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Perth Caravan and Camping show 2017

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.

 

 


Where do you get your 4WD, Camping and Travel advice from?

Accurate 4WD, camping and travel adviceAsk a simple question online and you'll get 5 different answers. Which one (if any) is correct? They say free advice is seldom cheap.

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.

 


Upper Murray River Camping

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.

 


Our new camper trailer

Camper Trailer soft floorWe'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.

 

 


Pumphreys Bridge; free riverside camping under 2 hours away from Perth

Hotham River at Pumphreys BridgeThere's something about riverside camping that just does it for us. Combine it with free camp grounds and under 2 hours drive from Perth and you are onto a winner for any weekend of the year. We picked up a camper trailer a few weeks back, and took it on its second trip away, to Pumphreys Bridge in the shire of Wandering. Continue reading here.

 

 


Why 4WD Tyre comparisons and reviews are often innacurate

4WD Tyres are one of the hardest things to compare accurately for a whole range of reasons. You'll have heard some people rave about a particular brand, whilst others rubbish it and say another brand is the best. Whilst there is often some truth to what they are saying, you should take 4WD Tyre comparisons with a grain of salt as there are far too many variables to accurately compare without digging a lot deeper. Continue reading here.

 


Are you damaging your 12V Batteries?

Deep cycle battery state of chargeThese days, 12V batteries are the heart of many camping setups. Whether you are using a dual battery system in the back of a 4WD, or you have batteries in your camper trailer, caravan or RV, they are used everywhere for running a heap of different appliances. A good 12V system makes camping much more comfortable, but they aren't cheap to setup and install.

I'm always on a mission to help people travel easier, cheaper and better, and one of my pet frustrations is seeing people damaging their 12V batteries through a lack of understanding. Batteries cost a lot of money, and if more people understood what they were doing was expensive and a waste, they'd think twice! Continue reading here.

 


Tow balls in 4WD recoveries can kill you

Tow ball 4WD RecoveryAnother week, and more video's on social media of people recovering 4WD's using their tow balls. It sickens me to think that at any moment, another person could be killed because of a lack of knowledge, care and respect for 4WD recoveries.

Many 4WDer's are well aware of the huge risk taken when a tow ball is recovered off, and avoid it like the plague. However, there are still those who don't know better, or who simply don't consider the drastic consequences of such a decision. Continue reading here.

 


Is it worth buying a second car?

4WD daily driverOwning a 4WD is an absolutely brilliant way to see this country. However,they aren't always the most enjoyable things to drive around as a daily driver.

I did the maths and decided it would be cheaper to buy a second vehicle to drive to and from work. If you've been considering this, read on; I'll cover all the pro's and con's, along with the maths to help you make a decision. Continue reading here

 


7 Amazing camp sites within 3 -5 hours of Perth

We are lucky in Western Australia to have some truly epic places to camp. From stunning beach camping through to amazing dams and pristine rivers, WA has infinite camping options.

A few weeks back we covered 7 Fantastic Camp Sites Near Perth, which were all within around 2 hours drive of the city. This week, we look at 7 Amazing Camp Sites from 3 - 5 hours away from Perth. Continue reading here

 


Does tread pattern affect fuel economy?

Aggressive 4WD tyre treadThere are many things that affect fuel economy in a 4WD which regards to tyres. One of the more common questions is whether changing tread pattern affects fuel economy.

If you don't know how to work out your fuel economy properly, have a look at this; How to work out your 4WD's fuel economy.

Changing your tread pattern to one that is more aggressive will almost always result in more fuel being consumed, although there are lots of variables to consider. Continue reading here.

 


12 Reasons you should visit the Kimberley

The Kimberley is found in the northern most part of WA, and covers some 423,000 square kilometres. It's often referred to as Australia's last frontier, and is a remote region covering some of the most spectacular sights Australia has to offer. From stunning beaches through to beautiful inland gorges and swimming holes, the Kimberley is an incredible place. It's almost impossible to convey its true beauty in words, so I'll let the photos do most of the talking in this post. Continue reading here.

 


How to turn 15 days of annual leave into 34 days off in 2017

Annual leave; its a precious commodity! I'm never one to have more than a couple of weeks of annual leave saved up, and that's only when we have something planned!

If you use the public holidays well, you can turn 15 days of annual leave in 2017 into 34 days off. After all, there are so many places to take your 4WD, and so little time! Continue reading here.

 

 


partsales.com - The ultimate place to buy spare parts for your 4WD

partsales.com4WD’s put up with a lot. Whether you’re bouncing your way along a corrugated gravel road or climbing out of deep ruts, maintenance is vital. Over time, parts wear out and need to be replaced to keep your 4WD working safely and at peak performance.

It’s wise to keep an eye on the condition of your 4WDs’ components and to repair any worn or damaged components before it causes you to break down, or an expensive failure. Keen to know more? Continue reading here.

 


Are you being a responsible 4WD owner?

explore-wa-4wd-adventure-tourJed Currey, owner of Explore WA 4WD Adventures has had a gut full of people giving 4WD owners a bad name, and has something to say about it: Read more here.

 

 

 


Save 50% on WA National Park Passes with RAC

amazing-sunset-at-thomas-riverWestern Australia is home to over 100 National Parks, from the beautiful Purnululu in the Kimberley all the way down to Cape Le Grande near Esperance. They include some of the most stunning places in the world; from pristine white sandy beaches with turquoise water to ancient gorges and waterfalls that will burn into your memory forever. If you want to save 50% via RAC, now you can! To keep reading, click here.

 

 


7 Fantastic Camp Sites near Perth

wellington-dam-campingThere's nothing better than throwing the camping gear in your car and getting away from the city for a couple of days. There are so many amazing places to camp at, and you don't have to travel for hours on end to get to them. Here are 7 fantastic camp sites near Perth, where you can literally pack on a Friday afternoon, head away and still get a great weekend in. To keep reading, click here.

 

 


Perth 4WD and Adventure Show 2016

massive-4wd-at-the-perth-showThe Perth 4WD and Adventure Show in 2016 was another great event. We called in for a few hours and had a good time looking around. This year, we were particularly keen on checking out the camper trailers. Here's some photos from the day: Read the full post here.

 

 


4WD Insurance; Why we've swapped to Club 4x4

Club 4x4 Insurance4WD insurance varies hugely in price and quality. Unfortunately, too many people get caught out with poor quality policies; this post covers the main ways 4WD insurance can catch you out. We've just swapped to Club 4x4 Insurance for a number of reasons, which you can read about here.

 

 


Lancelin 4WD muster; Guinness Book of Records broken

lining-up-at-the-start-lineWith a Guinness Book of Record to be broken, 448 4WD's headed to Lancelin for a quick show and shine and then the 'Biggest Convoy of 4WD vehicles'. Read more...

 

 

 


Western Australia's best 4WD accessible beaches

cable-beach-broomeWestern Australia has some of the best beaches in the world. Many of them are accessible by 4WD, and even the busier beaches are much less packed than the alternatives on the Eastern coast of Australia.

I've had the privilege of exploring plenty of them, from the cold waters of the south east right around to the balmy northern beaches at the top of WA. If there's one thing you should be doing with your 4WD, its exploring more of our Read more...

 


15 things you may not know about your 4WD

Tyre age stampThere's a lot to learn about 4WDing. Whether you are new to the scene, or you've been exploring this magic country for many years, you can still pick up something new. In this post, we look at 15 things that you may not know about your 4WD. Read more...

 

 


No Snorkel? Stay out of the water in your 4WD

Bogged at Lake JasperWater crossings are an everyday part of 4WDing. Whether its a puddle, long mud run or river crossing, if you are out and about in your 4WD you will come across water. Read more...

 

 


4WD Clubs and Groups in WA

Stopped at False EntranceIf you are looking for some like minded people to chat to, and explore this amazing state of ours in your 4WD, you've come to the right place. Western Australia has a heap of official 4WD clubs, along with even more unofficial 4WD groups. Whether you've got a family, partner or its just yourself, there's a 4WD club out there for you. Read more...

 


4WD Tracks around Margaret River

Margaret River 4WD TracksWe've been through Margaret River plenty of times, but never really spent much time there, up until recently.I guess a part of the reason was I always thought that there were very limited 4WD tracks in the area. How wrong I was!

Our most recent stay down at Margaret River saw us drive some fantastic little tracks that lead to some of the best beaches we've ever been to, along with stunning Karri forrests and amazing wildlife. I'm sure there are heaps of tracks we missed too, especially inland. Read more...

 


Seat Covers; are you looking after your 4WD's interior?

Durapatch Ruffnuts Seat CoverWe spend a lot of time sitting in our 4WD's. Whether you are bouncing along a corrugated track in the middle of the desert, or just heading down to the local beach, wear and tear from the daily use is a natural part of owning a 4WD. One of the most overlooked part of wear and tear on your 4WD is the interior, and specifically, the seats! Read more...

 


Private bush camping south of Perth

Loving the fire down southImagine pulling into a beautiful property only 3 hours from Perth knowing it backs onto the Blackwood River, has toilets and showers, plenty of firewood and no one else to disturb your peace and quiet for the duration of your stay. Sound like paradise?

Over the WA day long weekend, we left Perth on Friday at about 4:30PM, bound for just that. We didn't have much of a plan, except to get away from the big smoke with some mates.Read more...

 


Is El Questro really worth the visit?

El Questro riversLocated along the Gibb River Road, El Questro station is a one million acre tourist magnet. Each year, its visited by thousands of tourists from all over the world. It's developed quite the name for itself. The thing is though, is it really worth the visit? Read more...

 

 


ARB Bull Bar Recovery Points don't exist

ARB Bull bar recovery pointsIf you've got an ARB Bull Bar, you may have noticed the two holes in the plate at the front of the bar. Due to the design, you might easily mistake these as somewhere to put a shackle through for a 4WD recovery. Read more...

 

 

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  • Peta

    Hi there, mate and I just needing some info asap regarding Wilbinga camping. We are thinking of heading there for new years, but don’t have a 4×4, VW Camper Van so where would we camp ect would we be ok, we 2 chicks with no idea lol. Please help us with info 🙂

  • Hi Peta,

    Honestly, i’d advise not going to Wilbinga for camping unless you have a four wheel drive or are very familiar with the area. Nothing is worse than trying to get a vehicle out of soft sand in the hot weather!

    Aaron

  • Erin

    Hey mate!

    I’m heading down to Collie in mid April to do some camping, and looking at staying at Honeymoon pools. I’ve read what you had to say about it there, I’ts how we made our choice actually 🙂 and I was wondering if there is any other info or tips about good places to see whilst in the Collie area?

    Thanks mate

  • G’day Erin,

    Have you got a four wheel drive? There’s some great tracks around Brunswick and Harvey that you can check out. Harvey Dam is worth a look too. Have a look at Brunswick 4×4 for some more information

    Aaron

  • Erin

    thanks mate = D

  • Jarod

    Hi Aaron,

    Me and a few mates went down to Yaegarup, down near Pemberton this weekend just gone, its absoloutly fantastic and the track is really easy, forest meets huge dunes meets lakes meets awesome beach. highly recommend that you take a trip down there, a bit of a drive and you do need 10psi at some points but totally worth it, great camping too.

    Jarod

  • G’day Jarod,

    This is the next place on my list! Is Lake Jasper open again yet? I’ve heard plenty of good things about the Warren River area – I will head down next time I get a chance.

    Have a good one
    Aaron

  • Daniel

    Hey mate me and a bunch of mate are thinking of going to mundaring powerlines this Saturday 15/9/2012 and was wondering if anyone else would like to come along. We will be meeting at KFC mundaring at 9 am for a 9:30am leave . If anyone would like to come just sent me a txt on 0450281919. Regards Daniel

  • G’day Daniel,

    I will be working, but no doubt a few people will see the comment. Have an awesome trip. Let me know what the track conditions are like if you can!

    Thanks
    Aaron

  • Daniel

    No worries mate will update you on track tomorrow night

  • Daniel

    Hey aaron,
    No worries I will try and post some pics up tonight of how the tracks look

  • Daniel

    Hey aaron, track was still in good condition few rutted out sections, few of the mud hole r a hell of a lot deeper than last time. I’ll give you a yell next time I’m goin out if your interested.

    Regards Daniel

  • Hi Daniel,

    Thanks for the report. I’ve seen some of the mud holes – over roof height on a 100 series Land Cruiser running 36″ tyres and a 6″ lift. You have to be very careful with selecting which ones you go through!

    Thanks mate

    Aaron

  • oscar

    i have just scored a 86 series it has a v8 2.6l 8 inch lift kit and many more acessories cant wait to take it for a spin

  • oscar

    p.s do you think it will do any goodand willbiniga is not the place for unexperinced as i live in moorerive and go there with my mates with my moto and mitchabishy van

  • Hi Oscar,

    What type of vehicle is this? Sounds like it has a massive lift kit!

    Aaron

  • Hi Oscar,

    Wilbinga is fairly tame, providing you don’t try too hard on any of the big hill climbs!

    Aaron

  • Azza

    Hey Aaron
    This site is great mate!! It’s the perfect site for people like me who are just getting into the spirit of things.
    I have just bought a tough 60 series turbo diesel (in pretty good nick for its age) with the intensions of adventure in mind!!
    I have never owned a 4×4 nor really been much of an outdoorsy type until now and to tell you the truth, so this site has got heaps of helpfull hints and tips for people starting out.
    Cant wait to get out there and learn how to do take the 4wd through different terrains and learn a bit more about fishing and this site just gets me more fired up to get out there and check out some of the places you have recommended.
    Keep up the great work and hopefully I dont pester you too much for info and advice!!

    Azza

  • G’day Azza,

    Great choice of vehicle. They are great on fuel, great off road and they have plenty of room. You have one of the best engines Toyota ever made. There’s plenty to check out in WA – dive into it!

    Aaron

  • Troy Purslowe

    am i allowed to freedive gidji in the General Use Zone of the shoalwater marine park? Can loop snare crays there from the shore?

  • Hi Troy,

    Your best bet is to check with the DEC. However, from my knowledge you are allowed to take crays, but not use a gidgee (or speargun). If you head out north of Point Peron though you are allowed to spearfish

    Have fun
    Aaron

  • Smidsy

    Hi All,

    Aaron, Great site mate, helps noobs like me a lot ! Have you thought about adding a forum ?

    If anyone is heading on day trips from Perth(nothing hardcore), and doesn’t mind an eager & curious noob taging along, send me an email !

    Also love wetting a line when I can !

    2000 Nissan Pathfinder

    smidsy1979@gmail.com

  • G’day Smidsy,

    I’ve been looking into adding a forum recently, but it will take some time!

    If you aren’t on the Perth 4×4 forum jump on there, and also 4WD action has plenty of WA members

    Aaron

  • Dave

    Just wondering where the middle picture of the crystal clear water lapping the beach and the bush in the background was taken? That looks AMAZING! I’m heading to Moore river this weekend for some sand duning down the slopes. REALLY want to know where that image is so I can check it out

  • Hi Dave,

    That photo was taken at the mouth of the estuary in Walpole. I stayed at Coalmine Beach Caravan Park for a few days, and loved it.

    Aaron

  • Mad Mix

    Any suggestions for camping with a caravan in that area over easter

  • G’day mate,

    What area are you speaking of? You will have to get in early if its anywhere near Perth – they fill up super fast!

    Aaron

  • Hi Aaron,

    Hoping that you could help. Looking at planning an overnight camp out that is suitable for compact 4×4’s. Looking at leaving on a Saturday morning and travelling around 200kms from Perth and setting up camp and then going exploring. Do you have any suggestions? Thinking of doing this for a Christmas in July for our club meeting, and ideas would be helpful.

    Thanks

  • Hi Luke,

    These days, 200km doesn’t give you a huge range of opportunities. Dwellingup is great, and there are plenty of places to explore. What sort of four wheel driving are you looking for? Brunswick Junction is another, but both places have some pretty serious four wheel drive tracks. I would be looking at places even further away though!

    Aaron

  • Henry

    Hi Aaron,
    Just wondering if you have gone through with putting your part time four wheel drive kit. Me and a mate both have 100 series and have been looking into it. Any help would be appreciated.
    Cheers Henry

  • Hi Henry,

    I have; check out http://www.4wdingaustralia.com/4×4/part-time-kit/

    Totally recommend it!

    Aaron

  • Henry

    Cheers for that, I’ll definitely be investing in one once I get back from karajini. Getting sick of the back lash.

  • Jason

    Gday Aaron,
    Jason here (previous owner of your old Hilux), any recommendations on a few tracks around Margaret River or nearby ?
    I am going down Wednesday next week for a few days. I will be taking the dog so I may have to keep her In the car if National Parks are crossed !

    It looks like you enjoy a little more power with the 80, that was the only issue I had with the Hilux.
    I have been thinking of upgrading the bt 50 but I may wait a little while as it is pretty heavily modified and has been really good and reliable. With the chip and exhaust its as powerful as the new one anyway. I haven’t got the time to go through the whole process again either.
    I have been considering the new Landrover 130 or F250, but as I am still happy with mine the next one will have to be a big improvement.
    Keep up the good work and Cheers
    Jason

    Any Ideas on the tracks would be good

  • G’day Jason,

    Sorry for the late reply mate, I am currently on holidays for 3 weeks, and don’t get much reception! There isn’t much around Margaret River, except for the 3 Bears track, and a small track that runs to the beach near Bushby Road, heading down towards Hamelin Bay. There are a few gravel tracks to explore in between Margaret River and Hamelin Bay, but as I say, nothing major that I know of.

    How many km’s have you done with the BT50? Have you thought about a dual cab landcruiser? They start at around 65K brand new, and have more power than you will ever need!

    I love the 80; its more comfortable, way more powerful and suits our touring needs a bit better.

    Enjoy mate
    Aaron

  • Ty

    Hi, I’m just wondering as I’m going to Coral Bay in January and wondering if someone can recommend any inexperienced or easy tracks around Coral Bay. I have a Hummer H3 with Mickey Thompson All terrain tyres and would like to go to a beach there. Also could someone please recommend any novice tracks in the Wanneroo and north Perth Area.
    Thanks

  • Hey Ty,

    There isn’t anything too difficult around Coral bay. If you head north, you can check out Mauds landing and there are a few dune climbs in the area. South is a reasonable beach run, entering from near the boat ramp. You can drive in between Coral Bay and Exmouth too, but watch out for Yardie Creek and the tides. I’d recommend looking at Warroora station too – awesome place.

    In regards to north of Perth, you only have a couple of options – Two Rocks/Wilbinga, Gnangara Pines, Julimar and Lancelin.

    Some links for you:
    http://www.4wdingaustralia.com/travel-western-australia/coral-bay/
    http://www.4wdingaustralia.com/4×4/wa-locations/wilbinga/
    http://www.4wdingaustralia.com/4×4/wa-locations/lancelin-sand-dunes/
    http://www.4wdingaustralia.com/travel-western-australia/wedge-island/

    Feel free to ask any more questions mate – take care
    Aaron

  • Ty

    Hi, could someone please recommend some easy, fun 4WD track around Kalbarri please and also some details about the tracks 🙂
    Thanks

  • Hi Ty,

    There are a few tracks around, as well as the Murchison offroad park.

    You can drive along the Murchison river; just take the main road to the river and keep going onto the dirt tracks. You will eventually get to a station, where you can cross for $50 and explore their property, which runs along the river and right to the coastline.

    Lucky Bay is well worth checking out too! http://www.4wdingaustralia.com/travel-western-australia/lucky-bay/

    Have fun mate!
    Aaron

  • Ty

    Hi, I’m just wondering theirs a track in coral bay coming off coral bay road. Does anyone know what I should deflate my tyres to in psi?
    Thank you and also is that track very difficult?

  • I so can’t wait to head to Western Australia! Its so going to be the best state to explore…we have our Motorhome but also our Camper Van so that we can go to places that our big bus can’t get to! Will be looking forward to exploring more of our gorgeous Country 🙂

  • G’day Lisa,

    When are you coming to WA? It is a great state!

    Aaron

  • Lexi

    Im looking for a motorbike and quad riding areas, do you know of any good places?
    Any suggestions would be great
    Lexi

  • Hey Lexi,

    If you are looking for areas close to Perth, have a look at Wilbinga, Thomas Road mud pits, Kwinana offroad area (also on Thomas Road), Ledge Point offroad area and Lancelin.

    No doubt some require you to have the vehicle registered for off road use; I don’t know too much about them!

    Aaron

  • Great website! We are fairly new to WA and will look forward to reading your adventures and trying some of these places. Beth.

  • Thanks! Feel free to ask anything you’d like information on; its a huge state with so much to see!

  • Hi Aaron. Thanks for popping by my blog. Looks like you have loads of fun over in WA!! Love your state & would love to visit soon with the family……and yes 4WDing is a must!!!

  • Hey, thanks for the visit too. We’ve got a spectacular state over here; you really should head over with the family! Take care!

  • dsgunit

    Great site, my compliments to the author/s for all the great info

  • Thanks a lot mate. It’s all run by me – Aaron. I’m glad you like it.

  • smidsy

    Hi Aaron,

    If possible can you delete my email address above please.

    I keep getting spam messages from bots scanning the site for email addresses.

    Thanks
    Smidsy