Range Rover Club Victoria

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Part of your membership includes training - have a look below to see if any training courses are planned. If not, email the Training Coordinator to arrange the next course.

Not a Member? 

If you are not a member of the club, and would like to join us on a trip, contact the Trips Coordinator to discuss what might suit you. 

Everyone going on a club trip needs to be either a Member or Temporary Member, for insurance purposes. Temporary Membership is only $15 but gets your name on our club insurance policy.   

Upcoming events

    • 23 Feb 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Gisborne to Blackwood
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    Blackwood to Gisborne

    Date:  23rd February 2020 (Sunday):  9:00 am to 4:00 pm

    Description We will meet in Blackwood where we will air down for the start of the trip. The day will be spent on tracks between Lerderderg State Park & Wombat State Forest. Vehicles must be high clearance (2-inch lift as minimum) as some tracks have areas of difficulty with steep rocky and rutted banks and some significant mud obstacles after rain.

    Some of the tracks during the day are easy to medium, however, Ruth Track and Hayden Track can be overgrown at times which may cause damage to vehicle paintwork. XL Track and Bullet Track have some deep ruts and bogs (if wet) as well as steep sections. Amblers lane Track may have a ford to cross. Diggers Track is very rutted especially at the end. And Ratcliffe track is narrow and is particularly challenging as there are steep sections and climbs and possibly a water crossing.

    Weather:  Warm to hot but prepare for anything - bring appropriate clothing, food and plenty of water.

    Equipment:   Well-maintained Low Range 4wd’s with high clearance (minimum 2-inch lift above standard) and have rated recovery points.  Genuine All Terrain tyres or Mud tyres with 50% or more tread.  No road tyres.  Drivers must have completed the RRCV club training. Vehicles must be UHF radio equipped (or one borrowed from the club).  Standard recovery gear including dampener, rated snatch strap and shackles, shovel must be carried. No camper trailers, pets or firearms

    Trip Standard:  This trip is classified Hard.

    Fuel:  Full tank ex Melbourne / fuel available in Gisborne

    Distance:  Total – approx. 223km

    Trip – approx. 78km of both low and high range driving,  Melbourne to Gisborne – approx. 55kms.  Blackwood to Melbourne – approx. 90kms

    Duration:  1 day

    Convoy limit:  6 vehicles

    Meeting arrangements:     We plan to meet outside the front of Blackwood Hotel, 22 Martin St, Blackwood VIC 3458 and depart at 9am sharp. If you plan to get coffee beforehand then you will need to arrive a little earlier.  Don’t forget to bring your completed personal details forms in duplicate (one copy to keep in your glove box and the other to give to the trip leader in the morning at the briefing).  We aim to finish around 4pm in Gisbourne.

    Trip Leader:  Gary Tinner 0414 742 701 gary.tinner@visaexecutive.com


    • 29 Feb 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Toolangi State Forest
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    Toolangi State Forest Exploration

    Date and time:  9:00am on Saturday 29th February 2020

    Description:  This trip is for those who have completed driver training, but want a little more of a challenge, or for those who want to experience all that Toolangi has to offer.

    Potential for mud, bog holes and steep climbs, all with bypass tracks if you want to have a more relaxed drive.

    Starting in Healesville, we will travel up Myers Creek Road before turning off into Toolangi State Forest at Monda Road. From there we’ll wind our way through the forest, stopping for lunch at the Dindi Mill Camp.

    We’ll then explore more of the forest before making our way to the Black Spur Inn at Narbethong to finish the day with a cold beverage.

    Weather:  Summer/Autumn weather – potential to be hot and/or raining – check the weather closer to the day. There is a good chance of mud, so pack comfortable shoes you don’t mind getting dirty.

    Equipment:  Well-maintained vehicle with low range, good clearance (200mm minimum recommended), good all terrain tyres (60 profile minimum recommended), recovery points, standard recovery gear including dampener, rated snatch strap and shackles, shovel and UHF radio (or one borrowed from the club).

    Trip Standard:  Medium – some mud, bog holes and potential low-range climbs!

    Fuel:  a full tank ex Melbourne – opportunity to fuel up in Healesville

    Distance:  Approx. distance from Healesville is 75km of a mix of high and low range driving.

    Duration: 1 day

    Convoy limit: 10 vehicles

    Meeting arrangements:  We plan to meet in the main street of Healesville inside the Beechworth Bakery Healesville and depart at 9.00am sharp.  If you plan to get coffee beforehand then you will need to arrive a little earlier.  We will aim to finish about 4.00pm at the Black Spur Inn, Narbethong

    Trip Leaders: Cory Keating – 0478 844 939 or corytkeating@gmail.com


    • 7 Mar 2020
    • 9:00 AM
    • 9 Mar 2020
    • 4:00 PM
    • Dargo

    Dargo basecamp

    Date and time:  Sat. 7th March 2020, 9:00am - Monday 9th March

    Description:  The Dargo area has not yet been affected by the East Gippsland bushfires.  The club's Dargo weekend this year will be subject to the bushfire risk in the area, however at present we still plan to go ahead with the weekend and will be assessing the bushfire risk closer to the date to determine if we proceed, reschedule or move the weekend to another location.

    The Dargo area has a lot of history to it as well as very spectacular scenery with great 4WD tracks.  Trips will be decided closer to the weekend when weather and track conditions are known but there will be several different trips occurring each day, returning to base camp each afternoon.

    Dargo is approached via Princes Highway through Sale and Stratford.   Approx. 23 km past Stratford turn to Fembank, follow signs to Dargo (take care on the Dargo road especially if towing).  Please try to arrive at the “Wonnangatta Caravan Park” anytime Friday 9th or before 9 am Saturday 10th and BOOK IN AND PAY AS YOU ARRIVE IF OFFICE IS OPEN.   

    The “Wonnangatta Caravan Park” is at Waterford which is 10km BEFORE Dargo.  Cross Wonnangatta River on narrow one lane concrete bridge, look for caravan park and fuel station on left, less than l km past bridge.  Vic Roads Map 83E2.  In the park, follow the RRCV signs – the Trip Leaders will be there to meet you.  Park amenities are hot showers, toilets, powered sites, gas BBQ, fuel, basic stores and good swimming in Wonnangatta River. 

    This is a base camp for 3 nights: Friday, Saturday & Sunday.  Bring your own tent, camper or caravan.  If you wish to come early or stay longer please indicate this in the comments on your registration or let the trip leader know so we can notify the proprietors. 

    Before the Saturday night dinner, we would like to have people coming to a common area for some pre-dinner drinks and nibbles (byo drinks and a small plate to share). 

    The Annual Cricket Match – “The Rovers versus the Rabble” - takes place on Sunday afternoon. 

    Caravan Park Bookings:  Use the club web-site – please indicate in the comments if you need a powered site or plan to arrive early or stay later.  We will be making a BULK BOOKING, so please book early to help us make arrangements.  We will provide the rates closer to March when we have more of an indication of numbers but the caravan park has indicated that the rates will be the same as last year. 

    ALL MEMBERS are welcome.  New Members who have not completed driver training will be catered for and are most welcome. 

    Weather:  Alpine environment, potentially cold and wet.  Bring appropriate clothing and footwear.   

    Equipment:  Vehicles need to be in sound condition, have low range 4WD capability, good all-terrain tyres (minimum profile of at least 65 recommended), reasonable ground clearance (minimum 200mm recommended) and UHF radio (or one borrowed from the club).  Usual recovery gear should be carried.   

    Hat, torch, good footwear, warm clothes (cold nights), swimmers, NAME TAGS, kids bikes.

    Simple, “on the move” lunches, food for 3 days, drinking water and port. 

    DO NOT bring:  Pets, firearms, or motorbikes. 

    Trip Standard:  Medium to Hard - some steep, low-range hill climbs and some rocky tracks! 

    Fuel: Fuel on the way and available at Base Camp (no LPG) or in Dargo. 

    Convoy limit:  None.  This trip will cater for large numbers. 

    Meeting Arrangements:  Base Camp “Wonnangatta Caravan Park”, Dargo Road Waterford (10km BEFORE Dargo).  Dargo is approximately 5 hours from Melbourne. 

    Trip Leader:   Graeme Carter Ph 0400 195 932

    • 20 Mar 2020
    • 4:00 PM
    • 22 Mar 2020
    • 4:00 PM
    • Dandos campground & Surrounding Otways area
    • 1

    Otways - Slow paced weekend  basecamp

    Date and time:  Friday 20th March 2020 - Sunday 22nd March 

    Description:   Kenny & Jo are running a basecamp trip that is aimed to cater for those that enjoy camping as much as driving. 

    We'll basecamp at Dandos on Friday and Saturday nights. 
    Dandos is a free campsite and has space for 100 camps (shared with the masses). It's next to a river, has walks and pools for paddling and swimming, and has a non-camping grassy area as well. 

    We'll try to get there mid afternoon on the Friday, hopefully we can all camp in the same area.

    Has drop toilets but no potable water.



    We're planning for about four to five hours of driving on the Saturday, exploring the tracks around the area. Leaving at a lazy 10am.

    Also slow start on Sunday, heading East towards Anglesea to cover some nice tracks there. There should be time for people to either pack up and head home via Anglesea, or return to Dandos to pack up later. 

    There is no obligation to do both days of driving.

    If you don't want to camp, there should be just enough driving to justify a day trip on the Saturday (probably not Sunday)- and you can always stay for dinner. But let Kenny know, so you are not left out. 

    Guests & Non-Members:
    Members can bring friends too - we see if we can fit them into spare seats for the tracks. If they are joining us as passengers they MUST have Temporary Membership set up prior to coming.

    Access to camp ground: Easy - suitable for caravans and/or 2-wheel drive, so friends/passengers can drive in if preferred.

    Weather:  Normal near-sea-level Victorian weather. So it might be sunny, might be windy, might be wet - probably all three!

    Equipment:  Vehicles need to have low range 4WD capability with good all-terrain tyres, good ground clearance (minimum 200mm) and UHF radio equipped (or one borrowed from the club).  Usual recovery gear and recovery points should be carried. 

    Additional Equipment required:  Camping gear, food and water for the weekend.  Clothing for wet and cold conditions.  

    Trip Standard:  Medium – some steep, low-range hill climbs and some rocky tracks!We'll explore the tracks so difficult to predict. Possibly hard if wet and slippery.  

    Fuel:  Plenty fuel options; along the A1 (Colac or Winchelsea) and on the Great Ocean Road (Anglesea or Lorne).

    Distance:  Dandos is approximately 200km from Melbourne.  The trip distance is TBA but a full tank will be plenty - some low range driving. 

    Duration: 2.5 days 

    Convoy limit: No limit, we'll split up the trips if required. 

    Meeting arrangements:  We will meet at Dandos Campground on Friday.  For those joining us for a day trip on Saturday, we'll won't leave before 10am.

    Trip Leaders: Kenny Macleod & Jo Thyer: 0421 952 540 kenny@scotel.com


    • 28 Mar 2020
    • 7:30 AM (UTC+11:00)
    • 5 Apr 2020
    • 4:00 PM (UTC+10:00)
    • East Gippsland




    Date: 28th March  to 5th April 2020, inclusive of the weekends of  28th/29th  March and 4th/5th April 2020.  The previous trip in late January/early February  was cancelled due to the Bruthen camp having sufficient volunteers until the end of February.  Since that time, additional camps have opened in East Gippsland at Buchan and Omeo and further camps may open up in the ensuing period. Even for these dates, the camps may still have sufficient volunteers,  so if interested in volunteering with BlazeAid, register and closer to the date,  the demand for volunteers will be better known and the camp at which out effort will be put plus confirmation of dates will be advised to participants


    BlazeAid is a volunteer organization, Australia wide,  that assists farmers in rebuilding fences  that have been damaged or destroyed. In doing so, volunteers lift the spirits of people  and help to rebuild the local communities devastated by bushfires. Website is blazeaid.com.au for more details.

    The club participated in BlazeAid in May 2019 with the Bunyip fires and  those members that participated found it a very rewarding and worthwhile experience.

    We will again participate in BlazeAid, where  camps have been  established at Bruthen, Omeo and Buchan  in East Gippsland, the areas of which were  subject to  devastaing bushfires and loss of property . 

    The  event start and finish dates covers a 9 day period including bookend weekends. This provides members the option to participate during the week and/or at  a weekend.   When registering, please indicate in the comments line, what dates you plan to volunteer  which can obviously be adjusted closer to the time.

    Breakfast from 6.30am.  Muster and safety briefing is at 7.30 am each day. Departure to the farms will be in convoy from 7.30am, returning around 3pm - 4 pm in the afternoon with dinner at 6.00pm.Breakfast and dinner at the camp and morning tea and lunch at the farm  is all provided by Blaze Aid with help from local community groups. 

    Camping is available at the camps  for caravans, campers, tents and swags with toilets and hot showers. Power availability will be limited.

    All equipment is supplied in purpose built trailers. Volunteers are allocated to teams of around 6-8 led by an experienced team leader  No fencing experience is required, as volunteers quickly learn on the job. BlazeAid provides PPE of vests, safety glasses and riggers gloves

    Volunteers are to wear robust work clothes and boots and be prepared for inclement weather.

    Volunteers are insured for accidents through the Blaze Aid Volunteer  Insurance policy.  However this policy  does NOT include ambulance cover.  Blaze Aid strongly recommends  that volunteers have, or take out ambulance cover.  As a club event, members will also be covered under the FWDV Insurance policy

    Members are welcome to bring friends to work as volunteers with the  club  but will need to register any friends as temporary members on the club website.  As a community service, the $15 temporary membership fee will be paid by the club. Please indicate in your registration in the "who is coming with you" box,  the names of any non-members you may be bringing.

    Trip Leader: Graeme Allen - phone 0477488434 or email at graeme.allen86@gmail.com for any queries or requiring any further information.


    • 28 Mar 2020
    • 9:00 AM
    • 29 Mar 2020
    • 4:00 PM
    • Licola to Heyfield
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    Licola to Heyfield - Rescheduled to 28th - 29th March

    Date and time:  9:00am on 28th March to 4:00pm 29th March

    Description:  This will be a weekend trip to some interesting high country destinations.  The trip will commence at 9:00 at Licola which is about 3 hours drive from the Melbourne CBD.  On Saturday we will drive up onto the high plains and over Mt Wellington for some spectacular views with Bass Strait in the distance, then on to Millers hut for lunch.  The RRCV participated in the restoration of Millers Hut in the mid 1990’s.  We have recently offered to work with the Victorian Mountains Hut Association and Parks Victoria to undertake any further work that may be required in and around the hut, so we will make an assessment of what may be required while we are there.  After Lunch we will retrace part of our route back to Horseyard Flat, visiting Moroka Hut and the Pinnacles (time permitting) for some more spectacular high country views.

    On the Sunday, we will follow the Valencia Creek Track, Old Moroka Road and Mt Angus Road back down to Heyfield with some possible side trips to explore interesting tracks along the way.

    The planned route is subject to weather and fire danger restrictions.

    Weather:  Alpine environment, potentially cold and wet.  Watch the Alpine weather forecast leading up to the trip and bring appropriate clothing, footwear and camping gear.

    Equipment:  Vehicles need to have low range 4WD capability with good ground clearance (200mm minimum), good all-terrain tyres (60 profile minimum) and UHF radio equipped (or one borrowed from the club).  Usual recovery gear should be carried. 

    No camper trailers, pets or firearms

    Trip Standard:  Medium/Hard - some steep, low-range hill climbs and some rocky tracks!

    Fuel:  a full tank ex Traralgon. 

    Distance:  Approx. distance from Licola to Heyfield is approximately 180 Km of high and low range driving.

    Duration: 2 days

    Convoy limit: 8 vehicles

    Meeting arrangements:  We will meet at the Licola general store and depart at 9.00am sharp.  If you plan to get coffee beforehand then you will need to arrive a little earlier.  We will aim to finish about 4.00pm in Heyfield

    Trip Leader:  Graeme Carter ph 0400 195 932 or graeme.carter23@bigpond.com

    • 10 Apr 2020
    • 9:00 AM
    • 13 Apr 2020
    • 4:00 PM
    • Danggali Conservation Park and Murray-Sunset NP
    • 1

    Date and time:  Friday 10th April 2020, 9:00am

    Description:   On this trip we will be exploring the Danggali Conservation Park, Chowilla Game Reserve and the upper part of the Murray Sunset National Park between Renmark and Mildura

    There is nothing more special than heading away out into our many remote Desert locations that we have in abundance here in Australia. We have all heard of the Canning Stock Route, The Birdsville and Strzelecki Tracks, the many great tracks put down by Len Beadell such as the Anne Beadell Highway or the Connie Sue Highway, but have you ever heard of the Nanya Pad Track or the Tipperary Hut Track that can be found right here in South Australia’s Riverland area?” (from Exploroz Blog)

    Danggali Conservation Park and Chowilla Game Reserve are located in South Australia near Renmark. The drive to the starting point at Morgan takes approximately 8 hours from Melbourne. Danggali  was classified as Australia's first Biosphere Reserve in 1977 in an effort to conserve the area's dense mallee scrubland.

    The park provides habitat to many bird species, from major mitchell’s to the rare mallee fowl, offering interesting opportunities for birdwatching. There is also a range of small reptile species such as skinks and you may also see red and western grey kangaroos grazing in the scrub along with shy echidnas.

    Murray Sunset is Victoria’s north-east corner with desert and river bank driving and abundant birdlife.

    The travel distances are relatively long but we will still stop for morning coffee, and lunch (we will also stop at the numerous points of interest lest I be beaten by Sherry).

    Please note there is no mobile phone reception once we have entered the park sections and that a fresh fruit and veg scam quarantine is in operation at Vic-SA border.


    Friday 10th April- Danggali Campsite No 4, https://www.parks.sa.gov.au/booking/details#/accom/73195

    Saturday 11th April- Chowilla Game Reserve Chowilla Creek Campsite (they are all pretty close together)


    Sunday 12th April- Murray Sunset NP – No booking necessary.

    The camping grounds may be basic so come full self-sufficient – bring adequate water for drinking a cooking.

    Weather:  Desert environment, potentially hot during the day and below freezing at night. Please bring clothing, footwear and camping gear suitable for the conditions. 

    Equipment:  Bring recovery gear, snatch strap, shackles and a shovel [if you have MaxTrax (or the like) you can throw them in if you like]. Cars should be in good condition and all terrain tyres.

    UHF Channel 15.

    Don’t forget to bring your morning tea and lunch.

    Please leave pets at home.  

    Trip Standard: Medium - Most of the main tracks will be easy-medium but there may be track sections that are more difficult depending upon weather and sand conditions. A chance to develop some skills!

    Fuel: Full tank from Morgan. We will be able to refuel early Sunday AM about 400km from the start.

    Duration: 4 days

    Convoy limit: 8 vehicles.

    Meeting Arrangements:  We plan to meet in Morgan (specific location TBA) to set off at 9.00am on Friday. We will aim to finish about lunch time in Mildura on Monday.

    Trip Leaders: Mark Bown and Sherry Mayo; 0437251645

    • 10 Apr 2020
    • 9:00 AM
    • 14 Apr 2020
    • 4:00 PM
    • Wyperfeld and Lake Mungo
    • 3

    Wyperfeld and Lake Mungo 

    Date and time:  Friday 10th April – Tuesday 14th April 2020 (Easter)

    Description:  This a base camp trip in two parts;

    Part 1: Arriving in Wyperfeld on Good Friday (10th April 2020) and camping at Wonga camp ground on 10th, 11th.  And 12th. April. You have the option to return to Melbourne on the Monday or continue on with Part 2 of the trip.

    Part 2: Pack up and travel to Lake Mungo on Mon 13th. April. Camp at Mungo on Mon night and explore the area Mon afternoon and Tue, Returning back to Melbourne either Tue night or Wed.

    Note:  When signing up, please indicate if you are intending to come to Lake Mungo or just the Wyperfeld part of the trip.


    Wonga camp ground about 40km west of Hopetoun, just follow the signs to Wyperfeld National Park. It is a National Park, so no pets, firearms etc. are allowed. The plan is to meet at Wyperfeld Wonga camp around Lunch time on Good Friday. And maybe do a walk from the camp ground leaving at 2.30 pm for those interested. Saturday we will drive north to Snow drift sand due and up to the pink lakes if time permits. Sunday will be a long day travelling west and we will need an early start.

    The Campground is quite large and well spread out and I will try and arrive early and find a spot big enough for the group, my car is a Black Land Rover Discovery 4 and I have an Ultimate camper trailer.

    The Camp ground has drop toilets but you will need to bring your own water for drinking and washing. These days there are no rubbish bins so we need to take our rubbish out with us.

    There are fire pits in Wonga but we are asked to bring your own fire wood and not collect it in the Park

    Please note that there is no mobile reception once you reach the campground

    Camping fees:

    Wonga Campground; Bookings can be made on line at Parks Victoria website. Note: you can book up to 6 people and 3 cars per site.


    Lake Mungo:

    Lake Mungo; Entry fee is $8/car /day and camping fee is $8.50 /person/night. I will find out if we need to make a group booking otherwise its pay on entry.

    There is an optional guided walk of the Walls of China ($50/person)

    We plan to do the self-drive tour of Mungo on the Tue. (Easy Standard)

    Temporary Members & Guests: Please ensure that any guests are signed up as Temporary Members, this can be done using the “Join Us tab “on the club website.

    Personal details forms can be found on the club website under the Member’s area.

    Weather:  Warm days and cold nights are the norm but be prepared for all conditions

    Equipment:  Well-maintained vehicle with low range, good clearance (200mm minimum recommended), good all terrain tyres (60 profile minimum recommended), recovery points, standard recovery gear including dampener, rated snatch strap and shackles, shovel and UHF radio (or one borrowed from the club).

    No pets or firearms

    Trip Standard:  Easy to Medium depending on weather. The tracks are mostly sand and these can have deep soft patches but for the most part they are not too difficult.

    Fuel:  Fuel is available at Hopetoun and Rainbow. Our Sat. trip will leave from the camp ground so please fill up before you arrive. Sunday will pass by Rainbow where fuel is available.

    Distance: The travel distances can be relatively long (200km + per day), we will have appropriate stops for morning tea, lunch and points of interest.

    Duration: 10 -14 April 2020

    Convoy limit: 8. It’s a base camp with easy access; Suitable for camper tailers.

    Meeting arrangements:  We plan to meet at Wonga camp ground Friday 10th April (Good Friday) at about lunch time, for those that want to do the walk from the camp ground please arrive by 2.00pm.

    Trip Leaders: John Cunning, mobile phone No. 0488018070.


    • 10 Apr 2020
    • 9:00 AM
    • 15 Apr 2020
    • 12:00 PM
    • Barmah National Park, Gunbower National Park, Yanga National Park, Mungo National Park
    • 5

    River Red Gum Drive

    10th - 13th April, 2020

    + (Mungo National Park option 13th-15th April)

    Date and time: 10th April, 9.00am  to 15th  April, 12.00 pm (Easter)


    The trip is in two parts. 

    The first part and primary trip is over 4 days commencing from the Barmah National Park, north east of Echuca  on the Friday morning  and finishing  at the Yanga National Park, near Balranald on the Monday.  This trip will  follow generally the route of  the Victorian Iconic 4WD Adventures- River Red Gum Drive, commencing in and exploring the tracks and roads of  the Barmah National Park, then  travelling downstream  to  Koondrook- Barham, along the NSW side of the Murray River. At Koondrook-Barham,  we cross the river  and travel upstream on the Victorian side through the Gunbower National Park to the Torrumbarry Weir, where the drive finishes.  Details of the River Red Gum Drive can be found at - www.4wdvictoria.org.au/iconic4wd/river-red-gum-drive. The River Red Gum Drive follows the Murray  River, winding its way through the Murray River floodplain landscapes within the world's largest River Red Gum forests.  Stops will be made along the way at various points of cultural, historic and natural interest.

    We then travel back to Koondrook on the Murray Valley Highway via Cohuna and  continue to follow the Murray River downstream along back roads to Swan Hill before travelling north to the Yanga National Park, near Balranald. Entry into and camping within the park is free.

    We will be bush camping on the Friday  and Saturday nights at campgrounds along the Murray River and hopefully, in the Yanga National Park on the Murrumbidgee River on the Sunday night. However, the number of camping sites within  the Yanga National Park  is not large, so once the number of members participating on this trip are known, then enquires will be made as to available accomodation. It maybe that we need to stay in the Balranald Caravan Park on the Sunday night if it is  likely sites are  not available in the park, particularly being Easter and the sites are on  a first-come first-in basis.

    The Yanga National Park is one of the newest parks in NSW. We will  visit the Yanga Homestead  which was the home to  one of the Riverina’s most productive pastoral stations. Located in the Yanga National Park and part of the Murrumbidgee Valley National Park, the homestead was built around 1870, along with station outbuildings including stables, a gardener’s shed and station store. There are also rose gardens, restored and maintained by volunteers.  We will also visit the Cook’s Cottage exhibition and wander around the grounds and view  the homestead’s unique Murray pine ‘drop log’ design. There is then an opportunity to  explore the surrounding area along the Yanga Lake walking track and stand on the viewing deck to see evidence of the lake’s Aboriginal heritage and birdlife. Details of the park can be found at- www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/visit-a-park/parks/yanga-national-park.

    The second part is a trip to continue onto the Mungo National Park and to meet up with participants of the Wyperfeld- Lake Mungo trip, led by John Cunning on the Monday and  camp together in the Mungo National Park on the Monday and Tuesday nights  With two groups from our club visiting the park  and considering the time of the year,  there may be limited camping availability in the Park so the number of vehicles, at this stage  that will be able to continue onto the second part of our  trip will be 4-6 vehicles.  The number will be determined closer to the time when the number of vehicles continuing on to the Park from  the Wyperfeld- Lake Mungo trip is known. When registering, please note in the comments line if you are interested in continuing onto the Mungo National Park

    For those continuing onto the second part, we will stay  in the Mungo National Park on Monday and Tuesday and return to Balranald on the Wednesday to finish the trip.  Entry fee to the Park is $8/car /day and camping fee is $8.50 /person/night.  There is an optional guided walk of the Walls of China ($50/person) We plan to do the self-drive (easy standard) tour of Mungo on the Tuesday

    In regard to the Mungo National Park, artefacts of the ancient Aboriginal culture have been found within the vicinity of Lake Mungo dating back over 50,000 years across the expanses of the last ice age. This makes Mungo one of the oldest places outside of Africa to have been occupied by modern humans since ancient times.It is where the remains of the  Mungo Man  were found, dating back some 42,000 year and considered to be the oldest human remains found in Australia.  Details of the Mungo National Park  can be found at www.visitmungo.com.au

    Weather:  Autumn so expect mild days and cool nights.

    Equipment: The  River Red Gum Drive is on unsealed forest roads and tracks. However should wet weather be encountered, normal recovery gear may be required and therefore  is to be carried, with vehicles needing to have low range 4WD capability,  good all-terrain tyres and  be UHF radio equipped. Ideally, a second spare tyre should be carried. Similarly for the trip to the Mungo NP

    Camper trailers or off-road caravans can be taken.

    Trip Standard:  Easy

    Distance:  Approximately 1400 km for the total trip. 

    Duration: 4-6 days

    Convoy limit: 10 vehicles for the River Red Gum Drive.  4-6 vehicles for the Mungo NP option.

    Meeting arrangements:   We will meet at one of the (to be advised)   campgrounds within the Barmah  National Park, near as possible to the township of  Barmah  at 9.00am on Friday 10th  April. The  campground will be  where the trip leaders, who be travelling up on the Thursday, will be staying on the  Thursday night.

    Trip Leaders:  Graeme and Carolyn Allen.  Contact Graeme at graeme.allen86@gmail or on 0477488434 for any further information that you may require or any queries you may have.

    • 29 Jul 2020
    • 9:00 AM
    • 21 Aug 2020
    • 4:00 PM
    • Longreach, Mt Isa, Birdsville
    • 4

    Mt Isa Mines Rodeo, Longreach, Birdsville

    Date and time:  29 July to 21 Aug 2020.  24 days.

    Description:  Road trip to Mt Isa Queensland to attend the Mt Isa Mines Rodeo which is said to be the largest rodeo in the Southern hemisphere.

    Visit www.isarodeo.com.au for more detail on the rodeo itself.

    The trip is suited to off-road camper trailers and caravans capable of travelling on corrugated outback dirt roads including the Birdsville Track.

    We will depart Melbourne and stop overnight mainly in caravan parks in order to enjoy their showers and toilets. On the way to Isa, overnight stops are planned in Darlington Point near Griffith, Kidman’s Camp at Bourke, then two nights and a rest day at Charlotte Plains Station near Cunnamulla where we can soak in hot artesian baths whilst taking in the outback scenery. Check it out at www.charlotteplains.com.au.

    The trip continues to Charleville and then on to a tiny unique town called Ilfracombe which is well worth a visit. We will take another rest day at Ilfracombe to visit the QANTAS Founders Museum at Longreach where you can get up close and personal with a jumbo jet and the famous Stockman Hall of Fame. From Ilfracombe it is a full day’s drive to the remains of a uranium mining town called Mary Kathleen where we will bush camp overnight to explore what is left of the mine and town. From Mary Kathleen it is a short drive into Mt Isa for the start of the 3-day rodeo. After the rodeo we will stay an extra day to visit the underground Hard Times Mine and let the traffic on the outback roads disperse.

    Leaving Mt Isa, we start the journey home stopping the night in Boulia whilst heading south to iconic Birdsville where we will spend two days exploring this remote community and visit the Birdsville Hotel. A day trip out to the Betoota pub can be done from Birdsville. Departing Birdsville, we head down the Birdsville Track for Marree and camp at another outback icon, the Marree Hotel. From Marree we continue south and into the Flinders Ranges stopping overnight at Wilpena Pound on our way to Peterborough. Another rest day in Peterborough will allow us to visit Steamtown which is a heritage rail museum with lots of interesting trains and carriages from the days of steam and early diesel. The last two days are spent returning to Melbourne via Mildura and St Arnaud.

    Distances travelled on most days will be three to five hundred kilometres with most of the driving on bitumen save the Birdsville Track and 40 kms when approaching the flinders ranges.

    Weather:  We should enjoy warm sunny days in the mid to high 20’s as we head north. However, the clear nights in the outback can be very cold with sub zero temperatures not uncommon.

    Equipment:  Well-maintained 4WD vehicle with good all terrain tyres, recovery points, standard recovery gear including dampener, rated snatch strap and shackles, shovel and UHF radio (or one borrowed from the club). A sat phone will be taken for emergency use. Mobile reception is typically available in all towns visited.

    No pets or firearms as we will be visiting the Flinders Ranges National Park.

    Trip Standard:  Easy with some medium sections including potentially badly corrugated outback roads (Birdsville Track).

    Fuel:  Fuel is generally readily available on the planned routes.

    Distance:  Approx. total distance is 5,800 Km of mainly bitumen driving.

    Duration: 24 days

    Convoy limit: 6 vehicles

    Meeting arrangements:  First day’s travel to Darlington Point is via Yea, Seymour, and Tocumwal. We can pre-arrange convenient times and locations to meet up during the first morning.

    Trip Leader: Roland Hollingsworth - rolandjh@optusnet.com.au


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    The Great Australian Desert Loop – Cocklebiddy to Birdsville

    RRCV Jaunt September 2019

    Monday 7th September 2019 to Wednesday 23nd September 2019

    Call for Expressions of Interest

    The trip will commence in Cocklebiddy and finish in Birdville, the planned route is shown below, and should take about 17 days.

    The object of not starting and ending in Melbourne is to accommodate some flexibility so

    that those with time on their hands can tack trips on to the start and end of this trip– these are good points to plan additional trips.

    Sherry and I plan to continue south to Innamincka via the Birdsville Track and Walkers Crossing, and on to Broken Hill and Melbourne and welcome anyone who wishes to join us.

    Melbourne – Cocklebiddy      2,272 km

    Cocklebiddy - Rawlinna        148 km

    Rawlinna – Warburton           634 km            (via Connie Sue Hwy)                               Permit

    Warburton – Docker River     339 km            (via Great Central Rd)                               Permit

    Docker River – Kintore          317 km            (via Sandy Bight Junction Rd)       Permit

    Kintore – Alice Springs          521 km            (via Gary Junction Rd)              Permit

    Alice Springs – Jervois           333 km            (via Plenty Hwy)

    Jervois – Birdsville                620 km            (via Hay River Track)                                Permit

    Birdsville – Innamincka         364 km            (via Birdsville Track & Walkers Crossing)

    Innamincka – Broken Hill      677 km            (Silver City Hwy)

    Broken Hill to Melbourne      838 km

    Total                                      7,063 km

    Those wanting to read more information may find it in “Great Desert Track – Atlas & Guide” HEMA Maps Pty Ltd, 2013. Trips 5, 19, 16, 12, 3, and 13.

    This is not a trip that should be undertaken without very serious consideration given to all of the topics covered in this expression of interest document. There will sections of dune driving in addition to the endless kilometres of brain jarring corrugations. All of that said it’s likely to be an interesting trip for those capable and with a totally prepared rig.

    Please read through the following expedition requirements carefully and if you feel as though you'd like to be a part of the discussion and possibly join the trip let us know. By its very nature this cannot be a club trip where it's 'first in best dressed'- careful and serious consideration needs to be undertaken by the trip leader with regard to the safety and capabilities of the eventual final group so as to ensure that everyone enjoys a wonderful and safe adventure. This as yet is not a call for sign-ups – we need to see the level of interest first to see if the trip is doable.

    As with the Canning Stock Route we did in 2018 we plan to rotate the lead vehicle and TEC with all those wishing to lead having the opportunity to do so.

    Personal Considerations

    You ought to be free of health concerns (as much as any of us can be!) and have a clear understanding right from the outset that this will be a physically demanding trip. This is rugged terrain, very hard on anyone with back complaints etc, not to mention anyone with a low tolerance of flies! A sense of humour and sense of adventure is paramount for this trip, as would be a willingness to take direction when necessary from the trip leader and to go with the flow if plans have to change for whatever reason. You would also need to understand that in the event of a major breakdown to one of the vehicles the group may be unable to complete the trip.

    Driving and skill level required:

    If you haven't travelled in the deserts before then this trip is not for you unless in the interim you undertake proper sand driving 4wd training. There's nothing more frustrating for yourself or the rest of the group that long and unnecessary delays waiting continually for one car to complete an obstacle. We'll all be caught out by a dune here and there, that's understood, but it's vital for the enjoyment by all that all drivers are at a level. At any rate, once the final group has been determined, we may look to stage a sand driving weekend in Wyperfeld National Park to enable us to all brush up on sand driving skills.


    You would need to be able to comfortably carry food and supplies for a minimum of 8 days away from services, in hot daytime conditions and cold nights. Be prepared to cook on fuel stoves only as we will not be able to have fires at all camps.

    Vehicle and Vehicle Preparation

    On similar trips in past years on trips in desert trips we've had several mechanical issues even though our vehicles were all thoroughly prepared. Broken coil springs, blown shock absorbers, reversing lights rattling loose and causing electrical issues, shattered rear quarter windows, broken torsion bar mounts, bothersome turbo charger hoses and umpteen tyre failures to name a few. As such it's vital that your high-clearance, low range equipped 4WD undergoes a thorough pre-trip inspection and major service before setting off. Your car needs to be in top-notch condition.


    Rim size no bigger than 18 inch. Your tyres, ATs at a minimum, need to be new or near new, and two full spare wheels need to be carried. A tyre repair kit, good quality air compressor and your willingness and ability to assist with tyre changes a must. You'll also find a good quality tyre deflator a godsend and a Tyre Pressure Monitoring system is great for peace of mind on long corrugated stretches. A jack and jacking plate so that you can easily jack your fully loaded rig in sandy conditions


    A suspension upgrade where possible (eg Kings Springs/ Koni Shocks) is highly advisable. A spare Rear (and front where applicable) spring should be carried. Spare rear and front shocks (comparable to your updated ones) should be carried. 1 of each is usually sufficient unless left and right are different.

    Fuel Capacity

    Sufficient fuel for 1000 km (Minimum 180 litres of diesel for a 3.0 litre Toyota Prado – you must know your fuel consumption in sand driving).

    Roof Rack Loads

    Must be within vehicle manufacturers limits, taking into account the weight of your roof rack.

    Spare Parts

    Filters, Hoses. belts, fuses and oils should be carried.

    Other considerations

    RACV Total Care a must as is a comprehensive tool kit to suit your vehicle

    Be aware that paintwork scratches are almost inevitable.

    All items in your vehicle need to be securely tied down

    A Solar Charge option for layover days is a really good idea - No generators

    You'll need an in car UHF aerial plus a 5W hand held

    You'll be required to attend pre-trip planning meetings and pre-trip vehicle inspection.

    Enquiries/expressions of interest to mark.bown@csiro.au or phone 0437251645

Past events

22 Feb 2020 Gisborne to Blackwood
19 Feb 2020 Driver Training February 2020
16 Feb 2020 Victorian 4WD show - Warragul
7 Feb 2020 Mt Buller, surrounding mountains and cattlemen’s huts
4 Feb 2020 Club meeting - February - NEW LOCATION
25 Jan 2020 Australia Day Weekend 2020 (Little Desert, Ngarkat & Big Desert)
25 Jan 2020 Exploring State Forests around Mount Skene - Cancelled due to bushfires
5 Jan 2020 R.Pepper - Trek 11 – Mt Disappointment
8 Dec 2019 Exploring the Rubicon State Forest. Day 2 of 2
7 Dec 2019 Exploring the Rubicon State Forest. Day 1 of 2
3 Dec 2019 Christmas party & club meeting
20 Nov 2019 Driver Training
16 Nov 2019 Skipworth campground, Jamieson - base camp
12 Nov 2019 Club meeting - November revised date
2 Nov 2019 Licola to Mansfield via Wonangatta Station
2 Nov 2019 Orbost to Licola and the Avon River Valley
26 Oct 2019 Pyrenees basecamp
19 Oct 2019 Far East Gippsland Track Clearing with Parks Vic
18 Oct 2019 Cruiserkhana - Competitor register
13 Oct 2019 Driver Proficiency Plus Training Day
4 Oct 2019 Madras Bros
27 Sep 2019 SA-Vic Border Track
14 Sep 2019 Land Rover Terrain Response Experience Day
9 Sep 2019 Flinders Ranges
24 Aug 2019 Snow trip - Walhalla to Jamieson via Mt Skene
16 Aug 2019 4x4 Show
4 Aug 2019 Mt Buangor Area - Day 2 - scenic/social trip
3 Aug 2019 Mt Buangor Area - Day 1 - 4WD trip
20 Jul 2019 The Innocent Bystander
14 Jul 2019 Disco/RRS tech review - Practical Session
13 Jul 2019 Disco/RRS tech review - Theory session
2 Jul 2019 Club meeting
30 Jun 2019 Parks Vic Bunyip - Help needed 30 June
29 Jun 2019 Lerderderg State Park
19 Jun 2019 Driver Training
8 Jun 2019 Wyperfeld
5 Jun 2019 Toolangi Explorer - Looking for Challenges after Proficiency
4 Jun 2019 Club meeting
1 Jun 2019 Kimberley and Gibb River Road
25 May 2019 R.Pepper - Trek 6 - Marysville to Mt Matlock + Extension
19 May 2019 R.Pepper - Trek 11 – Mt Disappointment & Trek 19 Andersons Garden
14 May 2019 R. Pepper – Trek 1 – Brisbane Ranges
11 May 2019 R.Pepper - Trek 19 – Andersons Garden
7 May 2019 Club meeting
4 May 2019 Blaze Aid- Bush Fire Relief
1 May 2019 Driver Training
23 Apr 2019 High Country of North East Victoria/Kosciuszko National Park
20 Apr 2019 Goog’s Track/Eyre Peninsular
19 Apr 2019 High Country of North East Victoria- Easter trip
16 Apr 2019 R.Pepper - Trek 5 - Yea to Narbethong
14 Apr 2019 Social Day Picnic/BBQ at the Royal Botanic Gardens - Cranbourne
13 Apr 2019 Reconnaissance- Pyrenees Ranges
6 Apr 2019 R.Pepper – Trek 10 – The Golden Way: Daylesford to Castlemaine
2 Apr 2019 Club meeting
31 Mar 2019 Exploration of the Tallarook State Forest
31 Mar 2019 R.Pepper - Treks 7 and 8 – Yarra Forests History Tour
27 Mar 2019 Driver Training
24 Mar 2019 R.Pepper – Trek 17 – Blackwood - Daylesford
23 Mar 2019 R.Pepper – Trek 16 – Bacchus Marsh – Blackwood
21 Mar 2019 ARB Kilsyth Factory Tour
12 Mar 2019 Dargo extension - Dargo, Bright, Canberra
9 Mar 2019 Dargo Base Camp - Relocated to The Otways
5 Mar 2019 Club meeting
27 Feb 2019 Driver Training
24 Feb 2019 R.Pepper – Trek 12 – Narbethong – Marysville
23 Feb 2019 R.Pepper – Trek 13 – Marysville – Thornton
17 Feb 2019 Victorian 4WD Show - Warragul.
9 Feb 2019 R.Pepper – Treks 14 & 15 - Around Anglesea
3 Feb 2019 R.Pepper – Treks 2 & 9 - Wombat Wanderings & Lerderderg Sojourn
2 Feb 2019 Mt Buller, surrounding mountains and cattlemen’s huts
28 Jan 2019 R.Pepper – Trek 20 - Cobaw State Forest : Lancefield to Kyneton
13 Jan 2019 R.Pepper – Trek 18 – Mt Robertson: Pheasant Creek to Glenburn
17 Dec 2018 R.Pepper – TREK 3 - Beyond Yarra Glen: Yarra Glen To Whittlesea
15 Dec 2018 FWDV Iconic Snowy River Tour
17 Nov 2018 Skipworth - Jamieson River Base Camp
7 Nov 2018 Driver Training
3 Nov 2018 Licola to Mansfield via Wonangatta Station - Cup weekend
3 Nov 2018 Mansfield, Wonnangatta valley, Mt Murry, Lake Cobbler trip. Sat 3/Nov to Tue 6/Nov
20 Oct 2018 Annual Far East Gippsland Track Clearing with Parks Vic.
19 Oct 2018 Cruiserkhana 2018
14 Oct 2018 Wombat State Forest Park
28 Sep 2018 Wyperfeld Wanderings – base camp trip
26 Aug 2018 Sunday lunch at the Plough in Myrniong
25 Aug 2018 Maralinga and Great Victoria Desert Trip (plus Gawler Ranges and WA’s Goldfields)
25 Aug 2018 Mount Skene Snow Trip
17 Aug 2018 4x4 Show
15 Aug 2018 Driver Training
7 Jul 2018 Bush Mechanics' workshop
1 Jul 2018 test trip ***** do not use unless part of the test team
25 Jun 2018 Canning Stock Route - Halls Creek to Wiluna
16 Jun 2018 First-Aid course.
16 Jun 2018 Four Wheel Drive Victoria Members Update Day
15 Jun 2018 Cape York
9 Jun 2018 High country - Licola to Mansfield
6 Jun 2018 Driver Training Theory
27 May 2018 Wombat Wanderings - Blackwood to Daylesford and back
25 May 2018 4WD VIC Event - Chainsaw Course
6 May 2018 Marysville to Thornton
4 May 2018 Simpson Desert
21 Apr 2018 Daylesford to Castlemaine - The Golden Way
18 Apr 2018 Driver Training Theory
14 Apr 2018 King River base camp, walk to Mount Cobbler
6 Apr 2018 4WD Victoria Clean up the Bush 2018
30 Mar 2018 Land Rover 70th - Cooma NSW
30 Mar 2018 Victoria's Deserts
25 Mar 2018 Wombat day trip
9 Mar 2018 Dargo Base Camp
4 Mar 2018 Driver Training Practical
28 Feb 2018 Driver Training Theory
24 Feb 2018 Otway's weekend
18 Feb 2018 Victorian 4WD show - Warragul
10 Feb 2018 Mt Buller, surrounding mountains and cattlemen’s huts
8 Feb 2018 East and West Coast of Tasmania
5 Feb 2018 Club Meeting - 8pm on 1st Tuesday of most months
26 Jan 2018 Grampians National Park base camp
21 Jan 2018 Yarra Glen – Toolangi - Narbethong
9 Dec 2017 Range Rover End of Year Picnic / BBQ
5 Dec 2017 Christmas party & club meeting
18 Nov 2017 Base camp -Skipworth campground on the Jamieson River.
4 Nov 2017 Hattah Lakes & Murrary Sunset National Parks
4 Nov 2017 Licola to Hotham Cup Weekend
4 Nov 2017 Mansfield, Wonnangatta Valley, Mt Murry, Lake Cobbler cup weekend
4 Nov 2017 Butcher country track/caledonia track/west toward Jamieson
27 Oct 2017 Cruiserkhana
15 Oct 2017 Wombat Wanderings - Blackwood to Daylesford and back
8 Oct 2017 Driver Training Practical
4 Oct 2017 Driver Training Theory
2 Sep 2017 Strath Creek - Wallan Day trip
2 Sep 2017 Wallan - Strath Creek Day trip
26 Aug 2017 EOI (by 9th August) Walhalla to Jamieson via Mt Skene
20 Aug 2017 Wombat Day Trip, Easy to Medium Std.
6 Aug 2017 A Sunday Lunch at The Plough Trentham
27 Jul 2017 ARB Factory Tour
12 Jul 2017 Driver Training Theory
9 Jul 2017 Sunday Trip - South Col and More 2/2 - A Bush Matters trip with the Haslers.
8 Jul 2017 Saturday Trip - South Col and More 1/2 - A Bush Matters trip with the Haslers.
6 Jul 2017 Simpson Desert, Birdsville and Corner Country
10 Jun 2017 Butcher Country - Queen's Birthday Weekend
10 Jun 2017 Butcher country track/caledonia track
26 May 2017 Following Burke and Wills
21 May 2017 Marysville to Thornton
7 May 2017 Wombat Wanderings - Blackwood to Daylesford and back
3 May 2017 Driver Training Theory
29 Apr 2017 Marysville Show and Shine
22 Apr 2017 Coonawarra Trip
14 Apr 2017 Border Track-Murray Sunset - Easter Trip
1 Apr 2017 Walhalla - Aberfeldy Track
25 Mar 2017 Advanced Recovery Training Course
23 Mar 2017 Licola to Horseyard Flat
11 Mar 2017 Dargo Spit Roast Dinner
19 Feb 2017 Wandin - Victorian 4WD Show
9 Feb 2017 Trip Planning Meeting for 2017
22 Jan 2017 Otways Day Trip - Anglesea to Lorne
3 Jan 2017 Mt Buller, surrounding mountains and cattlemen’s huts
28 Dec 2016 Photography Day Trip
6 Dec 2016 Annual Christmas Meeting
8 Nov 2016 Monthly Meeting
29 Oct 2016 Licola to Hotham Cup Weekend
29 Oct 2016 Mansfield, Wonnangatta valley, Mt Murray, Lake Cobbler trip
22 Oct 2016 Bush Mechanics Workshop
22 Oct 2016 Range Rover Driver Training Practical
22 Oct 2016 Annual Far East Gippsland Track Clearing
19 Oct 2016 Range Rover Driver Training Theory
19 Oct 2016 RRCV Committee Meeting

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