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Have a great day.

  • tim

    Hey mate, where are the pictures of Brunswick 4×4?

  • Aaron

    They are on facebook. I am working on adding a photo album to this site as well.

  • Andrew

    Hey there, I’ve been a lurker around your website for a couple weeks. I really like your writing and your whole site! Keep writing!

  • nick

    well done for creating this site – a great resource

    that said, it is worth keeping our amazing state as secret as possible… it is a little too special to spoil.

    take nothing but photographs and leave nothing but foot prints

    thanks, Aaron

    Nick

  • Aaron

    Thanks for the comment :). You are right; WA is an amazing place. I guess having a four wheel drive helps to get to all of those special places!

    Aaron

  • Leonie Speight

    Great Website Aaron!!

    Good Job….

  • Aaron

    Thanks :)

  • G.R

    Awesome blog mate! heaps of good tips and ideas for making the most of our great state.
    Do you know of any good lakes for fishing that isnt too far from the metro area?
    Thanks :)

  • Aaron

    Thanks!

    Waroona and Logue Brook Dam both have trout and redfin perch in them, which is a lot of fun. Dwellingup River has the same, along with most of the smaller rivers and larger water bodies in the south west. Harvey has a lot of fishing too!

    You need a fresh water fishing license to do any of that, but there is plenty of fishing around.

    Let me know how your fishing expeditions go!

    Aaron

  • Adrian Chambers

    Hi.

    What are the species of wild duck you have pictured?

    I have a couple that keep freturing to my pool a few times a year.

  • Aaron

    I’m not too sure. They are the standard ducks you see around metro Perth. We get them in our pool too.

    Aaron

  • Narelle

    Hi Aaron,

    Just wondering if you know any good places to go around Perth (less than 3 hours drive) where we can go camping, wake-boarding, 4WDing, fishing etc? I see Logue Brook and Waroona are now both closed to waterskiiers/wake-boarders. Any ideas?

    Thanks!

  • Aaron

    Hi Narelle,

    Unfortunately, there aren’t very many places where you can do all of this, especially close to Perth. My only real suggestion would be Lake Jasper, in Pemberton. It is a bit more of a drive, but you can do everything you want there. It’s not too far from the coast, so you can fish off the beach, four wheel drive in the dunes and the many tracks, wakeboard and camp to your heart’s content! You should be able to get there in around 3 and a half hours. Some of the sand is very soft, so let your tyres down. What vehicle and boat do you have?

    Have fun!

  • George

    Hi,
    I have enjoyed looking thru your website and found it very valuable. However, i have one question, do you know of any tracks where one with a compact 4wd can have have fun? I have been to Lancelin(fun) several times but need a variety. Maybe a few hills, mud (season in mind), rocks etc. If you know any that one can gather up some friends (compact 4wd) and have a day out, would be highly appreciated.
    Thanks again.
    George

  • Aaron

    Hi George,

    There are a number of places around Perth – Mundaring Powerlines Track, Julimar, Brunswick Junction, Wedge Island, Wilbinga and Dwellingup. Have a read of the posts. Mundaring and Brunswick have some serious four wheel driving where you will damage your vehicle if you don’t have some solid modifications. Let me know how you go!

    Aaron

  • sandra johnson

    Lucky bay web site
    it is a wonderful place however i was their for this Easter and the population went from about 22 people to about 5000 yes that’s right. When you put places like this for people to visit it might be wise to tell them to take a portable toilet as you can imagine the state of those wonderful white sand hill with everyone having good cheer ?? and the toilet paper. This special place will not be around much longer if those that camp and ride their 4×4 all over the hills and vegetation are not careful,
    The once quiet beaches offered sanctuary for families to wounder the reef and sheltered bays that offered safe protection to fish and explore the ocean. With visits from dolphins, seals, and the odd walrus, know the beaches are highways for fast spinning 4x4s whilst the bay is full of jet skis racing and doing their thing. The nights are no longer for fishing they have given away to parties and bottles broken every were lets hope lucky bay survives and the next generation will be kind to its environment.
    Regards long term camper of lucky bay

  • Aaron

    Hi Sandra,

    I am disappointed to hear about this. It sounds just like Wedge Island (with people doing things they shouldn’t, which eventually led to camping being banned) ! I will modify the post to include portable toilets – people need to take a bit of responsibility for their actions. As for jet ski’s and that, people need to ride sensibly too – there are a lot of people that snorkel around the reef and I would hate to hear of an accident.

    Please look after what we have to enjoy!

    Aaron

  • Thanh

    Hi

    i been looking around for a place to camp an i spotted your page .. i was hoping you could give me some tips/info/advice on camp areas around Dwellingup .. i got 6 people who wanna go camping but half haven’t gone before wanted to find a place where yu could still sleep in a tent an cook over a fire an not feel out of place being surrounded by people wit their tvs an huge caravans.. so i wanted to know are there goods spots around that arent extreme camping .. but still allow camp fires an have showers an toilets, has activities specially good fishing. but arent like some others ive seen that have full golf courses or tv connections, movie rooms or 4 star cabins to stay in….. wanted to spend 2-3 days camping out .. Thankyou

  • Aaron

    Hi Thanh,

    Dwellingup is an amazing place – you will have a great trip down there. I only really know of the camping in the national park. The facilities are limited to a drop toilet in most. If you want anything above that you would have to camp closer in to town. What sort of set up do you have? Baden Powel is probably the most used camp site, but Yarragil is my favourite if you can get it. I believe you have to pre book (and it costs a few dollars each night to camp there), but any of the major campsites in Dwellingup are close to the river. Fishing is good almost anywhere, but island pools and just below Bobs crossing is good. You need a fresh water license to fish in Dwellingup though. Fires are permitted at most camp sites, and if there isn’t a designated fire place if you ask the ranger they will usually give permission to make your own up, providing you do it sensibly.

    Have a look at http://www.dec.wa.gov.au/content/view/397/96/#top for some more information.

    Have a great trip
    Aaron

  • Kevin Robertson

    G’day Aaron,

    Great website you have.
    My current vehicle is a petrol engined 1990 Hilux 4×4 ute with a 3″ lift kit (so I was told by the previous owner), she has done about 345,000k’s. The reason I bought it was I had just moved from sunny Melbourne to Perth looking for work and I wanted a cheap reliable 4×4. At the time the Hilux I bought was the only one around at the price I could afford.
    My main complaint with the single cab is finding somewhere to hid the street directory and other bits and pieces (call this lack of internal space) and the noise.
    I need a tray or ute to carry my tools around as I’m a contract fitter.
    I’m considering buying a early to mid 1990′s dual cab or space cab body, possibly with a diesel engine (turbo’d?) and solid axles, this will be a project vehicle as I also want to fit it out for some long range desert trips……..maybe the Simpson?? I’m also into sailing and scuba diving so I need carrying capacity for my gear at different times.
    The only other alternative I can think of is a Troopy.
    I’d like to swap ideas around before I committ to starting this project and would appreciate any help or tips you can give me.
    Kind regards,
    Kevin

  • http://www.4wdingaustralia.com Aaron

    Hi Kevin,

    I believe all space cab (or extra cab) hilux’s that were made before 1997 were independent front suspension. How serious is your four wheel driving going to be? If you don’t plan on running huge tyres and a big lift kit, independent front suspension (IFS) is fine. If you want a solid axle and diesel, it really only leaves you with the 2.8 litre engine, which is one of the most reliable engines put in Hilux’s. Finding one in good condition is difficult these days, especially one with a turbo. You can put a turbo on, but a lot of people don’t recommend it if the engine has done a few kays. The 2.8 isn’t a power house in stock form, so don’t expect to win any drag races! You could look at transplanting the engines, although I don’t know if this is a feasible option.

    If you don’t mind going IFS, you can get a decent 3.0 litre diesel and modify it to an extent that it will easily handle desert trips.

    Troopies are great vehicles too, but they aren’t cheap for something with lower kilometres. They are also a bit top heavy, but I guess there are advantages and disadvantages of both vehicles.

    I have similar hobbies to you, and if I had to do it again I would probably look for a tidy 2.8 diesel hilux dual cab, with the basic mods already done (bull bar, spotlights, turbo, side steps, canopy, rear bar etc) and purchase it. You don’t need anything too over the top for long trips, but you want something that is going to be reliable. I’d set it up with a rear drawer system in the back, roof racks, rear lighting, 2 inch lift, some decent all terrains and a long range tank, and you would be fairly well set unp to tackle almost anything. Take your time and do a heap of research, and you will eventually come across a great car. If you aren’t in a hurry, you will save the most money. Shaun from 4×4 Action spent nearly 3 months looking for his dream 60 series, because of all the ‘junk’ that exists.

    Hopefully that is a bit of a help!

    Let me know how you go
    Aaron

  • ban

    G’day Aaron
    I have just found your website and thought you might be able to help clear something up.
    It has been made very clear on the net that the Wedge Island inland track through the firing range from Lancelin has been closed to the public full stop, but I keep coming across people who have been up there recently who are telling me that its still open and they have been through there?
    Can any one add anything to this or are this people full of it or confused?
    Thanks, cool website by the way

  • http://www.4wdingaustralia.com Aaron

    G’day mate,

    The road is technically ‘closed’ but people continue to use it. I would say it’s likely you would be warned or fined if caught using it. It’s a shame the track is no longer open, but at least you can still get to Wedge Island via Indian Ocean Drive.

    Cheers
    Aaron

  • Zac

    Hi Aaron,

    Cool website you have.

    Just wondering if you organize a camping trip, or form a camping club, esp for family with kids. I’ve been camping all around place, but in a Caravan Park…just to be sure it is safe. but always want to camp at the national park as it close to nature and more adventurous I guess. But, main problem is, I don’t have any other family who share the same interest, as well as I am concerned on the safety issues.

    So, can you let me know if you or anyone you know organizing this kind of trip…esp next coming Easter.

    Cheers.

    Zac.

  • http://www.4wdingaustralia.com Aaron

    Hi Zac,

    Have a look around for some four wheel drive clubs in Perth – there are a few. The http://www.perth4x4.net/forum/ forum is a good place to meet people with the same interests. I’d jump on http://www.4wdaction.com.au/forum first – there are some great guys on there from Perth who would love to meet some new members.

    We are very lucky in Australia to be so safe. In the bush you won’t have any issues with safety, but its always better to go with friends and people that share the same interest.

    I am sure you wont have a problem meeting some awesome people who share the same love of travelling in WA

    Take care
    Aaron

  • Kate

    Hi Aaron,
    I’m just wondering in relation to Wilbinga Beach, where you say you come to the signs & ‘parking’ area – is this where you camp?
    & if so, is it ok to get there with a 2wd? & how much further is it to the beach??
    Sorry for all the questions!
    thanks,
    Kate =)

  • http://www.4wdingaustralia.com Aaron

    G’day Kate,

    I don’t think there are any signs – its just a clearing where people drop their motorbikes off and deflate/pump their tyres up.

    It isn’t where you camp – most people camp on the beach or just behind the first dune, which is at least 1km away. I wouldn’t go in there with a 2WD; its too easy to get stuck.

    Aaron

  • Kate

    Ok thanks for that. Can you think of any camping spots that are close to the coast that you don’t need a 4wd to get to? Would prefer not to have to stay in a caravan park that’s all.
    Thanks Aaron

  • http://www.4wdingaustralia.com Aaron

    Hi Kate,

    Sandy Cape is accessible for a 2WD, and it isn’t quite a caravan park. Other than that, there really isn’t much near Perth, as everything from Lancelin through to Jurien is banned. Going south everything I can think of within a few hours would require a four wheel drive.

    Best of luck
    Aaron

  • Kim

    Hi Aaron,
    Couple of mates and I are looking to head up to Sandy Cape. I have heard that the shire has gone through and made new graded roads all the way south of the camp grounds and a lot of the old sandy tracks and camp sites you see on google maps are no longer accessable.
    Do you know if this is true? If so, have you had any reports of what the camp spots are like now? Cheers and great web site, keep up the good work!

  • http://www.4wdingaustralia.com Aaron

    Hi Kim,

    Unfortunately I haven’t been to Sandy Cape for quite some time. Your best bet would be to call the shire – they are usually helpful. I would make sure you are camping in the designated camp sites too, or you might cop a fine from the ranger. Alternatively, drive a bit further and visit Lucky Bay – its every bit as good.

    Aaron

  • Fred

    Hey mate
    Yes, the only fred you know:->
    Thinking of chasing some mulloway this weekend. Let me know if you want to join.
    Where would you recomend? I would like to stay on the beach preferably, head south and of course 4wd access. Lookiing for some nice gullies and groins where the surf breaks a bit further out.
    cheers
    f

  • http://www.4wdingaustralia.com Aaron

    G’day mate,

    Smiths Beach is supposedly good for Mulloway, but it isn’t 4WD country! There are a few locations in between Smiths and Augusta that are accessible only by four wheel drive – maybe give that a go?

    Aaron

  • Madelaine

    Hi Aaron
    I love the photo that is at the centre of the page (between the photos of the car and the camper). Can you tell me where it was taken?

    You blog/site is fantastic – thanks.

    Madelaine

  • http://www.4wdingaustralia.com Aaron

    Hi Madelaine,

    That was taken down at Walpole, where the inlet meets the ocean (out from Coalmine Beach Caravan Park). It was taken on a cheap point and shoot camera too, with no editing!

    It is certainly a gorgeous place

    Take it easy

    Aaron

  • stephen

    hi Aaron i am the proud owner of the white hilux you have a picture of on your site, just letting you know the suspension is still going strong, been up the mundaring powerline tracks a few times and on the dunes up moore river, your right 2.4 never stops going although theres alot of oil leaks that need attention lol

  • http://www.4wdingaustralia.com Aaron

    G’day Stephen,

    That’s great mate. I loved my 2.4 – just sold it and bought a Land Cruiser. I have many great memories from it!

    Have a good one
    Aaron

  • Keith Twist

    Hi, love the site. I live in Brisbane and I am looking for someone to make a PVC/Aluminium Canopy for a new BT50. Ant recommendations?

  • http://www.4wdingaustralia.com Aaron

    Hi Keith,

    I would suggest chucking a post on the 4×4 Action forum – there will be locals in Brisbane who can help you out!

    Best of luck
    Aaron

  • Steven

    Hi there,

    Im planning a trip for the weekend down south during the Jan period. Having gone through your web page Dwellingup seems to be a lovely place to visit. There is a picture on the Dwellingup page ” View from the top” where is this camping spot located? Im planning on leaving Perth on a Friday, straight to Dwellingup for a night, moving on to Honeymoon Pool for another night and Sunday back up to Perth. Any other suggestion on where to visit on the way through? I do have a 4×4, however new to 4×4 driving.

    Thanks

  • http://www.4wdingaustralia.com Aaron

    Hi Steven,

    That shot was taken at the top of the hill where most of the downhill mountain bike tracks are. Access to the area may have been closed off; apparently a number of 4WD tracks have been closed. However, just enter into Dwellingup, and turn left whenever you can around Nanga Mills and you will be heading in the right direction. Dwellingup has some four wheel driving, but unless you actively look for it all the main tracks are reasonably good condition gravel. Both Dwellingup and Honeymoon Pool are well worth a visit, just bear in mind that it can be unpleasant camping when it is extremely hot. I’m not sure I’d go down there if the forecast was for 40 degree plus days!

    That’s a decent trip planned out, but you may find you like Dwellingup enough to stay a second night. There is heaps to do there.

    Best of luck, and have fun!
    Aaron

  • Nigel

    Just emailed you with some info.
    Love your site and it relates well to our activities too.

  • http://www.4wdingaustralia.com Aaron Schubert

    Hey Nigel,

    What email address did you use? I haven’t seen anything just yet. Thanks!

    Aaron