DIRECT FOUR WD AWARENESS
Welcome to Direct Four WD Awareness
Located in Alice Springs (Northern Territory, Australia), Direct 4WD is your one stop shop for outback four wheel drive tours and training.
We specialise in three things:
4WD Training - Certified and Competency Based
We offer training in Alice Springs at 7 Hele Crescent, weekly and, when arranged, do training on mine sites, communities, towns other than Alice, Territory-wide.
We can conduct courses under a tree if necessary.
Courses we offer are
More info at services/training.htm
- Corporate 4WD Incentives
We offer 4WD Incentive trips, from half day around the bush, to a camp-out overnight in a swag, to a 5 day trip to Birdsville.
Other examples are sunrise breakfast on Mt Gillen; dinner and overnight in swags on the banks of the Finke River; afternoon trips to Ooraminna Bush Camp. Using hire cars, we can cater for up to 40 people.
- Outback 4 WD Tag Along Tours into Remote Areas
Tours to any where. We change them every year - last year to the Hay River, this year we followed the footsteps of P E Warburton as far as Waterloo Wells. See www.outbacktravelaustralia.com.au destinations Warburton
News for 2016updated 10.Nov, 2015
2015 in breif.
In May we took another visit to look for Warburtons Waterloo Wells but to no avail, so we are leaving it for 2016, get some resources together
and fly the area to get a better look. We reckon we were close but need that areal view first. to get any better signs. We reckon we know
where it is, also need to have a good season as Warburton did.
After that trip the Jol Van was mooted with generous donations from all, and young Darryl White offering to build a special van for me and
Aunty Liz Cuming tipped in a bucket to start things rolling. To mention a big thanks all that helped
In August took a 10 car convoy over to Batton Hill, down to lake Caroline and then across to Ethabooka, Queensland National Park Border,
then to Bedourie, Birdsville, across the QAA to Poeppels then up the Hay to Batton Hill and home.
old man spinigex 5kph ethabook qnp boundry nt side of the border
Whats on for 2016
TRIP 1. MAY 1 -14
The Jol Cave on wheels should be finished by the middle of April, then on May 1 we are doing a trip to the Cleland Hills (permits Prermitting)
then onto Kintore the back way, the down Len Beadell's Sandy Blight Junction Road to Docker River then home via Uluru.
SHOW WEEKEND July I can feel a week in the desert looking for more engravings, I have a heated van makes all the difference.
JULY 31 -
In August we will be doing a trip into the Simpson again, still to be determined on the way to Birdsville the hopefully back
via Bedourie and Ethabooka this years Mission Track to Batton Hill.
HAY RIVER TRACK open 2016??? Yes!
Forms available 10th January 2016,
the Desert is Closed till the 15 MARCH 2016.
Batton Hill will be open on the 15 March 2016 for business.
Email for permit forms....... firstname.lastname@example.org
We are going out there again to see if we can find the real thing. Consensus of opinion is that if this was
the place there should have been some evidence of Warburton being there, we have every site covered.
STEPS OF P.E.Warburton. Clip by Alan Whiting
WE are back from the Waterloo Wells Expedition
WATERLOO WELL IS THERE, PIC BY THE 'RAT'
Video of the recent trip and our rained-out trip from last year are on the Alan
The 2013 - 14 clips are on these two addresses
Click on this, its his Journal
The 1 day Drive AWD/4WD Vehicles on Unsealed Roads course (see above) is ok for the person who is on good dirt roads and is not subject to 'off road' situations or is not doing any recovery work.
If you're working out bush, I much prefer you do the 2 day Drive & Recover a 4WD Vehicle course. You will be safer.
The 4 day advanced course covers more difficult terrains, more detailed maintenance & repairs as well as more advanced and varied recovery techniques. You must do the 2 day course before the 4 day course.
The Operate Vehicles in the Field course is designed for people working in the mining, chemicals, refining & energy industries. It also covers the regulations required to operate here in the Red Centre, Palm Valley & the Mereenie Oil Fields.
DIRECT FOUR WD AWARENESS,
7 HELE CRESCENT
Ring me 0408 485 641, OR email email@example.com me, Jol for an info pack
TO BE ADVISED
We're looking at the prospects of RETRACING THE FOOTSTEPS OF PETER EGERTON WARBURTON'S 1873 EXPEDITION. This started at Sturt Creek 50km north of Alice to DeGrey Station near Roebourne in WESTERN AUSTRALIA.
It will be do-able but not easy. If you're interested, talk to me. We have been and had a look at the first stages in 2014.
My Brother who, like me, grew up here, is about to semi retire. (I'll believe it when I see it). After being in the US and Canada plus living in NZ he came in 2014 to help me look around. There are some special places around here with unfinished business from when we were in our 20's. If you're keen on Rock Art petroglyphs and stuff, this is for you.
We are from here, have lots of Indigenous friends what to show us, let me know. Email me on firstname.lastname@example.org
Click this to see the 2013 Warburton Expedition video, By Allan and Kez from Australia Outback Travel.
FROM ALICE to BIRDSVILLE
We go the back-way. Keep an eye on the website & we'll let you know, where and how.
We had a look in August 2013. It was a great piece of wilderness, but exactly how we will do it next time is yet to be seen. It's good country; it's rough; it's slow and a challenge all in one. If you have a good 4WD, you'll love it.
We leave Alice on August 1st 2015 head for the Batton Hill Camp , overnight then for Lake Caroline next day, hang a leftie heading for the intersection of the Simpson Desert National Park, Ethabooka & NT Boarder, follow the fence into the Mulligan River then to the Sandringham - Bedourie Road, and Bedourie. Depending on time we will come home via Birdsville or Boulia.
call me on 0408 485 641
WEB SITE TO CHECK OUT WITH NO BULL:
Great news and views from super scribe Alan Whiting
Hay River Track Permits Forms are available from
Direct 4WD runs adventure tours and advanced driver training for anyone interested in four wheel drives. We are located in the midst of the stunning landscape of Central Australia (see our photos).
Direct 4WD is owned and operated by Jol Fleming. Jol is one of the most experienced operators in the Northern Territory. Direct 4WD's competency based driver training is nationally accredited.