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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.

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