Heading out bush this coming season? Having a camping storage solution for any of the following iconic and lesser-known Australian road trips is essential. The Expedition134 heavy duty plastic storage box has you covered.
It’s a custom sealed injection moulded storage box that’s designed to keep the weather, dust and scavengers out. It’s been made right here at Open Sky Touring, an Australian-made and family-owned company based in Cairns. We’re a bunch of avid campers and 4WDing enthusiasts who decided to create our own ideal plastic storage box after becoming frustrated with the boxes on the market.
Why the Expedition134 is Your Best 4WDing & Camping Storage Solution
The Expedition134 doesn’t have those frustrating internal box ribs, which make stacking contents difficult, or those internal lips that make cleaning the box a nightmare. Instead, it’s been designed with smooth, clean walls and flooring, so stacking and cleaning is effortless.
You also don’t have to worry about untying your storage box on your roof rack or in the back of the ute just to access its contents. The strong and durable external tie-down points on each corner allow you direct access without the hassle of untying ropes or releasing straps.
A lot of storage boxes pool water in their lids. The Expedition134 not only has a well-designed lid for efficient drainage, but also has a custom weather seal so you can safely keep your belongings out in the elements. The custom weather seal and well-designed protective ridge protect your contents from dust ingress, weather or pesky scavengers at camp.
Speaking of secure, lockable storage, the Expedition134 storage box is lockable on each latch, but we didn’t just stop there. The system was engineered so the padlock sits under the external lip, so it won’t rub holes or damage other camping gear you might have next to the storage box.
Basically, anything about other storage boxes that has annoyed us while we’ve been out bush or on the road has been designed out of the Expedition134 storage box. We were able to do this by using a precision injection moulding technique, which is more expensive, but provides a high-quality storage solution without the typical frustrations. The injection moulding of our Expedition134 storage boxes also allows us to reduce the weight of the product, so the box itself doesn’t place any unnecessary strain on your vehicle, trailer or boat.
Don’t worry, we didn’t make a light-weight when it comes to toughness. That would be un-Australian in our book. The lids can handle up to 120-kilogram loads, but we’ve certainly had more than that on them. We also included specific impact and UV modifiers in the material to strengthen its resilience to the harsh Australian environment and due to the fact that anything tends to happen out bush.
The four colour options and ability to mix and match lids is great for easily identifying your gear, especially when it comes to locating emergency or safety equipment. Having that gear easily identifiable is important when you find yourself in an emergency situation or simply when you’re tired after a long day driving the outback roads.
8 Incredible Australian Road Trips to Test Your 4WD
What Ben and I love most is exploring new and different locations in Australia. It’s a big reason we got into the industry. We reckon there are some fantastic products out there as well as some very frustrating ones, so we’ve tried to make your next adventure a little easier storage wise with the Expedition134 storage boxes.
Are you planning some 4WDing or camping therapy this year and need some inspiration? We’ve written a number of articles about places we have loved when touring this great land. See if any of the eight trips below peak your interest or inspire your next 4WDing or camping adventure.
The oasis of Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) National Park has a magnetic feel when contrasted with its surrounding countryside of harsh, dried and tough vegetation. It explains why, when I was talking to an 87-year-old neighbour about my honeymoon, she spoke so vividly and enthusiastically about her trip to Lawn Hill with her late husband some 17 years ago. This is not an uncommon reaction from others I have talked with about the national park. It truly is a magical place to visit, which many regards as their highlight on a trip to northern Australia.
Long road trips often require you to stop overnight to get to key destinations safely. These stopovers often provide unique opportunities to spend afternoons exploring and finding one-of-a-kind natural attractions. Stopping at the Devils Marbles on the way into the West MacDonnell Ranges allowed Kari and I to meander through this ancient land and simply wonder how these boulders and formations ended up here.
Have you ever “Done the Cape” and found yourself wishing deep down that you could have it all to yourself without the thousands of other people? Imagine Fruit Bat Falls with no one else there. The Wenlock and Archer River and every one of those ‘Dips’ full of life and flowing water, no dust anywhere and the trees on the west side of the PDR being green instead of reddish-brown from the dust. Well, that was how I was feeling after my last few trips, so in December 2015, one of my daughters and I headed north for some camping and bush therapy, just as the rains were breaking and everyone else was heading the other way.
In this vast, colour-infused landscape, I love travelling beneath wet season storm clouds with no fixed destination and no time frames. There’s nothing quite like immersing your senses in the landscape and the sounds of the engine, and that feeling of utter freedom. It’s a release from everyday life. And as with all new travels, anticipation brings excitement and that release of endorphins that makes all well in the world again.
Being in the bush during the wet season is about experiencing change. Real and polarising change, often in short and intense bursts. This was definitely the case during my most recent Etheridge Shire road trip, west of Cairns.
Most first-timers thinking about crossing the Simpson Desert will have concerns about vehicle setup and suitability, fuel use and what to do if they have a breakdown on what is arguably the single-most remote trip they have done to date. There is definitely a bit of trepidation involved.
Taking off from Cairns after a morning pack up, saw us make it to the Walsh River, west of Chillagoe, for our first night en route to the Lost Cities in the Northern Territory for a bit of a look around. Our route was going to take us to Normanton, Burketown, Hell’s Gate, Borroloola and then up to the Lost Cities rock formations and the Roper River, before returning via Lawn Hill.
The Lost Cities rock formations can be found in three different areas, two of which are within Limmen National Park, while the other is near Cape Crawford on MacArthur River Station. Although individually the formations are quite different, they are all similar in their age (about 1.4 billion years old, which is twice the age of Uluru) and are the remnants of an ancient ocean floor.
Girringun National Park and Blencoe Falls are situated on top of the Great Dividing Range, inland from Cardwell and the Hinchinbrook Islands. The water is cool and clear and the landscape is spectacular with green valley vistas, crystalline swimming holes and roaming cattle.
This was a trip with a major difference for the Open Sky Touring team, as it was our first experience taking a film and photography crew with us. The reason for doing so was to try and up our ‘marketing’ game and to tell our story a bit better than perhaps we had been.
Would things work out? How would we all get along? How would we go doing an interview and being in front of the camera? And the big question: Do they even drink rum when camping? All sorts of challenges were coming our way and both Nic and I were pretty nervous about it all.