Your 4WD vehicle should typically be equpped with bull-bars,
tow rope, shovel, tryre pump, tyre guage, 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.
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
less 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 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 surving when they wandrer
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 tralleing 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
Please note, Channel 5 is the emergency channel.