The forest, a two-hour drive and 150-odd kilometres south-west from Sydney, is home to walking trails, horse riding and, of course, plenty of 4WD trails.
Catering for beginners to advanced punters, Meryla is perfect for a weekend retreat from Sydney, with ample camping spots littered throughout the area.
Deano picked up his Defender earlier this year from the Sunshine Coast. It had a roof rack with an Ironman 4x4 awning, high-lift jack and a set of MaxTrax. It also came with air-con, an ARB air compressor and front and rear Air Lockers.
When Deano arrived back home in Wollongong following its debut run, he discovered it was packing a complete Bahco toolkit, an inverter and battery charger, and some jumper leads. Bonus!
In the months since he took ownership, Deano has fitted a new water pump, new brake fluid reservoir, new silicon intercooler hoses, and an Xtreme Outback heavy duty clutch. BFGoodrich all terrain T/A KO2s now sit beneath the Defender.
He has spent considerable time trying to remove the worn Defender decals down each side of the Land Rover, and he’s added mew mud flaps down the back.
There are still plenty of items to tick off the to-do list, but the Defender’s more than capable taking Deano and his family off the beaten track.
Watch the video to see it tackle some of Meryla State Forest’s undulating tracks.