Tasmania is renowned for its vast wilderness areas. Magnificent mountains, unspoiled beaches, prehistoric trees and the great Southern Ocean await those that take on Australia’s premier bushwalk.
Meet 9am in Hobart for equipment inspection and distribution of food and group gear. Bus to Par Avion air company and flight to Melaleuca. Hike to Cox Bight
Walk over Red Point Hills to Louisa Bay camp
Walk to Louisa River campsite
Walk over Ironbound Range to Deadman’s Bay
Rest day at Deadman’s Bay
Walk to Granite Beach campsite
Walk over South Cape Range to South Cape Rivulet campsite
Walk to Cockle Creek.
We meet in Hobart, Tasmania, the beautiful Australian harbour town at the edge of the Southern Ocean. Here we pack group gear and food before flying by light aircraft to the remote outpost of Melaleuca, the start of our Tassie adventure.
The 30 minute flight over World Heritage wilderness mountains and coastline gives an appreciation of the beauty we are about to encounter on foot. The Melaleuca airstrip heralds the start of the South Coast track and we head south through the wide Moth Creek valley to Cox Bight, the first of our beach walks and our first campsite.
From Cox Bight we swing east and climb over Red Point Hills, the first and easiest of three ranges that we traverse. After the crossing we divert from the main track and descend steeply to Louisa Bay where we camp for the night. A swim or local stroll or photography is a great way to spend the late afternoon. Views to the outlying islands of De Witt and Maatsuyker are beautiful.
After a relaxing morning we climb back up to the main track and continue over the boardwalked Louisa Valley to our camp on the Louisa River. Glimpses of the Ironbound Range give us an idea of what’s in store for tomorrow.
The next day we traverse the long-anticipated Ironbound Range which takes us above the tree-line to almost 1000m elevation. We rest often on the way up, both to take pause from the grinding climb and to admire the spectacular views - on the South Coast Track one can only come from the other. Tasmania can produce any kind of weather at any time of year but we are prepared for anything, including snow and gale-force winds. Camp on the east side in Deadman’s Bay is the perfect antidote to a tough day.
On Day 4 we walk along the quaint Turua Beach before sidling around Menzies Bluff and onto Prion Beach. A row boat crossing of the New River rivulet gives us a breather and adds a lovely distraction to the trek before continuing to Osmiridium Beach and a rest day.
On Day 6 we cross Sunrise and Granite Beaches before tackling South Cape Range which climbs to over 450m. Although not as high as the Ironbounds a series of false summits and a descent through densely tangled rainforest makes even the experienced hiker thankful for camp on South Cape Bay. Across the bay we see South East Cape, the most southerly point in mainland Australia.
On the final day we traverse around South Cape Bay before cutting inland across easy terrain to Cockle Creek and the end of the classic South Coast Track. We are picked up by bus and returned to Hobart.
You can fly to Hobart from Melbourne or Sydney.
A shuttle bus is available at the airport and will transfer you to most city hotels
We meet at 10am in Hobart on the day of departure so you may need to arrive the night before. There are many hotels to choose from, find them on your favourite booking website.
We do not provide any accommodation in Hobart.