Beyond Hotham - Trip Leaders


Our wonderful trip leaders are the heart and soul of Beyond Hotham. Incredibly experienced and knowledgeable in 4WDing and the Victorian High Country area, they are carefully hand picked by our Track Master Gavin Moody . Our trip leaders volunteer their time to show you their ‘back yard' and for the pure love they have for 4WDing in this beautiful part of north east Victoria . In fact, they don't see Beyond Hotham as “work” and relish any opportunity to get their vehicle kitted up and ready to roll out to show you some of the best 4WDing experience around!

Below are our trip leaders from 2012 and 2013 we expect to see them all back again in 2014 for more 4WD adventures, tales and yarns and all those "TRUE" stories!

Gavin Moody  

Gavin Moody

Nissan Patrol tray

Track master for Beyond Hotham

  • Born and bred in the bush
  • 25 years of organising and conducting trips in the high country
  • Over 30 years 4x4 experience
  • Plant Manager with the Mt Hotham Resort Management Board
  • Extensive knowledge in the mining history of the high country

Nicole Epema  

Nicole Epema

Nissan Navara STX twin cab

Village master Beyond Hotham

  • Operations Manager with the Mt Hotham Resort Management Board
  • 25 years snow driving and recreational 4x4 experience
  • SES Deputy controller with qualifications in road rescue and 4x4
  • Interests include local history

Geoffrey M Boulton

Geoffrey M Boulton

Land Rover Discovery

Over 25 years full time professional experience in the 4WD industry including:

  • Managing and operating a 4WD accessories store.
  • Leading organised tours in the Blue Mountains, Victorian High Country, Simpson Desert, Gulf & Cape York and across the Kimberley.
  • Designing, conducting and assessing a wide range of nationally accredited 4WD & related courses.

Currently contracted to the Australian Army managing their electronics training.


Graeme Price  

Graeme Price

80 Series Landcruiser

Over 25 years of recreational 4WDing experience:

  • Organised and lead numerous Catered 4WD trips for local charity organizations.
  • Has taken trips into the Simpson, Flinders Ranges, The Red Centre, across the Plenty & Donahue Hwys… and too many others to mention in our surrounding high country.
  • Loves his 4WDing, fishing, camping, the missus & kids.

I own & operate my own business in the quarrying ind.


Doug INCOLL  

Doug Incoll

Senior Sergeant of Police

Victoria Police member for 33 years:

  • Based at Bright (8 yrs) and is in charge of the Alpine stations (inc. Falls Creek and Mt Hotham).
  • 31 years of extensive 4WD experience.
  • Has knowledge of and experienced most of the 4WD tracks in Victoria (particularly the High Country).
  • Has coordinated and managed countless search and rescue operations.

Brian Vowles  

Brian Vowles

Landrover Discovery 3

  • Born and bred on a farm, Brian has been driving all sorts of vehicles and machinery from the tender age of 6.
  • With a passionate love of exploring and the outdoors, 4WD’ing has been a primary means of achieving this goal (mostly in Landover’s, starting with a SWB Series 11 soft-top).
  • In his early 20’s Brian became involved with the construction of the Tanderra Ski Lodge at Mt Hotham, and has now been involved with Mt Hotham for over 40 years.
  • He believes that the alpine wilderness surrounding Mt Hotham is one of the most unique and beautiful areas in Australia that offers wonderful adventures for all types of adventurers in both summer and winter.

Steven Gribble  

Steven Gribble

Toyota Landcruiser tray

Extensive knowledge in mining history of the high country.

  • Local born and bred
  • 25years of exploring the high country mine sites
  • 25 years driving 4x4
  • Senior plant operator for the Mt Hotham Resort Management
  • Bush Mechanic
  • Passion includes the high country

John Flemming  

John Flemming

Nissan Navara

  • New to four wheel diving since 2006
  • Member of City West four wheel drive club
  • Completed Basic Driving Training
  • Enjoyed Beyond Hotham 2010 so much I am back for more.

Garry Doyle  

Garry Doyle

Nissan Patrol GU

  • National Training Manager for Nissan Australia
  • Was taught to drive 4WD in the army in 1971 and has owned 4WD vehicles since 1982. The last two have been Nissans.
  • He is a qualified 4WD instructor and trip leader and conducts training internally for Nissan Staff.
  • Has designed, developed and assessed 4WD courses.
  • Currently developing a “How to 4WD DVD” with Pat Callinan designed to cover the accreditation requirements.

Howard Blegg  

Howard Blegg

Nissan GQ Patrol

  • Purchased first 4WD 1962
  • Belonged to 4WD Clubs last 30 Years
  • Organised and led trips into the Simpson Desert, Great Sandy Desert, Great Victoria Desert, Great Australian Bight, Kimberly region and Victorian High Country.
  • Active in the Bairnsdale 4WD club

Graham Harris  

Graham Harris

Toyota Landcruiser tray

  • 2008, 09, 10, 11 and 2012 Beyond Hotham Trip leader
  • Driving instructor & leading fire-fighter- driver 1 MFB (retired)
  • 25 years 4x4 club membership, trip co-ordinator and committee member
  • Organised and led over 100 4wd day and overnight trips (many in the Victorian high country and as far as the Flinders rangers and Cape York )
  • Passions include 4wding; Victorian and NSW high country, hut photography, safe 4x4 techniques, on and off road motorcycling.

Tony Wells  

Tony Wells

80 Series Toyota Landcruiser

  • 20yrs 4WD experience and past owner/operator 4WD Tagalong Tours
  • Specializing in the High Country. Has a fairly extensive knowledge of
  • tracks in the High Country. Don't know them all, but working on it.
  • 5 th Generation Pioneer Manfield from Mount Buffalo, grew up in the old “Buffalo House” with grandparents at the foot of Mt Buffalo. 
  • 10yr member of CC4WD Club  NSW, Vice President, Trip Master twice and several times Trip Leader of the year and Club Person of the year. 
  • Past Trainer/Assessor for Commercial Training 4WD RTO, mainly Corporate clients, and including recreational customers too. 
  • Love the High Country, it's like coming home every time we visit. No greater place to drive and camp.

Andy Keily  

Andy Keily

Toyota Landcruiser Tray

  • Andy has been in the automotive industry for 20 years and has been 4x4 driving for 15 of those years, the last 10 here in the high country.
  • Has been a member of the Beyond Hotham team since its beginning in 2008.
  • Employed with the Mt Hotham Resort Management Board as an over-snow and plant mechanic.

Trevor Taylor  

Trevor Taylor

Nissan Navara Tray

Having grown up on a farm and my father having a spot mill started driving tractors and 4WD from the age of 8.   This included hay carting, stock work, dragging logs so spent a lot of time in the bush.   With my keen interest for nature bush walking, caving, camping, snow skiing and exploring old mines always getting there by 4wd as well as many searches with the SES.  My vocation lead me onto mining and Antarctica where l also used 4wds.   I also race in the Finke Desert Race each year to keep my desert skills up to speed .


Ian Carter  

Ian Carter

LWB Landcruiser

Ian was born in Auckland New Zealand 63 years ago. He moved to Australia in 1967 and has been here ever since.

After leaving school Ian began his working life learning to become a butcher. From here he moved into the mining game and worked for Utah Mining building a tunnel for the Hydro scheme on the South Island .

After moving to Australia he has worked at Mt Isa in Queensland , Rosebery and Queenstown in Tasmania as a hard rock underground miner. Then at Muswellbrook and Liddell Collieries in NSW again as a hard rock miner, all for a total of twenty three years.

Using percussion drills for all these years caused Ian to develop Reynaud's Disease in his hands resulting in him having to give up this employment.

Since then he has become more interested in golf, camping, and in particular gold detecting.

In 1969 Ian and Jan purchased their first 4x4, a Series 11 Land Rover. On to today where he now has a more modern LWB Landcruiser.

The first trips away were hair raising to say the least. Jan remembers well going out for fire wood and Ian having to prop the side of the Land Rover with a spar to keep it from rolling down a hill. By trial and error (many errors), he learnt that 4x4's can't go everywhere nor do everything.


Ross Gorel  

Ross Gorel

Nissan Patrol Tray

  • SES Member for 10 years.
  • Completed 4WD Training Courses.  (Basic & Advanced).
  • 20 years of recreational 4WDing experience.
  • 12 years Bairnsdale 4WD Club member and past President.
  • Organized and led trips into Simpson Desert and Flinders Ranges , Kimberly, Cape York and Gulf, and Victorian High Country.

Ross Gorel  

Noel Ham

Nissan Patrol Tray

  • 30 years of 4WD experience.
  • Member of the Wangaratta 4WD club. Lead many local and outback trips.
  • Completed advanced 4WD training and assists with club training.
  • Particularly interested the technical aspects of four wheel driving.
  • Farmer and manufacturer of slide-on campers.

Ross Gorel  

Irene Ham

Nissan Patrol Tray

  • 15 years recreational 4wd experience.
  • Member of the Wangaratta 4WD club.
  • Completed club basic driver training and keen to do advanced training.
  • Enjoys family, camping and 4wding.