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The Complete Guide to Camping More

How much do you love camping? If you are anything like us, some of your favourite memories will be from somewhere in the scrub, travelling through the Outback or relaxing on the coast. It's probably fair to say that camping and 4WDing make up a fair bit of who we are. Why then do we sometimes find it hard to get motivated for a trip away? Maybe we think we don't have time, can't afford it, can't get anyone else to go along, children have weekend commitments, but these are just boring excuses.

Published: 2012-11-28

Power Anywhere!

In order to be able to camp away from civilisation with its readily available 240V power for an indefinite period, and still be able to run your lights, fridge and other essential equipment, you need to be able to generate your own electrical power. There are three options open to you and they all involve using batteries to store power. These are: 1) solar panels; 2) motorised generator; or 3) your 4WD's alternator. Solar panels have the attraction that the energy they supply is provided free by Mother Nature.

Published: 2012-11-28

Real Aussies: Farmer Jason Hunt

After the recent flood in north-west NSW, we caught up with Moree Farmer Jason Hunt to get an update on the aftermath and find out how his 4WDs handle the hard kilometres on his grain and livestock property. 4WD: As a Farmer in Moree, you guys where hit pretty hard by the floods that swept through Southern Queensland and outback NSW, how are you handling the clean-up? Jason: The floods were some of the biggest seen in our immediate area. On one particular block, water smashed the record set in 2001 by around half a metre.

Published: 2012-11-28

All the Fruit

The north coast of NSW has got to be one of the most remarkable travel destinations in the country. Not only does it offer some of the most beautiful coastline and bush scenery in Australia, but the whole area is bursting at the seams with natural attractions. One of the most sort-after holiday hot spots around this region is around the main town of Coffs Harbour, and with good reason too. Whether it's World Heritage-listed rainforests, untouched beaches or picture perfect bush settings you're looking for, the Coffs Coast has got something for everyone.

Published: 2012-11-27

Beached

So you've sat down after bragging to your friends the previous night that you're packing up and leaving to travel around Australia. You begin to draw a mud map of the route you'll take, and like nine out of 10 travellers, crossing the Nullarbor is on it! Three months on the road now and we stopped for the day in Streaky Bay to service the Patrol before the big drive ahead, and we left here with only the Nullarbor in sight.

Published: 2012-11-27

Cobb & Co Adventure

Grafton on the NSW north coast is known for the yearly Bridge to Bridge ski race and the Jacaranda festival, but just a few kays west of Grafton is the start of a road where many fortunes were lost and the old Cobb and Co mail coach used to run – it's known as The Old Glen Innes Road. For hundreds of years, the Gumbayngirr people called this area home and often trekked from the big hill up on the tablelands down to the coast. This is a great day trip or a relaxing weekend away where you can explore the history that is scattered along this road.

Published: 2012-11-27

Shiny Stuff Sells

You've had your camper trailer for a few years and it's now time to upgrade. Whether you want to get yourself into a newer model or you just need something bigger to accommodate a growing family, one thing has to be taken care of – the sale of your old camper trailer. How you go about selling your old camper trailer is really up to you, but what you can do to it 'before' you sell could really help you get top dollar for it. Now that we have your attention, let's take a look at what needs to be done. What needs to be done?

Published: 2012-11-26

Hold It Steady

The great thing about Australia is the fact that you can travel a few hours and experience a wide variety of terrain. Whether you're working your way through the bush or travelling predominantly on sealed roads, the shock and stress associated with changes in road conditions can have a major impact on your camper trailer wheels and axle, so it's important that you have the correct axle setup for your touring needs. On-road, semi off-road and off-road usage all requires different axle and suspension setups that possess the correct strength and mobility for any changes in road surfaces.

Published: 2012-11-26

Above the Sunshine Coast

Conondale National Park lies less than two hours drive north of Brisbane behind the beautiful Sunshine Coast. Covering an area of 2126ha, it consists of both subtropical rainforest surrounding the creek areas and tall wet eucalypt forest across the ranges. There are a number of tracks and bushwalks in the area that together with plenty of creek crossings make it an ideal place to escape for a 4WD camping weekend.

Published: 2012-11-26

High Country, Queensland Style

Bushranger mystery and murder, ancient Aboriginal rock art, bush camping, more natural beauty than you can point a stick at and the icing on the cake – 4WD-only areas. Mt Moffatt has something for everyone and a bit extra thrown in for those of us whose heart rate skips up a notch when locking in the front hubs. Mt Moffat is 785km northwest of Brisbane via Mitchell, or 728km if you slip into the right-hand turn lane at Roma and then left just north of Injune via either Womblebank or Westgrove Stations.

Published: 2012-11-23

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