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The Spirit of Amarok Australia is a professionally designed, all-terrain, all-skills, money-can't-buy experience where you and a mate can prove your toughness in the hard-working Amarok. Over 3 days, 63 teams push 21 Amaroks over 10 extreme challenges, with the 3 winning teams then heading off to compete in the Spirit of Amarok finals in South Africa. 


Are you Australia’s top amateur 4x4 driver? If you think you have what it takes to represent Australia at the amateur 4x4 international finals of the Spirit of Amarok in South Africa then the ‘Spirit of Amarok’ challenge is for you.

3 Days. 63 Teams. 10 extreme challenges. 21 tough Amaroks and 3 winning teams off to Africa. Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime experience.

We’re giving you and a mate the chance to put your skills to the test behind the wheel of an Amarok Core 4x4 against challenges designed by rally champ Sarel van der Merwe and Aussie 4X4 legend Pat Callinan, who’ll be on hand to pass on some tips.

Registrations for the 2017 event are now closed, with winners now in the process of being selcted and contacted to attend this years event. If you are not lucky enough to be selected for the 2017 event, we will be releasing a 2018 event register your interest form in the comming days, so that we can keep you up to date with all event details and notify you first when entries for the 2018 Spirit of Amarok open.

Stay tuned for 2017 event updates, videos and pictures live from the Spirit of Amarok event on May 11th, 12th and 13th, which will all be shared via the Amarok Australia facebook page and here on www.spiritofamarok.com.au.



The Spirit of Amarok Australia 2017 will take place over three days at one of Australia’s toughest 4x4 testing and proving grounds in Victoria on 12, 13 and 14 May 2017.

Teams will get behind the wheel of an Amarok and test their skills in a series of mud-sliding, sweat-breaking, gear-shifting 4WD activities, including speed tests, 4WD terrain and technical challenges.    


The winning team from each day of the Spirit of Amarok Australia will receive an all-expenses paid trip to South Africa to represent Australia against the best in the world at the Spirit of Amarok International Finals in August 2017.

Run over five days in the Kalahari Desert of South Africa, the finals are set to be a thrill-packed challenge of competitive off-roading against the top teams from the African and international elimination rounds. This year the toughest 4x4 competition has become even tougher with the playing field for 2017 expanded to include Germany and the United Kingdom.


Pat Callinan 'Mr 4x4'

Volkswagen is proud to partner with Pat the 4x4 guru. Having competed in the 2015 Spirit of Africa finals, Pat will be on hand to pass on tips and techniques for the make or break challenges. This year Pat has worked with the Spirit of Africa founder Sarel van der Merwe to design the most challenging of 4x4 events.

Sarel van der Merwe 'Supervan'

A household name in South Africa, ‘Supervan’ has just about won every motor racing and rally title on the African continent. Over 10 years ago, Supervan created the Spirit of Africa Trophy with a view of providing the "average" driver with an opportunity to test their off-road driving ability in a competitive environment. This year, Supervan helped Pat Callinan to design the Australian course, ensuring that the Aussie leg of the Spirit of Amarok is the most adrenaline filled yet.


Yes, as long as you can drive a manual transmission and are over 21 years of age.

Our insurance does not cover drivers less than 21 years of age.

Volkswagen will provide flights and land transfers (Melbourne only) to each interstate competitor on the day of the event. Victorian based competitors must make and fund their own travel arrangements to the venue. Exact timings and travel options will be communicated closer to the event.

No, vehicles will be provided.

The Spirit of Amarok challenge event will allow the winner and a companion of their choice to participate on one date being either 12, 13 or 14 May 2017 as determined by the Promoter. The challenge will require each of the winning participants to compete in a number of off-road driving challenges consisting of speed and skill tests. Each team will get one attempts at each stage and will be judged on accuracy and speed by the challenge coordinators.

Bring a copy of your confirmation email, your current valid driver’s license and the signed indemnity forms in order to participate in the challenge, which you would have received via email prior to the event.
Please ensure that you are dressed in long-sleeves (no shorts, or t-shirts) and that you wear closed in shoes (no heels or thongs). We also recommend a rain jacket and warm clothes as the location can have temperamental weather conditions.
Please keep personal belongings to a minimum as there will be limited storage onsite.

Each session is a full day and we will provide specific timings closer to the day. Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the stated start time to register and enjoy light refreshments on arrival.

You will be driving the Volkswagen Amarok Core 4x4.

Unfortunately there is a strict policy at this circuit regarding spectators, so we request that participants don’t bring spectators. If you do need to bring someone along, be sure to let us know via email so we can organise with the venue in advance.

Light refreshments will be provided on arrival and during the course of the day. Lunch will also be provided.

Pictures from the event will be posted in the gallery on the website. Due to safety reasons, there will only be intermittent photography throughout the day. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee photos, although we will do our very best to capture your experiences.

Unfortunately we only have limited spaces available. If you have missed out on this year’s courses make sure you register your interest for next year so you will be the first to find out about next year’s Spirit of Amarok challenge.

The venue is the ‘Melbourne 4X4 Training and Proving Ground’ at 135 Dukelows Road, Werribee (Mt Cottrel), Victoria 3030 Australia Melways Reference: Page 7, Edition 32+, P227 – C4

Ample parking is available at the venue and will be clearly marked for your arrival.

If you can no longer attend the event you must advise the event organizers on the email provided below. This will allow us to allocate your entry to another team.

The team is more than happy to answer any questions you may have around the event. Please feel free to contact us at amarok@volkswagen.com.au and we will answer your questions as soon as possible.