Tasmainia road conditions- Advice please

Submitted: Thursday, Jan 19, 2006 at 15:19
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Never been and want to go to Tasmania at the end of July but the wife wants to leave the fourby at home and take the FPV ute. So my question is , with sensible driving can one reasonably do the tourist drive and see all the sights in a conventional vehicle such as this or are there some of the tourist sites that simply wont be accessible.
Thanx in advance, all help appreciated.
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Reply By: Notso - Thursday, Jan 19, 2006 at 15:34

Thursday, Jan 19, 2006 at 15:34
I took my Nissan Patrol over there for 6 weeks.

Never put it in 4WD

A bit of sand here and there but saw lots of 2WDs in wherever I went.
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Reply By: flora - Thursday, Jan 19, 2006 at 15:37

Thursday, Jan 19, 2006 at 15:37
hey,
ive never driven tassie myself but ma n pa have with us youngsters in tow....take the fpv...better fuel economy????.....i remember most roads being windy and thats about it,but it depends on where you wanna go....i do remember that our 4wd got caked in mud going to devils table,i think thats what it called.... took a 4wd cos thats all we had apart from dirt bikes!!!!
cant remember where we went off hand but it was all touristy and stayed in youth hostels which was great cos we kept bumbing into 2 german girls whose vw herbie kept breaking down!!! are you going over on spirit of tassie??? my dads advice is get on last....get off first!!!!!
good luck...go to the choc factory tour while ya there....yummo!!!!
laura
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Follow Up By: howesy - Thursday, Jan 19, 2006 at 15:47

Thursday, Jan 19, 2006 at 15:47
Taken on board, yes going on the spirit from Sydney. Will keep an eye out for the chocolate factory and of course the german girls.
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Follow Up By: Sand Man (SA) - Thursday, Jan 19, 2006 at 23:55

Thursday, Jan 19, 2006 at 23:55
I recommend you don't go near the Cadbury Chocolate factory for a tour.

There was so much chocolate tastes and smells and sights that it put us completely off chocolate for........oh........a couple of weeks or so.

Now a winery tour I can handle OK......never puts me off the Red.
Funny about that isn't it?
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Reply By: Member - Wim (Qld) - Thursday, Jan 19, 2006 at 15:46

Thursday, Jan 19, 2006 at 15:46
howesy.

If my memory serves me, our hosts (EO) recently did Tasie.
There should be info on this site.
Again from memory they did travel some areas requiring 4wd.

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Reply By: ExplorOz Team - David - Thursday, Jan 19, 2006 at 16:02

Thursday, Jan 19, 2006 at 16:02
Whim is correct - See the full 2004-2005 Trip here.

I would take my 4WD again however it all depends on what you want to see and how you want to accomodate yourself. I would also go for 6 weeks in Tas next time as three was just no where near enough. Enjoy.
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Reply By: johannagoanna - Thursday, Jan 19, 2006 at 16:19

Thursday, Jan 19, 2006 at 16:19
Just a word of warning - it will be cold, very cold.........wet, probably very wet! I would take the 4WD because in winter it snows, up in the good spots like Cradle Mountain etc, and you would probably need to have chains etc too. Hope this helps! - Jo
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Reply By: Member - Coyote (SA) - Thursday, Jan 19, 2006 at 16:27

Thursday, Jan 19, 2006 at 16:27
There's roads on Tassie??? Whats the exchange rate like??

sorry.. had to be done.. no one else seemed like they were going to bite... ;)
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Reply By: Member - Andrew (Bris) - Thursday, Jan 19, 2006 at 18:20

Thursday, Jan 19, 2006 at 18:20
Spent 6 weeks there Dec04 / Jan05 with the Patrol. Went back for 2 weeks last month and hired a car. Wouldn't do it without the 4wd again. Too many interesting places to get offroad in Tassie.

By the way, they don't have roads in Tassie - they have corners, with little straight bits thrown in between to keep you alert.
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Reply By: techie - Thursday, Jan 19, 2006 at 23:30

Thursday, Jan 19, 2006 at 23:30
gotta do Straughan on the west coast.
Slept in car near info centre (had a loo around the back).
Take a trip to the convict settlement, our guide could really tell a story of what happened (facts taken from the historical archives).
There are two river cruise boats - one was owned by a big company - we took the smaller company cruise (spread the wealth around).
Our guide had the best histories.
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Reply By: P.G. (Tas) - Friday, Jan 20, 2006 at 08:17

Friday, Jan 20, 2006 at 08:17
G'day Howesy, here's some first hand information. Tasmania offers some of the most challenging 4WDing you'll find in Australia, if you know where to look.

The touristy places are great for the first trip here, but some are BLOODY expensive, especially anything on the west coast! There are over 20 4wd tracks that I know of, ranging from simple and easy to don't go there unless you are in a group with more recovery gear than you've ever seen before. BTW, we do have quick sand down here on the west coast beaches to be aware of, and the last time I was there warning signs hadn't made it out that far!

Depends on what you want to see and how adventurous you want to be while you are here.

If you have anything specific in mind, just reply to this post and I will do my best to give the right answers.

Regards,

Peter
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