From beginner to pro, Tasmania suits all levels of 4 wheel driving
Family, 4WD and a sense of adventure
Four-wheel driving can be a great way of getting the family outside, exploring new parts of Tasmania and learning new driving techniques but if you’ve never been before, it can be daunting to just jump in the car and get involved.
Four Wheel Drive Tasmania access and environment officer Jarrod Doyle said it didn’t have to be, with different tracks around the state catering to different levels and knowledge of the popular recreational hobby.
He said there were plenty around Hobart, with the basic tracks being Pearl Rider Falls from Margate, which is a half day return trip with a waterfall at the end and Jeffreys Track which runs between Huonville and New Norfolk.
“They’re the two basic ones we usually tell people to check out with the family, but don’t go by yourself, even along the simple little ones, because there’s a decent walk if you get stuck somewhere,” Mr Doyle said.
“Go with another car and take some recovery gear with you, like a winch or snatch, and make sure you have a place where you can put them on either car.”
He said it was easy to find people to go with through a simple Facebook search for different groups doing something each weekend.
“You also need a sense of adventure, but make sure you go slow, you’re more likely to break things if you speed through it.” he said.
“Also let your tyres down if it’s a rocky track and take a camera.”
Northern Explorers 4WD Group president Rodney Clark said there were plenty of options for different levels of experience in the north of the state and most clubs were open to people with no knowledge at all.
He said using a 4WD gets you to places people normally couldn’t reach in a car and most 4WD trips included camping in the bush with fishing, bushwalking and other outdoor activities.
It’s something the whole family can be involved in – including your furry, four-legged friends if you research where you’re going.
“All you need is a driver’s licence, and of course a 4WD and some camping gear,” he said.
“We run a trip every month and we basically teach you how to handle it in a stock standard 4WD. Rock up to our club and away we go. We have a club newsletter which outlines what you’ll need for the trip and how hard it’ll be.”
He said his favourite 4WD track in the north was St Albans Bay which included beach and sand dune driving. The 22km track also has a number of unserviced campsites while also offering bird watching and surf fishing.
“The track is reasonably easy – we’ll drive along the beach and into the sand dunes and it suits all sorts of experience levels. It’s one of the favoured ones.”
If you don’t have a 4WD, never fear –there’s plenty of options out there for different price brackets including the Suzuki Jimmy for $22,990 to the Range Rover Sport for $150,000.
“4WDs are all very capable of what they can do but we’ve seen that dual cab utes are very popular for a car that can do everything,” Mr Doyle said.
For more information about different tracks around the state, head to the Parks and Wildlife Service Tasmania website under the recreation tab or the 4WD Tasmania website to see individual clubs.