DRIFTA CAMPING & 4WD
Born out of necessity, find out how Drifta started.
Camping as a whole has changed in the last 20 years, like you wouldn't imagine, Australians are really at the forefront when it comes to camping products and innovation. There's one company in particular and they have really been leading the charge and have developed a stack of new products that literally have changed the way we camp. I am of course talking about Drifta Camping and 4WD, Drifta are one of the leaders when it comes to innovation, and on creating camping fronts they've really led the charge in Australian off-road for the last 25+ years.
“The original idea of the Drifta Kitchen was sparked while working as a guide and mule packer in the back county of Northwest America,” says Luke, Manger and Owner at Drifta. But it wasn’t until Luke and his brothers did a lap of Australia in their old Holden panel van that the idea really started to take shape. “Having to unpack everything to cook a simple meal became tiresome,” he says. "I can remember thinking to myself there has to be a better way to do this, we didn’t even have a table to prepare our food on" Luke recalls.
It wasn’t until 1995 that the idea was turned into a physical product when Luke built his first camp kitchen out of plywood. Over the next few years Luke would continue to travel around Australia, setting up his camp kitchen of an evening, many people would talk to Luke about his camp kitchen, often asking where they could purchase one from or if he could make one for them, it wasn’t until then that Luke realised this is something that he could make and sell to fellow campers.
Fast forward to 2000, Drifta was born and operating out of Luke’s garage in Blaney, it wasn’t long before he quickly outgrew his garage and started looking for a new home base for Drifta. Relocating to Gloucester, NSW with three staff, Drifta is now Gloucesters largest employer, employing nearly 100 staff, manufacturing a large on canvas products on site using Australian made canvas and home to an ever-growing range camping and 4wd products, selling online to every corner of Australia and are world leaders in 4WD storage solutions.
The Drifta kitchens that we’ve all gotten to know, and love are still available from Drifta and the design hasn't changed that much in 25 years, of course it’s been refined, practicality for the most part unchanged, it shows once you're onto a good thing why change it……
Whether you’re a seasoned camper, someone just starting out camping or a 4WD enthusiast wanting to refine their camping set up, Drifta Camping & 4WD have you covered. We’ve put a heap of their gear through some bloody tough conditions, and we know it’s tough and will go the distance!