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Surfing might have started in Tahiti, but it’s a pretty Australian thing to do – I think we’re the only country in the world that would actually call a town Surfer’s Paradise. Millions of us like to get out there and ride the waves, and we pretty much lead the world in developing new techniques and board styles.

Why is surfing so popular in Australia? Partly it’s because it fits our coastal lifestyle, but mostly it’s because we have some of the world’s most amazing surfing beaches. The trouble is they’re not all so easy to get to. There’s an obvious solution, of course – combine surfing with a bit of off-road touring. At the wheel of your trusty 4wd you can reach any beach, and maybe even catch some surf away from the crowds.

There are a lot of reasons to take a pushbike or two with you when you go off road touring. They’re ideal for making trips around your campsite. If you need to nip into a nearby town to buy something, but you’ve already got your awning set up, you can just jump on a bike. Want to see nature in a bit of peace and quiet? Bikes are great for that, too. In fact maybe your main reason for going off road is to get to some of Australia’s fantastic cycling trails. The question is, what’s the best way to take your bike along?

At first glance the back door of your 4wd has a pretty simple job to do – keep gear, kids and dogs in, and thieves, rain and dust out. Sure enough, that’s the main function of a door, but on serious off-road vehicles it’s also a handy place to mount extra gear – spare tyres, for example, and sometimes recovery tools. Of course that’s all clunky stuff that tends to get muddy, so it goes on the outside – but there’s some pretty cool stuff you can put on the inside, too.