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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. 

There are some trips that don't require training but all require insurance, in the form of club Temporary Membership. It's only $11 but gets your name on our club insurance policy.   


Upcoming events

    • 4 Apr 2017
    • 6 Dec 2017
    • 9 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.
    • 26 May 2017
    • 10 Jun 2017
    • East Malvern RSL
    • 0

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    This trip is planning to follow in the steps of Burke and Wills on allowed roads and tracks. The trip will start just out of Melbourne and wind its way via places like Menindee, Tibooburra, Innamincka, Birdsville, Boulia, Cloncurry finishing the northerly path at Karumba on the Gulf of Carpentaria. 

    It is expected most of the trip to be in high range along sealed roads and corrugated and dusty “tracks” – thus suitable vans that can handle badly corrugated roads can come along. Overnight stops will be a mix of National Parks and caravan parks with several rest days. 

    After Karumba, we will travel to Lawn Hill National Park for a few nights and then end the trip in Mt Isa – those not wishing to go to Lawn Hill can leave the trip in Karumba. Participants can then make their own way home at their own pace and via their own route. 

    The trip is expected to leave on 26-May-17 and finish in Mt Isa on 10-Jun-17. In June 2015, a book “Following Burke and Wills Across Australia” by Dave Phoenix was published. 

    The trip will follow much of this book. For those interested in the historical nature of B&W, it is recommended to obtain a copy and read this book (the club has a copy in its library) – there are many books on B&W which can also provide the travails of B&W.

    Departure – Friday 26 May 2017, meet at Lancefield (north of Sunbury) at 12:30pm – there is parking available in the main street of Lancefield – try to meet near the bakery – we will then travel a relatively short distance to Terrick Terrick NP to camp the night.

    Itinerary – most days we will travel about 6 hours with rest days available at some spots (namely Mutawintji NP, Birdsville, Karumba, Lawn Hill NP). Main towns/places of interest that we will pass through include Swan Hill, Balranald, Lake Mungo NP, Pooncarrie, Menindee, Broken Hill, Mutawintji NP, Tibooburra, Thargomindah, The Dig Tree, Innaminka, Birdsville, Boulia, Mt Isa, Cloncurry, Normanton, Karumba, Lawn Hill NP.

    Fuel – it is expected diesel and petrol will be available at most places – greatest distance between fuel stations is 650km (this assumes all places nominated to have fuel do have fuel). Melbourne to Karumba via our route is approx. 4,400 km.

    Food and Water – as can be seen from our itinerary, we will pass through many towns – water may be scarce in many of these and food may be of limited choice. Ensure you are carrying adequate supplies.

    Weather/Clothing – For May/June, Birdsville has a "mean" maximum of 25.8C and a "mean" minimum of 7.9C. Mt Isa has 27.4C and 11.5C; Broken Hill has 19.1C and 5.6C. Ensure you have appropriate clothing and bedding. Little rain is expected although much of the area had a soaking in 2016. Expect many flies in the daytime and mosquitoes in the tropics.

    Cooking – do not rely on open fires – if possible and in suitable conditions, we will have an open fire. Bring your own fuel eg LP Gas.

    Trip Leaders – Phill and Jane Collyer

    • 10 Jun 2017
    • 8:00 AM
    • 12 Jun 2017
    • 4:00 PM
    • Licola Victoria
    • 0

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    This butcher country trip will be run in the opposite direction, meeting in Mansfield Saturday morning and ending in Licola on Monday about lunch.

    I'm also going to change the last part of the trip exploring part of caledonia track, dingo hill track and Kelly's track.

    The trip will be mobile recommend swag or small tent, no camper trailers, prepare for all weather!

    Trip is over 3 days

    Max 8 4wds including trip leader

    Must have all terrain tyres

    Must have done driver training

    Must have recovery gear, Recovery points front and rear are required and a snatchem strap must be carried.

    Must have CB radio 

    There are several river crossings which can vary in depth, some requiring a snorkel, depending on conditions.

    Full tanks of fuel leaving Mansfield. Fuel additive for Diesel cars is recommended

    Meeting Point: Mansfield central  carpark in main street

    Trip Standard/Characteristics: Medium to hard "just add water"

    Vehicle Requirements: Well maintained vehicle with low range, good clearance, good all terrain tyres.

    Other Equipment: standard recovery gear including dampener, rated snatch strap and shackles, shovel and UHF radio.


    And preferred trucks to have snorkel

    Depending on weather


    • 10 Jun 2017
    • 9:00 AM
    • 12 Jun 2017
    • 5:00 PM
    • Licola to Mansfield
    • 0

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    Trip Leader: Ross Dean

    General Trip Overview

    Butcher Country Queen’s Birthday Weekend 2017.

    High country seasonal closure book end tour, led by Ross Dean

    This trip is a mobile tour, camping in different locations each night, and is unsuitable for elaborate tents and camper trailers.

    Our tour starts in Licola, traversing the Butcher Country track, visiting the Howitt High Plains, several cattleman huts and spectacular views of the Alps, coming to conclusion at Sheep Yard Flat (near Mansfield) on Monday after lunch.

    There are several river crossings which can vary in depth, some requiring a snorkel, depending on conditions.

    Parts of the track are steep and rocky, other parts are muddy or snow covered (I hope for snow but no guarantee) requiring all terrain tyres (not road tyres). Recovery points front and rear are required and a snatchem strap must be carried.

    Full tanks of fuel leaving Licola (fuel is not always available). Fuel additive for Diesel cars is recommended

    This trip has a solid medium rating, not extreme.

    Meeting Point: Licola general store and cacamp ground

    Trip Standard/Characteristics:Medium any  

    Vehicle Requirements: Well maintained vehicle with low range, good clearance, good all terrain tyres.

    Other Equipment: standard recovery gear including dampener, rated snatch strap and shackles, shovel and UHF radio.



    Convoy limit: 8 Vehicles

    Trip Leader Details:

    Ross Dean

    Mobile:  0418171835


    • 6 Jul 2017
    • 9:00 AM
    • 18 Jul 2017
    • 5:00 PM
    • Oodnadatta, Simpson Desert, Corner Country
    • 0

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    Trip Leader: John Cunning & Simon Brewin

    General Trip Overview
    We plan to start the trip from Oodnadatta meeting there on the Wednesday evening 5th. July and crossing the desert at a leisurely  pace and a few late starts or early finishes to provide time to sook up the desert.

    We will have a full day in Birdsville to look around and then travel home via the corner country taking in Cordillo downs (largest sheep shed in Australia) and then Innamincka and the Dig tree before heading back to Melbourne.

    Meeting Point: Oodnadatta, the night before i.e.) Wednesday 5th. July

    Trip Standard/Characteristics: Medium,

    This is a remote area trip and the desert sands can be quite soft.

    The tracks leading from Birdsville an to Oodnadatta can be rough and corrugated.

    You will need fuel for at lease 800km of desert driving and food and water for 5 days + emergency requirements in the desert.

    Min 6 litres per person per day in the desert.

    A desert parks pass is required, these can be purchased on line or from National Parks South Australia (aprox. $160 per vehicle)

    Vehicle Requirements: Well maintained vehicle in good condition is essential. good clearance, good all terrain tyres.

    Basic mechanical spares suitable for your vehicle should be carried

    A second spare tyre should also be carried

    Sand Flags that comply to Simpson desert requirements are mandatory

    No Trailers, firearms, pets  

    Vehicle limit: 8

    Other Equipment: standard recovery gear including dampener, rated snatch strap and shackles, shovel and UHF radio. The group will carry at least one sat phone, if you have personal recovery beacons please bring these.

     

    Copy of Simpson Desert Birdsville Corner Country.xlsx 

    http://www.environment.sa.gov.au/parks/Safety/desert-outback-wise

    Useful Links:

    https://www.environment.sa.gov.au/parks/Find_a_Park/Browse_by_region/flinders-ranges-outback/simpson-desert-conservation-park-regional-reserve

    https://www.environment.sa.gov.au/parks/Find_a_Park/Browse_by_region/flinders-ranges-outback/innamincka-regional-reserve#see-and-do

       


    Convoy limit: 8 Vehicles

    Trip Leader Details:

    John Cunning; 0488018070

    Simon Brewin; 0409533401

     

     

    • 6 Aug 2017
    • 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Trentham
    • 15

    Lunch at the Plough in Trentham on Sunday 6th. Aug at 1.00 pm

    A booking has been made for 16 people so sign up if you are interested in a winter Sunday Lunch.

    More details to follow shortly


    Trip Leader: Karen Brown


    • 2 Sep 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Mount Disapointment State Forest
    • 1

    Wallan- Strath Creek Day Trip

    The trip follows Trek 19 in the Robert Pepper's 4WD Treks Close to Melbourne book. 

    The trip is through the more isolated areas of the Mount Disappointment State Forest from its south eastern corner near Upper Plenty to the historic village of Strath Creek at  its northern  end. It passes through the Wandong Regional Park, visiting a number of very nice campsites  and the Strath Creek falls. 

    There are a number of scenic  viewing spots over the valleys that will be visited along the trip. The forest consists of mountain ash in the wetter parts, with messmate stringy bark and candlegums in the drier parts and manna gums around the creeks.  

    The trip involves both low and high range with some creek crossings and some relatively steep ascents and descents with spoon drains requiring high clearance. The trip concludes at Strath Creek with the return trip to Melbourne via Broadford  or Flowerdale. 

    Trip distance is 63 km. 

    Bring morning tea and lunch

     

    Meeting arrangements

    Meet at the Ferguson Plarre Bake house in Wallan for a 9.00 am departure.  For those travelling to Wallan via Whittlesea, their meeting point can be at Upper Plenty on the corner of Clarke's Road and the Wallan/ Whittlesea Road at 9.15 am.  Let the trip leader know of your intended meeting point.

    Trip standard   -    Medium to difficult in parts depending on the weather.

    Equipment -   Usual recovery gear of a snatch strap, shackles, shovel, dampener, jack base etc. Vehicles required to have good ground clearance, good AT tyres and a UHF radio. Wear appropriate clothing to suit weather conditions on the day.


    Trip Leaders: Graeme & Carolyn Allen - 0477488434 or graeme.allen86@gmail.com 


    Convoy limit -   10 vehicles


    • 4 Nov 2017
    • NA

    Non members invited to join a club trip need to register for Temporary Membership. This is a legal requirement and covers 4WD Victoria's insurance.

    Must be arranged & paid for prior to 1st trip.


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