Peter Budgen crossing the Condamine River.
Peter Budgen crossing the Condamine River. Contributed

4WDs flood Kalbar

THE small country town of Kalbar, located on the Scenic Rim about one hour south-east of Brisbane, was the base for the 35th annual Four-Wheel Drive Queensland Corroboree.

The township, which has a population of around 750 had its numbers swell when an influx of 275 4WDs based themselves at the showgrounds for a weekend of socialising, catching up with other 4WD club members from around Queensland and Northern New South Wales, and heading out on various trips to see local attractions, and also have the chance to put their vehicles into low range and try the various offroad tracks on offer.

Tracks were rated from easy/self guided to very difficult.

The area lends itself to many driving styles with one of the more popular tracks being the Condamine River track, which can be accessed by the general public.

The track meanders through the Great Dividing Range and crosses the river 14 times.

The river crossings are good for the novice and experienced 4WDs as they all have a hard rocky base and can be driven in low range with ease, dependant on the depth of water at the time.

With tracks called Tumble Hill, Rocky Escape and Devils Descent those wishing to test their vehicle's capabilities, and driver's abilities certainly didn't disappoint.

Having access to a private property which once was a 4WD park gave participants the offroading fix they were after.

On top of the drives a clubkhana was on offer where fun events allowed participants to test their driving and observation skills. A show and shine was also held.

Trade stalls and country markets were also on show to keep those who were happy to stay back at camp entertained.

The annual Four-Wheel Drive Queensland Country Meeting is also held on these weekends, allowing country clubs to attend the state level meetings at which they can have a first hand input into the topics that are brought up.

The Motley Crew 4WD and Social Club ran the Corroboree this year, and with 18 months of planning going into the event it is safe to say the effort was well received by those who participated.

Our club is thankful for their efforts and look forward to seeing what the Brisbane 4WD Club has on offer in 2016 at the next Corroboree that they are running at Woodford.

To find out more on the Bundaberg 4WD Club, and activities we have on, contact us via email,, or at or catch us on Facebook.

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