The CH4WD Club
- is very friendly and welcomes visitors and new members. It's not expensive. Just a few dollars per year for the whole family. You will learn about things to do with your 4wd plus many wonderful places to visit.
- is a member of Four Wheel Drive South Australia (4WDSA) .
- emphasises the responsible use of 4WD vehicles in the bush. With the ownership of a recreational vehicle comes the responsibility to use it safely, properly and correctly and to respect and care for the environment that they will come into contact with during that period of 4wd vehicle ownership.
- and its members will fight to protect their right of access on public and private land
CH4WD Club Meetings
are held on the fourth Thursday of each month except in December when we don't have a meeting. Meetings are informative on club issues and are run in light-hearted business-like manner and provide social contact with both old and new members on a regular basis. Visitors and those interested in becoming members are most welcome to attend.
By Joining the CH4WD Club
you will discover a great social life and it is a really great family recreation. It's not bush bashing. Your vehicle has to get you to your destination and return you home safely. It has to last you quite a number of years. 4WD vehicles cost too much to risk damaging them on purpose.
is open to all makes and models of 4wd and Awd vehicles. Accommodation ranges from swags and tents to specialised off-road campers.
The CH4WD Club Committee
is made up of a group of friendly people who use their time for the good of the club. These volunteers run the club in a professional manner and their efforts are appreciated for the great job they do and we are very grateful for their efforts. Matters of great importance are taken beyond the committee and voted on by the membership.
CH4WD Special Events
are supported by club members. The Club regularly assists the National Parks Rangers with basic maintenance.
CH4WD Club Trips
- Our trips include single days, overnight camping trips, all the way up to Extended Trips. We also have social events including our Birthday Dinner and Christmas party.
- are always researched and well planned in advance. Club trips can involve bush camping, sometimes in remote areas. Members are always self sufficient (water, food, maps, navigational aids, radio, recovery equipment, spares etc). From day trips to weekend trips to remote camping areas, National & State Parks and reserves; touring with a 4wd club provides companionship, safety and great fun.
- cater for older age groups. On Club Trips experience is gained in vehicle capabilities and personal driving skills. Members get to see a wide and varied range of flora & fauna in different seasons, experience discussions, stories and yarns around the campfire and be involved in activities for adults.
- learn and are aware of the need to liase and negotiate with landowners and government departments when seeking access to tracks and areas when planning a trip (permission and permits are always sought before any trip is run on private, public, or Aboriginal lands). When on these lands or travelling in such areas members do not take firearms or pets. Members always leave gates as they find them and respect landowners wishes and signposting.
- visit areas not accessible to conventional vehicles, along with bush camping. Bush cooking is the norm from the traditional campfire to gas. Meal choices depend on the type of trip being run, the area being visited and the weather, which may have some bearing on the type of food taken, not to mention individual tastes and the possibility of fire bans.
- always stay on existing tracks wherever possible. Members take only pictures of the areas they visit paying respect to the traditional owners wishes whilst traversing their lands.
- share a love for the unique beauty that this country offers. Members interests play an important role in promoting this family oriented recreational pastime.
- learn about vehicles and equipment and what to take on club trips. This covers everything from vehicle accessories, camping gear, food and cooking gear, recovery gear, spares and tools, first aid kit, radio and communication techniques, how to pack their vehicle correctly and safely, vehicle awareness, their vehicle's ability and their own capabilities.