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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 …

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STUCK IN THE GULF

GOING TO THE 4WD AND ADVENTURE SHOW IN SYDNEY, ADELAIDE OR PERTH? YOU MIGHT WANT TO ASK TV ADVENTURER JASE ANDREWS ABOUT THIS LITTLE INCIDENT Deep in the heart of Gulf Country in June 2013, driving on a saltpan at the upturn of a king tide, Jase Andrews got bogged while making his popular TV series All 4 …

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A GUIDE TO CATCHING FLATHEAD

CHARACTERISTICS There are numerous flathead species of significant importance to recreational anglers in Australian waters. The king of this ‘depressed-head’ clan is undoubtedly the dusky flathead. Also regionally popular are the sand flathead, tiger flathead, marbled flathead, rock flathead and blue spotted flathead. Flathead are hugely popular due to their widespread abundance, uninhibited feeding habits and the fact …

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GADGETOGRAPHY: SNOOZEFEST

There are some people that are able to get an incredibly refreshing night of sleep in the bush. But Unsealed 4X4’s Matt Scott is usually the crotchety, irritated person chugging coffee after getting about two hours of sleep, giving that well-rested, seemingly peppy and happy person an evil stare. It seems you either sleep well in the outdoors …

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HOW TO CATCH BARRAMUNDI

The barramundi, or ‘barra’ as we Aussies affectionately refer to them, is undoubtedly Australia’s most revered tropical estuarine sportfish. It is a thickset, deep-bodied fish dressed in large armour-like scales. It is also armed with a powerful paddle tail that often propels it skyward once hooked. An aggressive feeder, barra are renowned for their willingness to accept a …

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YABBIES IN HERB BUTTER

Outback Gourmet: YABBIES IN HERB BUTTER These tasty little crustaceans are really worth the effort it takes to catch them. Serves 4 | Time 20 minutes

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PULL THE OTHER ONE! WINCH MAINTENANCE IS NO JOKE!

Imagine this. All you know is there’s a stuck 4X4, and you need to recover it. You have no idea what 4X4 it is, where it is, or how it’s stuck, but you must go and recover it. Now I’m going to offer you a choice of two winches; a hand winch, Tirfor-style, or I’ll magically install an …

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AFS: ACRONYM FATIGUE SYNDROME

This debilitating illness often strikes someone looking to buy a 4X4. Acronyms have reached plague proportions in the 4X4 world as manufacturers compete to deliver similar technologies and systems, all with slightly different names. 

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Q&A: THE AUSSIE OVERLANDERS

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 expert.

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A GUIDE TO CATCHING BASS

The Australian bass reserves a special part in the hearts of Australia’s east coast, river-based sportfishing advocates, and for good reason! This plucky little Australian native is an absolute sucker for a well presented lure and pound-for-pound is as gutsy as any other species on the market.

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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 stop to put on a spare. You don’t stop to grab your tyre …

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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 brewery in north-west Sydney. They have been in action since 2010, and have …

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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. For a start, 4X4 clutches will always be more expensive than the clutch …

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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 back ute and a couple of different sized canvas tents. We’d think nothing …

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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 1999. His editorial work has been published in all the leading 4X4 magazines …

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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 around until well coated, then seal the bag and place it in the …

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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 a beanie, pulled down as a neck warmer or, when the temp really …

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CATCHING BREAM

(for the piscatorially challenged) They might be one of the most common table fish out there, but that doesn’t mean they’re easy to catch. We tool you up on some bream basics. Story by FishLife’s Scott Amon Characteristics There are three main bream species that are of significant importance to recreational anglers in Australia. One of the most …

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THE STYLE GUIDE

A DOZEN EASY WAYS TO GET YOURSELF KICKED OUT OF A FAIR DINKUM COUNTRY PUB 1. Plonk your 4X4 where the publican usually parks 2. Ask if there is pear cider on tap 3. Fail to honour a shout with the locals 4. Mention that you work for a coal or gas company looking to start up an …