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  1. The Birdsville Track - A Guide to Driving One of Australia’s Most Iconic Routes

    The Birdsville Track - A Guide to Driving One of Australia’s Most Iconic Routes

    The Birdsville Track is an old stock route that dates back to the 1860s. It was used to move cattle from Queensland down to Maree in South Australia. Today the track sees livestock trucks and a steady stream of tourists keen to see a precious piece of the Australian outback. The original stock route is the ‘inside track’ and only suitable during dry conditions. The ‘outside track’ is only slightly longer and more reliable.

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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  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. 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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  7. 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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  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. How to Install an Anderson Plug – Wiring Guide & Tips

    How to Install an Anderson Plug – Wiring Guide & Tips
    If you are serious about camping, then time will come that you need an Anderson plug. An Anderson plug is used for a variety of purposes, but in the case of a caravan the Anderson plug will allow you to keep your fridge running whilst travelling to your destination. When the caravan is stationary, the fridge can run off mains...

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