How To Not Get Stuck – Driving Techniques

Be gentle on the pedals – both of them. If you intend to stop, let the sand slow you down, if you slam on the brakes or come to an abrupt stop you’ll create a small sand mound in front of your tyres, which makes it harder for you to get going. Likewise, if you slam on the …

HOW TO GET UN STUCK (WHEN YOU INEVITABLY GET STUCK) – MAXTRAX

I think you’d be nuts to head to Fraser Island without a set or two of MAXTRAX. Even though there’s a fair few friendly four-wheel drivers floating around fabulous, fantastic Fraser, the ability to self recover is absolutely essential. We used ours more times than we could remember.

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How To Get Unstuck In The Sand: Winching

A winch can be a handy tool if you’re stuck on the beach, provided you have something to winch off of — which isn’t always easy to find. So winching in the sand is more about having a proper winching point.

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GEAR GURU – WHEELS ON THE BUS

These days, the majority of modern four-wheel drives roll off the factory floor already fitted with fancy new alloy wheels. And while this is a great thing in terms of aesthetics and reduced unsprung weight when compared to traditional steel wheels, factory wheels can have their limitations. Firstly, factory wheels are stupidly expensive to replace if damaged. So …

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KIMMY K’S NEW REAR END

A bull bar is often one of the first modifications we make to our vehicles, but the mighty rear bar is often forgotten about. Sure, you see plenty of petrol powered four-wheel drives with retrofitted LPG tanks that dictate the need for some sort of rear swing-away tyre mount system, but full replacement rear bars aren’t as common …

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4X4 STORAGE SYSTEMS

We say it time and time again: as four-wheel drivers we are taking away more and more gear with us on our adventures. Be it the latest electrical gadget, bulky camping gear or even that deluxe portable camping pizza oven you have been eyeing. Long gone are the days of packing nothing more than your swag and a …

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OUTBACK GOURMET

The one thing I never leave home without is a roll of foil. If you have no other cooking equipment in your vehicle, foil can be used to cook just about anything. Method In this recipe I have made individual foil bowls to cook up breakfast on the hot plate over the fire. You can use individual foil …

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The Essential Guide To LED Driving Lights

  LED lighting technology has changed the four-wheel drive world, and for the absolute best. LEDs run cooler, draw less energy, last longer and aren’t as fragile as halogen elements. There is no annoying warm-up time as with HIDs and no need for messy external ballasts, either.

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OUTBACK GOURMET

I am a real fan of slow cooked food and my little cast iron Camp oven is just perfect for Osso Buco, delicious, hearty, hot, satisfying winter food just perfect for a cold desert night. Give it a go – I know you will love it. Method This recipe can be prepared in a cast iron or steel camp oven, …

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A DAY’S DRIVE FROM SYDNEY

There is no reason why a local overnighter or weekend away can’t be every bit as exciting as a major adventure to one of the iconic off-road attractions we all dream about. What’s not to love about driving only a short distance to find a peaceful spot on a river bend or deserted beach to relax for a …

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THE GUIDE TO 4X4 DRIVELINES AND HOW TO UPGRADE THEM

4X4 drivelines have a big job asked of them, as there are so many components that fall under the driveline banner. The scary thing is each part bolted to your vehicle is just as important as the next. In-fact, I’ve been stranded on the side of the road thanks to a $35 universal joint that decided it didn’t …

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THE BEST 4X4 TOURING WAGONS FOR UNDER $15,000

You have to admit, every man, child, woman and dog seems to be going crazy over dual-cab utes at the moment. And for good reason, too! But what if you prefer having your cargo safely stowed inside the cabin of a wagon while exploring? Well there’s good news! Thanks to the extra demand for modern dual-cabs, picking up …

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OUTBACK GOURMET BUSH VANILLA SLICES

Outback Gourmet Bush Vanilla Slices It didn’t matter if it was my girls when they were little, or gnarly hardened shearers. Big or little, old or young, these dead-easy slices were always a hit. Method Place a layer of SAO biscuits in the bottom of your container. Measure sugar and custard powder into the saucepan and combine with …

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THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO SUMMER

Best buys under $100 MSA TINNIE TUBES It’s happened to all of us at one point, arriving at camp to find a can has exploded inside your fridge or icebox, leaving behind a trail of destruction. Fear no more travellers, thanks to this simple yet effective solution from MSA 4×4. Tinnie Tubes are made from 2mm thick neoprene, …

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BUYER BEWARE: USED VEHICLE BUYING TIPS

Buying a used vehicle can be a horrendous experience. Here are our top five ways to get into the right used 4×4 sooner, without buying a lemon 1: DO YOUR RESEARCH Sure, that Daewoo Korando you saw online might appeal to you because it has low mileage and a neat interior, but is it really the right 4X4 …

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THE BEST TRAVEL CAMERAS FOR YOUR 4X4 ADVENTURE

These days, you don’t need a massive, complicated camera to get a great shot. We take a look at some of the best travel cameras that are perfect for documenting your adventures for your friends and family to see. No matter if you’re looking for a waterproof pocket camera, a high-end full frame work of art, or a …

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HIGH PERFORMANCE 4X4 TOURING MODS

After a few years of driving, and a couple of hundred kilograms of added accessories later, your near-new 4X4 might not feel so new anymore. Luckily, when it comes to safely extracting every inch of capability from your engine, there are a handful of proven techniques guaranteed to put a smile on your dial. It doesn’t matter if …

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HOW TO DRIVE ON SAND WITHOUT GETTING STUCK

It’s interesting to think that most people lose their off-road virginity on sand. It’s often the first place that you go to see if you actually like four-wheel driving. And it’s probably the single biggest reason why there aren’t four-billion four-wheel drivers out there! Why? Because sand driving for beginners is a baptism of fire. Sand is the …

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UPGRADING YOUR VEHICLE’S WEAKEST LINK: YOU

The reality is that modern four-wheel drive vehicles are probably more capable than most of the people who are driving them. Which is a bad thing, because while they’ll take you to some amazing places – they’ll also put you into some hairy situations where you can quickly get in over your head. Luckily, there’s an easy solution …

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TEN THINGS THEY DON’T TELL YOU ABOUT THE VICTORIAN HIGH COUNTRY!

Best View this will no doubt cause some controversy, so let the hate mail begin! I believe the best Victorian High Country view is a tie between Blue Rag and Craig’s Hut. Craig’s Hut at sunset is a photographer’s paradise, as the post and rail fence line draws the eye first to the beautiful hut, and then on …

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The Five Best Dual-Cab Utes for Under $15,000 (AND ONE OF THE WORST)

Dual-cab utes have become the bread and butter of the 4X4 scene in Australia, and it’s easy to see why. They’ll be a comfortable daily driver, they’ll fit in tight car spaces, you’ll fit five in there (just), and there is space for a bucketload of gear in the back. They’re also capable off-road, and are supremely well-supported …

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THE GUIDE TO UNDERBODY PROTECTION

There you are, driving through a massive mud hole in the middle of the track—and bang—a lone rock has punctured something vital on your vehicle’s underbody. Maybe it’s the fuel tank, maybe it’s your oil pan or gearbox, all you know is that your vehicle no longer has what it needs to keep moving forward. If you’ve been …

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THE UNSEALED 4X4 GUIDE TO WATER CROSSINGS

Motor vehicles are essentially just bits of tin filled with oil, fuel and air. Not even the radiator is filled with the simple old H2O anymore. So, when we decide to drive through water, and we don’t want a drop of it inside our delicate cabin or moving parts, we must be barmy! But as treacherous as water …

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FIVE BUDGET 4X4S UNDER 10K FOR BROKE TWENTYSOMETHINGS

If you’re like me, a potentially broke twenty-something that spends every last dollar on travelling, an expensive 4X4 likely isn’t in the cards. These days, a full-size fourbie can cost upwards of eighty grand, and that’s before you start fitting all of the nearly-essential four-wheel drive kit. Luckily, there’s quite a few fantastic four-wheelers for those of us …

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THE APPS YOU NEED FOR YOUR 4X4 ADVENTURE

The Apps You Need For Your 4×4 Adventures There was a time when the only way you would carry a phone on a 4X4 trip was if you ripped the rotary dial clunker from the wall to use as a paper weight for keeping maps flat on the camping table. We can now phone home from some fairly …

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How To Use A Snatch Strap

If ever one invention simplified the process of vehicle recovery, it was the snatch strap. Much quicker and easier to use than a winch, they are reasonably lightweight and compact to carry in your vehicle. As part of a dedicated recovery kit, there’s not much more you need before needing to take one step up to winching. Most …

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BERRY DELICIOUS PUDDING

This is a simple recipe that has just come my way, and after a number of road tests and no failures I am happy to say it will be a family favourite for many camping trips to come. I have cooked my pudding in a small cast iron camp oven, although it will work if cooked in a …

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DIRTY FUN

THE PREPARATION One of the best forms of preparation you can do is to invest in a set of all-terrain or mud-terrain tyres. These tyres feature a more open, blocky tread that is designed to self-clean in the mud. Your mud-terrain tread is traditionally the more aggressive tread, which is also considerably noisier on-road, while the all-terrain tread …

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QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

Gareth Wright and Kirsty Hobbs, the Aussie Overlanders, are young adventurers travelling the world in their 4X4 Over the past few years they have built their knowledge from the ground up. They don’t pretend to know everything but are happy to share what they have found to work best. Around here that’s what we call an Unsealed 4X4 …