• 4WD area in Litchfield National Park

  • Morning Tea on the track

  • Early Morning

Four Wheel Drive Australia


To be the national body representing the 4WD Community 

Mission Statement

4WD Australia represents and supports the Australian 4WDing community by providing advice to Government, policy makers and industry.  We encourage safe, family friendly and sustainable 4WDing in the broader community. We promote the Four Wheel Drive code of ethics to respect environmental, historical and cultural values when exploring our diverse country.

Who are the stakeholders and partners we engage with?

What does 4WD Australia provide to the State Associations ?


Formed in 1978 as the Australian National Four Wheel Drive Council, Four Wheel Drive Australia is the peak body representing the state four wheel drive associations at the national level.

Basis of our activities

FWDA activities are based on the premise that recreational four wheel driving is a legitimate activity and people have the right to own and use their vehicle for legitimate lifestyle and family activities. This premise is supported by policies that are based on factual evidence.

FWDA acts as your voice to keep 4WD tracks open so that we can continue enjoying four wheeling in the great outdoors. Through our united efforts, the opinions and beliefs of four wheel drive enthusiasts are heard by land management agencies and by our elected officials. The more of us who care enough to join us, the stronger our voice becomes.


You are invited to become a member of your local four wheel drive club and then by affiliation, your state and national four wheel drive associations. Your membership provides you with priceless benefits of friendship and camaraderie. It helps protect your rights for driving off the bitumen.

Did you know that?

There are over 300 affiliated clubs in Australia. We encourage you to become a member of your local four wheel drive club and have your say through our state and national four wheel drive associations. To find out more, simply use our LINKS dropdown to contact your nearest association who will help you find a club near your location. Our member associations provide you with the opportunity to develop a whole range of bush, touring and camping skills.

Your local club will see you through basic and advanced four wheel drive and recovery skills - as far as you wish to go with regular training and skills development days.

Clubs take on projects which assist land managers to keep our parks and other public lands open for the enjoyment of the public.

Clubs lend a valuable hand to country folk in difficult circumstances, whether it be through fire, drought or flood.

Club trips are planned tours to all accessible parts of the country, be they day, weekend or several weeks duration.Club members can get Australia wide on and off road insurance coverage for their vehicles and equipment at discount rates.You can join a club for less than the cost of a tank of fuel.

So you've purchased a four wheel drive/all wheel drive/softroadER vehicle.

Or if you just want to socialise and enjoy your chosen pastime with like minded persons, having fun camping and socialising, then join a club. These are some of the great reasons to join a 4WD Club so, even if you are only just a little bit curious, contact a club or your state association and go along for a look.


Four Wheel Drive Australia

ABN: 40 672 552 892

GPO Box79 Canberra ACT 2601






Date: 31 March 2017 - Friday
National Council Changes Follow Victorian Association AGM More Info:

Four Wheel Drive NT Fights ABC Over Shortwave Shutdown
Date: 18 March 2017 - Saturday
Four Wheel Drive NT last week made a strong submission to the Senate Standing Committee, which was investigating the impact of the ABC's controversial move, in an attempt to have the decision to shutdown shortwave services overturned. More Info:

Date: 3 February 2017 - Friday
The ABC has stopped its shortwave radio service as of 31st January. This means that information about emergency situations, weather conditions, general news and entertainment will no longer be available in remote areas where only shortwave has worked. More Info:


National Four Wheel Drive Council Meets Senator Ricky Muir
Date: 2 October 2015 - Friday
4WD Australia recently met at Traralgon, in Eastern Victoria, for its quarterly general meeting, this meeting provided the council with the opportunity to meet with Victorian Senator Ricky Muir. More Info:

Date: 25 June 2015 - Thursday
Officebearers for 2014/15 have been elected by the Council delegates. More Info:

Date: 7 February 2013 - Thursday
A large protest rally about restrictions to access to Stockton Beach was held in the Newcastle suburb of Stockton on Saturday 2nd February. More Info:

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