(TAS) Luxdan & Shadaxx tackle Tassie’s west coast

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(TAS) Luxdan & Shadaxx tackle Tassie’s west coast

Unread post by Luxdan » May 14th, 2013, 8:53 pm

Luxdan & Shadaxx tackle Tassie’s west coast

April 13th – 20th 2013

The trip was meant to have 4 vehicles however, back in Melbourne the Toyota Surf decided it wanted a new alternator so it missed this trip. This also meant all 3 remaining vehicles were IFS Hilux’s. A black 04 model with 4” lift, Centipedes and a rear locker (Luxdan), green 03 model with 4” lift, TTC Claws and a rear locker (Shadaxx) and a white 08 Model with 2”, Federal MT and also a rear locker (Billy).

Day 1: We Landed in Devonport and went straight to Coles to get our supplies, from there we headed for Ring River Track, thinking it would be clearly marked from the main road. This was not the case the sign had been removed with only a frame left behind. By know it was about 1pm and with no luck finding it we decided to do the Melba Flats track to Montezuma Falls instead. This took approximately 2 hours, even though the sign states 1hr this is one thing Tasmanians haven’t mastered (timings & distances). Along the way we came across a local that runs a 4wd tour company and he was more than happy to give us the details on how to get to the Ring River track via the main road, after advising us not to attempt it on the way out because of the time. So this track would now have to wait till Day 5.
We then headed for camp which was going to be somewhere on Lake Burbury, after checking out the first place (in the dark and rain…..which became a routine on this trip!) we decided on the second place which cost us $5 per car.

Day 2: We headed back through Queenstown to pick up the key from the park ranger for the Mt McCall 4x4 track (The key is free but you have to get a national parks day pass because the track is in the World Heritage Area. Cost $25 per vehicle) and also had to clean the vehicles however, seeing it was Sunday, the petrol station wasn’t open (which has the only carwash facilities in town). After discussing this with the ranger he offered their facilities and also had a lot of knowledge regarding the track and the walk down to the Franklin River, but the timings he gave us for the walk were way out, “15min down & 30min back up”. More like 60min down & 30min up!
Driving the track was pretty good though the track wasn’t hard it was a very scenic drive with an awesome view of the mountains about half way and then one of the river once you completed the walk down at the end of the 4wd track. We had planned on doing another walk that day down to Pillinger but because of the timings blowing out we missed that opportunity.
Once we handed back the key we headed South West past Strahan to a place called Hells Gate this was our camp for the night and yes it was dark and raining when we arrived. The care taker charged a total of $10 for this site.

Day 3: Today we headed for Henty Dunes, from the camp site we drove another 50m to the beach and headed north this was our first beach driving experience however, with the tide moving in and looking at how steep most of the beach exits were we decided not to push our luck and take the first exit we could get over. We drove through a very small town and then headed up the Hwy looking for the entrance track into Henty dunes. We asked some locals that were re asphalting the road where the entrance was they said “there is an orange flag about 500m down the road turn in there”. After driving a kilometre and not finding a flag we thought we’d better start checking some of these side tracks and with no luck we headed back to the main road and continued for another 4 kilometres were we found 2 pink streamers (this must be the orange flag :D ).
Once in there we made our way to the dunes and had an awesome couple of hours driving around and also stopping for some lunch whilst there. This is where Billy had his first bit of trouble and bent one of the steel guards on his bull bar. The boys had it off, straightened and back together in approximately 1hr. We then decided to make our way out and head for camp.
That night we camped at the caravan park in Zeehan which cost $10 a head, the price also included a well deserved hot shower and an unlimited supply of leeches :mad:

Day 4: We made our way to the start of the Climies track and confirmed with the local park rangers (by phone) that we were in the right spot. We let our pressures down to 20psi and hit the track, we got to the first bridge (we had to go around because it was too dangerous to cross) and that’s where I had my first real scare for the trip with my car on 3 wheels, this was only the first of many to follow. (BTW I called the park rangers 3 weeks before our trip to confirm track conditions they stated “the track is currently closed for 2 weeks to repair the bridges along the track”. Well this was clearly not the case). The track was approx. 20km long and took us around 6hrs to complete and was by far the best track of the trip. It had a bit of everything from: steep ascents and descents, mud, plenty of rock and some great scenery.
We finished up at Granville Harbour and camped about 500m past the town, this was also one of the best camping spots for the trip ( it was also mentioned in 4wd Action issue 198 )

Day 5: Today we decided to try our luck at Ring River track (this time we found it). We turned into the track and stopped at the warning sign to lower our pressures, and fix one of my tires that had dirt in the bead, once sorted we headed off. About 1-2kms in we had our first obstacle that kept us busy for about an hour. We reached the river and it wasn’t high and we crossed it pretty easily. On the other side about 50m up the exit was our second obstacle a tree had fallen over the track luckily for us it was very rotten and easily cut up with the axe. We had lunch at the intersection seeing we had already been to the falls, and we took the quick way back to the main road as well (Melba Flats track)
That night we headed up to Corinna but missed the Fatman so we stayed as close as we could to get an early start the next morning.

Day 6: We were up early this morning with a big day planned, we wanted to do the Balfour track and make camp at the Sandy Cape light house. We caught the Fatman at about 9:30 we had a little look around the town of Corinna. On our way to the Balfour track we decided to stop at the old town of Balfour and drop in to the old Balfour pub. We stayed there for about an hour chatting to the owner Richard and his wife (his on 4wd action DVD no.161). They were a very nice and friendly couple that also gave us some advice about the Balfour track and the best campsite to stay at that night.
We hit the Balfour track which was a lot of fun, the first to bog holes were by far the deepest. We also took some of the chicken tracks seeing they were full of mud and also a lot of fun. This was where one of us finally got bogged (Shadaxx) however, he was out after a half dozen attempts with the snatch strap. From there we got to the end of the track with no other hiccups and headed south down the Sandy Cape.
We crossed the Pedder River after checking the depth and current, and then pulled into the camp ground that’s about 100m over the sand dune on the left. This was another great campsite with toilet facilities.

Day 7: Today we headed for Sandy Cape light house that was about another hour past Pedder camp ground and stayed there for approximately 1 hour, from here we started heading north along Sandy Cape when Shadaxx drove slightly too far to the left of the smallest sand dune and found himself on a very hairy angle :D with a little bit of negotiating we were back on the move. Once back on the hard stuff in the town of Temma we aired up and headed to Arthur River Parks and Wildlife Centre to pay for our campsite. We continued on to Stanley were we planned on staying for the last night. Once in Stanley we went straight to The Nut for another Crew photo and also decided we had earned a pub meal and a few drinks that night.
Staying at the caravan park cost us $25 per vehicle and that this site there were no leeches :D

Day 8: The last day was a well-deserved sleep in, with no real deadlines we took our time packing up and planned to have a big breakfast and lunch with all the leftover food, but when Billy started his car that morning the trouble started……. The engine light came on and the car went into limp mode (bye bye breakfast and lunch) we called the local Mechanic who by chance was at his workshop and said to come in. Once there he hooked the car to the diagnosis and said the turbo solenoid had shat itself so from Smithton it got towed all the way back to Devonport (luckily we all had Racv total care :waycool: ) We dropped the Dads back off at the airport and found a park with electric bbq’s and cooked up some of the best steak sandwiches before jumping getting on the fairy and heading back into reality :cry: Hope you enjoy the read. Will post more photos shortly!
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Unread post by Luxdan » May 14th, 2013, 8:55 pm

More happy snaps!
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Unread post by Luxdan » May 14th, 2013, 8:59 pm

Couple of shots from the henty dunes
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Unread post by Luxdan » May 14th, 2013, 9:02 pm

Happy snaps from the Climies track. This is proberbly the best track I have ever done.
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Unread post by Luxdan » May 14th, 2013, 9:04 pm

More from Climies!
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Unread post by Luxdan » May 14th, 2013, 9:05 pm

Ring River Track.
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Unread post by Luxdan » May 14th, 2013, 9:09 pm

Sandy Cape, Via the Balfour track. Unfortunately, the Balfour was a little overated as it was dryer than usual for this time of year, would have been a blast during the winter months!
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Unread post by Luxdan » May 14th, 2013, 9:19 pm

A few shots from Sandy Cape Lighthouse and some more random shots.
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Unread post by Luxdan » May 14th, 2013, 9:23 pm

A few more random pics, enjoy!
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Unread post by Shadaxx » May 15th, 2013, 9:18 am

It was definately an epic trip!

Cant wait to go back :D

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Unread post by Palmer » May 15th, 2013, 9:42 pm

Great write-up.
Looks like you guys had a ball

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Unread post by Luxdan » May 17th, 2013, 1:02 pm

Thanks Palmer,
We definitely had a ball and cant wait to go back

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Unread post by BMKal » May 23rd, 2013, 4:06 pm

Great write-up & pics mate. We're heading down there again for a few weeks later on this year - you've given me a few tips on some more areas to have a look at. Won't be pulling a camper trailer this time - just the Oztent on the roofrack - so will be able to get into a few spots that I wasn't game to go with a trailer last time over there.

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Unread post by TurtleSlow » May 23rd, 2013, 5:10 pm

Top writeup and pics, thanks.

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Unread post by Luxdan » May 25th, 2013, 3:05 pm

Thanks TurtleSlow and BMKal. BMKal my only regret was that we should of taken more time off work to stay there a little longer and enjoy each destination for a couple of days. glad to hear your going for a few weeks, should be a great trip

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