Easy 4wd around Melbourne

Submitted: Saturday, Mar 29, 2014 at 09:48
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Hi guys,

I just bought a 2007 Nissan Patrol which I will outfit during the next weeks for a years travel around Australia. Since I haven't done any offroading in my life so far and want to get a good feel for my vehicle before I start modifications, I was just wondering if there are any easy 4WD tracks around Melbourne, where you can go for a day or two? Preferably something a little more than just a dirt road, but nothing where I would need recovery gear, as I will buy that stuff next week ;-)

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Reply By: FatGaz - Saturday, Mar 29, 2014 at 12:20

Saturday, Mar 29, 2014 at 12:20
Anglesea Heath is a good place to go and within 1.5 hrs of Melbourne. Many different tracks there and Parks Victoria publish park notes which show the tracks.
I drive a Captiva, so your Patrol should have no problems.
While this will give you experience with tracks, you will also need SAND experience.
Unfortunately I don't know anywhere close to Melb that offers soft sand driving.
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Reply By: bigden - Saturday, Mar 29, 2014 at 16:37

Saturday, Mar 29, 2014 at 16:37
wombat forest, not far from bacchus marsh. every thing from easy dirt roads to as hard as you want. a wombat state forest adventure map and off you go
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Reply By: Bonz (Vic) - Saturday, Mar 29, 2014 at 18:52

Saturday, Mar 29, 2014 at 18:52
The Pyrenees near Avoca are perfect for that type of adventure
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Reply By: Crusier 91 - Sunday, Mar 30, 2014 at 11:08

Sunday, Mar 30, 2014 at 11:08
4wd course is highly recommended for 4wd first timers, they are not cheap but worth every penny.
If you not convinced to fork out for a course check out "4wd gone bad" "4wd roll overs"
and so on youtube.......................you will soon change your mind.
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Follow Up By: mikehzz - Sunday, Mar 30, 2014 at 19:18

Sunday, Mar 30, 2014 at 19:18
Absolutely agree....or join a club and get training free. I've seen noobs stuck in the simplest of places. :-)
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Reply By: Robin Miller - Monday, Mar 31, 2014 at 09:53

Monday, Mar 31, 2014 at 09:53
Don't know where you are PGU but an easy place to go less than 1 hour from eastern suburbs is just north of Yarra Glen.

Proceed from Yarra glen to Glenburn united fuel station and pick up a toolangi map (both general area and contour maps are available and good value - although overpriced at the petrol station).

Just before the station you drive through a forrest and a sign post on right saying Marginal Rd. Its a great easy dirt road with lots of tracks off it.

One 50m south of Marginal rd is called rocky track - do not , I repeat do not try it until you know what you doing, and then make out your will first.

But , back to the fuel stop, drive north a few km till you see a sign saying two hills road. A few km down it you enter the forrest , do not take track immediatly to left as it has big mud holes , but tinkle along till you come to Martins track for some easy fun.
The road there has several junctions and tracks , one of which is Marginal rd.


That whole area in there has every level of play tracks from mild to " I wish I'd brought a petrol patrol".


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Reply By: PGU - Tuesday, Apr 01, 2014 at 10:14

Tuesday, Apr 01, 2014 at 10:14
Thank you guys. Drove to the Anglesea Heath and drove around a bit. Did find some lighter tracks with mud and dirt - was heaps of fun :-)
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Reply By: andrew t - Tuesday, Apr 01, 2014 at 10:44

Tuesday, Apr 01, 2014 at 10:44
plenty of good tracks around noojee and walhalla and tanjil bren that you can have a play around on as well
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