Tasmanian four-wheel-drive enthusiasts, or those keen to see a bit more of the state, are being encouraged to sign up for this year's Drive 4x4 The Doc.
A fundraiser for the Royal Flying Doctor Service, the event will see a cavalcade of 4WD vehicles travel around some of Tasmania's most remote areas.
Now in its sixth year, this will be the first time the event has spread its wings away from the mainland.
At a time when community fundraising has been almost non-existent due to COVID-19, RFDS Tasmania chief executive John Kirwan said the drive would provide a welcome boost - particularly for the state's remote businesses.
"Following on from travel restrictions I think there will be people who have their holiday money saved up, who are itching to get around and see the beauty in their own backyard and make some new friends with similar interests - this is the perfect opportunity to do that," he said.
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This year's Drive 4x4 The Doc will be run over six days starting at Devonport on November 8, before travelling through Stanley, Corinna, Strahan, Queenstown, Tarraleah, Richmond and finishing in Hobart.
With only a limited number of spaces left to fill, drive organiser Bill Patrick encouraged Tasmanians to get in quick.
"There will be no crossing of swollen rivers or rappelling yourself down muddy slopes, and we suggest that participants leave the winch and snatch strap at home and pack some comfy deck chairs and the drinks cooler instead," he said.
"If you are after a hard core 4WD event, then the Drive 4x4 The Doc is not for you. If, on the other hand, you enjoy scenic driving and a natter over the bonnet of the car at a roadside morning tea stop, then you will fit right in."
Mr Patrick said the drive does not require any previous 4WD driving experience or skills, with some participants choosing to hire a 4WD just for the event.
Previous drives have explored Victoria's High Country, the Great Ocean Road, the Grampian Mountains, the Hunter Valley in NSW and the Barrington Mountains.
Each participant is required to donate $1000 to the RFDS as part of the entry conditions, with money staying in their home state.
Through telehealth consultations, mobile dental services, patient transfers, mental health clinics and a myriad of other health services, Mr Kirwan said the RFDS was constantly working to ensure those living in rural and remote areas enjoyed the same health outcomes as those living in city areas.
More information can be found at drive4x4thedoc.com.au or by calling Bill on 0418 626 799.