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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 …

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MEAN BEAN CHILLI

No fridge? No problem! These ingredients can go anywhere… CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE Ingredients: 1 can of beans (I’ve used a six-bean medley, although kidney or pinto beans would work as well) 1 onion, diced Handful of green beans, sliced 1 capsicum, diced 5-7 mushrooms, chopped 2 garlic cloves, minced 1 can …

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4X4 EARTH NSW ANNUAL MEET

What happens when roughly 40 four-wheel drives converge on Turon River National Park for the weekend? CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE The first annual 4x4earth.com New South Wales gathering, that’s what. After having annual meets in Victoria and South Australia for a number of years now it was decided that New South Wales …

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FOOLPROOF SLOW COOKED PORK BELLY

If you hate soggy crackling and dry meat, this recipe is for you. CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE Serves: 4-6 Time: 4.5 hours (but so worth it)   Ingredients 1.5kg piece of pork belly 3 brown onions 3 apples 1 bunch garlic, separated into cloves and peeled ¼ cup orange juice Freshly ground …

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A LOCAL FAVOURITE

If you were told that R M Williams (the man, not the company) said that one of the most beautiful, rugged valleys in Australia was only a couple of hours from you, would you take a look? You’d be mad not to! Goomburra Valley is not far from Brisbane. If you live somewhere else, it’s going to take …

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CAMPING WITH DOGS

5 things you need to remember when taking your best mate with you + 9 dog friendly campsites   Being a dog owner has its rewards; they become part of your family and they need to experience life with you and that includes travelling. However it can be restricting as to the locations you can explore (such as National …

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CHEAT’S VANILLA SLICE

The best camping dessert in the desert   Crisp, sweet, cool, tangy and creamy – who can resist the family favourite Vanilla Slice?  This camp ready version can be whipped up completely from pantry items. Just imagine – you’re a week into your desert journey and in less than 15 minutes, and some chilling time, you present this …

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THE GRAND CANYON HAS NOTHING ON KINGS CANYON

It feels like you’re on top of the world with nothing to prevent you from stepping over the edge…   We’d been told that while Uluru and Kata Tjuta encapsulate the spiritual heart of the Red Centre, Kings Canyon is the natural wonder that tops the Grand Canyon. Challenging four blokes like that was like Malcolm Turnbull telling …

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SALT IN MY BEARD AND SAND IN MY PANTS

One Bloke’s Guide to a Great Northern NSW Adventure   I hadn’t had a proper shower in days. There I was standing in damp shorts, smelling like bait and covered in sand with the inside of the LandCruiser trashed like a teenager’s bedroom. I was tired, yet energised. It had been a great little escape into northern NSW. …

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LITCHFIELD NP – NORTHERN TERRITORY

The NT Hotspot that you need to visit WHY LITCHFIELD NP HAS IT ALL – INCLUDING KIDS WITH CROCS AS PETS CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE KICKING OFF THE ADVENTURE Litchfield National Park is located not far south of Darwin; and while it doesn’t get the press of its big brother Kakadu, it’s …

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GATES – THE RUBIK’S CUBE OF THE BUSH

If you have ever travelled rural Australia, you will have come across a gate that you had to open (and then close). Did you ever have trouble with the latch, even slightly? If you never have, you haven’t seen enough gates. Often it is the passenger who will be the designated gate opener… so maybe they had trouble …

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FRESH FISH ON THE FLY

According to my sources, last summer was face-meltingly hot in Australia and power outages were ruining ice-cream parties everywhere. And the reprieve from the heat came in the form of incessant rain. Here in northern Colorado, where the 4X4s are bigger and the fish are a lot colder, the only thing hotting up is the rainbow trout I …

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GAWLER RANGES NP – SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Why this place may actually be better than The Flinders   Many visitors to SA’s north make a beeline for the magnificent Flinders Ranges; and rightly so. But often the fixation on one of the Croweaters’ best-known locations can overshadow other spots which, whilst different, are more than deserving in their own right. For those cracking west at …

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MUNGO NP – NEW SOUTH WALES

Time Travel Made Easy   Like no other place I have ever been, you can see pre-history emerge from the sand in front of you. You may be the first person in 20,000 years to see the burnt piece of emu egg uncovered in an ancient fireplace. CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE When …

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SCENIC EATS: BASIC BREAKFAST PARFAIT

Not-so-fun fact: The inventor of cornflakes, Mr John Harvey Kellogg, created them with the resolute belief that eating bland foods would curb certain… ‘enthusiasms’ in pubescent teenagers. Despite that theory being thoroughly (and repeatedly) disproven around the world, somehow the bland cereal fad caught on. But why abstain from flavour when it’s so easily achieved? This breakfast option …