the Land that Time Forgot
As intrepid explorers, we want to share our passion for travel and
adventure and inspire you to go walkabout in the great Australian
Outback with your family and friends. With our help, you can
travel safely to remote locations, learn how to get the most from your
4WD vehicle and source the right gear for your holiday adventure; this
is especially important because we want to show you how to travel
comfortably, even if you're on a budget. Planning your outback
adventure may seem a little daunting at first, but we've done the hard
work for you and you will learn how to navigate your way to exciting
outback destinations and learn the fundamental knowledge and local
survival techniques that you need to know before you find yourself in a
Our website contains all this information and more. Our aim is to
help you plan and organise your holiday adventure and provide you with
the necessary knowledge you need to travel safely and confidently with
your family. Included in this website is our very useful, FREE
Outback Skills Guide, this is just a sample of the type of information
you will find in our "How
available for download on this site.
All you need is a sense of humour, SPIRIT OF ADVENTURE and some basic
explore this vast land safely. In this website, we take a common
sense approach and provide you with useful and informative information
that will give you the skills to travel safely no matter what your
budget. You can LEARN HOW TO:
- Plan and organise a trip
- Select a suitable vehicle for
- Prepare your car or 4WD
- How to recover a vehicle or
persons; what gear you will need and
- All you need to know about
camping in the bush
- A range of tips and
techniques to help you no matter what type of outback adventure you seek
This website contains information for those that are willing to travel
to distant and / or isolated places that most people never get to see
or explore. All you need
to remember on
AUSSIE TRAVEL ADVENTURE is
to have fun
, explore amazing
places, take great photos
and meet loads of interesting
the moment and live everyday to the fullest, because life is too short!
We have some great Adventures waiting
Even Sign Posts in the Outback
YOUR OUTBACK ADVENTURE AND TRAVEL GUIDE
Have you ever thought to yourself "I just want to pack it all in and
head off on an adventure?" Well what's stopping you? Is it
money, time or know how?? Here at Outback Australian Adventures and Travel
it is our job to
provide you with the best reference guides for your exciting Aussie
Outback Adventure. You can travel in the outback (fully prepared)
and with confidence knowing we are
only a mouse click away.
WE ARE YOUR OUTBACK "MATE" (BUDDY)
Think of us as your
We're here to provide you with ideas on "Where to go, How to
get there, What planning you need to consider and How to prepare your
We also provide plenty of outback training tips in
our 4WD Self Help Guides. This is all important information as
many offroad adventures require driving long distances on unsealed
roads so it pays to be prepared and know how to stay safe and recover
your vehicle, if worse case happens. Tourists often find
themselves lost or in danger because they have failed to plan or
consider worst case scenario.
These information guides are provided in PDF and video format. We
even teach you things like - "How to
trailer bearings in the middle of the Gunbarrel Highway"
most famous and challenging four
wheel drive tracks). Our aim is to ensure you are prepared for
any trip you undertake and have the vital knowledge you need that could
possibly even save your life.
After watching our videos on "How To
Prepare and Maintain your Vehicle and Camper Trailer"
the confidence to go the extra mile and explore that bit further.
can also download a copy of the
easy to follow 'Step by Step' videos for future
Even simple things like preparing your car for a safe family
weekend away requires some forward thinking and planning; We take
nothing for granted because we understand that people come in all
shapes and sizes with varying levels of experience; A lot of
outback adventurers wanting to explore the great outdoors are city
dwellers that are unfamiliar with the perils of travelling in remote
country. We say don’t let fear stop you! Take
your family and friends and enjoy all the sights that this amazing
country has to offer. There any many beautiful, unspolit
destinations to explore in the great Australian
Outback or if exploring the turquoise waters off our coast is more your
style, visit one of our many pristine beach locations
that offer both privacy and seclusion.
Remember, it may look like paradise - but Australian waters can be deadly if you are
ill-prepared. Before venturing out, make sure you have the basic
skills and knowledge to navigate your environment safely so that you
are prepared for any situation that may arise.
And for all you hardworking Mum's (you know who you are!!) who are just
waiting to take off on an Australian Outback Adventure - then fear
You're chariot awaits in your very own garage (Mum's 4WD
tough truck); you know the one I'm referring to, the real 4WD or the modern all wheel
drive or crossover/sports utility vehicle; the one that is used as a
glorified school bus to ferry our precious cargo to and from school,
Monday to Friday.
With so many Dad's working away (either up North or overseas), it's often left
up to good ol' Mum to organise the family holiday (along with everything else!!)
you fed up with expensive resorts and the same old holiday destinations? Are the kids
craving for an adventure holiday of a different kind? Then why
not be bold?
Mum's (with our help and access to our Preparation Guides) you
can plan your very own FAMILY CAMPING HOLIDAY ADVENTURE of a lifetime!
Just pick Dad up from the airport as he flys
in and head North to the outback for an adventure of a different kind;
if Dad can't make it - just send him the
photos - I'll bet he will be on the first plane out.
So how do you prepare for and take the kids away on holiday
losing all your hair to stress?? Our "Mum and Kids Family Adventure Guide"
only a few videos away. It's as easy as 1, 2, 3...
It’s all in the 3 P’s.
- Preparation and;
Rest assured, we provide so many tips on how to prepare for a safe and
enjoyable family adventure, that all that is left for you to do
is relax and
enjoy the whole experience. Let's not forget your "Outback Mate"
which is a simple
away on your laptop if the going gets tough! Our "How to Adventure Guides"
everything from the basics, like learning how to check the oil and
water in your
vehicle, to changing a tyre, checking tyre pressure, picking the right
camp site and even how to light a
so you can enjoy a hearty meal like "Outback Damper" (see recipe) that
is so easy, even the kids can make it.
ALL WHEEL DRIVE ADVENTURES
The Four Wheel Drive that most people drive is an all wheel drive 4WD
soft off roader. They are reasonably affordable and offer great
handling in a variety of conditions. They are generally good on
fuel (especially if they have a diesel engine) and
come in many shapes and sizes. What about cost? Well, it
doesn’t matter whether you drive a $50,000.00 Subaru Forester or a
$100,000.00 BMW X5; in terms of offroad capability, they generally have
limitations (regardless of what they cost to buy). These include
vehicle ground clearance, tyres,
fuel tank size, motor, driveline
and available storage
On this site we
provide plenty of
planning tools on How
Vehicle, What To Take and even Where To Go.
offroader vehicles will go places you never thought possible, all it
takes is a
little careful driving and good route selection.
Moly and Family Camping
in the Middle of the Outback
ENJOYABLE OUTBACK FAMILY ADVENTURES
Together with our help, your focus will be on having fun and enjoying
Australain Outback Adventure with your family. Rather than
whole week digging your
4WD out of sandy bogs or paying someone else a handsome price to get
you out of a sticky situation you will be confidently getting about in
the great outdoors enjoying the drive, fishing, camping or
rock climbing. This means quality time and enjoyment doing
something different and seeing something new!
Our tip: Plan your trip and then enjoy your plan. There is also a
on What to Take
importantly What Not To Take.
vehicle is dangerous, the car uses more fuel and your 4WD gets bogged
easily and more often. Be careful to choose a holiday destination
or driving adventure that's appropriate to your vehicle and
4WD RECOVERY TIPS
There is a whole section on How To
Drive in Different Conditions, Key Things To Consider, and most importantly - When to Get Out and Walk The Track Ahead.
Understanding and recognising
the importance of this has prevented us from getting bogged many a
time. It doesn’t
matter whether it’s a boggy muddy track, deep sand ruts or driving in
snow and ice, a little prevention and preparation is all you
HAVE THE RIGHT GEAR ON HAND FOR THE
depth in the 4WD Recover Section.
adventures are listed as EXTREME 4WD
. For most adventure
weekends and adventure holidays, a
small amount of suitable equipment, a common sense approach coupled
with sound preparation, is what you will need to get you
there and back, safely.
Jack Fishing at Billy Goat, Bay
I’m often asked about disabled access 4WD adventures. Having a
disability will not stop you or your family enjoying the outback.
where you can go, and how you might get there but
those limitations are mainly in the minds of others.
I have met some of
the most adventurous people strapped into a wheelchair. These
chairs come in all shapes and sizes; they have massive fat wheels or
cut down ski’s and others have been further improvised with technology
developed from motorised chairs and buggies.
why God blessed us with brains so we
can IMPROVISE and FIND OTHER
One of my favourite activities to
do with my own son who has disabilities is fishing, we use our big red
canoe to explore the lakes and rivers. I've
supportive seat for him and an electric motor for me. This means I
have a spare hand so that I can concentrate on helping him catch the
illusive big fish. It also beats
paddling into a head wind!
Jacks big red electric canoe on the
Blackwood River, Western Australia
Having travelled and lived all over Australia, we now live in Western
Australia. We include adventures for people that require disabled
access and that are suitable for wheelchair travel. Sandy
tracks are definitely a challenge and a
real pain in the butt as the wheels on my sons chair get bogged easily.
have recently acquired a new mobility stroller called an Ottobock Kimba
Cross. This provides more
offroad access as it is lower to the ground and has bigger tyres. These
Australian National Parks and camping areas are better suited for
wheelchair access. Ramps are featured and most public toilets do
have wheelchair access. There are even tree top walks
that enables wheelchair access; my son and other kids just loved this
adventure. Wheeling around the treetops provides a great sensory
experience and sense of freedom. Our little boy had a smile
from ear to ear!
You will find plenty of information on Adventure Travel Tours and Camping Around Australia on a
There are great tips for CHEAP
TRAVEL flying around
Australia, taking the train, or catching an Outback Adventure Bus
and will fit into any
best way to see this vast country (in my opinion) is still driving
around this great land!
With our help you can "Learn how to
confidently select a suitable vehicle"
what to look for"
so that you don’t buy a worn out
lemon (aka, very dodgy car). Once you’ve decided how to get
around, now decide where to
and how long to stay. There are so many amazing locations, depending on
how much time you have.
THE ADVENTURE TRAVEL GUIDE - "THE BEST 100 MUST SEE PLACES FOR YOU TO
favourite selection of Adventure
Don't forget to take a look at our 100
divided by state and region
and there are also plenty of short
We also include the "OUTBACK
CHEAP TRAVEL GUIDE"
To get the most out of travelling around Australia, you are going to
need some 4WD and Camping Equipment. Too often, people get
suckered into purchasing a range of expensive, new equipment just
because some commission based salesman convinced them it was essential.
Do yourself a favour and before you decide to part with your hard
earned cash - read our "Gear Guide"
Buy only the gear you need. Don’t spend money on
expensive equipment and gear you’ll never need nor use.
carrying an extra 100-500kg of stuff
you will never need.
light vehicle means less
wear and tear on parts, and less fuel consumed and best of all not
Download our "Outback Travel
Adventure Gear Guide"
for you and your
Accommodation, Cheap Flights, Cheap
Camper Vans, Cheap Hire Cars, Cheap Food, Cheap
National Parks Access
and many other money saving ideas to help
hard earned cash go a lot further.
You’ll find extensive guides to
Australian Caravan Parks and Camp Grounds, there are also thousands of
FREE PLACES TO CAMP. Some are located on the most beautiful
rivers and oceans
But be warned! Just be careful up North, as you may need to share
ground with one of our very friendly
, they have a fearsome reputation (some just say
they're just a little
We explain how to safely camp and explore the Outback
whilst living in the bush. The guide
"Australian Dangerous Animals",
read this guide and
ensure you follow our "Tips" section on how not to get eaten
you are part of the food chain up in croc country. It’s all about
boundaries and respect for those creatures bigger than you
Download - "Australian Dangerous Animals"
Beach fishing, there are thousands of
kilometers of beach fishing to be found in Australia
AUSTRALIA FISHING TIPS
We love to include a spot of fishing on our outback adventures, there’s
nothing like a freshly caught fish for dinner, after a great day
out exploring our beautiful country.
There is nothing better than throwing a
line in the water waiting for dinner to bite whilst sitting back
taking in the view and
enjoying a cold beer; all of this and more at the end of another
amazing day on your
Australian Outback Adventure.
I provide Fishing Tips
the worlds worst fisherman, me!
, it's all in
the mind. You
world as long as you have the
You will also need a few survival
on what to do.
over 20 years teaching and using Outback Australian Survival
Techniques, we have plenty of interesting tips on how to survive and
where to find REAL TASTY BUSH TUCKER
WATER IN THE MIDDLE OF THE DESERT
HOW TO MAKE A FIRE
several proven easy methods, the kids will love this. Watch our videos,
do a little practice and you will be able to make a fire in next to no
Just make sure the kids or your mates are filming your fire-making; you
might as well get some leverage from that new found skill.
Rock Climbing on Sea Cliffs
West Cape Howe, Albany, Western Australia
We are mad keen rock climbers who now have families. You’ll find
of Australian Outback Adventures that include abseiling and rock
climbing for the family. Included
is our Classic Climbs - Australia
with plenty of video footage. There are very few climbing venues
we haven’t visited in Australia, if it’s vertical, then we've been
there for a
look and a scramble.
SKIING BACKCOUNTRY IN THE MOUNTAINS
Australia has a vast ski area roughly the size of Switzerland. There
amazing Alpine Outback places that are so easy to visit and explore on
skis. Try an
Outback skiing (Nordic touring style) Adventure.
We discuss SNOW
for the whole family, snowshoeing is easy to
master. Next time you venture up to the mountains, consider some BACK COUNTRY ADVENTURES,
if isolation is what you crave - you can be less than 5km from the
local Ski resorts and
not see a single person all week.
So take the family up to the mountains
for a cheap holiday then why not try some back country
have over 20years experience Skiing and Trekking the Australian High
Country, you’ll find plenty of Ski Adventure tips, information on
places to go, 'How To Guides' including how to build a snow cave or put
up a tent in the snow.
We also have videos and ice climbing tips and techniques and there are
(lots) of video and photos on climbing around Australia and the world -
Alaska, Antarctica, Russia, Norway just to mention a few.
This site will provide you with
invaluable information, answers to frequently asked questions, tips and
techniques that you will need to create an enjoyable Australian Outback
safely and enjoy all this amazing country Australia has to offer.
We do and we LOVE IT!
Day, Climb Aires Rock in the Northern Territory, we did