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Camper Trailer Australia Issue 142

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
top end adventures

Going across the Top is a dream Aussie adventure, often years in the planning. Recruiting (or convincing) travel companions to join you, organising a window of time to embark on such a trip; one that takes many more than a year to complete, and, of course, selecting the right arrangement of vehicles to propel and sustain you during the adventure. There’s plenty to consider. But the release of the latest national GDP figures, indicating a downturn in consumer spending, pose an interesting question for those wanting to turn dreams to reality: what value should we place on living an adventurous lifestyle? According to data released at the beginning of September, the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI), the country’s peak motor industry group, reported that the number of vehicles sold in August…

9 min
taking the low road a guide to high and low range gearing

As an accredited 4WD trainer, I offer customised courses based on the requirements of my students, whether they be 4WD hobbyists or groups from the resource sector. These courses are split into two sections. The first section is practical driving, which participants are always champing at the bit to try out. Meanwhile, the other portion of theory is often met with disdain. Because of that I always try to start it off with an interesting task. I point towards a parking lot full of cars and ask the students to identify which vehicles they think are true 4WDs. More often than not, this amuses everyone, but at the same time it’s met with expressionless blank looks or volleys of different interpretations. Discounting suggestions that large tyres or height distinguishes 4WDs, I ask,…

8 min
going bush in garig gunak barlu

It might be a local delicacy, but the long bum that we’ve just dug out of the mangrove mud is a hard sell, even after a solid roasting on hot campfire coals. Barramundi it ain’t, but the first-time-camping Victorian gals beside me don’t seem to mind. They are off, nibbling on their chewy crustaceans with gusto and standing with spears ankle-deep in sticky mud, searching for crabs. In faraway Arnhem Land, our happy band of big city escapees is going decidedly wild, and there are smiles all around. We’re on a bush tucker tour of sorts, only it’s with Garig Gunak Barlu National Park ranger Robbie Risk and it hasn’t cost us a cent. Robbie’s monthly excursion to Wuwurdi Billabong is an excellent little tag-a-long adventure that explores the mangroves around Caiman…

1 min
fast facts

Getting there Garig Gunak Barlu National Park is located 560km northeast of Darwin (allow seven hours). The park is 4WD-only, and opens only during the dry season months (May to October). There is no fuel available in the park so top up at Jabiru in Kakadu National Park before continuing across Cahills Crossing on the East Alligator River. Low tide here is around six hours after low tide in Darwin. From Cahills, it’s a three to four hour drive to Cobourg’s Black Point Ranger Station (275km). Expect corrugations on this narrow, dusty road and slow down on blind corners to avoid collisions. Need to know Camper trailers and boat trailers are permitted in the park, but caravans and motorbikes are not. You can carry alcohol as long as you don’t drink it en…

10 min
a little ray of sunshine

What's the slogan that Queensland Tourism has been belting out for the last couple of decades? Oh yeah, I remember: “Beautiful one day. Perfect the next!” Well, being a born and bred (and pretty proud) Queenslander, I can say that pretty much sums up our wonderful state. Most of the time anyway. Unfortunately, it didn't sum up our day at Noosa North Shore and Teewah Beach, which was our destination for the review of the ZONE RV Expedition Series Z12.0. I had left Brisbane well before dawn to make my way north to Tewantin, where I had arranged to meet Matt Johns (one of the owners of ZONE RV) at the Noosa River Ferry to catch the barge. After week on week of near perfect weather that you couldn't even classify…

1 min
cta specs z-12.0 expedition series zone rv

TRAILER Tare 1400kg ATM 2800kg Payload 1400kg (calculated) Ball weight 150kg Suspension Cruisemaster ATX heavy duty offroad suspension with wireless control airbag upgrade Brakes AL-KO 12in electric drum brakes Coupling DO35 Cruisemaster V3 coupling Chassis 150mm x 50mm x 3mm DuraGal Drawbar 150mm x 50mm x 3mm DuraGal (with unique crank and gusset) Body True composite sandwich panel fibreglass (29mm insulated walls and 32mm insulated floor) Wheel/tyre 285/75R16 Cooper STT Pro MT on 16in five-stud black alloy rims (2 x spares) Style Hybrid camper trailer DIMENSIONS Box size 3760mm (L) x 2000mm (W) x 1500mm (H) Length 6220mm (hitch to tail lights) ACCESSORIES Water 2 x 90L, Bushranger instantaneous H/W system Kitchen ZONE custom external slide-out kitchen with Thetford two-burner gas stove and hot/cold mixer, fed by plumbed gas bottle on drawbar Battery 100Ah Lithium Solar 220W NON STANDARD UPGRADES Wireless control airbags Internal mezzanine double bed Double lens rear vision camera PRICE…