Outdoors

Northern Australia is epic and enjoyable

northern australia devils marbles

FOLLOWING on from earlier in the year, I had spent about three weeks camped in northern Australia at Pennefather River on Cape York. My mates started packing up but I was planning on staying another week in beautiful northern Australia. Then I heard my mate Darren say to the other boys they were going to slowly free camp their way …

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Gearing up for the Cape

gearing up for

I’VE now lived on Cape York for more than 30 years, so I reckon I just about qualify to be called a local! As somebody who has been up and down the main access track, officially known as the Peninsula Development Road, many times, it is often very amusing to read some of the questions posed by those who are …

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Impromptu trip to Fraser with the fam

impromptu trip

HI, it’s Craig Tomkinson here. Before we get into my pre-COVID-19 impromptu trip to Fraser Island with the family… how was the late rain season? It turned up like it does most years, when school starts back for first term. We had fantastic soaking rain as well as some very heavy downpours. About 200-400mm has fallen around the area so far. We only …

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Boat camping around Cape York

boat camping

IT has been a great start to the year and we have scored cracking weather between wet season squalls and thunderstorms. Boating during the wet can be a gamble, let alone boat camping, because you simply can’t trust weather forecasts and it can turn nasty extremely quickly. The wet certainly came late, with heavy rain and thunderstorms on Thursday Island from mid-February. That …

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Preventative maintenance prior to going boating

preventative maintenance boating

HI, it’s Craig Tomkinson here. I have a few trips planned this year including some trips north (let’s hope they still go ahead). The first one planned is with my mate Dave Kowitz is a boys’ fishing trip for three to five weeks to Janie Creek on Cape York. Needless to say, I am in Cape York mode, which translates …

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New home away from home

new home away

MUCH needed rain flushed out many of our local creeks and river systems, which means mud crabs, and a few monsters turned up in the Noosa River system – fantastic! Yes, after decent rain the land responded with a carpet of greenery, and soon it will be time to break out the camping gear in the form of our new home …

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Cape York pilgrimage: a perfect time to prepare

Cape York pilgrimage

THE dry season is not that far away, and as time goes so quickly, now’s as good a time as any to start preparing for a Cape York pilgrimage. The following is based on the experience of living most of my working life on the Cape, including living and working from a bush camp for 10 years, which was brilliant …

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Exploring more of the Gibb River Rd

gibb river rd wa

AS I explained in last month’s article, we decided to travel the Great Northern Highway to see the Bungle Bungles and Wolfe Creek Crater off the Tanami Rd. However, we really wanted to do the rest of the Gibb River Rd on the western side. Northwest of Fitzroy Crossing is the dirt Fairfield-Leopold Downs Rd that links back up to …

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Camping closures for Easter 2020 in Queensland

Kedron Moreton Island

Camping Closures – As part of the Queensland Governments response to COVID-19 (coronavirus) and to help keep Queenslanders safe, a decision has been made to close ALL camping areas within Queensland national parks, state forests and recreation areas as of 26 March 2020 applies until 30 June 2020 or unless otherwise advised. Four-wheel drive trails, mountain bike trails, walking tracks …

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All New Pioneer from Rhino-Rack

Rhino-Rack Pioneer

AS leaders and innovators in the roof rack market, Rhino-Rack is kick starting this new decade with the launch of the All New Pioneer – the next generation of Rhino-Rack’s iconic Pioneer platform, developed almost 10 years ago. As the most versatile modular platform on the market, the All New Pioneer is designed to make loading, carrying and securing your …

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