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

    • 2 Aug 2020
    • 9:00 AM (UTC+10:00)
    • 27 Aug 2020
    • 4:00 PM (UTC+10:00)
    • Rural Vic and Outback NSW
    • 4

    Rural Vic and Outback NSW Road Trip - cancelled due to COVID-19

    Note:  This trip will only run if the advertised Mt Isa Road Trip cannot proceed due to the non-opening of Queensland borders. If the Mt Isa trip proceeds, and people wish to do this NSW/Vic trip, a volunteer is requested to be trip leader. In the alternate, the trip may be run next year as it will be a great one!

    Date and time:  02 to 27 Aug 2020.  27 days.

    Location:   Rural Vic and Outback NSW

    =====  COMPLYING WITH COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS ======  

    The maximum convoy limit is now based on the number of people on the trip, not the number of cars, and there are hoops that we need to jump through to comply with the restrictions.

    As part of your registration, we need to know how many people are in your car. We use the "Guest" option but in this case; a guest is ANYONE that is not you. This includes your partner and/or children that live with you (i.e. the club's standard family membership criteria). 

    COVID-19 Passenger Restrictions : 

    • Maximum people in the group is 10 
    • Temporary Members are not allowed.

    COVID-19 - ADDITIONAL RESTRICTIONS

    These additional restrictions have been put in place to confirm with the Government regulation. It's the trip leader's responsibility to ensure they are adhered to and you will be asked to confirm each one during registration. So it's more important than ever to follow the Trip Leader's instructions.

    • All passengers are your family members (partner or child, in same household)
    • As the club member, you are responsible to ensure your passengers are aware of and follow the restrictions.
    • Everyone must respect social distancing, of 1.5m, from other members - particularly during:
       -  Breaks - briefings, tea breaks, lunch breaks, etc. 
       -  Recoveries - stay in your car where possible, unless asked to help.
    • You cannot attend If you are feeling unwell, been in close contact with anyone suspected of having the virus, or recently returned from overseas 
    • Bring hand-sanitiser along with your normal kit.
    • There will be no access to public toilets or other facilities because they are closed.
    • We also suggest that you use the COVIDSafe app.

    All passengers must be named for tracking purposes. Use the Guest's function at the bottom of the registration page.
    If you bring anyone that has not been registered as a guest, you will not be allowed on the trip.

    IMPORTANT NOTE -

    The number of people on the trip must remain within the prevailing restrictions or the organiser and participants might receive large fines, as well as greater chance of infection.

    So, before you start registration, make sure there are enough places for everyone in your car. Note: that does not guarantee they will be there by the time you finish, particularly if there are a few of you.

    If you fail to get everyone registered, let us know and we'll add them to the waitlist.

    ===  Using the Guest/passenger registration  ===

    The "Add a Guest" button is at the bottom of the registration page. Before you start registration, make sure there are enough places for everyone in your car. Note: that does not guarantee they will be there by the time you finish, particularly if there are a few of you.

    You need to register each person (including children) individually, by filling their name (phone and email if different from yours), and clicking Done.

    Once everyone is listed, click Next to go to the Confirmation page. Everything else is the same as normal registrations.

    Note: If the number of spare places run out before you add everyone, it means that someone else was registering at the same time as you. There is no way to avoid this clash and it's first come, first in.

    ===== End of COVID-19 Restrictions Section  = Enjoy the trip ======

    Date and time:  02 to 27 Aug 2020.  27 days.

    Description:  Rural Vic and Outback NSW Road Trip – so much to see.

    The trip is suited to off-road camper trailers and caravans.

    We will depart Melbourne and stop overnight mainly in caravan parks in order to enjoy their showers and toilets.

    Departing Melbourne on a quiet Sunday, we head to St Arnaud for lunch and onto Sea Lake to visit Silo Art. The Silo Art throughout Victoria has to be seen, it is amazing and the subject of many tourist trips. Then we will hit the Vic desert and stay at Rocket Lake in the Murray-Sunset country having visited Lake Tyrrell salt lake along the way.

    Then it’s off to Broken Hill for a rest / tourist day. There’s many sites worth seeing in Broken Hill including the Line of Lode Miners Memorial, Pro Hart Gallery, and the magnificent Palace Hotel, also not forgetting neighbouring Silverton with the Mad Max Museum. Heading further north, our next night is camping in the grounds of the 1882 Milparinka Pub. This is a fascinating ghost town with time spent walking the deserted streets looking at the ruins.

    Leaving Milparinka, it is a short hop to the beautiful and remote Tibooburra where we will spend four nights exploring the district including the Sturt National Park and Cameron Corner where three states meet. The folks at Cameron Corner have said they will make sure they cook us a great meal if we phone ahead! From Tibooburra it’s on to Bourke where I endured the coldest night of my life a few years back! Another local sites day in Bourke before heading on to the renowned Lightning Ridge including another day of taking in the local attractions before moving on.

    Next we are off to Dubbo after an overnight stop in Coonabarabran. Our rest day in Dubbo gives time to wander the Western Plains Zoo before heading to Goulburn. From here it’s on to Canberra – there’s so much to see in our capital. We have allowed two days in Canberra to visit whatever takes our fancy including the War Memorial, Science Museum, and a picturesque trip to the Tidbinbilla Tracking Station as desired. Next it’s a short hop to Lake Jindabyne followed by a chillout day doing nothing (or something).

    Now we are getting closer to home and re-entering our beloved “Vic”. We will drive through burnt bush fire regions making our way to our overnight stop at Loch Sport before heading on the next day to Port Albert. At Port Albert we will have our last chillout day before the final run home. Homeward bound is via Leongatha and Loch where we might indulge in a tipple at the local boutique distillery. It’s really special.

    A wonderful time should be had by all on our trip taking in lots of very different sites and countryside ranging from outback desert to the lush green pastures of Gippsland.

    Weather:  We should experience sunny days in the low to mid 20’s as we head north. However, the clear nights in the outback can be very cold with sub zero temperatures not uncommon. And, of course, there is the local Vic weather to be contended with toward the end of our trip.

    Equipment:  A 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 please.

    Trip Standard:  Easy to medium with outback dirt roads included.

    Fuel:  Fuel is readily available on the planned routes.

    Distance:  Approx. total distance is 4,000 Km of mainly bitumen driving.

    Duration: 26 days

    Convoy limit: 6 vehicles

    Meeting arrangements:  People are free to meet at strategic locations along the first day’s travel or alternatively meet at our Day 1 lunch stop in St Arnaud.

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


    • 3 Aug 2020
    • 9:00 AM (UTC+10:00)
    • 29 Aug 2020
    • 3:00 PM (UTC+10:00)
    • Road trip to Mt Isa, Queensland, returning via Birdsville
    • 2

    Road trip to Mt Isa, Queensland - cancelled due to COVID-19

    NB,  Planned trip is contingent upon Qld and S.A. borders re-opening in July.  An alternate trip staying within Vic and NSW will be posted shortly.

    Date and time:  03 to 29 Aug 2020.  27 days.

    =====  COMPLYING WITH COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS ======  

    There are hoops that we need to jump through to comply with the restrictions, although these are relaxing.

    As part of your registration, we need to know who will be in your car. The people in your car must live with you to comply with social distancing rules. 

    COVID-19 - ADDITIONAL RESTRICTIONS

    These additional restrictions have been put in place to confirm with the Government regulation. It's the trip leader's responsibility to ensure they are adhered to and you will be asked to confirm each one during registration. So it's more important than ever to follow the Trip Leader's instructions.

    • All passengers are your family members (partner or child, in same household)
    • As the club member, you are responsible to ensure your passengers are aware of and follow the restrictions.
    • Everyone must respect social distancing, of 1.5m, from other members - particularly during:
       -  Breaks - briefings, tea breaks, lunch breaks, etc 
       -  Recoveries - stay in your car where possible, unless asked to help.
    • You cannot attend If you are feeling unwell, been in close contact with anyone suspected of having the virus, or recently returned from overseas 
    • Bring hand-sanitiser along with your normal kit.
    • There may be no access to public toilets or other facilities (toilets should be open by then)
    • We also suggest that you use the COVIDSafe app.

    All passengers must be named for tracking purposes. Use the Comment section of registration to list all people in your car.

    IMPORTANT NOTE -

    The number of people on the trip must remain within the prevailing restrictions or the organiser and participants might receive large fines, as well as greater chance of infection.  In this case, there's not enough cars to reach this maximum number of people, so the number of cars is the limiting factor.


    ===== End of COVID-19 Restrictions Section  = Enjoy the trip ======

    Description:  Road trip to Mt Isa, Queensland.

    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 then on to a tiny unique town called Ilfracombe which is well worth a visit. We will take a couple of rest days at Ilfracombe, just outside of Longreach, to visit the QANTAS Founders Museum where you can get up close and personal with a jumbo jet and the famous Stockman Hall of Fame. Departing Ilfracombe, we head to the one-pub town of Middleton for the night. There is the 143 year old Cobb & Co staging pub, and that’s it for the whole town. The elderly publicans make travellers welcome with meals, free camping, and use of their “basic” facilities.

    From Middleton, it is on to Julia Creek for the next night before a short 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 on to Mt Isa only 60km away. There are four nights planned for Mt Isa to explore the region and visit the underground Hard Times Mine.

    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. Day trips out to the Betoota pub and Big Red sand dune 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 two nights 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 driving days will be three to five hundred kilometres with most of the trip 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 6,000 Km of mainly bitumen driving.

    Duration: 27 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 along the way on the first morning.

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


    • 13 Aug 2020
    • 8:00 PM (UTC+10:00)
    • Zoom online meeting
    Register

    Weekly Zoom COVID ISO catchup

    We're living in challenging times, and some members will be doing better than others. So it's more important than ever to keep connected with friends. 

    We will open up our Zoom account every Thursday at 8pm, if anyone wants to drop in for a chat. (details below, but same as normal). No agenda or expectations, just chat and a catchup.

    So, if you fancy a chat over a glass of wine/beer/water/whatever, just log in as you do on meeting night. 

    No need to register but it would be nice to see who's interested. 

    Access details:

    You need to log in to see the contact details because we can't publish passwords on the open internet.
    Zoom Meeting Details


    • 20 Aug 2020
    • 8:00 PM (UTC+10:00)
    • Zoom online meeting
    Register

    Weekly Zoom COVID ISO catchup

    We're living in challenging times, and some members will be doing better than others. So it's more important than ever to keep connected with friends. 

    We will open up our Zoom account every Thursday at 8pm, if anyone wants to drop in for a chat. (details below, but same as normal). No agenda or expectations, just chat and a catchup.

    So, if you fancy a chat over a glass of wine/beer/water/whatever, just log in as you do on meeting night. 

    No need to register but it would be nice to see who's interested. 

    Access details:

    You need to log in to see the contact details because we can't publish passwords on the open internet.
    Zoom Meeting Details


    • 27 Aug 2020
    • 8:00 PM (UTC+10:00)
    • Zoom online meeting
    Register

    Weekly Zoom COVID ISO catchup

    We're living in challenging times, and some members will be doing better than others. So it's more important than ever to keep connected with friends. 

    We will open up our Zoom account every Thursday at 8pm, if anyone wants to drop in for a chat. (details below, but same as normal). No agenda or expectations, just chat and a catchup.

    So, if you fancy a chat over a glass of wine/beer/water/whatever, just log in as you do on meeting night. 

    No need to register but it would be nice to see who's interested. 

    Access details:

    You need to log in to see the contact details because we can't publish passwords on the open internet.
    Zoom Meeting Details


    • 1 Sep 2020
    • (UTC+10:00)
    • 1 Dec 2020
    • (UTC+11:00)
    • 4 sessions
    • Your lounge, via the internet.

    During the COVID isolation period, the club meets online, via Zoom.

    It's typically 8pm on the 1st Tuesday of the month, apart from:

    • November, when a horse race gets in the way so it's the 2nd Tuesday.
    • January - no meeting

    We can't publish the password so check out our email newsletter for details or click here to get the meeting login details

    • 3 Sep 2020
    • 8:00 PM (UTC+10:00)
    • Zoom online meeting
    Register

    Weekly Zoom COVID ISO catchup

    We're living in challenging times, and some members will be doing better than others. So it's more important than ever to keep connected with friends. 

    We will open up our Zoom account every Thursday at 8pm, if anyone wants to drop in for a chat. (details below, but same as normal). No agenda or expectations, just chat and a catchup.

    So, if you fancy a chat over a glass of wine/beer/water/whatever, just log in as you do on meeting night. 

    No need to register but it would be nice to see who's interested. 

    Access details:

    You need to log in to see the contact details because we can't publish passwords on the open internet.
    Zoom Meeting Details

    • 7 Sep 2020
    • 9:00 AM (UTC+10:00)
    • 23 Sep 2020
    • 4:00 PM (UTC+10:00)
    • Central Australia
    • 1
    Register

    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.

    Supplies/Catering

    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.

    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 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

    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. 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


    • 17 Oct 2020
    • 9:00 AM (UTC+11:00)
    • 14 Nov 2020
    • 4:00 PM (UTC+11:00)
    • Rural Vic and Outback NSW
    • 6
    Register

    Rural Vic and Outback NSW Road Trip

    Note:  This trip will run subject to prevailing Covid-19 public health requirements in October.

    Date and duration:  17 Oct to 14 Nov 2020.  29 days.

    Description:  Rural Vic and Outback NSW Road Trip – so much to see.

    The trip is suited to off-road camper trailers and caravans.

    We will depart Melbourne and stop overnight mainly in caravan parks or National Park Camping Grounds in order to enjoy their facilities.

    Departing on a Saturday, we stop the first night at St Arnaud before travelling on to Rocket Lake in the Murray-Sunset country. Along the way we will visit Silo Art in the Sea Lake region which is said to be amazing and the subject of many tourist trips.

    Then it’s off to Broken Hill for a couple of days. There are many sites worth seeing in Broken Hill including the Line of Lode Miners Memorial, Pro Hart Gallery, and the magnificent Palace Hotel, also not forgetting neighbouring Silverton with the Mad Max Museum. Heading further north, our next night is camping in the Paroo-Darling National Park before heading on to Milparinka where we will camp in the grounds of the 1882 Albert Hotel. This is a fascinating ghost town with time spent walking the deserted streets looking at the ruins.

    From Milparinka, it is a short hop to the beautiful and remote Tibooburra where we will spend four nights exploring the district including the Sturt National Park and Cameron Corner where three states meet. The folks at Cameron Corner have said they will make sure they cook us a great meal if we phone ahead! Leaving Tibooburra, it’s on to Bourke with an overnight stop at Wanaaring along the way travelling “The Cut Line”. From Bourke we will travel to Charlotte Plains Station near Cunnamulla for two nights where we will take a day to explore the station’s history and relax in hot artesian bathtubs while soaking in the scenery.

    Refreshed, it is off to the renowned Lightning Ridge for a look around and night’s sleep before moving on to Coonabarabran. Here we will take a day out to visit the Sliding Spring Observatory which should be fascinating. Then it’s on to Dubbo with plenty of time to wander the Western Plains Zoo before heading to Bathurst.

    Leaving Bathurst, we make our way to the Nation’s Capital Canberra – there’s so much to see in Canberra. We have allowed two site seeing days to visit whatever takes our fancy including options such as the War Memorial, Science Museum, or a picturesque trip to the Tidbinbilla Tracking Station. Bidding farewell to Canberra, it’s a short hop to Lake Jindabyne followed by a chillout day doing nothing (or something).

    Now we are getting closer to home and re-entering our beloved “Vic”. We will drive through burnt bush fire regions making our way to Buchan. We might even call in on Caroline and Graeme Allen if they are still there with BlazeAid. A day has been reserved to explore the region including the Buchan caves. By now it is day 29 and we will head for home.

    A wonderful time should be had by all on our trip taking in lots of very different sites and countryside ranging from outback desert, to our Nation’s Capital, and the lush green pastures of Gippsland.

    Weather:  We should experience sunny days in the low to mid 30’s as we head into outback NSW. Being later in the year, the clear nights in the outback should be mild rather than freezing. Nights in the Canberra region, and of course Victoria, can be in the single digits toward the end of our trip.

    Equipment:  A 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 please as we will be visiting National Parks.

    Trip Standard:  Easy to medium with outback dirt roads included.

    Fuel:  Fuel is readily available on the planned routes.

    Distance:  Approx. total distance is 4,500km of mainly bitumen driving.

    Duration: 29 days

    Convoy limit: 6 vehicles

    Meeting arrangements:  People are free to meet at strategic locations along the first day’s travel or alternatively meet at our first overnight stop in St Arnaud.

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


Past events

9 Aug 2020 Warburton to Noojee & Powelltown to Gembrook (RP 8 & 7) CANCELLED due to COVID lockdown
9 Aug 2020 Van/Trailer towing course. POSTPONED
6 Aug 2020 Weekly Zoom COVID ISO catchup
15 Jul 2020 July Driver Training - Proficiency 2020 - POSTPONED
7 Jul 2020 CANCELLED - July Club Meeting - meeting cancelled due to Covid 19
5 Jul 2020 Daylesford to Castlemaine - The Golden Way.
5 Jul 2020 Neerim State Forest (Reccy)
25 Jun 2020 A Non-Zoom Mid-week RRCV Lunch
21 Jun 2020 Toolangi Day Trip
17 Jun 2020 June Driver Training
13 Jun 2020 Brisbane Ranges - Anakie - Bacchus Marsh
6 Jun 2020 Big Desert SFP and northern Murray-Sunset NP
2 Jun 2020 June Club Meeting - Face to face cancelled but there will be a web-based meeting
31 May 2020 COVID TEST -
20 May 2020 South East Queensland Adventure - CANCELLED
13 May 2020 May Driver Training - Proficiency - CANCELLED
5 May 2020 May Club Online Meeting Via Zoom
22 Apr 2020 April Driver Training-Proficiency - CANCELLED
10 Apr 2020 River Red Gum Drive + Mungo NP -CANCELLED
10 Apr 2020 Danggali Conservation Park & Northern Murray Sunset - CANCELLED
10 Apr 2020 Wyperfeld and Lake Mungo Cancelled
7 Apr 2020 CANCELLED - April Club Meeting - meeting cancelled due to Covid 19
28 Mar 2020 Toolangi Adventures - CANCELLED
28 Mar 2020 Licola to Heyfield - CANCELLED
28 Mar 2020 Blaze Aid - CANCELLED
20 Mar 2020 POSTPONED - Otways - Slow-paced weekend basecamp
10 Mar 2020 Post Dargo Extension Touring East Gippsland
7 Mar 2020 Dargo basecamp
4 Mar 2020 Club Meeting (NOTE: It's on Wednesday)
29 Feb 2020 Toolangi State Forest Exploration
23 Feb 2020 Blackwood to Gisborne
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 Orbost to Licola and the Avon River Valley
2 Nov 2019 Licola to Mansfield via Wonangatta Station
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 Victoria's Deserts
30 Mar 2018 Land Rover 70th - Cooma NSW
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 Mansfield, Wonnangatta valley, Mt Murray, Lake Cobbler trip
29 Oct 2016 Licola to Hotham Cup Weekend
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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