Big Desert Intermediate/Advanced Sand Driving

Big Desert Intermediate/Advanced Sand Driving


18/05/2024 - 19/05/2024    
08:00 - 14:00


Adelaide Hills 4WD Park
Adelaide Hills 4WD Park
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Expedition Bulletin Released 19-03-2024 22:30

Big Desert Intermediate/Advanced Sand Driving

This is a dual day event with camping optional for those interested from Friday, camping is not part of the event, but people are welcome to camp along with our crew, the club and other community members on a personal basis.

Camping Location & First Meeting Point
18-05-2024 0800 – 0830 @ Big Billy Bore Campground
Google location it is a gravel and 2WD access road to access the camp ground, though in the wet Murrayville-Nhill Rd can become very slippery and during dawn and dusk wildlife collisions are common on that road.

Communication UHF 58 unless otherwise stated, A & B groups will have alternative channels during the day to be advised in your morning briefing.

Approx Distance
Day 1 Saturday – Approx 110km of SAND driving. Plus 40km of gravel road driving. Chinaman Well OR Netting Fence (TBA), Pella & Milmed Rock Track with Milmed Dune as a feature (bypassable). Expected 8am departure, return 5pm.

Video of Optional Milmed Dune

Day 2 Sunday – Approx 20km of SAND driving. Plus, 14km of gravel road driving.
Quickest route via Delisio Track on the sand to Big Dune for some BIG DUNE attempts, before returning back to camp to go home. Expected 9am departure, return around 2pm.

Video of Optional Big Dune

Ensure you have a full tank of fuel at the last service point, you should allow your vehicle to be able to cover around the distances mentioned above, there is fuel in Pinaroo SA (approx. 120km return trip 60% gravel 40% tarmac 1hr 30min round trip drive) for refuel so its recommended to bring extra fuel if you do not think you will have enough. Sand driving for the Adventra for example was around 20L/100km and for our Fortuner was around the same. I’ve seen vehicles use as much as 30L/100km so be aware of this situation.

Remember It is 110km one way from Big Billy Campground to Nhill which is the way we will go home on Sunday, so you need also enough fuel to get to Nhill as well.

Trip Limit & Order
Group Alpha the More Experienced
First Vehicle Trip Leader Vehicle, Generally Referred to Number 1A Vehicle.
– Up to 10 Community Member Vehicles –
Tail Vehicle, Generally Referred to Last Number eg. Number 10A Vehicle.

Group Bravo the Least Experienced
First Vehicle Trip Leader Vehicle, Generally Referred to Number 1B Vehicle.
– Up to 10 Community Member Vehicles –
Tail Vehicle, Generally Referred to Last Number eg. Number 10B Vehicle.

Each convoy will operate on their own UHF channels upon leaving camp, until they return to camp and will be separated in the morning by approximately 30 minutes. The experienced group should move along faster than the less experienced group overall.

Each trip leader will have a form of Satellite Communication by SMS between Alpha & Bravo groups for purpose of communication.

Trip Standard
IntermediatePLUS to Advanced, ideal for stock 4WD and high-clearance AWD vehicles. In this terrain, I believe that rear lockers won’t provide a significant advantage. However, a rear LSD (Limited Slip Differential) will be extremely beneficial, as will certain brake-lock traction control systems.

Recovery Equipment
5W UHF Radio required. Most vehicle UHFs installed are 5W, some few handhelds are 5W if you are unsure contact us – this is a mandatory requirement. Please do not try to come with a handheld radio less than 5W. We use GME TX6160 handhelds which are 5W IP67 grade radios. We can supply brand new ones on the day if advised ahead of time for $255 each pre charged and ready to go for the day.

Crew and trip leader and any trip assisting volunteers must come equipped with the following basic recovery equipment for their vehicle:

• Minimum 8,000kg snatch strap
• Winch tow rope
• 2 shackles (soft ideally)
• Minimum 1kg chemical fire extinguisher
• Permanent Vehicle Installed UHF radio (5W) plus a secondary handheld (2-5W)
• First Aid Kit

Good Condition All Terrain tyres. Road tyres are suitable for this trip.
Air compressor is required, if you don’t have one, please make arrangements with another attendee to share. This is a responsibility of your own. Trip leaders will be focused on leading a successful and safe day.

Vehicle Cap 20 vehicles plus crew/leaders.

Need to be self-sufficient for food and drinks for the entire weekend.
All vehicles MUST CARRY 5L of drinking water per person onboard.
All persons must understand how their own recovery equipment works and ensure recovery equipment is accessible in an emergency event without emptying the contents of their vehicle, if needed relocate recovery equipment bag to the top.

Any non-members of the National 4×4 Club of Australia will require to sign a liability waiver prior to the trip starting. You can learn more about joining our affiliated 4WD club and the benefits you receive for been a club member on associated trips with the club here×4-of-aus/

Please note: With events in association with the National 4×4 Club of Australia you will be able to attend only up to 3 as a guest before you no longer can attend these events as a guest. To continue attending you will be required to be a club member. This is a requirement by the club and our commitment to provide a safe, enjoyment and hassle-free operation of 4WD events now and into the future in high risk 4WD settings. Memberships for the club starts at $70 for your first year.

Trip Organiser Contact
Chris Baker Mobile 0421 385 458
SMS only satellite number 0488 817 437

Alpha Group Leader (more experienced) – TBA
Bravo Group Leader (less experienced) – Chris Baker
Costs & Payments
All Terrain Action thanks you for your continued support for your $50 payment to us to support covering our operational costs for content creation portion of our events. This can be made here

We have this video from 2 ½ years ago which shows you netting fence, pella, milmed but we camped at a different location in this series. It will give you some idea at least.

Club Statement
The trip leader is offering a structured tour-style four-wheel-drive experience with the sole purpose of introducing guest community members to the world of four-wheel driving.
If you are interested in joining a 4WD club and enjoying the numerous benefits, please feel free to discuss with your trip leaders. We have established programs in partnership with the National 4×4 Club of Australia to cater to your needs and interests in everything 4WD and camping.

Fully captured event, you pre-agree that your vehicle will be displayed on an All Terrain Action episode.

This is a duplicate event posted on All Terrain Action so its advised that the attending people shown in this event, may not reflect the true total amount. We will advise once the event is full and closed for new attendees by post as soon as we confirm payments to the count.