There are a lot of secret back roads in Tasmania. Locals talk about them, most have heard of them, but very few people seem to use them.
There's no signs on these back roads to direct you where you're going. To reassure you that you're going the right way. You just need to hazard a guess that you've chosen the right one, have a little blind faith and a sense of adventure. A four wheel drive and good mobile phone coverage is also useful. And you can always turn around if you choose the wrong one.
These back roads are logging roads and they are the ones to use if you're looking for some snow away from the crowds. They are quiet, less traveled, and after a heavy snowfall, take you to some gorgeous spots. The thick snow covers unsightly logging activity, and the replanted conifer plantations look so striking with a dusting of snow.
On the weekend, after a few days of heavy snow falls, we set off on a adventure. Putting on several layers of thermals, scrambling for gloves and waterproof jackets. We packed chocolate and snacks plus a thermos of tea and left a rib sticking casserole gently simmering in the wood oven, to be ready on our return. Then we headed to the west towards the Snowy Ranges, with a vague knowledge that one of these unsigned roads would lead us to the snow. We just had to find it first.
And we did. An open gate leading to a dirt road that headed up into the ranges. We drove along the unsigned road and we were rewarded with a white wonderland of powdery white fresh snow falls. Breathtaking. We discovered picturesque snowy pine forests, skidded down pristine spurs, walked across overflowing springs and threw plenty of snow balls. I mean plenty of snow balls. It was magical and fun.
I love how taking the unknown road can sometimes lead you to the very best places.