Thinking of becoming an Idlers member?

Here's what you need to know.........!

Membership Requirements and Information

  • Your vehicle must be 4WD or AWD.  On all Club trips with a designated trip standard, it must have a permanently installed UHF radio and aerial, and must have rated front and rear recovery points.
  • New members are encouraged to participate in a Simpson Desert crossing trip before undertaking long black-rated touring trips through the outback.
  • Unless an equivalent competence is substantiated, you will need to attend a Club 4WD Induction and Vehicle Awareness course as soon as possible after joining, but within 12 months.  Lack of such training would not necessarily exclude you from participating in a Club trip, but would be at the discretion of the Trip Leader. 
  • Pets are not allowed on Club trips.
  • Club membership includes membership of Four Wheel Drive Victoria.

The Application Process

  • You will need to attend two monthly meetings of the club as a ‘visitor’.
  • You will be given a club information brochure and a copy of the club’s Code of Ethics.
  • During this time you will need to have an interview/discussion with a Committee member (to allow mutual questions and explanations) as well as with the club’s Training Coordinator (to allow an assessment of your 4WD experience and training requirements).
  • At or following your second meeting, you may submit your completed application form.
  • A membership covers the applicant as well as a nominated spouse or partner sharing the same vehicle.
  • Your application will be considered at the next available Committee meeting.

Committee Decision

  • You will be advised in writing of the outcome of the Committee’s decision at the earliest opportunity.
  • Should your application be approved, as a new member you will receive a name badge(s), Members’ Manual, Trip Handbook, Club Newsletter, Club vehicle sticker and, in due course, FWDVic car sticker and the quarterly FWDVic Trackwatch magazine.
  • You will be expected to become familiar with and abide by the provisions of the Members’ Manual and when on a trip, the Trip Handbook.


  • Fees are subject to change by determination of the Committee and currently comprise:
    • Joining fee: $150
    • Annual membership fee: $70 covering the club year from 1st January to 31st December. ($35 if joining after the end of June)  
  • The annual membership fee includes affiliation to Four Wheel Drive Victoria and insurance premium.
  • Fees should be paid by direct deposit into the club's bank account:
    • BSB:  633-000
    • Account number: 152106084
    • Account name: Idlers Four Wheel Drive Club
  • When making payments, please include your name and the purpose of the payment (eg A Brown, new member).

Should you have any questions about the Club or the application process, please do not hesitate to speak with the Membership Secretary, click here Membership Secretary

Club Meetings


Typically held at 10.30am on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at Eley Park Community Centre, Eley Road, Blackburn (Melway Ref. 61 H5)

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