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Is private property camping the future of 4X4 exploration?

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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 little oasis of Lorella Springs. ‘Little’ is probably not the appropriate word to describe Lorella Springs. As …

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Cape York in 1981 – Part Two

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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 be our greatest obstacle, crossing the Jardine River. It was 100m wide and around a metre deep …

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A week in stunning Salvator Rosa – Queensland

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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 July 1846, he named some features in the area after the painter Salvator Rosa. When I saw …

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The 10 best campsites that nobody knows about

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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 to be a correspondent for Unsealed 4X4. No need to get all uppity… So here we go, …

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Finding Mick Dundee

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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 sense then that there would be some exploring to do in an area half the size of …

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Cape York in 1981 – Part One

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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 those days an unbelievable adventure. By 1981 there had only been a few people who had followed …

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7 days in Bladensburg

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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… but Bladensburg is now a stunning National Park with remote camping, historic buildings, amazing stories and landscapes …

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

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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 – but you can relax when you’re setting up camp at that nice little spot you have …

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The magic of ‘Rinyirru’ – Bush Paradise

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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 who have diverted to Rinyirru National Park to become captivated by its special natural magic.   Located …

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Top 8 Outback Pubs

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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 READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE   Putting that aside I do have to say that …

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Chillin’ on the Paroo at Currawinya

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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 are fair dinkum, officially, ‘bush’… in Currawinya National Park. For us it was a great place to …

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Reaching for the sky

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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 and enjoy all that and more at magnificent Kroombit Tops National Park.   CLICK HERE TO READ …

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Wide Open Spaces

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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 bacon and egg pie. Top pies too, by the way! We were headed towards the Flinders Ranges, …

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Summer Storms, Legless Lizards & Sudden Sinkholes

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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 a camping trip. Not to be deterred, we made our way approximately 7km down Main Beach to …

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WHERE THE HELL am I?

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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 have no idea if they have missed a turn-off or if they are even on the right …

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Travel – Pilliga Country

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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 nature. Yet it is difficult for most of us to justify a big desert or central Australia …

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A week away: The West MacDonnell Ranges & Kings Canyon

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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 Ranges and Kings Canyon. The West MacDonnell Ranges has epic rock formations and waterholes, and the name …

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Kinchega National Park: Kinchega Surprise

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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 and tourists. Although the lakes are currently empty, it is still a magnificent place for 4WD adventurers …

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MT MOFFAT: Getting High in QLD

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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 – 4X4 only tracks to make the old heart rate ramp up a notch when locking in …

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WHERE THE BLOODY HELL ARE YA (GOING)?

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…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 be pitching camp this summer. We’ve got every state covered, oh, and if you’re the type of …

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Fraser feelings

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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 you are not there, you are wishing you were. It was time to head back but this …

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The Icons Depart

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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 grit sandpaper to them. There’s no fancy buttons or logos; they’re just keys. I know what they’re …

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12 TOP Camper Trailer Destinations across Australia

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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 known. Let’s face it; anywhere you can camp in your camper trailer is going to be better …

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THE CORAL COAST

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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 over to the Coral Coast, which runs from Cervantes (a couple of hours drive north of Perth) …

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SAT-NAV SYSTEMS HAVE REPLACED TAG-ALONG TOURS

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We attempt to right a wrong – with these 5 ways to choose the best tour for you!   Safety in numbers isn’t just a catchy phrase. While travelling solo can be a rewarding experience, sometimes it’s a much better idea to travel with a group of like-minded adventure seekers under the watchful eye of an experienced guide.   A tag-along tour is exactly what the name implies: You drive your own 4X4 and follow …

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A WEEKEND AWAY FROM CANBERRA: Namadgi National Park

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The ACT is not all just roundabouts and broken political promises, there’s actually a lot of good stuff there too   When most people think of the ACT (Australian Capital Territory), ‘politicians’ would probably be the first word that comes to mind. If the next two words to be in their thoughts are ‘go bush’, then they’ll be in luck. Nearly half of the ACT land area is taken up by bush in the form …

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A week out of Adelaide: MURRAY-SUNSET NATIONAL PARK

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Ever seen a pink lake before? Neither had we…   After completing an unbelievable run through the Outback, we found ourselves staring down the barrel of interminable hours on the bitumen for the run back home to Sydney from Adelaide. For those who have done it before, you’ll know it’s about as exciting as watching two obnoxious drunk guys debate politics at the bar.   For images, videos and the full Unsealed 4X4 experience, read …

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NSW SNOWIES

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That little Batlow sticker you see on apples all the time may be familiar, but what may not be so familiar is the actual region those apples come from. The tiny town of Batlow is actually a gateway to the stunning NSW Snowy Mountains.   For images and the full Unsealed 4X4 experience, read this in our online magazine.   Our trip begins in the Bago State Forest, out of Batlow, where we made a …

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WHERE TO GO WHEN THE GATES ARE SHUT

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Vic High Country Winter Wonderland   For images and the full Unsealed 4X4 experience, read this in our online magazine.   Much can be said for the diversity and aesthetic appeal of the stunning Victorian High Country. For some it is a must do item on the bucket list; for others, their favourite long weekend playground. But for the locals, it’s home. To protect the delicate environment in the upper areas of the High Country, …

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TRAVEL DESTINATIONS OF THE YEAR

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Let’s take a closer look at the top State-by-State travel destinations we just can’t wait to get back to… For images, maps and the full Unsealed 4X4 experience, read this in our online magazine.   We often hear that term ‘the big lap’ ushered with a certain air of respect surrounding it. And it isn’t hard to understand why; we live in a big and diverse country. One that is constantly begging us mere mortals …