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Buy Vic's latest DVD on his amazing Madigan Line Trip 

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for just $27 including postage

Vic's latest DVD celebrates the 75th anniverary of remarkable journey of Cecil Madigan who crossed the unchartered Simpson Desert in 1939. With a party of nine men and 17 camels Madigan mounted a large scientific expedition to investigate the sand dunes of the desert.

This 120 minute DVD follows Vic and his tour group from Woomera in SA to Mount Dare and eastwards across the little used tracks in the Northern part of the Simpson Desert.

To purchase your own copy just email Vic at info@greatdividetours.com.au


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for just $27 including postage

This 100 minute DVD captures all the excitement and challenges of this very rare crossing of the Simpson Desert. See Vic and his clients tackle flooded roads and untouched sand dunes as they endeavour to be the first to cross the Simpson Desert in its anniversary year.

The DVD includes a special interview with Doug and Marg Sprigg who were just 8 and 10 years old when the very first motorised crossing of the Simpson Desert was made by them and their Father, Reg Sprigg in 1962.

To purchase your own copy just email Vic at info@greatdividetours.com.au

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Vic Widman's Classic Outback Tracks

Vic's latest book released on his birthday, 19 May is a compilation of 19 of his favourite outback tracks. Each location is described in detail providing a history of the area, what you will find when you visit, where to see all the best scenic locations and where to camp, plus an insight into the driving conditions you are likely to encounter. Some of the areas included in this book include, Outback NSW, Corner Country, Simpson Desert, Hay River Track, Karijini NP, Anne Beadell and Gunbarrel Hwy, the Canning Stock Route and all the famous tracks, Birdsville, Oodnadatta and Strzelecki Tracks to name just a few. This will be the best guide to the outback you could have, cost is just $39 plus postage.

Email Vic @ info@greatdividetours.com.au for more info or call him on 02 9913 1395 to order.


Travelling the Outback

TTONow you can travel the great Australian outback in complete confidence! Since its first publication in 1999, Travelling the Outback has become a must for any traveller venturing into our vast inland. Written from decades of first-hand experience by leading tour operator and outback guide Vic Widman, the book will take you step-by-step through the planning and preparation involved in making your outback travels not only enjoyable but as hassle-free and safe as possible.

From choosing a destination and route, gathering the necessary information on getting the most out of the trip, to preparing the vehicle and selecting the most appropriate equipment, Travelling the Outback supplies the best advice and information available.

Now thoroughly updated to include all the new 4WD developments, Travelling the Outback also includes comprehensive resource and reference sections.

$39 includes postage and handling

Email Vic @ info@greatdividetours.com.au for more info or call him on 02 9913 1395 to order.


4WD Skills – A Manual for On and Off Road Driving

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The latest book written by Vic Widman and commissioned by none other than CSIRO Publishing this book will be the bible for anyone wishing to learn how to handle their four wheel drive on and off the road. Vic has leant heavily on his many years of providing Australia’s leading 4WD training courses and documented his knowledge in an easy to follow format. Everything from how a four wheel drive works through to the safe and efficient use of vehicle recovery gear is included in this new publication. Available through book stores or purchase direct from Vic Widman for just $20 plus postage. For details email info@greatdividetours.com.au


Burke and Wills expedition

IMG 8987In August 1860 Burke and Wills led their ill fated expedition from Melbourne to Cooper Creek and onto the Gulf of Carpentaria. 150 years later Vic Widman of Great Divide Tours led another group of explorers retracing their famous trek across Australia. This DVD not only captures the modern day adventures as Vic explores the scenic wonders of Swan Hill, Mungo NP, Menindee, Mutawintji NP, Cooper Creek, Birdsville, Big Red, Boulia and the Gulf Country but it is one of the best historic recordings of the Burke and Wills expedition, a must for history buffs or those who wish to fully understand what really occurred on that epic journey by Burke and Wills. All yours for just $27 including postage.


DVD - New Zealand - Down South $27
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You all know how I rave about how good our New Zealand 4wd trips are, well now you can see for yourself. We had our film crew accompany us in 2013 on our 7 day trip to the South Island of New Zealand and they have compiled this amazing DVD. It showcases some of the spectacular 4wdrivng and scenery that we experienced along with the laughs that typify my trips to this beautiful part of the world. If you are contemplating joining us at some stage or just want to see why I rate the South Island of New Zealand as one of the best places I have visited, then you can get your copy for just $27 including postage.


Trip Itineraries now available

If you are planning a big trip around Australia or up through the centre this might interest you.

I have a clockwise around Australia itinerary and an anticlockwise itinerary, each well over 200 days long. I also have an itinerary for a trip up the Red Centre all the way from Port Augusta to Darwin and of course my itineraries take you to all the must see locations as well as the little known 4wd locations.

Each itinerary  details, how far you need to drive each day, which way to go, how long it will take, what there is to see, where to camp, what road conditions might be like, what map covers the area and then each day includes hyperlinks to the various locations I recommend such as National Parks, caravan parks and the local visitor centre. See, I've done all the work for you.

So now all you need to do is drop me an email requesting to purchase one or more of these itineraries and I simply email it to you. You can use it to plan your trip or just follow my recommendations for each day. The hyperlink to a multitude of additional websites expands the information available tenfold. Saves you doing the searching and, as the document is a word document, you can add to it as you wish and simply have it sitting on your ipad as you travel, almost like having Outback Vic sitting in the back seat guiding you, ok so that is not such a great idea! 

The cost of these itineraries is $200 each for the trips around the mainland and $150 for the track notes up the middle of the Red Centre. You can order them through by dropping me an email at info@4wd.net.au or give Vic a call on 02 99131395


Vic’s Recovery Equipment


Available for pick up from 4WD Driver Training, our Tag Along Tours or Elanora Heights NSW.

3 ¼ tonne rated shackle $6
4 ¾ tonne shackle $10
9 metre Snatch Strap $60
Snatch Kit $100
(Includes Snatch strap, shackles, gloves & bag)
Recovery Dampener $35
Bushranger Diggar long handled shovel $80
Winch Strap Extension (20 metre 8000kg) $120
Tree Protector $40
Drag Chain 5m $75
Snatch Block $45
Small Tyre Repair Kit $18
Plugga III H/D Tyre Repair Kit $35

Many other items supplied, please enquire for availability & prices on 02 9913 1395 or info@greatdividetours.com.au .

Vic says “Since adding the Taipan Exhaust to my 200 series Landcruiser I have enjoyed a good fuel saving and a great increase in power output, for more detail have a look at their website www.taipanxp.com.au


 

Testimonials


Testimony from Karen and Ian,

 Wow, just wow!  We have just completed the July/August Cape York Safari led by Dave and have to say that all of our expectations were met and then some.

 The organization was great and the campsites were just right (including the bush camps) and even though the Great Divide team can’t take full credit for the amazing part of the world we live in, they can take the credit for making sure that our trip took in such a variety!  It must have been good, we took over 3000 photos on the safari (all 19 nights of it) and are struggling to find too many ‘bad’ ones!

 But overall, we wanted to let you know that Dave was the perfect leader for the safari.  His knowledge of the Cape, his 4x4 expertise and his directions on the ‘tricky bits’ were exactly what was needed.  We all made new friends on the trip and in no small measure this was due to Dave making sure everyone was included.

 If you are looking for a very special experience, we recommend you sign up (early as they book out quickly!)


Good morning Vic and the Great Divide Tours team,

This is Wendy and Jamie Buckley who participated in your weekend course back in Oct 2015 and our home is in Ingleside. From your e-news it would seem you have all had an extremely busy and successful year, so congratulations!

Jamie and I moved to South Luangwa Zambia Feb 2016 and took up the role as Camp Managers at an incredible bush camp Flatdogs. Nearly one year on our experience here as far exceeded our expectations and we both love our new careers in hospitality and life in Zambia.

As for our 4 x 4 experiences, we assure you everything we learnt on your course has been put to the test and we both laugh a lot when we come to a flooded area and quick to say “you can walk through the water to check how deep it is” hahaha not as the chance of a croc or hippo is extremely high.  The camp is located on the Luangwa River (elephant crossing photo is out front of our home) which has one of the highest populations of hippos and elephants anywhere in Africa. Our daily lives include dodging elephants in camp 24/7 and hippos at night. We eat lunch looking out of our windows at home to giraffes, vervet monkeys, baboons, elephants, bush buck, Puku and endless amounts of birds. The road block photo attached is our walk to work about 900 metres.

Our vehicle is an ex safari vehicle (as attached) which has no doors, no windscreen and no roof though we have a highly skilled team of mechanics on site to keep all the safari vehicles running.  We take our selves on safari in the National Park and my drive to a small gym at a neighboring camp can be eventful now the green season has arrived. I have to make sure the wheels are locked and take my gum boots in case I get stuck. Attached are one of the current safari vehicles which both Jamie and I have access to on when needed, they are liking driving a lounge room on wheels.

So we both are very grateful for the course we participated in with you and please pass our thanks on the team.

Lots of love to you and wishing you a sensational 2017.

Wendy and Jamie Buckley 

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Hello Vic

Narelle & I have just returned from the Man from Snowy River Tour. We had a great time touring with Great Divide Tours.

Our tour leader was Tony Davys. Vic, you are lucky to have Tony in your company. He brings a wealth of knowledge on 4x4 driving coupled with excellent people management skills. All participants were given individual advice and encouragement when required and their questions answered sincerely. I classify Tony a master of his craft, a AAA Plus rating.

A couple of highlights on our trip for me were firstly, helping him out of a spot of bother at Native Dog Flat (pic attached) and secondly sharing the fly rod at Buckwong Hut.

This was our second tour with Great Divide Tours in six weeks. Australia has many fine places to visit and I can't suggest a better way to see our country by travelling with your company.

We will certainly keep Great Divide Tours in mind for future travel plans.

Regards

Narelle and Tony Day


"Hi Jenny

Thanks to you and Wayne for a thoroughly enjoyable weekend course.

We really enjoyed ourselves and can now contemplate how to get the best from the Hilux and Camper trailer.

The tuition was great with the lessons in trailer reversing and jack knife points worth attending on their own.

Whipped the trailer into our carport at the end of our cul-de-sac on return with no worries  -( and no filling for an AVO ).

The rest of the course was great too - venue  food staff and company all first rate.

Will be in touch re future trips"

Regards

Mark Nealon


"Hi Vic

Kerry & I have just returned from the trip to Pajinka and Cape York on the Great Divide tour led by Dave.

Firstly I would like to thank you again for allowing us to join this year's trip after Kerry's accident on last year's trip. As I said at the time we didn't expect it and certainly didn't think we were entitled to it, and were very grateful for your kind and generous offer. After now completing the trip, we appreciate it even more.

The trip was absolutely fabulous in every way. The itinerary was excellent and well thought out. We experienced as much of the Cape as could comfortable be done in the 19 days. There were so many highs - from seeing a cassowary and it's chick near Cape Tribulation; to driving most of the Old Telegraph Track; to standing at the tip of the continent. An unexpected highlight was watching my NRL team (Brisbane Broncos) play Dave's team (Dragons) on TV whilst at Loyalty Beach with some locals. That was fun....and my team won!

I have a lot of family history on the Cape, so visiting Coen where my father taught in the early 1950's; visiting Laura Station where my uncles worked as very young men; driving past Battle Camp Station where my great great grandfather worked in the 1880's and my uncles later owned  till the late 1970's; visiting Cooktown where many of my ancestors have lived and still have family there; to visiting Thursday Island which was a base when my family lived on one of the Torres Straight Islands. These were the most important parts of the trip for me.

It was so good to actually use my vehicle in conditions for which it was designed and built for. I learned so much about driving my 4WD vehicle from Dave and feel much more confident (but not over-confident) and can't wait till we can do another trip with Great Divide Tours. We won't be looking anywhere else for a tag-a-long trip. Unfortunately work will get in the way for a while.

The group we travelled with proved to be a great bunch of people and we have made some strong friendships. I'm sure we will be seeing them again.

In particular, I would like to pay tribute to Dave. The success of the trip was entirely due to his leadership, knowledge and people management skills and he certainly represents Great Divide very well. We now class Dave as one of our good friends.

So thanks again Vic, we look forward to joining a Great Divide tour again."

Regards
Graeme & Kerry Polkinghorne


"Hi Vic,

We have just returned from our Cape York trip.

Dave told us all to email you and tell you what a great trip we had and what a great guide he was.

Sorry, we can't say that.
What we can say is that we had the most amazing, exciting adventurous time of our lives. We saw stunning scenery, camped in beautiful bush settings, met some amazing people, took awesome photos and pretty much had the time of our lives.

Put simply, Dave was amazing. A bundle of knowledge, a great organiser, witty, charming, and a natural leader. His expertise and guidance, along with his cool calm manner, gave me the courage to do something I would never ordinarily have done, drive through Cockatoo Creek.

We will be forever grateful that we stumbled upon your website when researching our trip to the Cape.

We are seriously considering a Simpson Desert tour and will most certainly do it with your company. After doing a tag along tour we know it is the best fit for us.

Thank you so much for giving us the opportunity to travel with your company and most especially to meet Dave."

Kind regards,

Lyn and Phil Ross