Police at Dareton are trying to piece together an incident which began as an attempted early morning robbery on Tuesday.
Police said a Dareton resident awoke around 5am when he heard a vehicle enter his driveway.
The occupant of the house went outside to investigate and found a silver four wheel drive vehicle parked nearby.
As he returned along his driveway he met three males described as being of aboriginal appearance, wearing dark clothing and variously armed with a knife, a screwdriver and walking stick.
The trio have demanded drugs and money, before a fight broke out with the victim being struck in torso with the walking stick.
The victim has struck one of the assailants with a wooden pole across the head in the struggle, potentially causing a serious injury.
Some of the males have entered the home briefly before all fled in the four wheel drive.
Police attended and established a crime scene, with a number of inquiries being conducted.
Any person in the community with knowledge of this offence is encouraged to call Dareton police on 03 5027 7599 or Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000.
Callers may remain anonymous if they wish.