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gowalkabout
26-04-14, 10:40 AM
Having wanted to explore the Adamsfield Conservation Area which is part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area for awhile now we finally managed to arrange a trip with a few friends over the Easter weekend.

This area is locked off and managed by parks and wildlife. This was great for the easter weekend meaning we would not have any crowds to deal with as only 12 vehicles are allowed in at any one time. The area is accessed either by a gate coming off a good forestry rd and then a short easy 4wd track with a water crossing to the campsite or via the 12km one way Sawback range track (once you start there is no where to turn around so a one way track is good as I would not want to come head to head with another group on this track) which requires a well set up 4wd (I would recommend a minimum 2 vehicles, 2" lift and 33" muddies).

After having 2 families pull out a few days before we went meant that we were down to 3 4wds and trailers. As one was coming from the north of the state we decided to meet up where our paths crossed at Westerway and the others to call us as they left their place which would give us time to fuel up and catch them as they went through town (unbelievably this work almost perfectly with the call over the uhf saying they were coming through coinciding with us leaving the servo meaning they were only 1 set of lights in front of us. so very quickly we were in convoy. And after a quick stop at a bottle shop in new Norfolk for essential supplies we meet up with the others at Westerway.

After letting the dogs out for a run and a meet and greet we headed to the Mt Field NP office to collect the keys to the gates and about an hour later we were pulling off the black top and doing the 17km drive on the good forestry rd (clear hills rd) with another quick stop to collect some firewood it wasn't long before we were unlocking the gate. Once on the other side of the gate we noticed that the track was narrow in a few spots meaning potential for some new bush pin striping which not a problem for us I am sure our friends shed a few tears as this was their maiden voyage in their brand new complete campsite exodus 14.

About a km in you get to some old huts that are privately leased and to our surprise (we were told nobody else had booked in for the weekend) there was a group of around 6 trailers set up there. On closer look they were the ones with the lease as the padlocks on the huts were all undone. With the water crossing at this point we crossed through with no problems with water sitting just over the side steps in the deeps part. Once through the campsite was only about 200m down the track hidden behind some trees away from the rd.

Camp was setup quickly just in time for the light rain to start. A large tarp was setup which we spent most of that night under while watching the fire the looked nice but was just that little bit to far away to enjoy its heat.

The next day we decided to explore the area and went for a drive checking out the old open cut mining area and then heading back to camp to relax around the fire with a few drinks. The next day we planed to do the sawback track but the Toyota in the group was a bit unsure about doing the track after his mate did it the week before also in a prado and managed to rip his bumper off twice and damaged his sidesteps. So with offers to travel the track in style and comfort in a patrol there was no room for their dogs so they made the call to head home while we did the track.

So after a late easter morning breakfast we all headed out to the blacktop and said our goodbyes and a km or so down the rd the 2 remaining 4wd's turned onto the start of the sawback track.

Once through the gate and around the first bend we could see why it was one way. Within the first few hundred meters the track narrowed and it was obvious this track was not maintained and it only got more full on the further we went. With some good 4wding and amazing scenery from damp and muddy rainforest to sandy rocky out crops this track had a bit of everything.

After about 2 hours and only covering about 5km's we had our first recovery, I was stuck on a slippery slope by a large tree root on the front drivers side and a bank on both sides high enough and close enough that we couldn't open our doors and after several attempts at it and even some digging it was time for the winch to do its job. Of course being such a damp rainforest environment most of the trees were rotting or in the wrong angle to be any good. We eventually found a suitable tree about 25m up the track and with 2 tree protector straps joined around it we ran the winch rope out (I love rope it is so much lighter than steel when walking up slippery slopes) and were soon over the offending root. And don't you hate it when the next car comes up and you are there ready to snatch them over the obstacle that held you up and they just power straight over it.

So with that bit conquered we continued on our way stopping to check depths of puddles every now and then although it was more to try and get the right line to drive as we couldn't turn around even if we wanted to. We eventually came across a deep hole that was going to put us on a very steep sideways angle but again with no way of turning around we just had to hope we would make it through and the water would stay out. Once in the hole taking it very slow the water was almost at the passenger windows while on the drivers side the water was only at about half way up the wheels. Once out the other side the ones behind us told us they thought we were about to roll over and had only been held up by the bank. So with a bit of concern they made their way into the hole but as they came out the other side got hung up on the rear diff and although only barely being stuck they were not going anywhere under their own power so a quick snatch and we were on our way again.

These were the only 2 recoveries the whole day and we continued on with a quick stop for lunch and a short tea stop. We eventually made it back to camp at the end of the track with the whole thing taking us a bit over 5 hours to travel the approx. 12km's.

With the skies clearing and the fire raging we had a very nice last night and woke to a dry tent ready to pack away and headed home about midday.

Video here
http://www.4wdadventurers.com/showthread.php?2973-Sawback-range-track-Tassie

Info on Adamsfield
http://www.parks.tas.gov.au/indeX.aspX?base=2518

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cheers

outback jack
26-04-14, 11:13 AM
Great photos mate, i love all that old machinery :thumbsup:

Nice old camp oven, what did you cook in it :Chef:

Gary
26-04-14, 11:27 AM
Sounds like some eventful driving. :thumbsup:

With everything down there so damp, do you have any problems with leeches, or is it too cold for them?

gowalkabout
26-04-14, 03:22 PM
We cooked a few things in the camp ovens over the weekend including a few loaves of bread, roast pork and veggies, stew.

Gary we do get leeches and had a few show themselves over the weekend but at least they are better than ticks :-)

Rusty
26-04-14, 05:54 PM
Looked a challenging drive, 12km in 5 hours why rush with that beautiful scenery. Great write up and pics.
Cheers Rusty

L1NCS
26-04-14, 08:53 PM
Look like a great spot Justin and great 4Bing too thanks for the report, certinally got on a fair angle through that hole.

Touring Rich
26-04-14, 09:51 PM
Great read and pics Justin!

Cheers
Rich

Dunwurkin
20-09-14, 03:44 PM
great photos enjoyed reading

Harps
20-09-14, 07:27 PM
Mate thanks for putting in the effort to write up such a great report.

The mud in the photos does look extremely slippery. Worse than the clay base we often find in Vic.

Also been there before where you cant open the car doors :) Quite funny.

derek11
30-07-15, 10:34 AM
Really looking forward to exploring this area later this year Justin, great report and photos

Cheers Derek