Florentine Valley 4WD Track
Florentine Valley Four Wheel Drive Track
The Florentine Valley is yet another of Tasmania’s numerous working forests and contains many roads built primarily for forestry activities. As always, we recommend exploring the roads in the area but do so with great care. The Upper Florentine Valley is in Southern Tasmania and known for its landscape and old growth forests. It is situated along the Gordon River Road near Maydena in the southwest of Tassie, app. 3-hours drive from Hobart.
Florentine Valley Track information
This track is considered to be easy, however there is also the Tim Shea track in the area which is considered to be medium difficulty. There are many walks in this area, and people use the 4WD track to access many of the bushwalks. You need a key to access the Tim Shea track, which can be obtained from Forestry Tasmania in Hobart or from the Adventure Hub in Main Rd, Maydena.
The start of the Florentine Valley four-wheel drive track is reached by turning off the Lyell Highway towards the small township of Wayatinah, some 15km from Tarraleah and around 23km from Ouse. You will notice a small commercial caravan park.
When planning to complete the Tim Shea four-wheel drive track, we recommend you are accompanied by another vehicle however it isn’t strictly necessary.
- Difficulty – Easy
- Track is harder is doing Timn Shea Track
- Permit Req’d – No
- Distance – app. 50 kms
- Time – all full day
- Carry – Recovery Gear
- Travel Alone – OK
Tim Shea Track Florentine Valley Tasmania
The Tim Shea is a mountainous peak that offers great views of the Franklin Gordon Wild Rivers National Park and the Florentine Valley itself. There are a number of popular walks in this area, including Growling Swallet which is a cave where a creek disappears. The walk, however, can be very muddy particularly after heavy rain and during winter periods. Always be prepared. The Upper Florentine is visited by large numbers of people on their way to Lake Pedder, where from the Gordon River Road you can walk through a beautiful section of the Upper Florentine on the way to well-known peaks within the World Heritage Area. Lookouts on the road provide many options for visitors to view landscapes of beautiful quartzite mountains and thick forests.