Stands the Test of Time

15 years ago, someone took a chance.  That someone was drilling company, DDH1, and that chance was with Explorex.

Greg and the Explorex team built DDH1 an exploration van that literally was tougher by design.

Murray Pollock from DDH1 reached out to Explorex recently to request a refurb of the old van and when they stripped it all back it was completely intact, not a single sign of structural damage!

Explorex’s Greg Ferguson commented to Murray “It has been a fantastic journey, and very proud to be a small part of your bigger success”.






The Perth 4WD and Adventure show was on 6-8 November at McCallum Park.  Explorex were a proud exhibitor showcasing a range of our off road vans.

Demand was high, selling 5 vans directly from our stand and more orders to come.

We were so grateful to be here in WA one of the few places expos and field days are still able to take place.

The crowds were huge and the desire to buy caravans is hotter than ever with waiting lists for a new Explorex now piling up!

If you have been sitting on the fence (or on the sofa) then now is the time to strike.

It’s time to explore in an Explorex but don’t leave it until it’s too late!

Perth 4WD Show on this weekend!

We’re Off to The Show!

In this crazy world of cancelled events it is with huge enthusiasm that we announce Explorex will be at this years’ PERTH 4WD & ADVENTURE SHOW!

November 6-8 at McCallum Park in Perth, The 4WD & Adventure Show is one of Australia’s only shows actually going ahead in 2020.

And the best part?  Explorex will be there with an exclusive selection of our Extreme Off-Road range.

In recent times, caravanning has never been more popular, and adventuring through our very own State has taken-off like never before!

So come say hi, check out our display and enjoy one of the best shows you’ll see this year.  Stand 88-90.

We’re Off to The Show!

In this crazy world of cancelled events it is with huge enthusiasm that we announce Explorex will be at this years’ PERTH 4WD & ADVENTURE SHOW!

November 6-8 at McCallum Park in Perth, The 4WD & Adventure Show is one of Australia’s only shows actually going ahead in 2020.

And the best part?  Explorex will be there with an exclusive selection of our Extreme Off-Road range.

In recent times, caravanning has never been more popular, and adventuring through our very own State has taken-off like never before!

So come say hi, check out our display and enjoy one of the best shows you’ll see this year.  Stand 88-90.



What kind of van do those in the know buy?

So what caravan do the Editors of Western 4W Driver Magazine buy to be their home and office when out off the beaten track?  …an Explorex Caravan!
Chris and Karen picked up their Kimberly 540XOR Extreme Off-road caravan after much research on what they required.
Being highly respected in their industry and with plenty of off-road experience, having them choose an Explorex Caravan as their van of choice is a great endorsement for our brand. We look forward to seeing and hearing of their off-road caravan adventures in the future. #western4wdriver

Weekend Escapes…

If you’re looking to escape for a weekend, Western Australia is home to some of the world’s best beaches, national parks and caravan and camping getaways.

In less than five hours drive, travellers can explore destinations to suit a variety of budgets and holiday styles. And if you’re taking along your caravan or camper, there’s plenty of overnight parks available.

Whether you’re from Perth or visiting, these camping hot-spots are packed with appeal. Ready for a weekend away from the city? Here are some easy weekend caravan escapes you’ll want to experience.

Swan Valley | 35 Minutes

Only half hour from Perth city, the Swan Valley is one of Australia’s oldest wine regions. Sample your way along the 32-kilometre food and wine trail, which covers more than 150 attractions, wineries, breweries and gourmet shops.

The scenic loop also makes for a pretty adventure, especially in spring.

Where to stay: Park your caravan or camper amongst the famous vineyards. Swan Valley Discovery Park offers powered caravan sites and camping facilities in the heart of the region.

What to do: Grab breakfast and bubbles overlooking the vineyards at Sittella Winery, have a cold beer (or two) at Mash Brewing Co and book in for a round of Supa Golf afterwards. Sample nougat at Mondo, discover the buzzing world of Windarra Honey and handfeed wildlife at Caversham Wildlife Park.

Tip: Getaway to the Swan Valley in spring for the weather and to see the region alive with colour.

Moore River | 45 Minutes

A view of the Moore river lagoon beach in Western Australia

North of Perth and only a half hour from the Swan Valley lies a favourite destination for secluded escapes and weekend camping.

Famous for its natural attractions and walking trails, Moore River is a relaxing oasis on WA’s coastline. Ideal for adventurers who enjoy fishing, walking, hiking and canoeing, or simply kick back on a river cruise and soak up everything the region has to offer.

Where to stay: Guilderton Caravan Park at the mouth of Moore River is conveniently located, offering the ultimate base to explore the region. The park has camp kitchens and showers and is walking distance to the river for a quick dip on hotter days.

What to do: Go 4-wheel driving on the beach, hire a kayak or canoe and snorkel the dozens of shipwrecks off the coast between Two Rocks and Jurien Bay. The Moore River is also popular for Bream fishing and river tours.

Tip: Moore River is best enjoyed in early summer or mid spring before the heat hits its peak.

Honeymoon Pool, Collie River | 2 Hours

Once a coal mine town, Collie is now a thriving community offering both urban and natural attractions.

On the edge of Collie River is one of WA’s campsite jewels, Honeymoon Pool – a large, natural pool surrounded by forests. For those seeking serenity, this escape offers a slice of paradise only a few hours’ drive from Perth CBD.

Where to stay: Wellington National Park at Honeymoon Pool’s camping spot has about 20 campsites. However, these spots are only suitable if you are camping and cannot be booked (first in best dressed). If you’re bringing the caravan, check out Collie Caravan Park or Potters Gorge by Wellington Dam which offer powered sites and shady camping spots.

What to do: Pack your bike and tackle the mountain bike or walking trails within the Collie region. Swim or canoe in Black Diamond Lake, and marvel at the natural beauty and lush forests. Visit the second largest dam in WA, Wellington Dam for picnics and rural adventures or climb to the top of Darling Scarp to soak up the views.

Tip: To take advantage of the swimming spots, warmer weekends are best to escape to Collie River. Campsites are in high demand for peak season and school holidays.

Sandy Cape | 2.5 Hours

If you’re craving a water-based getaway, then Sandy Cape, only 15 minutes from Jurien Bay, offers adrenalin-fuelled adventure.

Whether you want to relax on the beach or tick off multiple water and sand dune activities, the small, sheltered bay offers swimming, snorkelling, fishing and sandboarding to keep the entire family entertained.

Where to stay: Sandy Cape Recreation Park or Jurien Bay Tourist Park both offer plenty of spots to camp or caravan. Camping sites at Sandy Cape are first come first serve. They are accessible via a 2WD, however, there are excellent 4WD tracks north and south of the campsite.

What to do: Swim at Sandy Cape’s protected beach, which rarely has excessively windy days. Explore the Jurien Bay snorkel trail, fish off the jetty and venture to Grigson’s Lookout. For history lovers, the WWII remains are well-preserved with two shelters, original foundations and an underground bunker. Up for more adventure? Book a skydive and land on Jurien Bay’s beach or head into the Drovers Cave network.

Tip: Camping is restricted to four nights only in peak seasons (school holidays and long weekends). If you go during these times, head there early to beat the rush. Pay attention to signage if you plan on fishing as there are many restricted fishing zones.

Hamelin Bay | 3 Hours

The coastal region of Hamelin Bay offers a wonderland of water and nature-based activities.

Nestled between Margaret River and Augusta, Hamelin Bay is one of WA’s best beaches, making it a great getaway destination. The location is famous for its stingray experience, with dozens of rays often swimming close to shore to feed off fish scraps.

Where to stay: Margaret River Contos Camp Sites are split into eight regions, including one in Hamelin Bay which is 2WD accessible. Hamelin Bay Holiday Park offers nearly 100 powered and 25 unpowered sites suitable for caravans and campers, with all essential amenities including hot showers and gas cooking.

What to do: Hamelin Bay has over 120 wineries to sample local and world-class wines and produce. It’s also notorious for its many shipwrecks, so pack your snorkelling or diving gear.

Tip: The stingrays are seen most days during summer and only occasionally in winter.

Parry Beach, Denmark | 5 Hours

Located in the middle of Peaceful Bay and Denmark, Parry Beach is a secluded fishing spot with a history that was once attached to commercial salmon fishing.

Today, it’s a small camp site between natural swimming pools and offers incredible scenery. The beach is fully accessible via Parry Beach Road along Parry Inlet.

Where to stay: Camp at Parry Beach underneath the peppermint trees. The site has solar powered hot showers, toilets and BBQ area.

What to do: Beach hop from Mazzoletti Beach to Greens PoolElephant Rocks, Waterfall Beach and Hillier Beach. Walk the Bibbulmun track, sip on sparkling Shiraz at Matildas Estate, lunch at The Lake House and pack a picnic for Cosy Corner Beach. Denmark’s boat harbour is highly recommended if you have a 4WD, a 7km drive off the South Western Highway.

Tip: If you’re taking the caravan, beware the height limitation is 2.7 metres at Parry Beach camp site. The famous Cheese Factory on Scotsdale Tourist Drive is also closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, so plan ahead for this destination.

You don’t need to travel far to feel like you’ve escaped the hustle and bustle of city life. Where will you be escaping to for your next weekend getaway?

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Hawlin’ with the Hawleys!

“Having a Crack in the Outback” has never been a more fitting term than when referring to Helen and Alan Hawley.  Their recent adventures around Leonora, Agnew, Running Waters, Roy Hill & Newman are just a taste of where these lovers of regional WA have taken their Explorex Caravan.  Key contributors to the Explorex Club, their enthusiasm inspires us all.  Thank you Helen and Alan, keep sharing all your adventures and we look forward to sharing a yarn with you around the campfire soon!



10 handy tips for your first caravanning adventure!

You’re going on your first caravanning trip? Excellent! It’s an exciting time of freedom, fun, and the thrill of a new experience. It’s also a big step…

Towing a caravan adds a whole new dimension to any holiday. Factors such as what to bring, time spent on the road, and where to park suddenly have much greater importance.

To help, Explorex have released a bunch of great tips for first-time caravan users to allow a smooth journey and an enjoyable holiday.

1. Make a checklist

You’ll need a comprehensive array of items when holidaying with a caravan. Obviously, a towing aid is required, but you need to select one that is right for your vehicle.

Other essential caravanning items include a fire extinguisher, wheel chocks, caravan jack, sway control device, towing mirrors, extra coolant and oil, a spare fan belt, and insulation tape.

As with any hobby, some items are essential for newbies, while others can be purchased over time for extra comfort and convenience.

2. Ensure your van is safe and secure

Once armed with the essentials, you’ll need to make sure your caravan (and vehicle) is safe to be on the open road. It’s best to write a checklist well before you depart and keep it within your caravan for easy referral.

Among necessary checks are that the towing aid is fitted correctly, drawers and other loose items are secure, and windows and doors are locked. Also, remove wheel chocks and the jockey wheel (or secure it), and raise the caravan’s steps. It is also essential that the lights of both your vehicle and caravan are operational and all tyres are inflated correctly.

3. Take it easy

No doubt you’ve been stuck behind a slow-moving caravan. Now it’s your turn to irritate other motorists! Naturally, towing something the size of a bloated elephant takes getting used to – and you should take extra care anyway – yet there is another important consideration: fuel consumption.

Travelling at high speed drains your vehicle’s fuel as it is, let alone when you are towing a caravan. And it’s even more pronounced when driving into the wind.

If towing a caravan at a reduced speed, be mindful of traffic behind you, and use slow vehicle turnouts where possible.

When on the road, other important tips for caravanners include avoiding the desire to swerve if wildlife strays onto the road and being aware of side winds caused by large vehicles.

4. Have an early start

Following on from the tip above, it pays to rise early and hit the road before the crowds join the party. This is especially so when towing a caravan for the first time, as you’ll feel much more confident driving in light traffic.

5. Be prepared for confined spaces

No matter the strength of your relationship, a caravanning trip can be a test for you and your partner. One of the top tips for caravanning is to be prepared for the fact that you will be travelling in confined surrounds. Give each other space, where allowable.

6. Work as a team

When it comes to tips for using a caravan for the first time, one of the biggest of all is how to reverse the darn thing. Practice makes perfect: put in training runs before facing an audience at the caravan park.

When at your site, choose the shortest path necessary for reversing (if you want to challenge yourself on holidays, bring along a Rubik’s cube). From here, parking a caravan requires you to work as a team.

Ensure you and your partner’s communication is sound and you can hear each other loud and clear. However, consider using hand signals – or even two-way radios – as it might be difficult to hear instructions over a loud engine. Use your mirrors, be patient, and don’t panic.

7. Have a set-up routine

If you’ve spent considerable time on the road, the last thing you’ll want to do is spend hours setting up your site. Once again, a practice run is worthwhile, as the process will become more efficient over time.

As each caravan differs, so too does the setting-up process. However, here’s a brief rundown: start by unhitching the caravan, putting on its handbrake, and clearing your vehicle away.

Once done, level the caravan, lower all four corner steadies until they are touching the ground, set up the gas and water systems, and connect the power. From here, head inside the caravan and check the power and water supplies: heating, taps, oven, fridge, etc.

8. Don’t take opinions as gospel

Having a rig makes you a target to cop advice of fellow caravanners, and there’s every chance you’ll be hit with more opinions than a talkback radio host. In no time, you’ll be informed about the best bakery, the cheapest beer, and alternative routes that are ‘so much quicker’.

We’re not suggesting that some advice isn’t useful, but if it gets too much, simply nod and smile.

9. Pack up properly

For this tip, it’s best to refer to point number three: follow your checklist. However, there will be additional factors to consider, such as turning off the gas, disconnecting electrics, and removing water and waste water supplies.

10. Take a course

If you’re serious about caravanning, you should do it properly. While they might seem excessive, the various ‘caravanning for beginners’ courses on offer will provide great theoretical and practical advice and boost your confidence. Alternatively, arrange for a caravan specialist to check your rig before you set off.

At the very least, have a trial run with your caravan before beginning an epic journey. It’s important to familiarise yourself with your new ‘home away from home’.

The team at Explorex are always here for you.  Support is only a call away!