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Learning the Ropes

After a long week at work and constantly hounded to do things for others, there's nothing like that feeling of packing up the 4WD and escaping it all. We all know the feeling and that itch we get to lock in the hubs and tackle the great outdoors the best way we know how, on four wheels. The beaches that surround Australia's largest city are spectacular and we are lucky enough to take our trucks over some of the best of them.

Published: 2012-09-28

Peace by the River

The sky is a dark grey, it's warm, humid and been raining all week. Most would have stayed home, left the 4WD in the garage and the camper trailer in the shed. Why would anyone want to venture to the outdoors in this? Spend a weekend at Shallow Crossing and you'll know exactly why. We began the journey with our friends Phil, Katrina and their two lovely daughters Brook and Elise. After spending an uneventful holiday in Merimbula away from their friends, they jumped at the chance to accompany us to Shallow Crossing.

Published: 2012-09-28

Behind The Scenes - D-Max Winner!

Check out the brand new D-Max that reader Reece Hume won in the $100,000 Comp

Published: 2012-09-27

What Happened to Brenno's 4Runner?

If you've read the latest 4WD, you might be wondering what's happened to Brenno's 4Runner? This video just goes to show how much a little TLC can save you when you get home from a tough day on the tracks. Take a look...

Published: 2012-09-27

Rags or Riches?

Most campers have different views on what you need to take when you go camping. We are often left pondering whether it is worth spending the extra money on fancy chairs and awnings. Do we really need a camp fridge? Will an air mattress do the job or is it worth investing in a self-inflating mat? We organised a trip with a twist for a family of unsuspecting campers to try and find the answer to these and a few more camp equipment questions. We were surprised by the result. The family who we asked to participate in the experiment consisted of Brett, 32, Shelley, 27, Jess, 8, and Blair, 5.

Published: 2012-09-26

Feeding the Masses

One of the oldest rules of camp cooking is that it's just as easy to feed two people as it is to feed 10. To cooks more used to kitchens this seems ridiculous, but when you're out in the bush where it doesn't matter if things get a bit messy and you can use big pans and pots, well, sometimes it's pretty easy to feed the masses!

Published: 2012-09-26

Ready to Rock

After taking possession of a brand-new GIC Extreme Off-road camper trailer, we set about adding the extras many families would want to make their own weekend getaway's even more comfortable. The factory-appointed Extreme model gave us a camper trailer base that is marketed for off-road use, with a steel body construction and leaf spring suspension set-up.

Published: 2012-09-26

Arkaroola and Beyond

SO IT BEGINS… The plans for our adventure all began one Sunday afternoon sitting around the house, myself watching the latest 4WD Action DVD and my wife reading her monthly science magazine. After reading about Lake Eyre Lisa leant over and said 'can we go there' pointing to the salt lake, to which I first replied 'are you serious?' Lisa had never shown interest in heading seriously bush before, which was quickly followed by a 'Hell yes'.

Published: 2012-09-26

The Big, Wet Simpson

My father loves the Simpson and wanted to take me there in early April, but record-level rains up in the Channel Country made this difficult. Towards the end of March, nearly all roads into and towards the Simpson Desert were closed. These included Cameron Corner, the Strzelecki Track, the Warburton Track and the Birdsville Track. Eyre Creek was also flooding, which meant that there was no passage through Birdsville. The only possible way into the Simpson was from the west. In early April, the road between Oodnadatta and Mount Dare opened up.

Published: 2012-09-26

Too Hot To Handle

One of the great things about camping is that we get the chance to get away from all of the technology and noise and digital stimulation that the world seems to think are necessary. No TV, no FaceSpace, limited phone service and a chance to just unwind. There is a sort of self-gratification in living with the bare essentials that appeals to the Aussie story telling mentality, where the truth isn't necessarily as important as the response the story gets.

Published: 2012-09-25

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