4WD and Buggies

URGENT NOTICE – Emu Creek Retreat is currently closed to the public.

The property has been sold and is currently private property only.
The new owners are currently working week after week to restore the property and once we have a re-opening plan in place we will be sure to notify you.

Emu Creek Extreme Retreat began in 1992, Approved in 1993 and was Officially opened to the public as a Off Road recreational park in 1996. The Birthplace of rock crawling in Australia, Emu Creek and its Battle of the States competition was legendary and unsurpassed. These days standard four wheel drives are more of an all wheel drive shopping trolley and modified means it no longer has any resemblance to a street legal car. So events have changed to suit the vehicles and the sport as a whole and there is a plethora of different events to suit your style and ability.

Emu Creek now looks to keep the 4X4 sporting industry environmentally sustainable and as low impact as reasonably possible. Emu Creek Extreme Retreat has a range of varying tracks to suit your ability and machine. Accidents when four wheel driving at your limits may always cause Damage to the vehicle and we don’t  recommend the park to “all wheel drive” suburban vehicles. We have a core group of 4×4 followers and Clubs who frequent the park and we restrict our bike and car numbers to give you a better holiday.

Spares… well that’s minimal, but we do have a couple of models of running 4X4′s that we borrow parts off to get you going again. Check our product section for what we stock in General. We have a mig welder and tools should the need arise.

Recovery- There are two options, $30 / hr to ride a bike to where your stuck and check it out, if required, or drive it out, quick and cheep. OR $60 / hr for  a recovery vehicle to get you out and back to base. All Times are Office to Office.

Fire wood  is collect your own and there is plenty out on the 4×4 tracks.

DON’T  BE AFRAID OF MOTOR BIKES, Emu Creek Is Different to the other mixed sport parks you may have been too and we try hard to keep it fair and even and we have had no complaints. Emu Creek management keep you separated for everyones safety. Cars have the majority of the park with 2000 acres to play on. Because the sleepy families don’t want to hear you party and driving at night and you don’t want their children riding into your car during the day! Noise affliction from the bikes is minimal compared to the big rigs in convoy. Remember the kids are occupied and not breaking into houses. Be considerate of those sleeping when night driving and getting access to the property.

Many 4×4 drivers are into the sport to go into the wilderness to get the perception that no people have been there before. Some like to leave there mark for all to see and decide to clean the rubbish out of there car into the bush, making a unsightly mess for years to come. Please those who persist in bringing down the repute of the people in 4X4′s by leaving rubbish around the country side, STOP IT,  you have a big steel thing with wheels that can carry the rubbish to a responsible refuse site. Don’t Embarrass yourselves by being ignorant or us by Having to say it.

 

ALL WHEEL DRIVE
As opposed to Four Wheel Drive.

Prado, Rodeo, Territory, Subaru, Triton, BT50, Chinese, Tradesman low ute, Shopping cars, Luxury Etc. These cars will get you across wet grass, clay and even sand but are not suitable to Australian Bush Driving.

We have limited areas for these vehicles and damage to them in the 4×4 area is possibly a given. They can be used in the 4×4 play area (4 -wheel MX Track) and to access some areas in the park but please don’t think you can get them around 95% of the park undamaged. Lift/clearance is the main issue and under-car damage. We can offer you a sight seeing run around some creek areas and campgrounds but would stingily suggest you use these vehicles to bring/tow a cheap real 4×4, Side By Side or rock buggy. You will pay from $1,000 for a Suzuki, to $25,000 for a new awesome side/side Can-Am or Polaris. All of which we strongly suggest if you are into real 4×4 and still want to drive your town car home. No they do not need rego, just be in good working order, mainly breaks, hand brakes, mufflers and fluid leaks, if the motor stops but the brakes work you should be safe. Unregistered vehicles require helmets to be warn and mirrors to be fitted for safety in campgrounds.

 

STANDARD
As stated before we consider there a difference between your towing all wheel drive suburban SUV and a 4X4 competent design machine. Moulded plastic Mudguards is a dead give away for a “all wheel drive”, also is moulded plastic skirts. Driving at the park is limited for these vehicles, if you wish to return intact.

SO  Standard 4X4 – Patrol, Maverick, Landcruiser, Hilux, Rocky, Sierra, Landrover, Wrangler Etc.. these vehicles in standard trim are go anywhere vehicles. Weather permitting, with driver ability, standard  4X4′s can negate 99 % of Emu Creek Extreme Retreat. If you are running bigger wheels and/or off road tyres and/or diff locks then the task  at hand is much easier and the number of extra places you can go in all weather, is of course enlarged.

 

MODIFIED 4×4, ROCK CRAWLERS, SIDE/SIDE, QUADS – (not Street legal)
Modified vehicle we consider to be anything from a street legal hotted 4X4 to your full blown tube buggies. With these little babies you can go anywhere on the property except on the creek banks please.

 N.B. Unregistered / Unlicensed 4X4′s are permitted on the park but driver and navigator must be present when the car is running and are both responsible for the damage caused to their machine, themselves and by their machine. Both Navigator and driver must wear an accredited safety helmet. Navigators are to check driver has stopped the vehicle and left it with secure reasonable restraint. Navigators must guide driver for all reversing manoeuvres especially in the camping areas. Staff reserve the right to scrutinise and eject any unregistered vehicle that is deemed to be unsafe or dangerously built, as per CAMS or MA Guidelines. We have accredited scrutinisers and marshals.