4 - 6 Hours Return: South Cape Bay
South Cape Bay Walk, near Ida Bay, Tasmania. Explore the edge of Tasmania's Southwest World Heritage Area. Most people with a moderate level of fitness will complete this walk in around 4 hours return plus breaks.
Drive to Cockle Creek, the southernmost point of Australia’s most southerly road and enter the Southwest National Park. (You will need a park entry pass). South Cape Bay is accessed via the eastern end of the 7 day South Coast Track from Melaleuca and Port Davey. Cockle Creek to South Cape Bay takes most people about 2 hours each way, plus maybe an hour enjoying the view, so take your lunch and make a day of it. Fairly level and a well made track make this a good beginners’ walk. Be sure to have strong shoes and weatherproof clothing at all times of year.
Behind the Rangers’ hut, there is a walkers carpark and walk registration both. The first 3km the trail undulates across rocky ground and light forest, then becomes duck board as it crosses the buttongrass moorland. Wonderful wildflowers in late spring. A little more undulation and coastal scrub, until you suddenly emerge onto the windy cliff top overlooking South Cape Bay.
A bracing wind blowing up from Antarctica, surf rolling in from the Southern Ocean: You are the southernmost people in Australia.
As an optional extension, continuing down the staircase provided on the western side of the cliffs. South Cape Beach is about 1km long to the western end where toilets and campsite are in the dunes near the creek.
Extra 2 Hours Return: South Cape Rivulet
At the western end of South Cape Bay is Lion Rock, a popular surfing spot. A 1km track climbs steeply over the bluff then descends onto the next beach. At the western end of this beach is South Cape Rivulet campsite and toilets. Adding this extra 4km takes the total return time to about 6 hours.
Where to stay near Cockle Creek and South Cape Bay
Classic farm cottage above the Huon River, Tasmania
Overlooking the Huon River, just off the highway from Huonvile to Geeveston, this classic farm cottage can be your base to explore the Huon Valley. Hun Rive Country Cottage has three bedrooms to suit couples, families or small groups.
How to get to Port Huon
Huon Valley Map
The Huon Valley has five main towns: GEEVESTON, DOVER, FRANKLIN, HUONVILLE and CYGNET and 12 smaller settlements including RECHERCHE BAY
Bus from Hobart
to Dover 2 daily, www.tassielink.com.au
0408 125 130
24 hours, seven days
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