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An Old Hut on a Sparkling River

The Snowy Mountains is an ancient landscape, and a rich Aboriginal culture existed long before it was made famous by Banjo Paterson, who captured the spirit of the bushmen and women who pioneered it. The Man from Snowy River tells the story of a young mountain man who rides with experienced stockmen in pursuit of a horse. Through this ballad, Banjo Paterson has brought the harsh beauty of the Australian bush to everyday people for generations.

Published: 2012-10-15

Stopping Power

When it comes to travelling with a camper trailer, you should always be aware of the total weight of the trailer and how it will affect the vehicle's ability to stop quickly. Often we see camper trailers weighing in around the 650kg mark when new, and this is before you add water, camping gear, food and clothes. All this gear adds up quickly, often seeing the camper's weight soar up to around the 1000kg mark or higher. At this weight, the trailer must have brakes fitted (the law states any trailer over 750kg must have some form of brakes fitted) to help the tow vehicle pull up.

Published: 2012-10-15

Snow Capped

Many of us campers are familiar with the joy of waking up in a desert wilderness, red sand crunching under our feet as we light the kettle for the morning coffee. The sound of waves crashing onto the beach as the sun pokes its head over the horizon, or the burbling of a clear river stream.

Published: 2012-10-15

Heading North

Escaping the winter and finding a warmer refuge is something that so many of us 4WDers do each year, and why not, it makes perfect sense. Winter is the prime time to head north into the tropics! Having the camper is good for providing some shelter while on your adventure, but it can still get a little cold at times. Freezing nights in a chilly camper trailer is enough to turn the wife and kids off camping forever. When we start to think about the many different places that we could go during the winter months, we quickly realise that the long list of possibilities is endless.

Published: 2012-10-15

A Flash in the Pan

Looking for a nice little spot for a weekend getaway that would provide a good place to explore and entertain the kids, as well as some good 4WDing? Like a flash in the pan, Yalwal on the NSW south coast stands out as the perfect place. Given its position and history, we figured that it would be the perfect place to spend a couple of days in the camper trailer. John and Susan would be joining us on this trip along with their three kids, Emma, Ryan and Lance. As we headed down Yalwal Road, off the Serpentine Road from Nowra, we contemplated the weather.

Published: 2012-10-15

Iconic Isolation

There aren't very many true wildernesses left in the world. Australia is blessed with some of the best, and one of the most untouched of these is arguably the Kimberley. No other place in Australia conjures up the same feelings of isolation. Having said all that, a trip up the Gibb River Road these days requires little more than a standard 4WD, and if you're up for something more challenging, there's plenty available for you too!

Published: 2012-10-12

Cape York's Lakefield National Park

A veritable inland sea during the wet season, during the dryer months Lakefield National Park transforms into a maze of waterholes and rivers with some of the best camping to be found in Australia's Top End. With fishing to keep even the most determined angler occupied and picturesque, secluded campsites alongside the national park's many waterways, Lakefield is a must for any trip to Cape York.

Published: 2012-10-12

Creating Canvas

In the camping world, most of us spend a fair amount of time dealing with canvas. It is used to make tents, swags, Driza-bone jackets, boat covers, camper-trailers, awnings and the list goes on. But how is canvas made and what makes a good canvas? Wax Converter Textiles have been supplying the camping industry with high quality Australian-made canvas since 1991. The business is owned and run by the Kelman family. James Kelman took us through the factory and gave us a backstage tour of the ins and outs of canvas.

Published: 2012-10-12

Sun Drenched

Camping gear has come a long way, even in the last 10 years, hasn't it? No doubt most of us can remember when there was nothing electrical included in our camping kits. Gas lanterns provided light, ice boxes kept the food cold, and most people didn't even have a PC let alone a laptop. But as everything has become more affordable, more energy efficient and more attractive to the average camper, we need to be able to reliably power it all. Dual battery systems do a great job, but even they have their limitations.

Published: 2012-10-11

Mozzie Mythbusters

Let's be honest, there are some aspects of camping which are no good. These list in the following order – mosquitoes then sandflies. Apart from that we can't think of anything else that is bad. Mozzies and biting insects can seriously dampen what would otherwise have been a great trip, especially because they seem so prevalent at most of the best spots. This issue we are going to be putting some of the mozzie myths to the test, finding out what really works at keeping the bloodsucking blighters away and what doesn't.

Published: 2012-10-11

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