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
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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 around lunchtime following which we will have an afternoon lunch in Kyneton at one of the many good restaurants in the historic Pipers Street precinct.

    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.  The route through the forest is short at 13km but will be slow due to the rocky and sometimes rutted tracks that will be traversed.  There are no huge hills but there will be some inclines that may test your skills if the tracks are wet.  Once through the forest, we will then travel for 17km along unsealed and sealed roads to Kyneton where the trek finishes.

    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, UHF radio, good ground clearance and 4WD low range capability.

    Trip Standard:  Medium to difficult through the forest, depending on the weather.

    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:  10 vehicles

    Meeting arrangements:  We will meet at the Lancefield Bakery at 9:00am.

    Trip Leader:  Carolyn Allen 0405260150

    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



    • 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
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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 



Past events

17 Dec 2018 Robert Pepper’s 4wd Treks Close To Melbourne – 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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