We tag along with the Land Rover Club of Victoria for a weekend of fantastic off-roading, and tuck into pink lamb and red wine in the spectacular Victorian High Country

It's difficult to say who had the most fun. The kids hung out of open windows like border collies through the river crossings, wide-eyed and blissful.

At the other end of the scale, one of the elder statesmen of the Land Rover Club, Richard Groom, in his 1959 Series II Landie, seemed just as delighted as he bounced and splashed his way through every water crossing and along the dusty trails, quipping over the radio about "who needs diff locks and air conditioning?" and how soft most of the group were in their newer jalopies.

"Eat dirt you old bugger," came an anonymous retort. "Righto! That'll be $2 for the RFDS tin," another convoy member said with a laugh.

I was enjoying the hospitality and camaraderie on the Melbourne Land Rover Club's fifth annual Pink Lamb and Red Wine weekend in the Wonnangatta Valley, not to mention the stunning scenery and the anticipation of our evening meal that gave rise to the event's name.

We'd gathered on a beautiful spring morning in the Victorian town of Myrtleford, camp ovens primed, ready for a long weekend of 4X4 adventure, succulent campfire cuisine and wonderful wines.