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Drive to Strathgordon in May

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Drive to Strathgordon in May

Hi I've been following this Tassie forum whilst planning our holiday in May.Does anyone have experience with the drive to Strathgordon? I rang the people at Lake Pedder who said coming into winter there may be black ice on the road.I am a little concerned as we are from warm sunny Qld. Any black ice hints(we are hiring a Rav4)? Is the road basically Ok,hubby is an experienced country road driver.Thoughts anyone?

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1. Re: Drive to Strathgordon in May

Ice or frost on the road will only form if its close to 0 degrees; "black" ice only if its been raining. Once it gets some sunlight it will melt, be careful early morning or any shaded spots - slow down.

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Hi MiddleDreaming - strangely, Google maps street view covers a lot of rural Tasmania, so you can use it to see what the road is like and to "drive" along it!

If you haven't used street view before:

- go to www.google.com

- click on the Maps link

- search for Strathgordon

- drag the little orange man onto the road (aim with the green bit under)

- press the mouse button and drag to spin the view

- click the arrows on the line to move up the road

Hope that helps!

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3. Re: Drive to Strathgordon in May

Hi aardvark,

Thanks so much you have taught me something new that is too cool(my 20 year old uni student son didn't even know about it).It actually doesn't look too bad at all. The wonders of modern technology.Yes we will do it just take it slowly if need be

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4. Re: Drive to Strathgordon in May

Black ice is also when a iced over section of road doesnt get sun during the day, and it freezes again a 2nd night......and literally being black means yuo dont see it.......normally a ice road is as you would expect, white.

I learnt to drive on Tasmania roads in winter, and really a sensible driver shouldnt have problems - especially as you are unlikely to be the first vehicle on the road of a morning........once a few others have gone through the ice breaks/melts, and you can see from the tyre marks if there has been any drama eg cars slipping and sliding etc.

On ice it is just, no sudden movement of either the steering wheel or the brakes.......your tyres have less traction than normal, so a quick turn of the streeing wheel is what causes most problems.

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5. Re: Drive to Strathgordon in May

Thanks all for your advise re roads and ice,it really doesn't seem that it will be a real problem...if we are careful.From the sounds of it maybe fog might be more of an issue?

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6. Re: Drive to Strathgordon in May

Fog might be present, especially early morning along the Derwent river especially from Granton to New Norfolk, where forms over the river and hills either side keep it boxed in.

Tips - headlights on, obviously - but strange how many dont bother - it isnt just for you to see better.In fact you probably wont. Helps other vehicles see you. Only on low beam - high beam just bounces back at you as lights hit the wall of fog, and also dazzle oncoming drivers.

THat section of road is failry straight and plenty of traffic so good chance you will be following another car, and its tail/brake lights will guide you as to corners etc if it is really heavy fog. Further on just be cautious and remember you could be in a clear area and coem round a corner where fog is laying - but again its all sensible driving

The good thing about May in Tasmania, as along as it is NOT raining, after the cold, maybe foggy mornings it can clear to beautiful sunny days.

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7. Re: Drive to Strathgordon in May

Hi Midreaming -

We drove to Strathgordon during a visit in April.

We took the Gordon River Road until it ended at the Gordon Dam and Hydro-electric Commission’s Visitor Center. The drive to the dam was very scenic, albeit steep and winding.

On the way back to Maydena, we were flagged down by a kid who’d gone off the road and rolled his car down a steep embankment. Fortunately (and amazingly) he wasn’t hurt, but his car was totaled.

So, be careful if it's wet or icy. The road is very squiggly and can be treacherous.

Suggest you check at the Mt Field Visitors Center before you head out just to make sure the road is open.

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8. Re: Drive to Strathgordon in May

Thanks agin everyone you have all been so helpful. I do like the comment of as long as its not raining May days clear nicely. Like everyone who goes to Tassie we are hoping for some of the better weather,but personally am hoping there is still some beautiful autumn colour around,we don't get much of that in Qld

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