Don’t let Tasmania’s small size fool you, its rugged landscapes and untouched wilderness is made up of vast mountain ranges, dense forests, raging rivers, crystal clear lakes and hundreds of kilometres of spectacularly rugged coastline. To put it simply Tasmania it's full of rugged untamed 4wd tracks that will get any outdoor enthusiast adrenaline pumping! It’s also pretty as a picture.
Buckle up as we take you down a couple of Tasmania’s toughest tracks.
Easily one of Tasmania’s toughest tracks 4WD tracks. The infamous $1000 Track (Coldstream track) is comprising of some of the thickest bush, gnarliest ruts, stickiest mud, and deepest bog holes you’ll find anywhere in Australia. Survive the $1000 Track and you’ll be rewarded with a Tassie secret, the secluded Coldstream hut. If your new to the game and wondering why it’s called the $1000 track, well simply you do about a thousand dollars’ worth of damage every time you tackle it.
The Coldstream river marks the start of the track and makes the perfect backdrop to get the convoy aired down. Grahams opted to go with a medium tyre pressure of 22psi and air down further if required. The river is usually axel deep but this time it was running higher than normal giving a glimpse of what might lie ahead, it’s also the last time you’ll see the sky properly for a couple of days. That’s right its some of the thickest bush you’ll ever come across. The track is looking the wettest we’ve ever seen it, you can barely go 5 meters on this track without coming across a sketchy looking bog hole. With the first big bog hole down there's only 984 to go.
After the winter season trees across the track are a real possibility. A chainsaw is a must in this part of the world, it doesn’t take long to come across a tree on the track. Every meter on the $1000 track is a fight for traction and clearance, some of those tight sections can become some of the hardest sections to tackle but picking the right line and keeping slow and steady momentum will get you through. This track I tell ya can be pretty loose. With the thick canopy of the forest it doesn’t take long to loose light on the track and any flat ground you can find is perfect to set up camp for the night.
The last few kilometres of the $1000 track are, well you guessed it. Wet, sloppy and full of bog holes. There is only nasty little bog hole that that typically catches out lower clearance 4WDWs so make sure you have the recovery gear at the ready. Clearance can be everything in some of these situations but a couple of well-placed MaxTrax can make all the difference. At last, it feels like we might have the end of the $1000 track in our sight, there's still plenty of challenges being thrown our way but ever so surely the decent into the Coldstream river marks the end of the track is getting closer.
The $1000 Track as it stands now in Graham's opinion is the hardest track in Australia.
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PYENGANA JEEP TRACK
Pyengana Jeep track is a tight and technical little trail, it winds steeply up from the valley floor and with its big off-cambered ruts and slippery clay it's one of the toughest tracks in the region with that in mind you’ll want to be letting a lot of air out of our tyres for this one. Shauno's opted for 14PSI with his bead-locks to give him the biggest footprint he can get.
The Pyengana Jeep track runs steeply uphill from the get-go, with the extra water on the ground it's pretty damn slippery and sure enough we’re soon having to get into the noise peddle. The track itself is made up of clay soil, big rocks, it's fairly steep and rutted. It's got every ingredient to make a nasty mud pie and before long you’ll be pulled out all the recovery gear to get you up those slippery hills. The Jeep track will keep you on your toes, throwing rut after rut at you, even showing us the most impressive wheel lift we’ve seen on 4WD247.
You’ll soon be nearing the top of the climb but that's just bringing us closer to the next challenges. We know for a fact that no Tassie track is complete without a few bog holes and sure enough they're up ahead. You should never just trust a bog hole in this part of the world and Shauno is doing the sensible thing and checking the depth and its proper deep. With a recovery rope hooked up to a suitable tree and Runva winch spooled out before throwing Sooty in the deep end, with that done the Pyengana Jeep Track is done and dusted but a cracking track deserves a cracking camp site, North East Tasmania has a plethora of spectacular camping options.
COAL RIVER TRACK
The Coal River track is only a short 8kms and in theory shouldn’t take long to complete, but the last time we did it, there was recovery gear strewn for about 100 meters down the track we all just had to fend for ourselves. Our destination for the day is hidden away deep in the bush south of Burnie now we've got a personal nickname for this one the mile of mud and it's a name that we don't give lightly as we approach the start of the track it becomes clear that winter storms have been wreaking some havoc and the road ahead is looking pretty closed in but hey that's why you bring a chainsaw. We're soon on our way into the forest and as the bush closes in the track gets tighter and around the corner are more trees that need to be cleared but with everyone on the tools we've soon got things reopened.
Right on cue, the mud is coming up to meet us, up ahead is a serious look bog hole and there's few things more suspicious than a Tassie mud hole. Shauno reckons he’s gonna have to send it there's no other way around it and we’re not taking any chances. Having got the Runva winch spooled out ready for a quick recovery. You’ll be far better off going a little bit slower hitting a bog hole. Giving it the mumbo and all that momentum comes to an abrupt stop when you get water up over the bonnet, backing off the accelerator immediately before your tyres dig down will make for a much easier recovery. Even so it can still be a hectic winch. I’m real gentle with the amount of drive sometimes you put too much drive all it does is just dig you down further into the mud if you let the winch do the work you can actually rise up above the mud, it's one of those gently gently does it type operations.
Heading back the way we came presents its own problems, with Rubens clutch being so cooked that basically winching him through bog holes the only option to get the big 79 out. After an incredible day on the track we've almost made it back out to where we started, we might not have completed it this time but heck I tell you it's been a whole lot of fun. We sure have had some epic trips down in Tasmania and it always turns it on but this one I'm going to remember for a long time.
UNTIL NEXT TIME TASMANIA
If you, like us loved Tasmania’s rugged untamed 4WD tracks and it’s not on your must-see destinations then you’ve got rocks in your head, make sure you put it on the list of must see destinations.
Runva 13XP Premium 12V With Synthetic Rope - 13XPPREMIUM12VD
A winch would be one of the first mods we make to a 4WD. The 13XP from Runva is an 13,000lb waterproof winch perfect for almost any 4WD. What makes the Runva 13XP so tough is it’s ratchet braking system – instead of using friction brakes like other winches it uses a ratchet inside the gearing – this is a lot safer and reduced heat, which is one of the biggest killers of winches.
The Runva 13XP Premium comes with strong and durable Dyneema rope, plus a wireless remote controller for easier recoveries and a bunch of different mounting options for the control box to suit your particular bulbar. Plus these winches are made to get used – they’re IP67 rated so will handle river crossings, mud and dusty tracks.
- Rated Line Pull:13000LB (5897KG)
- Motor: (12V) 5.6KW/7.6HP; (24V) 6.5KW/8.8HP
- Gear Train: Full Steel 3 Stage Planetary
- Gear Ratio: 228:1
- Clutch type: Stainless Steel Rotary Clutch
- Clutch Handle Position: Gearbox can be rotated
- Brake: Automatic ratchet load holding in gearbox
- Cable Type: Synthetic Rope
- Cable Size: 11MM X 25M
- Drum Size: 63MM X 217MM
- Mounting Bolt Pattern: 254MM X 114.3MM
- Overall Dimensions: 602MM X 160MM X 200MM
- Remote Control: Heavy Duty Handheld and Wireless
- Battery Leads: 2X 1.8M Heavy Duty Leads
- Finish: Black Powder Coat
- Warranty: Limited 5 Year Warranty / Lifetime Mechanical Warranty
Snatch Recovery Kit - SNRECK
There's no recovery kit on the market with this unique combination of gear and a bag like this! Here's why the Snatch Recovery Kit is PERFECT for 4WDers:
Everything you need, nothing you don't
- After 2 decades of 4WDing, Shauno knew exactly what the Snatch Recovery Kit needed. It's got everything you need for almost every possible recovery, and nothing that's not needed - so you aren't paying for gear you'll never use!
Lighter & Safer components
- We used soft shackles instead of metal ones to remove weight, and make this kit so much safer. Instead of a snatch or pulley block, we've included a heavy-duty aluminium winch ring too!
- Removing metal and moving parts from a recovery kit makes the actual recovery safer - but also makes your kit lighter, easier to store & carry!
- Even the winch extension is a synthetic rope, which is much lighter and easier to store than a traditional strap, especially when it gets wet!
Quality 4WDers expect
- We know recovery gear needs to last and perform when you need it - so we used high-quality snatch straps, big thick tree trunk protectors and premium winch rope for the winch extension strap
A recovery bag like no other
- Our heavy-duty canvas and PVC recovery bag doesn't just hold all your gear - it doubles as a winch blanket which is an essential for every recovery. We hate it when the blanket slips down the winch rope, so we added a retention strap to the bag - so you can attach it to your winch hook, stopping it from sliding down mid recovery!
Value for money
- No recovery kit on the market has these inclusions (soft shackles, heavy-duty bag, winch ring) - do your own research and you'll see why the gear & quality we've packed in to this kit make it one of the BEST value for money recovery kits money can buy!
- 1x 11,000KG 9m Snatch Strap
- 1x 12,000KG 3m Tree Trunk Protector
- 1x 9,500KG 15m Winch Extension Rope
- 1x 12,500KG Winch Ring
- 2x 15,000KG Soft Shackles
- All stored in a recovery bag that doubles as a winch damper
Keep Safe When Recovering Vehicles:
Inspect straps, rope, and shackles for wear and tear. Discard and replace damaged recovery equipment. Use only with a rated working load and recovery point. Keep bystanders at a safe distance. Do not allow straps to come in contact with sharp or hot surfaces, this may damage/degrade the material. Store in a dry, dark place.
All straps are rated to minimum breaking strength (MBS). It is important to correctly attach the motor vehicle recovery strap to a motor vehicle. A standard tow ball or vehicle tie-down point is not designed for this purpose and may result in the strap or a vehicle component detaching from a motor vehicle and striking and seriously injuring or killing a person. Only attach the strap to a vehicle recovery point or device that is suitably rated for use with the strap. Incorrect use has previously resulted in serious injury and death. The minimum breaking strength of the strap should be between two and three times the Gross Vehicle Mass (GVM) of any vehicle it is used with. Always look after yourself and your mates and put safety first!
Maxtrax Xtreme Recovery Tracks - Signature Orange - MTXXSO
MAXTRAX XTREME - the world's best 4WD recovery tracks just got better!
The Multi-award-winning MAXTRAX XTREME is the most advanced 4WD recovery track ever created, featuring 88 replaceable hard-anodised alloy teeth moulded into a heavy-duty, super-tough, engineering-grade reinforced Nylon recovery track. MAXTRAX XTREME is designed and manufactured for professional use based on direct feedback from some of the world's most elite military units, off-road racing champions, certified 4WD driver trainers and globe-trotting expedition leaders as a mission-critical recovery track for a wide range of scenarios where time is of the essence and aggressive driving and excessive wheel spin is often unavoidable, including active combat situations, timed motorsport competitions and remote area expeditions.
The MAXTRAX XTREME is manufactured in Australia using MAXTRAX Australia's secret recipe; a heavy-duty, super-tough, engineering-grade reinforced Nylon; the same amazing material that we’ve made MAXTRAX MKII from for almost a decade. The manufacturing process involves a custom jig attached to a robot arm inserting the 88 alloy teeth in the correct orientation into special sockets in the injection mould, then over-moulding them into the body of the track, ensuring that the Nylon material conforms closely to the thread of each tooth for a super-secure fit, virtually eliminating the risk of a tooth unwinding from the body of the track. All 88 alloy teeth are hard-anodised to protect against corrosion in harsh, salt water or muddy environments.
MAXTRAX Australia says the alloy is significantly harder and more durable than the rubber compound found in tyres and also more resistant to wear from a spinning tyre than any polymer available today, you can expect faster, more secure engagement with the tyre's tread pattern, which not only makes MAXTRAX XTREME the most-durable recovery track on the market, but also the fastest.
The MAXTRAX XTREME are also easily repairable in the field. If a tooth gets damaged, simply flip the board over and use a T-50 Torx bit to remove and replace the damaged tooth. MAXTRAX XTREME uses a proprietary and patent-pending thread & bliplock system to ensure secure physical engagement of a new tooth with its recess after replacement. Replacement teeth and a custom T-head tool which also works with the MAXTRAX mounting pins.
All MAXTRAX XTREME will nest with MAXTRAX MKII recovery tracks, (although there is a slightly larger space between the tracks due to the design of the underside of the MAXTRAX XTREME).
Also, available Mounting pins are designed exclusively for the MAXTRAX XTREME, including a hybrid mounting pin designed for those adding a set of MAXTRAX XTREME to the top of their current MKII recovery tracks. MAXTRAX XTREME is also compatible with MAXTRAX mini and our fixing and linking kit to create a portable roadway.
- Australian designed, engineered and manufactured
- 88 replaceable anodised alloy teeth; designed for XTREME users
- Safe and easy recovery from sand, mud, snow and slush
- Made from super tough engineering-grade reinforced Nylon
- Compatible with MAXTRAX MKII and MAXTRAX mini
- Proven, patent-pending, multi-award-winning design
- Weight: 9kg/20lbs per pair
- Six glove-friendly handles
- Lifetime warranty
- A variety of mounting and carrying options are available
Colour: MAXTRAX Trademark Signature Orange™Please note:Actual colour may vary slightly from images shown.
Warranty: MAXTRAX back there confidence in this quality Australian Made product with a lifetime warranty against faulty materials and workmanship