Equipment Hire

There are several types of set-ups for camping when 4WD touring, as described in our guide book. However before deciding on a preference it may be a good idea to try it out first. Or if you only do the occasional camping trip, or have some extra people along, then hiring is a good option.

* = Hire rate per week or per trip (minimum $100). Credit card details required as security deposit.There are several types of set-ups for camping when 4WD touring, as described in our guide book. However before deciding on a preference it may be a good idea to try it out first. Or if you only do the occasional camping trip, or have some extra people along, then hiring is a good option.

^ = Iridium Motorola 9500 with 240v & 12v car chargers and external antenna. Takes your Telstra GSM SIM card (but not pre-paid), with international roaming enabled.

Equipment Item Hire Rate/Unit
Satellite Phone^. Qty 1 $50/wk
Metal detector, with gold pan, folding shovel. Qty 1 $50/wk
3 person dome tent. Qty 5 $20/wk
2 person dome tent. Qty 4 $20/wk
Sleeping mats, self-inflating foam. Qty 16 $10/wk
Portable fluorescent light, 12 volt. Qty 3 $10/wk
Fire grate/Bush BBQ. Qty 1 $20/wk
Folding table, lightweight camping. Qty 5 $10/wk
Folding table, moulded. Qty 6 $10/wk
Tarpaulin, 3x6m, with poles/guys/pegs. Qty 3 $20/wk
Hand-held UHF radio, incl. batteries. Qty 6 $20/wk
Folding chair. Qty 16 $10/wk


 

Maps

We use, recommend and offer for sale the most suitable maps for 4WD touring in south-eastern Australia. Also because we don’t have shop overheads we can also supply these maps at discount prices (up to 25% off)! These include Rooftops Adventure 1:100K and Forest Activities 1:50K and Spatial Vision 1:100K covering Murrindindi-Mansfield-Warburton-Licola-Dargo-Bairnsdale-Merimbula. 4WD Maps is our directory to select and purchase suitable maps. After checking your requirements on the directory, phone us for mail order on (03) 5134 6876 or use our online contact form.  Firstly the good areas for 4WD touring are classified into five regions, which are described further below:

 

The Alpine High Country

Made famous through the movie “The Man From Snowy River”, the spectacular alpine high country of eastern Victoria must be one of the best regions in the world for 4WD touring. Ranging from dense alpine ash forests to open, grassy high plains where the mountain cattlemen graze their stock in the summer months, the rugged beauty of this region is awe inspiring. There are remote valleys with crystal clear streams and river-flats ideal for camping, many of which are only accessible by tough 4WD trails. Much of the area is protected by the Alpine National Park, and in winter many tracks are inaccessible due to snow and seasonal track closures by the land management authorities.

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CODE MAP SCALE DATE TOPP CONTOURS PRICE
MANS Mansfield-Mt Howitt Sheepyard Flat-Craig’s Hut 1:100k
1:50k
2004 NO / YES $10.00
JAMI Jamieson-Licola Jamieson-Sheepyard Flat 1:100k
1:50k
2004 NO / YES $10.00
BRIGH Bright-Mansfield Mt Buffalo, Wonnangatta Approches 1:100k
1:50k
2003 NO / YES $10.00
DARGO Dargo-Wonnangatta Dargo-Howitt 1:100k
1:50k
2003 NO / YES $10.00
BAIRNS Bairnsdale-Dargo-Omeo Dargo-Swifts Creek 1:100k
1:50k
2005 NO / YES $10.00
SV6 Wonnangatta 1:100k 2010 YES $11.00
SV9 Dargo High Plains 1:100k 2010 YES $11.00

 

Remote East Gippsland

Protected by its distance from Australia’s capital cities, the far eastern tip of Gippsland contains some of the most attractive, unspoiled places which can be accessed by rugged 4WD tracks. The magnificent centre-piece of this area is the mighty Snowy River with its wide sandy banks and warm, crystal clear water. To the north is the “roof of Australia”, the Snowy Mountains, which despite having been extensively emasculated by the Snowy Mountains Hydroelectric Scheme and various ski resorts, paradoxically is locked up from 4WD touring by the Kosciusko National Park. Also the private land through which the Snowy River meanders south towards the Victorian border is notable for a proliferation of  “Keep Out” signs. So the part of the river which is most attractive for 4WD touring begins with the tracks south of the border.

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CODE MAP SCALE DATE TOPO CONTOURS PRICE
BAIRNS Bairnsdale-Dargo-Omeo Dargo-Swifts Creek 1:100k 1:50k 2005 NO / YES $10.00
SNOWY Snowy Rv-McKillops Br-Lakes Entrance McKillops Br-Buchan 1:100k 1:50k 2006 NO / YES $10.00
CANN Cann River-Orbost-Delegate Cape Conran-Wingan 1:100k 1:50k 2008 NO $10.00
MALLA Mallacoota-Merimbula 1:100k 2009 NO $10.00
SV7 Snowy Wilderness 1:100k 2010 YES $11.00
SV10 Far East Gippsland 1:100k 2010 YES $11.00

 

The Wild North-east

Some of the most exciting 4WD touring to be experienced anywhere in Australia is hidden away in the wild and rarely visited “brumby country” accessed through the towns of Omeo, Benambra, Dartmouth and Mount Beauty. Much of this area is within the Alpine National Park, and although some of the more popular places have been closed off for the exclusive use of bushwalkers and skiers, there are still great opportunities for 4WD exploration. The headwaters of the great Murray River (where the straight part of the NSW/Victoria border meets the wriggly bit) is a little spring on the side of Forest Hill, near a magnificent natural clearing called Cowombat Flat.

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CODE MAP SCALE DATE TOPO CONTOURS PRICE
BRIGH Bright-Mansfield Mt Buffalo, Wonnangatta Approches 1:100k 1:50k 2003 NO / YES $10.00
CORRY Corryong-Omeo-Thredbo 1:100k 2006 NO $10.00
UPPER Upper Murray 1:100k 2007 NO $10.00
BAIRNS Bairnsdale-Dargo-Omeo Dargo-Swifts Creek 1:100k 1:50k 2005 NO / YES $10.00
SV5 Dartmouth-Cobberas 1:100k 2010 YES $11.00

 

Forests Closer to Melbourne

Some of the most popular and exciting 4WD touring opportunities can be found within “day-trip distance” of Melbourne. One needs to travel north-east of Melbourne, beyond the Dandenong Ranges which have now become part of suburbia, and the closed water supply catchment areas, which are an anachronism in these days of potable water treatment processes. The forests beyond there have a long history of logging operations, resulting in an extensive and often navigationally confusing network of tracks, many of which have fallen into disrepair. A little further east are the historic and rugged gold-mining areas stretching between the Latrobe Valley in the south and Lake Eildon in the north. So as well as good 4WD touring, there are many interesting relics for which to explore.

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CODE MAP SCALE DATE TOPO CONTOURS PRICE
WA Walhalla Tourist 1:20K 2001 YES $10.00

 

South Gippsland

South Gippsland has some interesting historical features including Victoria’s first port, Port Albert, Coal Creek Historical Village at Korumburra and the former State Coal Mines at Wonthaggi. There is also the popular Wilson’s Promontory National Park, albeit off limits to 4WD vehicles. From time to time there have been proposals that parts of the Ninety Mile Beach be opened for 4WD touring to make it an attraction rivaling Fraser Island. But although not noted particularly as a 4WD tourist destination, there are some interesting and seldom visited locations in South Gippsland to consider. South of the Latrobe Valley the Strzelecki Ranges are surprisingly rugged. Although once cleared for farming, much of it has been reafforested due to its being too steep for agriculture. Running along its crest is the scenic Grand Ridge Road, while in its centre is the Tarra-Bulga National Park.

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CODE MAP SCALE DATE TOPO CONTOURS PRICE
PROM South Gippsland-Wilsons Prom 1:100k 1:50k 2007 NO $10.00
LAKES Gippsland Lakes-Ninety Mile Beach 1:100k 2008 NO $10.00
SNOWY Snowy Rv-McKillops Br-Lakes Entrance McKillops Br-Buchan 1:100k 1:50k 2006 NO / YES $10.00