Monster of Rock

Photo of Sam Jeremic

Granville Harbour is about as tough and remote as it gets. Gnarly ruts, rocky ascents, mud holes, water crossings and everything in between. Motoring editor Sam Jeremic has just returned from Tasmania after attending the Australian launch of the all-new Jeep Wrangler.

And the Wrangler absolutely ate it up.

The new version has had a serious boost in mod-cons, but it’s still a serious off-roader at heart. We were in the top-spec Rubicon version which did add 32-inch mud terrain tyres which certainly helped, but it was still remarkable a 4WD could handle this so easily straight out of the box as it were.

In fact it was so capable, it made off-roading easier and more importantly, more enjoyable then it normally is. Rather than stressing about wheel-placement on every corrugation, often you didn’t even have to give it much thought as the Wrangler easily dealt with what was before it.

Adding to the fun factor, we had a stretch of relatively friendly weather where we were able to take the roof off, though it was still definitely beanie and flanno weather.

Along the way we got to see some fantastic scenery, with hostile seas, cliff faces, rivers and waterfalls.

It took us roughly six hours but our fleet of Wranglers emerged unscathed from a day of harsh treatment.

After taking all Climies had to dish out at us, we headed to Ocean Beach, a wide white sand beach which culminates at the mouth of Macquarie Harbour, an area so hostile it’s nicknamed Hells Gates.

After some fun on the beach, we headed into the dunes and steered towards any stretch of sand without tyre tracks on it to conquer our own trails.

In all, both the Wrangler and the West Coast of Tassie impressed.

Perhaps we all should go just outside our comfort zone a little more often.


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