4WD Recreational Track Classification

Why is the System Being Developed?

Four Wheel Driving is a popular recreational activity on roads and tracks across Victoria’s National Parks and Reserves and State Forests. The classifications will enable visitors to understand the nature of a track before beginning their journey. It will allow them to plan their trip for enjoyment, safety and comfort.

What is he 4WD Recreational Track Classification?

It is a new classification system for Four Wheel Drive tracks on public Land across Victoria.

Who is Developing the System?

The Four Wheel Drive Advisory Group and representatives from Parks Victoria, Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE) and Four Wheel Drive Victoria are working together to develop and implement the system.

How Will it Work?

A standard four level color coded system will indicate the degree to dificulty of 4WD trackks and routes. Pre-visit and targeted information will be made available for four wheel drive visitors via brochures, web sites and four wheel drive clubs and associations.

What Should Visitors Consider When Using the System

There will be six criteria used

 Standard symbols/singage
 Terrain and track conditions
 Vehicle suitability
 Recovery Equipment
 Driver training and experienced
 Wheater variations

Can You Please Explain the Criteria Further?

 Standard symbols and signage will be used depicting easy to very difficult tracks
 The terrain and track conditions will aim to provide a general description of the likely terrain and have limited subjective comments such as boggy or rutted as these can be interpreted differently by individuals
 The suitabillity of a vehicle relates to high/low range capability, ground clearance and tyres
 The recovery equipment is advisory only and inline with Tourism Adventure Activity Standards and is not mandatory
 This is to guide the inexperienced driver that it may be in their best interest to have driver training or further experience before attempting more difficult terrain
 Drivers need to be aware of changing weather conditions and how may affect track they are using or planning to use. The tracks will be classified in dry conditions and most medium, difficult and very difficult in wet weather.

When Will Tracks be Classified?

Assesment will be done by accredited assessors on identified touring routes and tracks during the coming months

Where Can I get Further Information?

Further information on the project can be obtained by visiting the Parks Victoria website on www.parkweb.vic.gov.au