4wd Treks in good old Vic!

Submitted: Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 10:48
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Hi Guys,

Just wondering wether there are any 4wd groups that trek around Vic?

Im new to 4wd and need to know some good places and also meet some people who are also into 4wd'ing so i can learn some technique and places to go, basically im asking if i can tag along, lol

Thanks guys,

Justin
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Reply By: Mad Dog (Australia) - Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 10:50

Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 10:50
There are a number of clubs and informal groups that do trips all over Vic, where do you live.
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Reply By: cipher - Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 10:51

Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 10:51
Hi MadDog,

I live in Essendon, Melbourne

any around there? or anyone on this forum from this area that goes 4wd'ing?
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Follow Up By: Mad Dog (Australia) - Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 11:17

Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 11:17
Here's a list of clubs in the metro area cipher, most offer driver training. Keep an eye on the forum as from time to time trips are run but Vic is pretty quiet at the moment.

www.fwdvictoria.org.au/clubs_metro.htm
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Follow Up By: marcus - Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 12:49

Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 12:49
Hi Justin,
So what are you driving at the moment?
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Follow Up By: cipher - Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 13:40

Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 13:40
Marcus i drive a Toyota Landruiser FJ62 with 2" lift and 32x10.5x15 Motorway Mongrels, with front diff lock (coming 1 months time)

why do you ask?
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Follow Up By: Crackles - Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 16:53

Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 16:53
I can recomend the City West 4x4 club, (on Mad dogs link) not a member myself but a great bunch I've been out with on a few combined club trips. They have a good training system for members & are convieniently on your side of the city.
Cheers Craig.............
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Follow Up By: gqpat - Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 21:17

Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 21:17
Hi Cipher,
Heading up to Toolangi on the 4th june welcome to come if you want dont have my Patrol but will be travelling in 3 hiluxes and yes they give them a big workout was real fun last time up there even managed to snap a control arm in the Patrol. Let me know...
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Reply By: cipher - Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 11:20

Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 11:20
thanks MadDog
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Follow Up By: Mad Dog (Australia) - Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 13:46

Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 13:46
No probs, do you like camping when its cold and wet ?
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Follow Up By: cipher - Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 13:48

Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 13:48
absoloutely love it mate, nothing better! If its too wet to set up your tent sleep in your car, i just love getting out and playing out in the mud with my FJ62, never had so much fun in my life.

How come?
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Follow Up By: Mad Dog (Australia) - Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 13:52

Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 13:52
Just wondering with winter coming on some don't like camping in the cold. Watch the mud, too much aint a good thing for vehicles, get into all kinds of places and causes problems.
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Follow Up By: cipher - Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 14:03

Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 14:03
maddog,

yeah mud can be pretty nasty, after an adventerous night i come home and wash the girl down pretty well, takes me about 45 minutes with a pressure washer, but yeah i dont go nuts in the mud. always slow speed through it, plus with my mongrel tyres ive found they dont flick up the mud everywhere like my A/T's use to do. Must be beacuse they grip well!
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Reply By: GaryInOz (Vic) - Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 12:23

Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 12:23
Would be worth joining a club, and then taking up the 4WD Associations reduced cost 4WD training course out at Werribee before you try to head off too far into the distance. It is ~$100 for a night of theory and a day of practical, and well woth the money as an introduction.

Some of the larger clubs (Nissan and Toyota come to mind) have accredited trainers in the club, and also have their own property the use for training. The joining fee is a bit more expensive, but includes the basic training in the cost.
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Reply By: prado-wolf - Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 13:38

Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 13:38
Hi Cipher,

Vic. High Country is a magical spot and ha all the tracks that you could wish for.

Unfortunately it is getting a bit cold in vic. at the moment so i will give the high Country a miss until Dec. but if you are still looking to tag along later in the year let me know and you are welcome.

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Follow Up By: cipher - Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 13:45

Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 13:45
prado_wolf,

thanks for the offer mate! Vic high country can be pretty beautiful! And i want to see it all, i am heavily into photography and love climbing hill to get nice and high and stop to take a shot or thousand, lol.

I will get back to you in december then, but common mate, its never too cold to go 4wd, i go wether its hailing, raining, sunny or any weather condition, doesnt bother me, im pretty much addicted to 4wd'ing i could honestly say, i work full time yet i find time somehow to go about 4 times a week for about 5 hours each time ;-)
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Follow Up By: Mike Harding - Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 17:45

Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 17:45
The High Country, especially in winter, can be a difficult and dangerous place to travel and although people may start out with the intention of staying on fairly easy tracks it's all too simple to get yourself into a position where you're faced with some really difficult stuff in order to get out again. I don't wish to scaremonger, and it is a beautiful area, but I would not suggest a newbie go into most of it alone and during winter or wet times.

Mike Harding
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Reply By: cipher - Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 13:47

Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 13:47
can anyone point me in the right direction for some good 4wd spots around melbourne area?

Just names of places so i can go out and buy some maps of the place and go out galavanting?
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Follow Up By: Mad Dog (Australia) - Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 16:10

Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 16:10
Wombat forest just out of Gisborne has a lot to offer, some tracks will be closing soon for winter though. If you want to meet up there sometime drop me an email or ring, contact details behind my pic. A few of us are heading there next weekend but no 4x4 action just a bbq.
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Follow Up By: cipher - Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 16:20

Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 16:20
thanks mad dog, well i pretty much go up to wombat state forrest every weekend, i go up a bit further tho i go in at Blackwood which is a lil further up.... wouldnt mind having a look back toward gidsbourne tho (bit cloer to me), where abouts do you enter?
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 16:22

Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 16:22
Toolangi
Gembrook
Woods point
Walhalla
Jamieson
Licola
Heyfield
Dargo
Gembrook
Eildon
Wombat
Pyrenees
Otways
high country
butcher country
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Follow Up By: cipher - Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 16:24

Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 16:24
thanks trukster,

i take it that you are from melbourne?

Are all these forrests or???

lol

ill go into the map shop tomorrow and see if i can buy any of that area
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Follow Up By: Mad Dog (Australia) - Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 16:31

Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 16:31
From Gisborne you can enter along Carolls lane off the Gisborne to Bacchus Marsh Rd.
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Follow Up By: cipher - Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 16:34

Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 16:34
thanks mate
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 16:37

Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 16:37
thats where we went that time werent it Ray?
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Follow Up By: Mad Dog (Australia) - Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 17:25

Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 17:25
The time with Dave Z, we entered just out of Bacchus Marsh and travelled up Bluegum trk to Wombat
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Follow Up By: marcus - Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 18:39

Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 18:39
Cipher,
Pick up the map of Mt Disappointment at Mapworks in Keilor Rd.There is some real good country in there and it is only about 40 mins up the road.
Also a book called 4wd treks out of Melbourne.
Cheers Mark
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Follow Up By: cipher - Friday, May 19, 2006 at 09:02

Friday, May 19, 2006 at 09:02
Hey Ray,

i went into the wombat at gisbourne there, mate there is some NAAAASTY terrain in there mate! Like WOOOOW went down this massive hill thinking it was going to be a short little track, little did i know that there were 3 MAJOR hills i had to get up, got stuck half way up one of them, managed to roll doll and get a run up and give it a few different goes from diff angles etc!

It was then that i realised that i need a hand winch, lol or and electric on :>

Thanks for the tip off on the spot mate
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Follow Up By: Mad Dog (Australia) - Friday, May 19, 2006 at 09:16

Friday, May 19, 2006 at 09:16
Geez that was quick, you've been there already.

Not too sure where you mean, trying to think what track you were on.

There's some big bog holes along some tracks as well, take care if by yourself.
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Follow Up By: cipher - Friday, May 19, 2006 at 09:21

Friday, May 19, 2006 at 09:21
Yeah i dont mess around mate, lol!

It was a massive track that took me practically from the carol lane end all the way up to this T intersection that had a sign and was only 4km from trentham...

the track is VERY steep it has 3 Consecutive NASTY hills!

All with bog at the bottom! Which doesnt help for trying to get momentum...

im disappointed it was dark because i got some good footage on the cam but cannot see alot because its dark...

But yeah great find by yourself mate, howd you come accross in there? its pretty well tucked away!
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Follow Up By: Mad Dog (Australia) - Friday, May 19, 2006 at 10:44

Friday, May 19, 2006 at 10:44
oh well good stuff, I just spend a lot of time there...too much actually but it's a handy place for a Sunday drive
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Reply By: cipher - Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 19:22

Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 19:22
marcus,

thanks for the tips, i have the 4x4 treks just outta melbourne book my gf bought it for me as a present when i got the truck, which was great..

i take it that you are from essendon area knowing of map works, if you ever want to meet up to go 4wding give me an email im always available,

cheers again mate,

justin
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Follow Up By: marcus - Monday, May 22, 2006 at 09:35

Monday, May 22, 2006 at 09:35
Justin ,
Me and some mates get out a bit so if you give some contact details we can invite you along.You might even want to sit in on a club meeting(very informative and entertaining)as well.
BTW am in Moonee Ponds.
Cheers Mark
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Follow Up By: cipher - Monday, May 22, 2006 at 16:58

Monday, May 22, 2006 at 16:58
hi guys,

i trust you all with my mobile number so yeah.. 0425 865 363

and email address is bcs_justin(at)optusnet.com.au
Remove the (at) replace with @, you know the drill

Thanks guys for inviting me along

BTW i just lifted my truck by 2" yay
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Reply By: allanmac856 - Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 22:51

Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 22:51
Cipher,
I'm a member of the Pajero Club, but have only been out with them a few times. As others, have said, most clubs are ok, but do not get locked in to doing everything with them. I arrange a number of trips with some ppl I've meet from another forum. We tend to do alot of High Country Trips, (3 days min) & all of us have similar ideas to what is enjoyable 4wding.
We dont go looking for mud
We want to drive, not spend half the day winching/recovering
We like some creature comforts, staying in cabins/bunkhouses for at least 1 night on our trips; hot showers etc
Partners are always welcome
Most importantly, none of us have huge egos, in that we do not have to prove anything & have no interest in pushing the boundaries where breakages may occur.

We have various vehicles from basically stock to a couple with 2''body,4'' suspension lift, twin locked etc etc. Actually our group is heading to Walhalla on the 27/28 May for what we reckon will be another fantastic trip.

As one or two others have said, nothing much happens here with Vic members/guests.

Cheers
Allan Mac

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Reply By: Tuff60 - Friday, May 19, 2006 at 16:06

Friday, May 19, 2006 at 16:06
Justin, post up your email addy, and I'll let you know next time we're out.
Due to different work comitments, we tend to go out for day trips on weekends and some nights during the week. Since a slight incident a week or so ago, we are all driving 61 and 62's, cause the hilux is no more. And like you we tend to find mud.
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