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Camper Trailer Australia Issue 151

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
lower the eyes

Anticipation is palpable. It’s so palpable that you could cut the palpability with a knife. It’s like a great big brake is about to be released, or a vast dam wall is about to be breached. Behind it we wait, a mountainous slab of water ready to break loose and fill the open space beyond. As it becomes clearer what the ‘easing of travel restrictions’ actually means, many of us are already well into planning and preparing for our first post COVID-19 adventure. But caution and due diligence is still required. As we go to print, there are still particular regulations and ethical guidelines that must be observed. Again, it’s definitely advisable to stay abreast of federal and state updates on a daily basis, especially if organising a fair dinkum trip away…

10 min
easy 4wd maintenance at home

As I write this, we in Australia, like so many in the world, are under strict travel limitations. So for us adventurers and those pursuing outdoor activities, it literally leaves us with nowhere to go. Even the national parks, most recreational areas and large swathes of the country have restricted entry to all these areas we love to frequent. So with nowhere to point our 4WDs until these restriction are lifted, it’s a great opportunity to take a look at your 4WD to see what needs doing and attend to small jobs that are easily achievable by those with even just basic mechanical skills. BEGIN WITH THE BASICS When I sat down to write this article, my main objective was to address simple jobs that require little skill and few resources. I also…

8 min
rediscovering our own backyard

Well friends, it seems the future of travel is all about exploring the wonders of our own backyard. Who knew? Well, I’m sure many of you have known for yonks, but now at least everyone agrees, because all forms of travel anywhere else are, officially, redundant. The argument, for now, is over. Done and dusted. See Australia or sit at home and go slowly insane watching interminable dramas on Netflix? If, like me, you’re well and truly over talking about what’s good on Netflix, it’s a no-brainer. The Sopranos? The Wire? Breaking Bad? Game of Thrones? Who cares? So, yes, dreams of international travel seem kiboshed for some time to come. But is this a bad thing? Many of us have wanted to spend time traversing the breadth of Australia and now,…

11 min
through a land of myth and legend

Mount Liebig stood tall and proud above the horizon, acting like a beacon — or a magnet — as we were inexorably drawn towards it. Known as Watiyawanu to the local Luritja Aboriginal people, who make up the small community located near the mountain’s base, the mount’s name comes from the dreamtime and the willie wagtail bird. Important in a host of legends and stories, this delightful and cheeky little bird is sometimes portrayed as a chatterbox, to be shooed away and out of hearing. In other stories, the willie wagtail would bring spirit children to their mothers, while in others it was the bearer of bad news and death. Such are the Aboriginal legends around the bird and the peak. Our European names for peaks and places that caught the…

1 min
travel planner

Permits To travel the full length of the Gary Junction Road, you need a permit from the Central Lands Council in the NT and the Dept. of Aboriginal Affairs in WA. Both are available online and can be easily applied for as well as generally quickly issued. Visit clc.org.au and wa.gov.au to contact the aforementioned departments. Fuel and supplies From Marble Bar to Alice Springs is around 1400km depending on which way you go east of Papunya. The longest distance between fuel is 400km from Marble Bar to Punmu. Remember the track is sandy and you'll use more fuel than you do on the blacktop. Punmu is probably the least reliable fuel stop along the way. Costs are approximately as follows: Punmu ($3/litre); Kunawarritji ($3.40/litre); Kiwirrkurra ($2.50/litre); Kintore ($2.15/litre) Papunya ($2.04/litre, credit card…

14 min
luxur y anywhere

Few truly believe the rat race is life in all its entirety. Most feel there’s something more, beyond the concrete horizons. And although this something more is often obscured by smartphone notifications, mortgage repayments and the daily grind, it’s never truly forgotten. It’s there, a constant presence, acting as a private motivation, a flickering inner flame. We all, now and then, need a break from our switched-on, plugged-in Twenty-first Century existence. Our happiness depends on taking the opportunities we can to unplug, switch off, and go offline. That’s the philosophy of Offline Campers out of South Oz, one which I’m sure will resonate with many readers. Their hard-floor, rear-fold Raker, the end result of over 25,000km of testing culminating in a Simpson Desert crossing, seems to ask: if you’re leaving the big…