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THE IMAGE MAKER

A hunting trip turned bad made Michael Ellem pick up a camera instead of a gun to shoot wildlife. Now 4X4 photography is his passion. Who is Michael Ellem? Michael is a man who has been making his full-time living photographing the 4X4 world since 1999. His editorial work has been published in all the leading 4X4 magazines …

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SURF AND TURF

Whilst the concept of the Surf and Turf originated in North America, it has become a favourite around Australian barbies and campfires Serves 4 | Time 20 minutes METHOD Toss the prawns, garlic, olive oil, salt and lemon juice into a large zip-lock bag. Mix everything around until well coated, then seal the bag and place it in the …

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COLD COMFORT

Winter is here, so Unsealed 4X4’s Tim Stanners and Dan Lewis list their five favourite bits of gear for this time of year.   Balaclava Not recommended for wearing into a bank, but always packed alongside my winter camping kit. Wear it rolled up as a beanie, pulled down as a neck warmer or, when the temp really …

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SO SHE SAYS

Kirsty Hobbs is our resident Unsealed 4X4 female columnist. She has no fixed address, just finished a big adventure around Australia and is currently driving the back roads up through eastern Africa in her trusty old LandCruiser. About a decade ago the idea of being a writer for a hot new 4X4 magazine would have been laughable. I was the …

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CATCHING BREAM

(for the piscatorially challenged) They might be one of the most common table fish out there, but that doesn’t mean they’re easy to catch. We tool you up on some bream basics. Story by FishLife’s Scott Amon Characteristics There are three main bream species that are of significant importance to recreational anglers in Australia. One of the most …

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OUR 4X4 FUTURE?

What’s in Land Rover’s concepts today will be in the vehicles of tomorrow. Transparent bonnets aren’t the only thing that will blow your mind! Story by Robert Pepper Well, ok, maybe these things won’t be in your 4X4 tomorrow, but certainly in a few years. In the last couple of decades Land Rover have invented Hill Descent Control, …

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FOUR DOOR UTES

Profiling the Top TEN (plus a few randoms) Sales figures suggest this multicultural mob might inherit the 4X4 earth Story by Bruce McMahon THESE days, the once-humble dual cab ute is a staple in sheds and garages from Cape Byron to the Kimberley. Across Australia, four-wheel drive, four-door utes are used (and sometimes abused) by tradies, fisherfolk, farmers, …

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THE PIONEERS

Australia did not become the 4X4 capital of the planet by accident. It took the hard work and genius of pioneers. Unsealed 4X4 is honouring those pioneers with an A-Z series Malcolm Douglas In 1964, two stock and station agents working in the Riverina quit their jobs to see what wilder Australia had to offer, filming their adventures …

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GNARLY GNARALOO

WOWS AND WIPEOUTS! THIS WEST COAST IDYLL IS THE PERFECT WEEK AWAY FROM PERTH WORDS AND IMAGES TOM HAYNES The rumble of our Mitsubishi Overlander floating across corrugations is punctuated by rocks flinging against its underbody; clangs protesting our intrusion on the desert silence. It is approaching 16 hours since we three mates – Tom (that’s me), Tim (the …

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THE NEW NISSAN NAVARA

Check it out! Nissan has revealed what the next version of its flagship ute looks like. The NP300 Navara is the 12th generation of this famous Nissan and will go on sale in Australia in early 2015. While Nissan has released plenty of photos and videos and motherhood statements about the new vehicle, there are no details yet …

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THE STYLE GUIDE

A DOZEN EASY WAYS TO GET YOURSELF KICKED OUT OF A FAIR DINKUM COUNTRY PUB 1. Plonk your 4X4 where the publican usually parks 2. Ask if there is pear cider on tap 3. Fail to honour a shout with the locals 4. Mention that you work for a coal or gas company looking to start up an …

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Q&A

GARETH WRIGHT AND KIRSTY HOBBS, THE AUSSIE OVERLANDERS, ARE YOUNG ADVENTURERS TRAVELLING THE WORLD IN THEIR 4X4. Over the past few years they have built their knowledge from the ground up. They don’t pretend to know everything but are happy to share what they have found to work best. Around here that’s what we call an UNSEALED 4X4 …

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HOW I SAVED $58,000 ON DIESEL

WHILE TRAVELLING 200,000KM AROUND OZ CROSS-COUNTRY travellers Ernie and Yvonne have in recent years been flitting around this big brown land – from top to bottom and side to side – on the smell of fish and chips.The ever-pragmatic Ernie has the family truck, with nine metres of living quarters in tow, running on second-hand oil from hamburger …