The Road Ahead : December 2012
ROADAHEAD.COM.AU THE ROAD AHEAD DEC 2012/JAN 2013 4 EXEC. MANAGER, PUBLISHING Jim Mathers EDITOR Barry Green JOURNALISTS Deb Eccleston Steve Gray GRAPHIC DESIGN Bonita Forsyth ENQUIRIES, CLASSIFIED ADS Jenie Maloney 07 3872 8653 DISPLAY ADVERTISING Kelley Wiseman 07 3872 8640 ADDRESS PO BOX 4, Springwood Queensland 4127 FAX 07 3257 1863 EMAIL firstname.lastname@example.org PUBLISHER The Road Ahead Publishing Co Pty Ltd (ABN 72 009 716 465) CIRCULATION (CAB) 886,739 Plus 160,000 digital. COPYRIGHT No part of this magazine may be reproduced without the publisher's written permission. CONTRIBUTORS The views expressed in The Road Ahead by external contributors and advertisers are not necessarily those of the RACQ. Additional magazine photos from Thinkstock, Tourism Queensland. ADVERTISING: All advertisements in The Road Ahead are the responsibility of advertisers. Advertising is accepted on the understanding that it does not contravene the Competition and Consumer Act. Responsibility is not accepted by The Road Ahead Publishing Co Pty Ltd or the RACQ for statements made or the failure of any product or service to give satisfaction. Inclusion of an advertisement should not be construed as an endorsement by The Road Ahead or the RACQ. For the latest lifestyle, travel and motoring news, visit our website, www.roadahead.com.au. THE ROAD AHEAD DEC 2012/JAN 2013 COVER: Three of Australia's Best Cars 2012 award winners: BMW M3, Kia Sportage and Hyundai i30. PHOTO: The Project Group. FREE TO RACQ MEMBERS road ahead THE COMMUNITY LIFESTYLE TRAVEL MOTORING RACQ MEMBER ESSENTIALS + MORE s ummer DE C 2012/ JAN 2013 racq.com RACQ FOUNDATION HELPING DOWN ON THE FARM AUSTRALIA'S BEST CARS AWARDS 2012 WHO WON AND WHY MAKE SURE YOU HAVE A MERRY CHRISTMAS TIPS ON HOW TO SECURE YOUR HOME WIN ONE OF THREE HOLIDAY PARK ESCAPES INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL BE TURKISH DELIGHTED 8 helping down on the farm A co-operative effort assists rural battlers. 22 QUEENSLAND INTERVIEW: living the dream Re-enacting the drive that led to Qantas. 36 vines, wines, waves and more South Australia has it covered. 38 head out on the highway ... Final instalment of our road trip campaign. 44 pushing on from mareeba Pioneers with wheelbarrows did it tough. 46 don't be without travel insurance This is one horror story with a happy ending. 48 tour de force Through Patagonia two-up on a motorcycle. 52 our guide to best car buys We profile all 15 award winners. 65 SPECIAL REPORT: courtesy missing on our roads 'What drives you crazy?' survey findings. 67 motorists blind to toll prices Call for operators to improve signage. 73 Think IDP before driving overseas Compelling reasons for buying one. 74 avoid a not so merry christmas Tips on how to secure your home. 76 learning the right way Assisting learner drivers and instructors. FEATURES contents 32 turkish delight There's so much to experience visiting Turkey.