We had been told that not only was the scenery spectacular, but there were some great 4X4 tracks to be found in the Flinders Ranges. One of the perks of knowing the owner of a 4WD tour company is that we always find out the best of the best places to visit on our travels! After getting the run down of where to visit we set off to explore a few of the tracks. The first was the Arkapena Track which is a track made up of two sections, an AWD section and a 4WD only section.
This self-guided four-wheel-drive track is on private property and it cost us $50 to drive it. Payment is made and key is picked up from Rawnsley Park Station. You are also provided with a map and information on the area you were driving, as well as directions to the starting point.
The first section, which takes about 3 or so hours to drive is an all wheel drive track which, although not challenging, we enjoyed it as it offered some great scenery. In saying that though, if you were in an AWD vehicle (not a big tough Prado 😂) or you weren’t experienced, you’d certainly find this first section very enjoyable!
The second part of this track is a 4WD only track and this section took us about an hour or so to complete.
⛺️Rawnsley Park Station offer onsite camping and park cabins. Contact details are:-
Telephone (08) 8648 0700 www.rawnsleypark.com.au
New Years Day saw us head off on another 4WD track, this time the SkyTrek which is located on Willow Springs Station.
This track is for vehicles with low range 4WD and experienced 4WDers only. As with the other track there is a charge which was $70. We were given a map, a key and information guide before we set off. There are 50 markers on the route and the information booklet takes you through what all of these points of interest are.
Note that this track takes around six hours to complete and you cannot start this track any later than 10:30 am. Willow Springs is a working sheep station and the Reynolds family have been managing and grazing on this land for over 85 years.
⛺️ Willow Springs offer onsite camping as well as various cottages. Contact details are:-
Many of the tracks in the area run through private property so always make sure you are actually allowed to be there! Not all people let you drive on their property. After you are sure you can actually be there ….
🔹stay to formed tracks
🔹leave gates as you find them
🔹take all rubbish with you
🔹watch for wildlife and/or stock
🔹call ahead if you would like to drive a track or call into the homestead and say hi if you are driving past, after all this is someone’s backyard you are driving through!
Anyone who has been camping or caravanning for a while knows how important it is to keep the clutter to a minimum. You start off thinking you need everything with you or you just won’t survive a night away from home …. let alone a week or more! Over time you soon come to realise that you have too much ‘stuff’ that just doesn’t get used and takes up precious space or weight allowances. So when you find a product that saves space and makes your life a little easier, you do excited!
Every now and then a product comes along and we just think ‘wow, why didn’t we think of that’! Well this is one of those products. And guess what, this idea came about by another camper who had that exact lightbulb moment, another camper just like you and I who wanted to make life easier.
This product couldn’t be easier, everything simply clips together on your lanyard, you walk to the shower and hang it over the shower head or the hook on the door and everything is right there at your fingertips. No more leaving bottles behind after your shower, no more rummaging through bags to find what you are looking for and no more having to put things on the dirty floor.
So, before we go any further we must say that the wonderful people at Shower Ezy provided us with the Shower Ezy – ‘The Complete Set’ for free for us to review. So below we will give our honest opinion of the product. We did also purchase a few things ourselves so will review them as well.
Shower Ezy offer a range of different products including silicone bottles of 2 different sizes, toothbrush/toothpaste bag, toiletries bag, body loofas, mini LED USB torch, soap bag/holders and key fob …. they’ve got it all covered.
Their ‘Adventure Pack’ is your go-to pack which includes everything, a lanyard, silicone bottles, loofah, microfiber towel, USB torch and toothbrush/toothpaste bag, as well as a water-resistant drawstring bag to store it all in. How awesome is that!
Now these guys really have thought of everything, even the bottles are sized at 98ml to suit the carry on baggage limits of airline requirements (which is required to be 100ml or less). So many people are travelling with carry on luggage nowadays so this makes it ultra easy.
We are reviewing the products we have received.
Shower Ezy – The Complete Set – This set sells for $34.50. This set is what started the whole venture of Shower Ezy, it’s the complete set of everything you need to make shower time easier. It includes a lanyard in your choice of colours (Orange, Hot Pink, Navy BlueorTurquoise) – we chose Hot Pink (ok, ‘we’ didn’t choose Hot Pink, Shelly chose Hot Pink)!
As well as the lanyard, you receive 3 silicone bottles and a body loofa.
Mini LED Torch – USB Rechargeable– This torch sells for $4.20, doesn’t get much better than that! It’s water-resistant and rechargeable by USB which makes it super handy for us to charge either in the 4WD or the camper trailer. To be honest, for such a small torch it’s quite bright, it would be perfect to take to the toilet/shower at night or keep in the camper trailer for late night toilet calls! It’s so small and lightweight that you could even keep it in your handbag to have on hand for any occasion.
Toothbrush/Toothpaste Bag – This product sells for $4.50. This little bag is designed to hold your toothbrush/toothpaste/razor. Made from mesh, with a nylon base, it means it will dry quickly so no need to worry about putting your wet razor or toothbrush back in here. The drawstring pull keeps everything safe and secure and it’s easy to clip onto your lanyard.
Key Fob – This product sells for $3.90 and is designed to keep your keys safe and secure. The design makes it easy to clip on and off the lanyard, so no chance of losing your keys while you visit the amenities block. George has already claimed our one of these!
The bottles are designed from non-drip, non-spill, non-toxic food grade silicone and can hold whatever you like, eg shampoo, conditioner, body wash, shower gel, moisturiser, sunscreen. Each bottle features a twisting lid to display what you have inside. There is one blank display, aswell as Shampoo, Conditioner, Soap and Lotion.
Personally we are going to keep one of these in the 4WD with sunscreen, waterless handwash and aloe vera in the bottles. This way they are always on hand when we are out and about and easy to just grab the lanyard when going to the beach or for a walk.
Buy one for each of the kids and no more arguments about who is going to use the shampoo first, no more carting different bottles to the shower block and no more leaving things behind after your shower.
Whether you are into camping or not, this would be handy. Think hotels, weekends away, school camps, work conferences etc. What you use this for and how you use it is totally up to you, the options are endless, just think about what is going to work for you.
Lastly we need to say that the one thing that really stood out about this company was the personal service that we received, the personal emails to let us know our order was on its way and even the personal note with our order to say ‘thanks’. Also included is a little flyer on how to use the bottles. It’s this personal service that you don’t often receive nowadays so it was certainly a pleasant surprise.
Ordering couldn’t be easier, this is all done online via their easy to use website. There is a small shipping charge, as you would expect, and orders are posted out via Australia Post satchel, with tracking numbers.
Shower Ezy are based on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia.