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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. Googs Track – Funny Name, Great 4WD Track

    Googs Track – Funny Name, Great 4WD Track

    googs track
    Googs Track is on the bucket list of many Australian 4WDers. For those wanting to cross the Simpson Desert or complete the Canning Stock Route, Googs Track is an excellent introduction to desert and sand driving. The track has an interesting history and makes for some great sightseeing.

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  9. Your Guide to Driving the Gibb River Road

    Your Guide to Driving the Gibb River Road


    Image courtesy of W. Bulach via Wikimedia Commons

    Western Australia’s iconic Gibb River Road isn’t for the faint hearted. The roads are often corrugated, flooded or closed, but you will be well-rewarded with incredible scenery that provide lifelong memories.

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  10. Hiking Checklist - Essential Bushwalking Gear According to Steve Sertis

    Hiking Checklist - Essential Bushwalking Gear According to Steve Sertis
    Image courtesy of Firstac5 via Wikimedia Commons

    Planning to go bushwalking? Being prepared and ticking off a hiking checklist is essential before you leave. Whether you are going for a day walk or an overnight bushwalk, the gear you take (or don’t take) matters - your equipment can be the difference between a pleasurable and painful experience.   Check out these hiking gear lists recommended by Steve Sertis, Bibbulmun Track Foundation’s Event Manager. Steve would know, he has done the 1,000-kilometre track walk end-to-end seven times! Steve shared his years of experience with novice and experienced walkers at a community event in Perth recently and gave us all the following advice: Continue reading

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