Sandy Blight Junction Road
The Sandy Blight Junction Road is one of those great four wheel drive trips that one visit will not be enough to experience the true beauty of this remote part of Outback Australia.
The Simpson Desert can be crossed via the French Line, WAA line or Rig Road. This trek provides a route using a combination of all 3 routes.
This article discusses how Inverters work and why they are so desirable to many travellers. It explains the difference between modifed sine wave inverters and pure sinewave inverters; contains a
Camps & Accom
This section includes all places of type: Commercial Camping Area, Bush & Free Camps, Caravan & Tourist Parks, Motels, Hotel & Resorts
EOTrackMe is an online tracking applications and uses your mobile phone, gps, web browser and many different tracking devices to update your position online in realtime on the iMapPlot mapping system.
Using Power Leads: Facts & Regulations
This article both confirms and clarifies the law and common practise in regards to using power leads to connect your electrical equipment to a mains power source. Specifically,
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23rd May 2013. David's Bday Shop Sale; Updated Article Section; Power Leads Safety Article; EOTrackMe Daily Tracking; Upload to Places on Mobile; New Members Section; New Products and Special Offers
Great Central Road
Part of the "Outback Way", the Great Central Road is the main thoroughfare through Central Australia and links WA to NT. It is widely used by buses, trucks, 4WD and occasionally 2WD vehicles.
Travelling with Kids 5 - 12 Years
Older kids don't have the same special planning needs as for babies and young toddlers however they are easily bored. A long car trip is just about going to drive them bonkas unless you get smart and
In this article we explain why you might need an additional power source independent of the starting battery installed into your vehicle and we look in detail at types of batteries,
On the Road Driving
The articles in this section cover 4WD Driving Skills & Rules, Driver Fatigue, Driver Fatigue, Driver Training & P-Bays and Rest Areas
If you’re a history buff you’re going to go nuts crossing the Oodnadatta Track. The track follows the orignal Ghan line from Marla to Oodnadatta and then on to Marree. There's stacks of ruins,
Experience the thrill of standing at the most northern tip of Australia, visit gorges & waterfalls and enjoy the challenge of a 4WD adventure just to get there.
If you are considering a trip into Australia’s vast outback, then a UHF Radio is an important communications device to have. Besides the entertainment value, such as chatting with other travellers,
Vehicles Engine Performance for WA
The articles in this section cover Understanding Engine Conversions, Turbos and Super Chargers, Intercoolers for Diesels, Diesel Fuel Injection Systems & Why Diesels are Different
This article covers every aspect of solar and its design and installation in RVs (camper trailers, caravans and motor homes). It shows how much power solar panels really produce,
The Birdsville Track runs south from Birdsville to Maree and passes through the Sturt Stony Desert. It is an extremely remote region but is strikingly beautiful in its harshness.
Caravans & Camper Trailers Buyers Guide
The articles in this section cover Buying a Camper Trailer, Caravan Interior, Compact Caravans, Fifth Wheel Caravans, Off Road Caravans, Pop-Top Caravans & Where to Start
Preparing a Vehicle for Towing
Everyone who intends to tow a caravan, or indeed any sort of trailer, needs to be aware that various tow vehicle and trailer combinations can behave in slightly different ways and certainly different
Trailer Wiring Diagrams
This is a basic reference article about trailer and caravan wiring; the plugs and sockets that are commonly in use in Australia, and the pin colour codes that are designed to coordinate proper
How to Tow a Trailer
Many people either tow trailers, campers, boats or caravans when they travel. When it comes to towing a trailer or camper on the trip, the traveller will now have much more storage space.
The RV Lifestyle
What is it that attracts so many people to the Recreational Vehicle (RV) lifestyle? In this article, we look the various modes of RV transport - from motorhomes, campervans,
Where to Start
This non-biased article provides a practical outline of the major features to consider when contemplating buying a caravan (new or used) and should help you settle upon your main requirements before
Off Road Caravans
This article discusses the features and advantages for off road caravans and in what circumstances you should consider the additional expense of a specialised off-road van.
Take a look at the types of caravans being towed and you will soon notice how popular the pop-top caravan really is. These unique caravans with a height similar to the tow vehicle,
Fifth Wheel Caravans
The concept for using a fifth wheel hitch for a road-based semi trailer has been around for nearly a century. The original idea arose to allow one person to couple a vehicle and trailer together.
Caravans come in many styles, shapes and sizes but have you ever wondered how compact a caravan can get? The small caravan market is intended for those wanting a caravan that’s light,
The interior of a caravan can provide a feeling of comfort and satisfaction as long as this space is utilised wisely. Manufacturers know this and that’s why they carefully design interior layouts
Buying a Camper Trailer
For many campers the decision over the 'living quarters' poses the greatest quandary in the pre-trip planning. Other than a wide range of trailers,
As all antenna designs are a compromise at some frequency, the trick is to work out what will give you the least compromise. To help get a broader understanding and hopefully clear up this confusion,
On the Road Camping
The articles in this section cover Camp Cooking, Care for the Environment, Free Camping, Portable Toilets and Dump Points & Travel Etiquette
Portable Toilets and Dump Points
Portable toilets are becoming increasingly popular for people who don't want to give up on facilities while travelling. This article details the various portable camping toilets available in the
In this article, we discuss what EPIRBs are, the various types including PLBs and their role in Search and Rescue. Digital 406 MHz Epirb distress beacons save lives.
A lot of new four wheel drivers have instantly recognised the need for the acquisition of new skills in the use of their four wheel drive.
This article provides the facts on why driver fatigue causes accidents, tips for how you can recognise the signs of driver fatigue, and advice for how to use power-naps to help reduce driver fatigue.
P-Bays and Rest Areas
Driving on Australia's lonely long roads, it is important to take frequent stops to avoid driver fatigue. Fortunately, most major roads have a system of P-bays but not all rest areas offer the same
Etiquette is a word describing the norms that we as society should adhere to, in regards to consideration and respect. When travelling in the outback,
This is probably the hottest topic in the camping industry right now. Seems everyone has an opinion but not everyone has all the facts - nor the answers. In this article,
Some drivers put unrealistic expectations on the daily distances they plan to travel, however this can lead to driving tired and putting yourself and others on the road at great risk.
4WD Driving Skills & Rules
4WD vehicles are designed to drive through obstacles that conventional (2WD) vehicles would not be able to overcome. Many places in the Australian bush are not negotiable without a 4WD however simply
Care for the Environment
How much thought have you given to how you can minimise the impact you and your family make upon the environment when you head off on a trip?
Whether it's cooking a stir fry on a gas powered fry-pan or brewing up a hot stew in a camp oven over hot coals - this article will provide you with some great outback cooking tips.
Satellite TV systems enable viewers to receive free to air and/or pay TV channels in remote locations where land-based television reception is either poor, or non-existent. In fact,
Why Diesels are Different
The diesel engine, named after the German engineer Rudolf Diesel, is a type of internal combustion engine that is somewhat different to a petrol engine.
Turbos and Super Chargers
This article uses terminology that is explained in our Why Diesels are Different article and discusses the application of forced induction in regards to diesels.
Vehicles Setting up a 4WD
The articles in this section cover Bull Bars, Rails & Steps, Buying a 4WD, Long Range Fuel Tanks, Snorkel, Suspension, Water Tank & Winches
Understanding Engine Conversions
Having a vehicle that is performing well is important for reasons other than just speed and power. Improving reliability and efficiency will also result in better fuel consumption,
Intercoolers for Diesels
“Intercooled” - it’s a pretty “cool” looking decal to have along the side of your vehicle but what does it mean? And more importantly, what does it do? In this technical article,
Diesel Fuel Injection Systems
For drivers of petrol/gasoline-engined vehicles, fuel injection is a relatively new innovation. Only in the last decade or so has fuel injection become the norm and its predecessor,
Long Range Fuel Tanks
A large number of outback treks involve long distances between fuel outlets. Jerry cans are dangerous, difficult to store and not as convenient as a long range fuel tank.
Water storage is a critical issue for all four wheel drivers. Not only do you need to carry large amounts of fresh water, you also need 2 alternate supplies in case of contamination from one source.
All travellers should be capable and equipped for winching so in this article we will discuss the various winching methods and equipment on the market.
There is an unfortunate but realistic fact about purchasing a new 4WD - it won't come fitted with a suspension system designed to carry the kind of load you'll pack for a serious outback trip.
Although significantly different, both petrol and diesel engines require a steady flow of air to operate. If the vehicle is not fitted with a snorkel,
Bull Bars, Rails & Steps
A vehicle's bull bar, sides steps and rails are known as its "bar work". Some critics might suggest that bar work is not necessary but for people actually using their vehicles for offroad touring,
Buying a 4WD
This article focuses on the major considerations when choosing a 4WD vehicle for the purpose of travelling and camping. We give some brief definations of the various terms used to categorise 4WDs,
Hiring a 4WD or Campervan
This article is intended to help the international visitor to Australia who is trying to work out the best way to choose a vehicle for a self-drive trip.
Buying a Motorhome
Motorhomes combine living accommodations and travel in the one package and the options are endless. The amount to learn can be quite overwhelming to the newbie.
Vehicle Reversing Camera
"Rear view" or "reversing cameras" can be added as aftermarket additions to vehicles that do not come with factory-fitted systems. In this article,
HF Radios are a wise consideration if you intend to travel throughout remote regions of Australia. In this article we discuss the usefulness of HF radio in practical situations and explain the many
Outback Communication Requirements Explained
Communications equipment is especially handy whilst travelling and often essential. It is considered necessary that each vehicle venturing into the outback should be equipped with a UHF radio
The articles in this section cover Outback Communications, Satellite Phones & Devices & Staying in Touch
With the evolution of satellite technology to deliver phone, television, radio, internet connectivity and many other services, travellers today are now capable of sending and receiving fast and
Staying in Touch when Travelling
With today's technology, staying in touch with our friends and family when travelling is relatively easy. Using the internet, sending email, mobile phones, satellite devices,
Map Viewing Software
Mapping Software is used by several different types of Navigation Devices, including Laptops/Netbooks, Smartphones, Tablets, PDAs and all in one GPS Navigators (in off road mode).
Regional & Off Road Navigation
4WD, Off Road & Touring Navigation presents many unique challenges to travellers, particularly when it comes to finding suitable navigational tools.
Navigation Using Maps
The articles in this section cover Map Viewing Software & Regional & Off Road Navigation
The articles in this section cover Map Viewing Software & Regional & Off Road Navigation
The articles in this section cover GPS Units, Navigators & SatNav, Laptops & Netbooks & Smartphones & Tablets
The articles in this section cover Devices & Mapping
GPS Units, Navigators & SatNav
In this article we look at ready to go navigation devices and satnav units. You'll learn how different devices work, their limitations and advantages plus we include a section on hybrid navigators,
Laptops & Netbooks
This article will explain what you'll need in order to use your laptop as a navigation device. We discuss how the different components work together,
Smartphones & Tablets
Smartphones and Tablets are relatively new additions to the navigational market, but their widespread ownership sees them swiftly taking over as a device of choice for Street Navigation.
The generator, which was discovered by Michael Faraday, is an ingenious device that converts mechanical energy into electrical energy.
Caravan & Camper Battery Charging
Our modern lifestyle and need for electric and electronic products to accompany us on holidays and on our travels has brought us to have independent power in our caravans and campers when away from
The Tanami Track
The Tanami Track is essentially a great short-cut linking the Red Centre to the Kimberley. Although once a notorious 4WD track, it is now a graded dirt highway.
The articles in this section cover Business, Member List, Personal & Trips & Gatherings
The Cooloola Coast, which lies within the Great Sandy National Park, has it all - high sand dunes, vibrant coloured sand cliffs, sweeping beaches, rich coastal vegetation and much more.
The Painted Desert has to be the highlight of the South Australian Desert experience. This trek from Coober Pedy takes as little as one day, but if you are a photographer or painter,
A most adventurous short-cut for those travelling from the west to Coober Pedy & the Alice. Excellent views and plenty of wildlife, featuring memorials dedicated to Goog and Dinger,
Vic High Country
This is a great trek through the Victorian High Country where you'll experience some of our most spectacular mountain areas. See high country huts,
Anne Beadell Highway
An inland alternative to travelling the Nullarbor, the Anne Beadell trek offers remoteness, isolation and unique vegetation and wildlife.