Ben Collins

Mini Qld lap – Following the coast home

After leaving the crystal blue waters of the Whitsundays, the plan was to spot-hop along the coast until we reached Gladstone, where my wife and daughters would fly home and I would spend a few days fishing with Team Cruise Craft. Exploring It’s moments such as these that having a very understanding wife is great… though my stay in Gladstone …

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Mini Queensland lap – Big Crystal Creek

Big Crystal Creek

Getting away from the rat race and exploring our amazing country is awesome. Big Crystal Creek You seem to put the stresses of normal day-to-day life in the background and focus on what each day holds. Big Crystal Creek Unfortunately, when you finally point the car and van in the direction of home, the realisation that the way of life …

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Mini Queensland lap – Atherton and Paronella

Atherton and Paronella

After three weeks of enjoying the bush, it was finally time to head east towards the coastline for our run home. Atherton and Paronella But before we made our way to the coast, there were a couple of places left on the itinerary that needed to be checked off… Atherton Tablelands and Paronella Park. Atherton and Paronella Atherton is a …

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Mini Queensland lap – Porcupine Gorge and Mt Surprise

Porcupine Gorge Surprise

Aafter getting our dinosaur fix, it was time to visit a few more gorges. Porcupine Gorge was the next destination on our mini lap, which fellow scribe Paul Graveson wrote about last month. I hadn’t heard of Porcupine Gorge before we planned our trip, but it was impressive and definitely worth a visit. The gorge was carved into the landscape …

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Mini Queensland lap – dinosaur trails

dinosaur trails

Western Queensland is known for many things including the Royal Flying Doctor Service, the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame, the Qantas Founders Museum, all in Longreach, and the Tree of Knowledge, sheep shearing and more recently the site of the discovery of several dinosaur bones. In fact, Queensland has one of the largest and best collections of dinosaur fossils in …

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Mini Queensland lap – Carnarvon Gorge

Carnarvon Gorge

The state of Queensland has many beautiful spots that are well worth visiting and Carnarvon Gorge is one of them – our next destination on the mini lap. Depending on what time of year you visit will determine where you can stay because more camping and caravan spots are opened over school holiday periods. On this trip we made Takarakka …

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Mini Queensland lap – Part 1

Mini Queensland lap

My family loves caravanning and camping holidays, and earlier this year the decision was made to do a four-week adventure around Queensland, starting the week before the June July holidays and finishing a week after. Our partners in crime, or touring buddies, were family friends the Bocks – Nick, Kylie and kids Mason and Mikayla – with whom we have …

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Testing – Ocean Craft Posi Lift Hull

Ocean Craft Posi

Testing – Ocean Craft Posi Lift Hull – Not all boat tests or in this case boat reviews are the same. The main reason this one is a little different is because I tested the boat with an 18hp Tohatsu, even though the Ocean Craft 5900 is rated to 170hp. Ocean Craft Posi Why, you ask? Well, the new owner …

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Oceancraft 6000 Extreme Reef Fisher

FINDING the one boat that does it all may feel unachievable. However, the decked-out 6000 Extreme Reef Fisher by Ocean Craft manages to tick most of the boxes, making it a very versatile boat. Unique in design, Ocean Craft boats are constructed to handle almost any condition, inshore and offshore. The large buoyancy chambers – a feature of the boats …

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Live baiting for Gold Coast black marlin

BEFORE I get started, I wanted to let you know I’m not an expert at catching Gold Coast marlin, however I do want to relay what worked for a couple of friends and myself on a recent trip out from the Gold Coast. The plan was to head out through the Seaway, check out a few of the wave rider …

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