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  1. 6 Easy 4WD Tracks Close to Perth You Should Try

    6 Easy 4WD Tracks Close to Perth You Should Try
    4wd Image courtesy of Karl Baron via flickr

    Not everyone wants to tackle white-knuckle 4WD tracks. You might be a beginner, looking for a subdued track to take the family on or something easy to break in your new four wheel drive. That’s why we put together this list of six easy 4WD tracks near Perth that are a good mix of fun and adventure.

    Perth boasts a wide range of terrain to choose from in tracks that can be completed in a day. Some have nearby camping facilities if you want to extend your trip over the weekend and take on a few other 4x4 tracks. The best part is you don’t need to travel half-way across WA to find simple 4WD tracks because there are plenty to choose from!

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  2. Free Camping SA - Where to Camp for Free in South Australia

    Free Camping SA - Where to Camp for Free in South Australia

    Free Camping South Australia

    The halfway point between the west and east coasts, South Australia has so much to offer travellers. Amongst inhospitable desert country in the north, a stunning coastline, and quaint country towns in the south, there are some great free campgrounds in SA you should try out!

    Whether your looking to save some money while travelling around South Australia or find the perfect campsite for your caravan we have you covered with this list.

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  3. Canning Stock Route: A Guide to Driving This Iconic Track

    Canning Stock Route: A Guide to Driving This Iconic Track
    track Image courtesy of Peter WH via Wikimedia Commons

    The Canning Stock Route is an icon in Australian 4WD culture. It’s the longest stock route in the world - an impressive 1,800 kilometres winding through unique terrain of the Gibson Desert, Little Sandy Desert and Great Sandy Desert. It’s the remote, harsh countryside that attracts seasoned 4WD enthusiasts looking to tick it off their bucket list.


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  4. Free & Low Cost Camping WA - Discover Western Australia's Best Campgrounds

    Free & Low Cost Camping WA - Discover Western Australia's Best Campgrounds
    Free Tent Camping in WA Image courtesy of Graeme Churchard via flickr

    A common complaint from WA campers is that there aren’t enough good free campsites in this beautiful state. The good news is that there are locations where you can camp completely free which we have included in this guide. We have also included some of the best low-cost campsites where you only pay a very small fee.

    Western Australia is a vast state with significant variations in landscapes. The far north is rugged red earth, sparsely populated with some stunning scenery and long drives in between each attraction. The midwest of WA has a stunning coastline and gorges, and is blanketed with wildflowers in spring. The south-west corner of WA is the state's playground with forests, beautiful beaches and wineries all within a few leisurely hours drive from Perth.

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  5. 12 of the Best 4WD Trips in Australia According to the Experts

    12 of the Best 4WD Trips in Australia According to the Experts

    4WD driving on the best sand dunes in Australia

    Here at the Chart & Map Shop we love getting out into the great outdoors as much as our customers do! When we're too busy doing map stuff we enjoy reading about the best 4WD trips other experts have taken. We have compiled a list of 12 recommend trips, have a read and get ready for your next adventure.

    To check out more trips our 4WD enthusiasts have embarked on, check out their website and social media channels.

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  6. Perth Fishing Spots - 10 of the Best Places to Fish in the Metro Area

    Perth Fishing Spots - 10 of the Best Places to Fish in the Metro Area
    3 men catching fish off a jetty in Perth, Western Australia Image courtesy of Daniel Lee via Wikimedia Commons

    With the popularity of fishing booming and our growing population, the Perth metropolitan area is under recreational fishing pressure but there are still plenty of fish to be had. There are plenty of good fishing locations around the Perth metro area, so grab your reel and give them a go. Choose from the Swan River, Canning River or beautiful Indian Ocean.

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  7. Can You Handle the Billy Goat Bluff Track? (One of the Steepest in VIC)

    Can You Handle the Billy Goat Bluff Track? (One of the Steepest in VIC)

    The Billy Goat Bluff Track in Victoria

    You will need more than a keen sense of adventure to tackle the Billy Goat Bluff Track. The iconic track is listed as one of the most challenging in the country. But if you have previous 4WD experience and enjoy a challenge, you can take on the high country hills with confidence.

    There are a few things to consider when taking on the track and the surrounding area of Alpine National Park including the track’s conditions, what you want to see and do along the way and where you will camp.

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  8. Camp Oven Cooking Tips - 4 Easy Recipes For Your Next Camping Trip

    Camp Oven Cooking Tips - 4 Easy Recipes For Your Next Camping Trip
    Camp oven burning over open fire Image courtesy of Percita via Flickr

    One of the greatest pleasures when camping is cooking a meal in a camp oven. Everyone loves stoking the fire, checking the coals and stirring the pot while cooking up a hearty meal.

    A camp oven, also known as a Dutch oven, is a versatile cast iron pot with a lid that lets you prepare a family-sized meal anywhere. You can use a camp oven over the fire when you’re out in the bush or on the stove at home or even in your caravan.

    Follow our camp oven cooking tips and you’ll be tucking in to a hearty meal before you know it.

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  9. 5 Incredible Gorge Walks in Karijini National Park

    5 Incredible Gorge Walks in Karijini National Park
    Amazing Karijini national park gorge Image courtesy of Laurie Boyle via flickr

    Karijini National Park is one of the largest jewels in Western Australia's crown land. Its iron-rich red gorges, waterfalls, crystal clear water and bushland date back millions of years.

    Karijini is the second largest national park in the state, set within the Hamersley Range, 1,400 km north of Perth. The rugged landscape varies from the massive Mount Bruce to vast plateaus. But it’s the incredible deep gorges that sees 10,000 people a year travel there to experience.

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  10. 9 of the Best Brisbane Fishing Spots Revealed

    9 of the Best Brisbane Fishing Spots Revealed
    main Image courtesy of Brisbane City Council via flickr

    There’s no shortage of good fishing spots in Brisbane and the mild Brisbane weather makes fishing a good option all year round. Try as many locations as it takes to find your hot fishing spot in Brisbane then keep it a secret!

    You could even start with a few of these fishing hotspots this weekend!

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