Meals and passes are included and the guide vehicles carry recovery gear.
The four-day program started from Adelaide after a safety and convoy driving talk and wound through the Clare Valley, Orroroo and Jamestown to Hawker for lunch.
After that it was on to historic Rawnsley Station near Wilpena Pound to deflate the tyres and select 4WD, then on dirt on theArkapena Scenic Adventure route up through the striking Chance Ranges and steep off-road climbs and descents near the ABC Ranges.
Nobody was spared as the group leaders suggested driverchange points that gave everybody a stint behind the wheel. Photo opportunities appeared at every turn.
Day two was to Chambers Gorge with its 20,000-plusyear-old Aboriginal wall art and then back through the defunct copper mining town of Blinman for a mine tour. The return to Wilpena was via the stunning Brachina and Bunyeroo Gorges with crystal swimming holes.
The tour meandered along well-made dirt roads dodging shinglebacks and emus — almost in plague proportions due to the greened up countryside from recent rains.
Overnight at Wilpena, a striking sky was the canopy for dinner cooked in a fire pit.
Day three started early and provided the highlight — a drive along the notorious Billy Goat Ridge after the scree-covered inclines of Yucca Ridge.
Billy Goat Ridge trail rates as “difficult” in “fourbie’’ speak but that didn’t stop all vehicles from coming through with a 50-50 male-female driver split.
Wilson and Symonds were close at hand with sideline coaching.
Day four was essentially a transport drive from Bendleby back to Adelaide via Stone Bridge Winery at Clare .
Over the four days we covered about 1100km with plenty of time off road.
Despite the trepidation among some at the start, all were keen to sign up for another bush-bashing venture.