Newcastle 4WD Training and Off Road Skills Course

(9 customer reviews)


For: 1 Person Location: Newcastle Help Code: BLGA4WD202

Single ($425)

Newcastle 4WD Training and Off Road Skills Course: This one-day 4WD training course takes place in Newcastle, north of Sydney NSW. We have designed this 4WD course to give you the basic skills to take your 4WD on an off road adventure safely. We limit the number of trainees so that you can experience our excellent training standards. This course covers operating your 4WD vehicle over a variety of terrain, water crossings, snatch strap recovery, and wheel changing.

We discourage “observers” on all of our courses. Observers cannot drive or be involved in class discussions and there is nothing for them to do apart from sitting in the vehicle. The 4WD days are quite long and it’s not really a family outing.

Newcastle 4WD Training Course


  • Nationally recognised 4WD trainer
  • Full day of hands-on 4WD driver training
  • Great location to test your 4WD driving skills

The Newcastle 4WD Training course teaches how to use your 4WD vehicle safely and with respect for the environment. Your 4WD vehicle is exceptionally capable and will surprise you with what you can actually achieve. Your 4WD vehicle is not your average family car and you deserve better than average training.

You are not required to do any modifications to your vehicle and we supply all recovery gear necessary for the training.

Our four training venues allow us to cover all the competencies required without travelling too far. To maintain our excellent training standards, student numbers are limited on each course.

On completion of the course, you will be receiving a TLIC2025 Operate four-wheel-drive vehicle certificate.

This course covers:

  • performing pre-operational vehicle checks
  • applying safe vehicle loading practices
  • changing a wheel on a 4WD vehicle sited on uneven ground
  • stall/key start recovery downhill forward and reverse
  • implementing minimal environmental impact practices
  • operating a 4WD vehicle competently in off-highway conditions, including:
    • up and down steep inclines
    • correct range, gears and techniques
    • through muddy terrain and ditches
    • across side slope involving irregular terrain
    • irregular sandy terrain
    • through water and along dry and wet dirt roads.
    • using a single snatch strap to recover a vehicle
    • operating a 4WD vehicle giving due regard to Workplace Health and Safety issues
    • knowledge and skills required to use a 4WD vehicle with due regard to environmental issues

Course Duration:

  • This is a 1-day course. Note: Please bring your own lunch & drinks.
  • Some pre-reading & answering a pre-course questionnaire is required

Course Location:

  • Newcastle, NSW
  • Vaccination Status Requirement
    All training venues have instigated a vaccination mandate and require proof of full vaccination to gain access.

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9 reviews for Newcastle 4WD Training and Off Road Skills Course

  1. Warren Wilson (verified owner)

    Great day. The instructor was experienced, patient and friendly. The location gave us plenty of practice over a wide variety of terrains. The course went for a full day which was very satisfying and as well as learning lots, we felt safe and had a lot of fun.

    • Mark

      Warren, we are glad you had a great day and learnt alot about safe 4WD driving!

  2. Edwina McCoy

    We thoroughly enjoyed the day. Excellent trainer with a fun range of activities. Living on the coast as we do, some work in sand would have been useful, even if only in theory.

    • Break Loose

      Thanks Edwina. We are happy you found the course useful and fun. We do have a separate sand driving experience by the same trainers if you are interested. Go to

  3. William Rogers (verified owner)

    I recommend this course for somebody that has never driven a vehicle off road, whilst also for those whom have experience in driving off road there is still areas where there is room to improve and different techniques can be the difference in damaging a vehicle or injury to persons or getting out of that sticky situation safely.The instructor was very knowledgeable and very specific in explaining the methods used to newcomers to the off road scene. The instructions catered the course well.

    • Break Loose

      Hi William, I’m glad you enjoyed your 4WD training & that the instructor was very knowledgeable.

  4. Barry Barlow (verified owner)

    I would recommend this course to the novice because at the end of the course my son gained knowledge and, most of all, confidence in himself and his vehicle. (I was his passenger) He did things that he would never even think that he could have done. He then attended the Sand Driving Course. The instructors on both occasions were friendly, knowledgeable, experienced and excellent communicators that enabled all participants to take on all challenges. 5 out of 5!

  5. Dylan (verified owner)

    The course was outstanding!!!
    Value for money – 5
    Course – 5
    Our trainer Paul was just awesome and we all had such a great day. Personally for me the course could’ve gone longer but I think that was because I was enjoying myself to much.

    • Break Loose (verified owner)

      Dylan, we are so happy you had a great training day. Unfortunately if the course was any longer you would of been driving around in the dark! 🙂

  6. Jade (verified owner)

    I had a great day out on the Drive and Recover a 4WD Course. Our instructor was very friendly and knowledgeable. I was a bit nervous at the start but he explained everything really well and made sure we were confident with each part of the course before moving on to the next stage. I am already checking out the dates for the Sand Driving Course at Stockton Beach! 5 out of 5.

  7. John Moore (verified owner)

    I thought the course was excellent! The instructors clearly knew their stuff and passed on their enthusiasm for four wheel driving. I would have no hesitation in recommending this course to anyone who wanted to further their off-road driving skills.

    • Break Loose (verified owner)

      John, I’m glad you had a great day. You can learn a lot on this Course.

  8. Aleksei (verified owner)

    I had a great day, a lot of experience, thank you.

  9. Christophe Tourenq (verified owner)

    I did the Operate and Maintain a 4WD vehicle course for professional purposes. Our instructor was very friendly, knowledgeable and patient with drivers. With over 20 years of self-experience 4WD driving, I found it very good to reset the clock, get rid of old wrong habits, and spare the clutch! I wish we had more time to do more hands-on recovery exercises, but the day was jam-packed! Very useful course to get new off-road drivers more confidence and knowledge of their vehicle capabilities!

    • Break Loose (verified owner)

      We’re so pleased you got found this course worthwhile!

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