• Cookin' Up a Storm

    Hearty Cowboy Style Savoury Mince Jaffles

    Jaffles at the campsite, with a hearty savoury mince filling that packs a little heat – what’s not to love! A fresh autumn day was just perfect for cooking up this hearty cowboy style savoury mince over the fire, then placing it between well-buttered bread slices in the jaffle irons.  Which jaffle iron do you think is the best – square or round? We both like the good old round ones which I guess are…

  • Beaut Camping Spots

    Benarkin State Forest Camping Clancy’s and Emu Creek

    Benarkin State Forest – Queensland camping at its very best! This State Forest is about a 2hr drive northwest of Brisbane, just off the D’Aguilar Highway near the little township of Benarkin. The Forest is managed for timber production. It also protects habitats of many animals and plants, including some rare and endangered species.  There are two campgrounds in Benarkin State Forest – Clancy’s Camping Area and Emu Creek Camping Area. The forestry road into…

  • Camping Tips, Repairs and Reviews

    Thetford Porta Potti – Here’s All You Need To Know

    If you are new to camping, or are considering self-contained camping this video could be really useful for you. The Porta Potti is a gamechanger when you travel to remote and free camp settings that have no toilet facilities  We’ll guide you through the following:  1. Components of the humble porta potti  2. How to set it up  3. Chemicals  4. Unfortunate mishaps we’ve had and how to avoid them  5. Using a dump point…

  • Cookin' Up a Storm

    Campfire Paella – A Delicious & Traditional Spanish Camp Dinner

    Camp Paella

    Paella is a meal we love to cook while camping, especially when we can have a fire. And if we don’t have a fire, we still love to cook this traditional Spanish dish on the gas. This isn’t a difficult dish to make, but there is some chopping (very therapeutic) and trust us, it’s worth it for the end result! This hearty and delicious rice dish that is known around the globe has its origins…

  • Beaut Camping Spots

    Kumbak Kamping, South-East Qld

    Kumbak Kamping

    Kumbak Kamping is one of our very favourite ‘go to’ campgrounds, not too far from Brisbane, so is perfect for a weekend getaway. It is so peaceful and relaxing here in a natural bushland setting. We just cannot talk this campground up enough! Try it out and see for yourself, you won’t regret it. This family-friendly campground is located on Mary Valley Road, Brooloo, very close to Imbil and not too far from Kenilworth. It…

  • Cookin' Up a Storm

    3 Favourite Camp Breakfasts: Breakfast Hash, Camp Crumpets and Overnight Muesli

    3 favorite camp brekkies

    A tasty and filling camp breakfast is just the best – and we share three of our favourites: Breakfast Hash, Camp Crumpets and Overnight Muesli. All of these recipes use readily available ingredients, not a lot of utensils, and are easy to prepare when you are travelling. Joe loves a hearty Breakfast Hash and this one is delicious. The addition of chorizo and both sweet smoked and hot paprika take this breakfast dish to the…

  • Camping Tips, Repairs and Reviews

    The Inside Story of Our Jayco Hawk Outback Camper Trailer

    Inside a Jayco Hawk camper

    Check out the inside of our Jayco Hawk Outback Camper! We talk about and show you what works for us – how we use the various storage spaces, how we take care of our curtains and cushions, what bedding we use and what cooking gear we use. We share tips that have worked for us:1. Where we purchased our fitted sheets that fit so perfectly2. Our secret to getting the best night’s sleep with the…

  • Points of Interest

    What’s Left of the Abandoned Ferny Grove-Dayboro Rail Line, Qld

    old steam train on track

    The Ferny Grove to Dayboro Branch Rail Line holds a fascinating place in Queensland’s rail history. The remnants of this historic rail line on Brisbane’s north-western outskirts evokes nostalgia of an era when steam trains chugged through scenic landscapes, leaving an indelible mark on Queensland’s history. In the early 1900s this area at the eastern base of the D’Aguilar Range was prospering as farming and timber logging country, but roads were very rudimentary, which made…

  • Camping Tips, Repairs and Reviews

    7 Super Simple Hacks For Your Jayco Camper + Bonus Tips

    7 simple camper hacks

    Keen for some super simple hacks and tips for your Jayco Camper Trailer? In this video, Joe shares some incredibly simple and cheap hacks and tips that he loves and has used often. You could do these hacks on your own camper quickly, and with not a lot of expense: Make a simple clothes line; Check the level of gas in your bottles – Joe will show you two simple methods; Quickly check the level of…

  • Camping Tips, Repairs and Reviews

    The Speedy Stitcher – DIY Canvas & Vinyl Repairs

    Speedy Stitcher great for vinyl and canvas repairs

    The Speedy Stitcher is one of Joe’s favourite camper tools.  He has had the Speedy Stitcher for a number of years and has undertaken many a canvas repair to our Jayco Hawk Outback camper.  He has also managed to do running repairs on camp chairs, which is fabulous when you are in the outback and there are no camping or repair stores nearby. The Speedy Stitcher AWL is not expensive, but is a valuable tool…

  • Points of Interest

    Mt Glorious Subtropical Rainforest Walk, Qld

    Mt Glorious QLD

    Mt Glorious is located just to the north-west of Brisbane in the D’Aguilar Range National Park.  We took a walk to Greenes Falls and saw huge strangler figs, twisted roots, interesting fungi and a ‘land mullet’ – a large skink (lizard).  The walk to the Falls was mostly downhill which was great until we realised it would be an uphill walk back to Maiala Day Use Area.  We enjoyed our walk so much that we…

  • Camping Tips, Repairs and Reviews

    Our Honest Jayco Hawk Outback Camper Review

    Jayco Hawk Outback Camper

    We purchased ‘Hazel Hawk’ early in 2016 when she was already about eight years old.  The camper was in very good condition at the time, and after another eight years in our care she is still in good condition even though she has seen lots of dust, red dirt and wet weather.  We’ve taken this camper to some amazing outback and remote locations in Queensland including Cape York Peninsula, Mount Isa and Gregory River, Kooroorinya…

  • Points of Interest

    Muntapa Rail Tunnel, Qld

    Muntappa Rail Tunnel

    The Muntapa Rail Tunnel opened in 1913 and still is Queensland’s longest straight railway tunnel at a length of 287 metres. It is the only tunnel in Queensland, Australia that crosses between the inland and coastal sides of the Great Dividing Range. The tunnel is now listed on the Queensland Heritage Register and is important in demonstrating an aspect of Queensland’s history. Muntapa Rail Tunnel is located about 15 km south of the little town…

  • Points of Interest

    Bell Biblical Garden & Catholic Church, Qld

    Bell Catholic Church

    We loved our visit to Bell Biblical Garden and Our Lady Help of Christians Catholic Church in the little town of Bell, Queensland. Both the Garden and the Church are popular tourist attractions. The bright yellow Catholic Church features a stunning and colourful original series of paintings that were completed for the 95th anniversary of the church. They portray the history of salvation as told in both the Old and New Testaments of the Bible.…

  • On the Road

    We Lost the World’s Longest Fence

    Dingo Fence Sign

    The Dingo Fence, or Wild Dog Barrier Fence as it is correctly called, starts in the north-east of Australia, between Jandowae and Jimbour in the Western Downs region of Queensland. It then makes it way through Queensland, western New South Wales and into South Australia, ending to the west of Eyre Peninsula. The fence was constructed to help prevent livestock loss from these predators. We really enjoyed driving approximately half of the 110km Dingo Fence…