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Planned Trips

Driver training will be in October with Theory and Practical work covered over the assigned weekend..

This course is FWDVIC’s proficiency course with 4 hours of theory and full day of practical training. The course is designed for beginners onwards and will arm you with the skills to tackle most 4wd scenarios safely.  The location for the Theory component will be advised to participants once confirmed.   


We will be staying in Erica and will be utilising tracks around Thompson Dam and Merringtons Camp Ground.


There will be the usual day drive and skill consolidation on Sunday that is open to all club members. 

This trip is in addition to the Feb 2023 trip.

The campsite is at Swan Lake West so it is quite a long drive. Last fuel will be at Portland and you should fill up there as sand driving uses up a lot of extra fuel. 

More details to follow closer to the trip.

Theory will be held prior to the practical exercise.  Arrive the Friday night from 5.30 onwards and set up camp.  There is plenty of camping space and it is camper and caravan friendly.  Toilets are available. Power is not available to campers.

More details to follow.

Based at the Erica Caravan Park, the course will set around the surrounding area to complete a number of tasks and challenges to earn points and hopefully win a prize at the end of the weekend.

We have booked the Erica Caravan park for the Club for the weekend but please call Bec and Trevor on 5165 3315 to confirm your booking so they have an idea of actual members coming along. This is a popular 4x4 area so please do not leave your booking to the last minute. Also, make sure you mention you are part of the Club so as to get a spot. Every vehicle needs a co-driver so find someone to fill your passenger seat before you confirm your place.

Co-driver MUST be of driving age. If you cannot get a co-driver, I will happily take more help to mark check points and man challenges so please let me know if you are driving or helping.

We are holding it at the East Warburton property. There are numerous tracks on the property we can use and demonstrate and practice the various techniques. Set up camp around the main shed. There is plenty of camping space and it is camper and caravan friendly. Toilets are available. Power is not available to campers. There will also be various other tasks including tyre repairs, making a vehicle safe for jacking or repairs on heavy angles and slopes as well as discussions on vehicle preparation and basic maintenance.

This is our annual trip where we take out a 4 day membership of the PDBC and can drive the sand dune complex od Discovery Bay National Park.  It is a base camp with campers and caravan access to the PDBC campsite.  It also has toilets and a shower.  You can arrive any time from Thursday onwards and most stay until the Monday. Numbers are limited to 15 vehicles so get in early.  This is a truly unique opportunity in Victoria to drive in steep sand dune country with of the greatest wild coastal views available.  There are no tracks as such as you can drive anywhere on the sand within the designated area. Normal 4x4s with All-Terrains are quite OK to attend. It is also a great opportunity to some experience driving in soft sand before heading to do desert trips.  Weather can be cold and windy so be prepared.  No dogs permitted as it is National Park.