TRAVELLERS UPDATE - TOURING AUSTRALIA - TASMANIA
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Keep a check on road and track closures and conditions by looking at the following websites:
Guide to Camping in Tasmania
(Free Camping, Dogs allowed, etc)
Free Camping Tasmania
Guide to Free Campsites Tassie
This site notifies visitors to the Forests of any closures. The link is: http://www.forestrytas.com.au/visiting/road-closures.
Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service:
National Park Passes Online
Visitors and Tasmanians alike are now able to purchase their national park passes online, at anytime.
A web portal from the PWS homepage guides visitors to the easy purchase of the full range of park passes.
Intending visitors will be able to use their mobile devices while travelling around the State or on their computer or mobile device before they holiday to purchase a parks pass.
The revenue generated from your fees is retained by the PWS to reinvest in the maintenance and enhancement of visitor facilities and services like the very popular Discovery Ranger program, the Cradle Mt shuttle Bus service as well as infrastructure projects like the Wineglass Bay walk and picnic facilities at Mt Field.
Tasmania Four Wheel Driving - A Guide to 4WD Tracks in Tasmania by Parks & Wildlife Service
Parks & Wildlife Service of Tasmania has a compiled a 'Guide to 4WD Tracks in Tasmania' on their web site which lists roads, tracks and beaches
to assist visitors in selecting places to go when touring Tasmania with recreational vehicles. The tracks are rated easy, medium and hard and details of the tracks are also given. Web: http://www.parks.tas.gov.au/indeX.aspX?base=7542
Trout Fishing in Winter
Most trout waters in Tassie are closed from the end of April to the start of August for the winter spawning run, but several good public and private waters with huge fish stocks are open year round. It snows at times, but this is normally the most settled weather for the year with plenty of clear, calm days. It's time to put on the thermal clothing and neoprene waders and try your luck. Contact: Fish Wild Tasmania, www.fishwildtasmania.com.
Arthur-Pieman Conservation Area
Visitors with recreational vehicles (4WD, quad bikes, trail bikes) have around 80km of recreational vehicle tracks to explore in this region which includes the route south to beyond Sandy Cape. To drive on these tracks, you need a Recreational Driver Pass, which can be purchased online at www.parks.tas.gov.au, or by phoning (03) 6457 1225, or at the Arthur River Parks Office. There is an excellent 4WD map @: www.parks.tas.gov.au/index.aspx?base=3994.
Arthur-Pieman Conservation Area Recreational Driver Pass and Arthur-Pieman Conservation Area Recreational Driving Guide.
Arthur Pieman Conservation Area permit package
Arthur-Pieman Tracks Re-opened
Regular vehicles can drive on more than 130km of gravel and sealed roads to explore remote coastal communities, wild and windswept beaches, and the vast hinterland of this magnificent region.
Visitors with recreational vehicles (4WD, quad bikes, trail bikes) have a further 80km of recreational vehicle tracks to explore. To drive on these tracks, you need a Recreational Driver Pass, which can be purchased from the online Parks Shop, in-person from a Service Tasmania outlet, or visit the Parks office at Arthur River. Your pass contributes to track maintenance, land management and staffing within the Arthur-Pieman.
With your pass purchase, you'll receive a complimentary Arthur-Pieman Conservation Area Driving Guide which provides essential driving safety information, detailed maps of the tracks available for you to explore, and interpretive notes on the cultural and natural features of the area. Make sure you watch the Recreational Driving Videopresented by Nick Duigan.
Bird River 4WD Track & Bridge Works
The Parks and Wildlife Service wish to advise that works to re-decking of the Andrew River Bridge will commence around Monday 16 October 2017. During this time, Crotty Road from the Darwin Dam site onward to restrict any access into the Bird River Recreational Area. Construction upgrades continue on the Cape Raoul and Shipstern Bluff tracks. These tracks will be open every weekend and public holidays (including Easter and ANZAC Day). From April to October 2017 the tracks will be closed on Tuesdays and other midweek days (weather permitting) to permit helicopter sling loading operations. The replacement of four bridges on Wielangta Road is complete, signalling a major step forward in the overall upgrade of the road. While the road is now open from Orford to Kellevie, it is not currently recommended for two-wheel drive vehicles and drivers are advised to drive with caution.
For more information, visit: http://www.transport.tas.gov.au/road/closures_delays
Tassie 4X4 Tag Along Tours
If you are thinking of heading down to the Apple Isle for a 4WD Tag Along holiday , check out: http://www.australian-4x4.com.au/dt/index.html. Join one of their many tag alongs. They also run 4x4 driver training courses for 1 to 2 days.
Tassie oldest Tree
Tassie’s oldest tree, and claimed to be the world’s oldest naturally cloned tree at 10,500 years old, can be found on the west coast of Tassie not far from Rosebery. Considered so important the tree can only be visited when accompanied with an authorised guide, in this case, Hay's Adventure Tours, see: www.haytour.com.au.
Parks and Wildlife Service have finalised the 4WD track improvement works along the Bellingham – Bridport 4WD Traverse.PWS have formalised one access track along this popular area by hardening the base of the track where water sits and fenced areas for rehabilitation.A total of 150t of rock has been carted and used in the area to improve access for all off-road vehicles.We are asking all users to respect the signage and works.Further information on the works please contact 4WD Ranger 0427143115.
See http://4wdtasmania.org/ for up-to-date details.
Spray Mine Tunnel Closed
The short 4wd trip out of Zeehan, which took you through the impressive tunnel of the Spray Mine, has been closed to all vehicles. A tourist walkway has now been erected.
Camping Tasmania Guide to Camping in Tasmania
If you want to have a look at what Tasmania has to offer the camper, then check out the web site of Camping Tasmania at: http://www.campingtasmania.com/index.htmt
Here you'll find lists of the campgrounds provided by commerical operators or formal, as well as informal and free camp sites are available in Tasmania, whether they be within national parks and forest reserves managed by Forestry Tasmania, or Hydro Tasmania.
4WD Track Changes in Tassie
The Mt. McCall track is again open and keys to it can be collected from the Parks office in Strahan or Queenstown during normal business hours.
4WD Tasmania’s environment officer would like to inform all users of the Mt Huxley track on the West Coast, and that it is now under the management of Forestry Tasmania. Seeing Forestry may not recognise this as an existing 4WD Track, users are encouraged to push to use it and should not be discouraged from using this track.
Tasmanin Online: www.tas.gov.au
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