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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, 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 200 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.

 

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.