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Hill Climbs
Harvey, Western Australia
Some club members putting their vehicles through their paces. It's not all about camping and cups of tea.
Heading back to camp
Sandy Cape, Tasmania
4WD Tasmania continues to be a major stakeholder in keeping the Arthur Pieman Conservation Area tracks open to vehicle access.
The Border Track
Ngarkat Conservation Park
This iconic track on the border of South Australia and Victoria only remains open because of close collaboration between the local park rangers and volunteers from a number of SA 4WD Clubs, culminating in an annual working bee.
SS Maheno Shipwreck
Fraser Island, Queensland
The New Zealand ship entered service on 18 November 1905, and was employed on commercial routes between Sydney and Melbourne via ports in New Zealand and Hobart. During World War One, she was converted into the HMNZHS Maheno hospital ship and made many trips from Gallipoli and the British Isles in support of our sick and wounded ANZACs She returned to commercial live in November 1918 until she retired on 3 July 1935 The SS Maheno was sold to a Japanese ship yard and was being towed by cable, when they ran into a cyclone and heavy seas. The tow line subsequently broke on 7 July 1935, and the Maheno drifted and ran aground on Fraser Island, where she rests to this day.
Yet to be named Waterfalls
Central Valley, Litchfield National Park
Under its MOU with the Northern Territory Parks and Wildlife, 4wdNT spent some years pushing tracks down to several waterfalls, springs and camping grounds to make Central Valley. This area will be opened to the public in 2020
Mission Statement

4WD Australia represents and supports the Australian 4WDing community by providing advice to Government, policy makers and industry.  We encourage safe, family friendly and sustainable 4WDing in the broader community. We promote the Four Wheel Drive code of ethics to respect environmental, historical and cultural values when exploring our diverse country.

Representation to Government, Industry and stakeholders

Structure, organisation and a united community of 4WDers

Training Resources and support

Vehicle insurance scheme access

Voluntary workers insurance

Public liability insurance for club and community activities ($20M)

Insurance for association directors/officers ($5M)

Maintaining access to remote areas

Providing and promoting the 4WD Code of Ethics

A safe supportive environment for new 4WDers and their families.

A remote area permit system

Media releases on significant issues

Information through regular meetings, communication and social media

Our state & territory associations, clubs & members 

All drivers of 4wd & suv’s in Australia

The 4WD aftermarket industry (Aftermarket Accessories Association of Australia – AAAA)

The training Industry – training resources we produce

International 4WD bodies (United Four Wheel Drive Association – UFWDA)

Land owners and managers

Traditional owners (indigenous)

Government at all levels

Political parties

Groups with like minded interests

FWDA activities are based on the premise that recreational four wheel driving is a legitimate activity and people have the right to own and use their vehicle for legitimate lifestyle and family activities. This premise is supported by policies that are based on factual evidence.

FWDA acts as your voice to keep 4WD tracks open so that we can continue enjoying four wheeling in the great outdoors. Through our united efforts, the opinions and beliefs of four wheel drive enthusiasts are heard by land management agencies and by our elected officials. The more of us who care enough to join us, the stronger our voice becomes.

You are invited to become a member of your local four wheel drive club and then by affiliation, your state and national four wheel drive associations. Your membership provides you with priceless benefits of friendship and camaraderie. It helps protect your rights for driving off the bitumen.

There are over 300 affiliated clubs in Australia. We encourage you to become a member of your local four wheel drive club and have your say through our state and national four wheel drive associations. To find out more, simply use our LINKS dropdown to contact your nearest association who will help you find a club near your location. Our member associations provide you with the opportunity to develop a whole range of bush, touring and camping skills.

Your local club will see you through basic and advanced four wheel drive and recovery skills – as far as you wish to go with regular training and skills development days.

Clubs take on projects which assist land managers to keep our parks and other public lands open for the enjoyment of the public.

Clubs lend a valuable hand to country folk in difficult circumstances, whether it be through fire, drought or flood.

Club trips are planned tours to all accessible parts of the country, be they day, weekend or several weeks duration.Club members can get Australia wide on and off road insurance coverage for their vehicles and equipment at discount rates.You can join a club for less than the cost of a tank of fuel.

SO YOU’VE PURCHASED A FOUR WHEEL DRIVE OR ALL WHEEL DRIVE.
  • Do you know how to drive it?
  • How to make the best use of your gears?
  • The different techniques needed to be able to drive in sand, mud and difficult terrain, maintaining traction at all times?
  • Are you thinking of putting some accessories on your vehicle, such as a winch, driving lights, tyres, suspension modification or whatever. Will your choice be what’s best for your vehicle?
  • Are you aware of the responsibilities that come with owning a four wheel drive vehicle?
  • Do you know how to drive it in the best interests of the environment and other bush users?

Or if you just want to socialise and enjoy your chosen pastime with like minded persons, having fun camping and socialising, then join a club. These are some of the great reasons to join a 4WD Club so, even if you are only just a little bit curious, contact a club or your state or territory association and go along for a look.

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