Side by side vehicle driving on wet sand along low tide mark on Sandy Cape 4WD Track, Arthur Pieman Conservation Area
Sandy Cape Track, Arthur-Pieman Conservation Area

Sandy Cape Track

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About

  • ​​​​​​Map: Tasmap 1:100000 - Nelson Bay
  • Distance: 48 km return
  • Rating: Difficult - for experienced 4WD and motorbike users only. Deep bogs, steep slopes, soft sand are likely to be encountered. 

Located in the Arthur-Pieman Conservation Area, The Sandy Cape track provides outstanding coastal scenery and beautiful camping spots. The main campsites on the track are at Greenes Creek, Pedder River, and Sandy Cape. 

All users of the Sandy Cape Track require an Arthur-Pieman Recreational Drivers Pass​Camping south of Temma is included in the purchase of a Recreational Drivers Pass. Camping fees apply for sites north of Temma and can be paid at the Arthur River Parks and Wildlife Service office.

About the track​

Temma to Greenes Creek (12 km)

The track is rated medium 4WD standard, however it can increase in difficulty after rainfall with deep-water sections. 

Greenes Creek to Sandy Cape (12 km)

This beach drive is rated as hard 4WD standard.

Travelling in the company of other vehicles is essential along Sandy Cape beach due to the occurrence of quicksand, that has been known to swallow whole vehicles, and the potential need for rapid retrieval, before the tide rises. ​Always check conditions before driving on beachesLarge swell will have an impact on the beach accessibility and beach driving is not recommended with 4 metre plus swells. After rainfall in winter, the rivers may also be high, this combined with large ocean swell makes the conditions too dangerous to traverse the 4WD tracks.

The coastal area between Marrawah and Granville Harbour, including between Temma and Sandy Cape is within an area listed as The Western Tasmania Aboriginal Cultural Landscape. Numerous hut depressions and shell middens show that Aboriginal people lived a specialised and sedentary lifestyle in this area, building permanent and semi-permanent villages, and hunting seals, shellfish and land mammals. Aboriginal sites must be respected and not damaged or interfered with. H​e​avy penalties can be imposed for damage to the cultural sites under the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1975. A number of tracks have been closed to protect Aboriginal sites and heritage.

Contact

Arthur River Field Office
PWS Arthur River
c/o Post Office
Marrawah TAS 7330
Phone: 03 6457 1225
Email: ArthurRiver@parks.tas.gov.au