4WD Weekend Session 1. Advanced – 2nd & 3rd March 2019


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Arrabri Ski Club 2019 4WD Weekends.

Session 1. Advanced 4WD Weekend.

(Red Robyn Mine – Falls Creek / Mayford Ghost Town.

Skill Level – Some 4WD Experience Required.
Family Adventure Weekend.
Arrive Friday Late Arvo / Night 1st March 2019.
Day Trips Saturday 2nd and 3rd March 2019.
Cost- $100 covers both days per vehicle.

Some of Australia’s best 4 wheel drive tracks are found around Mount Hotham, a picturesque four-hour drive from Melbourne. Many of these tracks follow routes carved in by early cattlemen and gold prospectors who opened up what was then uncharted territory. The views on all the seasonal road-opening tracks will literally take your breath away.

The tracks we are doing in February are rated up to difficult in dry conditions. This is a copy of the “difficult” rating extracted from the Beyond Hotham brochure.

Significant Low Range 4WD with standard 4WD ground clearance. Should have 4WD driver training.

Expected terrain & track conditions

Tracks with some steep and/or rocky/slippery/sandy sections. May have shallow water crossings.

Vehicle suitability

Suitable for medium clearance vehicles with dual range and all terrain or road tyres.

Driver training experience

Recommended that drivers have experience or 4WD training. Recommended to be done in groups of vehicles.


Will be more difficult in wet conditions.

However if the weather turns bad you will need to be prepared for far harder conditions. You will need to understand your vehicle and have it prepared properly. It is also important to know your level of experience and drive in accordance with it. We will help you complete each section and ensure you are safe and have maximum fun.


Your vehicle will need to be well prepared. That is, it needs to be in good running order. The engine will be working harder than normal and you will be going slower than normal. Know your vehicle. Know where the tow points are and what their capacity is in case you get stuck. Be sure your tyres are in good condition and that your spare is fully inflated. Soft tyres handle rough conditions better than firm tyres. I would suggest that you air down to about 18-22 psi depending on your own preferences.

Understand your 4WD system. Know how to engage 4WD and engage and disengage low range.


Carry your own recovery gear! You need snatch strap and rated D shackles is an absolute minimum. Don’t rely on other people’s good nature to supply your recovery equipment. It is considered poor etiquette within the 4wd fraternity. If you have traction aids such as Maxtrax please bring them along as a little bit of rain can change everything. I would suggest that everyone bring along their snow chains as these can be an invaluable aid in the mud as well as in the snow. A shovel or mattock can also be handy.
A 12volt air pump is almost an essential 4wd accessory. Please consider investing in one if you don’t already have one together with a tyre repair kit.
I will be carrying a chainsaw. Hopefully we won’t need it but if someone else has one a back up would be good.


You will be doing about 250 Km on dirt roads and 4WD tracks. I suggest that you arrive at Hotham with sufficient fuel to do 400 km in normal driving so it is essential that you top up with fuel before coming up the mountain or you carry a spare jerry can of fuel. Fuel is available at Bright, Omeo and Dargo.

Last year, most of us ended up emptying our spare jerry cans into our vehicles to get us to Bright or Omeo on the Sunday.


I have 3 hand held units and an in car unit. If any one has a 80 channel, could they please bring it along. 40 channel radios are not really suitable.


We are in the Alpine. Make sure you have clothing suitable for any conditions from snow to sleet to torrential rain to mud to dust and hot conditions.


We will be doing exploring over uneven terrain. We may be doing recovery work on the tracks. Make sure you have good solid footwear.


The club will be providing a simple BBQ lunch each day. This may be plenty for some and not enough for others. I’m sure we will have plenty but please respect we will be catering for an average appetite for this level of activity. If in doubt please bring extra snacks.


Bring enough water or other beverages for each day.


A simple BBQ lunch will be provided and we will be stopping for boiling the billy. Bring whatever snacks you desire to get you through the day. Remember you will be driving for about 5-6 hours each day in conditions that will require a reasonable amount of concentration and even a fair bit of effort.


Unless the gods are unkind to us we should have some magnificent scenery. Perfect opportunity to add to your album or Facebook page.


This is the proposed Itinerary for our Arrabri Ski Club Advanced Level 4WD weekend. Remember the club will be providing BBQ lunches both days included in the $100 per vehicle charge.

We are using this weekend and the other 4WD trips to help promote some of our summer activities up here in the Great Alpine National Park and surrounding state forests.

The accommodation costs are the standard summer rates Adults $31 per night, $16 Kids (17-6) and Under 6 Free. We are looking at having 15 vehicles for the trip, so please book early to avoid disappointment. These trips are very popular due to the low price providing a very cheap action packed family weekend away.

Day 1 Saturday

Trip briefing in lodge lounge room at 8.45am.

Leave Hotham and head out through Mt Lock to the Red Robyn Mine site and then head towards Falls Creek and exit at one of three possible exits. (Pre-trip being completed February 2019 to gather track notes which will be added shortly).

Diner Saturday night – Use the lodges commercial kitchen or BBQ or eat out at The General Store, a short walk from Arrabri Ski Club.

Day 2 Sunday

Trip briefing in lodge lounge room at 8.45am.

Mayford Ghost Town. Track notes to follow shortly.

To Book – Call 1800 651 451 or use the link below for our bookings page.

Accommodation –

To book accomodation with Arrabri Ski Club please use this link to our online booking system. Cost is only $31 per night per adult, $16 kids (17-6) and under 6 free. If Arrabri is full, we have 2-3 other lodges we can book you into for the same rates.

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