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TRACK REPORTS – Queensland

Lime Pocket camping area is experiencing seasonal closures, with many dates of exclusion until June 2018. Check with local authorities on availability if planning on visiting the area. In the Springwood National Park, access is currently only granted via Pine Creek Road following significant damage from ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie. Closer to Townsville, early wet season closures are in …

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TRACK REPORTS – South Australia

The good news, is at the time of writing this piece there are no track closures in South Australia. Cautions are in place for Cordillo Downs Road at the Arrabury turn-off, take care whilst driving through wheel tracks there. Even the famed Birdsville Inside Track is open to 4WD vehicles, with cautions issued at cattle grids. Near Mt …

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TRACK REPORTS – New South Wales

At the time of writing, there are no alpine warnings for NSW with snow season officially coming to an end. There is however, several reports of flooding in central NSW. Various roads in the Narromine Shire are closed, with caution to be exercised in the region. The same warning is in place for Lachlan Shire Council south-west of …

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TRACK REPORTS – Western Australia

The Parks and Wildlife Service wishes to advise that the Mitchell River National Park is now closed for the 2017 season. Parks and Wildlife Service will be conducting aerial operations in the southern section of Mitchell River National Park, and the southern majority of Laterite Conservation Park. Wolfe Creek Crater National Park has been reopened however, with authorities …

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THOMSON STATE FOREST

This year we attended the annual Victorian Gathering which is organised on the 4x4earth website and located at O’Toole’s Flat campground in Thomson State Forest. The gathering is largely a social event, however, if you look beyond the gathering there is a multitude of tracks and historic relics to explore.   The nicest part is that some of …

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6 TOP BEACH CAMPING LOCATIONS

Love camping? Of course you do! Fresh air, time with the fam (or without!) and just a great way to chill out and enjoy the great outdoors. Beach camping is still the most popular way to get away from it all, but with a tonne of amazing beaches to choose from the hardest part is picking where to …

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THE GAWLER RANGES

Mention the Gawler Ranges to most people and you tend to get a blank stare back at you. I’ve been visiting this area and including it on various Outback itineraries for a few years now and I reckon it’s a spot well worth a few days of your time. The Gawler Ranges are located about two hours drive …

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4 CITY-TO-CITY FULL CIRCLE ADVENTURES

Take the family on these amazing trips to create some lifelong memories.   4X4 touring and kids don’t always go hand in hand on long trips, so planning an adventure which gives all the family a bit of a buzz can be tough. Luckily, each Aussie state has plenty of great school holiday length tours that will keep …

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THE VICTORIAN HIGH COUNTRY RUN

What happens when you let a forum full of avid four-wheel drivers loose in the High Country? A full-on adventure, that’s what!   Every year for the last eight years a group of Victorians from the website 4x4earth.com have organised an annual meet somewhere in the High Country they call home. Since its inception there has been a …

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BAY OF FIRES

To say I am a dedicated four-wheel driver would have to be an understatement. There are not too many off-road tracks in this country that I haven’t explored – and with 20 Simpson Desert crossings under my belt, the thought of walking rather than driving actually frightens me. However, all of that was about to change. I have known …

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BRIBIE ISLAND, QLD

  I watched from a sand dune as my children played below – the beach quiet and empty, the ocean clear and calm. The bright morning sunlight glowed in their shiny hair. They dug holes, built walls and were peacefully oblivious to anything other than the project at hand. I took a few shots with my camera; the …

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8 Swimming holes to cool off in this Summer…

… and yep, you need a 4X4 to get to them. There’s nothing like the blaring heat of summer to make you appreciate a dip in a tranquil body of water, letting the coolness leach the heat from your skin as you float dreamily looking up at the big blue sky, perhaps while sipping your favourite beverage. Having …

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THE PLENTY HIGHWAY

There’s heaps to see and do on the Boulia to Alice Springs short-cut.   FACT FILE   WHERE: 498km from Tobermorey Station just inside NT, from the NT/Qld border to the Stuart Highway, north of Alice Springs. INFORMATION: Access from the eastern end is via the Donohue Highway from Boulia or from Mt Isa via the Diamantina Development Road …

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SUZUKI ACROSS THE SIMPSON

  Two-stroke fuel wafted across the red sand dunes as the wind blew fumes back into the cabin of the LJ50 Suzuki, giving its occupants an oily pungent smell that stuck to their clothing and any exposed skin. The little Suzi had valiantly conquered yet another sand dune under grey skies and rain. Its 500cc engine was working mightily …

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SUNDOWN NATIONAL PARK, QLD

    Before Sundown became a National Park, it was a collection of leaseholds for sheep grazing. On their days off, the locals used to take 10 hours on a tractor towing a trailer to travel the 20km in to Burrows Waterhole. These days, I’m happy to be able to take about an hour and a half in …

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5 APPLE ISLE ADVENTURES

Arguably, Tasmania offers some of the most diverse 4X4 tracks in the country and whether you’re into combining your four wheel driving with camping, glamping, hiking, fishing or simply want the adrenalin that only an off-road challenge can bring, then here are some options to consider. So get out and try some of these terrific little tracks, all …

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BARRINGTON TOPS

When most four wheel drivers think of high mountains and crystal clear streams they immediately imagine the Victorian High Country. That’s fair enough, but it’s a long way away for anyone who doesn’t live in Victoria. What if there was a small slice of ‘high country’ only a few hours out of Sydney and you could visit there …

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7 TOP PET-FRIENDLY CAMPING SITES

    Camping with the little furry family member is becoming one of Australia’s favourite pastimes. When it comes to holiday time, finding a place to stay that is pet friendly can be tricky and a bug-bear. Until now. Unsealed 4X4 is here to help and we’ve thrown together the best Australian pet-friendly four wheel drive camping sites …

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7 DAY ADVENTURES

  New South Wales: THE ALPINE RUN Sydney is often looked at as the dead spot in Australian 4X4ing. Too far south to head to the Cape, too far east to take on the outback, and too far north to duck off for a weekend in the Victorian High Country. You’d be forgiven for thinking we’re nothing but an …

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10 THINGS I LEARNED CROSSING THE MADIGAN LINE

Sam Purcell is back from the hardest crossing of the Simpson Desert, across the Madigan Line. Following Cecil Madigan’s 1939 expedition as closely as possible from Abminga Siding to Birdsville, he covered over 900 kilometres in fourteen days in his trusty Defender 130. Last month we brought you his preparation for this truly epic trip, now he’s back …

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FORGOTTEN HUTS OF THE HIGH COUNTRY

We explore the often overlooked tracks, campsites and huts of the Victorian High Country… oh yeah, in the snow! You know those big trips you always plan on doing with your mates, but something always seems to get in the way? Like driving a Suzuki Sierra up the Cape, or riding a postie bike across the Simpson Desert. …

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PAT’S BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO THE KIMBERLEY

For the full story CLICK HERE     Writing about the Kimberley, it’s hard not to feel like a cliché factory. Ragged red mountain ranges, crystal clear waterholes, last frontiers – the whole shemozzle. But for the four-wheel drive tourer the Kimberley is all that – and much more. Sometimes, first-timers to new 4X4 destinations get slightly disappointed …

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BINNS TRACK: GEMTREE TO DAVENPORT NATIONAL PARK

For the full story, CLICK HERE Binns Track is a touring route of over 2000km from Mt Dare in South Australia to Timber Creek in the Northern Territory. Named after ranger Bill Binns, the track traverses a variety of terrain and offers a range of driving experiences. Four-wheel drive tourers often use the section from Mt Dare to …

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THE TEN BEST 4X4 SURFING BEACHES

  For the full story in Unsealed 4X4 CLICK HERE   Kangaroo Island Affectionately called K.I by the locals, Kangaroo Island is home to superb waves, many of which are only accessible by 4X4 or a decent hike. You’ll need your wits about you as gigantic swells regularly pound the island. Chances are you will be surfing by …

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FIVE THINGS TO DO IN THE OUTBACK

For the full story in Unsealed 4X4 CLICK HERE    Inside Australia – permanent sculpture exhibition:  Lake Ballard – 51km  West of Menzies WA   Situated 130km North of Kalgoorlie, the region around the town of Menzies was better known for its early gold rush days. That was until 2002 when British artist Antony Gormley persuaded the citizens of …

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TRAVEL THE ANNE BEADELL HIGHWAY

The sun was starting to dip below the horizon ahead of us, the softening light doing magical things with the reds, blues and greens that surrounded us. We were travelling along the Anne Beadell Highway – a rough and snaking track of great reputation that runs along the Great Victoria Desert, through very remote country that has hardly …

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TRACKS A DAY’S DRIVE FROM PERTH

Lane Poole Can’t face a long drive for just a night or two of camping? You can’t get much closer than the Lane Poole Reserve, around 100km south of Perth. Location, location, location. You can choose from seven camping areas – maybe a cosy couples’ corner in amongst the jarrah, blackbutt, marri and wandoo forests, or nestled on …

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Cape York – The places they don’t tell you to go to

Vrilya Point Lightship Only a little bit of a backtrack from the end of the OTT, Vrilya Point and its famous lightship is a little bit off the ‘usual’ path, but it’s absolutely worth it. There’s plenty of bush camping available on the super remote beach that runs for a few dozen kilometres. Also, the sunset over the …

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Cape York Checklist

  Is Fuel Available In Cape York? When you consider how remote it is, fuel is actually readily available on main routes throughout Cape York, and there are a few petrol stations located in Bamaga and Seisia. If you’re tackling the Old Telegraph Track, fuel up at Bramwell Station, and if you’re running low, the next closest fill-up …

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TRACTOR WRESTLING

A Perentie In The Australian Alps About halfway through my four-wheel drive adventure through the Australian Alps, it struck me that I wasn’t really driving the Perentie I was in. Rather I was tractor wrestling, as a veteran who used to drive them in places where you get shot at so eloquently put. The Perentie isn’t for everyone. …