4WDining was started by Michelle and Jules after sharing the experience of cooking and eating gourmet food in the striking surroundings of Victoria’s High Country. Inspired by her Greek heritage and the experiences cooking with her Yaya (Greek for grandmother) in her childhood, Michelle puts her own modern spin on some classic Mediterranean dishes. From her Smoked Salmon Summer Pasta with shallots, green olives, lemon zest and confit garlic to her Greek Orange Syrup Cake served with vanilla bean ice cream, crushed pistachio nuts and baby mint, you will enjoy a wide variety of choices during your time with us.Noticing that more people than ever have capable 4WDs and yet have never ventured out to some of the most incredible four wheel drive tracks this country has to offer, 4WDining was created to offer people a chance to safely explore these remote and challenging mountains while still enjoying creature comforts like freshly cooked gourmet food, hot showers and flushing toilets.
ItineraryDay 1: Talbotville and Collingwood SpurStop At: Talbotville Camping AreaWe meet in the heart of the High Country at the town of Dargo where our tour leader will hand out CB radios to those that don’t have one and run through some basic info such as our convoy procedures and radio etiquette. This will be our last chance to refuel and purchase any supplies. Once everyone is ready we will head out of town on the Dargo High Plains Rd to the site of the former gold mining town, Grant. Here we will drop our tire pressures, engage low range and begin a breathtaking descent down McMillans Rd to Talbotville.In Talbotville we will be served lunch and have a coffee or tea, then head back onto the tracks for our first river crossing and through to the summit of Mt Cynthia where we will have a snack for afternoon tea. Dropping back down into the valley we will cross the Wonnangatta River at Eaglevale then follow it downstream to our well-equipped basecamp at Crooked River.We’ll have some time to get settled into our new home and maybe have a swim or a fish before dinner is served at around 7pm. After dinner, our tour leader will give us a rundown of what to expect for the next few days and some basic 4WD training.Duration: 10 minutesMeals included: • Lunch: Chargrilled eye fillet beef, fresh parsley, green pickles, French smoked tomato mustard on a freshly baked baguette. • Dinner: Greek Meatballs Lamb mince with cumin, garlic, mint & Yaya’s blend of spices. W/ red cabbage, sunflower seed salad, Accommodation included: Dining Package: Bring your own tent or camper trailer.Glamping Package: Luxurious canvas bell tents for your group Day 2: WonnangattaStop At: Wonnangatta Valley, Dargo, Gippsland, VictoriaAfter a freshly ground espresso and a delicious breakfast at our base camp we will head up the Wonnangatta Valley to the famous Wonnangatta station, breaking for lunch at the hut then returning via the exciting and challenging climb up Herne Spur which features several river crossings and a steep rocky scramble.Duration: 1 hourMeals included: • Breakfast: Italian Prosciutto Bruschetta Sourdough toasted & topped with poached eggs, prosciutto, tomato relish & goat’s feta • Lunch: Free Range Leg Ham BaguetteFree range ham, green pickles, camembert cheese, French mustard on a freshly baked baguette • Dinner: Chicken RotoloFree range chicken Rotolo filled with pancetta from the Yarra Valley & Greek tomato risotto rice. No accommodation included on this day.Day 3: Blue Rag Range Track to the spectacular summit of Mt Blue RagStop At: Blue Rag Trig PointBeginning again with a mouth-watering hot breakfast at camp, today we will be travelling through the Dargo High Plains to Blue Rag Range for what is widely believed to be the most scenic ridgeline drive in the country. Depending on track conditions and the time available we may drop all the way to the bottom, or turn around at the high point.Duration: 1 hourMeals included: • Breakfast: Scrambled egg served with grilled free range bacon & a side of Michelle’s homemade baked beans on sourdough toast • Lunch: Smoked Chicken WrapSmoked chicken breast with coriander, pickled red cabbage & hummus in a wholegrain wrap • Dinner: Michelle’s Greek Lamb ChopsGippsland lamb cutlets, marinated in lemon, cumin & garlic, chargrilled & served with vegiesNo accommodation included on this day.Day 4: Billy Goats Bluff Track to the PinnaclesStop At: Billy Goat Bluff TrackAfter a few days gaining confidence and skills we are now ready for our final challenge, the famous Billy Goat Bluff track! The ascent begins just a short distance from our base camp and climbs steeply up towards the Pinnacles where we will serve morning tea and take the short walk up to the fire tower where we’ll enjoy 360 views of the surrounding ranges. After soaking up the stunning views we will head back down Billy Goat Bluff track to basecamp where the tour will conclude after lunch.Duration: 1 hourMeals included: • Breakfast: Poached eggs & free range pulled pork on sourdough toast, topped with hollandaise sauce & parmesan cheese hash browns. • Lunch: Freshly baked sausage rolls filled with beef, carrot, parsley & a secret blend of spices wrapped in crunchy puff pastryNo accommodation included on this day.