Jeffery’s Track to Huonville


We had a seemingly easy drive planned for today after the swim in Lake St.Clair but I had spotted a “short cut”! Just another minor road preventing the need to go into Hobart and out again. Where the dirt started at either end the following message greets all drivers. This would test how well equipped we were, and we could always turn back if required. It was only 15km from Lachlan to Crabtree.

Jefferys Track Sign

Jefferys Track Sign

It was dry and initial indications showed that this track was used by offroad enthusiasts, with some serious sections branching off the main track. The Pajero ploughed on and the Camprite camper trailer followed obediently. Then we reached the following section :

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The challenge was the first hole. The obvious route looked the best but if we couldn’t make it there was no option to winch out. Everyone evacuated the car except me, despite Oscar and Hannah’s requests to remain. The car might have made it but with the camper trailer behind it just fell short so a hasty reverse was required. The only option was a winch assisted one to the right of the track, and fortunately for me with Amanda having seizures up the road, two local lads, Tom and Paddy turned up on dirt bikes offering assistance. Having heard or seen us drive past they had followed for a bit of entertainment I suspect. Apparently they hadn’t been able to get through the previous week due to equipment breakage.

With winch attached it took a couple of attempts to get the car through and onto the second hole which by comparison was much easier. The Falken Wild Peaks traction was good and the Pajero performed immaculately. Thanks Tom and Paddy – it would have taken much longer without the local knowledge.

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From there on in there was an interesting very steep rocky climb, then 10-15 minutes descent down similar. I would have been keen to wait and watch the 4WD coming the other way without winch. Hopefully he turned around.

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5 thoughts on “Jeffery’s Track to Huonville

  1. Miss Shanahan & KS

    Hi Oscar,
    Looks like you are having an amazing holiday. We received your post card with the cute little koala on it, thank you!! Have you met a koala on your holiday? If you do please post a photo so we can see it.

    KS would like to challenge you to catch a tuna fish using a fishing road and eat it.
    Enjoy your adventure.
    Drive safe

    KS & Miss Shanahan

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  2. Judy

    omg John!

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  3. Nicole, Ian, Angus & Scarlett

    Hi guys! I’ve finally found where we can comment, thanks Amanda! What a great day – can imagine the stress of “will we get through this or not?!”

    We are loving reading the blog, will now make sure we think about a challenge and send some through.

    Hannah – your dog is having quite an adventure! Xavier – great pic coming out of the icy water. Did you end up taking Oscar in?

    Cheers Nic, Ian, Angus & Scarlett xx

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