On track to head off-road

KELLYVILLE couple Ron and Stella Burns will take part in their sixth Variety 4WD Adventure in November.

The annual event aims to raise money for children's charity, Variety.

While their home is on the doorstep of Bella Vista Business Park, the husband and wife team can't wait to cover their vehicle in protective plastic and take it off-road.

"We try to encourage people that don't normally get their four-wheel-drive off the bitumen to come and do an easy trip," Mr Burns said.

"We get down and dirty and dump the cars in the bush and drink.

"There is no climbing up mountainsides or doing extreme four-wheel-driving but we do things like creek crossings.

"It's more of a luxury 4WD experience."

Mr Burns has taken part in many extreme off-road adventures.

But his wife said the upcoming journey was much more her style.

"They started this trip because the wives wanted to go but the men always camped," Mrs Burns said. "But we stay in hotels.

"I felt more comfortable going on a normal drive.

"I just don't like camping, snakes or spiders."

Should something go wrong — like a flat tyre or mechanical fault — there is a semi-mobile workshop vehicle that travels along with the convoy to ensure nobody will be left stranded in the outback.

"He doesn't come into town until everyone is accounted for," Mrs Burns said.

The Gong to Gong journey will cover 1489 kilometres from Wollongong to Gerringong visiting places such as Cooma, Orbost and Mogo along the way.

A tax-deductible donation of $3000 is included in the cost.

Details: November 12-17, cost is $6350 for two people, phone 9819 1009 or go to variety.org.au.

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