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Westprint Friday Five Friday March 2nd 2018

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Friday Five Books

  1. 4WD Tracks in Tasmania. $39.95. 4th Edition. A great book full of trek notes and trips around Tasmania. Spiral bound and A5 size it easily fits into your glovebox or sits in the navigator’s lap. 4WD Tracks in Tasmania is divided into three sections: (i) General Advice - always important for looking after the areas you are travelling through. (ii) Detailed trip descriptions (iii) A handy list of 4WD clubs with contact details if you wish to follow up some local knowledge in a particular area, or even drop in on a club meeting. Also includes a copy of the code of conduct from the Australian National Four Wheel Drive Council. 230pp First published in 2001, this edition 2014.

  2. Field Guide to Australian Trees - 3rd edition. $32.95. Ivan Holliday. This third revised edition includes four additional species and both the text and pictures of many other entries have been updated. This book covers over 400 species and 80 different genera. A special effort has been made to include a large number of species from Australia's diverse rainforests. 328pp. First published in 1969, this edition 2010

  3. Discovering Aboriginal Plant Use. $50.00. The Journeys of an Australian Anthropologist. Philip A Clarke. Hardcover 192 pages. Published 2014. The author argues that we can better understand a people if we know how they see and use plants. In Discovering Aboriginal Plant Use, Clarke dips into his field journals to provide a rich account of journeys, as both anthropologist and ethnobotanist, that span the temperate, arid and tropical zones of Australia and neighbouring landmasses. He describes the cultural and natural heritage of each region, on the plants used by Aboriginal people that contribute to their distinctiveness. Two copies on hand - can get more.

  4. Direct Hit. $20.00. The Bombing of Darwin Post Office by Brett Bowden. On Thursday February 19, 1942 at 9.58 am 188 Japanese fighters, bombers and dive bombers launched the first of more than 60 air raids on Darwin.  Although most Australians know there were bombing raids, the impact and devastation is not always realised.  Many of the injured and killed were civilians. The direct hit on the Darwin Post Office and adjoining Telegraph buildings was a devastating blow to Darwin and Australia’s lines of communication. The Overland Telegraph met the undersea cable which linked Australia to the rest of the world in Darwin. Using primary source material, we are shown the bravery and resourcefulness of PMG staff and other civilians, working in the most difficult conditions. Using a salvaged Morse key and sounder from the badly damaged store attached to the Post Office, a hook up into the Overland Telegraph was improvised and news of the attack was tapped out.

  5. Aboriginal Story of Burke and Wills (The). $49.95. Forgotten Narratives - edited by Ian Clark & Fred Cahir. This book is the first major study of Aboriginal associations with the Burke and Wills expedition of 1860-61. It provides a history of Aboriginal cross-cultural exchanges with the expedition, as well as the various relief expeditions. The book offers a reinterpretation of the literature surrounding Burke and Wills, using official correspondence, expedition journals and diaries, visual art, and archaeological and linguistic research and then complements this with references to Aboriginal oral histories and social memory. It highlights the interaction of expedition members with Aboriginal people and their subsequent contribution to Aboriginal studies. Generously illustrated with historical photographs and line drawings, The Aboriginal Story of Burke and Wills is a valuable resource for Indigenous people, Burke and Wills history enthusiasts and the wider community.

Friday Forum

Editor’s comments in green.

Quick Note.

Did you miss out on ordering last week’s special – Geographic Travels? The special price is available until midnight tonight (Mar 2, 2018).

Austravel Safety Net

Press Release

Just a note from Austravel Safety Net about new technologies that FF readers with HF radio may find interesting.

Those outback travellers with HF radio will know that HF offers a great “safety in the outback” communications system when connected with the various HF radio club/ group networks that exist. However, one of the nuisances of HF radio though, is that those without a HF radio (typically family and friends) can’t easily make contact those who travel in remote areas with a HF radio.

Let’s face it, most HF radio users rely on their HF network of choice to be able to deliver an urgent or priority message from their family and friends; but then I quote this common statement “if your family are looking for you and cannot make contact, they can telephone “the HF network provider” who will endeavour to get a message to you. To allow emergency contact your radio must be turned on and set to selcall scan at all times”.

Given that family and friends know who to phone (not always clear) to commence the message delivery procedure, typically these messages of an urgent nature are passed on to the HF network provider only in business hours or at times to suit themselves, which is not that conducive to family and friends trying to get a message to a remote area traveller in a hurry. Also, message delivery can rely on the HF user leaving his/her radio on 24/7 or requires the HF user to listen in on a range of scheduled nets, at specific times of the day, via specific HF radio base or bases. (lots of ifs, buts and maybes)

Of course, the HF radio user can make interconnect telephone calls to any family and/or friend; but there is no guarantee that these phone calls to loved ones will be done in a timely manner or coincide with an urgent matter!

The answer to this conundrum, is having the ability for family and friends to be able to make short message contact with remote area travellers with a HF radio 24/7.

With Austravel’s new technology Out-N-About app (Apple & Android versions) and the new Telcall+ platform, HF radio users with a Codan model 9323, NGT, Envoy or a Barrett Model 2050 can receive a short text message from any family and friend with the Out-n-About app. It’s just like sending a SMS from a mobile phone to another mobile phone, other than its done from a mobile phone with the Out-N-About app, where a specific message to a specific HF radio user can be sent to the clouds for on delivery to the target HF radio…at any convenient time 24/7.

The system works like this…….as soon as the Austravel Telcall+ subscriber interrogates one of the five Austravel bases, the Telcall+ system will know who is interrogating, automatically search for any messages waiting for delivery, then deliver those messages (can be more than one) to that members HF radio. Sure, Simple, Safe and Secure…even sensitive information can be delivered without any 3rd. party knowing your business!

More information on the Out-N-About app can be attained from the webpage address: or call and speak with the Austravel Membership Officer (Geoff Peck) on 0403 309 020 or email

There is more to the Out-N-About app than just message delivery, its also a GPS position logger and map position locator, not only can family and friends send you a message to your HF radio without 3rd party input, they can also pinpoint your position on a Google map, so these same family and friends know where you are………. grand kids love it! 

New Book 


Courage in the Skies. $30.00. Jim Eames. This is the extraordinary and little known story of Qantas' significant role during World War II, particularly in its campaigns against the Japanese. Between 1942 and 1943, Qantas lost eight aircraft during its involvement in Australia's war against the Japanese. Over sixty passengers and crew died as a result. Yet Qantas' exemplary contribution to Australia's war effort and the courage of its people in those difficult times has been forgotten.

Courage in the Skies is the remarkable story of Qantas at war and the truly heroic deeds of its crew and ground staff as the Japanese advanced towards Australia. Flying unarmed planes through war zones and at times under enemy fire, the airline supplied the front lines, evacuated the wounded and undertook surprising escapes, including carrying more than forty anxious civilians on the last aircraft to leave besieged Singapore.

Absorbing, spirited and fast-paced, above all this is a story of an extraordinary group of Australians who confronted the dark days of World War II with bravery, commitment and initiative. They just happened to be Qantas people.

'In this most readable book, Jim Eames captures the experiences of a small band of brave, professional and pioneering aircrew who confronted the dangers of war, the challenges of unforgiving oceanic and tropical weather and the uncertainty of navigation in unarmed flying boats and conventional aircraft.' - Air Chief Marshal Sir Angus Houston AK, AFC (Ret'd).

Carolyn’s Super Specials and secondhand selection

Price of the following books includes postage in Australia. These books are not available on our website. To order any of these second-hand books send an email to If more than one person requests any book a ballot will be held on Monday. 

Camping Atlas NSW - 2nd Edition $21.95. Hema. 2009 edition. Now out of print. One copy available $15.00 inc post. Condition: New.

Camping Atlas WA – 3rd Edition $21.95. Hema. 2011 edition. Now out of print. One copy available $15.00 inc post. Condition: New.

The Great Australian Adjective. W.T. Goodge. Softcover in good condition. First Edition. 1965. Some wear to covers. $25.00 inc post. 

Running on a Dream: The Pat Farmer story. Eckersley, Ian 978-1-86508-411-4 Allen & Unwin - 2000 Paperback - 255 pages. Includes index. Softcover in good condition. Three copies available. $18.00 including post.

The Searchers: And Their Endless Quest for Lost Aircrew in the Southwest Pacific.  Eames, Jim 978-0-7022-3026-4. 1999 Paperback, 237 pages. At the end of WWII, the fate of a thousand missing Australian airmen hung in the balance. In their quest to bring home stories and sometimes remains of downed aircrew, searchers covered countless miles by air, sea, and foot through trackless country and isolated pockets of armed Japanese soldiers. They discovered heroes who walked out of the wilderness, and found evidence of those who perished in crashes, by starvation, or at the hands of Japanese soldiers. Softcover in good condition. One a little more worn than the other. $90 or $80 inc post.

Weary: Ebury, Sue. 720 pages. Sir Ernest Edward Dunlop was the type of rare individual who inspires others to impossible feats by example. Born and raised in Victoria, Australia, he qualified as a pharmacist and surgeon. When World War II broke out, he was appointed a surgeon to the Emergency Medical Unit, spending time in Greece and Africa before he was transferred to Java. As commanding officer and surgeon in the POW camps of the Japanese, he became a legend to thousands of Allied prisoners whose lives were saved with meagre medical supplies. Hardcover in good condition. A large heavy book. $24.00 inc post.

Aunts Up the Cross. Eakin, Robin. 112 pages. Sydney - Social life and customs. Wonderful stories about a collection of Australian aunts and a little girl. Hardcover in good condition. First published 1965, this edition 1980. Has whiteout inside front cover. $16.00 inc post.

dream  adjective  searchers  weary  aunts  

Price of the above books includes postage in Australia. These books are not available on our website. To order any of these second-hand books send an email to If more than one person requests any book a ballot will be held on Monday.

Masses and Ratings

There is still much debate about the issue of payload, Gross Vehicle Mass and Gross Combined Mass. Thanks to Richard for the graphic below. For further information check out the technical articles on the Caravan Council of Australia website.

A brief mention was made in the Friday Five regarding the speed of towing vehicles. In this State (WA) the maximum speed at which any trailer/caravan/articulated vehicle, is towed is supposed to be 100 kph – although many drivers do not adhere to this! Trenwyn.


Thanks to Richard for this graphic.

Woomera Prohibited Area – South Australia

The Department of Defence has cancelled the planned exclusion period of 25 February to 31 March 2018 for the Woomera Prohibited Area.  You do not need to evacuate the Defence Periodic Use Amber Zone 1 during this period.

Cape Range National Park – Western Australia

The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation, and Attraction’s Parks and Wildlife Service plans to conduct a goat control program in the Ningaloo Coast World Heritage Area within Cape Range National Park as part of its feral animal control program.

Sections of Cape Range National Park will be closed for periods while operations are in progress. These will include:

Sandy Bay Track Closed Thurs 1st March to Friday 6th April 2018

Yardie Creek Gorge. Closed between 6.00am & 11.00am from Tuesday 6th until Friday 9th March 2018

Pilgonoman Gorge, Mandu Gorge Closed at times when signposted from Tuesday 6th until Friday 9th March 2018

Shot Hole Canyon Road

Charles Knife Road, including access to Badjirrajirra Walk Trail

Closed Wednesday 7th and Thursday 8th March 2018

What’s On?

In the never-ending search for outback events for this section, I completely forgot one of the highlights of the Nhill community calendar – the Annual Duck Races, held at the Nhill Lake. The lake is a small area shared by skiers and paddlers. Those with motors use the lake on even days and the paddlers can have quiet space on odd days (or vice-versa – I can never remember which). The area is managed by a group of volunteers, as is usual in small towns across the country, and their major fundraiser is the duck races. All the ducks are supplied by a breeder who also attends to ensure health and wellbeing (and the transport to and from the event). Ducks are auctioned before each event, but to get yourself a duck you need to be fairly wealthy or have a syndicate as they usually ‘sell’ for about $200 each. In the first race our duck ‘The Kinimakatka Quacker’ lived up to her name by squawking loudly but swimming in totally the wrong direction. In the second heat we purchased ‘Delicious’ but she was pipped at the post by ‘I’m really a Chook but don’t tell anyone’. By the third heat we had run out of clever names and our bid was given the highly-imaginative name of Bob. But Bob was a winner, winning the heat and then coming third in the final. Go Bob.

Last Friday night in February. Duck races at the Nhill Lake.

Hiking The Holland Track. 

  • Gee, Sam must be one tough Pom. Did you notice his footwear!? David

Last week’s newsletter had a pic of Sam wearing socks and sandals as he left us in his wake. Sam was one very fit fellow, but like us suffering from blisters, hence the sandals were the only footwear he could get his swollen toes into. His feet made ours look pretty good. 

  • You asked for blister tips - a perennial and critical topic. From what I know, blisters are caused by rubbing so that must be dealt with.

     Some options:

Wear two thin socks and put Vaseline between them at the spot you know will flare up.

Cover that spot with fine strapping tape.

If you feel a hot spot developing, stop immediately and deal with it.

At that stage for my money the rolled gold solution is a Compeed Blister Block.  That's a flexy soft pad that provides excellent protection - even over an open blister - and stays on for days even in the wet. It appears that as we age our skin gets thinner and less flexible so our efforts to avoid or deal with blisters have to be ramped up. Ern

  • With reference to today’s article on Blisters. In the case of wet feet from sweating etc I wear Bamboo socks and many of fellow Bush Fire Fighters wear them, after a hot and wet period on the fire-ground the socks come off damp, but the feet are as dry as toast. I haven’t heard of any blister problems even after 12 hours on the fire ground. Bamboo socks come in various thicknesses, we wear the heavier duty ones, you can buy the light weight ones for shoe and sneakers. Chris

  • Blisters in the Friday Five Newsletter. As soon as you start to feel a “hot spot”, you need to stop and tape it up. Use Elastoplast like tape with no padding, just the sticky tape and tape over the affected area. This should be done before the blister forms. It usually stops the blister from getting any worse. Frank

The Hike Continues – McDermid Rock

It’s been a very long night. Cocooned in my sleeping bags (yes plural, with blankets as well), earbuds in listening to a book and a pillow over my head - I could still hear the wind gust in the trees and then a huge thwack as it hit the tent. I even debated leaving the sanctuary of my tent and crawling under the more-solid trailer with my sleeping bag, but laziness won in the end and I stayed where I was at least warm.

We walked our usual 14kms in the morning but both Judy and I struggled. It is becoming a mental challenge now. I am homesick and don't want to be here. Every step hurts for both of us. I am struggling with shin splints and Judy has trouble with sciatica. The weather is hot and still and the road is hard buckshot gravel now that it has dried out. We are having to push for each step. Tomorrow we should get to McDermid Rocks for lunch. It is a high spot so maybe we will be able to get a phone signal. Here's hoping.


We made it into camp early today, about 3pm so have had a few hours to relax. My shin is very swollen and painful and Judy is lying down to ease the sciatic pain. Today there have been lots of birds. They have been missing for a few days so we must be close to water.

Next day.

Today we saw our first emu and first thorny devil, sadly both road kill. Plenty of fresh snake tracks this afternoon. The bush around here is very much like home. It feels like walking through the Little Desert but it never ends.

John and Bev have decided to drive into Norseman today so I will send my phone and hopefully get some text messages from home. It is about 120kms to town. We walked to McDermid Rocks for lunch. It is quite spectacular. After lunch and a break I walked to the top of the rock. It wasn't too hard, just a bit steep in places. John and Bev arrived back just after lunch with ice-cream for everyone, more water and text messages for me. It was great to get a message from home. Just after McDermid Rocks our road turned north and we are finally off the main Norseman/Hyden Road. The road is much quieter, and the surface is better to walk on. It is patches of sand topped gravel and buckshot. Bonus for finally getting into camp…washing my hair and the clothes I have been wearing for 14 days.

Next day. 

This is so much a mental battle now. I miss home, especially as Graeme's team won the AFL Grand Final yesterday. I miss my kids, I miss my stuff. There are things I need to organise for CFA and work I need to do. Basically, I just don't want to be here and I do NOT want to walk another step. I still have blister damage and my shin is painful and swells alarmingly each day. I can, however still put one foot in front of the other and so as my sensitive husband told me “suck it up Princess and keep going”.

Today I trod on a snake. Sadly, for the snake, further investigation revealed it was already deceased. Lucky for me though as the whole incident hardly rated comment. We were on our 4th shift and having already walked 20+km, were in the heads down, autopilot slog so it was 'I just trod on a snake ' and a half-hearted reply from Judy 'really?'

'Oh, it’s okay it’s dead'.

We didn't even think to take a photo. The live snake we found didn’t rate much more of a mention. We did take photos though. Although I'm not sure what sort of snake this fellow is. Perhaps someone might like to enlighten me?


John and Beryl have been walking with us some of the way, especially in the afternoons when it is hot and tough going. Our camp is further than usual – 28 kms for the day and we are ready to have a meltdown. I want to throw a tantrum and lie on the road until someone from camp misses us and comes to investigate. We eventually see the red flag in the distance. Bev has been using this flag to mark our campsites. It is a welcome sight. 


The masters of camouflage

Friday Funnies

A lady opened her refrigerator and saw a rabbit sitting on one of the shelves. "What are you doing in there?" she asked. The rabbit replied, "This is a Westinghouse, isn't it?", to which the lady replied "Yes". "Well," the rabbit said, "I'm westing". This wabbit is westing! 

How do you catch a unique rabbit? Unique up on him.

How do you catch a tame rabbit?  Tame way!

What do rabbits say before they eat? A: Lettuce pray.

How do you know carrots are good for your eyes? Because you never see a rabbit wearing glasses!

What airline do rabbits use? British Hare-ways!

What's the difference between a healthy rabbit and an odd rabbit? One is a fit bunny, and the other's a bit funny!

What did the rabbit give his girlfriend? A 14-carrot ring!

What do you call 99 rabbits stepping backwards? A receding hare line!

Did you hear about the rich rabbit? A: He was a millionhare!

What do you get when you cross an insect and a rabbit? Bugs Bunny!

What would you call the Easter Bunny if he married a chicken? The very first rabbit to lay an egg!

What is white and has long ears, whiskers, and sixteen wheels? Two rabbits on roller-skates!

What's the name of the rabbit who stole from the rich and gave to the poor. Rabbit Hood.

Where do rabbits learn how to fly? In the hare force!

What do you call two rabbits racing down the road? The fast and the furriest.

A policeman in the big city stops a man in a car with a huge rabbit in the front seat. "What are you doing with that rabbit?" He exclaimed, "You should take it to the zoo." The following week, the same policeman sees the same man with the rabbit again in the front seat, with both wearing sunglasses. The policeman pulls him over. "I thought you were going to take that rabbit to the zoo!" The man replied, "I did. We had such a good time we are going to the beach this weekend!"

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