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Darwin 4WD, Caravan & Camping Expo first lifestyle showcase for great outdoors in Top End

May 02, 2013
Darwin 4WD, Caravan & Camping Expo first lifestyle showcase for great outdoors in Top End

There are about 69 industry exhibitors for the first Northern Territory's leisure lifestyle exhibition the Darwin 4WD, Caravan & Outback Camping Expo on Saturday 11th Sunday 12th of May. Products range across the 4WD, caravan, motorhome, camper trailer, camping equipment and accessory industries at Darwin Showgrounds, Stuart Highway, Winnellie, NT.

National and local exhibitors will show their latest and best at the inaugural Expo. This includes new 4WD accessories, caravans, camping trailers, touring and towing accessories, camping equipment and accessories with demonstrations, kids activities, food and entertainment.

The Darwin 4WD, Caravan Outback Camping Expo has received the endorsement of the Northern Territory Government with strong industry support.

It will strive to bring focus to Darwin, the Northern Territory and build upon its reputation as a quality tourism destination and industry hotspot.

The Expo will be a major annual event held in mid May, to get maximum fit with the tourism season in the region.

It is the best time of year for locals and visitors to celebrate the great outdoor in Australia's Top End. Among the GoSeeAustralia industry friends who are among exhibitors for the first Darwin 4WD, Caravan Outback Camping Expo are:

Battery World. Just about everyone needs a new car battery at some time, usually late at night with a long drive home. But when a battery for a particular piece of equipment like a Video Camera, a hearing aid, maybe a cordless phone or a child's toy is the need Battery World is the answer.

Battery World is a franchised network of more than 75 stores Australia wide. Each store carries a wide range of automotive and specialist batteries for most cars, trucks, motorcycles and boats.

Battery World dont just sell automotive batteries. They can supply sealed lead and acid mobile phone batteries, plus batteries for video recorders, personal computers, photographic equipment, security systems and recreational applications.

Battery World stores also have available a wide range of AC/DC accessories including Fridge/Freezers, Inverters, Generators, UPS systems, Solar products and Battery chargers. The range includes such brands as Sanyo, Panasonic, Varta, GP, Powercell, Matson.

Battery World has camp power answers
Battery World has camp power answers

DreamPot. GoSeeAustralia uses this flexible thermal/cooker/cooler in daily meal preparation.

DreamPot is an Australian family owned and operated company which has been in business since 1964.

Keen travellers and campers Barry and Merran Green saw in 1990 a need for hassle-free,delicious cooking, particularly for people on the move.

They demonstrate and develop DreamPot thermal cooking technology backed up by exclusive recipes.

DreamPot is literally Green - Barry, Merran, Ross, Lisa and Rob. Free recipes appear each month in the DreamPot eNewsletter.

Armadillo Campers build a reliable, tough camper which is engineeered to meet Australian Manufactured Camper Trailer Guild standards. This is an Aussie owned operation so the campercomes with Australian steel and Australian canvas. That extends to chassis and suspension. ACompliance Audit shows that the Armadillo complies to Australian Design Rules 62 VSB1 andcanvas standard AS3567-1988.

There is one model with all the bells and whistles.

Here are some of the Armadillo standard features:

All Australian Made.

Powder coated.

Dual battery system.

Dual 85lt watertanks.

Hot water system.

Hot water shower kitchen tap.

Stainless sink in kitchen.

Smev stove with glass lid.

Stainless extension bench.

Quick connect gas.

Stereo system.

120w Folding Solar Panel kit.

1500w Pure Sine wave inverter.

Redarc Battery Management System.

16 Alloys new AT Tyres.

Latest off road couplings.

Off road suspension.

Shock absorbers.

Electric brakes handbrake.

Huge toolbox.

10ft Dynaproofed tent.

Annex walls floor.

Inner spring mattress.

EasyKlip holds fast

GoSee has thrown away a mountain of tattered and torn tarps over years of camping and boating so your correspondent is pleased to report on a clever bit of kit which extends the useful life of protective coverings.

EasyKlip Midi grabs on and holds like a bulldog at any point it is needed.

Easyklip is designed specifically to grip up to 6mm thick fabrics, is reusable and relocatable and is tested to 100kg.

But the EasyKlip hangs on with textiles, fabrics, polythene, tarps, shade cloth, hessian and other sheet products and spreads the load on the working surface.

It not only allows full use of tarps and other fabrics over a longer period, but the EasyKlip can be used again and again. It is versatile too. It is the ultimate tarp clip, perfect for heavy duty sign/banner mounting, camping, marine use, general DIY, horticulture applications and stage and TV events.

GoSee first saw the product at the Bendigo Leisurefest in Victoria in November 2012.

Merran of Dream-Pot is a queen among travel cooks.
Merran of Dream-Pot is a queen among travel cooks.

Allan and Lindi Rush of Thermal Cookware have an interesting new recipe cookbook called Freedom with Flavor which has GoSee ready to rock with the Shuttle Chef thermal cooker which is part of the GoSeeAustralia travelling kit.

The cookbook is free with all new Shuttle Chef purchases.

There is a Vegetarian and Sides series of recipes. Beans and Pulses includes a chickpea and potato Curry For the traditional diners Spiced Beef should be experienced. Allan and Lindi had an example they had 'prepared earlier' when GoSee spoke with them . In a word it was - memorable.

The Shuttle Chef, is a slow cooker that consists of a stainless steel inner pot and an outer vacuum insulated pot, manufactured for maximum insulation.

And its so easy to use assemble your ingredients in the inner pot and heat it up on your stove.

When your meal comes to the boil, reduce the heat, cover and simmer for about 10 to 15 minutes, then turn off the heat, put the inner pot into the outer container and close the lid.

The heat in the pot is retained, and slowly cooks the meal for hours, ensuring that those lamb shanks and tasty chops are super moist and tender. You dont even need to keep checking it while its cooking. And it will stay hot for up to eight hours.

With this method, you save on energy as the meal is on the stove for such a short period of time.

And, as the food cooks in its own juices, you are not going to be throwing away all the goodness.

The slow gentle simmering ensures that vegetables retain their shape.

You will also save on the washing up because there wont be an excess of saucepans, fry pans or serving dishes to clean up.

With the Shuttle Chef, you can spend a few minutes in the morning putting a meal together, and it will be ready and waiting for you that evening. It will even sit in your caravan and cook while you are travelling to your next destination, leaving you free to enjoy your holiday even more.

Travelander is Australian owned and well known for its unique tray back slide-on camper which can be mounted onto the top of the tray of a 4WD Ute.

There is also a dual use option, where the tray back camper pod can also be fitted to the special off-road trailer chassis. For anglers this means fit the tray back camper to the 4WD Ute and tow the boat behind the vehicle.
The idea of Travelander comes from personal experience and a love of family outdoor living and adventure.

With the experience of outdoor camping behind Travelander, they have the knowledge to help create comfortable and practical camper trailers and slide-on tray back campers.
Four wheel drive camping adventures are uniquely different every time, so be prepared and most important; be equipped with the best off-road camper trailer or tray back camper, 4WD vehicle and equipment.


There is plenty of parking at the Darwin Showgrounds which will be coordinated by a fundraising organisation for a gold coin donation.

Expo hours:

Saturday 11 May 10am - 6pm

Sunday 12 May 10am - 5pm

The Expo is a family friendly, non-alcohol event.

Children's entertainment:

Professional children's activity entertainment will be complimentary at the Expo, however parents must maintain vigil supervision of all children at all times.

Shuttle Chef is a thermal cooking original
Shuttle Chef is a thermal cooking original
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