Ok so this is a step up day trip for those wanting to advance their driving skills. The first track is Rocky Track which has a few lines - the easy lines can be done in a stock vehicle.

I'm putting my wife at the wheel for this one, so nothing extreme. You will have experienced drivers leading and trailing the convoy so we will get you through daunting stuff.

Requirement

  • Winston (Winston_FJ) I have mechanic skills Trip Leader - Level 5 (Completed over 48 trips) Premium Member

    GOING
    Driver + 1 AdultChecked-In (15-Dec-2017 10:05)
    TB48 Patrol GU6 ST-S (2008 Patrol)
    • 35" Tyres, 4" Lifted
    • Winch

  • Richard (rtexplora)

    GOING
    Driver + 1 AdultChecked-In (15-Dec-2017 10:27)
    105 Series (2000 Landcruiser)
    • 33" Tyres, 2" Lifted
    • Front & Rear Locker
    • Winch

  • Maarten (DUTCHD) Trip Leader - Level 1 (Completed over 2 trips)

    GOING
    Myself onlyChecked-In (15-Dec-2017 10:09)
    The Unicorn (2005 Patrol TD42)
    • 33" Tyres, 2" Lifted
    • Front Diff Lock
    • Winch

  • Matt (Ratpack68) I am first-aid qualified

    GOING
    Myself onlyChecked-In (15-Dec-2017 12:37)
    NS Pajero 3.2TD (2007 Pajero)
    • 2" Lifted
    • Winch

  • Nick (Morphen83) Trip Leader - Level 1 (Completed over 7 trips) Premium Member

    GOING
    Driver + 1 Adult + 2 ChildrenChecked-In (15-Dec-2017 11:45)
    3.0 Diesel GU (2015 Patrol)
    • 33" Tyres, 2" Lifted
    • Front & Rear Locker
    • Winch

  • Rick (Rick T) I am first-aid qualified Trip Leader - Level 1 (Completed over 1 trips)

    GOING
    Myself onlyChecked-In (15-Dec-2017 13:38)
    3.2 diesel (2013 BT-50)
    • 32" Tyres, 2" Lifted
    • Rear Diff Lock
    • Winch

  • Chris (L0wey)

    GOING
    Driver + 1 AdultChecked-In (15-Dec-2017 10:14)
    07PAJVRX (2007 Pajero VRX)
    • 31" Tyres, 2" Lifted
    • Winch

  • Matt (FastFoo) I am first-aid qualified I have mechanic skills

    GOING
    Driver + 1 ChildrenChecked-In (15-Dec-2017 23:05)
    GRJ120 (2004 Prado)
    • 2" Lifted
    • Winch

  • Frank (Franco3d)


    I am Interested / In Waiting List
    Jeep Wrangler 2.8CRD (2011 Wrangler)
    • 31" Tyres, 2" Lifted

  • Nick (charger265)


    I am Interested / In Waiting List
    Triton MN 2.5l (2010 Triton MN)
    • 36" Tyres, 3" Lifted
    • Front & Rear Locker
    • Winch

  • Chris (Milney) Trip Leader - Level 1 (Completed over 1 trips)


    I am Interested / In Waiting List
    150 Prado (2015 Prado)
    • 32" Tyres, 2" Lifted
    • Winch



  • Mick (mick_a_m)


    I am Interested / In Waiting List
    3.0ltr D22 Nissan Navara (2005 D22 Navara)
    • 32" Tyres, 2" Lifted
    • Winch

  • Stan (stasik-a4)


    I am Interested / In Waiting List
    stasik-a4 (2017 Landcruiser)
    • 33" Tyres, 2" Lifted
    • Winch

  • Isaac (BT50)


    I am Interested / In Waiting List
    LC 200 (2018 LC200)
    • 30" Tyres, 2" Lifted
    • Winch

  • Ben Howe (Nacho) Trip Leader - Level 1 (Completed over 2 trips)


    I am Interested / In Waiting List
    hilux (2012 hilux)
    • 33" Tyres, 3" Lifted
    • Front & Rear Locker
    • Winch

  • Nigel (Nigel) Completed Proficiency training Trip Leader - Level 2 (Completed over 11 trips)


    I am Interested / In Waiting List
    Gladiator (2020 Gladiator)
    • 34" Tyres, 3" Lifted
    • Front & Rear Locker
    • Winch

  • Aruna (LC1fzfe)


    I am Interested / In Waiting List
    4.5 Petrol 80 Series (1993 Landcruiser)
    • 32" Tyres, 2" Lifted
    • Rear Diff Lock
    • Winch

  • Jezza (Redskinzero)


    I am Interested / In Waiting List
    TD42T GU Coil Cab (2004 Patrol)
    • 35" Tyres, 2" Lifted
    • Front & Rear Locker
    • Winch


Trip Leader Winston (Winston_FJ) Premium Member
Hey Matt, Can you withdraw please bud? I was going to ask you to come anyway and want your expertise in planning the route. Once it's full again I'll send you an invite to join.
18 Oct 2017
Trip Leader Winston (Winston_FJ) Premium Member
Just to clarify - I meant discomatt.
18 Oct 2017
Matthew (discomatt)
WITHDRAWN from Trip - Reason:
18 Oct 2017
Thurstain (Tcm9669) Premium Member
Looking at youtube, rocky track (our first track)... looks like we are jumping right into it!!
18 Oct 2017
Jason Browne (4x4Adv)
was there sunday. definitely changed since i was last there. min 2in lift 33s with steady crawling will get you up
18 Oct 2017
Trip Leader Winston (Winston_FJ) Premium Member
Thurstain - yep, we are going to do exactly what I intend. Get newish drivers to step up to more experienced wheelers.

JB - great to see your experience in here. Many of us follow your tv show, so it's good to know from your experience what the tracks are like at the moment.
18 Oct 2017
Allan (allanmac) Premium Member
For the life of me, cannot understand the way you rate your trips Winston. Stock vehicle on Rocky; ok if you want to smash your undercarriage.

As JB said, Rocky changes on a regular basis and no way would I be taking a vehicle up there without some sort of lift and 32' tyres as absolute minimum.
18 Oct 2017
Maarten (DUTCHD)
seems an issue that's common.... Kelvins "snow run" that was classed easy/medium (or maybe just medium) with stockish utes attending ended up on strickland spur track banging and crashing over pretty decent rocks..... guess peoples opinion of "medium" or "hard" vary. But nonetheless, Rocky requires a modified car.... if we're "stepping up" and doing Lyndalls (or whatever its called these days) lift and 32's should be minimum. I've got sliders now, and front locker fitted. The patrol should outperform my abilities now....
18 Oct 2017
Jason Browne (4x4Adv)
Steven (ReefMaster) wrote:
Jason Browne (4x4Adv) wrote: was there sunday. definitely changed since i was last there. min 2in lift 33s with steady crawling will get you up
Hi JB , love your show , it was your tv show that inspired me to get back on the tracks after a 10 year sabbatical , I so regret selling my GU many many years ago. I drive a Pajero now , grrrr it drives very different .
cheers. glad you like the show. S4 starts next week on foxtel Ch Aurora monday 8pm and Thursday on C31
in saying above there is a side track to the right we had a stock Navara get up no issues with some guidance. wouldn't go up the middle in stock.
18 Oct 2017
Trip Leader Winston (Winston_FJ) Premium Member
The bypass sections of Rocky are doable in a stock vehicle. The 'hard' line is there for those who are up to it.

I personally don't think it's a difficult track, even taking on said hard line.
19 Oct 2017
Matthew (discomatt)
Winston don't be offended or take this the wrong way but that is a big statement from someone who has driven it once maybe twice in a twin locked 4by on big tyres that has done no end of damage to there 4by. I have done rocky numerous times in a standard car and it was never easy and a few times almost scary. Yes I have never done real damage to my car on it and now after years of experience in a reasonably well set up 4wd I call it a easy track for me but it should not be classed as easy track that standard cars can drive on a public forum that inexperienced drivers could read and take as gospel. There are multiple spots on all options that can do serious damage to the inexperienced even in modded trucks. I have seen broken axels, CV's, drive shafts and torn brake lines all on Rocky track.
19 Oct 2017
George (Georgie_Kyro)
I remember a time i recovered a rolled over prado on the chicken track at rockey track.

These guys had a fairly stock prado and obviously were looking at honing in on bettering their skills.

They lost traction whilst climbing, vehicle had slightly moved off course with rear end not exactly facing straight.
When he attempted to take off again car rolled back a little and it was enough for him to have the rear tyre ride the high side of the bank.

I have added 2 photos which also shows this section of track was not even classed as medium or hard and i would call this section fairly easy ,
Which to me indicates that if your vehicle is not well equipped or you're not that experienced it can happen any where any time...
It happens to the best of us.
19 Oct 2017
Alex (TEQ-80) Premium Member
Its a tough track because if something goes wrong you're in the poo very quickly with pretty much instant panel damage.

A track is only as hard as 'what happens when something goes wrong'.

I can drive Rocky up the guts, as we did recently no issues so does that make it easy ? NO. Because if something went wrong it becomes a very hard track very quickly.
20 Oct 2017
Rob L (rnz2017)
WITHDRAWN from Trip - Reason: Unfortunately have family in town
25 Oct 2017
Trip Leader Winston (Winston_FJ) Premium Member
Hey guys as I habe had my 4wd taken away from me - long story - I'm happy to lead from the passenger seat if anyone is interested.
09 Nov 2017
Thurstain (Tcm9669) Premium Member
The missus and the dogs are coming with me so it's full house for me in the truck, otherwise I'd be happy to.
09 Nov 2017
Matt (Ratpack68)
Hey Winston,
I'll have an empty vehicle (maybe 1 or 2, still confirming if they are coming) you can jump in with me, I'm still a bit green but having you in the Paj will give me some confidence ;) . PM me if you want and we can sort the details.
10 Nov 2017
David (Paul Patrol)
Have done Rocky Track more times than I can remember. To do it in a stock 4bie.....suicide to said stockie. 2" lift & really good AT's minimum.

Just my 2 cents. Have a great trip all. I'm jealous.
24 Nov 2017
Thurstain (Tcm9669) Premium Member
WITHDRAWN from Trip - Reason:
03 Dec 2017
Nick (Morphen83) Premium Member
Just checking to see if the trips still going ahead?, if with all the recent rain and toolangis ability to hold water will this trip go from medium to hard? Cheers.
10 Dec 2017
Trip Leader Winston (Winston_FJ) Premium Member
Nick (Morphen83) wrote: Just checking to see if the trips still going ahead?, if with all the recent rain and toolangis ability to hold water will this trip go from medium to hard? Cheers.
Still going ahead. I haven't really planned a route for this one as I don't know Toolangi that well.
Will not be taking any risks at all. If we come to a track and it's sketchy then we turn around and find another track that is more suitable.
10 Dec 2017
Andrew (Klrwrangler)
WITHDRAWN from Trip - Reason: sorry guys need to go house shopping
10 Dec 2017
Jono (Driva hard)
WITHDRAWN from Trip - Reason:
11 Dec 2017
Trip Leader Winston (Winston_FJ) Premium Member
Hey guys just to make it easy this is the Google maps spot where we will be meeting on Sat.

Dropped pin
near Rockey Track, Toolangi VIC 3777

https://goo.gl/maps/sgo6DT6UuA62
11 Dec 2017
Matthew (discomatt)
I will be at the Yarra Glen bakery, on the RH side just after the United service station, at 8.00 to get my morning coffee and a bit to eat if anyone wants to meet there
11 Dec 2017
Rick (Rick T)
Sounds good Matt. I’ll meet you there
12 Dec 2017
Richard (rtexplora)
Might see you guys at the bakery around 8.
12 Dec 2017
Matthew (discomatt)
WITHDRAWN from Trip - Reason: Bugger, a job that has to be done on Saturday has come up and as a preferred sub contractor I can not just say no. Have fun all and see you o another trip. I will probably run a Toolangi trip over the Christmas break.
12 Dec 2017
Matt (FastFoo)
Woo Hoo!
Sneaked into another Winston trip :)
Tough to get on a trip nowadays.
Looking forward, see you all Saturday
12 Dec 2017
Trip Leader Winston (Winston_FJ) Premium Member
Hey guys just letting you know I'm going to be running without a front locker tomorrow as since the repairs they've realised the drive shafts that were installed and recommended are actually too long and cause the CVs to bind on full extension. So rest assured it won't be a hard trip. And if in doubt, winch it out.

I've planned a bit of a route but as this is my first trip through Toolangi please be patient with me as some tracks may be a bit too easy and we may come across others that we decide are too hard.

Just out for some fun. Weather will be perfect so I hope we all have a good day.
15 Dec 2017
Nick (Morphen83) Premium Member
Sounds good Winston. See you in the morning. Do you still plan on letting the Mrs drive?.
15 Dec 2017
Trip Leader Winston (Winston_FJ) Premium Member
Nick (Morphen83) wrote: Sounds good Winston. See you in the morning. Do you still plan on letting the Mrs drive?.
Have offered probably all except Rocky but she said she's happy to ride shotgun just for a fun day out together. I'll see if I can convince her to take the wheel for a bit.
15 Dec 2017
Matthew (discomatt)
Have fun guys, would love to be joining you but a mans gotta do what a mans gotta do. Its been nice and sunny for a while so the tracks should be dry and all the nasty bog holes have chicken tracks but check all holes for depth before driving through, some are car swallowing, the puddles along the top of Rocky track will be shallow so no need to check them.
15 Dec 2017
Trip Leader Winston (Winston_FJ) Premium Member
Hey guys William had his rig ripped into today and has had all his tools and also uhf stolen.

Does anyone have a spare handheld he could borrow for the day?
15 Dec 2017
Maarten (DUTCHD)
Uep
15 Dec 2017
Maarten (DUTCHD)
Yep, can bring mine
15 Dec 2017
Trip Leader Winston (Winston_FJ) Premium Member
Maarten (DUTCHD) wrote: Yep, can bring mine
Legend. Thanks mate.
15 Dec 2017
Richard (rtexplora)
Winston (Winston_FJ) wrote: Hey guys just letting you know I'm going to be running without a front locker tomorrow as since the repairs they've realised the drive shafts that were installed and recommended are actually too long and cause the CVs to bind on full extension. So rest assured it won't be a hard trip. And if in doubt, winch it out.

I've planned a bit of a route but as this is my first trip through Toolangi please be patient with me as some tracks may be a bit too easy and we may come across others that we decide are too hard.

Just out for some fun. Weather will be perfect so I hope we all have a good day.
All good mate. Looking forward to it
15 Dec 2017
Trip Leader Winston (Winston_FJ) Premium Member
Thanks for coming along everyone. Hope you all had as much fun as I did.

Apologies for accidentally taking you down Lyndalls! Everyone drove it really well though. Top work everyone.
16 Dec 2017
Rick (Rick T)
Hi all,
The trip was exactly what I’d hoped for,
No damage, no one got hurt, good challenging tracks.
Good work Winston
16 Dec 2017
Trip Leader Winston (Winston_FJ) Premium Member
Rick (Rick T) wrote: Hi all,
The trip was exactly what I’d hoped for,
No damage, no one got hurt, good challenging tracks.
Good work Winston
Thanks Rick.

I feel really rude too as I thought I'd said goodbye to everyone but missed you! Sorry mate!
16 Dec 2017
Rick (Rick T)
Winston (Winston_FJ) wrote:
Rick (Rick T) wrote: Hi all,
The trip was exactly what I’d hoped for,
No damage, no one got hurt, good challenging tracks.
Good work Winston
Thanks Rick.

I feel really rude too as I thought I'd said goodbye to everyone but missed you! Sorry mate!
And so you should haha.
First everyone ignores me on the uhf and then you just drive off with a wave.
Don’t sweat it mate I had a great day
16 Dec 2017
Maarten (DUTCHD)
thanks Winston for organising, and great to meet all the others. It was an entertaining day, nothing too crazy but quite a few good sections to drive, and a bit more in Rocky and coming down Lyndalls (first time coming down it). The locker made a noticeable difference on Rocky and glad the new sliders were on coming down Lyndalls. Looking forward to a next trip!
16 Dec 2017
Trip Leader Winston (Winston_FJ) Premium Member
Maarten (DUTCHD) wrote: thanks Winston for organising, and great to meet all the others. It was an entertaining day, nothing too crazy but quite a few good sections to drive, and a bit more in Rocky and coming down Lyndalls (first time coming down it). The locker made a noticeable difference on Rocky and glad the new sliders were on coming down Lyndalls. Looking forward to a next trip!
Cheers for your advice and assistance. Great to meet you and yep there will be more to come.
16 Dec 2017
Richard (rtexplora)
Winston (Winston_FJ) wrote: Thanks for coming along everyone. Hope you all had as much fun as I did.

Apologies for accidentally taking you down Lyndalls! Everyone drove it really well though. Top work everyone.
Thanks for an awesome day out Winston. Perfect weather, Great tracks and an awesome bunch of fellow 4 wheelers. Looking forward to the next one!
17 Dec 2017
Matt (FastFoo)
Superstar!
Had a great day, good tracks and Great people.
Winston, you have done it again.
Great work!!
17 Dec 2017
Trip Leader Winston (Winston_FJ) Premium Member
Cheers guys.
17 Dec 2017
Chris (L0wey)
Thanks again Winston for a great day, well run and well done.
We thoroughly enjoyed the step up trip and meeting everyone.
Now for that locker..
17 Dec 2017
Nigel (Nigel)
Winston - Great Day the Grader aka Ranger had a hoot. Can't wait for my 2" lift which Santa has bought for me.
18 Dec 2017
Nigel (Nigel)
Maarten (DUTCHD) wrote: thanks Winston for organising, and great to meet all the others. It was an entertaining day, nothing too crazy but quite a few good sections to drive, and a bit more in Rocky and coming down Lyndalls (first time coming down it). The locker made a noticeable difference on Rocky and glad the new sliders were on coming down Lyndalls. Looking forward to a next trip!
Hi Maarten - don't forget to post those videos on youtube.
18 Dec 2017
Maarten (DUTCHD)
Nigel (Nigel) wrote:
Maarten (DUTCHD) wrote: thanks Winston for organising, and great to meet all the others. It was an entertaining day, nothing too crazy but quite a few good sections to drive, and a bit more in Rocky and coming down Lyndalls (first time coming down it). The locker made a noticeable difference on Rocky and glad the new sliders were on coming down Lyndalls. Looking forward to a next trip!
Hi Maarten - don't forget to post those videos on youtube.
https://youtu.be/Q_9t3RJUmLQ

Hope that works
18 Dec 2017
Nigel (Nigel)
Maarten (DUTCHD) wrote:
Nigel (Nigel) wrote:
Maarten (DUTCHD) wrote: thanks Winston for organising, and great to meet all the others. It was an entertaining day, nothing too crazy but quite a few good sections to drive, and a bit more in Rocky and coming down Lyndalls (first time coming down it). The locker made a noticeable difference on Rocky and glad the new sliders were on coming down Lyndalls. Looking forward to a next trip!
Hi Maarten - don't forget to post those videos on youtube.
https://youtu.be/Q_9t3RJUmLQ

Hope that works
Works a treat thanks.
19 Dec 2017
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TRIP COMPLETED

8 GOING, 13 Interested
12 adults , 3 children (15 in total)
Trip Date
Sat, 16-Dec-2017

Meeting Point
The start of Rocky Track
9:00 AM (Sat, 16-Dec-2017)

TRIP FULL