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

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.


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

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.

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 .


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.