Gawler 4WD Club
|Type of organisation:||Sporting
Gawler & Districts 4WD Club Inc.
• The Club was formed in 2002 and called "The Light Four Wheel Drive Club of South Australia" meeting each month in Freeling.
• The club was incorporated in June 2002 and became a member of the South Australian Association of Four Wheel Drive Clubs Inc.
• In 2008 the club name was changed to "Gawler & Districts 4WD Club Inc." and became meeting in Gawler.
• Meetings are held on the second Friday of the month (one week earlier if falls on a long w/end) at 7.30 pm in the Gawler Elderly Centre Hall. Most include a Guest Speaker.
• Currently the club has 19 family members. Members vary in age and background, from singles to families to active retirees. We are a family friendly club and very social.
• Members come from the Gawler area, Freeling, Shea Oak Log, Stockport, Truro, and One Tree Hill.
• Vehicles in the club include – Patrols, Pajeros, Prados, Rangers, Triton, Mazda BT50, Colorados, Trailblazer, Landcruisers, X Trail
• Dual range (High and Low 4WD) with reasonable clearance will be suitable for all trips.
• Membership costs are currently $55 per year. With a $10 Joining fee
• We use UHF radios and recommend each vehicle has – Recovery point’s front and rear, recovery equipment including minimum snatch strap and rated shackles, jack and jack plate, fire extinguisher, first aid kit, Sand flag. The club has 2 hand held UHF radios for visitors.
• Comprehensive Insurance (or atleast minimum third party property) is required.
• Club trips include day trips, week-ends, long week-ends and extended trips 7 – 30 days.
• Trips include – • Bendelby Ranges • Victorian High Country • Coffin Bay • Corner Country • Innamincka • Simpson Desert • Tracks in the Flinders Ranges – eg. Skytrek, Oratunga, Carinya, Warraweena, Caernarvon etc. • Bri-Glen park • Arkaroola • Mystery day trips • Social days eg. - St. Kilda Tram museum and boardwalk, Port Adelaide, Old Tailem Town, River dinner cruise etc.
• Training - We are members of the "Driver Training Unit" which runs Theory & Practical Training and we have our own Trainer - Peter Harper.
• Drivers with experience or new to four wheel driving are catered for. Training and assistance is available and encouraged on every trip via UHF radio or one on one.
• Swags and tents will be suitable for all trips; Camper Trailers are suitable for most trips. Caravans may be suitable for some trips.
• We are a responsible club and follow Trip Procedures and Club By-laws to protect tracks and the environment we enjoy. We have an excellent relationship with many property owners and strongly protect our reputation.
• Prospective members can join a trip before joining the club. Details must be on club Trip sheet and proof of vehicle insurance shown.
The club has a website www.gawler4wd.com.au and is on Facebook.
Presidents Report 2019
We had quite a few enjoyable trips and day trips in 2019 and saw the first of our "Trip Lotto" trips. First off for the year was our Australia Day Picnic at Bethany Reserve. It was great to see members dressing up in the Australia day theme. We enjoyed a shared picnic lunch and the weather was perfect at around 27 degrees. Sunday the 10th March saw a day trip in the Adelaide Hills. We visited the "Cedars" Hans Heysen's house and studio, the historic Nixon's Mill, Johnston Brewery, Melba Chocolate factory and Woodside cheese with a return to home via some back roads. Easter saw the club head to "Horsehoe Top End" in the Southern Flinders Ranges, where some members extended their stay in the small town of Gladstone. May saw the inaugural "Celebration of Four Wheel Driving" at the Birdwood National Motor Museum. Roy displayed his Nissan Patrol to represent our Club. June we enjoyed a day trip to Bungaree Station, on the way visiting the amazing Ross Vogt Collection in Kapunda and the Old Police Station and Courthouse in Auburn. July we enjoyed our first "Christmas in July", and members stayed in the Clare Caravan Park and enjoyed a meal at the award winning Sevenhill Hotel, before visiting Pike Wines on the Sunday morning. July also saw Max and Lyn's trip to Maralinga and we enjoyed their report to us at our November meeting. September saw a day trip "Dice Run" via three ferries to Murray Bridge where we enjoyed a tour and Devonshire tea at the historic "Round House". October saw our first "Trip Lotto" trip to the Adelaide Gaol and lunch after at Cafe Villi's. October also saw Octoberfest 2019 at Merna Mora Station in the Flinders Ranges and offered a variety of tracks and tours over the week-end. November saw our second "Trip Lotto" trip to Mintaro visiting Martindale Hall and the amazing Mintaro Maze with a special afternoon tea of scones under the gum trees of Burra Creek Gorge. Our last event for the year was our Christmas week-end at Normanville. A few members stayed for an extended stay here and the weather was very kind to us. We had a number of interesting Guest Speakers talk to us over the year. February we learnt all about Trip Leading by our own member Peter Harper. March we heard from the young and amazing local lad Ethan White about his filming of "Off the Couch with Ethan" viewed on channel 44. April, our fellow member Bob showed us a part of his extensive collection of cameras and their history. May a visit from Tony from the RAA talking about the history of the RAA. June we watched a DVD on Len Beadell - The last true Australian Explorer. July Kevin Shubert spoke on "The second chance of life" and his steel sculptures. August was a social night with BYO supper. September was a Trip Planning meeting October saw the return of Jan from the RAA with "Road Quiz MKII" November Max talked about their Maralinga trip with a excellent Slide show. And already we have a few Guest Speakers pencilled in for 2020 along with a selection of trips so it looks like 2020 will be another successful club year.
Presidents Report 2020
This has been a challenging year for everyone with COVID-19 and has affected club activities for the year. Planned trips to Broken Hill and Silverton over Easter, the Farina Bakery Run in June and even our Christmas in July were all cancelled.
However we did get a couple of trips in before the COVID-19 restrictions were put in place. In January the club visited Bensen Park near Waikerie and March saw the club visit Caroona Creek near Mt. Bryan.
Our first day trip after the COVID restrictions were slightly lifted, saw us visit Rathjen Gap on Sunday 14th June and this was a great social trip to catch up with our friends in the club with appropriate social distancing. A day trip to the Karoonda Silos and Pioneer Museum was enjoyed by all on Sunday the 27th of September and Brent and Keryn stayed for the night projections onto the silos.
A Mystery Drive along with 20 questions was enjoyed on Sunday 25th October along with a lunch stop at the historic "Rosebank" woolshed. Our Christmas week-end at Renmark was slightly changed this year without our communal BBQ and salads to a very enjoyable meal at the Renmark Club along with a lot of fun with Kris Kringle and the opportunity to "steal".
Of course with many General meetings cancelled (April, May, June, August and September) we only had a couple of Guest Speakers for the year. February John Maguire from Beyond Blue spoke to the club and we presented him with a $50 donation. February and March we raised funds via the raffle for the Adelaide Koala Rescue following the summer bushfires and we handed over $150. October saw the excellent talk by Alan "Spud" Murphy about his motorcycle trip across the U.S.A Route 66. And November saw myself show some slides of a Flinders Ranges trip way back in 1968.
Let's all hope 2021 will be a better year and we can enjoy many club activities. We have a few outstanding "Trip Lotto" trips which we hope to enjoy in the coming year.
Our subs are now $60 + $10 Joining fee (on "Fast Facts" shows as $55 + $10 Joining fee).