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You’ve probably heard people say skip Kakadu, and do Litchfield instead. Before we arrived at Litchfield, I really, really wanted to be able to leave the national park saying that it was terrible and you shouldn’t waste your time. I wanted to prove the naysayers wrong, and say Kakadu is so much better. You know what though? I can’t. In fact, Litchfield blew my mind, and as a family was one of our favourite destinations in 3 months through the Kimberley and Northern Territory. Continue reading here; Litchfield National Park; worth it or not?
The point of this post is not to put you off buying a 4WD, nor to horrify you with the amount of money you’ve blown on a 4WD (or a few) in the past (or now!), but just to give you an idea of how expensive they really are. Continue reading here; How much does a 4WD really cost you?
Some camper trailer reviews are based around a few nights spent in a camper trailer, and they aren’t very helpful, or accurate. A lot are also financially biased, as in the writer gets a kick back for making comments about the product.
This review is neither; I paid $10,500 of my own hard earned money for our camper trailer, and spend a few grand more on modifying it, and as of today, we have spent somewhere in the realms of 150 nights in it. By the sounds of it, my camper trailer manufacturer has shut down recently, so you can’t get the same one without buying second hand, but most soft floors have the same sort of arrangement.
Continue reading here; Long term soft floor camper trailer review.
4WD tyres are probably the easiest way to change how well a 4WD drives off road. A simple change of tread pattern will take a mildly capable 4WD to the next level, and have it going places you’d dream of taking it before. Anyone who’s ever gone from a set of normal highway terrain tyres to all terrains or mud terrains will back this up. It really transforms a 4WD. Beyond that, a quality tyre lasts longer, resists punctures and will deform correctly off road.
Continue reading here; Mud Terrains vs all Terrain Tyres
Camping with young kids is difficult. There’s no sugarcoating it. You’ll have an absolute ball at times, and at other times you’ll be pulling your hair out and wishing you’d stayed home. It’s just how it is. Toddlers are often challenging at home, and it can be even more difficult when you are camping with them. On the flip side, it can be truly amazing too, so don’t rule it out.
Continue reading here; Camping with a toddler; 35 ways to make it easier.
If you’ve spent your hard earned on a nice, shiny steel full length roof rack, please don’t be offended by this post. It’s written with the best intentions, to hopefully avoid anyone else the pain of buying gear they might look back on and regret having bought.
Continue reading here; Why I’ll never buy a full size steel roof rack.
On 4WD trips, its imperative that you take the time to stop and go over your 4WD. If you are doing a lot of driving, its well worth getting under the vehicle, lifting the bonnet and just having a quick look at everything in the morning before you head off.
Continue reading here; The importance of daily 4WD inspections when travelling.
The massive red hills, stunning water crossings and beautiful wildlife make it a hugely attractive place to visit. In 2015, we passed through purely to get some food and fuel, before heading out to Lake Argyle.
Continue reading here; Kununurra; the ultimate guide for things to do
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?
Western 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.
If 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
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
One 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
When 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?
Australia 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.
We’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?
Australia 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.
Kakadu 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.
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 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.