DISCOVER NATURE WITH SIX ICON FOUR WHEEL DRIVE ROUTES

DISCOVER NATURE WITH SIX ICON FOUR WHEEL DRIVE ROUTES

Posted on 15. Jul, 2010 in Victoria

Four wheel drive enthusiasts will get a better experience of the state’s great outdoors thanks to the Brumby Labor Government’s $600,000 Victoria’s Iconic 4WD Adventures and track classification system.

Launching the system today at Werribee, Environment and Climate Change Minister Gavin Jennings said Victoria’s Iconic 4WD Adventures completed the Victorian Government’s $4 million 4WD program and included the establishment of six icon 4WD adventures across the state to suit the most novice driver through to the most experienced.

“The Brumby Labor Government understands the importance of four wheel driving to many Victorians which why we have become the first state in Australia to introduce a four wheel drive track classification system,” Mr Jennings said.

“Tourism is a vital industry for Victoria which injects money into local economies and helps creates jobs. Initiatives such as this are important to making tourism more accessible and user-friendly – especially when it makes it easier to get to some our most beautiful yet inaccessible regions.

Victoria’s Iconic 4WD Adventures project provides upgrades to routes as well as explanatory signage and guides that clearly describe the difficulty of the terrain using the same type of symbols that mark ski runs in the Alpine regions.

“This will assist people in their planning for their holidays and ensure that they can complete their journey safely and enjoyably.”

Mr Jennings said the six routes are:

  • The 286km Grampians Drive (Medium);
  • The 242km Otways Drive (Easy);
  • The 625km Mallee Drive (Medium);
  • The 222km Wonnangatta Drive (Difficult);
  • The 298km Snowy River Drive (Difficult); and
  • The 160km Davies Drive (Very Difficult).

 

“Amongst other scenery, the routes take in the rugged mountain peaks and dramatic rock formations on the Grampians Drive, stunning coastal views, tall forests and waterfalls on the Otways Drive, the history and heritage of the High Country on the Wonnangatta Drive as well as the legendary Snowy River country on the Snowy River Drive,” Mr Jennings said.

“This initiative by Parks Victoria, the Department of Sustainability and Environment and Four Wheel Drive Victoria is also about better educating drivers before they head out on their four wheel drive adventures.”

For further information about Victoria’s Iconic 4WD Adventures  visit  www.iconic4wd.com.au or www.parkweb.vic.gov.au or call Parks Victoria on 13 1963.

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