Walking the South Coast Track, Tasmania
South Coast Track from Melaleuca to Cockle Creek
The South Coast Track is a wilderness experience and all walkers must be fully self-sufficient campers and have experience in the Tasmanian bush. There are no facilities except toilets toilets between Melaleuca and Cockle Creek.
Most people take about 6 to 7 days to walk the 85 km, plus a bit of extra time to enjoy the beaches. Some parts are well constructed, other parts may be rough and muddy over extended sections. Much of the track is near sea level but the section over the Ironbound Mountain Range climbs to nearly 1000 metres. There can be snow at any time of year.
You are required to pay a fee and have a pass before entering a National Park (e.g. before flying to Melaleuca). The most convenient pass for these walks is the Backpacker Pass. This pass is valid for all National Parks for a period of two months. If you are unable to purchase this pass in person from park centres and selected retail outlets such as Service Tasmania, please purchase a pass online. Information on park entry fees can be found online.
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Transport to and from the South Coast Track (Melaleuca and Port Davey flights)
Bushwalker flights run from Hobart to Melaleuca where you begin the South Coast Track:
Transport to or from Cockle Creek
For transport from Cockle Creek to Buttongrass Retreat or Hobart try Dover Taxico 0429 982 006