Maybe I should take some pics of the OB in my driveway! I had to drive the wife's VR6 Jetta up the driveway last night. No problems with the OB, but it took a few tries to get the Jetta in the garage. And she has snow tires too!
You would have liked the driveway I used to climb in Knox County, on Rabbit Ridge just east of the 36/715 split. It rose about 220 feet over about 1/2 mile. Quite a challenge when it had snow and ice on it.
The stupid owners would dig these tank-trap drainage ditches accross it, too ... made for a very bouncy ride.
That ridge is the setting for the pine-woods pics of my car.
Brian - No, Melbourne is a pretty flat city. The last time it snowed in the suburbs was 1984 ! I was only 10 years old. Even then, it was only about a centimetre (half an inch) of snow....more like powder. On a cold night in spring or winter, it can get down to zero C (32F) but not much colder. The summers are more extreme, with temps easily going over 100F in summer.
Still, as I said, the snow fields are only 3.5 hours away : http://www.mtbuller.com.au/ is one of the more popular (with great mountain biking in the summer). It's not Austria or Aspen , but it usually has more than 1 metre (3.5 feet) of snow in a good season.
There is (or was) an off-road course you can take on Assateague Island, but you have to have a kit of gear including a jack, some boards, etc. They even have air pumps at the trailhead so you can run your tires back up to highway pressure.
I've had my 98 out on sand in a few places, and it's great. I haven't even come close to getting stuck yet, even on the softest stuff I could find.
I vacation on the Outer Banks, up in Corova where the houses are beach access only. Last year someone in the house next to us had an Outback. He had no problems on the sand, even on some pretty soft stuff.
I won't be taking my Outback - as much as I like it, for runnin' up and down the beach few things beat my other 4WD
I have not had much of a chance to drive on the beach. I am in Hampton Roads, but haven't gone to the OuterBanks. I've driven on dunes in Oregon and Nevada and that was really fun. The sand really cleaned the tires very nice, and if there was any dirt it was gone. Of course, now with a wife and 2 kids all of my off road toys are in different hands. After retirement from the navy hopefully we can get the kids some toys to appreciate like I had.