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Coastal camping that ticks all the boxes

Travel: Pebbly Beach CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE Spectacular campsites Amazing scenery 4WD-only access   Australia is blessed with many great 4WD destinations and camping areas including plenty in coastal areas. One of the absolute best (and a personal favourite) is Pebbly Beach on the NSW north coast.   Pebbly Beach doesn’t appear …

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Wongi Waterholes

Drop in on the way to The Cape – A kettle full of gold could be yours! CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE The Cape is a long way north of everywhere so you’ll need to stop somewhere on the way there. Wongi Waterholes is a few kilometres north of Maryborough and only a …

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Six awesome spots in the Victorian High Country

CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE How to get to there, and why you need to see them The High Country is a place that needs no introduction to 4WDers. There is a myriad of tracks available, combining all kinds of terrains, challenges and difficulty. And with enough views and campsites to satisfy a …

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Dreamy Creamy Pesto Pasta

The recipe I’ve made a hundred times over, now in camp-friendly form!   CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE I sometimes imagine what it would be like to line up all the jars of pesto I’ve consumed in my life, my loved ones around me – intervention style. Depending on the company, this meal …

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MINIMALIST CAMPERS: GUIDE TO PACKING  

CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE How packing less to take camping can take the stress out of the situation! We follow our own little list for each camping trip and it works for us. We call it the Three Ps: Planning Prepping Packing If you’re an avid camper then you’ll have an appreciation …

SURVIVING THE TANAMI: THE DETOUR THAT NEARLY COST US

Surviving the Tanami… Just! The detour that almost cost us CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE   When planning your Tanami crossing – preparation is key.  Our enthusiasm for crossing the Tanami Desert wasn’t always mirrored by family, friends and fellow travellers.   “Really? You want to cross the Tanami Desert with young kids? What …

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HIGH COUNTRY BUCKET LIST: THE TRACKS YOU NEED TO DRIVE

Victorian 4X4 tracks I’ve always wanted to drive but haven’t… Until now! CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE The Vic High Country still has a plethora of tracks that take you to the most amazing campground, lookout, hut or historic town. The region around Omeo was one I had always wanted to explore but …

BEST-EVER BANANA OATMEAL

The Three Bears ain’t got nothin’ on this porridge CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE My food philosophy – which I suspect is genetic – is ‘more is always better’. Breakfast is the least of all exceptions, and heaven help any poor soul who’s caught me on the rare occasion when I’ve missed the …

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MOUNT MEE: BRISBANE’S CLOSEST 4WD DAY OUT

CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE If you own a 4WD and live in Brisbane, one of the closest places to get some dirt under your tyres would have to be the D’Aguilar Ranges and Mount Mee – to the north-north-west of the city. Located less than 50 kays from the centre of Brisbane, …

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4X4 VS GOAT NO KIDDING, THIS BILLY GOAT IS FERAL!

CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE Rugged red ranges, spectacular off-road adventures, Outback skies and SA’s gnarly Billy Goat Ridge. Will you take on the goat? In the stunning southern Flinders Ranges our family drove over a goat – and loved it. But don’t go reporting us to the RSPCA just yet. The Bendleby …

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TACKLING THE GREAT VICTORIA DESERT

CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE Enough went wrong on this trip… so learn from my mistakes to avoid your own disasters. Len Beadell and his Gunbarrel Road Construction Crew opened up the desert, creating tracks meaningful for the atomic bomb and ballistic missile tests before becoming a playground for 4WD adventurers like us. …

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LEMON AND LIME CAMPING SLICE

CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE A very ‘a-peeling’ camp treat Citrus is great to take camping – it is robust against all that 4X4 touring and can last a long time out of the fridge. I’m a bit of a sucker (pun intended) for a sweet and tangy dessert combination, but nothing leaves …

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TWO DAYS ON FRASER: IN A BOG-STOCK ISUZU

CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE How much of the island can you see, in a bog-stock Isuzu? Plenty, actually… Lake McKenzie If beach driving is the bread, then Lake McKenzie is the butter of your typical Fraser Island experience. And for good reason: The place is fantastic. It’s a kind of freshwater spring, …

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ILURLKA: A CULTURAL ODYSSEY ON THE ANNE BEADELL

CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE Who would have thought that a group of high school kids could lead you on an amazing experience at the remotest roadhouse in Australia? THE EXCITEMENT OF THE ANNE BEADELL I was excited as Coober Pedy disappeared in my rear-view mirror; the track towards Mabel Creek Station was …

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ULURU ROAD TRIP

CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE A 4-week journey through the most popular destinations in Australia. We all know the benefits of travel. Done well, it’s restorative, experiential and life changing. Done badly, it reminds us of how great couches and TV are. It can be testing, challenging, expensive and rewarding. This was a …

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CLARENCE GORGE BY 4X4 AND KAYAK

CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE   With fantastic bush camping, a place like ‘The Gorge’ has everything on offer. It caters for people with highly modified trucks through to tourers towing caravans; everyone can have their own little piece of serenity here, and it really does need to be seen to be believed. …

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RECIPE: BEER BREATH CHICKEN

CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE Who would have thought that a can of ale could enhance Australia’s favourite bird? Drunken chicken indeed.   Ingredients 1-1.4kg chicken   1 can of beer   1 tablespoon each of chicken stock powder, dried mixed herbs, garlic powder and onion powder   4 bay leaves   1 …

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PLANNING A DANGEROUS SOLO ADVENTURE

What you need to know about planning the most dangerous solo adventure CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE Get the logistics right or the headline ‘Idiot found dead doing what he loved’ will be splashed across every newspaper. Are you good at planning trips? I’ve been doing it for over 20 years, but this …

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VICTORIA’S BEST KEPT 4WD SECRET REVEALED

Well, it was until now… but you must promise to keep this information to yourself. I trust you. CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE “So, what is so secretive about this place and why are you telling us now?”   I am glad you asked because as I explored Wyperfeld National Park I wondered …

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GEEHI GLAMPING: THE ART OF ROUGHING IT IN COMFORT

CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE I have a lot of friends who would associate ‘camp grub’ with stuff that comes out of a can – such as Spam, baked beans, sardines and sauerkraut. Nothing wrong with a bit of sardine on toast, I agree. Or sauerkraut, for that matter. They also think that …

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IDALIA NP: HOME OF THE SUPER WALLABY

CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE Watching the form of the Yellow-Footed Rock Wallaby, you could easily be mistaken and think that the Wallabies rugby team might have looked at these little macropods for inspiration. Once plentiful, but now listed as vulnerable to extinction, Idalia NP is one of the few places that you …

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ZUCCHINI SLICE

Don’t get to use your cheese grater enough? Then this is the recipe for you! CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE Ingredients 3 large zucchinis, grated 2 carrots, grated 3 eggs 1 cup of cheddar cheese, grated 1 onion, diced 1 cup self-raising flour Just under half a cup of vegetable oil Salt and …

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HURRY! GET TO CAPE LEVEQUE BEFORE IT’S SEALED UP

With plans and work underway to cover the road to Cape Leveque in Western Australia’s far north with blacktop, Monica McInnes gets one last hurrah in before the dirt road is sealed up. CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE Holding the handrail above my head I glance towards my husband and almost laugh at …

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CONDAMINE CROSSING: A GREAT FAMILY WEEKENDER

Wet the wheels on your 4X4, just out of Brisbane CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE Day trip or weekend, Cambanoora Gorge and surrounds is a top spot for the family. About an hour and half from Brisbane will find you engaging 4WD and crossing one of the headwaters of the Darling River 14 …

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MY THAI PORK STIR-FRY

Campfire cooking isn’t all sausages and damper… CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE Ingredients Pork mince 1 bunch green onions, sliced 1 red capsicum, diced 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 2cm piece of ginger, minced 3 tbsp Thai green curry paste 150ml vegetable stock 1 tbsp brown sugar Soy sauce Ground nut oil or …

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ALICE SPRINGS TO CHAMBERS PILLAR

Take a selfie, but leave the ‘check-ins’ for Facebook… CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE Explorer John Stuart first sighted the sandstone column in 1860 – towering 50m above the plain. He decided to name it after a buddy who kicked into Stuart’s travel fund: James Chambers. It has remained a significant landmark on …

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MELBOURNE JEEP OWNERS CLUB

Get ’Em Dirty CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE 20 years of converting strangers into off-road buddies and getting them dirty. That’s something worth celebrating.   You’ve read the magazines, you’ve bought a fourby, maybe even got a mate to do the same. What’s next? Hopefully some training or mentoring – but where do …

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WHAT MAKES A FAVOURITE CAMPING SPOT?

Everyone will have a favourite campsite; some may have a few. What is necessary to make the campsite a favourite? Many people return to the same campsite every year, some with groups and some with the family. I’ve got a couple that I keep going back to. CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE Easter …

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MAKING A FINKEING MISTAKE THAT WAS ALL WORTH IT

Sometimes you make decisions in life that are absolute failures… but if you have fun on the way, who bloody cares? CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE When it comes to travelling the Outback, there are times when I have made somewhat poor decisions that caused some consternation. Only once did I think I …