North West Tassie visit

Submitted: Thursday, Mar 20, 2014 at 21:22
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Hi everyone I am heading off to the Tarkine area next week and have been told the Western explorer road is not open. Has any one got an alternate route that's as good.
Thanks in advance Allan
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Reply By: Member - Wildmax - Thursday, Mar 20, 2014 at 22:50

Thursday, Mar 20, 2014 at 22:50
I think I heard something on radio this week saying that the Western Explorer IS open at last (has been closed since last August because of a landslip). You could check with the cops at Smithton, or the accommodation place at Corinna.
Alternative route is to go down via Waratah and Savage River and then on to Corinna and cross on the Fatman barge to Zeehan.
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Reply By: Member - PJR (NSW) - Thursday, Mar 20, 2014 at 22:57

Thursday, Mar 20, 2014 at 22:57
Before you get too far away from the Arthur River area, if you want a good track to try have a look at the Balfour Track. Three hours to do 16Kms and not recommended for solo vehicles and NO trailers.

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Reply By: Motherhen - Friday, Mar 21, 2014 at 00:20

Friday, Mar 21, 2014 at 00:20
Hi Allan

They are working overtime to get the Western Explorer open by Easter, and subject to favourable weather, it will be fully open by that time. I received this news yesterday as I am reporting on the progress. Call 1800 753 878 to confirm before starting out on the route.

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Reply By: Member - Peter G20 - Friday, Mar 21, 2014 at 21:14

Friday, Mar 21, 2014 at 21:14
Hi Allan
We tried to drive it about 5 days ago and it's still closed.
The ferry driver at Corrinna said that he thought the road would be closed for quite some time.

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Follow Up By: Motherhen - Friday, Mar 21, 2014 at 21:57

Friday, Mar 21, 2014 at 21:57
With only three weeks until Easter, DIER are confident that it they will have two lanes open by Easter. They planned to open it with one lane only, but with the road almost built ready for paving (baring no unforeseen weather events) they anticipate getting both lanes ready for the opening in the time frame. It has been a long project since the initial landslip last August. I am tracking progress and will announce the opening in conjunction with other media on my News pages; see my profile.

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Reply By: Member - PJR (NSW) - Friday, Mar 21, 2014 at 23:00

Friday, Mar 21, 2014 at 23:00
Allan

If you are interested in the Balfour Track then have a look at thread 106830, titled "The Balfour Track. Our latest trip. What’s yours?".

I redid Part 1 and added Part 2. Part 1 has an introduction and both have a little commentary from either me or just my wife and I actually in the car at the time.

The worst crossing is at the end of Part 2. The track is not difficult if you know what you are doing and have a good car. But if you go solo just remember there is nothing to winch off if you get stuck.

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Reply By: Member - OzBadDude - Monday, Mar 24, 2014 at 16:52

Monday, Mar 24, 2014 at 16:52
Another great track to drive is the Montezuma Falls track. A great drive with the highest waterfall in TAS at the end. About 2 hours driving each way. Medium difficulty with a couple of challenging sections.
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