The Jackaroo 4WD Club of Australia Inc. was established in 1983 and came about when a group of Holden Jackaroo owners wanted to share their love of the outdoors, camping and 4WDing with others with the same types of vehicles. It was the first “Jackaroo 4WD Club” in Australia.
Why the name Jackaroo?
In the beginning the name of the Club referred specifically to the type of vehicles that were driven by the majority of the members. However with the demise of the production of the Jackaroo in 2002, the name of the club was a topic that came up frequently.
The committee and club members voted on keeping the original name. Even though there were significant sentimental reasons for doing so, the fact that the word Jackaroo refers not only to a vehicle but also to a trainee stockman working on a cattle station was reason enough to keep it.
We are a medium sized, family friendly club. We organise at least one trip each month, either on Saturdays or Sundays, or sometimes a two or three day camping trips. From time to time we also arrange extended trips to various outback locations or mid week trips when the opportunities arise. All trips have varying degrees of difficulty, to suit drivers of all skill levels. The Club also organises BBQ’s, picnics and other social outings.
Joining a club helps provide a means of gaining experience and confidence to tackle off road tracks while in the company and safety of other members and also the opportunity to see vehicle accessories and camping equipment in use before purchasing your own.
Although based in Sydney, we have members in the Illawarra, Blue Mountains, Newcastle and Central Coast regions as well as interstate. We welcome owners/drivers with all levels of experience from beginners onwards and being a family friendly club, we welcome young families.
We are affiliated to 4WD NSW and ACT. We fully support and abide by their Code of Ethics. We respect both our vehicles and the environment and could in no way be considered ‘gung-ho’ or ‘bush-bashers’.