Our members travel all over this great country, from the remote areas of northern and western Australia to the closer areas of the Flinders Ranges, Border Track in the Ngarkat Conservation park, the Murray river, Eyre Peninsula, and all parts in-between. Trip durations vary depending on the destination, but can be as short as a single day trip to a longer one taking two to three months.
Come and join us in the company of experienced travellers and enjoy the great scenery and fantastic company.
Bartagunya 8 - 11th March 2019 (Pictures)
Morgan - Training and Social weekend 2 - 4th November 2018
John and I arrived at the Morgan caravan park early Friday afternoon. Dave, Helen, Brian, Christine, Bob and Trish were already there. Phil and Lisa, Jim and Pauline arrived later in the afternoon with their dog Lucy. Also joining our crew were visitors David and Sharon with their children Sam, Ashlyn and Dusty the dog, Brian and Paulette, Garry and his son Yannik. Including the Mitsubishi Club, this made a total of 16 cars and 31 people for this outing. Happy hour was at 5pm with nibbles, drinks, chats and laughter had by all.
Friday was quite a hot day but Saturday was a little cooler as we gathered near the ferry to meet the Mitsubishi club who were led by Colin and Michael. Once in the quarry our group was led by Phil and Lisa. We all let down our tyres, and then into the 4x4ing. Up and down hills, sharp corners and over rocks and washaways. A fantastic morning. We headed back to the park at 12.30 for lunch. In the afternoon Col took the combined group on a mystery tour around the Morgan area. Everyone arrived back at 5.30 and that night we went to the Terminus hotel in town for a meal. A good night was had by all.
Sunday morning saw most people leave early but 5 cars from Mitsubishi, and Brian, Christine, John and I went back into the quarry until 11.30 for another play. A great weekend.
Deep Creek 19-21st October 2018 (Pictures)
For the first time this year a group of 11 members ventured to a working weekend at Deep Creek Conservation park, the May event having been cancelled due to inclement weather. This event began as many others have by most meeting on Friday for lunch at the Yankalilla Bakery. The offerings for the first time received mixed reviews, hopefully it was a one-off slip in standards, to be carefully reviewed next year. In total 11 members camped at Trig Campground over the weekend
With such a small group we decided to concentrate our efforts on Blowhole Beach and continue our work removing the Sea Spurge amongst other weeds
The road down to the beach was a dream compared to some previous years, so good in fact I drove out in high range 2-wheel drive. Given that it was 12 months since we were last there, we were delighted with the lack of Sea Spurge regrowth on the car park side of the creek. The photos below show the weed from the first time four years ago and one from this weekend, the difference is very noticeable. We scoured the area for what was there, removed some weeds around the acacias we planted 18 months ago and then moved to the other side of the creek to continue removing the Sea Spurge
The weather was cool, with gusty winds on Friday night, most bunkered down in their vans after happy hour. Saturday was a different story- the wind diminished ,there were blue skies, it was sunny & even got warm in the afternoon, one person who shall remain nameless even enjoyed a nap in the sun during the lunch break. That night we had a campfire for happy hour, it was a good evening, good friends enjoying the great outdoors.
Another successful weekend was had, there is planned two again next year, please come along, we are making a difference, the rangers are very grateful for our work and most importantly it is a very good weekend in a great place
Peake 16 - 17th June 2018 (Pictures here)
Corner Country 21st April - 3rd May 2018 (Pictures here)
At the end of April beginning of May 2018 a 12 day trip to the Corner Country was enjoyed by members. We visited Broken Hill, White Cliffs, Packsaddle, Tibooburra, Sturt National Park on our way to Cameron Corner. A wonderful variety of landscapes to be viewed. A service at the Cameron Corner flag pole helped us celebrate ANZAC Day with other tourists and the local community. We continued on visiting Innamincka, Burke and Wills Dig Tree, Cordillo Downs heritage listed shearing shed, Haddon Corner, Deon's Lookout, Betoota and Birdsville. With recent rains bringing flood waters down the Cooper Creek and Diamantina River the flies were unfortunately in plentiful supply! Our return trip to Adelaide down the Birdsville track included stays at Mungerannie, Farina and Orroroo. The trip was interesting and informative with us spotting eagles feasting on road kill, a dingo walking along the road, camels and wild horses in the distance and plenty of kangaroos and emus. We were fortunate to cross a few more destinations off the wish list!
Easter 2018 in the Big Desert (See pictures here)
We combined ourEaster trip this year with the Otway 4x4 Club at Western Beach on the banks of a dry Albacutya Lake, situated 14km from Rainbow in Victoria. With 28 vehicles & 50 members and family attending we enjoyed great sand tracks, perfect weather, camp oven cooking, campfires, Easter Eggs, Hot Cross Buns and driving through an empty lake bed.
On the first day we were divided into two groups, one group exploring Chinamans Well and some challenging sand tracks before eating lunch at Big Billy Bore Campground. After lunch more sand tracks and a photo opportunity at Milmed Rock! The second group headed out via Wonga Hut onto different sandy tracks which were equally as challenging. After lunch we continued on the sandy tracks before stopping at Snowdrift Campground to climb the large sand hills. . Both groups had a wonderful day experiencing sand driving and only suffering a couple of minor bogs. Many thanks to the members of the Otway Ranges 4x4 Club who led these trips.
We swapped trips on the third day and on the rest day in between we drove the Silo Art Trail. There were 6 silos in the area showcasing some amazing art.
The highlight of the weekend was celebrating our 10th Anniversary at the Royal Hotel in Rainbow with our friends from the Otway Ranges 4x4 Club. It was an honour to grant the Otway Ranges 4x4 Club Honorary Membership of the Nissan Patrol Club.
Morgan 27 - 29 October 2017 (Pictures)
7 vehicles and 15 members gathered at Morgan for a joint training weekend with the Mitsubishi Club. The Mitsubishi Club had 8 vehicles and 12 members.
On Saturday morning all met at the boat ramp to head to the quarry where we were divided into 2 groups. The quarry is a perfect place to safely experience 4 WD training. Only a couple of tricky situations were encountered, one required a winch out! After lunch all joined a mystery tour of the back blocks of Morgan and while a flat tyre was changed others enjoyed practicing sand driving in the sand hills.
On Saturday evening all enjoyed a meal at the Terminus Hotel. Sunday dawned hot and very windy so only a few returned to the quarry whilst others packed and headed for home.
Deep Creek Conservation Park 20 - 22 October 2017 (Pictures)
Twenty members and visitors attended the working bee on the Saturday. Two work groups were formed. Ten people headed to Blowhole Beach to continue the sea spurge weed eradication program and ten went to a stock fence demolition project. About seven hours of work were performed by each group with a satisfying amount of progress made on both tasks. Happy hour and a campfire rounded off an enjoyable day.
Overnight rain dampened any enthusiasm for further work on Sunday. Ranger Coral returned to thanked us for the work achieved and brought with her an orphaned joey which she was about to release . In the few hours that remained of the morning a group walked to the Deep Creek waterfall and another went for a drive to the eastern side of the park. The threat of more rain resulted in most people leaving by lunchtime.
Octoberfest 29 Sep - 2 Oct 2017 (Pictures)
Our fourth Octoberfest is done and dusted. 8 vehicles and 17 members made their way to Willangi Bush Escapes to partake in what was a fantastic weekend of fun, food and friendship. Tracks were amazing. Weather perfect. Sunsets wonderful. The BBQ Breakfast was delicious. The band kept us entertained. Camp Oven Cooking and Night Navigation competitions were held.Great camaraderie with all 4WD clubs. Caught up with friends John and Jane Jansen.
Otways 14 - 25 April 2017 (Pictures)
Murbko 26-29 January 2017 (Pictures)
Deep Creek Conservation Park 21 - 23rd October 2016 (Pictures)
Weekend in Whyalla 30th September - 3rd October 2016 (Pictures here)
The Nissan Patrol Club, 7 cars and 12 members
attended "Weekend In Whyalla" (WW9).2016
Every second year, on the October Long Weekend, the Whyalla 4WD Club hosts the "Weekend in Whyalla".
4WDers from around South Australia converge on the Whyalla Jubilee Showgrounds for tours of the Whyalla region and a great social scene around the nightly bonfire. Some of our members also took part in the Camp Cook Off.
We all enjoyed a great weekend with loads of activities, fun, friendship and above all enjoying our 4WD's.
Border Track 23 - 25th September 2016
Friday 7 cars met up at Lameroo where we picked up fuel and supplies before heading out to our first 8 camp. A small fire and some banter before we all climbed into our swags and tents ready for the next morning out on the tracks
After breakfast we packed our swags and headed off through the sand dunes before arriving at our second nights camp site. It had been overcast most of the day and apart from the odd drop of rain we stayed mostly dry until we arrived at the second campsite where the skies opened up and drowned us as we set up camp. The rain kept coming but we managed to get a fire going and cooked our dinner before we heading to the only dry warm place we could, our swags under the awnings on our cars.
Sunday morning we woke to clear skies and after the standard breakfast and a couple of cups of coffee we packed up and headed for home. Phil managed to put a stake through his tyre so we all pitched in and helped him changed the tyre as the rain was relentless again. Then back on the track and it was not long before we came across the mud and water. Huge lakes of water lay on the tracks making it essential to stop and walk around to work out which was the best way to go.
We came across a group of young guys in 4x4s who were stuck in hole and we watched as they were trying to get one stuck vehicle out by using a snatch strap on the tow ball. We were amazed at their limited knowledge of recovery procedures so we offered our experience and got them out and they were gone but had chewed the tracks up badly. We managed to get ourselves through with one of our guys getting stuck and needing a recovery.
Finally we came across the bitumen and headed for home after a gruelling day in the mud.
Fantastic weekend in varying track conditions with a good group of friends.
Peake 17 - 19th June (Pictures here)
Robe to Beachport 3 - 5th June 2016 (See pictures here)
Four intrepid souls set out to brave the weather and sand on the Robe to Beachport run. All did not go to plan however ...
Deep Creek Conservation Park 20 - 22 May 2016 (Pictures)
The first of 2 such weekends for this year was held with 22 willing members again focussing their efforts on Blow Hole Beach
We arrived at various times on Friday at Trig campground, where after a shuffle of sites to fit the larger vans we met for a happy hour to do the necessary paperwork & plan the activities for Saturday, Sunday looked unlikely due to an unfavourable weather forecast
Saturday arrived & the weather gods had smiled on us, fine – sunny & 22 degrees. The beach site had changed quite a bit, with noticeably less Sea Spurge regrowth since the previous working bee. Although the weather deteriorated over Saturday night causing loss of sleep and early departure for those camping, it was a successful weekend and the Rangers are happy for us to return and very much appreciate our efforts.
Willangi 22 - 25th April 2016 (Pictures)
On Friday 22nd
April 25 members in 12 vehicles gathered at Willangi Bush Escapes for the
On Saturday we headed out on the Grant’s Hills tracks on the Willangi property. We enjoyed the magnificent views of the local district as well as the kangaroos. Lunch was enjoyed by Grant’s Spring at the bottom of the Northern Rippa Track. The driving today included some steep and difficult tracks as well as more leisurely ones. Saturday night we all enjoyed a meal at the Railway Hotel in Peterborough.
On Sunday we drove a short distance to Miller’s Tracks on another property. Today we were spoilt with some wonderful steep and challenging tracks as well as great views and many kangaroos. Lunch today was on the ridge top. We returned to camp and lit the fire to create coals for tonight’s roasts. At 5pm we gathered for another drive to enjoy the sunset while our roasts cooked.
A wonderful weekend was thoroughly enjoyed by all.
Mundulla Diesel & Dirt Derby 31st March - 4 April 2016 (Pictures)
Warraweena 25-28th March 2016 (Pictures)
5 vehicles spent Thursday night at Spalding before continuing onto Orroroo where we met another 2 vehicles. We stopped at Hawker for lunch and fuel before heading onto Beltana and continuing onto Miner’s Camp at Warraweena Conservation Park. We set up camp here for the Easter weekend.
The track on Saturday was the 55km Dunbar Track where 10 vehicles wandered in and out of river beds with some narrow openings between gums and rocks making a very interesting drive. Just before we reached Dunbar Hut one car had our first flat tyre after striking a sharp rock in a creek bed. After lunch we drove to the Warriooto George where we walked to the waterfall but it was dry. It was a magnificent walk through red cliffs with a few tadpoles and small frogs in the waterholes. We continued back to camp via Mt Stuart lookout for views to Lake Torrens. Back at camp a late arrival was cooking his lamb roast on the camp fire. It was a lovely evening around the fire watching the moon rise.
We woke to a spectacular sun rise on Sunday morning and also the Easter Bunny visiting camp. We enjoyed toasted hot cross buns for breakfast before joining 11 vehicles to drive the 35 km Cockatoo track today. Enjoyed easter eggs at Cockatoo Hut and the river bed drive to the base of Mt Gill where we enjoyed lunch. We then climbed a spectacular ridge top track with 360 degree views at the end including a glistening Lake Torrens in the distance. Following photos at the top of Mt Gill we retreated back to camp after another wonderful day.
Monday saw campers pack and head back home or onto further adventures.
Octoberfest at Willangi October 3 - 5th 2015 (Pictures)
7 vehicles arrived Friday for the Octoberfest run by the MLR up at Willangi ( Peterborough) Day trips on Saturday and Sunday left from Willangi between 8.30 and 10.00 am each day. Adrienne from MLR hosted a Saturday night Sunset cruise. Glenn and Tom arranged a Sunday night navigation drive which was well supported. Driver Training Unit Allan McIntyre and Edmund Morries were in attendance providing training and guidance to ladies on both days. Saturday afternoon we hosted the Happy Hour where there was a large spread of nibbles for all attendees to enjoy with all the sponsors available for a chat about their businesses. Saturday night saw the return of the Strickland Road Band featuring MLR members including ex Pres Graham Jones, Coralynne Jones, Phil Simes and Kevin Jesshope plus there ensemble of talented friends with a huge crowd in attendance dancing the night away. Sunday morning saw our inaugural 4WDSA Fundraising Big Breakfast with 130 plus people paying for a cooked breakfast using funds donated by Four Wheel Drive SA. Very capably cooked and managed by whole bundle of MLR members directed by Gary Light. Sunday night was planned to have our Camp Cook Competition but with forecast high temperatures and reasonably strong winds it was agreed for safety reasons and fire risk to cancel the competition and not light the large fire required. 5 out of 7 NPC cars won prizes in the raffle. Great weekend, great food, great comradeship. Looking forward to the next one!
Deep Creek Working Bee October 16-18th 2015 (Pictures)
For the first time (but probably not the last) the club held a working bee at the Deep Creek Conservation Park. 12 vehicles comprising approximately 28 members and families brought their tools to clean up an area of the park. The ranger arrived early on Saturday morning and asked us to clear the sandy area at Blowhole Beach of a noxious weed called Sea Splurge. He thought we could clear one side of the path in the morning and perhaps the other side in the afternoon, but such was the enthusiasm and hard work of those there that it was all done by lunch time, which meant for most a relaxed afternoon. Sunday morning was again a time for relaxation , and some members made a visit to the Raywood nursery which was very pleasant. After lunch the ranger again visited and took us on a guided tour of some of the parks fire trails, so it was time for a bit of not too serious four-wheel driving with some great views thrown in for good measure!
All who attended agreed it was a great weekend, and also agreed to do it again!
Skytrek April 3 - 6th 2015 (Pictures)
Murbko Australia Day Weekend January 23-26th 2015 (Pictures)
Whyalla Weekend October 4-6th 2014 (Pictures)
Coorong Cleanup 13-14th September 2014 (Pictures)
Otway 4x4 Club Combined Trip April 18-24th 2014 (Pictures here)
The Easter trip for 2014 was held at Carlisle River approximately 40 kms from Colac in Victoria. A total of 24 members in 13 cars, together with 6 members from the Otway 4WD Club in 4 cars set up camp during Friday. We camped on the football oval and were able to use great hot showers in the change rooms. Helen introduced us to Wayne from the Otway 4WD Club and handed over to him as leader for the week. On Saturday morning several more Otway members and their children joined us to venture out and explore the tracks. We were split into 2 groups and the rain yesterday made for some exciting 4WD action. Sunday we enjoyed a food and wine tour of the district, visiting a market, strawberry farm, 2 wineries and a brewery. This was a tag-a-long trip in one group. We finished the day taking in the views of Colac from the Red Rock Lookout 5 km from Colac. Monday morning dawned and the ground was wet due to overnight rain but we swapped groups and headed out to explore more tracks and exciting 4WD action. Again the action did not disappoint with muddy and slippery conditions in sections and a great picnic lunch on the beach at Kennett River. On Tuesday morning several of the Otway Club members and a couple of our own Nissan members had to return home to work. The rest of us enjoyed another day driving through this beautiful area of Victoria. We also took a great walk to Stevensons Falls. Wednesday we drove to Erskine Falls and along a section of the Great Ocean Road stopping at the Memorial Arch for photos before winding our way back through the ranges to camp. On Thursday we viewed a vintage truck museum in Colac before having the remainder of the day free. We met at the Central Hotel in Colac Thursday evening to say a very big thank you to our friends at the Otway 4WD Club for the time and effort they put into making our week in the Otways so enjoyable.
Victorian High Country April 25th - May 2nd 2014 (Pictures here)
We left Carlisle River on Friday morning and headed to Mansfield via the Princes Highway, Geelong Freeway, Western Ring route and Hume Freeway. Some used free camping at Sheepyard Flat while others stayed at the Mansfield caravan park. On Saturday and Sunday we met at the caravan park and headed out to experience some high country tracks. The tracks were great and with the rain some were slippery but this added to the excitement. On Monday we left Mansfield and headed onto Bright where again some free camped at Smoko and the rest stayed at the Porpunkah caravan park. The autumn leaves in the area were absolutely spectacular and during the week we enjoyed driving the tracks around Bright including Blue Rag. On Tuesday we took a tour to Beechworth and enjoyed an interesting walking history tour of the town as well as visiting an olive farm and 2 wineries on our return to Porpunkah. Despite the inclement weather we enjoyed a great week and to finish on Thursday evening we enjoyed an excellent meal at the Porpunkah Hotel.
Murbko Australia Day Long Weekend January 24 - 27th 2014
November 1st - 3rd
October 19th - 20th
October 5th - 7th
Black Cockatoo - June 7-10 2013 (Pictures here)
Willangi Bush Escapes - Easter 2013 (Pictures here)
The Easter camp for 2013 was held at Willangi Bush Escapes approximately 10 kms from Peterborough. A total of 19 members in 10 cars, together with 4 guests from the Otway 4WD Club in 2 cars set up camp during Friday. After a briefing by Craig at 9:30am Saturday morning all 12 vehicles set forth to drive some of the tracks on the Willangi property. Some tracks were more challenging than others and two members suffered damaged tyres unfortunately. During the afternoon it started to rain.
Saturday evening was dinner at the Railway Hotel in Peterborough which was appreciated by all, as the wet weather had set in, and it was nice and cosy in the hotel.
Sunday morning proved to be dry, but the ground was still damp, so it was decided to relax around camp, have lunch, and then set out for the other Willangi property for more tracks. After driving a few of these we met up with Neil the property owner, who escorted us onto a new track he was establishing called Sallies Track. Neil had only gone a few meters on this track when he too damaged a brand new tyre. Some members decided to go back to camp, but six vehicles and their intrepid explorers continued, and this track proved to be difficult but exciting, and there were no more slashed tyres. All agreed it was worth the risk, and it completed the weekend's activities on a high.
Clayton farm, Bordertown 8-11th March 2013 (lots of pictures here and full report here)
A total of 26 members and friends in 14 vehicles enjoyed a weekend at Clayton farm situated about 3km out of Bordertown. Clayton Farm is the former home of the Weise family who had engaged in mixed farming from the late 1800s. These days it is a heritage museum operated by the Bordertown and District Agricultural Museum organisation.
Saturday morning was spent chatting or having a leisurely look around the farm, before heading into Bordertown and the Morning Loaf Bakery (no guesses as to what we did there!). We then proceeded on a tag-along tour of the district with a very knowledgeable Wally Milne giving an informative commentary over the UHF radio as we went. We discovered there are many interesting things that we do not normally see, as we are usually just passing through on our way somewhere else.
Saturday evening was spent at the Mundulla Hotel where we enjoyed dinner.
The weather this weekend was very hot, so the scheduled destination on Sunday of Ngarkat Conservation Park was changed to Kingston, 100Km away. This trip was led by Dave from the Border Country 4WD Club. We drove along the beach to the Cape Jaffa boat ramp, then a short distance on bitumen before heading back onto a sandy along the dunes around the tip of Cape Jaffa, and finally back onto the beach for some way. Unfortunately this was cut short when our leader got bogged in the soft sand, and in the interest of everyone it was decided to turn back.
Our Sunday evening meal was a fantastic BBQ provided by the friends of Clayton Farm, followed by much animated chatter amongst old and new friends.
Monday morning arrived all too soon, and the packing up started. Some enjoyed an extensive tour of the farm, and after a quick bite to eat for lunch the last people left on the journey home. It was an informative and enjoyable weekend for all.
Coorong Cleanup 28 Mile Crossing 20-21/10/2012 (Pictures)
This year 21 family & members of the Nissan Patrol Club volunteered for our weekend down at the 28 Mile Crossing in the Coorong National Park. Saturday morning after breakfast the Senior Park Ranger met with us and spoke about what would be required, also to remind us of OH&S issues which may come about. With hats, sunscreen, sunglasses, spray for insects, secateurs in hand , hand saws, spades & trailer we then divided into two groups. One group made their way to the 28 Mile Track to start pruning the track back as well as the walkway to the beach. A couple of posts were reinstalled into the sand. The 2nd group cut back the bushes along the entrance of the track with the aid of a winch.
After lunch we again divided into 2 groups to tackle the beach and dunes. One group turned right went down the beach as far as 10km south of 42 Mile Crossing and collected rubbish along the beach & dunes while the second group turned left towards Kingston. Amongst the rubbish collected was timber, plastic bottles, berley baskets, shoes, thongs, esky, and lots of rope. A plastic table top, a pallet, old chairs, shampoo and deodorant bottles, old umbrella stand and a crate were also retrieved. Unusual pickups were 3 fluoro tubes all intact, an albatross skull, glow sticks, toothbrush, underwear, flipper, thongs, boot, spoon & Arabian Night Massage Oil. We returned back to camp, cleaned up and enjoyed our "Happy Hour". After this we returned to our camps and made dinner. Some members settled around the campfire to enjoy a few drinks, and a few hours later everyone retired to bed.
On Sunday we unloaded 25 bags and a pallet, approximately 300 to 340kg. The amount of rubbish is gradually getting lower. Clean Up Australia is even leaving a positive statement with the fisherman. We even had a couple of comments from the fisherman when they were leaving the track. "Thank you to your volunteers & for what you are doing, we appreciate it." Whatever the contributing factors are this is good feedback.
Again another successful weekend, made by having great weather, and great companionship and all working & assisting together to make a difference to keeping Australia beautiful. Thank you to everyone involved in this weekend’s CleanUp.
Remember volunteers you are not paid- not because you are worthless, but
because you are priceless.
You make a living by what you get, but you make a life in what you give.
Looking forward to 2013.
Whyalla Sept 29 - Oct 1 2012 (Pictures)
Appila June 9-11th 2012 (Pictures)
There were 11 vehicles and 19 members who enjoyed the June long weekend away at Appila which is situated approximately 40k from Jamestown. We enjoyed a day out at Caroona Creek Conservation Park with a packed lunch. Saturday evening we had a meal at the Railway Hotel Jamestown. The following day we did a trip to Hopes Gully to enjoy some 4WD tracks which ranged from beginner to extreme. Although it was cold it was a great weekend away.
Easter at Warraweena April 6-9th 2012 (Pictures)
This Easter 20 vehicles with 54 members from the Nissan patrol Club and the Otways Club from Victoria converged on Warraweena conservation Park which is in the northern Flinders Ranges, some 540km from Adelaide, and approximately 35km off the Leigh Creek Road from the Beltana Roadhouse.
It was a weekend of fun, friends, food, and of course some very interesting four-wheel driving around rocky creek beds, and up and down the terrain of the northern Flinders Ranges.
Four Wheel Drive SA AGM March 23 - 25th 2012 (Pictures)
This year 13 vehicles & 24 NPC
members made their way up the freeway to Strathalbyn for the FWDSA AGM for 2012,
most arriving on the Friday afternoon. Our hosts were the High Range Club. On
Saturday we had a morning tea, AGM meeting followed by a BBQ. With a Bonnets &
Boots Competition, Tag along tour with Quiz Questions, Raffle tickets and a self
guided tour prize competition we were kept amused and busy for the whole day.
Some of us managed to fit in “Happy Hour” That evening we all consumed a 3
course meal of soup, chicken or beef with potato & salad and a choice of 3
desserts fruit salad, cheesecake or black forest cake.
Following the dinner we were entertained by the High Range Club for a Quiz Night. Much fun was had by all. Club members did very well over the weekend with Jeff Schapel, Rob Brittain, Alan Langer & Helen Richards taking out individual prizes donated by different companies who helped sponsor this weekend’s AGM. Nissan also came 2nd in the Quiz night and won some prizes for the club. Many thanks to the High Range Club for putting on an excellent weekend. A lot of work went into this to make it so successful. We as a club had a wonderful time and are looking forward to doing it again.
Murbko Australia Day Long Weekend January 26 - 29th 2012 (Pictures)
Coorong Cleanup 28 Mile Crossing 23-24/10/2011 (Pictures)
16 vehicles, 35 adults, and 3 children descended on the camping ground near the 28 mile Crossing in the Coorong to do the annual cleanup of the track and nearby beach. Some arrived late Friday night whilst some were already there. Saturday morning brought blue skies and a slight breeze, just right for a vigorous attack on the shrubbery bordering the track, With so many vehicles and willing hands the job was finished before lunch, so we adjourned back to camp the fill our tummies ready for the beach cleanup. Soft sand did not pose any problems for drivers, although at one point one vehicle's wheels were rotating without much forward motion, but a push by one person helped get the car on its way. The inevitable happy hour commenced at 1630 hrs, which seemed to merge seamlessly into the evening meal, and then a happy group of all the campers spent the evening around a number of braziers full of burning timber brought for the occasion.
Sunday morning things got off to a leisurely start, with breakfast not too early, and most packed up and left for home by late morning. All in all a very successful and pleasant weekend, enjoyed by all!
Willangi Sept. 30 to Oct 3, 2011 (Pictures)
This was a multi-club event organised by the Mount Lofty Rangers club, and attracted nearly 60 vehicles. The weather started out cold, wet and windy, but by the Sunday it settled down to warm and some clouds in an otherwise blue sky. The Nissan club had the most vehicles attend (apart from the Rangers) and we all enjoyed driving on some challenging tracks including the Bendleby Ranges and some on private property not normally open to the public.
Great campfires in the evening with lots of friendly company, as well as a night navigation run, camp cook-off and movies for the kids. Looking forward to the next one in 2013.
VIC & NSW By Caravan Feb - March 2011
A trip to see the River Murray in flood after ten years of drought, attempting to follow it from its mouth to its beginning. Trip report and pictures here.
Argadells Long Weekend March 11 - 14th 2011 (Pictures)
11 vehicles converged on the southern Flinders Ranges property of Argadells for a long weekend of food, fun, four-wheel driving and fantastic scenery. Temperatures during the day were warm to hot, and there was some rain on both Saturday and Sunday nights, but not enough to dampen the enthusiasm of those present, or to cause any of the tracks to be closed. The facilities were great, with 8 en-suite showers/toilets, as well as other un-powered sites.
The tracks proved to be a mixture of easy to moderately steep, smooth to very rocky in places, so it was an opportunity for drivers of different experience levels to practice or extend their skills. One member suffered a tyre blow-out on Saturday, but that was the limit to the vehicle problems.
Monday morning was the time to pack up, and most headed off home. Three vehicles went on one last drive, to Buckeringa Gorge where we were treated to great views of the very shy Yellow Footed Rock Wallaby, as well as countless huge orb spiders strung between low branches.
Murbko Lagoon Australia Day Weekend 2011 (Pictures)
Kingston On Murray 19th - 21st NOV 2010 (Pictures)
Some of the 44 members and friends arrived at Kingston on Murray Caravan park Thurs. while the rest arrived Fri. to a beautiful warm day and friendly park owners. Sat we headed to Banrock Station for a presentation and morning tea before a walk around the wetlands and lunch along with some wine tasting of course. Saturday night dinner was at the Cobdogla Hotel where we enjoyed a feed and good company before heading back to the vans. Sunday three cruises were booked with Loch Luna cruises who supplied a fantastic cruise with tour guide Carl including tea, coffee and home made biscuits. Some headed for home after the cruise on Sunday while others did a museum tour Sunday afternoon. A fantastic trip all round.
COORONG CLEANUP 28 MILE CROSSING
AND WRECK CROSSING TRACKS 16-17/10/2010 (Pictures)
Friday some members made their way up with a few arriving Saturday Morning. We had 13 vehicles and 25 members and friends with their tents, campers and caravans survive a windy and wet Friday night. Saturday we headed off to trim the 28 mile track and clean along the beach. The tide was high and the sand too soft to get the vehicles on the beach so we trimmed the track and moved onto the Wreck Crossing track. With all the rain the track was very rough and wet making it difficult to get through. After trimming what we could get to we headed back to the campsite for happy hour. Sunday we cooked up a huge breakfast and a few headed back down the Wreck Crossing track hoping the wind has dried the track out but it was still too wet to trim anymore. So we packed up and headed for home with our usual stop for hot chocolates at Tailem Bend
WHYALLA TRIP OCTOBER LONG WEEKEND 2010. (Pictures)
6 Vehicles and 11 members headed for Whyalla on Friday for the Bi Annual Whyalla 4x4 club event. $3.00 breakfasts were cooked by the Whyalla club and day trips planned around Rural Properties and huge bon fires each night. Sunday night a camp fire cook off was held with winners receiving a trophy.
Once again a great trip and great company.
Flight over Lake Eyre and Cooper Crossing 2010 (Pictures)
5 vehicles left Adelaide for Marree. 25th July to 31st July 2010. 10 people went, 8 went on the flight. Lots of water. Drove to the Cooper Crossing to see the ferry in action. Last time it was used was 20 years ago. Had fun, good company.
June long weekend 2010 Willangi Bush Escape Paradise Peterborough (Pictures)
Friday 15 members headed for Peterborough to stay on Willangi Bush Escape Paradise. A cold wet Friday night turned into a nice weekend with day trips on 4x4 tracks. Sat afternoon we visited the Steamtown museum followed by dinner at the Railway Hotel in Peterborough and back to Steamtown for a thoroughly entertaining light and sound show. Then back to camp for mulled wine around the campfire. Sunday we met Neil; and Antoinette who led us on a trip through a neighbouring property. A glider show was put on by one of our members while we sat and had lunch in a field before heading back to camp for happy hour. Happy hour followed through into dinner and more mulled wine around the campfire with temperatures dropping to minus 3 over night. Monday was pack up day and a visit to Magnetic Hill on the way home. A great weekend and a great place to stay.
Easter in the Pyrenees 2010 (Pictures)
A few members arrived on Thursday afternoon with the majority arriving on Friday . One member lost a wheel on his van and had to have it towed to the nearest town. The rest of the member rallied around and arranged accommodation etc for them so they still had a good Easter break. Once again we joined up with The Otway 4x4 club Vic and had a fantastic time. Wayne and the guys knew the area well and took us on some amazing tracks on Saturday and Sunday. Happy hour happened every afternoon as usual. Sat night we had dinner at the Elmhurst Hotel and the meal and service was enjoyed by all. Easter bunny was seen hopping between vans leaving goodies on Sunday morning. Monday everyone packed up and headed off in small groups for the long drive home.