The Bendigo 4WD Club was formed in 1981 after half a dozen men and women who regularly travelled to 4WD meetings in Melbourne, wanted a club closer to home. There was an obvious need for such a club in Bendigo and membership soon grew to over 20.

The club caters for singles, couples and families who enjoy the outdoors and visiting the more remote and interesting area of our country.

We are based in Bendigo, Central Victoria however we have members from all over the state.  The Club now boasts over sixty memberships and though times and fashions have changed, the basic needs for the Club; a reliable car, a love of camping and a good sense of adventure, remain the same.

The Club has always been family orientated, with a wide variety of trips to cater for all levels of driver capabilities from beginner to advanced. The advantage of being in a club is that you get to call on years of experience to help you through various situations.

Members enjoy a variety of driving experiences from the soft sandy beaches of the coastal areas to the high country mountain trails, not forgetting the harsh roads of the outback country.

Along with our trips, the club holds regular social events such as our annual January dinner, Christmas in July, trivia nights, mystery drives and bowling nights. These are a fantastic opportunity for members to socialise and get to know each other as well as swap stories of 4wd trips and share camping knowledge.

Last year we held a Kids Carnival for the younger members of the club and it was great to see nearly 20 kids participating in an action packed day full of egg and spoon races, outdoor bingo, 3 legged races, an obstacle course, marshmallow building and a treasure hunt (with a real treasure chest at the end!).

The club also involves itself in community activities and environmental conservation from time to time including;

  • Track clearing – assisting land managers by inspecting and maintaining tracks
  • Camp Host – promoting responsible camping to the public
  • BlazeAid - clearing fencing after the floods around Charlton
  • Removing boneseed within the township of Tarnagulla


Over the weekend of 12th and 13th October 2013, our club celebrated 30 years of incorporation and it was great opportunity to meet past members and rekindle friendships.

The main event held on Saturday evening was dinner at The Foundry Hotel where the club has held our general meetings for several years. The dinner was attended by over 120 past and present members who reminisced about the clubs achievements, community involvement, trips, social events and the odd mishap or two!