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Old 01-30-2012, 03:05 AM   #31
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Hi,

I am curious to know how you created the maps of your route. I off to Tasmania in a couple of weeks and would love to have the same information... What do I need ?

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Old 01-30-2012, 04:11 AM   #32
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I see they also sell South Australian drinks!

I was in Tassie in the second half of January last year; I arrived the day of the big floods in Queensland, Victoria and Devonport, but I had two weeks of lovely low 20s degC weather and very little rain.
This year I was over in Adelaide and the Riverland, and yes it was stinking hot.
I was over in Tassie during the queensland floods as well, in fact there was flooding in the north of Tassie when we were there.

I noticed the FU iced coffee as well

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Old 01-30-2012, 04:14 AM   #33
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Old 01-30-2012, 04:27 AM   #34
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Farmers Union is everywhere these days, apart from highways and planes it is the only good thing to come out of S.A.
Hey, what do you mean? SA's the only place I know that's got a reversible freeway

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Old 01-30-2012, 04:34 AM   #35
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Hi,

I am curious to know how you created the maps of your route. I off to Tasmania in a couple of weeks and would love to have the same information... What do I need ?

Thanks

Andrew
It's pretty easy. You just need to set up an account on the Ride with GPS website then upload your GPS files (it allows a number of different formats). If you don't have a GPS it's a bit trickier but you can still generate usable files for route planning with some software applications. If you're after the actual file logs of our trip I'll be posting them here soon. Shoot me a PM if you want more details and I'll pass them on

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Old 01-30-2012, 11:00 PM   #36
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Day 6


Once again we awoke to steady rain but by now we just took in our stride. The first stop was to the National Parks office where we needed to organise our permits for the Mt McCall track. I had rung the week before and found out that the office was only open between 8:30 – 9:30am so we were on the door when they opened. After inspecting the bikes the ranger (who was quite a nice guy) told us they had to get another wash as they still had some crap caught up under the motor. At least they supplied the hose



We had already purchased a National Parks Pass on the ferry (lasting 2 months for $30) that gave us entry to all the parks so we just needed to fill in an indemnity and collect the key. With a wry smile the ranger wished us luck with the weather and we headed off south towards Lake Burbury. The road began as bitumen and then turned to wide gravel after the lake. After about 40km we came to an intersection, where a track to Bird River headed off to the right.



A short distance later we came to the locked gate



Now, this wasn’t any hidden lock. As well as having to be double jointed you have to hands of a pygmy to enable you to get both of them up to undo the concealed padlock




After a bit of cursing we (actually Paul, because I was too busy laughing at his antics) got it undone and we continued along the track. Initially we passed through some forest



Then as we wound our way higher up the mountain we entered low cloud and it was impossible to see more than a few hundred metres. Unperturbed, we pushed on until we reached a steep rocky downhill section not far from the end. We poked down a way and then stopped to check it out



It was quite steep but the main concern was the water that was running down over the rocks making the whole thing very slippery (it never looks as steep in a photo )



After a bit of discussion we came to the conclusion that risking a fall in the slippery conditions wasn’t worth looking into the cloud at the bottom. It was disappointing that the weather was the way it was, as I had heard stories of the great views provided from the track. Oh well, we had more important things to consider … like turning the bikes around on the side of the hill and getting back up the slope. With a bit of push and shove we got them pointing back up the hill and with rocks flying I managed to slip and slide my way back up to flatter ground



We then got on the bikes and started headed back. Once out of the cloud we found a cleared area just off the track and stopped in the rain for a bite to eat.



Once back at the gate we were able to get the lock open a little quicker and then took the turn off west along the Bird River Track. Like the track to Montezuma Falls it to follows the route of an old railway line that once ran from near Queenstown to the now abandoned settlement of West Pillinger on the banks of the Macquarie Harbour. It’s an easy 5km track that cuts through some fantastic rainforest along the way




At the end of the track there is a small hut with some interesting information about the history of the area.



It’s then just a short walk through the forest



to the bridge over the Bird River. Although some sections have been replaced, much of the original Huon Pine structure is over 100 years old



Once past the bridge the walking track continues on for another 7.5km to Pillinger but our soggy feet only managed a look around the river



before heading back along the fern lined track



From there we travelled back towards Lake Burbury and got a bit of a shock when a Tasmanian Devil wandered across the road in from of us not far from Darwin Dam wall. We managed to ride up onto the dam wall which gave a good look at the lake to the north



It had been raining pretty much the whole day and as we passed along the ranges we could see in the distance waterfalls that were forming off the sides of the hills




As we got closer to Queenstown we rode into cloud once more and the waterfalls were closer to the road



Pretty well soaked through we dropped the key back to the National Parks office and returned to the caravan park. With four days in constantly wet boots my feet were starting to show the strain



After hanging in the shower for an eternity (no shortage of water here one would think ) we did some washing and got all our wet stuff in the dryer



We then popped into town to grab a few things (including some baby powder for the feet ) and had a great meal at the Mt Lyell Motor Lodge before heading back to pack away the washing





To be continued...

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Old 01-31-2012, 12:53 AM   #37
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It was quite steep but the main concern was the water that was running down over the rocks making the whole thing very slippery (it never looks as steep in a photo )
Champion effort ! ... It's a nasty bit of track, you were wise not to tackle it in the wet :) ...

Great ride report
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Old 01-31-2012, 03:48 AM   #38
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I'll be posting them here soon.
Good to hear Greg, saves me nagging.

This will be our first Tasmanian tracks. Hopefully it will shame some of the locals into posting their tracks.

Sounds like a great ride.

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Old 02-01-2012, 02:30 AM   #39
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makes me so jealous ,did 2 weeks in Tassie in 09
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=446414

went on similar path
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Old 02-01-2012, 02:51 AM   #40
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Day 7

I was woken pretty early by a howling noise over by our “drying shed”. After struggling out of the tent I found that the source of the noise was in fact Paul

The howling had turned into sobbing and it was all over this



The seemingly gentle cat that he had befriended near the shed the day before had turned the tables on him and got its way into his cask of port - the whole lot was gone After I stopped pissing myself we packed all our nice dry clothes into our bags, pulled down our soaking tents and headed off through the rain into town. In scenes reminiscent of the Zeehan takeaway shop we had seen a sign at the Mt Lyell Motor Lodge the night before advertising their breakfast so we thought we’d give it a go. What a deal it turned out to be ... $15 for cereal, toast, fruit, eggs, bacon, tomato, juice and tea/coffee + a free paper to read



Not only that, from the warm surrounding of the restaurant you could look out the window at what it would be like stuck out in the rain



Of course there came a time when that’s exactly what we had to do, so we took the bit between our teeth and headed off towards the east on the Lyell Highway. The first section of road out of Queenstown was steep and winding and not much fun as the rain continued to fall. As we headed further east we passed through a lot of fairly wild countryside that makes up the Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park. It would have been nice to appreciate it a little more but much of our focus was on the new shiny black repaired sections of bitumen that always seem to be in the middle of a tight bend. We stopped briefly at a spot where the road crosses the Franklin River to take a look (along with a whole bunch of tourists) but it was nothing too special



It wasn’t long after that we passed Lake King William and then the small town of Derwent Bridge. We were sick of the bitumen so once we reached the intersection with Fourteen Mile Road we turned south on the dirt and as we did something magical happened …. It stopped raining! Not only that, it turned out that except for a brief sprinkle one morning, it was the last time we saw rain for the entire trip
The flowing dirt was our first real experience of a road used for logging and we were on the lookout for big trucks barreling around blind corners. After 22 km (or 14miles funnily enough) we rejoined the Lyell Highway having missed the section that passes by Brady’s Lake.



It wasn’t long before we pulled into Wayatinah which was our last scheduled fuel stop before heading cross country for a while. Luckily it was only 12:15pm because I noticed a sign as we filled up informing customers that they generally closed between 12:30 – 3:00pm From there we picked up Florentine Road and travelled down through the valley



We were still on the lookout for logging trucks as we passed through a variety of working forests



This took us through to the Styx State Forest



Where a great road led along the Stxy River



This area is famous for the massive trees (Eucalyptus Regnans) that once dominated the much of this landscape and debate still seems to rage regarding their felling



To view a few of the giant trees we parked our bikes near a loop walk



and headed into the forest to find a couple of beauties that grow here




They’re big alright - with one of Australia’s tallest at 97mt found in this forest. Getting a photo is not as easy as it sounds



Yet others just seem memorized



With our fix of big trees fulfilled we turned off Styx River road and headed east then south through a maze of logging roads, many of which weren’t on the maps. I’d been given a gps log through this section by a Tassie inmate so we were sweet (thanks DonQx!)



Now, as well as being the source of great mirth and a talented camp (bitch) coordinator, on these trips Paul also takes great pride in his skill of finding appropriate campsites. As it was getting later in the afternoon we began the search for a site as we travelled south towards Judbury. This often involves travelling down tracks that finish as dead ends or are too overgrown for camps. It also seems to be the time, that pretty well like clockwork, I’ll be confronted with a scene like this



What is even more amusing than the string of expletives that follows are the wide ranging reasons for the “lie down” in the first place. They range from things like “my foot got caught on the peg” or “my blood sugars low” right through to “I don’t know it just fucking fell over. Now put the camera away before I shove it up your arse and give me a hand”

Despite a few promising leads we ended up at Judbury without finding a spot so continued on to Huonville where we found a nice waterside café



Here we devoured a trendy (but very nice) burger while we contemplated our options for the night



After consulting the maps we came to the conclusion that much of the surrounding countryside was farm land, so we decided to head along a four wheel drive track we found on a map that looked to head into the Snug Tiers Nature Recreation Area. Hopefully this would give us a through route across to the coast where we intended to head the next day.

Things didn’t start too well as we couldn’t locate the correct turnoff near the little town of Cradoc. Eventually we hit on what we thought was the correct road only to come to a Private Property Sign by a local abattoir. A likely looking track headed off nearby so we gave it a go and found ourselves on what we thought was the right track. As we passed through thick, young forest the master spied a track heading towards a high point



Once we broke out of the tree line we came to what ended up being one of the top campsites of the whole trip



A grassy flat spot on the top of the hill, nobody for miles and surrounded by forest



As night fell and we sat around the fire, the lights from the township of Cygnet could be seen through the valley in the distance. A fantastic ending to a great day (and no rain in sight!)






To be continued…

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Old 02-01-2012, 07:04 PM   #41
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Fantastic report mate! I've lived in Tassy for over 27 years and you've seen more of the state than I have in seven days. Gives me inspiration to get out there!

Must admit, had a wee chuckle about the cat & cask, could have scratched anything but the PORT!

Look forward to the remainder of the report!
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Old 02-02-2012, 02:26 AM   #42
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Day 8

After a restful night’s sleep we packed up dry tents for the first time and made our way back through the forest



Once back on the main track we travelled through some nice country



Soon it deteriorated more into a 4x4 track and passed by the Snug Plains



It was really quite an interesting ride and after a bit of confusion at one particular junction



We found the correct track and headed off until we were confronted by this



Bugger… although there was a bit of a track down one side that avoided the lake it was blocked by trees. I poked around with a stick and found it wasn’t too bad near the edge and as I wasn’t keen on filling up my (almost) dry boots I suggested this as the best option. Always up for a challenge, Paul decided he’d have a go down the middle and paid the price when it was deeper than he thought and he ended up soaked and almost flooded the bike. I edged along the right bank and didn’t wet a toe
When we eventually came to the end of the track we found a sign that explained that where we had come from was a ‘no through road’ that ended in private property.



From there it wasn’t long until we popped out on the Channel Highway and headed south for to our next destination – the harbor at Kettering from where the ferry to Bruny Island departs



Here we waited in line for the ferry after forking out $5 each for a return ticket to the island. Bargain!



The island, which is around 100km long, lies about 3km off the coast and is made up of the North and South islands. These are separated by a narrow stretch of land called “The Neck”. The ferry ride was very pleasant and took about 20 minutes



We checked out North Bruny first, taking a quick loop that generally followed the coast. This area was pretty much farming and holiday shacks but there was good views back over the little bays



From there we headed down and over “The Neck” to South Bruny which in contrast to the North is much more attractive with large areas of rainforest that grow right down to the sea.



The main settlement is Adventure Bay where we stopped for a pie before tackling the 4x4 track that winds its way through the rainforest towards Cloudy Bay



It was an easy and enjoyable ride until we rounded a corner and found this on the track



After checking it out a little



We realized that there was no way past it, so had to back track to Adventure Bay. We did that and then took Clennett’s Link Rd. Once again we were now on the lookout for campsites in the forest and a likely looking track ended in this



Mmmmmm…. This doesn’t look very secure, perhaps it’s worth a look



Once through the gate the forest opened and revealed some nice looking camping areas



After some further reconnaissance it became clear that it was private farm land and the thought of an angry farmer shoving his shotgun through our tent meant we beat a dignified retreat

We had heard that there were some nice campsites by the beach at Cloudy Bay so headed that way



Once down on the sand we followed the bay around to the point



Where a short sandy track heads up to some excellent National Park run campsites ($10 for 2 people), complete with a drop toilet. After checking out the area we found a good site away from everyone else and set up camp



Dinner, which consisted of a combination of Uncle Ben’s Rice (Precooked – good stuff) and a tin of chunky chicken soup, ended up tasting a treat



With a new cask of port now at our disposal (expertly sealed against wildlife) we settled in and checked out the coastline as the sun set

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To be continued…

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Thanks for the positive comments guys.. was hoping it wasn't putting people to sleep

Will knock out some more on the weekend!

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