All posts by Faye Goodman

Santa drops by in a Firetruck

Our Annual Christmas party was another great success – with record numbers attending the event  n perfect weather. Our wonderful Social Co-Ordinator, Jo Kelly provided a host of entertainment options for all ages and, along with her helpers, created a magnificent feast for all.

The Traditional Flying Fox and the waterslide were as popular as ever.

Santa arrived on a firetruck, courtesy of the Dungog Rural Fire Service to the delight of the kids, who received some very exciting and interesting presents.

We were also pleased to welcome a group of Dungog Rural Fire Service volunteers for dinner.





Great October Long Weekend for club members

The October Long weekend is always a big one for our club and this one was no exception – with three events happening. A group of members headed off to the Brindabella Ranges, whilst another enjoyed a weekend at Coolah Tops and a large group got together to celebrate “Oktoberfest” at our club lease – a great time was had by all!



Cells River Trip

Club Members had a great trip to the Cells River area on 19th August. Track conditions in the steep and interesting Cells River Valley were dry. We also took some time out to visit a number of gold-mining relics. The weather was cold and windy, making our Saturday night campfire even more inviting!

Xmas in July 2017






Club members had a great weekend in the Watagans, celebrating our annual Xmas in July. There were a number of day trips on Saturday, ranging from D grade to B grade and in the evening the usual massive campfire kept us toasty warm.   There were plenty of games and laughs during the evening and many camp ovens in the cooking pit.  The event raised $977 for Prostate Cancer Research.

Central Coast Four Wheel Drive Club makes much needed donation to Dungog RFS

The Central Coast Four Wheel Drive Club’s recent donation of a  professional Blower Vac worth $1000  to the Dungog Rural Fire Service was received enthusiastically by the “firies”

Up until now, they have had to rake firebreaks by hand, a hot and exhausting job around a fire ground. The new blower vac will will also be used to assist in back-burns.

Our club has a long association with the Dungog district and always tries to give to the community, whether it be by helping farmers to repair fences after a flood,  shopping locally or attending local events.

To read the full article in the “Dungog Chronicle”, click the link below:

Central Coast group’s generous donation to Dungog RFS


CC4WDC Pink Ribbon Chicks 2017 Calendar – Success Story by Monica Porteous

“Life’s Like That” is the title of a regular feature article from ‘The Dalesman’, a monthly publication about life in the Yorkshire Dales in England that my dad subscribed to years ago.  The article would tell a story about people’s experiences with the stuff that life throws at you from time to time, and how there is always something unexpected and good that comes out of what initially appears to be a bad situation.  For me, ‘life’s like that’ sums up how I feel about our story.

I’ve always loved the movie “Calendar Girls’ starring Helen Mirren; maybe it’s the Yorkshire Lass in me!  When a friend was diagnosed with Breast Cancer, I was chatting to another friend about it at the 4WD Cub meeting; we wondered if we could do something amongst the girls in the club to boost morale and give support to our friend and maybe raise some funds too.  I jokingly mentioned the movie, and it turned that my friend had actually done a “Calendar Girls” style calendar a few years earlier.  This was mid October 2016.

Well, now its February 2017; I am still reeling and have not really quite digested the fact that “we did it” to quote an oft repeated phrase of “Miss March 2017”. We raised an amazing $10,843 for the National Breast Cancer Foundation. A fantastic outcome and even better than that, our friend has finished almost a year of treatment, and the last scan was clear, which is the best news.

I don’t quite know ‘how’ we did it, really.  In a matter of weeks we had sourced a photographer, a printer, sponsorship, a location for our shoot, and enough girls willing to ‘get their kit off’ and be photographed in the bush for a good cause!  Our end product, a beautifully shot 4 Wheel Drive and camping themed black and white 15 month calendar was launched at our Club December meeting, and almost 50% of the stock was sold on the first night.  That totally blew us away!

The entire experience was amazing, a lot of hard work, but also extremely rewarding.  We have listened to so many people’s stories when selling our calendars at shopping centre and market stalls. We have raised an absolutely awesome amount of money, but best of all we have grown a little closer to people in our 4WD club that we didn’t necessarily know that well before.  Here’s a tip: for a great bonding experience, get naked with a bunch of people that you don’t know that well, outdoors and in front of a total stranger!  It also works wonders for your friendships, your confidence and self esteem.  Here is a quote from one of the ladies, and I think this sums it up for most of us:

“For me, the most surprising thing that has come out of it was how many people congratulated me and told me what a brave thing I had done! It was never about me but trying to support our friend and all the other women going through the battle. However, it has given me a little more confidence in myself which I guess is a bonus.”


Aussie Day on the Deua River

The recent Australia Day weekend trip to the Deua River and Bendethera Valley provided the  participants with an interesting mix of steep and winding tracks and great scenery.  The group camped for two nights by the old homestead site in the picturesque Bendethera Valley, travelling out for a day trip along the Mongamulla Track, which skirts the valley and includes some steep terrain and a number of Deua River crossings. The river was much lower than usual and presented no challenge.   Significant earlier storm damage was evident in a few places along the Deua River, but the tracks were in good condition.

On Saturday, the group travelled  the iconic Merricumbene Firetrail to Dry Creek and on to a great Youcamps site – Full Circle Farm, where a dip in the Buckenbowra River was very welcome on such a hot day.

The final day of the trip included a drive through Currowang State Forest before the group headed home via Braidwood.



A High Country Adventure

A total of 26 vehicles attend our recent high country trip over the Christmas/New Year break. The group base-camped at Talbotville campground, the site of an old gold mining settlement on the banks of the Crooked River.

There were many day and overnight trips from from the base camp, with the group tackling Billy Goats Bluff, Blue Rag Range, Murdering Spur, The Wonnangatta Valley, Sarah Spur, Water Spur, Zeka Spur, Collingwood track, Bulltown Spur and South Basalt, just to name a few!

There were some great happy hours and evenings around the fire and the group even enjoyed a Masquerade party for New Year’s Eve.




An exciting day in Ourimbah State Forest

The club’s Ourimbah State Forest Day trip was a day that offered plenty of excitement.   The crew consisted of some new and some older members who met at Palmdale on Saturday morning for a great drive in our local forest.

Some long and deep mud holes were the first challenge of the day, with all vehicles mastering this easily.

Many of the tracks were quite rutted and negotiating them required some road building, a lot of technical wheel placement and some expert guidance from some of  the experienced drivers.

Lunch was held in a picturesque spot with a great outlook but participants first had to conquer a number of rock steps to get there.

Old and new members all agreed that they’d had a great day out and were all looking forward to the next trip.