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.

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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

    • 28 Jan 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Lancefield to Kyneton
    • 2
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    Robert Pepper’s 4wd Treks Close To Melbourne – Trek 20 - Cobaw State Forest : Lancefield to Kyneton 

    Description:  This is a trip that is to validate Trek 20 in the Robert Pepper book.  It is a short half day trip that will finish in Kyneton early afternoon following which we will have lunch in the Kyneton Botanical Gardens.  There are BBQ's available if required and suggest that you bring a table and chairs. Following lunch you may wish to visit the historic Piper Street in Kyneton.

    We will commence the trip at Lancefield being an hours drive from the Melbourne CBD.  We head north-west from Lancefield for 9km along sealed and unsealed roads to where we enter the Cobaw State Forest.  Whilst the route through the forest is short at 13km,  the 3km section of track known as Soil Pit Track will be slow due to the rocky ascent  and the  rocky and rutted descent ,  necessitating taking some bypass tracks on the descent  where the main track is impassable due to rutting.  This section of track will be challenging for both driver and vehicle but will be an adventure !  It would be advisable, if possible  for each vehicle to have a guide for the descent section of the track, to ensure correct wheel placement around rocks and ruts.  Once through the forest, we will then travel for 17km along unsealed and sealed roads to Kyneton where the trek finishes.

    The Soil Pit Track section of the  trek is suitable only for dry conditions and if wet, the trip will most likely be cancelled.

    The Rooftops Cobaw State Forest Activities Map is the best map to use.

    Weather:  Should be mild but being in the Central Highlands, be prepared for any change in weather on the day.

    Equipment:  Usual recovery gear, good all terrain tyres, preferably higher profile tyres, UHF radio, good ground clearance and 4WD low range capability.

    Trip Standard:  Medium, apart from Soil Pit track which is difficult.

    Fuel:  a full tank ex Melbourne.  Fuel is available at Lancefield

    Distance:  Approximate distance from Melbourne to Lancefield is 78 km with the trek distance 39 km

    Duration: 1 day

    Convoy limit:  8 vehicles

    Meeting arrangements:  We will have a trip briefing at the Lancefield Bakery at 9:00am sharp so please have your coffees and tyres aired down before the briefing .

    Trip Leader:  Carolyn Allen : contact either by mobile  0405260150 or email graeme.allen86@gmail.com

    Trek Manager Graeme Allen 0477488434



    • 2 Feb 2019
    • 8:00 AM
    • 3 Feb 2019
    • 4:00 PM
    • Mt Buller
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    Mt Buller, surrounding mountains and cattlemen’s huts  

    Description:   This weekend is to be based at the Icicles Ski Club lodge on Mount Buller (approximately 3 hours from Melbourne).  It will be a base camp using club lodge accommodation within the Mount Buller Alpine Village.  Lodge accommodation cost is approximately $35 for adults and $25 for children per person/night, available on both Friday and Saturday nights.  The lodge has individual rooms varying from 2 to 5 bunk beds and bathrooms shared between 2 rooms.  There is also a well equipped kitchen and we will be self-catering for meals within the lodge.

    NB Previous years we were the only party in the lodge, but it may be shared with Icicles club members and if so, then members may have to share a bunk room with other members. Also if the trip is full, then all people in your vehicle will need to share a bunk room.

    This is an ideal trip for members that want to experience great 4Wdriving, mountain views and high country history without camping.  Highlights include stunning views from Mount Stirling, Bluff hut, Lovicks hut (to name a few), plus some challenging 4WD tracks.  Two day trips are proposed.

    Day 1.  Starting at Mount Buller, we drive to Howqua Gap via the Corn Hill Road and around the Circuit Road to Bindaree Falls.  There is a short walk to the falls and the outlook down the valley from behind the waterfall can be quite spectacular.  Then we descend into the Howqua valley to Bindaree Hut and climb up to Bluff hut and Lovicks hut for magnificent views back toward Mt Buller.  We travel back to the lodge via Refrigerator Gap with a short side trip to Upper Jamison hut (time permitting).  Back at the lodge, we can walk to the summit to see where we have travelled for the day and hopefully to view a spectacular sunset and/or wander around the Alpine Village.  Distance for the day is approximately 142 km

    Day 2.  Starting again at Mount Buller, we head down to Howqua Gap and across the Clear Hills Track to just below the summit of Mount Stirling where a 200m walk to the summit provides panoramic views of the Alps.  We continue along the Clear Hills Track to Craigs Hut, where the Man from Snowy River was filmed.  We then descend into the King river valley and ford the river a few times before arriving at Pineapple Flat for lunch.  Back across the King River to Weston Track, we visit Tomahawk Hut and after following Carters and Buttercup Roads, we arrive at Merrijig and continue on to Mansfield for an end of trip coffee before a 2.5 hour drive back to Melbourne.  Distance for the day is approximately 106 km

    Due to the need to finalise accommodation numbers with Icicles, cut-off date for sign-up is Wednesday 9th January (or when the convoy limit is reached).  Please advise in the comments in your sign-up, the number of adults and children in our party and the number of nights accommodation required (Fri/Sat or just Sat).  Following that date, members will be advised of payment arrangements and meeting arrangements for either Friday evening or Saturday morning, depending arrival times at Mount Buller.

    Trip standard:  medium with some rocky tracks and river crossings.

    Equipment:  Well maintained vehicle with low range, good clearance (200mm minimum recommended), good all terrain tyres (65 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).

    Fuel:  full tank ex Mansfield (the BP servo closes at 9:00 pm Friday night, but there is a 24 hr Caltex servo near the second roundabout driving through town from Melbourne)). 

    Distance:  Approximately 248 Km. of mainly low range driving over 2 days.

    Duration:  2 days

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

    Convoy limit:  11 vehicles

    Meeting Arrangements:   8:00 am Saturday morning at Icicles Ski Lodge. Stirling road Mt Buller Village.  We will aim to finish in Mansfield on Sunday at approximately 4:00 pm.

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

    • 3 Feb 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Wombat State Forest & Lerderderg State Park
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    Robert Pepper’s 4wd Treks Close To Melbourne – Treks 2 & 9 - Wombat Wanderings & Lerderderg Sojourn 

    Description:  We will be running trek 9 first and then onto trek 2 as 9 will finish in Blackwood and 2 will start in Blackwood.  These two Treks will be combined in a one-day trip on Sunday 3rd February 2019.

    Trek 9 – Lerderderg Sojourn (approx. 50kms) – Bacchus Marsh to Blackwood (Medium) In the morning we will commence in Bacchus Marsh and then head north on the black top to the Lerderderg State Park. This trek follows O’Briens Rd, past O’Briens Crossing, onto Morning Star Tack and then into Blackwood for our lunch stop.

    Trek 2 - Wombat Wanderings (approx. 30kms) - Blackwood to Daylesford (Easy).  After lunch we head out of Blackwood and wind our way briefly on the black top into a valley for an Easy afternoon mainly on forest roads. We head onto the Wombat Forest Drive, which more or less follows the Lerderderg River.  Later we pass Wombat Creek Picnic Area before arriving in Daylesford.

    Weather:  This time of year, we would expect it to be quite warm to very hot so ensure you bring plenty of water, sunscreen and a hat!

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

    Trip Standard:  Medium (9) some difficult sections including, low-range.  Easy (2) forest roads

    Fuel:  Full tank ex Melbourne / fuel available in Bacchus Marsh

    Distance: Total – approx. 260km Treks 9 & 2 – total approx. 80km Melbourne to Bacchus Marsh – approx. 60kms.   Daylesford to Melbourne – approx. 120kms.

    Duration:  1 day

    Convoy limit:  10 vehicles

    Meeting arrangements:  We will depart at 9am from Bacchus Marsh from the front of Jimmy’s Fish Shop, 171 Main Street, Bacchus Marsh. There is a place opposite, Angelo’s bakery, where you can grab a coffee before we go. We will finish about 4pm in Daylesford.

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

    Trek Manager:  Graeme Allen 0477 488 434 graeme.allen86@gmail.com


     



    • 9 Feb 2019
    • 9:00 AM
    • 10 Feb 2019
    • 4:00 PM
    • Anglesea
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    Robert Pepper’s 4wd Treks Close To Melbourne – Treks 14 & 15 - Around Anglesea 

    Description:   Robert Pepper's 4WD Treks close to Melbourne. Treks number 14 & 15. Base camp weekend (2 night camp: Friday 8th and Saturday 9th) near Anglesea, toilets and area large enough for camper trailers. Campsites will be un-powered bush sites with basic amenities (drop toilets) bring the family and enjoy driving the magnificent Otway National Park with stunning views from the Great Ocean Road coastline. (Actual campsite TBA). BYO drinking water.

    Trek 14 - "The Otways" Saturday - 9.02.19 - A trip in and out of the Otway's forest and bush areas from the Great Ocean Road. Departing from Anglesea town centre at 9am and concluding in Lorne in the late afternoon. Finally a quick (30min) trip back up the GOR back to camp in Anglesea. The trip will contain some sandy and steeper sections but overall difficulty is medium. 

    For the full trek details view the PDF excerpt from Roberts book at the link below

    https://drive.google.com/open?id=1CKuNI2U3la-z9M6wwglLElYeP8tXmlvh

    Trek 15- "Inland From Anglesea" Sunday 10.02.19 - Heading north from Anglesea through the lush bushland of Anglesea Heath. Concluding in Winchelsea in the early afternoon for lunch. Return to camp in Anglesea before heading home late afternoon. Driving is mostly forest and unsealed roads and is considered medium difficulty with the occasion rutted section; but should be quite dry at this time of year. 

    For the full trek details view the PDF excerpt from Roberts book at the link below

    https://drive.google.com/open?id=122BZexAE3OIrlCjXQIQ7feeuLY0oMyHA

    Weather:  Coastal area, can be windy and likely to be hot and sunny. Sun protection and good hydration essential.

    Equipment:  Vehicles need to have low range 4WD capability, good all-terrain tyres, standard ground clearance and  UHF radio equipped ( or one borrowed from the club).  Usual recovery gear should be carried. Will likely air up and down a couple of times, air compressor recommended.

    Trip Standard: Medium - some steep, low-range hill climbs and some sandy tracks!

    Fuel: Full tank of fuel ex Anglesea. Approximately 114kms from Melbourne. Plenty of opportunities to fill up in Anglesea, Lorne and Winchelsea and surrounding areas during the weekend.   

    Distance:  Trek 14 = 74kms, mostly high range driving with sections of low range.  Trek 15 = 50kms, mostly high range driving with sections of low range.

    Duration: 2 days

    Convoy limit: 10 vehicles  

    Meeting arrangements:  Plan to arrive Friday afternoon/evening for a 9am departure from Anglesea near the Post Office in town. Same goes for Sunday. We will aim to finish about 4.00pm in Anglesea   

    Trip Leaders:  Trek 14 Saturday - Cory Keating 0499 101 838 corytkeating@gmail.com Trek 15 Sunday - Paul Wood 0419 366 897 paulwoodbiz@gmail.com

    Trek Managers: Jo Thyer 0411 028 090 jo@tmn.com.au and Kenny Macleod 0421 952 540 kenny@scotel.com



    • 17 Feb 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • LARDNER PARK,-Warragul
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    Victorian 4WD show - Warragul

    Once again, the club will have a stand at the Victorian 4WD Show. 

    We are looking for members who can spend an hour of two manning the stand and talking to prospective new members about club and its activities.

    If you can spend an hour or so on the stand come and let us know on the day so we can schedule break times for others.

    We are trying to set up a BBQ for club members and visitors on the day - weather dependant. 

    Note: there are only 4 Exhibitor passes which are to be used by people exhibiting their cars so there will be a charge to enter the show. Entry is $15 per adult. Children under 16 are free.

    Description:   

    Bigger and Better than ever, the Victorian 4WD Show moves to a fantastic new location - Lardner Park, Warragul.

    Show Features Include...

    • 4WD Accessories - All the latest gadgets and essentials from solar panels to swags.

    • Vehicle Modifications - Need an ECU upgrade, maybe a custom built drawer system, awesome...just don't tell the missus.

    • Camping Gear - Tents, Pegs and Hammers.

    • Off-Road Camper Trailers - Hook up and go....anywhere!

    • Fishing Equipment – From a lure to a tinny, it's all here.

    • Hunting Victoria - Talk to the best in hunting, how to's and safety, and all the best gear.

    • Demonstration Area - Watch the team show and explain various recovery and winching techniques, we will look at the differences between the new and old technology. Exhibitor product spotlights and visitor give away's.

    • 4WD Adventure Circuit - Here the public can climb on board with an experienced local club member and help navigate the awesome test track. Hang on tight as we work our way through the super steep hill climbs and bog holes....yeah!

    • 4WD Swap Meet - Looking for that hard to find part, check out the swap meet - second hand 4WD accessories, camping gear and more.

    • Free Kids Entertainment - Jumping Castle, Face Painting & More!

    • Also - Catering vans,  acres of parking, under cover eating area and restroom facilities.

    • Cost of Entry for Adults $15 (Children under 16 are free).





    • 23 Feb 2019
    • 9:00 AM
    • 24 Feb 2019
    • 4:00 PM
    • Marysville – Thornton – Narbethong
    • 3
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    Robert Pepper’s 4wd Treks Close To Melbourne – Treks 12 & 13 – Marysville – Thornton Narbethong

    Description:  We will be running Trek 12 and Trek 13 during the weekend with an overnight accommodation or camping at the Black Spur Inn in Narbethong.

    Saturday 23rd February.  Trek 13 Marysville – Thornton.  We will be leaving Marysville bakery at 9am sharp.  We will be heading towards Ned’s Gully for morning tea, then off to Kendall’s B for lunch.  We will then continue to Thornton to end the day’s trip before heading back to the Black Spur Inn for the night for dinner & drinks.

    Accommodation: At Black Spur Inn either rooms or camping available contact Jim or Di Kennedy Direct to claim your Club Discount, (online booking does NOT apply for this).  First in best dressed so be quick and advise if you will be dinning with us on Saturday evening.

    Dinner: We will book at table in bistro for dinner on Saturday night to have a meal and drinks after the day’s adventures.

    Sunday 24th February.  TREK 12 Marysville – Narbethong.  We will leave the Black Spur Inn at 9am sharp for those staying the night or joining us on the Sunday trip only.  We will head for Mt. Strickland for morning tea with BBQ lunch (BYO Meat & Salads) and a beer back at the Inn before heading home.  Bring lunch just in case.

    Weather:  At this time of year it will be hot so take plenty of water, a hat & SLIP SLOP SLAP….

    Equipment:  A sound 4wd with low range capability, good all terrain tyres, UHF radio and your usual recovery gear.

    Trip Standard: Easy/Medium (Just add water)

    Fuel:  A full tank ex Melbourne – fuel is also available at Marysville

    Distance:  Trek 13 - 72.9kms.  Trek 12 - 28.2kms

    Duration:  Trek 13 - 1 Day.  Trek 12 - ½ day/day

    Convoy Limit:  10

    Meeting Arrangements:  We will be leaving Marysville bakery at 9am sharp on Saturday morning, so if you plan to get coffee beforehand then you will need to arrive a little earlier.

    Trip Leaders:  Troy Cogan 0414 884 085 (troycogan1972@gmail.com)

    TEC/Trek Manager:  Mark Bown 0437 251 645 (mark.bown@csrio.au)

    • 27 Feb 2019
    • 7:30 PM - 10:30 PM
    • East Malvern RSL Club, Flanders Room (ex Ladies Bowls Room downstairs).
    • 3
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    Targeted at new members, but also open to members who have recently changed vehicles or need a refresher. This course is free to new members and a nominal charge is applicable for repeat members. The RRCV's Driver Trainers are accredited with FWDV and on completion of both theory and practical sessions, you will receive a proficiency certificate that is recognised by all FWDV affiliated clubs. Theory is at East Malvern RSL Club, Flanders Room (ex Ladies Bowls Room downstairs). 

    Time: Course commences at 7:30pm sharp - please arrive at least 10 minutes beforehand to complete some paperwork. The practical session is on the Sunday March 3rd (details provided at the Theory session) - sign up here for both the theory and practical sessions. 

    Signups: members - please log in and sign up via the form below. Enquiries to the driver training co-ordinator, Manole Ioannou. training@rangeroverclub.org.au 

    Please note that student numbers are limited by the number of instructors available. 

    Be prepared to learn and have fun! 

    Note: If this session is fully booked please add your name to the waitlist.  Any further questions email training@rangeroverclub.org.au 


    • 3 Mar 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Gembrook to Noojee
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    R.Pepper - Treks 7 and 8 – Yarra Forests History Tour

    Description:  We will do Trek 7 from the R. Pepper book in reverse, commencing in Gembrook and finishing in Powelltown.  Then there will be a 24 Km, half hour, transit through Yarra Junction to Warburton to commence Trek 8.  From Warburton, Trek 8 will take us through the forest to finish at Noojee.

    Trek 7

    From Gembrook, our trek visits Kurth Kiln Regional Park, where a charcoal kiln was built towards the end of 1941 and early 1942.  When petrol rationing was introduced in 1940 during the Second World War, charcoal was considered an appropriate replacement and the design of the charcoal kiln was purchased from Ernest Kurth, Professor of Chemistry at the University of Tasmania.  However the use of charcoal was not that successful and the plant was closed in 1944.  Today it is possible to view the historic remains of the plant, as well as the nearby picnic and camping areas.

    We will then continue on to Powelltown which is located in the Yarra State Forest where there are numerous walking tracks —some of which are old tram tracks built to convey timber—which will take you to old sawmills and through forests dominated by towering mountain ash, grey gum, messmate, myrtle beech and southern sassafras. 

    Trek 8

    Starting from Warburton the trek heads west into the Yarra State Forest, along Big Pats Creek Rd. The forest tracks wind their way through lush forest until arriving at Starlings Gap and the camping area.  From here, the route proceeds north-east to visit the Ada Tree (time permitting).  There is a 3.2 km walk to this mountain ash, which is one of the largest trees in the world.  It weighs over 1100 tonnes and stands around 76 m high, but is thought to have once been about 120 m tall.

    After viewing this natural wonder you continue south towards Noojee along New Turkey Spur Road and Lower Bennies Road to exit the forest along the Yarra Junction–Noojee Road.  Just 2.1 km east of this junction is the detour to the historic timber Trestle Bridge.  Then it’s only 2 km along the bitumen into Noojee situated on the Latrobe River.

    Weather:  Should be mild at this time of year, but rain is possible anytime. It could also be very warm so bring plenty of drinking water and food for breaks and lunch

    Equipment:  This is an easy trip and is suitable for AWD vehicles.  A UHF radio (or one borrowed from the club) should be carried.  Usual recovery gear should be carried if you have it (just in case).

    Trip Standard:  Easy - suitable for AWD vehicles

    Fuel:  a full tank ex Melbourne. Fuel also available in Gembrook.

    Distance:  Trek 7 - approx. distance is 40Km.  Trek 8 – approx. distance is 60Km of high range driving.

    Duration: Day trip

    Convoy limit: 10 vehicles

    Meeting arrangements:  We plan to meet in the main street of Gembrook outside the Gembrook Bakery 83, Main Street 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 Noojee.

    Trip Leaders: Fran and Chris Pearson - 0433 113 382 / 0407 922 522  pearson496@gmail.com

    Trek Managers:  John & Prue Hasler  - 0428 833 471 / 0439 890 688 j.hasler@bigpond.net.au / p.thwait@bigpond.net.au

    • 9 Mar 2019
    • 8:00 AM
    • 11 Mar 2019
    • 4:00 PM
    • Dargo (Waterford) - Wonnangatta Caravan Park
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    Dargo Base Camp

    This the 30th year that the RRCV has run a base camp in the Dargo area on the Labour day weekend, so come along and enjoy what has become one of the highlights of the club's 4WDriving calendar year.

    This year Phill and Jane Collyer are passing the baton (or is it hanging up their snatch strap) after more than 10 years of organising the Dargo weekend, but rest assured that the weekend will continue in theirs and the RRCV's tradition of a great location, challenging tracks, great company and a fun time for all who come to Dargo in March.

    Description:  The Dargo area has a lot of history 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 4 hours from Melbourne. 

    Trip Leader:   Graeme Carter Ph 0400 195 932

    • 12 Mar 2019
    • 9:00 AM
    • 17 Mar 2019
    • 4:00 PM
    • Dargo, Bright, Canberra
    • 2
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    Dargo extension - Dargo, Bright, Canberra 

    Description Trip will leave from Dargo on the Tuesday morning heading north and travel across the range to end up in Bright where we will camp for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights.  Days in Bright can be a mix of sightseeing, coffees and some 4WDing but that is up for discussion.  Friday morning we will depart from Bright and head for Canberra again the route for this section can be up for discussion ...highway or up through Kosciusko NP?

    Three nights i.e. Friday, Saturday and Sunday will be in a commercial campground with the idea of going to the final day of the Australian National Sheep Dog Trails at Hall (Hall is just north of Canberra) on the Sunday but you can go to both days if interested as nothing else planned for the Saturday.  Entry per day is $5pp or $15 per car.  A bit more info is available on their website.  The sheep dog trials 

    https://www.nationalsheepdogtrials.org/for-spectators.html

    After that you can either elect to stay on in Canberra or make your way home by whichever route you choose.

    Weather:  Canberra should be fairly mild at that time of year, but who knows so bring appropriate gear for a variety of conditions..

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

    Trip Standard: The trip from Dargo to Bright is easy and we will be taking our caravan across the Dargo – Hotham road.  There is a long climb out of Dargo and about 60 Km of all-weather gravel road across to the Great Alpine Road near Hotham, which is sealed to Bright. 

    Fuel: NA

    Distance:  Dargo to Bright 130 Km. Bright to Canberra 450 Km.

    Duration:  6 days

    Convoy limit:  Open until late January when bookings will need to be confirmed.  

    Meeting arrangements:  We will leave from the campground at Waterford (Dargo) on the Tuesday morning after the Dargo weekend.
      
    Trip LeadersKaren & Chris Brown PH 0417 599 820 



    • 23 Mar 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Lerderderg State Park & Wombat State Forest
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    Robert Pepper’s 4wd Treks close to Melbourne – Trek 16 – Amblers Lane (Bacchus Marsh – Blackwood) 

    Description:   Treks 16 and 17 will be undertaken on Saturday 23/March and Sunday 24/March.  These treks can be done separately, however if you would like to do both treks and stay in the area on the Saturday night then there are plenty of accommodation options to be found in the Trentham and Daylesford areas.  There is also the Blackwood Mineral Springs Holiday Park which is about 550 meters from the Blackwood Hotel.

    This Trek will start in Bacchus Marsh and travel on the bitumen to Wombat State Forrest.  The track follows onto Ractliffe Track which is narrow and requires high-clearance 4wds and is particularly challenging as there is a water crossing that involves steep climbs.  The trip winds itself between Lerderderg State Park & Wombat State Forest several times.  We plan to have lunch at the lovely O’Briens Crossing and then finishing the trip at the Blackwood Hotel.

    Weather:  This time of year, we can expect it to be anything from quite warm to quite cool, so ensure you bring appropriate clothing and food.

    Trip Standard: This trip is classified difficult.  Drivers must have completed the RRCV club training and have had some experience on difficult classified tracks.  Some tracks may have some significant mud obstacles after rain.

    Equipment:  High clearance vehicles with low range 4WD capability.  Good all-terrain tyres with not less than 50% tread.  Vehicles must be UHF radio equipped (or one borrowed from the club).  Usual recovery gear must be carried.

    Fuel:  Full tank ex Melbourne / fuel available in Bacchus Marsh Ballan, Daylesford

    Distance:  Total – approx. 230km.  Trek 16 – total approx. 78km.  Melbourne to Bacchus Marsh – approx. 60kms.  Blackwood to Melbourne – approx. 90kms

    Duration:  1 day

    Convoy limit:  8 vehicles

    Meeting arrangements:     We will depart at 9am from Bacchus Marsh from the front of Jimmy’s Fish Shop, 171 Main Street, Bacchus Marsh.  There is a place opposite called Angelo’s bakery where you can grab a coffee before we go.  We will finish about 4pm in Blackwood.

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

    Trek Manager:  Graeme Allen 0477 488 434 graeme.allen86@gmail.com

     




    • 24 Mar 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Lerderderg State Park & Wombat State Forest
    • 0
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    Robert Pepper’s 4wd Treks close to Melbourne – Trek 17 – Blackwood - Daylesford 

    Description:   Treks 16 and 17 will be undertaken on Saturday 23/March and Sunday 24/March.  These treks can be done separately, however if you would like to do both treks and stay in the area on the Saturday night then there are plenty of accommodation options to be found in the Trentham and Daylesford areas.  There is also the Blackwood Mineral Springs Holiday Park which is about 550 meters from the Blackwood Hotel.

    This Trek will start in Blackwood and travel for a short distance on the bitumen before entering the Wombat State Forrest where we will be spending our day.  Once we pass the Garden of St Erth the road becomes a narrow 4wd track.  We then climb a rocky hill to a height of 700 mts.  Further along we find Mountview track which is quite narrow and rutted requiring high clearance.  It can be muddy as it passes close to the highest point in the forest.  We then mainly follow flat forest tracks until we come to Burnt Stable Spring – the tracks leading in and out of the spring may not be signposted so a lot of care must be taken.  We will finish the trip in Daylesford at the Visitor Centre.  There is a Diner on the opposite side of the road where we can have a drink.

    Weather:  This time of year, we can expect it to be anything from quite warm to quite cool, so ensure you bring appropriate clothing and food.

    Trip Standard: This trip is classified difficult.  Drivers must have completed the RRCV club training and have had some experience on difficult classified tracks.  Some tracks may have some significant mud obstacles after rain.

    Equipment:  High clearance vehicles with low range 4WD capability.  Good all-terrain tyres with not less than 50% tread.  Vehicles must be UHF radio equipped (or one borrowed from the club).  Usual recovery gear must be carried.

    Fuel:  Full tank ex Melbourne / fuel available in Bacchus Marsh Ballan, Daylesford

    Distance:  Total – approx. 250km. 

    Trek 17 – total approx. 44km.  Melbourne to Blackwood – approx. 90kms.  Daylesford to Melbourne – approx. 115kms

    Duration:  1 day

    Convoy limit:  8 vehicles

    Meeting arrangements:    We will depart at 9am from the front of the Blackwood Hotel 22 Martin St, Blackwood VIC 3458. We will finish about 4pm in Daylesford

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

    Trek Manager:  Graeme Allen 0477 488 434 graeme.allen86@gmail.com

     




    • 27 Mar 2019
    • 7:30 PM - 10:30 PM
    • East Malvern RSL Club, Flanders Room (ex Ladies Bowls Room downstairs).
    • 4
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    Targeted at new members, but also open to members who have recently changed vehicles or need a refresher. This course is free to new members and a nominal charge is applicable for repeat members. The RRCV's Driver Trainers are accredited with FWDV and on completion of both theory and practical sessions, you will receive a proficiency certificate that is recognised by all FWDV affiliated clubs. Theory is at East Malvern RSL Club, Flanders Room (ex Ladies Bowls Room downstairs). 

    Time: Course commences at 7:30pm sharp - please arrive at least 10 minutes beforehand to complete some paperwork. The practical session is on the Sunday March 31st (details provided at the Theory session) - sign up here for both the theory and practical sessions. 

    Signups: members - please log in and sign up via the form below. Enquiries to the driver training co-ordinator, Manole Ioannou. training@rangeroverclub.org.au 

    Please note that student numbers are limited by the number of instructors available. 

    Be prepared to learn and have fun! 

    Note: If this session is fully booked please add your name to the waitlist.  Any further questions email training@rangeroverclub.org.au 


    • 6 Apr 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Daylesford to Castlemaine
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    Robert Pepper – Trek – 10 The Golden Way: Daylesford to Castlemaine

    Description:  This trip is to validate Trek 10 in the Robert Pepper 4WD Treks Close to Melbourne book.  It is a one-day trip that winds its way from Daylesford to Castlemaine on forest roads and tracks and through heritage rich goldfields, once one of the richest in the world.  Leaving Daylesford, we travel on tracks through the Hepburn Regional Park and pass the Swiss-Italian 19th century Lavandula Farm and Cricket Willow, which are both worth visiting and staying for some time on another occasion.  We then take forest roads through the Dry Diggings State Forest before visiting the villages of Yandoit and Franklinford.  Crossing the Midland Highway, we then travel on forest roads and tracks through the Upper Loddon State Forest to Vaughan Mineral Springs.  From Vaughan the trek continues along the western boundary of the Castlemaine Diggings National Heritage Park and given time, provides the opportunity to walk the Eureka Reef Walk.  The final section of the trek includes two creek crossings and finishes in Castlemaine via the Midland Highway.

    The trip is on a Saturday, which will allow those who may wish to stay overnight, to further explore the historic goldfield heritage of the area or perhaps take a ride on the Goldfields steam rail between Castlemaine and Maldon.

    Other than Robert Pepper’s book, Rooftop’s Daylesford–Castlemaine–Ballarat Forest Activities Map covers the entire trek.

    Weather: This is Victoria, so anything is possible.  Bring appropriate clothing and footwear.

    Equipment:  Vehicles need to have low range 4WD capability with good all-terrain tyres and UHF radio.  Usual recovery gear should be carried.

    Trip Standard:  Easy to medium.

    Fuel:  A full tank ex Daylesford.

    Distance:  Approximate distance from Melbourne to Daylesford is 114 km and the trek is 75 km.

    Duration: One day.

    Convoy limit: 10 vehicles.

    Meeting arrangements:  Meet at 09:00 at the Daylesford Information Centre, just south of the roundabout at the top of the hill on the main street of Daylesford.

    Trip Leader:  Simon and Julie Bridge - 0413691343 / scbridge@btinternet.com

    Trek Manager:  Graeme Allen - 0477488434







    • 20 Apr 2019
    • 9:00 AM
    • 28 Apr 2019
    • 4:00 PM
    • Goog’s Track/Eyre Peninsular
    • 1
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    Goog’s Track/Eyre Peninsular

    Description:   

    Sherry and I should like to run a trip to Goog’s track and the Eyre Peninsular over the Easter/ANZAC day period. Our plan is to leave Melbourne on the Thursday afternoon and stay in Renmark Thursday night, and drive on to Glendamdo on Friday. We plan to meet for the official start of the trip at Glendambo, 9.00am on Saturday morning and spend the next 4 days driving down Goog’s track taking in side trips to Jellabenna rocks and Lois rocks. This will allow 3 days touring the Eyre Peninsular before driving back to Melbourne.

    Goog’s track sometimes referred to as the ‘mini Simpson’, but the dunes are nowhere near as steep or high.  The track runs north from Ceduna to the Trans Australian Railway Service road 40km west of Tarcoola. We will start in Glendambo some 123km to the east of this on the Stuart highway. The track traverses sand ridges, rocky tracks and clay pans crossing endless scrub country.

    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.

    Camping:  The camping grounds have drop toilets with no washing facilities, potable water, or showers – bring adequate water for drinking and cooking, and plan to cook on a fuel stove. Book camping at Goog’s Lake for the evenings of 20th – 22nd April (3 nights) at: https://www.parks.sa.gov.au/booking#Yumbarra%20Conservation%20Park

    Weather:  Desert conditions - can be hot but cold at night.

    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 10.

    Sufficient food and water for 6 days

    Please leave pets and camper trailers at home.  

    Trip StandardMedium - 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

    FuelAllow 150 litres from Glendambo for Goog’s track.  

    Distance: Approximately 650km – 350km Glendambo to Ceduna PLUS side track  to Jellabinna Rocks (200km return) and Lois Rocks (100km return)

    Duration: 4 days on Goog’s track followed by 3 days touring the Eyre Peninsular

    Convoy limit8 vehicles.

    Meeting Arrangements:  We plan to meet in the Glendambo on Easter Saturday at 9.00am.

    Trip Leaders: Mark Bown and Sherry Mayo; 0437251645.  mark.bown@csiro.au


    • 1 May 2019
    • 7:30 PM - 10:30 PM
    • East Malvern RSL Club, Flanders Room (ex Ladies Bowls Room downstairs).
    • 4
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    Targeted at new members, but also open to members who have recently changed vehicles or need a refresher. This course is free to new members and a nominal charge is applicable for repeat members. The RRCV's Driver Trainers are accredited with FWDV and on completion of both theory and practical sessions, you will receive a proficiency certificate that is recognised by all FWDV affiliated clubs. Theory is at East Malvern RSL Club, Flanders Room (ex Ladies Bowls Room downstairs). 

    Time: Course commences at 7:30pm sharp - please arrive at least 10 minutes beforehand to complete some paperwork. The practical session is on the Sunday May 5th (details provided at the Theory session) - sign up here for both the theory and practical sessions. 

    Signups: members - please log in and sign up via the form below. Enquiries to the driver training co-ordinator, Manole Ioannou. training@rangeroverclub.org.au 

    Please note that student numbers are limited by the number of instructors available. 

    Be prepared to learn and have fun! 

    Note: If this session is fully booked please add your name to the waitlist.  Any further questions email training@rangeroverclub.org.au 


    • 19 Jun 2019
    • 7:30 PM - 10:30 PM
    • East Malvern RSL Club, Flanders Room (ex Ladies Bowls Room downstairs).
    • 4
    Register

    Targeted at new members, but also open to members who have recently changed vehicles or need a refresher. This course is free to new members and a nominal charge is applicable for repeat members. The RRCV's Driver Trainers are accredited with FWDV and on completion of both theory and practical sessions, you will receive a proficiency certificate that is recognised by all FWDV affiliated clubs. Theory is at East Malvern RSL Club, Flanders Room (ex Ladies Bowls Room downstairs). 

    Time: Course commences at 7:30pm sharp - please arrive at least 10 minutes beforehand to complete some paperwork. The practical session is on the Sunday June 23rd  (details provided at the Theory session) - sign up here for both the theory and practical sessions. 

    Signups: members - please log in and sign up via the form below. Enquiries to the driver training co-ordinator, Manole Ioannou. training@rangeroverclub.org.au 

    Please note that student numbers are limited by the number of instructors available. 

    Be prepared to learn and have fun! 

    Note: If this session is fully booked please add your name to the waitlist.  Any further questions email training@rangeroverclub.org.au 


Past events

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
3 Oct 2018 Driver Training Theory
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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