What is Explore Down Under?

What is Explore Down Under?

Nothing short of incredible!

We live in a spectacular country. From incredible mountain ranges, with breathtaking views, flowing windy rivers, surrounded by native and unique animals, and sparse deserts containing many amazing sights of the night sky. It’s nothing short of incredible. So how could we not want to be out there enjoying it?

Photo of a 4 Wheel drive parked next to a tent under a very starry starry night sky

Camp Walaay at Warrumbungle National Park. Photo credit: Peter Betts


Under an array of stars

The first trip that set the ball of Explore Down Under into motion was a small trip I had planned with a few mates out to Warrumbungle National Park, about 30 minutes west of Coonabarabran, in July of 2019. Some of them had never been camping before, so I was super keen to have them come along.

Being the middle of Winter and in country New South Wales, the weather was cold, especially at night. Each morning, we were greeted with a layer of ice on our tents. But this was easily fixed by a nice warm fire each night under an array of stars.

People sitting around a nice warm campfire on a cold winters night camping

Not much else beats a warm campfire on a cold winters night. Photo credit: Daniel MacKay

Not always smooth sailing

Although, a camping trip ain’t a camping trip without a couple of things going a little south, right? On the way back I ran into some cooling issues with my Patrol, Ziggy, about half an hour out of Mudgee. Luckily, I always pack some coolant when I go away in case this sort of thing happens. So once we got to Mudgee I filled her up and we were off again. But it wasn’t quite smooth sailing all the way home, and we ran into another problem. In North Richmond, the bolts holding the hitch on my neighbour’s trailer had rattled loose and the hitch had fallen off… Fortunately, my girlfriend has a close family friend not too far from where we had stopped and they were able to help us out and give us some new bolts.

All in all, it was a really awesome trip and I can’t wait to go out there again.

4 Wheel drive parked next to a tent with the sun rising in the background behind the mountains

Sun rising behind the surrounding mountains. Photo credit: Peter Betts

Explore Down Under was born

As soon as I got back, I was started looking on Instagram for more places to go camping. But there was one problem I kept running into. A lot of the awesome pictures people were taking didn’t include a location. Which got me thinking, why not start my own Instagram page? Not too long after, the idea of Explore Down Under was born.

Since then, Explore Down Under has done a few trips both north and south of Sydney. I love it when new people come along, because I often find that I learn new things which I can then use and try out. And it’s awesome to see familiar faces from previous trips come out again! We hope we can see you on an upcoming trip soon!

P.S: Don’t forget to pack in your essential North Storm bags!

Daniel MacKay

Explore Down Under

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