No Meat? No Problem! Easy Camping Recipes For Vegans

Eating is one of the most enjoyable parts of camping. You get to prepare food from scratch, cook it over a campfire or portable propane stove, and eat together while sharing stories.

Barbecued meat is the preferred food for most camping trips because they are easy to prepare and requires only a few ingredients. But, vegans may find it difficult to enjoy conventional camping food. You may take a few vegan ingredients with you on a camping trip, if that is your preference, along with the stove. You may also need to look for a propane seller to fuel your portable stove, which you can get online through a company such as Kelly Propane & Fuel, Inc. or similar suppliers. As for what to cook, you can check out these easy-to-do vegan camping recipes:

1. Vegan Kebab

Can’t have meat but still need a good source of protein? Try Teriyaki Tofu Kebabs. Just like regular kebabs, marinade the tofu in a mixture of soy sauce, lemon juice and spices. The marinating time should be shorter than that of meat because tofu softens up faster.

Next, choose the veggies and fruits you want to compliment the tofu. All-time camping favourites are: onions, mango, mushrooms, bell peppers, zucchini, peaches and pineapple. Skewer them and then grill.

Preparation time: 8 to 10 minutes per skewer


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2. Grilled Sweet Potato

When it comes to root crops, sweet potato is king. It’s rich in fibre, vitamin B6 and carbohydrates. This healthy eat also has low glycemic index and anti-inflammatory properties.

Start the recipe by slicing the sweet potato into wedges. Then, season with salt and your choice of herbs. Place it on the grill and turn every 3 minutes or so on each side. Use a fork or knife to check if it’s already soft and tender. When the potatoes are ready, remove it from the grill and serve.

Preparation time: 10 to 25 minutes

3. Corn on the Cob

Corn is a staple in camping trips. It lasts for a long time and can be cooked in many ways. Plus, it’s healthy and yummy. To grill, you need only to put the corn cob over burning charcoal, turning it every minute or so to avoid burning the kernels.

Another way to cook this camping favourite is to toss the corn wrapped in aluminium foil in an open campfire. It will also give the same effect as the corn was grilled. Add herbs and spices before grilling to amplify flavour. Our suggestion, add chilli and lime.

Preparation time: 3 to 10 minutes

4. Veggie Hotdogs

Being away from the city shouldn’t stop you from enjoying healthy, tasty veggie dogs. This easy to prepare snack is available in supermarkets. It’s so easy to cook, even your kids can make it with some guidance. You will need vegan buns, vegan hotdogs, mustard, ketchup and your preferred toppings like pickles, coleslaw and hummus.

To cook, simply skewer the hotdog and hold it over the fire. Rotate until it’s cooked equally. Pull it out of the skewer and into the bun. When cooked to your liking, just add mustard, ketchup and your preferred toppings.

Preparation time: 5 to 10 minutes


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5. Veggie Stew

Stews are great to keep you warm during those chilly evenings in the wild. To make one, you only need to bring canned vegan faves like vegetarian chilli beans, vegetarian baked beans, yellow corn, mushroom and tomatoes.

Mix the veggies together in a cooking pan or casserole and heat over medium fire. This dish is also good even when served lukewarm on a hot day.

Preparation time: 4 to 8 minutes

6. Yoghurt Parfait

This recipe is great if you travel with a campervan with fridge. Yoghurt parfait is ideal for a quick breakfast or snack. The recipe can vary depending on the fruit you want to add. Basic ingredients are yoghurt, cream, vanilla and vanilla. Adding egg and cereal is optional.

Put yoghurt into a bowl. Add cream and vanilla. Whisk it slowly until it’s thick. Put brown sugar on top of the mixture. Cover it with a plastic wrap or foil, making sure the edges are tightly sealed. Place it in the freezer for 20 to 30 minutes. Take it out and add berries or your choice of fruit. Repeat the process depending on how many layers you like. Best served when cold and not frozen.

Preparation time: Less than an hour

7. Campfire S’mores a la Vegan

Campfire and s’mores are synonymous. Children and even some adults can’t have a campfire without s’mores. Here is a simple s’more recipe that requires only three ingredients: chocolate syrup, Graham crackers and vegan marshmallow (look for Dandies’). Vegan marshmallows don’t contain dairy but can be pricier than regular brands.

To make this awesome treat, toast the marshmallow over the campfire. After toasting the marshmallows to your liking, cover it with chocolate syrup and place between the crackers. If you hired a campervan, cook the s’mores on the stove instead.

Preparation time: 4 to 5 minutes

Cooking your own food is one of the greatest joys of camping. It makes you feel independent and resourceful. For vegans, it’s a challenge on creativity. Hopefully, these easy camping recipes can add to your food choices when camping with your family.

If you prefer cooking using a stove than a campfire, hire a motorhome equipped with a small kitchen. Salamanda Travel can help you book the most competitive camper rental Australia has available. All you need to do is try our price comparison tool and get your road trip started today!

The Best Sunshine Coast Spots For First Time Visitors

Sunshine Coast’s laid-back lifestyle revolves around its serene beaches, subtropical forests and warm weather.

Self-driving a campervan or motorhome from Brisbane is the most convenient way to go around, but it can be overwhelming to decide which places to go especially if you’re visiting for the first time. So to help you get the most out of your self-drive vacation, we’ve listed some of the best Sunshine Coast spots you can check out with your friends or family.

1. Mooloolaba Beach

Mooloolaba is one of Australia’s top rated beaches. With stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and patrolled waters, the place is perfect for swimming, surfing, snorkeling and marine life watching. All year round it has near perfect weather conditions and the water temperature is ideal for aquatic activities.

Mooloolaba Beach

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The coast is full of restaurants, cafes and shops so you will never go hungry, if you didn’t bring food with you. The beach is also near the Underwater World Sea Life Aquarium where you can see and sometimes even touch their collection of aquatic creatures.

How to get there:

Just like the previous destinations, take Bruce Highway. When you reach Sippy Down, turn right to Sunshine Motorway. Continue driving and turn left to Brisbane Road. The beach front is at the end of this road.

2. Stumers Creek

The dog-friendly estuary of Stumers Creek is just a  kilometre north of Coolum. The creek is shallow, making it ideal for children to swim in the waters. You can take the leash off  your pet here and let them frolic in the sand.

The nearby shaded grassy bank area serves as the picnic area. Stumers also has showers, toilet facilities and dog washing areas. The nearby shore is also ideal for kite flying. In fact, it used to be the venue of the Coolum Kite Festival which attracted kite flyers all over the world.

Make sure that you arrive early because the place is quite popular with locals and it’s difficult to find a parking space, especially during hot days. There are also nearby pet-friendly accommodations that charges $650 to $750 per week.

How to get there:

From Brisbane, drive north via  Bruce Highway. Turn right to Sunshine Motorway and when you reach a roundabout, turn right to Yandina Coolum Road. Continue driving until you reach the coast. Stumers Creek is just a bit up north.

3. Noosa Everglades

The Noosa Everglades is a must-see destination for any nature lover. Its assortment of flora and fauna is unparalleled in all of Sunshine Coast. Nestled in the Great Sandy National Park, this place is also a fave spot among canoers and kayakers. The Everglades also has access to Lake Cootharaba, Queensland’s largest natural lake.


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Cruise deep into the dark and tranquil waterways of the Everglades when you go on a wilderness tour. It also includes a meal at “Harry’s Hut”, a logger’s camp where they serve fish, steaks, salad and beverages.

Don’t miss walking on the elevated mangrove walk, and experience the beauty of the Everglades up close. You can camp at Cooloola Recreation Area along the upper Noosa River for $5.45 per person or $21.8 per family. Generators and open fires are prohibited on the site.

How to get there:

From Brisbane, drive northward via Bruce Highway. Take the turn-off at Eumundi and simply follow the Eumundi-Noosa Road. Exit at Gympie and turn off at Cooray. Continue following the signs along the Cooroy-Noosa Road. Average travel time is less than two hours. When you arrive in town, you can rent kayaks for as low as $55 per day.

4. Kondalilla National Park

Hiking enthusiasts will love Kondalilla for all the right reasons: the park has a challenging trail, dense forest, the backdrop of Mount Everglades, a swimming hole and a 90-metre waterfall. The place is a great stopover on a road trip and is perfect for picnics. So whether you want to spend your holiday relaxing and swimming or hiking and playing a game of golf, Kondalilla National Park has everything you need.

The park’s trails are also grouped into different categories. The walking circuit is about 4.7kilometres long and takes 2-3 hours to finish. There are parts that are easy enough for children, making it perfect for family bonding. If you don’t have food, there are plenty of stores at the nearby towns of Maleny and Montville you can go to for supplies.

How to get there:

From Brisbane, drive 54 kilometres northward via Bruce Highway then exit through Steve Irwin Way, Exit 163. Travel 22 kilometres north and head to Landsborough, following the signs to Montville. Near the top of the range, simply turn right to Maleny – Montville Road. About 2.6 kilometres of Montville, turn left to Kondalilla Falls Road and drive another 700 metres to the park entrance.

5. King’s Beach Foreshore

The stretch of Kings Beach has lots to offer in terms of water activities, from kayaking to boogie boarding. Children would also love its interactive water fountains and flying fox playground. The coast is also swarmed by cafes, shops and restaurants to satisfy any food craving. There are also barbecue and picnic facilities if you brought your own food.

The highlight of the beach is its salt water tidal swimming pool where people can swim for free. The facility is also equipped with shade sails and wading area with disabled access.

How to get there:

From Brisbane, just head north via Bruce Highway. Turn right when you reach the intersection with Caloundra Road. Follow this route and turn left to Sugar Bag Road which changes its name to Queen st. Continue on this road until the waterfront is on the horizon.


6. Mary Cairncross Reserve

Sunshine Coast is not just about its beaches. It is also famous for its lush mountains. The Mary Cairncross Reserve has 55 hectares of subtropical rainforest that any nature lover would feel right at home in. The hinterland’s walking tracks are wheelchair and stroller-friendly. The reserve also overlooks the famous Glass House Mountains, so make sure you take lots of photos.

The reserve is also home to  native Red-legged Pademelons, Regent Bowerbird, Southern Angle-Headed Dragon, Brush Turkey and a forest of giant trees like Blue Quandong which can reach heights of 40 metres.

How to get there:

From Brisbane, take Bruce Highway and turn left onto Steve Irwin Way. When you reached Landsborough, head left to Railway Street and then turn to Maleny Street. Switch to Landsborough- Maleny Road and head straight until you reach Mountain View Road. From here the reserve is just a walk away.


This post barely scratched the surface when it comes to naming some of the greatest destinations in Australia’s Sunshine Coast. Whether you’re visiting for the first or tenth time, it’s best to rent a campervan or motorhome when you are travelling in groups to these places, so you can stop any time to enjoy the great views along the way.

To get competitive deals on your next motorhome hire, call Salamanda Travel right away. We look forward to helping you plan your Sunshine Coast holiday!

Great Eats For Under $20: 10 NSW Must-Try Restaurants

Delicious food  doesn’t need to be expensive. If you’re on a tour of New South Wales, driving around in your Australian camper van hire and want a unique culinary experience without hurting your budget, we have compiled a list of NSW must-try restaurants where you can satisfy your cravings for less than $20.

1. Chinese Noodle House

One of the most celebrated small restaurants in NSW is the Chinese Noodle House, where you can enjoy affordable Chinese cuisine.  How affordable? Well, their dumplings are sold at less than $10. The noodles are also a must try. During lunch, the line snakes in this 30-seater diner so be sure to get there early if you don’t want to be left out.

Where: 8 Quay St, Haymarket, Sydney 2000

Sample Menu: Combination Noodle with Minced Beef Sauce and Cucumber, Xinjiang Stir Fried BBQ Lamb, Pork and Chives Pan Fried Dumplings

2. El Loco

For Mexican food that  fires up your appetite without burning  your budget, choose El Loco with their  wide variety of dishes from Torta (Mexican sandwich) to Quesadilla (corn tortilla with cheese and meat/vegetables). They’re also famous for their tacos which can be bought for as low as $6. The place also serves wine and cocktail to complete your gastronomic experience.

Where: 64 Foveaux Street, Surry Hills, Sydney 2010

Sample Menu: Fried Chicken with Chili Dip, Choriso Quesadilla, Grilled Minute Steak, Churros with Chocolate or Caramel Sauce

3. Ocean Master

For over 20 years, Ocean Master has served sumptuous seafood dishes and is now one of the most popular food chains in NSW. They also serve burger combos, salad and desserts. Their fish and chips only cost $11.90. Their stores are also easy to find; just look for the blue and white themed shops.

Where: 385 Barrenjoey Rd Newport Beach, 2106

Sample Menu: Calamari Pack, Sea Scallops, Bacon & Egg Roll, Garden Salad, Grilled Fish & Salad

4. The Soda Factory

Are you a fan of American food? The Soda Factory serves US-style grub like hot dogs and crispy fried chicken. The diner also has a lively, sometimes soundful atmosphere that speaks out to the youth. The best thing about it is the food is almost free! On Tuesdays, you can get gourmet hotdogs for only $1.

Where: 16 Wentworth Avenue, Surry Hills, Sydney

Sample Menu: Kick Ass Hot Buffalo Wings, Cheeseburger Spring Rolls, Texan BBQ Bite Size Pork Ribs, Soda Made Nachos

5. Lord of the Fries

Spinned from one of the greatest coming of age novels, Lord of the Fries cater to every hungry chap. The store primarily serves hotdogs, sausages and fries with at least 10 sauces to choose from. One of the most sought-after items  on their menu is their fries (sweet potato included) that you can get for less than $5.

Where: 537 George St, Sydney

Sample Menu: Melbourne Hotdogs, New Guru (veggies patty), Shoe String Fries, Onion Rings

6. Indian Home Diner

Someone said that variety is the spice of life and that is what Indian Home Diner brings to the table. With food rich in unique flavours and fragrance, it’s a great place to be introduced to Indian cuisine. Their Chicken Tikka Roll (Indian Kebab) only costs $7.00.

Where: 86 Oxford Street, Paddington, 2021

Sample Menu: Lamb Korma, Mango Chicken, Saag Tikka (Tandoori Chicken), Mixed Vegetable Curry

7. Mr. Crackles

If crispy food is your thing, Mr. Crackles is the place to go. One of their iconic dishes is the crispy pork belly that takes 3 days to prepare. The store also has a unique open-front layout which stands out in one of NSW’s busy streets. Their crackling is also sold for only $5.

Where: 155 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst, 2010

Sample Menu: Chicken Katsu, Sweet Potato Wedges, Sticky BBQ Pork, Vego (vegetarian) Rolls

8. Lentil As Anything


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Have you ever paid for the food you ate with just a donation? At Lentil As Anything, you pay what you think the food is worth. The store is, after all, a non- profit vegetarian catering service. So what’s on the menu? A lot. From Vietnamese salad to Tibetan Momos (dumplings). This self-served restaurant is a definite must-try for the health conscious.

Where: 391 King Street, Newtown, 2042

Sample Menu: Greek Honey Doughnuts, Miso, Tofu Kebabs, Ragu Pasta

9. Takumi

In the mood for Japanese food? This round sushi bar is smack right in one of the busy streets of Sydney and offers food at very reliable prices. At any given time, Takumi has about 40 food selections on the menu. It’s also one of the favourite hang outs of college students. Their sushi train also serves $3 a plate. They also serve bentos and noodles.

Where: Level 3 Market City, 2 Quay Street, Haymarket, Sydney 2000

Sample Menu: Soft Shell Crab in a Bowl, Grilled Scallop Roll, Eel and avocado Roll, Sashimi

10. Room 10

A hole-in-the-wall coffee shop with a warehouse-chic ambiance is a good place  to spend your break. You can also eat a healthy breakfast in this shop that is  famous for their barista-styled cappuccino. One of their must tries is the $13 tuna and egg salad.

Where: 10 Llankelly Place, Potts Point, 2011

Sample Menu: Toasted Banana Bread, Handcrafted Organic Muesli, Breakfast Pane (Toastie), Toasted Sourdough

I know  you’re feeling hungry reading about the great food from  these fabulous diners. If you’re  on a long vacation and travelling via campervan or motorhome, don’t miss these NSW must-try restaurants when you’re in the city.

To get the best deals on your campervan or motorhome while in NSW, use Salamanda Travel’s  vehicle price comparison tool today!


Life Hacks Every Camper Should Know

Camping can be a bit challenging because you are devoid of comforts you usually have at home or in your community. This is especially true for large groups that must share limited supplies of food, water and other necessities.

Luckily, there are many life hacks that help make your camping trip easier, safer and more organized. Below are some great tips straight from a happy camper’s notebook.

1. Avoid Poisonous Plants

Summer is the best time to go outdoors. Unfortunately, it is also the time when poisonous plants such as poison ivy, poison oak and poison sumac grow in droves. Avoid them at all cost and never attempt to touch them. Here are their pictures:

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If you unintentionally come in contact with these plants, you may experience a red itchy rash in the form of blisters, hives, lines or streaks. Do not scratch the affected area and immediately wash it with lukewarm water and soap. Wash everything, including your clothes, where the plant’s oil have been in contact. Common household items that can ease itching include oatmeal, baking soda and calamine lotion.

2. Waterproof Your Canvas Shoes

When camping near a spring, lake or any body of water, it is necessary to waterproof your shoes. If you like wearing toms or canvas shoes, you can rub beeswax to make them resistant to water. Slightly melt the beeswax, and apply it on the surface of your footwear. Make sure that you apply it evenly and blow dry your shoes afterwards.

This method also works on clothes. However, applying beeswax will make the fabric cakey and crusty. You can mix linseed with the wax prior to application, which should give it more flexibility, without reducing its ability to resist water.

3. Use Organic Bug Repellent

When you are outdoors, you can’t avoid getting in contact with creepy crawlers or flyers. To prevent bug bites, you can mix your own organic bug repellent at home, using essential oils. Simply go online to find bug repellent recipes you can make yourself. Most of the ingredients you need can be bought at your local supermarkets such as essential oils from lemon, eucalyptus, citronella and lemon grass. Another organic bug repellent is sage. Just burn a bouquet over the campfire to help keep bugs away.

4. Make Your Own Camp Fire

Making a campfire is easy, especially if you know what kind of branches or wood to use. There are three types of wood that make great campfires. Tinder, which is around the size of a pencil lead and should be longer than your stretched hand. Kindling, which should be as thick as your thumb and about as long as the distance from your fingertips to your elbow. Finally, fuel wood, which should be about the size of your arm.

Stack them so that the tinder is in the centre surrounded by the kindling and finally place the fuel wood on the outer layer of your campfire. You can use a store-bought fire-starter to quickly light up your campfire.

5. Acorns As Whistles

Getting lost in the woods can be tough, especially if there is no cellphone signal in the area. Luckily, you can use an acorn to amplify your whistle and signal your position to your fellow campers. Grab the acorn cap and place it on your lips. Cover everything with your thumb, except for the nut’s small triangular opening, then blow.

6. Light Up Your Camp

If you feel that your light source is insufficient, here’s a camping hack that can help. Simply strap a head lamp to a clear water jug. The water in the jug amplifies the light from the lamp, illuminating the interior of your tent.

But, what if your flashlight just stopped working and you need a source of light other than your cell phone? Grab a short string, which will serve as a wick, and create a makeshift candle using common items such as crayons, sardine oil and even bacon grease.

7. Add Flavour To Food Using Rosemary

Cooking food while camping is quite essential when in remote locations. Of course, you should get a camp cook set (check if you don’t have one) to make your food. You don’t need to compromise on the taste just because it is outdoors. Using a marinade with Rosemary is the secret to making a great barbecue. You can also use this herb to improve the flavour of any food. Simply place a bunch of rosemary right on the coals when the latter starts to turn grey and ashy. The smoke from the Rosemary has the same benefits as that of burning wood chips.

There are tons of camping life hacks that can make your life easier the next time you head out on a nature trip. However, many still prefer to camp with a motorhome or a campervan. If you are one of these people rent your vehicle through Salamanda Travel. We have a price comparison tool that will get you the best deals on your upcoming self-drive holiday!

Your 4-Day Itinerary Through NSW’s Lightning Ridge

Lightning Ridge is famous for being Australia’s “Black Opal Country,” however, there is more to this town than meets the eye because there’s so many things to do and attractions to see, thus making it a top holiday destination.

Getting to Lightning Ridge, however, can be a bit tricky and we highly recommend renting a campervan or a motorhome to get the most out of your stay here. So without further ado, here’s a 4-day itinerary so you can cover all the tourist destinations with friends and family.

Your journey starts with picking up your campervan rental at Sydney. Yep, if you need to rent a camper australia has the best motorhome rental companies to do business with.  While you’re in the city, make sure you stock up on supplies you need for the trip. Also, the trip to Lightning Ridge will take anywhere from eight to 10 hours, so make sure that you are well rested before driving.

From Sydney to Lightning Ridge

The most direct route is via the Great Western Highway towards the Blue Mountains Region. Then head to Bathurst, Dubbo, Gilgandra before taking the Castlereagh highway. Upon arriving in Lightning Ridge, you can park your campervan or motorhome at Opal Caravan Park or Lightning Ridge Tourist Park, and get ready to explore this part of the trip.

During your first day in Lightning Ridge eat at their famous diners like the Woolpack Dining Room and General Store which serves western, home-cooked dish. You can also try Noby’s Bistro, Bar and Grill which offers a variety of dishes.

Up for pizza?  You won;t go wrong with Bruno’s Pizza Italian Restaurant. They also serve coffee, breads and desserts. For bigger portions, go to the Lightning Ridge Bowling Club for their buffet and curry.Apart from serving mouthwatering local cuisines. These establishments are also great for meeting other tourists and getting to know local  residents.

Dig Deep Into The Opal Mines

Spend the next day exploring the rich opal mining history of Lightning Ridge. Australia produces 95-per cent of the world’s opal supply and Lightning Ridge has the largest deposit of it in the country. The first shaft built to mine these gemstones were built in 1905, and the town even celebrates Opal Festival, a four-day event held on 30th June to 2nd August every year."110625" by Simon Brown available at under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.0. Full terms at by Simon Brown

Head to the Walk in Mine which takes you on an underground trip to experience how it’s like to be a miner. They also have a jewellery showroom and will let you try “mining” for your own opal. Entrance fees are $20 for adults, $8 for children aged six to 16 (under six year olds are free) and $50 for family (two adults plus any number of children).

You can also take part of the Big Opal Underground Mine Tour, which offers the same activities at $15 for adults and $5 for children. Shop for more opal merchandise and souvenirs in the town’s popular stores: Lost Sea Opals, Australian Opal Centre, Opal Bin and & Down to Earth Opals.

Explore Prehistoric Museums And Tunnels Of Statues

For your third day in Lightning Ridge, explore the Australia Open Centre where they showcase life-like dinosaurs and opalised fossils from the prehistoric era. Entrance fee is free.

If you’re into art, visit the Chambers of Black Hand featuring the carvings of Ron Canlin. His artworks, which are carved in the walls of an opal mine, range from a pondering Nostradamus to Adam and Atlas holding the entrance of the mine. It now has more than 500 carvings and paintings. Entrance fee is at $35 for adults and $10 for children.

Also, drop by John Murray Art Gallery which houses the works of one of Australia’s leading outback artists. The gallery has Murray’s small and large paintings which the public can view on a relaxed and friendly setting.

Dive Into The Waters Of Lightning Ridge

Lightning Ridge offers more than just opals and mining. The region has places where you can relax and get fit. Up for a swim on your last day? Go to the 5-star Olympic Pool and Water Theme Park which operates during the summer months. Soak away the aches of travel by visiting the Artesian Bore Baths. Entrance to the baths is absolutely free.

For souvenirs, you can get great deals from shops around Lightning Ridge like Opal Cave, which has the town’s largest showroom and Absolute Opals and Gems, one of the pioneers of gemstones trade in the region.

To head back to Sydney, you can just take the same route. Though there are alternate routes, the one we wrote here is the shortest course you can take.

Check out Apollo Motorhomes when planning your self-drive holiday to Lightning Ridge and experience the most reliable campervan hire sydney has to offer. With our fleet of vehicles, you’ll find a motorhome that perfectly fits your needs and budget.

Do you know of any other interesting place to visit in Lightning Ridge? Tell us by posting a comment below!