Over the past two months we have been highlighting some of the best 4WD destinations and adventures in Australia. This is the 8th installment in our blog series. All Budget Trucks locations have a wide variety of vehicles available including 4WD and all terrain trucks that allow you to get to some of the most remote and rugged destinations in Australia. There are many tracks, adventurous road trips, and destinations in Australia where a four wheel drive vehicle is required and then others where one is recommended.
Bay of Fires Panorama Photo Credit: (Wikipedia) By PelionClimber – Own work, GFDL, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3638171
In part one of our blog series on 4WD Adventures in Australia, we featured Stockton Beach, the Simpson Desert French Line, and Gibb River Road. For part two of our 4WD destinations, we explored Canning Stock Route, the Gunbarrel Highway, the Birdsville Track and the Hay River Track. For part three, we highlighted 4WD adventures Cape York Track / Old Telegraph Track, Binns Track, and Victorian High Country and Billy Goat Bluff. For part four of our 4WD Destinations and Adventures, we took you on more 4WD adventures to the Nullarbor Plain, Cape Le Grand National Park, and Cape Leveque. For part five of our rugged terrain destinations, we covered the Great Central Road, Shark Bay, the Warlu Way, and the Oodnadatta Track. In part 6, we discovered The Old Andado Track, Anne Beadell Highway, Dalhousie Springs, Owen Springs Reserve, and Palm Valley in Finke Gorge National park. For part 7, we started our sojourn to the island state of Tasmania and we featured four wheel drive tracks in Tasmania including Mt Wellington, Cradle Mountain, and the Huon Valley.Today, we are still on the rugged trail for 4WD destinations and will be exploring more four wheel drive destinations in Tasmania including Mt William National Park, and Montezuma Falls.
Mt William National Park
Stumpy’s Bay in Mt William National Park Photo Credit: (Wikiepedia) By Srikumar Venugopal – Stumpy’s Bay Beach, TasmaniaUploaded by berichard, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=9547873
Bay of Fires Photo Credit: (Wikipedia) By Diego Delso, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=12602492
Mt. William National Park Map Photo Credit: Google Maps
Mt William National Park is a large coastal park located in the north east corner of Tasmania. It has grown by close to 10,000 hectares since it was established in 1973. After two expansions, it now sits at 18,439 hectares. You need a four wheel drive or all terrain vehicle to get to Mt William National Park. The features of the park include the stark contrast of brightly coloured orange lichen boulders that line the shore next to the crystal clear blue sea and white sand beaches. You’ll experience even more colours if you visit during summer or spring when the wildflowers are in bloom, filled the green grasslands with an amazing array of coloured flowers. There are several walks in the park, which allow you to take in the beautiful scenery and you might spot some of the many types of animals that call the park home like wombats, echidnas, Tasmanian devils, Bennett’s wallabies, pademelons, and rare Forester kangaroos. There are many species of birds too, so bird watching is quite popular here. Birds you might see include honeyeaters, wrens, robins, finches, pardalotes, yellow-tailed black cockatoos, mutton birds, silver-eyed, swamp harriers, Albatross, white-bellied sea eagles, and wedge-tailed eagles. You can also go swimming, SCUBA diving, or fishing. One of the main attractions and probably the most famous is the Bay of Fires. This is where you will see the fiery orange coloured rocks.
Montezuma Falls Photo Credit: (Wikipedia) By avidd – originally posted to Flickr as montezuma falls, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=6918222
Montezuma Falls Photo Credit:DiscoverTasmania.com.au
Montezuma Falls Map Photo Credit: Google Maps
Montezuma Falls is located on the west coast range west of Cradle Mountain that we told you about in our last blog. Montezuma Falls is one of Tasmania’s tallest waterfall with a drop of 103 to 110 metres and the roads to get to the Montezuma Falls walk all require four wheel drive vehicles.
The roads in are B27, Murchison Highway, and the Melba Flats railway. The walk takes you through the rainforest. The distance for the walk is a 4 km one way and the estimated time frame is 3 hours for the return. It is an easy walk rated a level 2 which is suitable for all age groups and most fitness levels. Facilities include picnic and toilet facilities and shops are located in Rosebery. The walk takes you right to the base of the falls. In addition to the magnificent beauty of the falls, you can also do some bird watching and explore the diverse vegetation of the rainforest.
Hiring a Truck in Northern Tasmania
Tasmania Truck Hire Map Photo Credit: BudgetTrucks.com
There are three locations in Tasmania where you can hire a vehicle for your Tasmanian adventure holiday. The closest ones to hire a truck to get to Montezuma Falls are in Devonport or Launceston. Montezuma Falls is about a 2 1/2 hour drive from Launceston or a little over a 2 hour drive from Devonport. The drive from Devonport to Mt William National Park is 3 ½ hours or 2 ½ hours from Launceston. The drive from Devonport to Bay of Fires is 3 ½ to 4 hours long and the drive from Launceston is about 3 hours. Both cities have airports so if you have flown into Tasmania or taken the ferry over from the Australian mainland, you still can have a means of getting around on your own while on the island state of Tasmania. Launceston is located in the north of Tasmania where you can rent a truck at the Launceston Airport, or hire a vehicle in the city of Launceston location. The coastal city of Devonport is another location where you can hire a truck in Tasmania at the Devonport Airport or rent a vehicle in the city of Devonport. Click the links above a see our site to get a rate quote and see what great rates Budget has available for you. You will want to hire a car so that you will be able to get around Tasmania. When you do hire a vehicle in Tasmania, be sure to consult with the car rental agent for guidelines about driving in Tasmania and about any specific restrictions. Much of the Tasmanian landscape is rugged terrain so be sure to let your agent know where you are going so that they can provide you with the correct vehicle (4WD), proper maps, and driving instructions. While in northern Tasmania, see things to do from our previous blogs over on our sister site: Budget.com.au:
Hiring a Four Wheel Drive in Hobart
Hobart is in the southwest corner of Tasmania, Australia’s island state. Since Hobart is a hub city in Tasmania, there are two truck rental locations in Hobart. You can hire a four wheel drive vehicle in the city of Hobart or at the Hobart International Airport. If you plan to visit any destinations in Tasmania outside of Hobart, talk to your car rental agent about the type of vehicle you should hire out. Much of Tasmania is rugged terrain so you might need a 4WD vehicle even if you aren’t specifically planning on four wheel drive track adventures. Also, when you let your agent know where you are going they can provide you with maps, local tips, and driving instructions. If you begin your Tasmanian four wheel drive adventure in Tasmania, you can then take one of the best scenic drives in all of Australia right up the east coast of Tasmania to Bay of Fires or Mt William National Park. You can make the drive in one day, or make a holiday out of it and stop along the way. For more on that road trip, read about Tasmania’s East Coast Road Trip. While in Hobart, check out these other blog post for tips on what to do on holiday there:
Tips for Bushwalking in Australia
Do your research about the requirements and details of the walking trail you choose. No matter the length of your walk, be sure to plan ahead, understand the fitness level requirements, use sunscreen and hats to protect your skin from the sun, have the right shoes and attire, bring plenty of drinking water, have emergency supplies with you, and make sure that someone not travelling with you knows when you are expected back. Check the weather before your trip so you know what type of conditions and temperatures you can expect. The weather in Tasmania can be extreme and unpredictable, so be sure to come prepared for different weather scenarios. When you take all these necessary safety precautions, it ensures that you will have the most enjoyable holiday. It is also important to always remember that you are a guest in nature. Bring a bag with you to take your own rubbish away. Leave nothing but footprints and take nothing but pictures.
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