R&R with the af­ter­mar­ket in­dus­try’s finest.

4X4 Aus­tralia gath­ered the heads of the 4x4 af­ter­mar­ket in­dus­try for some R&R on Queens­land’s More­ton Is­land.

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I HAVE said it before and I’ll say it again: it’s not just the new 4x4s we get to drive and all the great places we get to travel to that make work­ing for 4X4

Aus­tralia so good. More than any­thing else, the best part of this gig is work­ing with amaz­ing and tal­ented peo­ple in an in­dus­try that is crank­ing out some of the best 4x4 prod­ucts in the world.

With that in mind, our favourite time of year is when we get to­gether for the an­nual ad­ver­tis­ers’ ad­ven­ture, and this year we took a swag of folks from 4x4 busi­nesses that support our mag­a­zine for a few days on south-east Queens­land’s More­ton Is­land.

We do the ad­ver­tis­ers’ trip once a year and usu­ally al­ter­nate it be­tween Vic­to­ria and Queens­land to best suit our main ad­ver­tis­ers. On this trip we had rep­re­sen­ta­tives from ARB Queens­land, Iron­man 4x4, Cooper Tires, Max­trax, Evakool, Wil­liams Race Ser­vices (Samco), ERPS, Aus­tralian Of­froad Acad­emy, AFN 4x4, Wolf 4x4, MSA Ac­ces­sories, Yakima and EFS Sus­pen­sion. We also had Emma from More­ton Is­land Ad­ven­tures show­ing us the best spots on the

is­land, while a team of 4X4

Aus­tralia staffers took up the op­por­tu­nity to es­cape the Mel­bourne win­ter for some Queens­land sun­shine.

While we deal with these folks all through­out the year, the great thing about this trip is that it’s not about busi­ness. There is no agenda, no boardroom table, no sign­ing on the dot­ted line. Just sandy tracks, locked diffs, low­ered tyre pres­sures and a chance to get out and en­joy what four-wheel driv­ing is all about.

Our con­voy of the who’s who in the 4x4 af­ter­mar­ket in­dus­try con­vened mid­week at the More­ton Is­land Ad­ven­tures ter­mi­nal in Bris­bane’s port district, to board the Mi­cat ve­hi­cle ferry for the trans­fer across the bay to the is­land.

More­ton is an all-sand is­land, so a 4x4 is es­sen­tial. The ferry ride is the per­fect time to drop your tyre pres­sures to a suit­able level so you don’t be­come the joker who gets stuck straight away and holds up the dis­em­bark­ing process.

With 15 ve­hi­cles and 30 or so peo­ple we set up camp at Com­boyuro Point, where there are fa­cil­i­ties and des­ig­nated camp­sites. This is a na­tional park and your camp­site needs to be booked

in ad­vance, plus you need a per­mit to drive on the is­land.

An after­noon drive took us across the is­land and up to the Cape More­ton Light­house and then across the north shore and back down to Com­bo­yaro – just what was needed to help us all for­get about of­fices and bud­gets. And that’s how it went for the next cou­ple of days – sit­ting around the camp­fire at night and ex­plor­ing the is­land’s at­trac­tions in a 4x4 by day. The weather was so good a few even took a swim at Blue La­goon, an ac­tiv­ity the Mel­bour­ni­ans in the group rarely get to in­dulge at this time of year.

Ide­ally you’d want to spend more than a week ex­plor­ing and re­lax­ing on More­ton, though after just a few days we were back on the Mi­cat to the main­land. The is­land is an amaz­ing and ac­ces­si­ble place, not only for Queens­lan­ders but to any­one trav­el­ling through Bris­bane from around the coun­try. Our next visit can’t come soon enough.

Before hit­ting the is­land’s many tracks, lower tyre pres­sures. In this com­pany, you’re guar­an­teed some welldecked-out rigs.

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