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ROBINSON GORGE…WHERE THE HECK IS THAT?

I’d never heard of Robinson Gorge or Expedition National Park either – but here’s why I’m glad I stumbled across this ripper Queensland hideaway. CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE BOOM! They had no idea what was about to happen. Within a split second all three men were killed. The explosion was heard 88km …

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Is Moreton Island better for families than Fraser?

Named Queensland’s least tourist-friendly island, Moreton has way more to offer than you think… CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE If you’ve ever been to Fraser Island, you’re going to love Moreton. It really does have the same feel but it’s only a quarter of the size, and a lot more friendly to bringing …

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Australia’s Scariest Camping

We venture to Ground Zero of Australia’s biggest atom blast and survive with just a slight green glow… CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE As Outback folklore has it, nowhere has ever gone off like Maralinga. The rocket range at Woomera had big bangs often and hard, but nothing compares to the place where …

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Pat’s top ten campsites

  To celebrate the tenth season of Pat Callinan’s 4X4 Adventures we got him to give us his favourite camps that he’s been to in the last decade     One of the best things about shooting the TV show in Australia, is that there is literally tens of thousands of fantastic campgrounds to choose from. Beaches, mountainous …

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High Country Adventure

Travel the Dargo High Plains to some of the best campsites in the Victorian High Country, then venture to the roof of the High Country: Blue Rag Trig Point.   The Vic High Country boasts some of the best 4WD tracks and camping anywhere in Australia, and on this trip we ventured along the Dargo High Plains to …

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Kwiambal National Park

Sometimes you find a spot and wonder why you’ve never been there before…   Where is this Kwiambal National Park, you may ask? I was asking the same question as my map showed me that I had arrived… but I had stumbled onto a private backyard with the locals playing their own Boxing Day test match. It was …

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Is private property camping the future of 4X4 exploration?

We go to Lorella Springs Station to find out. Northern Territory.   Atrip to the Gulf Country is not for the faint-hearted. It was the effort to reach this remote place that led to the demise of the famous Burke and Wills expedition. Smack bang in one of the most remote places in all of Australia lies the …

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Cape York in 1981 – Part Two

Last issue Vic Widman had reached the Jardine River in his convoy of two Subarus and one Daihatsu in his epic 1981 trip to the top of Australia. With no vehicle ferry operating, he had no choice other than to drive through this treacherous stretch of water.   We had come well prepared for what we knew would …

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A week in stunning Salvator Rosa – Queensland

There’s way more to Carnarvon National Park than just the gorge.   What do a 17th-century Baroque painter and a New South Wales Surveyor-General have in common? They both loved the dramatic landscapes that this section of the Carnarvon National Park has in spades. When Major Thomas Mitchell stumbled across the crystal waters of the Nogoa River in …

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The 10 best campsites that nobody knows about

Let’s just keep this between us, eh? Dex wants me to write about my 10 best campsites that no-one knows about. There goes the serenity! So I thought I would just list them off and say nothing else… at least that way my best-kept secrets would stay that way. What’s that, Dex? Yes of course I still want …

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Finding Mick Dundee

A National Park half the size of Switzerland, and the backdrop to one of the most iconic Australian films – Kakadu screams out to be explored. CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE The World Heritage listed Kakadu National Park is Australia’s largest National Park with an area of almost 20,000 square kilometres. It makes …

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Cape York in 1981 – Part One

Our resident Outback explorer, Vic Widman, started his four-wheel drive safaris with a trip to Cape York in 1981 in a Subaru. Things were a lot different in those days. CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE It is incredible to think that it is now over 35 years since I undertook what was in …

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7 days in Bladensburg

Bladensburg typifies what Outback Queensland is all about: Remote and harsh yet stunning and colourful with plenty to see and do.   CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE Located a few kays out of Winton in Central West Queensland, there’s a place that was once a sprawling sheep station owned by a multinational company… …

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Ah, how’s the serenity Travel: Coffs Harbour, NSW

There’s actually a really easy way to beat the crowds this summer. We all love that feeling. There’s a long weekend coming up or we’ve taken the time off for the school holidays, we pack up the 4X4, hitch up the camper and get going. You tell yourself that yeah, the traffic is bad getting out of town …

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The magic of ‘Rinyirru’ – Bush Paradise

Sometimes your journey is more important than your final destination   CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE   While reaching the very tip of Cape York is the Holy Grail for many bush adventurers, some of us know that the journey to get there is just as, if not more, special. As do those …

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Top 8 Outback Pubs

Vic gives us the lowdown on some of his top outback watering holes Can anyone else see the irony in the Editor asking me, a non-drinker, to write up a list of the best Outback pubs? Obviously Dex couldn’t find anyone else on the team that could remember their stay at any of them…   CLICK HERE TO …

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Chillin’ on the Paroo at Currawinya

Magnificent tree-lined waterholes with yellow belly below and birds above.   CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE   Whilst not recognised as an official unit of measure, ‘Back of Bourke’ has long been the unofficial unit of measure for remoteness. So when you are 200km further west and 175km further north than Bourke, you …

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Reaching for the sky

We head 400km north-west of Brisbane and then 900m skyward to find a WW2 crash site that’s not to be missed Where can you combine exploring a ridgy-didge full-on WW2 bomber crash site, maxed out suspension stretching 4WDing, bush camping beside a bubbling creek and magnificent panoramic views from the top of some tablelands? Buckle up the seatbelts …

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Wide Open Spaces

A first timer’s guide to the Flinders Ranges, with what could be the best four-wheel drive club in the country. While this particular trip started with a cup of coffee in a car park somewhere in Adelaide, it didn’t really begin until we had arrived in the sleepy town of Jamestown and stopped at the bakery for a …

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Summer Storms, Legless Lizards & Sudden Sinkholes

Possibly the most geologically unstable destination in the country, disguised as Paradise, Straddie sure knows how to keep you on your toes! Our trip began when we boarded the ferry from Cleveland for the 45min trip across to North Stradbroke Island where we were greeted by a huge summer storm… great, nothing like a mini-monsoon to kick off …

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WHERE THE HELL am I?

Here are our top tips to help you work out exactly where you are! Bill is driving along a track in the Victorian High Country, chatting to his ‘navigator’ Hillary, when suddenly they reach an unnamed fork in the road. Bill exclaims: “Where the bloody hell are we?” Because Bill and Hillary were distracted by the conversation, they …

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Travel – Pilliga Country

Could this be one of our last hidden secrets?   As an off-roader equipped to tour and take on the dirt tracks, I know it is increasingly hard to find areas that are close to home and yet undiscovered. And those are the areas that I enjoy. I want that feeling of isolation and being at one with …

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A week away: The West MacDonnell Ranges & Kings Canyon

You’d be mad to take the short way from Alice to Uluru; here is what you’d miss out on…   Nope, you won’t find any wheel-lifting action, no endless sand driving, you probably won’t even need to lock the hubs; but it’s essential when you are planning that obligatory Northern Territory Outback trip to include the West MacDonnell …

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Kinchega National Park: Kinchega Surprise

We explored the stunning Kinchega National Park and Menindee Lakes… just before the drought broke.   Once a thriving sheep station and now an integral section of the Menindee Lakes system, Kinchega National Park is one of the most stunning Outback parks in New South Wales. When the lakes hold water, the park is teeming with waterbirds, photographers …

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MT MOFFAT: Getting High in QLD

Think that stunning off-road driving in Queensland can only be found near the coast? Guess again.   Mt Moffat is a ripping destination with something for everyone plus plenty of extra thrown in for good luck. Ancient Aboriginal rock art, bush camping, more remote natural beauty than you can poke a stick at, bushranger history, and the biggie …

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WHERE THE BLOODY HELL ARE YA (GOING)?

…This summer? We’ve got 10 of the best warm-weather camping locations lined up for you, and we’ll even tell you how not to die when you’re there   With the warmer weather on our doorstep, we thought it was high time we had a look at some of the popular, and not so popular places you need to …

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Fraser feelings

Exploring Fraser Island in the off-season can be just as rewarding as the summertime version… …minus the crowds.   Fraser Island is a powerful place. While on the island your troubles and stress levels melt away like a bad dream easily forgotten in the morning, replaced instead by a blissful sensation like floating on a cloud. And while …

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The Icons Depart

A journey with a difference: Step aboard ARB’s four Icon 4WDs and see the Outback like we’ve never seen it before.   The keys jingle as they fly through the air, clanging into my palm. I can’t help but feel the grin spread across my face. The keys are smooth and worn, like someone has taken a fine …

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12 TOP Camper Trailer Destinations across Australia

Think lugging a trailer behind you means the really good spots are off limits? Guess again.   Here is a State-by-State wrap on some of the best camper trailer spots. Of course there are many more than just these 12, but this will whet your appetite and possibly introduce you to some locations that are not so well …

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THE CORAL COAST

Forget the Cape, forget the Simpson, you need to start planning your next trip here…   We’re about to let you in on a bit of a secret. It’s one that those who live in WA already know about, but if you’re from anywhere east of that State then there’s a good chance you haven’t really considered getting …