Ben Collins

Spoilt for choice in southern Western Australia


After our quick foray into the outback, it wasn’t long before we were en route back to the coast. As much as we love the bush, there is something to be said about sitting on the coast, enjoying the cooling breeze as you watch the sun sink slowly over the horizon, signalling the end of another day in paradise. We …

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Exploring western Eyre Peninsula


With the sun shining, we continued our adventures north along the west coast of the Eyre Peninsula in South Australia. This part of the country is very beautiful, with little beach camps splattered along the coastline. Ideally, it would have been good to have a few weeks or even a month to explore these places, to immerse in the locals’ …

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Adventures around Eyre Peninsula

After our short escape to Kangaroo Island, we were back on the mainland and following the South Australian coastline north. When travelling, there is one thing that dramatically impacts on your experiences – the weather. And unfortunately, you have zero control over it. Heading to places when it’s cold and windy can be a little disappointing, especially if you have …

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Mini lap adventures continue


After spending a little more time in Victoria than we’d originally planned, we needed to adjust our travels slightly in South Australia. The reasoning behind this was that we didn’t want to cut short our time in Western Australia, as it’s the farthest away and the biggest state. Another reason was that the weather had been less than favourable while …

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Second mini lap leg around Australia


Our initial plans for the mini lap trip were to head to South Australia and follow the coastline west. However, as we had no fixed bookings apart from Lucky Bay near Esperance and around Ningaloo and Exmouth, we had the ability to change tack on the fly. As we soon found out, there was also a downside to not booking …

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First mini lap leg around Australia


After postponing our six-month lap in June last year, due to the Western Australian border being closed, we were excited to be heading off in January this year. Obviously, all our plans and bookings had been either cancelled or changed, but that didn’t matter as we had decided to head clockwise for this trip. Another thing that was different on …

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Solid circuit start at Stanthorpe

Traditionally, our summer holidays are either spent basking by a beach or in the boat chasing spotted mackerel and a feed of crabs. This year, we decided to try something a little different and headed west – destination Stanthorpe. With windy weather forecasted, the boat wasn’t going to get too much use and a trip to Foxbar Falls, just out …

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Next gen intro to K’gari


K’gari is a magical place and I’ve been very fortunate to have had the pleasure of visiting it since I was a kid. I still have fond memories of my first trip to Lake McKenzie as a young boy with my family, swimming in the crystal-clear water and watching turtles play. This year, I headed back on my annual camping …

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Stacer 589 Crossfire Centre Console hits the mark


When it comes to fishing, I love it all. It doesn’t matter whether I’m surface popping for whiting in the shallows, chasing barramundi on lures in impoundments or bottom bashing for pearl perch in the deep – I want to be able to do it all. For that reason, I have a soft spot for dedicated sportfishing boats that are …

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Ocean Craft’s new multipurpose Camper Cruiser

Ocean Craft

ONE company that is always looking to develop unique multipurpose boats is Caloundra-based boat builder Ocean Craft. Its latest vessel is the 6000 Camper Cruiser and, as the name suggests, it can be used for camping, exploring, fishing and cruising. Based on the proven Beamy hull design with a Posi Lift bow, the new Camper Cruiser has plenty going for …

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