Review: VicOffroad Rapid Tyre Deflator

The term “airing down” has become synonymous with the start of an adventure for any keen offroad driver. We all know that dropping tyre pressures a few PSI helps increase the footprint of our tyres on the tracks, improving traction and getting us over some of the more challenging surfaces. Airing down is essential for tackling the soft sand of the desert or beach, the mud on some of the infamous 4-wheel-drive tracks, or even just to help you hold the road on rough corrugations.     We had the opportunity to test out the rapid tyre deflator from VicOffroad,...

Outback New South Wales

The final leg of our recent trip was through Outback New South Wales. After driving across the Simpson Desert, exploring the Oodnadatta Track, and taking a look around Innamincka, we welcomed a change of pace. For years I’d been fascinated from afar by towns such as Broken Hill and Bourke and was keen to see them for myself.   Entering Outback New South Wales After leaving Cameron Corner we headed towards Tibooburra. Keen for a pub meal on a rather chilly night, we decided against camping in the surrounding National Park and headed into town. After being unsuccessful finding accomodation...

Exploring near Innamincka

After exploring the Oodnadatta Track for a few days, we were looking for a change – less ruins, more natural beauty. While we’d enjoyed exploring the ruins and Old Ghan Railway artefacts, there comes a point where all the sidings and villages of rubble start to look the same.  We’d heard great things about Innamincka and had already spent a night on the Cooper Creek at Windorah, so we were keen to see what the area had to offer.   Getting to Innamincka We left the Oodnadatta track at Marree, heading south along The Outback Highway. Just south of Marree...

Driving the Oodnadatta Track

After crossing the Simpson Desert off our bucket list, we were geared up and ready for the next part of our adventure – the Oodnadatta Track. The Oodnadatta Track is 620km running from Marla to Marree in South Australia. We picked up the track south of Dalhousie Springs, roughly 15km north of Oodnadatta, at the turn-off to Marla. Unlike the roads around Mt. Dare and Dalhousie Springs, the Oodnadatta track is in much better shape and more regularly maintained. It was such a welcome break from sharp rocky roads and corrugations! As the track roughly follows the Old Ghan Railway...

Crossing the Simpson Desert: Our Experience

Driving across the Simpson Desert is a bucket-list trip for any keen 4-wheel-drive owner. It’s been on the cards for us since we did our trip to Cape York roughly 12 months ago. Around Christmas time we decided we’d make it happen this year. We spent our spare time for the next 6 months getting the car ready, planning our camp and car storage set-ups, and investigating all we needed to know about the Desert. I can now say with certainty that it’s been worth it! We had a fantastic time, and the Simpson will go down in the memory...

Emergency Communications: Are You Prepared?

What would you do if you had a break-down in the bush? A car fire in the desert? Or a medical emergency hours away from the nearest hospital? As remote travellers, we need to be mindful of the risks. Adequate preparation is key. Emergency communications One of the first things that should cross your mind when preparing for a remote trip is how you would call for help if you need it. There may not be mobile phone reception where you’re headed, and if that’s the case, dialing 000 or 112 isn’t going to help you! Consider the different scenarios...

Review: Coleman Camp Oven & Scone Recipe

Space is always a premium when travelling light in just a four wheel drive. Our next big trip will be to the Simpson Desert. Being that remote means we need to be completely self-sufficient – there’s no corner store for buying milk or snacks! Being someone who loves to cook at home I was keen to find a way to make our usual favourites like fresh scones, cakes, baked desserts, and perhaps even a roast. On past trips when we’ve had a bit more storage available we’ve taken the Weber Baby Q barbecue. Unfortunately its bulky, heavy, and just not...

Review: Mini Box Photo Book

As someone who enjoys photography and travel I like having mementos to look back on once I’m home – a way to share the memories with friends and family. Photo books are a great way to do that. I’d planned to put together a photo book of our Cape York trip last year but somehow hadn’t found the time. A Groupon deal was the motivation I needed. I’d never heard of the Mini Box website before so didn’t really know what to expect with quality or speed of delivery, but I was pleasantly surprised with the whole experience. I’m not going to say...

Free Camping: Our Tips

Free camping is one of the best things about traveling around Australia by road, in my books. You can save some money, discover some really great spots, and meet awesome people. We free camped more often than not on our Cape York trip last year, and I’d highly recommend it! Before you hit the road planning to free camp your way around Australia, I’d suggest having a few basic tips in the back of your mind. Do your homework Finding a great free camp isn’t all that difficult. There’s many ways to find places to camp. I know some people who swear by...

Top 5 Must-Do Activities at Cape York

While planning our next big trip (Simpson Desert crossing later this year – watch this space!) I’ve been reflecting a lot on last year’s Cape York trip – what we planned for, what went wrong, what we got right, and the amazing places we got to experience. And wow, does it have some great places to visit! So with that in mind, I wanted to share with you our TOP 5 MUST-DO ACTIVITIES at Cape York. Number 5: Camp at Loyalty Beach We spent a few days using this campground as our base while exploring the Tip, and I highly recommend it. After...