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4WD Destinations and Adventures Part 9: Tasmania

4WD Destinations and Adventures Part 9: Tasmania

Over the past two months we have been highlighting some of the best 4WD destinations and adventures in Australia. This is the 9th 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.

 

Three Capes Track in Tasman National Park Photo Credit: ThreeCapesTrack.com.au

 

Three Capes Track in Tasman National Park Photo Credit: ThreeCapesTrack.com.au

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. For part 8 of our series on four wheel drive destinations, we were also in Tasmania featuring Mt William National Park, and Montezuma Falls. Today, we are still on the rugged trail for 4WD destinations and will be exploring more four wheel drive destinations in Tasmania including Queenstown and Tasman National Park.

Queenstown

 

Queenstown, Tasmania Panorama Photo Credit: (Wikipedia) By Wiki ian – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=6226358

 

Queenstown moonscape Photo Credit: (Wikipedia) By Armistej at English Wikipedia – Transferred from en.wikipedia to Commons., Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=17603186

 

Queenstown, Tasmania Photo Credit: (Wikipedia) By Scott Davis – Own work, CC BY 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1237018

Queenstown is a nostalgic old mining town located in the valley on the West Coast Range on the western slopes of Mount Owen. It is the largest town on Tasmania’s west coast. This entire region is rugged and remote. It is on the edge of Tasmania’s World Heritage Wilderness Area just to the south of Queenstown. The drive to Queenstown is quite rugged with spectacular scenery and over 90 bends. Many visitors come to Queenstown as a base for hiking and exploring the “wild west”; but there are things to do in Queenstown like visiting the Gallery Museum, taking in the views at Spion Kop Lookout or in the chairlift ride. Accommodations and restaurants are also available and at a much lower price that other towns in the region. There is also an underground mine tour and the West Coast Wilderness Railway that takes you on an historic ride from Queenstown to Strahan.

Hiring a Truck in Northern Tasmania

 

Queenstown Map Photo Credit: Google Maps

 

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 Quenstown are in Devonport or Launceston. Queenstown is about a 3 hour drive from Launceston or Devonport. 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:

Great Walks of Australia: The Cradle Mountain Huts Walk

The Great Walks of Tasmania: The Walls of Jerusalem Experience

The Overland Track

Mole Creek Karst National Park

Tasmania Touring Route Launceston to Bridport

Tasman National Park

 

Sunrise at Fortescue Bay in Tasman National Park Photo Credit: (Wikipedia) By JJ Harrison (jjharrison89@facebook.com) – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=7239099

 

The Tasman Arch in Tasman National Park Photo Credit: (Wikipedia) By JERRYE & ROY KLOTZ MD – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=24514948

 

Cape Raoul from a lookout in Tasman National Park Photo Credit: (Wikipedia) By JJ Harrison (jjharrison89@facebook.com) – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=7283679

 

Port Arthur Penitentiary Photo Credit: (Wikipedia) By Martin Pot (Martybugs at en.wikipedia), CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=12570791

Tasman National Park is located just 56 km east of Hobart; but the drive there takes you up north and over to the peninsulas and Tasman Island. The park spans over the Tasman Peninsula, the Forestier Peninsula and makes up Tasman Island. As with most places in Tasmania, you need an all-terrain vehicle to get there. The park has very unique and dramatic geography with some of the highest dolerite cliffs in the world. The dolerite formations are amazing evidence of Mother Nature’s effect. Look for the formations called Cathedral Rock, the Totem Pole, the Candlestick, and Tasman’s Arch.  The park also includes the three small islands known as The Lanterns. Along the coast, you will see the Australian fur seals and Little Penguins. This area is included in the South-east Tasmania Important Bird Area and if you are into bird watching, you should keep an eye out for woodland birds that are protected here like the endangered swift parrot and the forty-spotted pardalote. Tasman National Park is home to four different plants found only within the park and they are three species of Euphrasia and the rare Cape pillar Sheoak. If you are an adventurous hiker, you might take on the Three Capes Track. That is is a multi-day hut based walk that spans over the three capes in the park: Cape Hauy, Cape Pillar and Cape Raoul. When visiting Tasman National Park, a stop at the Port Arthur historic site is a must. It is the site of the original convict settlement and penal colony and is Tasmania’s most popular tourist attraction. It is located on the Tasman Peninsula and you can visit the remnant buildings that are now an open-air museum.

Hiring a Four Wheel Drive in Hobart

 

Tasman Peninsula Map Photo Credit: Google Maps

 

Tasman National Park Map Photo Credit: Google Maps

 

City of Hobart Truck Hire Map Photo Credit: BudgetTrucks.com.au

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. The You can also get to Queenstown from Hobart, it is a 3 ½ hour drive. Tasman Peninsula and Fortescue Bay are just a 1 hour to 1 ½ hour drive from Hobart. While in Hobart, check out these other blog post for tips on what to do on holiday there:

Things to Do in Hobart, Tasmania

Tasmania’s Tasman National Park

5 Places to Visit in Tasmania

The River Run Road Trip across Tasmania

Strangest Places to Visit in Tasmania

The Taste of Tasmania

Bay of Fires Lodge Walk

The Freycinet Experience Walk

The Maria Island Walk

The South Coast Track

The Tarkine Rainforest Walk

Tasmania’s East Coast Road Trip

Tips for Bushwalking in Australia

 

Three Capes Track in Tasman National Park Photo Credit: ThreeCapesTrack.com.au

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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