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Camper Trailer Australia Issue 132

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

You could describe Cape York as Conradian, after the Polish genius’ series of novels, including, perhaps most famously, Heart of Darkness. Although not many people live permanently up there, those that do are a diverse bunch: Aboriginal townships, sporadic hippie communes of various persuasion, Melanesian Torres Strait Islanders, the odd tattooed biker or two, hermits and vagabonds and every year, during the end of the dry season, a phalanx of offroad 4WDers testing their skills, having heaps of fun on the Old Telegraph Track, all the way to Bamaga. If you’re planning on spending a bit of time in the bush around Cape York, I’d recommend packing a Conrad novel or two to supplement your adventures. Camping up around Cape York is a rite of passage for Australians who like their travel au…

9 min
please sir, i want more power

“WE EXPECT EVERYTHING TO WORK EFFICIENTLY AND EASILY, PARTICULARLY WHEN IT COMES TO ELECTRICAL DEVICES... THESE HIGH EXPECTATIONS CAN STICK BY US ADVENTURERS AND CAMPERS WHEN WE HEAD OUT EXPLORING” When we’re at home, we expect everything to work efficiently and easily, particularly when it comes to electrical devices. Perhaps we’re a little spoilt by the constant improvements in cameras, computers, tablets, gadgets and other household regulars that go on making life easier and easier. We flick the switch and demand the little green LED to show we have clean power. These high expectations can stick by us adventurers and campers when we head out exploring, especially when we have kids in tow. Of course, some of us prefer to basic camp, carrying no more than waterproof matches and a sheet of…

7 min
launch me into space

One moment Anna was happily chatting away in the seat beside me and the next, after a resounding thud, all became ominously silent. Her features frozen momentarily in the mid-word, tell-all expression of a popular coarse expletive. Both eyebrows up, teeth bared, slight flaring of both nostrils, followed by a complicated series of eye rolling movements coordinated with lips, teeth and both hands being pushed through her hair. Once everything eventually came to a rest, the actual expletive sprung forth. By then, I’d already said it at least five times. A quick inspection revealed the issue: the right back wheel of the Starvision Alpha A had burst through the thin ceiling of, not so much a wombat burrow, rather the ceiling of a wombat mansion. So cavernous was the marsupial’s crib…

1 min
cta specs starvision alpha a

TRAILER Tare 825kg ATM1500kg Suspension Independent suspension Brakes 4WD 10” electric brakes plus included handbrake with coupling Coupling Loading capacity of 3500kg, in accord with Australian standards Hitch Tregg offroad heavy-duty Chassis Extra heavy-duty offroad frame Drawbar Extended 280cm (includes coupling and 50cm continuation under trailer) Body Hot-dipped galvanised frame, aluminium body Wheel/Tyre 3 x 15” LandCruiser-pattern tyres and rims (235/75R15). 1 x spare with wheel carrier Style6 stud hubs DIMENSIONS Box size 1.72 x 1.3m unfolded Length 4600mm (hitch to tail-lights) Tent size 4.6 x 4m ACCESSORIES Gas cylinders2 x 9kg holders Water1 x 100L water tank Cooktop AGA approved four-burner Smev Kitchen slide-out four-burner stove and sink Battery 2 x 120amp hour gel batteries PRICE AS SHOWN $10,995 campertraileraustralia.com.au More pictures Specs to compare…

10 min
uncork cape york

Cape York Peninsula, the region featuring Australia’s northernmost point, magnetises camper trailer enthusiasts from around the country. Tales of adventure and of overcoming challenge have rendered the Tip a figurative peak within our minds. Its appeal follows a logical progression. We start out with easier to access destinations close to home, then gain confidence and wish to challenge ourselves and our gear. While we’re at it we take a fancy to seeing what Australia has to offer at its unhinged, uninhibited best. Everywhere we travel we hear whispers of Cape York and we realise, this is the place for us. And off we go. It’s a challenging landscape. It takes a lot of time, even when taking the most direct and inland route. Add to this that people are itching to reach the…

7 min
the cape york bucket list 20 things to do before reaching the tip

1 SNARE A POT OF CHERABIN With free camping, reliable catches of cherabin and crystal clear, croc-free pools, The Bend is a blissful riverside camp just 3km north of Coen. It’s spacious and grassy, there’s plenty of riverside shade to shake out your camp chairs or soak in the river with something cold in hand. A toilet, fireplaces and rubbish bins are provided, and if you wade and swim upstream you’ll discover more amazing waterholes too. 2 SWIM BENEATH TWIN FALLS Brave the washed-out access track to reach this spring-fed oasis in Jardine River National Park and find yourself lounging on sandy banks at day’s end, dusty feet dangling in the cool, croc-free current. The camping facilities are exceptional for such a remote spot. Short walking trails lead directly to the Saucepan, Eliot…