4WD Tracks Tasmania
Tasmania put simply, has an outstanding national park system that provides visitors with a wide range of opportunities to discover spectacular landscapes, solitary beaches, cool rainforests to colourful, alpine wilderness wildflowers. Click for information on National Parks Tasmania. Tasmania’s 19 national parks encompass a variety of habitats and ecosystems offering refuge to unique, and often ancient, plants and animals found nowhere else on Earth. When four wheel driving in Tasmania, always protect the environment and respect nature so that everyone can enjoy everything that Tasmania has to offer!
Your 4WD vehicle should typically be equipped with bull bars, tow rope, shovel, tyre pump, tyre gauge, winches, towbars, dual battery systems, off-road tyres, driving lights, roof racks and two-way radios. Depending on your adventure you may also need to carry a cargo barrier, extra spare wheels, fresh water, rear drawer systems. Based on where you want to head do your research and plan ahead to ensure your 4wd vehicle is prepared with the right equipment for your Tasmanian off-road adventure. See also: 4WD Tips Tassie
Tasmania lies between 40 and 44 degrees south latitude. By comparison, in the northern hemisphere, that’s a similar latitude to places like Toronto in Canad and Vladivostok in Russia. Tasmania, by contrast, however, enjoys a mild maritime climate. No part of Tasmania is further than 120km from the ocean, and therefore its weather is strongly influenced by those bodies of water. Oceans warm up and cool down far less than land masses which keeps Tasmania temperate all year round. So whilst Tassie’s weather is changeable, we enjoy fewer extremes than most other parts of Australia. While Tasmania doesn’t experience many weather extremes but does have four distinct seasons.
Tasmania has many unique mammals that are not found anywhere else in the world. Many animals, including the Tasmanian devil and Tasmanian tiger. are well-known whilst others such as the eastern quoll, pademelon and bettong are less well-known but equally fascinating.
Like most of Australia’s mammals, the Tasmanian mammal fauna comprises many marsupials, or pouched mammals with marsupials being remarkable for their method of reproduction, such as the production of very tiny young which complete their development in a pouch.
Please treat Tasmania’s amazing wildlife with respect when four wheel driving in Tasmania’s forests, mountains and on beaches. Most native species are active at dawn and dusk so please drive slowly to maximise the chance of animals surviving when they wander onto 4wd tracks.
2-Way Radios (two-way radios)
Tasmania has a pretty good UHF CB Radio system with repeaters spread widely across the state. They may not work in the more remote and far away 4wd tracks in Tasmania, but generally, you will find coverage pretty good. When travelling as part of a group or in a convoy, please don’t chat on repeater channels but choose another suitable channel. In Tasmania, Channel 10 is used by regular 4wd enthusiasts for communicating when travelling in a convoy.
Please note, Channel 5 is the emergency channel.
Tasmania is generally known to have an abundance of crystal, clear water that it readily accessible an easily obtained. However, this is not necessarily the case everywhere and therefore it is recommended that you always take care when drinking water obtained from lakes, rivers or streams. It is often safer to boil water for drinking and generally recommended that fresh water is always carried with you when four wheel driving in Tasmania. Tasmania has a comprehensive UHF CB 2-way radio network, which provides an excellent way of communicating when travelling in larger touring parties. There is an abundance of native wildlife that finds their way onto Tassie roads; particularly at dusk and dawn. Please take care to protect our locals. To access some 4WD tracks in Tassie, you will need a permit, which can be obtainedin many cases before embarking on a track, but in many cases will need to be obtained well advance of travelling.