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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. 

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Upcoming events

    • 4 Apr 2017
    • 3 Dec 2018
    • 19 sessions
    • East Malvern RSL

    We meet on the 1st Tuesday of each month (avoiding January and some major holidays).

    We follow a general structure but the evening is a fairly informal event:

    • New members welcome
    • Trip reports
    • Guest speaker (or guided discussion on a relevant subject)
    • Tea break (tea provided)
    • Raffle 
    • General club business 
    The East Malvern RSL has a good bistro, and there's time to eat if you get there by 6:30-7:00.

    If you are not a member and interested in joining let us know you're coming so we can help you feel welcome.
    • 2 Dec 2017
    • 8:00 AM
    • 3 Dec 2017
    • 5:00 PM
    • Victorian High Country
    • 2
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    Description:  The 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.  We will be self-catering for meals within the lodge. The lodge has 11 individual bedrooms with 2 to 5 bunks/beds in each and bathrooms shared between 2 rooms. 

    NB Last year we were the only party in the lodge, but it may be shared with Icicles club members and if so, then RRCV members may have to share a bunk room with other RRCV 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, Craigs 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 hut for magnificent views back toward Mt Buller.  We travel back to the lodge via Sheepyard Flat with a short side trip to Fry’s 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 162 km

    Day 2.  Starting again at Mount Buller, we head down to Howqua Gap and along the Stirling Circuit Road 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 No 3 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 Tuesday14 November (or when the convoy limit is reached).  Please advise in the comments in your sign-up, the number of people and 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.

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

    Equipment:  This trip will be suited to confident 4WDrivers with some experience.  Your vehicle will need to be equipped with a UHF radio (or one borrowed from the club), good all terrain tyres, low range, 4WD and have reasonable clearance (approx. 200mm recommended). You will need your own food and supplies for the 2 days. Bring your recovery gear if you have it.

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

    Fuel: a full tank ex Mansfield where all fuels are available. NB the Mansfield service station closes at 9:00 om Friday evenings.  Approx. distance 268 Km.

    Convoy limit: 11 vehicles  

    Meeting Arrangements:  8:00 am Saturday morning at Icicles Ski Lodge. Stirling road Mt Buller Village.

    Trip Leader: Graeme Carter ph 0400 195 932 or email graeme.carter23@bigpond.com
    Further info and briefings closer to the time - or email me with any questions.
    • 5 Dec 2017
    • 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM (EST)
    • Black Rock Sailing Club

    We meet on the 1st Tuesday of each month (avoiding January and some major holidays).

    We follow a general structure but the evening is a fairly informal event:

    • New members welcome
    • Trip reports
    • Guest speaker (or guided discussion on a relevant subject)
    • Tea break (tea provided)
    • Raffle 
    • General club business 
    The East Malvern RSL has a good bistro, and there's time to eat if you get there by 6:30-7:00.

    If you are not a member and interested in joining let us know you're coming so we can help you feel welcome.
    • 9 Dec 2017
    • 12:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • 10 McNabs Road Keilor North
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    Range Rover End of Year Picnic / BBQ  

    Description:   Michael and Michelle have once again kindly agreed to host the club’s Christmas Picnic / BBQ at their property on the banks of the Maribyrnong river in Keilor. 

    There will be plenty of space for kids  to ride a bike, throw a fishing line in, canoe a little or just go for a walk. Talking, eating and drinking also acceptable activities.  All in all a very layback afternoon the goal .

    Equipment : a couple of 4 burner BBQs, club  tent, a couple of canoes, portable toilets and lots of trees and grass provided - BYO everything  else.

    Please register (particularly if you're bringing children) by Thursday, so Father Christmas can prepare some pressies. Please also use the Notes Section of the Registration form to let us know ages and sexes of children.

    However, if you can,t register a child's attendance by Thursday, please help bring a book for each child that you bring so they are included in the fun - wrapped and tagged to the value of $10-15.

    Please note: As this is a BYO party, don't forget to bring your own food & drinks.

    Location /Directions: 10 McNabs Road Keilor North ( last property at south end of road between road and freeway  The gravel drive is half a kilometre. Drive though farm yard heading south to River ( please close gates after you).

    If all else fails ring Mike on 0410 910 417  Look forward to seeing you there.

    Many thanks Mike and Michelle. 

    • 31 Dec 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • ****** Location *****
    • 4
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    Weather:  Alpine environment, potentially cold and wet. Bring appropriate clothing and footwear. 

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

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

    Fuel: a full tank ex Mansfield where all fuels are available. NB the Mansfield service station closes at 9:00 om Friday evenings.  Approx. distance from Melbourne is 235 Km.

    Convoy limit: 12 vehicles  

    Trip Leaders: Name(s) - Phone Number and/or email & add additional Contact info,if required


    • 1 Jan 2018
    • Western Australia
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    Canning Stock Route – Halls Creek to Wiluna - Call for Expressions of Interest

    ** Listed for Jan1st to let people see it. but it's to be run in July 2018 ***

    Submitted by Mark Bown

    Event Date: Wednesday, 11th July 2018 to Thursday, 26th July 2018

    Event info: 

    Canning Stock Route – Halls Creek to Wiluna

    RRCV Jaunt July 2018

    Call for Expressions of Interest

    (much of which is taken from Patrick’s EOI for the Madigan Line Trip last year- Thank you Patrick!)

    To the best of my knowledge the club has not run a Canning Stock Route since 2007.

    We'd look to run this trip from North to South starting at Halls Creek on Wednesday 11th July and finishing at Wiluna on 26th July, giving us 16 days on the track. This will allow those with time on their hands to tack trips on to the start and end of this trip.  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 and some massive and soft dunes to tackle 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. 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.

    Supplies/Catering:

    You would need to be able to comfortably carry food and supplies for a minimum of 16 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.

    Wheels/Tyres: 

    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 lit, 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

    Suspension:

    A suspension upgrade where possible (eg Kings Springs/ Koni Shocks) is highly advisable. A spare Rear (and front where applicable) spring should be carried. A spare rear shocks (comparable to your updated ones) should be carried. 1 spare front shock absorber.

    Fuel Capacity:

    Sufficient fuel for 1200 km (Minimum 220 litres of diesel for a 3.0 litre Toyota Prado – you must know your fuel consumption in sand driving). Trip is probably unsuitable for petrol vehicles.

    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

    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

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    • 8 Feb 2018
    • 9:00 AM
    • 27 Feb 2018
    • 4:00 PM
    • East and West Coast of Tasmania
    • 5
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    East and West Coast of Tasmania  

    Description:  We will be conducting a trip mainly on the West coast of Tasmania but also covering the South and the East. It will be a combination of Hard Medium and Easy. Some camping and some Motel accommodation.

    This in an exploratory trip so we will be taking it as it comes. Vehicles will need to be set up for hard driving definitely not suitable for trailers.

    Weather:  All seasons, potentially cold and wet. Bring appropriate clothing and footwear. 

    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: Hard.  A range of terrain will be covered. Vehicles will need to be set up for hard driving definitely not suitable for trailers.

    Convoy limit: 6 vehicles  

    Meeting Arrangements:  TBA

    Trip Leaders:  Jim Kennedy 0428392004. jim@safetrek.com.au.  Call me if interested


    • 18 Feb 2018
    • 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 and will be looking for members who can spend an hour of two manning the stand and talking to prospective new members about club and its activities.

    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.



    • 28 Feb 2018
    • 7:30 PM - 10:30 PM
    • East Malvern RSL Club, Flanders Room (ex Ladies Bowls Room downstairs).
    • 4
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    LAST CHANCE TO GET YOUR 4WDIng SKILLS UP TO SCRATCH PRIOR TO OUR EPIC DARGO WEEKEND TRIP. 

    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 4th  (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 register your interest by emailing training@rangeroverclub.org.au and we will organise another course as soon as possible.

    • 4 Mar 2018
    • 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

    DO NOT REGISTER HERE FOR DRIVER TRAINING. GO THE THE THEORY EVENT AND REGISTER THERE.

Past events

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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