4x4 Travels

Crossing Koolpin Creek 1987

Dreamtime and Diggers 1989

Published in 4×4 Australia Magazine 1989. Republished here 2002. Photos updated 2011 Like the Gagudju Clan of Aboriginal people, who spent the past millennia in the northern half of the Western Arnhemland and the Kakadu Escarpment, the Jawoyn people inhabited the upper reaches of what white man named the South Alligator River, to the north, and […]

Remote Fitzmaurice 1988

Published in 4×4 Australia Magazine 1988. Republished here 2002. Photos updated 2011 It took me more that a few minutes to catch my breath, and regain my composure, as I stood poised on a scraggy sandstone pillar on the edge of the Koolendong Valley. I had just completed a seven kilometre bush walk from our camp […]

Florence Falls

Amazing Litchfield 1988

Published in 4×4 Australia Magazine 1988 Trust the Northern Territory Government to come up with a breakthrough in the conservation of our natural heritage. Far away from the hustle and bustle of southern politics and bureaucratic bungling all interested parties have had an input into the Territory’s newest conservation and recreation park. The politicians wanted it, […]

Oolloo Crossing

Down along the Douglas 1988

Published in 4×4 Australia Magazine 1988. Republished here 2002. Photos revamped 2011 Has it ever crossed your mind to hook up that camper trailer or caravan to the rear of your four wheel drive, to attach the dinghy to the roof rack and to set off on a journey of a lifetime around Australia? Has it […]

Kurrajong flower

Cobourg Peninsula 1988

Published in 4×4 Australia Magazine 1988 Squinting at a map of the Australian continent you will see a piece of land jutting out of the north western end of Arnhemland, almost as far to the north in degrees latitude as the tip of Cape York itself. This bit of landfall is Cobourg Peninsula. It is as […]

A Flying Bow Shackle 1988

It was February 1988. Darwin was hot and humid and 1500mm of rain had fallen since September. Despite this, the Club decided to put on a day trip and young Tony put his hand up to be Trip Leader. Someone suggested Chewing Gum Falls, as it was only about 30km along the ‘Old’ Stuart Highway from […]

Arnhemland Escarpment

Kakadu 1987

Published in 4×4 Australia Magazine 1987 The Gagudju clan of Aboriginal people has lived in this land for eons. Some would say 40,000 to 50,000 years. This land with its prolific plant life, with its vast expanse of waters, with it’s teeming wildlife. This land with its tropical climate, its large rock shelters, its abundance of […]

Heavy going across the spinifex

The Spinifex Trail 1987

A 1987 Expedition: First published in 4×4 Australia Magazine 1988. Republished here 2002. Updated photos 2016 We had always nurtured the notion to visit the Simpson Desert since the early seventies when we started exploring Australia. Somehow the trip was moved back time and time again as we explored the far north instead. Magical names like […]

The sentinel

The Secret Cave 1986

In another life, I was working for the Northern Territory Government. Part of my job was to evaluate the viability of small-scale business ventures in the outback. My travels took me on visits by chartered plane to remote locations in all areas of the Territory. On one such a visit, to a station south of the […]

Bungle Bungles / Purnululu 1986

We drove in to the Bungle Bungles after taking the track in to Cattle Creek Yards off the Great Northern Highway. This firm track winds its way through narrow creek beds and quite undulating terrain. I noticed that the wheel tracks in front of us were making small corrugations and it seemed that someone ahead had […]

The Kimberley 1986

At the northern extremity of Western Australia a notorious road crosses this part of the Australian Continent from east to west. The Gibb River Road had always held a fascination for many overlanders and by reputation it is only a track that services half a dozen large cattle stations and provides a road connection between the […]

Namibia Adventure 1984

    Tucked away in the northwest region of Southern Africa, well below the Equator and between the Kunene River in the north and the Orange River in the south, lies the country of Namibia. Its topography is that of an area with a central highland which drops off in all directions to sandy scrub plains […]

Vehicle Launches gone wrong 1980

The ARGO I received a phone call in about March 1980, from the Managing Director of the Toyota Dealership in Darwin, informing me of the launch of the new ‘ARGO’ all-terrain vehicle. The dealer had taken on the franchise for these handy little machines, which would no doubt be of benefit to Government agencies, the Mining […]

One Day in the Wet 1979

Up in the Far North of Australia, there are only two seasons. From May to the end of September the season is known as the “DRY” and from October until the end of April the season is known as the “WET”. During the dry season one could expect warm to hot days with cloudless skies and […]

Wet Season Antics 1978

It was Easter 1978 and we had joined the Suzuki Club of Darwin only a short while before. In those days I was still learning the 4×4 ropes driving a whizz-bang Suzuki 2 stroke. And what a fun little runabout it was. We set off on the Thursday before Easter for Florence Falls (this was long […]

Hi-jinks on the Marraki Plains 1978

At around 8 in the morning the phone rang. Would I like to join the others for a quick drive out to the Marrakai Plains to see if we could bag some wild pigs? We should be back home by 5pm. Seemed OK to me! A quick check with the missus and I was given some […]

Using a beadbreaker

Splitting Rims

Split Rims on four wheel drives is old technology. The technology dates back about 50 years plus now. This rim was invented to make tube repairs a lot easier as on solid steel rims it was hard work getting the tyre off the rim to get to the tube. The advent of tubeless tyres on four […]

Crimson Rosella

Close encounters with wildlife

In my years of travelling the bush I can recall a few unexpected close encounters with wildlife. Some of them were pleasant and some of them downright scary. Spiders Isn’t it funny that such a small living thing could produce so much animosity towards it just because it is what it is. I must admit that […]


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