Melbournes biggest Outdoors show continues to grow

You’ll need a 4×4 and a GPS just to find your way around the National 4×4 and Outdoors Show and Fishing and Boating Expo at the Melbourne Showgrounds, August 24-26.

Over 50,000 square metres of exhibits and interactive features are sure to satisfy even the most selective outdoors enthusiast.

Over 150 exhibitors have confirmed their bookings, and the event is over 90% sold out months prior to its opening.

Event Manager Paul Morgan said more and more families were choosing to explore the beaten tracks and their own backyards, making camping, off-roading, fishing and boating more popular.

“We’ve been exceptionally pleased with response of our exhibitors who all recognise this event as a great way to reach today’s outdoors enthusiast,” said Morgan.

“These are hobbies anyone can enjoy at any time, and we’re working with the biggest brands and companies in Australia to deliver a show that represents value and variety.

“Our aim is to keep the show both family-friendly and affordable, and we’re pleased to have also secured an extra 8,000 car park spaces for the convenience of our visitors.”

Tickets to the event are just $17 for adults, with kids under 15 years of age admitted for free.

Paul Worstelling, Peter ‘Spida’ Everitt, Roothy with Red and Simon Christie are just some of the familiar faces that will lead presentations and workshops on the Waeco Outback Stage, Great Australian Doortstep Stage and Fishing Stage.

The 4000-seat Action Arena, constructed from 400 tonnes of dirt, 2 dump trucks of boulders, car bodies and loader tyres will play host to a range of competitions and shows, including the TJM Austruck Extreme 4×4 Competition, DPChip Extreme Show, Devil’s Taxi Monster Truck, Stuart American Light Tank Mega Trax, Polaris Razor 800 demo, Trophy Karts, ATV and side-by-side demos, 4WD test rides and Monster Truck rides.

Other show features will include the Wot Hobbies RC Course, Young Guns Fishing Clinic, Boat and Jetski licence testing, Yamaha Fishing Supertank and the Fishing Simulator.