Nissan Patrol 4WD Club of NSW & ACT Inc.
The Nissan Patrol 4WD Club of NSW & ACT Inc. was established in 1976 by a group of four wheel drive enthusiasts from other clubs, interested in pursuing common interests and activities, and aiming to give the Nissan Patrol its own standing. No longer limited to the Nissan Patrol, membership is open to all types of four wheel drives and all ages - both people and vehicles!
The atmosphere has always been one of fun and friendship attracting a wide variety of people from all over Sydney and the countryside. Our Club holds regular driver training weekends for all members, trips from one day to several weeks duration (such as outback trips) and a variety of social activities. The trips are graded depending on the degree of difficulty, to cater for the different levels of driver and vehicle ability or of interest.
We are strongly committed to "Access for All" in our National Parks and State Forests, protecting the environment through the Tread Lightly policy of four wheel driving and helping to "Clean Up Australia" by cleaning up our bushland.
The Nissan Patrol 4WD Club NSW & ACT Inc. supports Four Wheel Drive NSW & ACT (the peak body of 4WD Clubs in New South Wales) and the Outdoor Recreation Party in their goal of maintaining access for all to our National Parks and State Forests.
Since the early 1990's our club has been host to the annual Nissan Trials, which is an inter-club challenge testing the driving skills of both individuals and teams and is one of the biggest events in the 4WD calendar. More recently, we have implemented the Son of Trials and Son of Trials 'PLUS' - both of which are friendly competitions designed for standard and slightly modified 4WD's, with the emphasis on fun competition rather than hard-core action.
The Club holds its monthly General Meetings on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at the Veteran Car Club Hall, 134 Queens Road, Five Dock starting at 8 pm. Guests are most welcome. You don't need to own a Nissan Patrol (or a 4WD) to attend our meetings. As well as all that boring stuff that you just have to get out of the way when you are running a Club, the meetings include:
reports from recent trips and details of upcoming trips;
updates on the latest news from 4WD NSW (the peak body of the 4WD movement);
progress reports on preparations for the Son of Trials 'PLUS' and the Son of Trials;
news about the latest events on or affecting the Club's Land;
the Club's Mobile Shop will be at the meeting selling high quality recovery gear and other merchandise;
the opportunity to swap ideas and information on anything to do with 4WDing (and a lot that have nothing to do with 4WDing);
guest speakers who address the meeting to discuss products, processes and other topics of interest to the members; and
our membership secretary is available for to take renewals, join up new members or answer any queries you might have.
Check the calendar for the location of the next General Meeting, as occasionally, we organise meetings at outside locations that are of interest to our members. We invite you to contact us if you would like to know more about the club's activities and aims.
Membership is open to people of all ages, with all types of 4-wheel drives. Our current fees are;
Joining Fee - $100.00
Annual Subscription $100.00
The membership fee is per family, which includes the primary member, his/her spouse/partner and any children under 18 years of age. The membership year is from 1 July – 30 June.
We happily welcome your attendence at our next club meeting to ask questions and chat with our members before you join. Meetings are held on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at the Veteran Car Club, 134 Queens Road, Five Dock starting at 8 pm. Guests are most welcome.
Please feel free to contact our membership secretary for more info or download and print our membership form here.
There are many vehicles currently being marketed as "4WD’s", but not all of them are “off-road capable”. “Soft-Road” vehicles (e.g. Honda CR-V, Nissan X-Trail or Toyota RAV-4) cannot safely complete the Club’s Driver Training Course as they lack the ground clearance and low-range gearing required to undertake the course safely. If you own such a vehicle, you are welcome to join the Club and participate in our social activities.
You should borrow an off-road capable 4WD to do the Driver Training Course and check with the Trip Leader as to whether their trip is suitable for a soft-roader.
Nissan Pathfinder owners
We are often asked whether we accept Nissan Pathfinders into the Club. The short answer is YES! The Pathfinder is a very capable 4WD and quite a lot of our members own them. They might not have quite the same ground clearance as the Patrol, but that just means you have to drive a little more carefully.