Sandy Cape Track, a challenging 4wd destination
Located on the northern part of the West Coast of Tasmania, Australia, the Sandy Cape Track is one of Tasmania's most iconic 4WD destinations, with water hazards, rocky ridges, boggy sand and mud sections.
Located within the Arthur Pieman Conservation Area, Sandy Cape Track is a real highlight. It’s 63.46 km long. This track is only suitable for high clearance, heavily modified 4WDs and experienced drivers. Bring at least three capable vehicles on any trip, and expect to put your recovery gear and snorkel to good use. It’s an extreme drive, with muddy waterholes, steep boggy sand dunes, river crossings and undetermined quicksand. The track is located just to the south of Temma. The weather in this region can be unpredictable. Never drive this trail alone. Deep water hazards, treacherous sections of boggy mud and sand as well as steep rocky ridges ensure that this is one seriously challenging track. You’ll need to have your Offroad Permit from the Parks & Wildlife office at Arthur River before commencing.
Due to the remoteness of the area, take special care to ensure that your vehicle is ready for the trip. Road conditions are always changing. You should check local weather conditions before attempting to drive the track. The route has humbled many egos. The track can be open from December to April. Other months is usually impassable as a result of high river crossings and slippery conditions. The journey offers a challenging 4WD terrain, beautiful scenery, wild beaches and remote campsites.
In case of a breakdown, there is very little in the way of passing traffic or inhabitants around, and no cell phone service in parts. It shouldn't be attempted after rain due to the red clay that makes up most of its length. The ride is rather remote, so you need to be prepared. Even after moderate rainfall, the track can become treacherous or impassable and vehicles easily become bogged or stranded. Because of the hazardous conditions, the track can be temporarily closed without warning.