Taking the road less travelled in Tasmania
25roads, tracks and beaches to explore by 4WD in Tassie
For serious four-wheel drive enthusiasts, there’s nothing better than getting off the bitumen, and onto some dirt, mud or sand.
While the recently re-elected State Government has pledged around $72 million to improve Tasmania’s road network, you’ll still find plenty of roads that wind their way through all sorts of spectacular country that are virtually impossible to traverse by any other means than a reliable four-wheel-drive.
Having said that, if you’re still relatively new to four-wheel-driving, then you may want to explore some easier trails to begin with, and slowly build up your confidence. (we’ve all heard stories of accidents by inexperienced drivers of four-wheel-drives who go too hard too early).
Easy, medium or hard?
The Department of Parks and Wildlife has put together a terrific guide to four-wheel drive tracks in Tasmania that’s available on their website. The guide includes a list of 25 roads, tracks and beaches that has been compiled to assist four-wheel-drive enthusiasts. Importantly, the tracks are rated according to the following system;
Easy – Most are unsealed roads able to be traversed by a two-wheel drive vehicle if enough care is taken. However, if going in a two-wheel drive, it is recommended that you contact the land management agency to check road conditions before you start.
Medium – These tracks are suitable for four-wheel drive vehicles/trail bikes only, with some areas of boggy soil, rocks or sand to be traversed. Some off-road driving experience is recommended.
Hard – These tracks are for experienced four-wheel drive or trail bike users only. Deep bogs, steep slopes, and soft sand will test your driving skills. Travelling in company is the only way to traverse these tracks safely.
Cruisin’ without bruisin
Another fabulous resource for people who love four-wheel driving is a downloadable brochure called ‘Crusin Without Bruisin’ that’s available on the Department of Parks and Wildlife website.
Along with setting out a code of practice for the use of recreational vehicles on State-Owned Lands in Tasmania, there’s detail on track standards, the relevant map, grid references, plus a local contact number for further information.
Guidelines are included on how recreational vehicle users can minimise their impact on the environment. In fact, it’s such a handy resource that it would be a clever idea to print off a copy and keep it in your glove box.