South Coast Track | TAS, Australia, 2002

Distance :  80 km approx.c_6

Avg.Time :  5 days

Start / Finish :

  • Cockle Creek – Melaleuca
  • Click here for public transport options to Cockle Creek.
  • Melaleuca is accessible by light aeroplane with Par-Avion.

Season :

  • November – April
  • February and March represent your best chance (chuckle, chuckle) of good weather.

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Maps / Info :

  • TASMAP 1:100,000 South Coast Walks. This map can also be found at Outdoor stores throughout Tasmania.
  • John Chapman’s South West Tasmania is a great source of information on various treks in the area. Now in its 5th edition (2008).
  • Alternatively, in 2009 Chapman published South Coast Track, which as the name suggests, deals specifically with the hike in question.

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Route / Conditions :

  • The weather in South West Tasmania is amongst the wildest and most unpredictable on the planet .
  • Be sure to bring good waterproofs and warm clothing.
  • There are some very muddy sections on this hike, although in recent years increased boarding and track development has made the South Coast Track a much less boggy proposition than it once was. Nonetheless, this is Tasmania and gaiters are definitely recommended.

 

  • The trail is relatively easy from a navigational perspective.
  • The high-level section over the Ironbound range is quite exposed and care must be taken during storms.
  • One of the cool things about this hike is the rowboat crossing of New River Lagoon. This was actually the first time I had ever rowed a boat, and to this day my cousin Wade, with whom I did this trek, takes great pleasure in reminding me how ordinary/comical/haphazard my rowing efforts were.

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Sleeping :

  • Bring a tent. Be sure that it is waterproof and holds up well in a storm.

Overview :

  • Great hike.  Rugged mountains, pristine beaches, wonderful views and at times challenging terrain.
  • Due to time restrictions/work commitments we had to finish our hike in Melaleuca (from where we got a flight). With more time on your hands I would recommend linking this trail up with the Port Davey trek, which adds a further 75km to your walk, and finishes at the road accessible Scott Peaks Dam.

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