TOYOTA UNVEIL NEW 70 SERIES LANDCRUISER RANGE

THE BEST JUST GOT BETTER 

Exciting times as 4WD Touring Australia witness the unveiling of a new era in 4WDing.

After more than 30 years as Toyota’s toughest export, and over 100,000km of locally conducted ‘torture testing’, the reengineered single cab chassis 79 Series ute is set to achieve the maximum five star ANCAP safety rating, while the entire 70 Series receives an impressive array of updates.
The 76 Series wagon, 78 Series Troopcarrier and 79 Series single and dual cab utes are all due to receive updated safety electronics, cruise control and engine updates to bring them in line with Euro-5 standards.

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ARB’S OFFROAD ICONS TRIP

In a nostalgic tip of the hat to Australia’s 4WDing heritage, offroad aftermarket powerhouse ARB has rounded up four of the most iconic vehicles to ever grace our tracks and trails and will be taking them on an 11-day, 2,500km odyssey across the Simpson Desert as a celebration of their landmark 40th anniversary.
The journey will be undertaken by the four iconic vehicles; a Toyota 40 Series, Nissan GQ Patrol, 5th generation Toyota HiLux and Land Rover Defender, plus a few modern day counterparts, four ARB staff, a support crew and some international media.

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REDARC TO DOUBLE WORKFORCE

Australian electronics and tech industry leaders and REDARC recently announced that they’re set to double the company’s workforce over the next four years as part of a huge expansion of its Adelaide base.
The expansion is being fuelled by a $2.5 million Federal Government Next Generation Manufacturing Investment Programme grant, announced in August by the Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, Greg Hunt.

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OUR FAVOURITE 4WD PARKS

Five of the best 4WD fun parks in the land.

When you’re leaning on your shovel at the worksite or gazing out your office window fantasising about living out of the back of your fourby for weeks on end, where do you dream of?
For me, it’s usually the New South Wales far north coast. Warm water, endless beach runs and epic fishing. Plus it’s totally comfortable and acceptable to dress in nothing more than board shorts, wife beater and a pair of doable pluggers for most of the year.
I know plenty of others are fixated on the lush plains and swollen rivers of Cape York, while countless hearts belong to the outback. The problem with all of these stunning places is just how far they’re removed from most of our day-to-day realities.
The fact that we can’t just down tools and head to these places for a daytrip is how they manage to remain pristine and pure. But it’s little solace when we manage to score an RDO or half a weekend to ourselves and need to scratch the itch to get the wheels dirty.
In these situations, I really don’t think you can go past a visit to a good 4WD park. There are some absolutely first class offroad fun parks located around the country, and most of them within easy range of capital cities and major population centres.

 

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FIVE TOUGH TRACKS

A handful of iconic offroad tracks that are guaranteed to have you reaching for the stubby lever!

When it comes to offroading, our focus is usually on the scenic rather than the extreme, the spectacular over the technical. We’re about experiencing Australia’s most wonderful places and taking in the diversity of this land, rather than deliberately busting up our vehicles.
That said, we’re certainly not above testing ourselves and our rigs. Anyone who truly sets out to see the best of this country by 4WD will be engaging low range occasionally and should enjoy technical driving when the time comes.
Take a look at five of our favourite technical 4WD tracks from around the country – each set amongst totally different terrain, yet requiring equal measures of competence and confidence to be conquered.

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PET-FRIENDLY FAMILY GETAWAYS

Top five Easter escapes for the WHOLE family!

With the Easter break only around the corner, it’s time to start thinking seriously about the best spots for a family escape. With four days to work with, most of us will be looking at destinations within range of a half-day’s drive from home.
In the Daydreams section of each issue of the mag, we rattle off a few of our favourite weekend hotspots. A problem that a couple of readers have written in to let us know about is that, seeing as most of these destinations are located within national parks, it’s often not possible to bring along furry, four-legged family members.
We know that some of our readers don’t feel right heading off on adventure unless the whole family can go together – so here’s a list of our favourite offroad, pet-friendly holiday locations – all within a few hours drive of the state capitals. If you’ve got any other favourites you feel should’ve made the short list, shoot us an email at letters@4wdtouring.com.au.


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FIVE EPIC INTERNATIONAL OFFROAD DESTINATIONS

Broaden your horizons!

As anyone who manages to head offroad even occasionally will tell you, a decent 4WD and a will to explore are all you need to get out there and see places most people never dream of.
And if you’re a true offroad nut, then there really are few better places in the world to be based than Australia. What other country is home to landscapes as diverse as Cape York’s tropical beaches and jungles, the High Country’s frigid ridges, the Kimberley’s majestic contrasts and the stark beauty of the red centre?
It’s also worth remembering that there are mind blowing offroad destinations to be found on every continent on earth. While the logistics of going 4WDing overseas are certainly tricky, remember that nothing’s impossible if you want it enough – just look all the backpackers who make the pilgrimage to our shores each year.
Take a look at these epic offroad destinations from around the globe, and get inspired to tick a few of them off some day.
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OBSCURE 4WDS FROM AROUND THE WORLD

How many do your recognise?

Despite the fact that if you listen to the online chatter, it’d seem as though everyone who has ever been offroad is a hardline, lifelong LandCruiser or Patrol fanboy, there are actually a great, great many other 4WD vehicles out there that have been developed and marketed by motoring companies around the world. Some of them are pretty great, some of them… not so much.
However you look at it though, the world is always a more interesting place for diversity. Take a look at five 4WDs that you don’t see out on the tracks too often. Do you recognise ‘em all?

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