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What’s the right order of 4WD recoveries?

Equaliser strap on an 80When you get stuck off road, what do you do? Do you reach around for the snatch strap, or tyre gauge, or just plant your foot on the accelerator?

Getting a bogged 4WD moving again is actually really simple, and safe when you take the time to do it correctly. I won’t dwell on safety too much, but there should be a conscious effort put into ensuring what you are doing is safe. There’s been too many people killed in Australia when 4WD recoveries have gone wrong. Read more – What’s the right order of 4WD recoveries?

 


How to get the best weather when travelling WA

Shelter Bay CampingWestern Australia has some pretty incredible weather year round, but there’s a bit of skill in lining up where to go, and when in order to follow the best weather. If you take a little time to match your destination with the right time of year (and therefore weather), you can be in for an amazing trip with fantastic weather. Read more – How to get the best weather when travelling WA.

 


Coalmine Beach Holiday Park in Walpole

Coalmine Beach Holiday Park campingIf I’m totally honest, I’m not overly fond of most Caravan Parks. Our setup allows us to camp off the grid, and we prefer it this way. However, there are a few caravan parks around the country that I am very happy to stay at, and Coalmine Beach Holiday Park in Walpole is one of them (especially over peak periods, when you want a guaranteed camp site!). Read more – Coalmine Beach Holiday Park in Walpole

 


Crocodile safety in the Kimberley and Northern Territory

Big crocodile at KakaduHaving grown up in Perth, where the only place you’d see a crocodile is at the zoo, it was very interesting to head to the Kimberley in 2015, and then the Northern Territory and Kimberley in 2018.

Heading up on the first trip, I had very little idea about Crocodile safety, and was a little on the cautious side. However, I’ve since picked up a heap of information that you might find interesting. Read more – Crocodile safety in the Kimberley and Northern Territory

 


Our Camper trailer boat loader solar panel system

Camper trailer solarOne of the things that gets a lot of attention when we travel is the solar system on our camper trailer. I don’t consider it especially incredible, but it is certainly different and raises a lot of questions. In this post, I’ll cover it in detail, so those who are looking at mounting solar panels on their camper trailer might have a bit of a better idea of what works. Read more – Our Camper trailer boat loader solar panel system

 


What colour 4WD is best?

White 4WD's are very practicalWhen it comes time to buy a 4WD, you’ve got to find one that you like. For many people, colour is something that will make or break a deal. There are some colour 4WD’s I wouldn’t buy, and there are quite a few I would have. That said, there’s a few things you probably should think about when picking the colour of your 4WD.

Read more – What colour 4WD is best?

 


5 things only grubs do when camping

Keep our bush cleanAustralia is a beautiful place. It’s got world heritage areas, incredible national parks and some of the best beaches in the world. Unfortunately, some Australians are grubs, and they go camping. They are the sort of people who have no respect for anyone or anything, bar themselves. You’ll bump into them from time to time, or at the very least see evidence of them being out in the bush. Even worse, some of them own 4WD’s, and being a grub is simply un-australian. Read more – 5 things only grubs do when camping.

 


Territory Wildlife Park; is it worth going?

Territory Wildlife ParkWe’d planned to visit the Territory Wildlife Park when staying in Darwin; its only about 50km south in Berry Springs, and has pretty good reviews. However, an opportunity presented itself while we were staying at Dundee Beach as there really wasn’t much else for us to do, so we headed in for the day. Read more – Territory Wildlife Park; is it worth going?

 


30 unbelievable camp sites in WA

Shelter Bay CampingAustralia has some of the best camping in the world. What’s interesting is a huge number of ‘top spots’ as recommended by those who’ve done a lap of Australia are found in WA. From perfectly white beaches and pristine aqua coloured water through to amazing red rock gorges and stunning rivers, there are a lot of amazing places to enjoy in the west. They say the West is best, and here’s 30 unbelievable camp sites that show just that.

Read more here – 30 unbelievable camp sites in WA.

 


Koolpin Gorge; Kakadu’s last crowd free destination

Koolpin Gorge, KakaduKakadu National Park in the Northern Territory has some truly unbelievable places. Gunlom, Maguk, Jim Jim Falls and Ubirr are all well and truly worth the effort to get to them, but there’s one little problem. Every man and his dog knows about them, and they are heavily visited by tourists and locals especially in the dry season.

What if I told you of a gorge that’s capped at a maximum of 40 people camping there each night (and it rarely gets anywhere near that), and that its got a great walk and amazing scenery? Keen to know more? Continue reading here – Koolpin Gorge; Kakadu’s last crowd free destination.

 


Solar panels vs solar blankets; what’s best?

Camper trailer solarSolar technology has come in leaps and bounds, and there is some truly awesome gear on the market today.

If you haven’t already seen one, you can get blankets which fold out and act as solar panels. They are similar to a picnic blanket, although a fair bit heavier and with a cable you run to a regulator and then your batteries, to keep the power flowing in.

They are super impressive, and do an amazing job at charging batteries, and I can’t wait to see what technology will be out in 10 years. Read more here – Solar panels vs solar blankets; what’s best?

 


The ultimate guide to the Kimberley

Emma Gorge swimmingThe Kimberley is one of the most amazing places on earth, and is frequented by those looking for adventure, unbelievable scenery, incredible wildlife and natural beauty. At roughly 3 times the size of England and with a huge list of spectacular places to explore you could spend months (and many do) exploring the region. In 2014, the Kimberley was ranked 2nd best region to visit in the world! 

There is lots of information online about the Kimberley, and that’s good. The problem is its spread everywhere, and can be extremely hard to find everything you need. With that in mind, I’ve compiled the ultimate and complete guide to the Kimberley, covering everything from where to go, what to take, where you can get fuel and supplies, costs, safety considerations, itinerary suggestions and more. Yes, this is a long post. Continue reading here – The ultimate guide to the Kimberley.

 


The ultimate LED Camping Light

Camping Light from MOMAThe word ‘camping’ today conjures up a very different image to what it did 20 years ago. Sure, the idea might still be similar, but the equipment that is used today is worlds apart. I love nothing more than seeing innovative products come out that make camping more comfortable, enjoyable and simple.

I also love seeing camping equipment that can do a number of different roles, and that’s why I was so excited to be sent an amazing solar powered LED flood light by MOMA Solar Lighting to review. Continue reading here – The ultimate LED camping light.

 


Camping and rubbish; what do you do with it?

Keep our bush cleanWhen you are camping in the bush, rubbish is inevitable; what can you do with it? In this post, we look at what your options are, and how to avoid having a stinky bag of rubbish inside your vehicle! Continue reading here – Camping and rubbish; what do you do with it?

 

 


Two insurance claims with Club 4×4; my review

Panel damage up northYou know what’s amazing? 3 months off work with a 4WD and camper trailer travelling the Coral Coast, Pilbara, Kimberley and Northern Territory. You know what’s not amazing? Getting part way through the trip and having two at fault insurance claims within two weeks of each other. Continue reading here; Two insurance claims with Club 4×4; my review

 


How much attention does your 4WD’s air filter get?

Air filter on your 4WDWhen was the last time you checked your air filter?

The air filter in your 4WD does a very, very important role. If you were to remove it and drive on any dusty roads, your motor would live a substantially shortened life.

Given replacing and repairing 4WD motors is not cheap business, its worth taking the time to understand and look after your air filter.Continue reading here – How much attention does your 4WD’s air filter get?


Jim Jim Falls in Kakadu National Park

Jim Jim Falls at KakaduWay up the top of the Northern Territory lies Kakadu National Park, a dual world heritage site that attracts visitors from all over the planet. It’s full of amazing history, nature and some of the most impressive waterfalls in Australia.

One of these is Jim Jim Falls. The drive in is fairly picturesque towards the end, and the walk nice too. Get near the end and you can hear the water running, and finally you’ll pull up almost entirely surrounded by giant rock walls, and water cascading down one side.

Continue reading here – Jim Jim Falls in Kakadu National Park

 


14 ways to keep warm when camping

Camping and firesThere’s no doubt about it; many places in Australia have some pretty cool nights to be out camping. There are a variety of ways that you can stay warm when camping, and in this post, we are going to cover everything.

There are a few ways to ruin a camping trip, and being cold is high up on that list. No matter what the weather throws at you, it is possible to stay warm. Continue reading here – 14 ways to keep warm when camping.

 


Why I’m removing my HPD Catch Can

Isuzu Dmax Catch CanFitting a catch can to a modern turbo diesel is extremely important. I wrote a post some time ago, covering this, and mentioning that I installed a catch can from HPD, or High Performance Diesel. You can read more about this here – Is a Catch Can important on a modern turbo diesel?

Many of you know that I am extremely thorough in my research, and like any products I fit to my Dmax, I spend a lot of time researching and weighing up the pro’s and con’s of each option before I lay my hard earned down. I detest buying things twice, and will pay for a quality product the first time over several cheaper units that don’t work as well. Continue reading here.