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I want to get wet and dirty.

By UrbanAdventure.org - 26 July 2010 21

Having purchased a nice new (to me) and very capable 4 wheel drive, I was wondering if anyone knows of a place where I can put it through its paces. I was wanting to get a little video of it driving on dirt roads, through rivers and over smallish jumps. Nothing wildly extravagant. Not man in car versus wild sort of stuff. Certainly not driving through snorkel deep water. Just some water crossings and mud.

I was thinking of driving through one of the many construction zones we have in Canberra, like the Kings Ave round about which has some lovely mud, but I don’t think that would be legal. Plus there’s all those 40K zones there so that will spoil all of the fun. 😉 I think having to support the beer economy with the construction workers could be a little taxing too. Angle Crossing is nice, but you can’t really drive into the river much there. I’m also not sure if that is allowed there.

So anyone know where I can get my beastie wet and dirty legally in the Canberra region?

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I want to get wet and dirty.
andym 9:55 pm 26 Jul 10

Anyone else noticed the latest “fun” thing to do in your 4WD (I assume, having not caught anyone in the act) is to rip up the grass verges next to the roads. Noticed it around Point Hut Crossing, Lanyon Homestead gates and out along Brindebella Road.

UrbanAdventure.org 8:38 pm 26 Jul 10

No no, you have it all wrong. It’s not an “Urban Assault Vehicle”. It’s an Urban Combat Vehicle. It’s designed to go to war well after the inital assault. 😉

I should point out that I have requested information on how to legally do some offroading. Most people might draw the conclusion that this means I am law abiding, and intend to remain law abiding. They would be right too. I can assure you that I have no intention of using my Urban Combat Vehicle to create new tracks, cause injury or death to wildlife (though some kangaroos seem quite intent on jumping in front of the UCV even when you realy slow to a crawl and beep at them to let them know that yes the big thing appraching them really is something they should be aware of and perhaps avoid), nor have I ever endangered any other road users and have never been fined or lost any demerit points ever, I don’t carry any weapons, and have no intention of ever carrying any (guns are really a bad invention – guns and beer are an extreemly bad combination), I take my rubbish with me (and as I don’t drink, there’s no beer bottles in my UCV). Likewise, I don’t go randomly tresspassing in my UCV, and have no intentntion of doing so. Not really keen on submerging the UCV more than wheel deep either.

Yes, you do come across a little like a nagging pain in the ass, but you are well intended, and I agree whole heartedly with your advice. There are some nobs out there. Some of those nobs drive 4 wheel drives. Of course some drive 2 wheel drives, and some even walk and don’t drive.

I just want to take the UCV into some mild fun to show off its potential to some friends overseas. I should point out that this is the 4th 4 wheel drive I have owned, but as the other 3 were Ladas well that hardly counts. Though they admittedly were actually built for the (Russian) military. Lada, looks like a tank, built like a tank, goes…. like a tank.

As for jumping, it’s fun! I’m not talking about getting all 4 wheels metres off the ground at supersonic speeds here. I’m talking about going over slightly oversized speed humps which you occasionally get on dirt roads which will happily get at least the front wheels off of the ground at a mild 40 km/h and all 4 wheels a few inches off at 60 km/h. I also have never had to claim on my insurance and have a 75% no claim bonus.

Come on folks, live a little. If I wanted boring, I’d have brought a bus. …. Oh hang on, it is a bus. Well it’s an Urban Combat Bus! (with 4 wheel drive).

Buzz2600 said :

Having lived on properties in the Brindabellas for a number of years, I would hasten to suggest you DON’T use your newly acquired “Urban Assault Vehicle” (thanks shanefos) to:

1. destroy trails and roads,
2. try creating your own roads through the bush,
3. cause injury and death to wildlife,
4. endanger the lives of other road users, including walkers and horse riders in the pursuit of your dream of being a weekend off-road warrior,

While I’m on a roll, please also don’t:
5. carry weapons in the vehicle while driving, including guns, crossbows, spears, knives etc….
6. go onto private property without the express permission of the owner,
7. throw all your rubbish out into the bush, especially smashed beer bottles…
8. or generally be yet another half wit who arrives on a nearby property owners doorstep at all hours of the day and night seeking help with their bogged/submerged/destroyed vehicle after going “off-road” without a clue on how to actually drive a 4WD.

I could go on and on … you wouldn’t believe some of the things we’ve come across over the years, the mind boggles …

By all means, enjoy a drive through the mountains at a pleasant, safe speed and find a few hills that you can test out the 4WD but please don’t be yet another weekend wanker.

As for locations, I’d suggest you go crazy in the Pierce’s Creek area. Then go find Gentle Annie down into Flea Creek off Brindabella Road if you want a creek to cross and hill to climb. If you want to go further afield, Bondo State Forest up to KNP can be fun. Buy yourself a decent topographical 1:250 000 scale map but DON’T depend 100% on it, there are a couple of inconsistencies in the Brindabella map (unless its been updated & corrected).

Sorry if I sound like a nagging pain in the a*se. Have fun! **officially off my soap box now**

Ceej1973 7:36 pm 26 Jul 10

I would suggest you limit your adventures to your profile name. People like you give real 4wd’ers a bad name, not to mention, ruining the tracks, and increasing risk of accidents. As for Picadilly Circus area, it was a fool like you that totalled the front of my car 20 years ago, coming screaming around a snow slush bend, while I sensibly waited on the edge of the track for him to pass, when in actual fact he too looked like he had no experience in handling a vehicle in extreme conditions. Then there is the matter of jumping a vehicle, and one wonders why insurance premiums keep going up. Personally, I would get onto the internet and do some real research, and look for Jamboree or Motorama events around the region.

Rawhide Kid No 2 5:57 pm 26 Jul 10

Holden Caulfield said :

Another vote for the Brindies.

Right near Piccadilly Circus there is a cleared area that makes a nice makeshift skidpad, especially if it has just rained. Although, it’s a few years since I’ve been there now, so not sure if it is still there.

I think that one’s been closed off now…….If its the one with all the logs in it.

Holden Caulfield 5:24 pm 26 Jul 10

Another vote for the Brindies.

Right near Piccadilly Circus there is a cleared area that makes a nice makeshift skidpad, especially if it has just rained. Although, it’s a few years since I’ve been there now, so not sure if it is still there.

la mente torbida 5:21 pm 26 Jul 10

@Buzz2600

most constructive post I’ve read here in a very long time

Buzz2600 4:29 pm 26 Jul 10

Having lived on properties in the Brindabellas for a number of years, I would hasten to suggest you DON’T use your newly acquired “Urban Assault Vehicle” (thanks shanefos) to:

1. destroy trails and roads,
2. try creating your own roads through the bush,
3. cause injury and death to wildlife,
4. endanger the lives of other road users, including walkers and horse riders in the pursuit of your dream of being a weekend off-road warrior,

While I’m on a roll, please also don’t:
5. carry weapons in the vehicle while driving, including guns, crossbows, spears, knives etc….
6. go onto private property without the express permission of the owner,
7. throw all your rubbish out into the bush, especially smashed beer bottles…
8. or generally be yet another half wit who arrives on a nearby property owners doorstep at all hours of the day and night seeking help with their bogged/submerged/destroyed vehicle after going “off-road” without a clue on how to actually drive a 4WD.

I could go on and on … you wouldn’t believe some of the things we’ve come across over the years, the mind boggles …

By all means, enjoy a drive through the mountains at a pleasant, safe speed and find a few hills that you can test out the 4WD but please don’t be yet another weekend wanker.

As for locations, I’d suggest you go crazy in the Pierce’s Creek area. Then go find Gentle Annie down into Flea Creek off Brindabella Road if you want a creek to cross and hill to climb. If you want to go further afield, Bondo State Forest up to KNP can be fun. Buy yourself a decent topographical 1:250 000 scale map but DON’T depend 100% on it, there are a couple of inconsistencies in the Brindabella map (unless its been updated & corrected).

Sorry if I sound like a nagging pain in the a*se. Have fun! **officially off my soap box now**

Rawhide Kid No 2 3:45 pm 26 Jul 10

If I were you I would find the local 4WD club and get in some practice (safely) with experienced members and If you join one or these clubs they have lots of places where you can wreck..I mean practice with your 4WD skills. Here’s a start (http://www.act4wdclub.org.au)

screaming banshee 3:15 pm 26 Jul 10

How about the living room of your noisy neighbour??

See, some people pay attention 😉

Postalgeek 3:03 pm 26 Jul 10

Go play amongst the powerlines in the Brindies. And why the fug do you want to jump in your 4WD? You’ve watched too much TV. If you’re in the middle of nowhere, you drive your 4WD very carefully.

shanefos 2:52 pm 26 Jul 10

Shouldn’t you have done this kind of research before you purchased your Urban Assault Vehicle?

Diggety 1:31 pm 26 Jul 10

Hi Urban,

I found the search for the those kinds of areas to contribute heaps to the fun I had with my 4wd.
Brindabellas, Uriarra, Stromlo and Corin were always great and simply getting off the road and onto the tracks (mainly fire trails) were the best way to do it.

georgesgenitals 1:16 pm 26 Jul 10

Head up to the playground near Picadilly Circus. Wacth our for jumps, though, as they can be quite hard on your vehicle.

Funky1 12:46 pm 26 Jul 10

Head West!
Either head out past Cotter and take on a few fire trails or head up into the Brindies and if you pick the right day and weather conditions you might be able to add snow to your experience (or slush after it has melted).

andym 12:45 pm 26 Jul 10

At this time of year, given the snow and rain we have had, anywhere in the Brindabellas is pretty good.
Brindabella and Mt Franklin Road are muddy but quite driveable. Any of the tracks off Warks Road and Blue Gum Road should also provide opportunites for getting stuck.
Pabral Road was total mush and almost impassable a fortnight ago – I doubt that has changed.
Vanities Crossing is a good water crossing.
As to where you can drive legally – any of the (ex) pine forests west of the Murrumbidgee are available except where posted closed or behind a locked gate, Murrays Corner and Bullen Range are also pretty good and close. Further afield you have Tallanganda SF, Badja SF to the east or Bondo SF to the west.
Do you really want to be jumping? In my experience jumps = breaking stuff = $$$.
Tread Lightly.

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