Aussie 4wd Trips, Treks, Tracks and Tours
Australia has a multitude of 4wd trips, treks, tracks and
to it. These range in difficulty from softroader type vehicles with
high range only to those requiring serious low range 4wd drive.
Every state has a wide range of 4wd destinations and to list them all
would be an almost impossible task. In fact we used to give you
detailed information on about 100 of them but, due to other work
committments, it became impossible to keep them all up to
date with reasonably accurate information.
So the only trips listed now are ones undertaken on a regular basis by
us in the form of 4wd tag along tours.
Our desert trips, listed above, all start from Marree in Outback South
Australia and end at White Cliffs in Outback New South Wales. They run
for either twelve or fourteen days and travel through or visit many
iconic Outback destinations along the way.
The routes that we take are not those normally taken by most so we get
to see something different, a little bit more remote and a little more
special. So we will encounter relatively few other vehicles in much of
our desert crossing over several days compared to those travelling the
"normal" desert routes who could be seeing up to a vehicle every 15
minutes in busy school holiday times.
One of our desrt trips takes you through the most remote desert region
that you are ever likely to encounter with up to 200 km of no tracks at
all, the only vehicles that have ever been through much of this area
are those that have been taken there by us. You are unlikely to find a
trip elsewhere that even comes close to this one and you are unlikely
to ever meet anyone who has done anything similar.
Our other destination for 4wd tag along tours is the Victorian High
Country. This is a very special and spectacular place with views that
Our trips are over 5 days and include several iconic High Country
destinations and tracks. We camp at the same idylic spot for the full
duration of the trip, and next to a pristine river, so we don't have
this laborious daily task of packing up and setting up of camp.
We have years of experience in both the Simpson and High
Country and are regarded as being amongst the best of the best
of operators who take tours through these regions. All of our trips are
run by the owner of the business, no we never ever use contractors or
sub contractors as is so often the case these days.
The trips are low key and relaxing as we don't have a whole bunch of
rules and regulations by which you have to abide. We are there on
holiday so let's get on with enjoying it.
Some of the comments made by those who have joined us on previous trips
can be read on our TESTIMONIALS
few things to consider if planning to travel on your own -
When planning your trip it is important to remember that
Australia is a
very big place and some of the tracks lead through remote country.
Please make sure that both you and your vehicle are well prepared for
whatever journey you are planning. The more remote your trip
the more preparation you will need.
If you are based in or near Sydney it may be worth noting that all of
our vehicle repair, maintenace and service work is carried out by
either Mannell Motors at Thornleigh (ARB Thornleigh), phone (02) 9980
8855, or ARB at Penrith, phone (02) 4731 1266. Both these
businesses are very well known to us and carry out work to the highest
Your vehicle must
come out of whatever areas you take it into, a breakdown can be a very
costly nightmare. Make sure that whoever works on your car actually
understands this, someone who does actually know what we are talking
about. The above two businesses do.
accessories for your vehicle wisely, often a few dollars saved at
purchase can cost considerably more in the long run. I only use ARB
equipment, yes its more expensive but it works, and keeps working. I am
so over some of the cheap stuff people put onto their vehicles.
tyres must have at least 50% tread, nothing less is satisfactory. I
only use Cooper Tyres, they may be a little more expensive than some
but they have more tread, deeper tread, than most and they actually do
the job, some tyre brands are woeful to say the least. Choose wisely.
your battery is approaching three years old replace it, replace it
regardless of the battery man telling you that it is OK. They fail with
absolutely no notice, they fail around three years old, or sometimes
earlier. We have had heaps of them on trips and the comment from the
owner is always the same "Oh I had it checked and the mechanic said it
was fine". Any mechanic giving you that advice clearly does not
understand where you are taking your vehicle, best change your mechanic.
There are a few golden rules of travelling in Australia's remote
outback and desert regions and your should observe them, to not do so
would simply mean that you are placing the lives of you and your
passengers at risk. Ideally never go alone, going in a group is
Always let someone know where you are going and your estimated time of
arrival and, on arrival, let them know that
you have arrived.
You can survive out there without food for some time, you simply cannot
survive without water, take plenty and take plenty to spare. Storage in
smaller containers is preferable to having all of your supplies in one
large container. If that one container leaks or becomes contaminated then
that is your whole supply gone. You don't think that can happen, it does and it does with monotonous regularity.
Never venture into remote regions without adequate communications
A Sat Phone is probably the most popular choice amongst remote
travellers these days, but be aware satellite phones are not all equal.
Regardless of where you are located, if you are interested in
purchasing a satelite phone talk to Rob Martin at Clientsat in Perth,
he has supplied us
and gives service second to none, just because he may be the otherside
of Australia to you means nothing. Rob has consistently given us, and
our customers, better service than we could have obtained from anyone
He deals in all the different
networks, service providers and phones and will advise you as to what
is best for
A sat phone on its own is probably not enough in a real
emergency and you should probably consider carrying a Personal Locator
Beacon, also know as PLBs's.
The PLB signal is picked up by AMSA (Australian Maritime Safety
Authority) in Canberra who will co-ordinate your rescue with the search
and rescue authority in whichever state or territory you are in. AMSA
are without doubt one of the worlds, if not the worlds, leading search
PLB's are available now days for around $300, they have no
maintenace or upkeep costs and last for between 5 and 7 years. At
Australian 4x4 Tag Along Tours we use the GME brand which lasts for
seven years. GME are an Australian company and all of their equipment
is Australian designed and made and is of the best quality.