The Great Australian Bight

To escape the winter crowds heading north, we turned our wheels in the opposite direction. Inspired by an image of the vast Bilbunya Dunes we hit the maps. We settled on an off-road route from Cocklebiddy, near the SA/WA border, west along the Great Australian Bight, through the Bilbunya Dunes and finally on to Esperance.

Dirk Hartog Island

Crystal clear waters on the east, rugged cliffs on the west, a rich history, ambitious environmental goals and part of the Shark Bay World Heritage Area, Dirk Hartog Island is no doubt wild and unique.

Crossing Mongolia by Canoe

Standing cold beside a frozen river was not the ideal start to a 1,200km canoe journey. Just as doubts set in Zogo, the driver, appeared with Vodka. After cup three Martin and Kerryn were warm and on their way, dragging their canoe behind them! 

Sea to Summit X-Set 32

Singaporeans are fanatical about all things food. So it was with great trepidation I packed a new pot set to try on a recent hike with my wife Gen. I'm not sure whether my cold sweat was from the steep hike or fear from having messed with our camp kitchen.

BioLite SolarPanel 5+

Cameras, iPhones and a satellite phone usually join us on hiking and paddling trips. These days you’d think there would be an endless variety of capable options to keep these types of device fully charged outdoors – however we’ve found quite the opposite to be true.

MAXTRAX

For those new to MAXTRAX they are 115cm x 33cm ramps that are simply placed or dug in under the tyres of a bogged 4WD. Once in place the vehicle can usually simply drive out and on to harder ground. The beauty is in their effectiveness and simplicity. 

Peaches

She's equally happy enjoying international views from the front seat of a smart car and the lively waters of Corsica's rugged west coast as when she's island hopping the length of Fiji's Mamanuca and Yasawa Islands, "Peaches" has broadened my paddling horizons.

D'Entrecasteaux NP

A mysterious foreign name, the proximity to the wild Southern Ocean, a promise of both forests and white uncrowded beaches alike - D’Entrecasteaux National Park in Australia’s South West was beckoning!