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Four Wheel Driving

A Guide to 4WD Tracks in Tasmania

The following list of roads, tracks and beaches has been compiled to assist visitors in the selection of places to go when touring Tasmania with recreational vehicles. The tracks are rated according to the following system:

  • Easy - Most are unsealed roads able to be traversed by a two-wheel drive vehicle if enough care is taken. However, if going in a two-wheel drive, it is recommended that you contact the land management agency to check road conditions before you start.
  • Medium - These tracks are suitable for four wheel drive vehicles / trail bikes only, with some areas of boggy soil, rocks or sand to be traversed. Some off-road driving experience is recommended.
  • Hard - These tracks are for experienced four-wheel drive or trail bike users only. Deep bogs, steep slopes, and soft sand will test your driving skills. Travelling in company is the only way to traverse these tracks safely.
The numbering system on the map below should give you an idea of where the track is in relation to centres of population. Clicking on a number will take you to a description of that track. For easy navigation, the relevant Tasmap has been noted for each track.

Image Map of 4WD Track Locations in Tasmania 1. Jefferys Track - Medium
2. Wellington Park Fire Trails - Medium/Hard
3. Arve Rd to Hartz Mtns National Park and Tahune Forest Reserve - Easy
4. Bruny Island - Easy
5. Fortescue Bay - Easy
6. Tasman Peninsula - Easy
7. Wielangta Forest Drive - Easy
8. East Coast Forest Roads - Easy
9. Peron Dunes (St Helens Pt Road) - Hard
10. Mt William National Park - Easy
11. Waterhouse and other roads - Easy
12. Old Port Road - Easy
13. Cascade Dam Road - Easy
14. Mt Paris Dam Road - Easy
15. Mt Victoria Link Road
16. St Albans Bay - Hard
17. Patons Rd - Medium
18. Arthur River to Sandy Cape - Hard
19. Balfour Track - Hard
20. South Arthur Forest Drive - Easy
21. Montezuma Falls via Melba Flats - Medium
22. Ocean Beach- Medium
23. Mt Huxley - Hard
24. Bird River Track - Easy
25. Mt McCall Track - Medium

Please take a look at our code of practice for recreational vehicle users. This will help you minimise your impact upon the natural values of the area you wish to visit.


SOUTH AND SOUTHEAST

1. Jefferys Track - Medium


Tasmap 1: 100000 - Derwent
Grid Refs: Start 029560 (Lachlan) Finish 037470 (Crabtree)
Contact: Parks and Wildlife Service, (03) 6165 4053

 

Tasmap 1: 100000 - DerwentGrid Refs: Start 029560 (Lachlan) Finish 037470 (Crabtree)Contact: Parks and Wildlife Service, (03) 6165 4053 Beautiful bush scenery is encountered all along this drive with great views from higher ground. The track runs across the Wellington Range from Lachlan (near New Norfolk) to Crabtree and provides a through route from the Derwent Valley to the Huon Valley. The track joins the Crabtree Road northwest of Crabtree, 8 kms from the Huon Highway at Grove. It is 14 kms long, and there may be some snow cover during winter. Look out for other users on this track, including cyclists and walkers. Users should be aware that Jefferys Track is a key strategic fire fighting and land management trail and attempt to minimise damage to the trail surface.

 


2. Wellington Park Fire Trails - Hard


Tasmap 1: 100000 - Derwent
Grid Refs: See Below
Contact: Parks and Wildlife Service, (03) 
6165 4053

 

These trails provide some challenging driving close to Hobart and on clear days the views are spectacular. Access to Wellington Park trails is subject to the discretion of the Wellington Park Management Trust and track and weather conditions. There are several entry and exit points, access is limited to specific tracks and they are one way.

 
The most popular routes are the East West trail via Montrose Road (Grid Ref 197573) and either out via Collins Cap trail or Jefferys Track. Another traverse is the East West Trail via Jefferys Track (Grid Ref 038501) and out via the Collins Cap trail.

No camping is permitted if you are driving in Wellington Park. No fires, pets or firearms are permitted. Weather conditions can change suddenly so be prepared!

All fire trails on the mountain range are rated medium/hard 4WD because of the steep, rocky and sometimes difficult terrain. All access points are gated and an authority and key must be obtained from the Parks & Wildlife Service. Please phone the above contact number for details of track conditions and possible closures due to weather, and where to obtain an authority and key. Please return the key and authority (with relevant comments) after the trip.




3. Arve Rd to Hartz Mtns National Park and Tahune Forest Reserve - Easy


Tasmap 1: 100000 - Huon
Grid Refs: See Below
Contact: Parks and Wildlife Service, Huonville (03) 6121 7026
Forestry Tasmania, Geeveston (03) 6297 0012
Esperance Forest and Heritage Centre (03) 6297 1836

 

Hartz Mountains and the Southern Forests provide a fantastic day’s driving from Hobart, with all roads accessible by 2WD vehicles with care. To get to Hartz Mountains National Park, turn west (right) from the Huon Highway at Geeveston and travel 13 kms west along the Arve Road to the Hartz Rd junction. The Waratah Lookout is approximately 10 kms along the Hartz Road and further on are walking tracks to Hartz Peak and other scenic areas. Park entry fees apply, and these can be paid at the Geeveston Forest and Heritage Centre, Huonville Parks and Wildlife Service office or Service Tasmania outlets.

 

The Tahune Forest Reserve is approximately 21 kms beyond the Hartz Rd junction on the Arve Rd. Enjoy the stops at Keoghs Creek, The Big Tree and West Creek Lookout before arriving at the Tahune Forest Reserve for the Tahune Forest AirWalk and Huon Pine Walk, picnic facilities, camping spots, and fishing in the Huon River.


4. Bruny Island - Easy


Tasmap 1:100000 - D'Entrecasteaux
Grid Refs: See Below
Contact: Parks and Wildlife Service, (03) 6293 1419
Forestry Tasmania, Geeveston (03) 6297 0012

 

Forestry Tasmania, Geeveston (03) 6297 0012Bruny Island’s attractions include magnificent coastlines, sheer cliffs and long white beaches that are excellent for swimming, boating and fishing. There are also beautiful forest drives, walks and historic areas to visit.

 
A passenger and vehicle ferry departs from Kettering, 40 kms south of Hobart, at regular intervals, and arrives at Roberts Point (Grid Ref 230230) on Bruny Island. Although roads are for the most part 2WD standard, there are large unsealed sections and care should be exercised. A range of private accommodation is available on the island including caravan parks and units.

Camping areas are located at Neck Beach, Cloudy Bay and Jetty Beach. A campsite behind the beach at Cloudy Corner (at the southern end of Cloudy Beach) is accessible by 4WD after 3 kms of beach driving. Driving on the beach is best at low tide and is only permitted for access to the camping area and for boat launching and retrieval. A 40 km speed limit applies. All drivers are to stay below the high tide mark so as not to disturb shorebird nesting sites or destroy other wildlife and vegetation. These areas are part of the South Bruny National Park and park entry fees apply. Passes are available from the D’Entrecasteaux Visitor Centre at Kettering. All camping areas have pit toilets, limited water and fireplaces. Firewood is not supplied so bring your own or use a fuel stove. Campgrounds have no rubbish collection so please take your rubbish with you.

A drive of some 9 kms through State forest along the Coolangatta Rd from Adventure Bay to Lunawanna provides excellent bush scenery and access to a walking track to the Trig station on Mt Mangana (Grid Ref 231994). Another magnificent 18 km drive is from Adventure Bay via Lockleys and Staffords Rds to the Cloudy Bay Rd north of the beach. There is also a rainforest walk beside a stream to the Mavista Picnic Area (Grid Ref 245972) off Resolution Road behind Adventure Bay.

Other attractions include the Cape Bruny Lighthouse (Grid Ref 114844), and the Labillardiere Peninsula Walking Track (Grid Ref 123880). These areas are also part of the South Bruny National Park and entry fees apply.




5. Fortescue Bay - Easy

Tasmap 1: 100000 - Storm Bay
Grid Refs: See Below
PWS Southeast District Office (03) 6214 8100
Campsite bookings: (03) 6250 2433

 

It is a scenic 12 km drive through one of the State’s oldest working forest areas to Fortescue Bay. Walking tracks, camping areas, picnic facilities and fishing are available. This area is part of the Tasman National Park. Park entry and camping fees apply, and dogs are not permitted. The turn-off to Fortescue Bay, Joiners Link Road, leaves the Arthur Highway at approximately 3km south from the Nubeena Road turn-off. Joiners Link Road turns into Coronation Road and then into Fortescue Bay Road. Please note that these are public roads and are used by 2WD vehicles to access  Fortescue Bay. All vehicle using this road must be registered.

 


6. Tasman Peninsula - Easy


Tasmap 1: 100000 - Storm Bay, Nugent
Contact: PWS Southeast District Office (03) 6214 8100
Grid Refs: See Below

 

Port Arthur on the Tasman Peninsula is one of Tasmania’s most popular tourist attractions. Trips to this historic site can be enhanced by visits to other interesting areas on the peninsula. The Blowhole, Tasman Arch, Devils Kitchen and Waterfall Bay are popular and accessible by 2WD. These areas are part of the Tasman National Park and park entry fees apply. All are accessed by the Blowhole Road that leaves the Arthur Highway at the southern end of Eaglehawk Neck (Grid Ref 752365).

Please note that these are public roads which are also used by 2WD. All vehicles must be registered.

For an interesting diversion from the bitumen, when heading towards Port Arthur turn left just out of Eaglehawk Neck (Grid Ref 727361) onto Pirates Road for the Taranna Forest Drive which rejoins the highway just south of the Taranna township.

 

Safety Cove is 6 kms south of Port Arthur and 1 km further on is Basket Bay and the Remarkable Cave (Grid Ref 685178).

Roaring Beach Conservation Area (Grid Ref 547288) is a popular surf spot. However there are no facilities for camping and campfires are not permitted. Saltwater River (Grid Ref 589365), Coal Mines Historic Site and Lime Bay, (Grid Ref 575446) a further 4 kms north are worth a visit. Basic camping facilities are available at Lime Bay.


7. Wielangta Forest Drive - Easy


Tasmap 1: 100000 - Nugent
Grid Refs: See Below
Contact: Forestry Tasmania
(03) 6233 8140

This is a scenic 2WD road through the Wielangta Forest from Rheban (Grid Ref 737782) to Kellevie (Grid Ref 672635). The Sandspit Forest Reserve has picnic facilities, forest interpretation and scenic forest walks. The road also provides access to the Thumbs picnic area and lookout near Orford. Returning via the Tasman Highway from Orford completes an enjoyable round trip from Sorell. Though the recently built Wielangta Road doesn’t yet appear on all maps, it is signposted at both ends.


EAST AND NORTH EAST

8. East Coast Forest Roads - Easy

Tasmap 1: 100000 - Little Swanport, Break O'Day, St Pauls
Grid Refs: 779133 - Tasman Hway, 708478 - Cross Lake Leake Road, 845648 - Cross Old Coach Road, 007929 - Exit Tasman Hway
Contact: Forestry Tasmania, Head Office (03) 6233 8140

 

Highlights of this 118 km trip are the coastal and forest scenery together with access to Lost Falls (turn off at Grid Ref: 714453), Meetus Falls (turn off at Grid Ref: 732562) and Hardings Falls (turn off at Grid Ref: 902673). Access from the Tasman Highway is 0.8 km north of the Little Swanport Bridge via Bresnehans Road and then McKays Road. The route extends to the Tasman Highway about 4 kms south of St Marys, crossing Lake Leake Road and Old Coach Road en route.

 


9. Peron Dunes (St Helens Pt Road) - Hard


Tasmap 1: 100000 - Georges Bay
Grid Refs: 100257
Contact: Parks and Wildlife Service, St Helens (03) 6376 1550

This is classified as a vehicle recreation area and care is necessary because it is often used by all types of recreational vehicles, including dune buggies and all terrain vehicles. All vehicles must stay within boundary limits marked by signs about 1 km north-east and 3 km south from the entry point onto the beach. To get there, travel south-east from St Helens on the A3 for about 2 kms and turn left onto St Helens Point Road C851. The dunes are reached after a further 6 kms. Access is difficult for 4WD vehicles because of steep loose sand at the entry point and deflation of tyres is necessary on the dunes due to the soft sand. Only licensed drivers with registered vehicles are permitted. Coastal camping is available at Humbug Point and Dianas Basin.

10. Mt William Nat Park - Easy


Tasmap 1: 100000 - Swan Island
Grid Refs : See Below
Contact: Parks and Wildlife Service, (via Prospect Office) 
03 6777 2179

This park provides an excellent opportunity to see some of Tasmania’s wildlife (especially at night by torchlight) and it is worth camping overnight to do so. Signs from Gladstone are easy to follow. Take Browns Bridge / Eddystone Rd and turn north onto Musselroe Rd at Grid Ref 916676 (shortly after crossing Browns Bridge 8 kms from Gladstone). It is approximately 9 kms to the park entrance. Pay park entry fees and pick up an information brochure either in town or at the self-registration booth. The booth is adjacent to the Ranger’s house at the entrance to the northern end of the park, just off Musselroe Bay Rd. Pets and firearms are not permitted in the park. A road loop provides access to Stumpys Bay for camping, fishing and boating. The loop rejoins Musselroe Rd (Grid Ref 991759). Musselroe Rd also provides access to the Musselroe Bay Conservation Area. The access road to the coast (Grid Ref 992784) provides excellent coastal views and free campsites on Crown Land where dogs are permitted. See our pages on Mt William National Park for further details.

11. Waterhouse and other roads - Easy


Tasmap 1:100000 - Cape Portland
Grid Refs: See Below
Contact: Parks and Wildlife Service, Bridport (via Prospect Office), 03 6777 2179 

 

Waterhouse Road is an alternative route of about 60 kms between Bridport and Gladstone. It provides access to the beautiful Waterhouse Conservation Area via Homestead Rd (Grid Ref 693549) and Blackmans Lagoon Rd (Grid Ref 690519). Under the Waterhouse Conservation Area Management Plan 2003 all off-road use of vehicles in the reserve must have a written authority from the PWS. Under this authority, beach driving is permitted on West Tomahawk Beach (sometimes called East Ransons Beach) east of the boat launching site at the end of Homestead Road. Good trout fishing is to be had at Blackmans Lagoon, where there is a track from the lagoon through to Waterhouse Beach and beach driving is permitted to the southern limit of the reserve. There is bush camping available at various sites within Waterhouse Conservation Area along the Homestead Road. The nearby township of Tomahawk has a shop and caravan park and can be reached by Tomahawk Road (Grid Ref 702651).

 


12. Old Port Road - Easy

 

Tasmap 1: 100000 - Forester, Cape Portland
Grid Refs: See Below
Contact: Parks and Wildlife Service, (via Prospect Office) 03 6777 2179

 

Features of this drive include old mine workings and water catchment dams. Exit the Tasman Highway onto Gladstone Rd (Grid Ref 731482). Old Port Rd can be accessed from Herrick (Grid Ref 740497) or Pioneer via Racecourse Rd. The road runs north for approximately 22 kms to Waterhouse Rd (Grid Ref 769701). Boobyalla is 7 kms north (via Boobyalla Rd) and Gladstone is 8 kms east on Waterhouse Rd.

 

The bridge on the Old Port Road at Boser Creek has collapsed and the bridges on the road between South Mt Cameron and the Old Port road have been burnt. Neither road is safe to use as a through route.


13. Cascade Dam Road - Easy


Tasmap 1:100000 - Forester
Grid Refs: 666450 - Derby 685415 - Cascade Dam
Contact: Forestry Tasmania, Scottsdale (03) 6352 6466

This all-weather 2WD road leaves the Tasman Highway at Derby Town Hall, climbs into the hills and terminates at the lakes edge after about 4 kms (Grid Ref 685418). The dam was built to supplement the Briesis Mine at Derby. It burst in April 1929 sending millions of litres of water and hundreds of tons of debris down the valley. A 30 m wall of mud hit the town of Derby killing 14 people and demolishing everything in its path. The dam is now used for irrigation purposes. A feature of the dam today is a long suspension bridge over the water.

14. Mt Paris Dam Road - Easy

 

Tasmap 1:100000 - Forester
Grid Refs: 633422 - Road junction (Branxholm), 717364 - Mt Paris Dam, 756391 - Weldborough
Contact: Forestry Tasmania, Scottsdale (03) 6352 6466

 

An interesting feature of this drive is the old Mt Paris dam which is a concrete structure of unusual design. The road runs south-east from the Tasman Highway 1 km east of Branxholm and passes for the most part through State forest. A further 11 kms on is the Mt Paris Dam and the road continues eastwards for a further 6 kms to Weldborough, also on the Tasman Highway. The road is good gravel 2WD standard and provides an alternative route to travelling along the Tasman Highway between Branxholm and Weldborough. It also provides access to a number of other roads and tracks detailed on the Forester Tasmap.

 


15. Mt Victoria Link Road

 

Tasmap 1:100 000 Forester
Grid Refs: See Below
Contact: Forestry Tasmania, Scottsdale  03 6352 6421

This is an alternative route to the highway for travel between Pyengana and Ringarooma. Leaving Ringarooma heading east, continue on the New River Road (Grid Ref 630331) instead of turning off onto the Mathinna Plains Road (C423). Follow the signs to Mt Victoria Forest. This is a narrow winding road and there is a 5-ton load limit, so no caravans, trailers, trucks or buses are permitted on this road. Ralphs Falls car park (Grid Ref 704262) is a good place for a rest stop, there is a picnic shelter, toilets and a ‘Great Short Walk’ to the lookouts of Ralphs Falls and the Cashs Gorge Circuit. From here the track continues through buttongrass plains, rainforest, plantations and farmlands to the St Columba Falls Road (Grid Refs 782260).

 


 

16. St Albans Bay – Hard


Tasmap 1:100 000 – Ninth Island & St Patricks
Grid Refs: 296646 – on Sandy Points Road
149583 – junction with Bellingham Road
Contact: PWS Bridport
(via Prospect Office) 03 6777 2179

This track offers a challenging and scenic coastal drive. From Bridport, take the Sandy Points Road to Lades Beach. Follow the marked track 22 km through the sand dunes and along the beaches to Bellingham. There are several reasonably sheltered, marked unserviced campsites along the track (near the dune area). The area also offers bird watching and surf fishing. Do not drive around either points as they are bird breeding areas.

NORTH & NORTH WEST

17. Patons Rd - Medium

Tasmap 1:100000 - Mersey
Grid Refs: 281937 - Lemonthyme Power Station, 192745 - Old Wolfram Mine, 199755 - Oakleigh Creek
Contact: Parks and Wildlife Service, Mole Creek (03) 6363 5133

 

Patons road is now closed at boom gate approximately 2.5 km in from the Lemonthyme Power Station to all unauthorised vehicles.

 


18. Arthur River to Sandy Cape - Hard

Tasmap 1: 100000 - Nelson Bay
Grid Ref: 038528 - Arthur R Bridge, 065329 - Temma, 114219 - Greenes Creek, 115118 - Sandy Cape
Contact: Parks and Wildlife Service, Arthur River (03) 6457 1225
Forestry Tasmania, Smithton (03) 6452 4905

 

This drive provides fantastic coastal scenery and beautiful camping spots. Arthur River is 16 kms south of Marrawah via the Arthur River Road. Temma is a further 22 kms south along the Temma Road, which is easy 4WD standard. To drive on recreational vehicle tracks in the Arthur-Pieman, you need to purchase a Recreational Driver Pass.

Recreational Driver Passes are available from the online Parks Shop, in-person from a Service Tasmania outlet; or visit the Parks office at Arthur River.

From Temma to Greenes Creek (12 km) the track is medium 4WD standard, however it can increase in difficulty after rainfall with deep-water sections. The beach drive from Greenes Creek to Sandy Cape (12 km) is rated hard 4WD standard. Travel by convoy is compulsory due to the frequent occurrence of quicksand and potential need for rapid retrieval. An alternative to the Sandy Cape beach run is to stop at Greenes Creek and return to Possum Creek and take the Balfour Track (see below).

 

Check with the local ranger for up-to-date information or see the latest track conditions. Driving in areas other than those shown on the recreational vehicle track maps is not permitted.

The whole Arthur River - Sandy Cape area is an Aboriginal landscape with heritage places found throughout the area, and we’re all responsible for helping to protect these places. If you think you recognise Aboriginal heritage leave it alone. Walking on shell middens can cause their erosion. Leave all stone, bone, shell and plants where they are and admire them where they belong.

 


19. Balfour Track - Hard

Tasmap: 1:100000 - Nelson Bay, Arthur River
Grid Refs: See Below
Contact: Parks and Wildlife Service, Arthur River (03) 6457 1225

 

The Balfour Track/Greenes Creek Road junction (Grid Ref 094288) is about 5 km south of Temma (Grid Ref 065329) and Balfour is 16 kms in an easterly direction from the junction. The Balfour Track is rated ‘hard’ because of a 70 metre long canal-like stretch of water along one section; otherwise the track is rated medium 4WD standard.

All vehicles using the Balfour Track require an Arthur-Pieman Conservation Area Recreational Driver Pass (available for purchase from the online Parks Shop, in-person from a Service Tasmania outlet, or visit the Parks office at Arthur River). Visitors are strongly advised to report to the Parks office at Arthur River to obtain advice on local conditions before starting their trip or see the latest track conditions page. Interesting features at Balfour are the unique settlement, historic cemetery and old mine sites.

Rather than exiting the area by the same route, there are two easy grade alternatives. Return along the Balfour Track to the Western Explorer Road junction and proceed north approximately 9 kms to the junction with Blackwater Rd (Grid Ref 206375). Take the left route to return to Arthur River via Temma Road (16 kms to Temma Road junction). Alternatively, turn right and travel 17 kms along Blackwater Road to Kanunnah Bridge. From here return up the sealed road to Smithton or take the alternate Forest Drive (track 20) to Roger River.


20. South Arthur Forest Drive – Easy

 

Tasmap 1:100 000 – Nelson Bay, Arthur River
Grid Refs: see below
Contact: Forestry Tasmania, Smithton (03) 6452 1317

 

The South Arthur Forest Drive is from Kunnannah Bridge (Grid Ref 306464) to Roger River, travelling through forest reserves and working forests. Picnic facilities and forest walks are provided at both the Julius and Milkshakes Forest Reserves, while other places include the Sumac Lookout and the picturesque walk through Lake Chisholm Forest Reserve to a beautiful sinkhole lake. This well-signed drive offers a variety of opportunities from river fishing, canoeing, and camping to walking and barbeques.

 


WEST

21. Montezuma Falls via Melba Flats - Medium


Tasmap 1:100000 - Pieman
Grid Refs: 674663 - Start of Track
Contact: Forestry Tasmania, Strahan (03) 6471 7176 

 


This track follows the old North East Dundas Tramway (closed in 1932) through rainforest to the spectacular Montezuma Falls, at 104m one of the highest waterfalls in Tasmania. From Zeehan, take the B27 for approximately 5 km to the Murchison Highway and turn left (north). Another 5 km on is the Melba Flats railway siding turn right here onto the 4WD track. It is approximately 14 kms to the carpark (Grid Ref 733699) and a few hundred metres walk to the falls. A footbridge has been constructed across the falls to link up with the walking track and viewing platform on the Williamsford side of the track. Be prepared for the weather with a waterproof jacket, sturdy shoes and drinking water. Maintenance of this track is a combined effort between Forestry Tasmania and the TRVA. There is also an alternate route out through the Ring River track that comes out near Renison Bell. This track is graded hard and should not be attempted when there is a high rainfall.

 


22. Ocean Beach- Medium


Tasmap 1: 100000 - Cape Sorell
Grid Refs: 579324- Access to beach, 536241 - Macquarie Heads Road end
Contact: Parks and Wildlife Service, (03) 6471 7122

Access to this 15km beach run is via Ocean Beach Road from Strahan. All vehicles should stay below the high tide mark to avoid destroying shorebird nesting sites. An alternative to the long beach run is to turn left when driving onto the beach and travel around the headland and exit along the Macquarie Heads Road to the airfield and Strahan. Some excellent camping is available. Beware of the quicksand around the mouth of the Henty River.

23. Mt Huxley - Hard


Tasmap 1: 100000 - Franklin
Grid Refs: 794377 - Exit Mt Jukes Rd, 850325 - End of Track
Contact: Parks and Wildlife Service, Queenstown (03) 6471 2511

This drive provides views of Queenstown, Lake Burbury and the surrounding mountains. The return trip from Queenstown takes about two and a half hours. The track leaves Mt Jukes Road opposite the golf links and runs in a south-easterly direction for 12 kms, skirting the northern and eastern slopes of Mt Huxley. Five kms along the track a gravel road, which services power lines, is worth exploring. The Mt Huxley track is rated hard 4WD because of the steep, rocky terrain at the summit end. A short spur to the right at the 9.6km mark leads to a point from which you can walk to the summit.


24. Bird River Track - Easy

14 August 2014

Please note: Due to a number of large tree falls and a landslip, this track is now closed for the foreseeable future. For further enquires please contact the PWS Queenstown Field Centre on 03 6471 2511. 

Tasmap 1: 100000 - Franklin
Grid Refs: 858147 - Jnct Bird River/Mt McCall Tracks, 839111 - Bird River Bridge
Contact: Parks and Wildlife Service, Queenstown (03) 6471 2511


A drive through spectacular rainforest is a feature of this track, which is in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. An authority is not required, but park entry fees apply and can be paid at Parks and Wildlife Service offices at Queenstown or Strahan. Access from Queenstown is via Mt Jukes Road then Kelly Basin Road to the Bird River Bridge and carpark, a distance of 42 kms. Walking tracks continue from the bridge to Kelly Basin and other areas.

25. Mt McCall Track - Medium

Tasmap 1: 100000 - Franklin
Grid Refs: 858147 - Mt McCall/Bird River Tracks Junction, 976076 - End of track
Contact: Parks and Wildlife Service, Queenstown (03) 6471 2511

 

The scenery on this 22 km drive is superb. The Mt McCall Track is in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, An authority must be obtained from, as well as park entry fees paid to, the Parks and Wildlife Service Office at Queenstown or Strahan. Access from Queenstown is via Mt Jukes Road, then Kelly Basin Road to where the Franklin River Road (Mt McCall track) branches off, 37 kms from Queenstown. The track ends abruptly at the top of an old haulage way with a drop of over 300 metres down to the Franklin River.