Article by REDARC
Whether you’re a local or looking to head across the strait, Tasmania is a totally underrated destination for camping, road trips and 4WDing. If it’s muddy tracks, beach holidays, historical landmarks or amazing food and wine you’re after Tasmania is the place to go.
For Beginner 4x4ers – Bruny Island
As Tasmania’s fourth largest island, Bruny Island has over 300km of coastline and inland roads to explore. Accessible by a 15-minute ferry ride from Kettering, head south down the neck separating the two halves of the island and you’ll come to South Bruny. The South Bruny tracks offer a good intro to 4WDing as they’re relatively easy.
With 24km of track to explore the weather must be considered as they can become slippery and harder when wet. The tracks can be tackled by a vehicle on its own, but it always pays to take recovery gear just in case of emergency. To access the South Bruny Range, you’ll need a Parks Pass which can be purchased online.
If 4WDing isn’t your speed, there are a range of other things to do in the area including soaking up the stunning Bruny Island scenery, camping, bushwalking, swimming, fishing, and surfing.
To find out more about the 4WD tracks in the South Bruny Range visit the 4WD Tracks Tasmania website.
The blue waters surrounding picturesque Bruny Island.
For Seasoned 4x4ers – Climies Track
Recommended to be done in groups of at least 4 vehicles, Climies Track requires a technically experienced driver and the proper rig. Following a 20km track from Granville Harbour all the way through to Trial Harbour and the campground there. The difficult part about Climies Track is not only the track itself with large rocks, side inclines and eroded gullies but the fact that there are no trees around the track big enough to use with a winch. This means that if you’re stuck, you’ll need to rely on yourself and your convoy to get you out. It’s slow going the whole way, with most drivers not getting out of first or second gear, so it’s advisable to leave more than a few hours to get to Trial Harbour.
Camping at Trial Harbour is unpowered only so if you’re looking to further kit out your rig for off grid camping REDARC’s all-in-one value packs are the best way to go. If beautiful scenery is what you’re after and you have the high clearance rig to do it, Climies Track is the way to go. With waterfalls, ocean spray, clifftops, and mountain views it’s stunning west coast Tasmania at its finest.
For more information on conditions and a more detailed guide to get to Climies Track see the ExplorOz website.
To tackle Climies Track you’ll need a raised, capable 4×4.
For a Road Trip – Freycinet Peninsula
Just 200km southeast of Launceston, the Freycinet Peninsula is perfect for your next beach road trip. There’s plenty to do in the area including fishing, swimming, sailing, kayaking, rock climbing, or just soaking up the sun. Coles Bay is the biggest town on the peninsula but don’t let that fool you, it’s still a picturesque seaside village. There are a range of accommodation options to suit every type of traveller, from hostels and caravan parks to hotels and luxury resorts. Coles Bay is also the gateway to the Freycinet National Park.
If beaches aren’t your thing the national park has a range of bushwalking and inland activities. If you’re in the area, the stunning Wineglass Bay is worth a visit. As one of the top ten beaches in the world, you can see the pink granite cliffs rising straight out of the ocean. And the best thing about it all, it’s accessible right off the blacktop so any vehicle can make the trip.
If you’d like to learn more about the Freycinet Peninsula visit the Wineglass Bay website.
The best kind of view.
For Food and Wine – Richmond
If it’s delicious food and wine you’re after, Richmond is the way to go. Only 20 minutes out of Hobart, Richmond is not only a place for great food but a historical site as well. With over 50 Georgian era building, many of which have been restored, it’s a glimpse into what 1800s Tasmania was like. Located in the Coal River Valley, Richmond was one of the first colonies supplying food to the rest of the state, this legacy has carried on to today with many restaurants in the area taking advantage of the fresh, local produce.
Tasmania as a whole is known for its wines, and with some of the earliest plantations in the state and many new wineries popping up in the Richmond region it’s the perfect location if you’re looking for a weekend getaway or wine tour.
For more information or to find some of the best places to eat and drink visit the Richmond Village website.
If you’re looking to get out and explore Tassie, or were thinking of making the trip across the strait we hope we’ve given you a bit of inspiration. If you need a bit more convicing check out The Explore Life’s massive Tasmanian trip! Where are you heading off to next?