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Camper Trailer Australia Issue 141

Relaunched in May 2017, and specialising in the world of campers and adventure trips, CAMPER magazine is for those who ‘have a penchant for good banter around the campfire and beer tasting in five-million star locations’. With a bold new design and revitalised content line-up, CAMPER will showcase the best in campers, feature characters, hero destinations, gear and technology, DIY hints and techniques and a celebration of an adventurous lifestyle through Aussie eyes.

Adventures Group Holdings Pty Ltd
4 Issues

in this issue

2 min
cape york capers

It’s been more than seven years since I’ve been up beyond Cooktown in Far North Queensland. Before life happened, I used to regularly travel between Melbourne and Cooktown, at least once a year. Together with a mate, I’d spend whole months cruising around islands dotted throughout the barrier reef, spear fishing, camping on remote beaches and sand cays out at sea, eating mud crabs, oysters, trout and crayfish; that is until we became sick of seafood and headed to shore to snare a pig or two, just for the dietary variation. Plus, being a true Queenslander, my mate loved hunting pigs. Little did I realise then – the naivety of youth I suppose – that this was destined to become a momentary phase in my life. I assumed it would…

10 min
fixing wheel bearings and brakes

Awhile back I wrote about my young cousin Mitch and his love of 4WDing, especially mud driving. At the time his engine was suffering from overheating and since then his Hilux has encountered other issues, typical of 4WDs that have travelled their fair share of tortured kilometres. Most 4WDs perform seamlessly over many years and kilometres; however, a few consumable components will inevitably weather and wear during this process. Tyres, batteries, fluids and brakes all suffer as the odometer turns. Just how much they suffer comes down to just how well you look after them. A lack of maintenance over endless years of punishment will, you guessed it, wear them down prematurely. So it’s always a good idea to check these overlooked components when you're readying your 4WD for its next trip. This…

8 min
going troppo

Far North Queensland – wild, world heritage-listed and ridiculously warm. When you enter the water here, you don’t just go for a swim; you boat to a barely-there sand cay and snorkel with green sea turtles and reef sharks. When you fish, you don’t just flick around lures; you tempt coral trout up from the reefs and compete with crocs for a share of the barra. When you relax, you do so on a lonely beach under a coconut palm, sipping a beer, and dreaming of what the next day will hold. If you’re craving a wild time at the water’s edge, it’s time to head north. To get you off your backside, here’s a look at some of the best things to see and do up that way. Think dreamy beaches, croc-free…

1 min
fast facts

WHEN TO VISIT Clear skies and stinger-free seas make the dry season (May to October) the best time to visit. TOP CAMPS Babinda Boulders (free for three nights, 60km south of Cairns); Noah Beach (Daintree National Park) and Lake Tinaroo (Danbulla National Park), both costing $6.65/person or $26.60/family. DON’T MISS Cairns Festival (August 23-September 1), Palm Cove Reef Feast (October), Tablelands Folk Festival (October). CONTACT Find out more at cairns.qld.gov.au or wettropics.gov.au and book national park campsites at parks.des.qld.gov. au ($6.55pp).…

1 min
spot a croc (and survive)

Before he passed away in 2010, croc wrangler-turned-conservationist Malcolm Douglas gave me some sage advice: “It’s not the croc you can see that you need to worry about. It’s the one you can’t see that will get you.” His words have stuck with me ever since. While spotting the north’s most prehistoric hunter can be a thrilling experience, it can also be dangerous; so use these tips to stay at the top of the food chain: • Never dangle your arms or legs over the side of the boat and be extremely careful when reeling in fish. • Camp well back from the water’s edge and at least two metres vertically above the waterline, and avoid repetitive behaviour such as preparing food, gutting fish or washing dishes at the water’s edge. • Take care…

1 min
things that sting

If there’s a downside to summer holidaying in the far north it’s this: from October to May, irukandji and box jellyfish inhabit the beaches, inflicting extremely painful and often deadly stings on anyone silly enough to brave the sea without wearing full-body Lycra. The marine stingers breed up rivers and migrate downstream with wet season downpours to drift along the coast. They are more numerous after rain, and when seas are warm and calm, so avoid swimming at these times. Attacks occur every year, despite the warnings, so if visiting from October onwards, grab a stinger suit or stick to inland waterholes.…