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Go Deep in the Wild East

  • 29 Apr 2023
  • 8:15 AM
  • 30 Apr 2023
  • 4:00 PM
  • Far East Gippsland, Orbost
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Go Deep in the Wild East

Date and time:  8:15am, Saturday 29th April to 4:00pm Sunday 30th April

Description:  New Members & Families Welcome

A combined Range Rover Club of Victoria (RRCV), Pajero 4WD Club and Land Rover Owners Club of Victoria trip. Run under the Rules of the RRCV.

This unique Far East Gippsland weekend trip combines a Saturday Go Deep in the Wild East event, which includes an opportunity to build your own nature based adventure and meet the locals of Goongerah and Bendoc, with a club Saturday night camp and Sunday explore of the Errinundra and nearby forests.

For those of you who have visited Goongerah and Bendoc before, the Saturday will give you an opportunity to meet the locals and experience some special local experiences.

You will need to book for the Saturday event (see link below) which includes a catered community lunch at Bendoc and choose your own options from a local biodiversity guided Old Growth Walk, a supported cycle(provided) through the forest and walk, a Regenerative Agriculture Farm Tour, a Wildlife Experience, a local artist led Nature Prints session and afternoon spent exploring Bendoc including visiting the Bendoc Mini-market and having a drink at the newly reopened historic Bendoc Hotel.

The lunch and Saturday event is a celebration to mark the post bushfire recovery grants provided to the local communities by Emergency Recovery Victoria so there will be some speeches.  One of the grants supported the Friends of Errinundra rejuvenation of the Old Growth Walk (with Parks Vic involvement) for which members of the 3 clubs provided some track clearing activities.  This is also an opportunity to support the local communities in building a nature tourism industry and provide feedback to the various officials in the importance of this region.

Booking for the Saturday event – please do this for your group as soon as possible using the link below.

Please choose the self drive option (this includes the lunch and all the morning and afternoon options) as we will need all our camping gear and food for Saturday night and Sunday. At a cost of $15 per person (a 30% discount if you book in March: Code EarlyBird) this event is heavily subsidised by a number of local and Government organisations.  All the ticket costs go to local community members acting as tour guides on the Saturday.  If you just want to join the trip for the Saturday you may register for the bus trip which commences at Orbost and returns you there in the evening.


If you have trouble accessing the link please contact Prue Hasler. 0439 890 688. p.thwait@bigpond.net.au

After the Saturday activities our camp will be at Wilsons Hut near Bendoc (hot showers at Bendoc) and on Sunday we will travel to various historic and natural features in this remote part of Victoria. 

Please bring all your camping gear and food and water for the weekend apart from the catered lunch on Saturday.

The Saturday activities will give club members who have volunteered for Track Clearing with Parks Victoria over the last 18 years an opportunity to meet locals and experience some special local community activities.

No pets as we are travelling in National Parks

Weather:  Some areas we will visitare in an alpine environment, potentially cold and wet.  Review the Alpine weather forecast leading up to the trip and bring appropriate clothing, footwear and camping gear.

Equipment:  Below are the recommended vehicle requirements.  If you are not sure if you vehicle is suitable for a trip, please have a chat with the trip leader.

A well-maintained vehicle with normal road tyres are OK for this trip (All Terrain tyres would be preferred), UHF radio (or one borrowed from the club).  Recovery gear is not mandatory, but if you have it, bring your standard recovery gear including, rated snatch strap, shackles and a shovel.

Additional Equipment required:  Camping gear food and drinking water for 2 days / 1 night in the bush.  Clothing for wet and cold conditions.  Morning tea and lunches will be in the bush each day – byo simple, “on the move” lunches and morning teas (byo thermos).   

NB:  There is a catered and included lunch in Bendoc on the Saturday

Camper trailers are OK.

No pets or firearms.

Maps and Reference Material:  Rooftop Maps - Cann River - Orbost - Delegate Adventure Map.  Far East Gippsland Back Road Tours Guide

Trip Standard:  Easy – Mainly gravel forestry roads.

Fuel:  a full tank ex Orbost

Distance:  Melb to Orbost 371kms. Orbost to Orbost trip 250 kms of mainly high range driving.

Duration: 2 days

Convoy limit: 7 vehicles

Meeting arrangements:  We plan to meet at the Orbost Exhibition Centre, 8 Clarke Street, Orbost at 8.15am sharp.  If you plan to get coffee beforehand then you will need to arrive a little earlier.  We will aim to finish about 4.00pm in Orbost

Trip Leaders: John and Prue Hasler, Phone - 0439 890 688, Email - p.thwait@bigpond.net.au

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