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The GDT Team

Vic Widman

Owner of Great Divide Tours

Started 4wdriving in 1978, first major outback trip was up Cape York in 1981, has now crossed the Simpson Desert in excess of 20 times and trained in excess of 26,000 people in the art of 4wdriving. Vic lives and breathes 4wdriving, he has written books, is a major contributor to Overlander magazine and has been since 2003, he has produced 4wd DVD's, has a permanent radio segment on radio 2GB, supports the Off Road Adventure show on TV and is one of Australia's foremost 4wd experts. And his jokes are great too! Vic drives a 200 series, an FJ Cruiser and wishes he had more time to drive his Toyota 86.

 

 

 

Julie Widman

JulieLong suffering wife of Vic, behind every Outback Vic there is Julie pushing him out the door. She keeps the whole show together, helps run the office and has brought up the most amazing family whilst Vic has been away exploring Australia. Julie drives a Suzuki SX4.

 

 

 

Jenny Stanton

Jenny StantonJenny learnt to 4wd at a Great Divide Tours training course in 2005, joined the team in 2007 as a guide and 4wd trainer, also works in the GDT office, Drives an Iveco 4WD truck and plans to explore the world one day with her partner Wayne.

 

 

Wayne Brady

Wayne BradyPartner to Jenny, provides the support she needs to pursue her 4wdriving passion and is a senior guide and driver trainer with GDT, a great bush mechanic too.

 

 

 

Wayne Desmond

Wayne DesmondJoined GDT in 1995, has led tours for GDT all over Australia including the Canning Stock Route, the Kimberley, the Simpson Desert and Cape York, and he is the best bush mechanic in the country (that's what Vic says) and drives his beloved Troopie. Wayne is also one of our senior 4wd trainers.

 

 

Alex Caruana

AlexYou simply have to meet Alex to understand what a great person he is, when it comes to leading trips, especially where families are tagging along, there is none better than Alex. He'll have a damper going in the fire before you can say One smart fellow! He drives a fabulous Toyota 76 series with all the great gear and loves the bush more so than most, his hero is Jack Absalom and is an avid follower of Page 38 (sorry you will have to do a trip with him to understand that one).

 

 

Tony Davys

Tony DavysOur newest member, Kiwi Tony was rescued from the aftermath of the Christchurch earthquake and is now an integral part of the GDT team. When he's not leading trips across the country, he is running 4wd training courses and when that's over he also caretakes the 4wd training centre at Braidwood. He is qualified in tourism and natural history and we are slowly teaching him Australian slang. He drives a 100 series Landcruiser.

 

 

Ian Bragg

One of nature's gentlemen, you won't find a kinder and more understanding man. Ian leads trips for us and helps with the 4wd training, he lives in Canberra and drives a 100 series Landcruiser.

 

Ian Sheppard

Known as Yarn to his friends, he equals Ian Bragg for his kindness and attitude. He leads trips for us and assists with our driver training especially our corporate training. He works with Cooper tyres and knows more about tyres than anyone I know. Yarn drives a 100 series Landcruiser too.

 

Greg Dickinson

Greg did his first trip with GDT way back in 1993. He lives in Mudgee and runs our trips around the western Blue Mountains, he has also led trips virtually everywhere including the Kimberley, the Simpson, Cape York and the High Country. Greg usually travels with his family, wife Helen and children Jason and Megan, he drives a 100 series Landcruiser and his favourite word is "Mate"

 

Dave Fullerton

Known as Coity (after Rusell Coit in the TV show All Aussie Adventures) , Dave ran his own 4wd tour training business for many years under the banner of Aussie Off Road, when it was time for a change he came to work for GDT. Coity leads our Cape York and Simpson Desert trips and has seen more of Australia than most people I know. He drives a 200 series Landcruiser (finally saw the light and got rid of the Patrol).

 

Chris Johnson

Chris did his 4wd training with GDT in the early 2000's and joined the team a few years ago. He leads trips like the Kimberley, leads our 4wd training and takes care of the Nationally Recognised 4wd training formalities for us. He is a big, huggable guy who loves his work. He too drives a 100 series Landcruiser.

 

Robert Lachmann

Robert LachmanRobert was my very first customer way back in 1990, he's still with me trying to get back his refund for that first trip! He has driven all over Australia with Vic and has trained almost as many people. A great bloke, kind as they come, and a master bush welder, I've seen him weld an ice cream to a jelly! Well, no I haven't, but I have seen him weld a split differential back together on the Canning Stock Route. He drives a Hilux.

 

 

Greg Widman

Vic's nephew, joined the team in 2013 and is a very smart level headed young man, not sure how he is going to fit in with us at all? Drives a Prado and recently became a Dad for the first time.

 

Ty Widman

Greg's little brother who is actually bigger than him, joined us in 2013 too, he assists us with the driver training and is learning all the ropes to be a great tour guide, he can even recite some of Vic's great jokes! Drives a Navara but is related to Vic so he to be in the team.

 

Brian Sommerville

Joined GDT in 2014 after semi retiring from his company GPSOZ, what Brian doesn't know about mapping and GPS units does not exist. He is leading our Canning Stock Route trips and our Arnhem Land trips and is the past president of the All Wheel Drive Club (which incidentally Vic helped set up back in 1984) . Brian, with his wife Kirsten, drives a 100 series Landcruiser.

 

Richard Hettig

The face of GDT at many 4wd shows ( no he is not Vic, he even has a name badge that says that), Richard was a customer way back in the early 1990's and has assisted Vic and the team with the various 4wd shows around the country for the past 15 years. He drives a 100 series Landcruiser known as Bashful because it doesn't get out as much as it should.

 

Anne Rolfe

Our catering officer at the Driver Training courses, we would be nothing without Anne. She can cook a mean meal for up to 40 people then head home to crutch a sheep on her property near Nerriga, she drives a .... well its a 2wd.

 

Irene and Dave Murtagh

Irene and DaveVic's sister and brother-in-law, now retired but they keep dropping into the 4wd training centre because they live next door, an integral part of the GDT team since 1992 so I had to include them. They drive a 100 series Land cruiser too.

 


 

Testimonials

Good morning Vic and the Great Divide Tours team,

This is Wendy and Jamie Buckley who participated in your weekend course back in Oct 2015 and our home is in Ingleside. From your e-news it would seem you have all had an extremely busy and successful year, so congratulations!

Jamie and I moved to South Luangwa Zambia Feb 2016 and took up the role as Camp Managers at an incredible bush camp Flatdogs. Nearly one year on our experience here as far exceeded our expectations and we both love our new careers in hospitality and life in Zambia.

As for our 4 x 4 experiences, we assure you everything we learnt on your course has been put to the test and we both laugh a lot when we come to a flooded area and quick to say “you can walk through the water to check how deep it is” hahaha not as the chance of a croc or hippo is extremely high.  The camp is located on the Luangwa River (elephant crossing photo is out front of our home) which has one of the highest populations of hippos and elephants anywhere in Africa. Our daily lives include dodging elephants in camp 24/7 and hippos at night. We eat lunch looking out of our windows at home to giraffes, vervet monkeys, baboons, elephants, bush buck, Puku and endless amounts of birds. The road block photo attached is our walk to work about 900 metres.

Our vehicle is an ex safari vehicle (as attached) which has no doors, no windscreen and no roof though we have a highly skilled team of mechanics on site to keep all the safari vehicles running.  We take our selves on safari in the National Park and my drive to a small gym at a neighboring camp can be eventful now the green season has arrived. I have to make sure the wheels are locked and take my gum boots in case I get stuck. Attached are one of the current safari vehicles which both Jamie and I have access to on when needed, they are liking driving a lounge room on wheels.

So we both are very grateful for the course we participated in with you and please pass our thanks on the team.

Lots of love to you and wishing you a sensational 2017.

Wendy and Jamie Buckley 

elephant crossing Lunagwa river Ed Selfe smaller Giraffes in camp Sept 3 2016 wedding anniversary Jamie Wendy Dec 21 tnt 4 2016 resized  Landcruiser Flatdogs Camp Jan 2017 Road block Zambia style


Hello Vic

Narelle & I have just returned from the Man from Snowy River Tour. We had a great time touring with Great Divide Tours.

Our tour leader was Tony Davys. Vic, you are lucky to have Tony in your company. He brings a wealth of knowledge on 4x4 driving coupled with excellent people management skills. All participants were given individual advice and encouragement when required and their questions answered sincerely. I classify Tony a master of his craft, a AAA Plus rating.

A couple of highlights on our trip for me were firstly, helping him out of a spot of bother at Native Dog Flat (pic attached) and secondly sharing the fly rod at Buckwong Hut.

This was our second tour with Great Divide Tours in six weeks. Australia has many fine places to visit and I can't suggest a better way to see our country by travelling with your company.

We will certainly keep Great Divide Tours in mind for future travel plans.

Regards

Narelle and Tony Day


"Hi Jenny

Thanks to you and Wayne for a thoroughly enjoyable weekend course.

We really enjoyed ourselves and can now contemplate how to get the best from the Hilux and Camper trailer.

The tuition was great with the lessons in trailer reversing and jack knife points worth attending on their own.

Whipped the trailer into our carport at the end of our cul-de-sac on return with no worries  -( and no filling for an AVO ).

The rest of the course was great too - venue  food staff and company all first rate.

Will be in touch re future trips"

Regards

Mark Nealon


"Hi Vic

Kerry & I have just returned from the trip to Pajinka and Cape York on the Great Divide tour led by Dave.

Firstly I would like to thank you again for allowing us to join this year's trip after Kerry's accident on last year's trip. As I said at the time we didn't expect it and certainly didn't think we were entitled to it, and were very grateful for your kind and generous offer. After now completing the trip, we appreciate it even more.

The trip was absolutely fabulous in every way. The itinerary was excellent and well thought out. We experienced as much of the Cape as could comfortable be done in the 19 days. There were so many highs - from seeing a cassowary and it's chick near Cape Tribulation; to driving most of the Old Telegraph Track; to standing at the tip of the continent. An unexpected highlight was watching my NRL team (Brisbane Broncos) play Dave's team (Dragons) on TV whilst at Loyalty Beach with some locals. That was fun....and my team won!

I have a lot of family history on the Cape, so visiting Coen where my father taught in the early 1950's; visiting Laura Station where my uncles worked as very young men; driving past Battle Camp Station where my great great grandfather worked in the 1880's and my uncles later owned  till the late 1970's; visiting Cooktown where many of my ancestors have lived and still have family there; to visiting Thursday Island which was a base when my family lived on one of the Torres Straight Islands. These were the most important parts of the trip for me.

It was so good to actually use my vehicle in conditions for which it was designed and built for. I learned so much about driving my 4WD vehicle from Dave and feel much more confident (but not over-confident) and can't wait till we can do another trip with Great Divide Tours. We won't be looking anywhere else for a tag-a-long trip. Unfortunately work will get in the way for a while.

The group we travelled with proved to be a great bunch of people and we have made some strong friendships. I'm sure we will be seeing them again.

In particular, I would like to pay tribute to Dave. The success of the trip was entirely due to his leadership, knowledge and people management skills and he certainly represents Great Divide very well. We now class Dave as one of our good friends.

So thanks again Vic, we look forward to joining a Great Divide tour again."

Regards
Graeme & Kerry Polkinghorne


"Hi Vic,

We have just returned from our Cape York trip.

Dave told us all to email you and tell you what a great trip we had and what a great guide he was.

Sorry, we can't say that.
What we can say is that we had the most amazing, exciting adventurous time of our lives. We saw stunning scenery, camped in beautiful bush settings, met some amazing people, took awesome photos and pretty much had the time of our lives.

Put simply, Dave was amazing. A bundle of knowledge, a great organiser, witty, charming, and a natural leader. His expertise and guidance, along with his cool calm manner, gave me the courage to do something I would never ordinarily have done, drive through Cockatoo Creek.

We will be forever grateful that we stumbled upon your website when researching our trip to the Cape.

We are seriously considering a Simpson Desert tour and will most certainly do it with your company. After doing a tag along tour we know it is the best fit for us.

Thank you so much for giving us the opportunity to travel with your company and most especially to meet Dave."

Kind regards,

Lyn and Phil Ross