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    Just starting out....

    Hi,

    We have just moved to Australia from the UK, and are waiting for our house in Manor Lakes, Wyndam Vale, Melbourne. We are currently renting in Brunswick.
    My wife and I have got a 4 year old boy, and 7 year old girl, who both enjoy the outdoors. I'm a chippie by trade, and will be working as such over here.

    We have bought a Nissan X-Trail 2004 model as our family car.. I'm still looking for a crew-cab 4x4 work Ute, which I'm keen to spec for 4x4 weekends away, and hopefully join some trips to gain some experience, but that will need to wait a month or two as we will need to get the house sorted first.

    I realise the Nissan X-trail isn't exactly a land-cruiser, but i was hoping to get some information on a few day trips from Melbourne, that get you off the beaten track for a few hours, without winches, snorkels and shovels. The car is standard spec, with dueller AT tyres.

    All of our camping stuff etc is still in a container somewhere on the high seas, hopefully arriving towards the end of august. hence day trips only.

    It would be nice to have a few routes to look at, bearing in mind that we are new to the area.
    A basic list of what to bring would also help. I've travelled all round Australia in the past, starting in Perth, driving up to Darwin, down to Alice Springs, back up to Three-ways, across to Townsville, down to Sydney, and finishing in Melbourne.

    Obviously, if the cars not really up to job, be honest, i can take it....



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    G'day and welcome to the forum, and the country

    You seem to have a pretty realistic idea about your X-Trail and its capabilities so that should help you out a lot as far as not getting into trouble goes.

    I am sure some of the Melbourne based members will be able to give you ideas on day trips, lots of tracks in the High Country can be tackled by a soft roader like the x-trail, the ones that come to my mind are probably more than a day trip from the big smoke, but I am sure there are plenty close by.

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    Thanks for the reply.
    I've been looking on forums for "soft roader" day trips, but not many pop up. I think we might have to wait for our stuff to arrive the end of august, and take it from there.


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    Here's a good drive and welcome, this is a good starter track for an AWD vehicle, I've actually done this trip myself a couple of years ago, got this from the 4X4 Earth forum.



    http://4x4earth.com/forum/index.php?...-an-awd.28574/
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    That looks good. Thanks a lot

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    Hi whopper
    I've just moved into a rental in manor lakes after selling up and waiting for the new house to be built somewhere else, so we might end up being neighbors
    Wombat forest is a good place for you to start. The trip that redback posted up is in there, but I would do it the other way round , starting at "c" . This I really a 2wd road but can be a little rough in places . End up in Blackwood with mineral springs , picnic grounds or a nice pub.
    Lots of tracks to explore there but maybe you need to get some experience and something a little more capable , let us know how you go

    Just noticed I made a few comments on that 4x4earth link as well
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    G'day and welcome

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    Quote Originally Posted by jacnden View Post
    Hi whopper
    I've just moved into a rental in manor lakes after selling up and waiting for the new house to be built somewhere else, so we might end up being neighbors
    Wombat forest is a good place for you to start. The trip that redback posted up is in there, but I would do it the other way round , starting at "c" . This I really a 2wd road but can be a little rough in places . End up in Blackwood with mineral springs , picnic grounds or a nice pub.
    Lots of tracks to explore there but maybe you need to get some experience and something a little more capable , let us know how you go

    Just noticed I made a few comments on that 4x4earth link as well


    Hi,

    We are waiting to hear if we have been accepted for our house. Ill message you the address if we get the nod. Im looking forward to getting out and having a bit of a look around. Like i said in my original post, ill get a more capable vehicle for work when i can afford it. Ill also need to learn how to use the thing aswell...



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    Welcome Whopper.
    There's also very informative guides.
    1 by 'Boiling Billy' of 4wd treks close to Melbourne.
    Gives you a choice of 20 trips, lots of notes and advice and pictures.
    You should be able to get it through your local newsagent.
    Or a Bookshop like Dymocks, Collins, or Robinsons, as well as 4wd equipment specialists.
    Or order it from here:
    https://www.boilingbilly.net.au/
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