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National 4x4 Outdoors Show, Fishing & Boating Expo
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The National 4x4 Outdoors Show, Fishing & Boating Expo returns to Melbourne this August after a successful run in Brisbane with more than 26,000 visitors. It will bring outdoor and adventure enthusiasts and exhibitors together at the Melbourne Showgrounds over 3 days. This annual show is the longest running and largest 4x4 Outdoors Show in the country, catering to all great outdoor activities, be it camping, fishing, boating or four wheel driving. It also includes interactive displays, live entertainment, new products and the chance to learn from industry experts. Here are some of the highlights for a fun-filled day at the National 4x4 Outdoors Show, Fishing & Boating Expo with the family or friends.

Massive fair

National 4x4 Outdoors Show, Fishing & Boating Expo
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There are more than 30,000 square metres of outdoor products and services from over 200 top retailers and exhibitors in Australia. The exhibitors cover a wide range including outdoor clothing, fishing rods and accessories to four wheel drives, caravans and boats. Some of the top names include Aussie Disposals, Uneek 4x4, Opposite Lock, TJM and Aeroklas. This is undoubtedly a one-stop action-packed outdoors haven for fishermen, boat enthusiasts, 4WDers, outback tourers and wannabe adventurer.

Celebrity line-up

National 4x4 Outdoors Show, Fishing & Boating Expo
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The Expo is supported by some of the biggest names in the industry. You and your family will be treated to an exclusive line-up of special guests throughout the 3 days. Some of the stars in attendance include Paul Worsteling from TV's iFish, one of the most recognised personalities in the fishing industry; John 'Roothy' Rooth the Bush Mechanic; Jase Andrews from All 4 Adventure; Shaun and Graham from 4WD Action; and fishing legend Steve "Starlo" Starling from The Offroad Adventure Show. These experts can be found at the WAECO Outback Stage. You can sit back and listen to their touring, camping and outback stories and advice about the great Australian outdoors. WAECO has been sponsoring the Outback Stage for 11 years.

Tackle World Fishing Stage

National 4x4 Outdoors Show, Fishing & Boating Expo
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Sponsored by Tackle World for 8 years, this stage is the place to go to meet and listen to fishing and boating industry experts. The program caters to fishing enthusiasts and seasoned anglers, and aims to arm everyone with technical knowledge and tips to land a big catch. Head of Fisheries Victoria, Travis Dowling, will share the organisation's efforts to grow fishing participation in Victoria. Winner of multiple National Fly Casting Championships, John Walters, will demonstrate the best ways to use fly, surf, rock or river casting. One of the country's best marine electronics experts, Bill Milonas, will demonstrate the use of GPS and depth sounder technology.

4WD Proving Ground

National 4x4 Outdoors Show, Fishing & Boating Expo
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This purpose-built track run by 4WD Victoria is the place to learn how to use a 4x4 to its maximum capability on a variety of surfaces simulating being off the beaten track.

Action Arena

Young and old will be entertained by the award-winning Outback Thunda monster truck and the amazing backflips by the roly poly car.

Campfire corner

Peter 'Spida' Everitt
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Ex-AFL legend Peter 'Spida' Everitt and his wife Sheree will be hosting the popular Campfire Cooking Corner at the Expo. They will be joined by other guests including Ben Milbourne from The Offroad Adventure Show and renowned Australian sustainable seafood chef, Pete Hilcke. You will pick up some tips and techniques to cook quick, simple and tasty meals using only a barbeque.

Chance to win prizes

There are prizes to be won at the Expo by simply purchasing a ticket and being at the show. WAECO is giving visitors the chance to win one of their fridges. The popular CFX-28 is valued at $999. David Kramer from Channel 31's Talking Fishing television program will be giving away over $1000 worth of fishing prizes at the Tackle World Fishing Stage.
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Why? Where can you find so many fishing, boating, camping and outdoors products in one place?
When: Fri 9am - 6pm / Sat 9am - 6 pm / Sun 9am - 5pm
Where: Melbourne Showgrounds
Cost: Adults $18.00 / Pensioner $13.00 / Kids Under 15 FREE / Adult 2 Day Pass $30.00
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