16 Jul 2018
News, Travel

CIVILISATION CREEPS UP THE CAPE 

First seen by Europeans as far back as the 1600s, it remains one of white man’s last frontiers. It’s been a place of big adventure, big mines and big cattle properties. But times are changing as civilisation – and the bitumen – heads further north….

How To

FLAT OUT 

You’re driving the Flinders Ranges on a track notorious for sharp rocks. Even though you’ve done the right thing with tyre choice, pressure and speed, yet another of your Coopers or BF Goodrichs gets skewered. It’s the third time this bloody trip! But you don’t…

Features

UNSEALED 4X4 TUNES 

Jessie Cunniffe is a classically trained pianist, self-taught guitarist, qualified music educator and freelance journalist. When she’s not rocking out in the classroom with the next generation of musicians, Jessie can be found critiquing the music industry’s latest offerings for The Sydney Morning Herald and,…

Vehicles

PICK UP ARTIST: Performax Ford F-250 

The iconic F-Series of pick-ups are legendary workmates and playmates to millions of North Americans. Since 1948 more than 30 million F-trucks have rolled out of showrooms, and for 32 years it’s been the best-selling vehicle, of all types, in the United States.

Magazine

ISSUE 001 – THE FIRST EDITION 

We’re proud to present UNSEALED 4X4, a FREE, new age digital magazine containing beautifully crafted words and imagery, centred around travel, 4X4 news, events, reviews and the overall 4X4 lifestyle. All of this wrapped up in a cutting edge package to deliver everything a 4X4 enthusiast could ever dream of.  

Magazine

ISSUE 002 – THE SECOND COMING 

The hubs are locked and we’ve just engaged low-low for the second edition of Unsealed 4X4. From breathtaking 4X4 destinations to wallet-destroying new products, the ‘The Second Coming’ is a fine edition indeed (even if we do say so ourselves). It’s like golden-syrup drizzled damper,…

Travel

CANNING STOCK ROUTE 

Alfred Wernham Canning must have had the testicular fortitude of a thousand men to attempt to forge a stock route between Halls Creek in the Kimberley and the southern goldfields of WA. It’s a few thousand miles of the harshest desert landscapes known to mankind,…

Gear

BEST WINTER GEAR FOR 2014 

Scarpa Terra GTX All-terrain tyres for your feet. Full leather construction, waterproof breathable Gore-Tex lining and cushy polyurethane midsole are designed to provide comfort and shock absorption when you venture off road. Known for their comfort right out of the box, these classic Italian-styled boots…

Guides

ONES FOR THE ROAD 

Australian 
Brewery The Australian Brewery has taken the canning trend to the next level, offering all of their beers in canned format only (other than on tap). They make a pale ale, pilsener, American steam ale and cider, as well as seasonal varieties from their…

Vehicles

TOMCAR: READY FOR BATTLE 

How much would you pay for an all-terrain vehicle that can’t be registered to drive on the road? If $24,950 (and you can get a Great Wall 4X4 for less than that) doesn’t sound too much, then a Tomcar could be for you. This tough…

Guides, How To, Vehicles

BACK TO BASICS 

Clutch! Such an innocuous looking word, but when it’s used by a frowning mechanic it becomes a beast to fear. Unsealed 4X4 recently swung by its local Blue Mountains mechanic, Active Automotives, to understand why clutches are so damn expensive – particularly for 4X4 owners….

Features

THE PIONEERS 

The history of four-wheel drive vehicles is nearly as long as the history of the motorcar, and in the course of that history, few women have stood out as much as Miss Luella Bates of the United States. In 1908 Otto Zachow, an American inventor,…

4X4 Reviews, Gear, How To

FAMILY PLANNER 

Fun doesn’t even come close to describing my early years of camping and four-wheel driving!! I was born into it and I often warmly recall those distant childhood memories, fuzzy though they may now be. My Dad had an old Series 2 Land Rover tray…

Gear, News

GEAR NEWS: ISSUE 002 

BlackWolf Turbo Air Tent  Black Wolf claim that the ‘air pole’ technology of their new range of tents saves on weight, time and sanity when it comes to setting up and packing up a decent sized tent. Setup is done by using an air pump to…

Travel

BETWEEN A ROCK AND HARD PLACES 

The north-west of Victoria is – as far as tourism goes – no-man’s land. The world for most travellers ends at one of the state’s biggest icons, the Grampians. North of its sandstone mountains lies a world only visited by dedicated 4X4 enthusiasts or nature…

4X4 Reviews, Vehicles

RAT RACE ESCAPE WAGON 

Swapping the suburbs of Melbourne for the wilds of the Pilbara Words: Dan Lewis Images: Tony Knight Mark Keogh’s 2011 Series 7 GU Nissan Patrol isn’t just a great touring vehicle, it’s also doubled as a trans-continental removalist’s truck. Mark, 44, decided to bow out of…

Gear, News

GEAR GURU 

All the cool and quirky stuff that you want to know about by Unsealed 4X4 gear editor Sam Purcell. Rok Espresso Once you start drinking good coffee, it’s really hard to take a step back. Starting my normal day with a double espresso, I quickly…

Features, Vehicles

I BOUGHT A JEEP! 

Advertising genius or just annoying? You only have to look at the sales figures to see that the long-running “I bought a Jeep!” advertising campaign is still kicking goals. But in the advertising world, they measure themselves by more than just dollars. Parody, not imitation,…

News

ROOTHY – THE BEARDED CRUSADER 

From 4X4 journalism to politics and lobbying, the passionate John Rooth loves getting into low gear for extra grunt Who is John Rooth? One time engineering student, high school history teacher, miner, bush mechanic, harvester driver and most of all traveller. Lousy on the mouth…

4X4 Reviews

LEADERS OF THE PACK 

Where would the world of 4X4 be without these technological breakthroughs? BY Tim Stanners As the late Steve Jobs of Apple once put it: “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” Here at Unsealed 4X4 we love innovators and their cool new products. What’s…

Travel

BLUE MOUNTAINS BEAUTIES 

5 OF THE BEST Mount Hay Road Mount Hay has been a beacon to the adventurous since the earliest days of white settlement. Its 945m basalt-capped dome summit is a distinctive feature when you gaze westward from Sydney. In 1789 a party led by Lieutenant…

Travel

GOSPEL, COUNTRY, ROCK & BIG RED 

A perfect party: Joe Camilleri and The Black Sorrows You’d think he’d take it easy now that he’s recorded 45 albums, been inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame, enjoyed hits like Harley and Rose, sold more than two million records, and had John Denver…

Gear, How To

THE IMAGE MAKER 

A hunting trip turned bad made Michael Ellem pick up a camera instead of a gun to shoot wildlife. Now 4X4 photography is his passion. Who is Michael Ellem? Michael is a man who has been making his full-time living photographing the 4X4 world since…

Cooking, Guides, Uncategorized

SURF AND TURF 

Whilst the concept of the Surf and Turf originated in North America, it has become a favourite around Australian barbies and campfires Serves 4 | Time 20 minutes METHOD Toss the prawns, garlic, olive oil, salt and lemon juice into a large zip-lock bag. Mix everything…

Gear, How To

COLD COMFORT 

Winter is here, so Unsealed 4X4’s Tim Stanners and Dan Lewis list their five favourite bits of gear for this time of year.   Balaclava Not recommended for wearing into a bank, but always packed alongside my winter camping kit. Wear it rolled up as…

Travel

SO SHE SAYS 

Kirsty Hobbs is our resident Unsealed 4X4 female columnist. She has no fixed address, just finished a big adventure around Australia and is currently driving the back roads up through eastern Africa in her trusty old LandCruiser. About a decade ago the idea of being a writer…