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A few days ago a young man in Queensland went out to recover a mates bogged 4WD, and paid the ultimate price. The news are saying a shackle broke free and came through the window, killing him. An absolutely terrible tragedy, and we pass our condolences onto his family and those affected.
I've written a number of posts over the years trying to encourage people to perform safe recoveries, and seeing another death on the news is truly gut wrenching. 4WD recoveries can be deadly. Please let that sink in. Continue reading here.
The Gibb River road is nearly 700km long, without factoring in even leaving the track. By the time you’ve visited the main attractions, you can easily do 1500 - 1800km. Most of the attractions are within 30-50km of the Gibb River Road itself, and the driving adds up quickly. However, to visit the Mitchell falls, you have to make a substantial detour off the Gibb River road in distance, time and difficulty. It begs the question; is the Mitchell Falls worth it? Continue reading here.
If you've been on Facebook in the last week, you've probably seen a number of articles and comments about unsafe 4WD's on WA Roads. This stemmed from the Great Southern Police Facebook page posting a couple of different updates stating '35 inch tyres have no place on our road', and that they will Yellow sticker any 4WD vehicle that is not road legal. Continue reading here.
Australia is a massive place. I'm talking 4 hours of flying in a full size plane or 45 hours of driving a car to get from one side to another. It's also one of the most diverse places on the planet, with a prolific array of wildlife, plants and spectacular locations to visit. With over 10,000 beaches, and many of these being some of the best in the world, its no wonder people flock to Australia every year to travel and enjoy themselves. Continue reading here.
Before leaving for our mid north west adventure, I could feel something wasn't quite right with our Land Cruiser. On heavy acceleration, or at high RPM, the boost would drop and bounce a little, and I could feel a loss of power. The frustrating thing though, was that the issue was intermittent, and I couldn't for the life of me work out what was wrong with it.
Work commitments, and trying to get our Camper Trailers electrical system ready for 12 days away meant I didn't have time to get my mechanic to check it out. Fingers crossed it would be ok!
Buying a 4WD is an awesome experience, and it gives you access to so much more of this spectacular country. If you are lucky enough to pick up a new 4WD then most of these tips become null and void. If however, like the rest of us, you are picking up a second hand 4WD, its a good idea to work your way through this list. It will save you a lot of headache down the track!
Some of these jobs require basic technical skills - if you aren't sure, get someone who knows what they are doing to show you how, or take it to a qualified mechanic. Continue reading here.
Geraldton is a very popular mid north west destination in Western Australia. There are a stack of fantastic places to camp at ranging from low cost beach side camps to plenty of good Caravan parks to rest your head for the night. A lot of people pass through Geraldton every day, heading one way or another and simply stopping for fuel, a bite to eat and a place to stretch the legs. However, I'm going to share a place that might make you change your mind and make you spend a night near Geraldton. Continue reading here.
There seems to be a notion amongst many people that in order to go camping, you must rough it and live uncomfortably. Suggest the word 'camping' and you are sure to be met with some disapproving looks! I've been camping for years in various setups, and have to completely disagree. Sure, with the wrong setup, camping can be uncomfortable, and downright unpleasant in some cases.
Get your setup correct though, and you'll be warm, comfortable and itching to spend another night away from home. Continue reading here.
We spend a huge amount of time researching, travelling and reviewing various places you can stay at throughout WA. You don't have to look very hard though, to get an idea of what an amazing country we live in. From time to time though, we come across a real gem, and Lynton Station is exactly that.
The real irony though, is that we've driven past this place at least 30 times and never knew it existed! We spent 5 nights here over Easter, and would highly recommend it. Continue reading here.
Owning a 4WD gives you access to some of the most amazing places in the world. We’ve been travelling WA for many years now, and have seen a huge number of these spectacular places. We love the coastline, and with 12,000km of spectacular coast in WA, you’d be hard pressed not to.
One thing we always missed though was having a little boat with us, just to get out that little bit off shore. Spearfishing and fishing is a huge part of our holidays, and with all the gear you carry around, having a little boat makes it a real pleasure to get to the best spots. However, an ordinary tinny and boat trailer just wouldn't cut it where we go, so something had to be done about it. Continue reading here.
Both of these locations are within 40 minutes of each other (road condition dependant), and are well worth the visit. Continue reading here.
Australia is truly an amazing place. We've been lucky enough to see a fair chunk of it over the years, and are continually working on improving the way we travel. Up until now, we've been using an 80 Series Land Cruiser and an Oztent RV5, along with various other bits of gear.
A couple of months ago though, after the birth of our little boy, we purchased a second hand soft floor camper trailer. The idea was simple; to build a setup that enabled us to travel comfortably and stay off the grid for an extended period of time. Continue reading here.
When you get to camp, setting up takes time. At one end of the scale you have Caravans, which need very little setup, and at the other end is the big, soft floor campers with multiple rooms, or taj mahal tents that have a huge pile of poles to put in place. Setup times can range from a couple of minutes to a couple of hours, depending on where and how you are camping.
Not every location you go to will require the same setup; if you are just going for a weekend, sometimes its not worth setting everything up, but knowing how long its going to take you is important. Continue reading here.
Following on from last weeks post, where I suggested the need to take advice given online with a grain of salt, I thought I'd make a list of free 4WD and Camping resources that are worth checking out. Continue reading here.
It's that time of year: the Perth Caravan and Camping Show is on again! Starting on Wednesday 22nd of March and running through until Sunday the 26th, there's plenty of opportunity to head down and look around. Find out more here.
If there's one thing that frustrates me to no end, its poor quality advice. We live in a world where information is so easily accessible, but the quality of that advice varies greatly.
The 4WD, camping and travel industry is massive, and you can spend an absolute fortune setting up how you travel. What you buy and how you set the system up relies on good quality information and advice or you are in for a world of pain in lost time, frustration and money. Continue reading here.
We are on a mission to find more amazing camp sites within a couple of hours of Perth, and with nothing more than a screenshot from Google Earth and some basic maps, we headed off towards Dwellingup. We've stayed at camp sites along the Captain Fawcett Track which were amazing (and free), but Western Australia is a big place, and there are camp sites everywhere if you are prepared to put the time in. Continue reading here.
We've been camping out of our Oztent for several years now, and thoroughly enjoy it. However, with the addition of a little boy to our family, we decided it would be better suited to purchase a camper trailer.
After many hours of research we picked up a second hand camper trailer, made locally here in Western Australia. Continue reading here.