South Coast Bay Track - Darren Wright Photography

Southern Tasmania

South Coast Bay Track

Cockle Creek to South Coast Bay

The South Cape Track from Cockle Creek to South Coast Bay is a Grade 3 walk, with some experience recommended.

The track starts at Cockle Creek, a 2 hour drive south of Hobart through the Huon Valley. The road south turns to gravel after Ida Bay, but is suitable for most vehicle. Look for the start of the track near the car park, and sign the register at the entry to the track. The walk from Cockle Creek to South Cape Bay is approximately 15.4km return, and takes an average of 4 hours to complete the round trip, with additional time required to rest and enjoy South Cape Bay.

The trail is known for its diverse terrain, stunning coastal views, and unique flora and fauna. It passes through a number of distinct landscapes, from open forest littered with stones to dense rainforest and open button grass plains. Lyre birds can be heard, and often spotted along the track.

Walkers need to be prepared for changing weather conditions. Rain and cold weather can often blow in at any stage of the walk.

The below images are what can be seen and experienced along the South Cape Track, between Cockle Creek and South Cape Bay.

South Coast Bay Track - Darren Wright Photography
South Coast Bay Track - Darren Wright Photography
Cockle Creek, South Coast Bay Track - Darren Wright Photography
Cockle Creek, South Coast Bay Track - Darren Wright Photography
Cockle Creek, South Coast Bay Track - Darren Wright Photography

Discover the South Cape Bay Track in Tasmania

Explore the pristine beauty of Tasmania on the South Cape Bay Track, a 15.4km return hike from Cockle Creek to South Coast Bay. This stunning trail offers a 4-hour adventure through lush forests, woodlands, and marshlands, leading to breathtaking cliffside views of South Cape Bay. Witness the power of the Southern Ocean and encounter Lion Rock, a striking natural formation. Remember to sign in at the walkers’ registration book and pack essentials like water, sturdy boots, and weather-appropriate clothing for a memorable Tasmanian adventure.

Enchanting Natural Landscapes

Once you commence your journey along the South Cape Bay Track, you’ll find yourself immersed in a world of lush ferny forests, enchanting woodlands, and winding paths across duck-boarded marshlands.

The trail gradually leads to the edge of a cliff, unveiling a breathtaking vista of South Cape Bay. Here, you’ll witness the raw and captivating power of the Southern Ocean, as well as the rugged conditions along Tasmania’s South West Coast.

Don’t miss the chance to spot Lion Rock to the right at the beach’s end, aptly named for its resemblance to a resting lion.

Cockle Creek, South Coast Bay Track - Darren Wright Photography
Lyre Bird, Cockle Creek, South Coast Bay Track - Darren Wright Photography
Mist in the Mountains, Cockle Creek, South Coast Bay Track - Darren Wright Photography
South Coast Bay Track - Darren Wright Photography
Button Grass, South Coast Bay Track - Darren Wright Photography
Cloud in the Mountains, South Coast Bay Track - Darren Wright Photography

What To Take on Your South Cape Bay Hike:

When embarking on the South Cape Bay Track, it’s essential to be well-prepared. Here’s a list of items you’ll require for a safe and enjoyable journey:

1. Comfortable Hiking Boots: Sturdy hiking boots with good grip are essential for navigating the sometimes rugged and muddy terrain.

2. Backpack: A comfortable and appropriately sized backpack to carry your essentials and any items you may need during the hike.

3. Weather-Appropriate Clothing: Dress in layers to accommodate Tasmania’s unpredictable weather. Include moisture-wicking base layers, a waterproof jacket, and a warm insulating layer. It’s always a great idea to include some gloves and a good beanie in your back pack.

3. Insect Repellent: Insect repellent can be handy, especially in the warmer months when insects are more active.

4. Water: Sufficient water to stay hydrated throughout the hike. 

5. Snacks and Meals: High-energy snacks like trail mix, energy bars, and a packed lunch for longer hikes. 

5. First Aid Kit: A basic first aid kit containing bandages, antiseptic wipes, pain relievers, blister treatment, and any personal medications you may require.

6. Headlamp or Flashlight: Even if you plan a day hike, having a light source can be crucial in case you end up on the trail after dark.

7. Multi-Tool or Knife: A multi-tool or a small knife can be helpful for various purposes.

8. Camera: If you’re interested in photography, bring your camera to capture the stunning scenery along the way.

9. Hiking Poles: Optional but can provide stability, especially on steep or uneven terrain.

10. Trash Bags: Carry out all trash and leave no trace to help preserve the natural beauty of the area.

11. Mobile Phone: While mobile reception may be limited, having a fully charged phone with emergency numbers saved is a good precaution.

South Coast Bay - Darren Wright Photography
South Coast Bay Track - Darren Wright Photography
Fungi, South Coast Bay Track - Darren Wright Photography
South Coast Bay Track - Darren Wright Photography
South Coast Bay Track - Darren Wright Photography
Muddy Boots, South Coast Bay Track - Darren Wright Photography
South Coast Bay - Darren Wright Photography
South Coast Bay - Darren Wright Photography
South Coast Bay - Darren Wright Photography

The South Cape Track is classified as a Grade 3 walk, making it suitable for those with some bushwalking experience. Expect short, steep hill sections, a rugged terrain, and numerous steps along the way. If you’re traveling with children, exercise caution, as there are hazardous cliffs and sections of the trail without protective barriers. Additionally, please note that South Cape Bay beach is not patrolled, so swim with care. Be prepared for wet and muddy conditions along the track, and we recommend wearing sturdy shoes with good grip for your comfort and safety.

South Coast Bay - Darren Wright Photography
South Coast Bay - Darren Wright Photography
Darren Wright Photography

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