Christmas Message 2018

Newcastle & Districts Four Wheel Drive Club has had another busy year with local and extended trips as well as social and community events. Club members participated in a Clean Up Australia Day event at Stockrington Conservation Area and volunteered as Marshallers in the Port to Port Mountain Bike Race. Throughout the year the Club has also taken part in fund raising events such as a Drive for Life High Country Trip, an Auction to raise funds for Camp Quality and a Farm Stay weekend with donations made for drought relief. Next year will hopefully be as busy and enjoyable!!!!!!.  Wishing everyone a safe and happy Christmas and New Year.

Annual Christmas Breakfast – 2nd December 2018

The final event for the year, the Clubs Annual Breakfast was held last Sunday at Bluegum Hills Park Minmi. It was well attended with members and visitors enjoying the feast of bacon,eggs,tomatoes and mushrooms that was provided. After breakfast the traditional Camp Quality Auction of goods donated by sponsors and club members was held. It was great fun as usual. This year the perpetual recovery trophy was awarded to one of our members for his sterling work in rescuing travellers on the Canning Stock Route.
The Auctioneer at work
Manning the BBQ’s
The Club President presenting the Recovery Trophy
Enjoying the Breakfast

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Annual Christmas Party 24th November 2018

THis year the Clubs Annual Christmas Party was Held at  Cardiff Bowling Club. It was well attended by members  and visitors keen to join in the afternoons  Barefoot  Bowls.  There was a great deal of jovial competition  amongst the mainly inexperienced bowlers keen to win  first prize   Many thanks to the Bowling Club for their help in organising the event and to the Chef for providing a delicious Christmas Dinner.

    

Winners of the Bowls Competition

Lucky Door Prize Winner

    

 

 

Brokenback Range Trip Saturday 10th November 2018

Stopping to Air Down

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Watched by curious cattleStopping at Wallaby Rock for lunch

 

 

 

 

 

Taking in the views from Wallaby Rock
Views over Pokolbin
Lunch at wallaby Rock
View towards Cessnock
Tree killed by lightning strike
Damage to a tree struck by lightning
Hollow middle of the tree
Views from Wallaby Rock
Views over Pokolbin

 

CAMPING WEEKEND 26th -28th OCTOBER 2018

The Club spent a great weekend “Escaping to the Country” on a Cattle and Horse Riding property. Though we didn’t ride any horses we were kept very busy relaxing, checking out the animals and going for scenic property drives.
Like a lot of farming areas the property has been badly affected by the drought. Even with the recent rain making things a little greener, the owners were still having to hand feed their stock every day..
I think the Club helped out a little by being there and paying for our camping and firewood.
THE CAMP

Morning Tea on a Property Drive
Cliff Views
Clearing a Fallen Tree

     

Heading off for a Drive
Around the Cattle & Horse Riding Property

Horse Riding
Cattle on the Property

The Campsite
Setting Up
Afternoon Tea

KOSCIUSZKO-SNOWY MOUNTAIN TRIP February-March 2018

A group of eleven club members plus visitors  met in Canberra prior to heading across Kosciuszko and the NSW High Country then  down to the Snowy River area , before finishing off in Marlo, Victoria.  Along the way they encountered challenging driving territory , variable weather conditions , herds of wild Brumbies and opportunistic, fearless possums.

The Group at Blue Waterholes

Coolamine homestead
Yarrangobilly Caves

 

South Glory Caves
Dam & Causeway
 Crossing The Swampy Plains River
Cooking Dampers
Keebles Hut in the mist
Keebles Hut Camping Area

Suggan Buggan School House

 

McKillops Bridge
Sheep Crossing a Forest Road