Way, enables the development of tourism, mining, the agricultural sector, and efficiency for freight and logistics across the nation. The 'Shortcut' is 2,700 kilometres. By 2020, 1,500 kilometres will be sealed. 
 
1st November 2017 
Latest from Kakadu - news and seasonal closures
Cahill's Crossing CLOSED 17th November 2017 and at 20th November was running at 1.9 metres and rising.  Ubirr is still accessible with water at .2 metres across Magella Creek and S-Bends. 
 
Gunlom campground is CLOSED due to flooding (13th November 2017), with 4WD only access for day visitors.
 
Alligator Head is CLOSED due to seasonal flooding (23rd October 2017). 
 
Jarrangbarnmi (Koolpin Gorge) will be closed from 4pm, 5th November 2017.  No further bookings are being issued in the interim. 
 
Twin Falls will be closed after the last boat shuttle from 4pm, November 2017.
 
Graveside Gorge will be closed from 4pm, 5th November 2017.
 
Jim Jim Falls will be closed from 4pm, 6th November 2017.
 
Updated 21st November 2017 
A new caravan and camping area opens at Broken Hill
Following a long development period, the new Starview campground situation in the Living Desert Reserve will be open for camping and caravanners from Tuesday 7th November 2017. 
 
The Living Desert Reserve is nine kilometres from the city of Broken Hill, and features a desert flora and fauna sanctuary, Aboriginal heritage sites, and high on a hill overlooking Broken Hill and surrounds, the Sculptures feature twelve stone carvings by different international artists. 
 
Entry to the Reserve is $6 per person.  For those staying at Starview, one payment will cover the two day camping limit.  No pets. 
 
 
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The new Starview campsite has fifteen marked bays for caravans and motorhomes, suitable for rigs up to eleven metres in length.  Extra large rigs can park in bay 1, or in the large vehicle parking area approaching the campsite.  This only allows for two large rigs at a time, and only fifteen permits per night will be issued.  In addition there is an area with room for eight tents, which has two picnic shelters.  Some water is provided from a tank (non potable).
 
Two unisex toilet and hot showers are provided, situated between the caravan and tent camping areas.  One is disability access enabled. There is a larger barbecue and picnic shelter adjacent to the caravan sites.  Gas barbecues are free. 
 
Camping cost is $10 per person per night, with children under sixteen no further charge, and must be paid at the Visitor Information Centre to obtain a permit and gain an after hours access code for the gate.  Reserve entry fee is payable at the entrance gate (cash or card), or annual pass can be purchased from Council office for $22 ($18 concession). 
 
 
 
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An open day for locals and visitors to inspect the site and chat with those involved in the project was held on 4th November 2017, with a sausage sizzle. Photos taken on this open day hereunder. 
 
Updated 4th November 2017
Latest from Litchfield - seasonal closures
Litchfield National Park - Reynolds River 4WD track is now closed for the wet season. Recent rainfall in the area has caused dangerous conditions, including boggy sections of the track as well as the risk of flash flooding occurring in creek crossings with further rain events.

Reynolds River 4WD Track, including Blyth Homestead, Sandy Creek Falls and Surprise Creek falls campgrounds and designated swimming areas are now closed for the duration of the wet season. These visitor areas and 4WD track are expected to be reopened early in the 2018 dry season when conditions allow.
 
3rd November 2017 
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