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Building a tough 4WD boat trailer

Boat trailer rollersOwning 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.

 


Tunnel Creek and Windjana Gorge

Windjana Gorge KimberleyThe Gibb River Road is the adventure of a lifetime, and starts with Tunnel Creek and Windjana Gorge. These are just an entree to the rest of the Gibb River Road, and will have you drooling for more.

Both of these locations are within 40 minutes of each other (road condition dependant), and are well worth the visit. Continue reading here.

 


Building a self sufficient 4WD and Camper Trailer

Carrarang Station campingAustralia 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.

 


Camping setup times; how long does it take you?

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.


Free 4WD and Camping resources worth checking out

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.

 

 


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.

 

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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