A weekend of 4WD driving, socialising and fun
Welcome to Grease Monkey 2018!
Grease Monkey is an annual event put together by Sydney Jeep Club. During this weekend we get out to have fun, socialise and explore beautiful 4WD tracks.
To this event we welcome not only Jeeps, but also their friends and family whatever type of 4WD they drive, and we'll have a range of tracks to suit any level of experience - from a seasoned offroader to someone who just get their first 4WD vehicle yesterday.
Here is what we have planned for Greasy Monkey this year. The timing of all events is approximate - just to give you an idea of what's planned and when.
October 26-28, 2018
Friday arrivals, camp setup and unpacking. Sign in and trip registerfrom 9:00 am
Saturday arrivals and trip register7:00 am - 8:30 am
Morning briefing8:00 am - 9:00 am
Day trips8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Trips debrief6:00 pm onwards
Sydney-bound Sunday trip briefing9:00 am - 9:30 am
Trips depart9:30 am - 10 am
Our Trip Grades
Grades are designated by the trip leader. We aim for consistency, but some variation in thinking on grades is inevitable.
Any grade that a trail is given is an attempt to describe the nature of the trail. It is not the hardest point on a trail. This means that whatever the grade, there may be points on the trail can be expected to be more challenging than the overall trail grade.
The Trip Leader may add a plus "+" to the grade to designate tough or frequent challenge points that deviate from the grade.
- Stretches of bitumen and graded trails
- Infrequent low range
- Picnic-style breaks
- Beach driving, vistas and wineries
- Family and kid friendly
- Introductory technical driving
- Bitumen minimised
- Frequent low range
- Wheel placement and spotting
- Chicken tracks at challenge points
- Will suit prepared Cherokees
- Stock Wranglers should be fine
- Trail clearance to be considered
- Require rated recovery points front+rear
- Recovery kit is mandatory
- Stone steps, steep slopes with obstacles
- Off camber driving
- Risk of damage
- Vehicle recovery is common
- Disconnect systems recommended
- Double-locked vehicles
- Maximum challenge on tracks
- Some damage almost guaranteed
- You know what you're doing here
- If you play - you will pay
The trips we will be running this year
Hunter Back Roads Grade: D/C
Trip leader: David Grimes
A combination of graded trails and bitumen B roads for an "easy vibe" tour through the Watagans touching into the Hunter and perhaps a winery visit.
Vehicle Recommendations: Open
Stockton Beach Grade: D/C
Trip leaders: Teshie and Dennis
Beach driving, what more do we need to say? You will need to pick up a beach pass on the way in. Preparation is largely turning off the traction control and appropriate tyre pressures.
Vehicle Recommendations: Common sense and a sense of fun
Yengo return to Sydney Grade: D/C
Trip leader: Teshie
A different return path to Sydney. Graded trails and bitumen B roads.
Vehicle Recommendations: Open
Murray and Basin Forests return to Sydney Grade: D/C
Trip leaders: Dru'n'Kerry
We take graded trails along the "Basin scenic rim" as an alternate route to Kulnura. Bitumen from there, returning to the Freeway at Mangrove, or if preferred we turn around the Hawkesbury for a tour back via Wiseman's Ferry.
Vehicle Recommendations: Open
Burma, McKenzies, Farrells Grade: C
Trip leader: Richard Henning
A wonderful introduction into the Watagans picking up old bullock-wagon trails and a little known view point. Varied terrain and ecology that stock Jeeps will enjoy.
Vehicle Recommendations: Stock Jeeps but must have rated recovery points front and rear. Some scratchy sections.
Awaba to Drury Lane Grade: C
Trip leaders: Pat and Hitesh with Adrian
A C grade that introduces the driver to technical driving! This is a long-ish trip through Watagans and Olney State Forest from north to south. It uses graded trails to pin together three challenge sections. Those challenges have been arranged to start with ease and finish a little bit C+.
Vehicle Recommendations: Stock Jeeps are good though note that many challenge sections do not offer option trails. Rated recovery points front and rear. Some short scratchy sections.
CPT80, Sawpit, Green's Break Ridge Grade: C++
Trip leaders: Sean and Daphne
A short collection of some very famous Watagans trails where good clearance is necessary. The trails have worn somewhat during drought and some recovery can be expected on this trip. Sawpit gets scratchy, CPT80 is a rollocking ride, and Green's Break still has the infamous log obstacle along with the entertaining exit. If you haven't done these trails, here's your chance!
Vehicle Recommendations: Rated recovery points, front and rear. 2" lift; 33" tyres. Not recommended for Cherokee/Grand.
Ourimbah Grade: B
Trip leaders: Steve Foster and Steve Cremona
A loop inside Ourimbah that picks up the famous "Can Opener". Steve has extended the trip to include some interesting side trails. The full trip is a very consistent grading that is not without risk, fender rubbing is possible.
Vehicle Recommendations: We have taken a bold Trailhawk through and have to say it is not recommended. Front and rear recovery points are assumed on B grade. 2" lift and 33" tyres.
Killy Loop Grade: B
Trip leaders: John and Di
Famous B grade run in the Awaba area. Challenge level is consistent and option trails are rare. Some unavoidable bog holes. This trip is a real experience for drivers in well prepared vehicles. For the SJC this trip is defining - what it means to be B grade. There is a bit of bitumen getting there and back but well worth it.
Vehicle Recommendations: No unprepared vehicles, max convoy 8. Min 33" AT or Mud tyres and 2" lift. Rated recovery points. Recovery gear.
Whiteman's, ZigZag, Skull and Cross Bones Grade: A
Trip leaders: decide on the day, DK/Brent/Dru'n'Kerry
These trail notes act as a placeholder for the Good Times Gang. Depending on interest the trips may split into two groups. Other trails under consideration are Tunks, Wave Rock, Farrels no #3, Rope Road.
Vehicle Recommendations: If you are asking it probably is not for you :) Start with twin locked and 3" lift. For dedicated weapons that are not shy of "beauty marks".