A few weeks ago, we began our feature on the Great Walks of Australia. We just completed our series on the 9 Great Walks of Australia which included a two part summary blog post and a post for each of the nine Great Walks:
Great Walks of Tasmania Walks Photo Credit: GreatWalksTasmania.com
South Coast Track Photo Credit: GreatWalksTasmania.com
In doing our research on these walks, we found that four of the nine Great Walks of Australia are in Tasmania. We then learned while researching Tasmanian walks, that there is a list of the Great Walks of Tasmania, of course, our 4 Great Walks of Australia that are in Tasmania made that list; but, there are three more. Now, we will begin telling you about these other Great Walks of Tasmania: South Coast Track, The Tarkine Rainforest Track, and the Walls of Jerusalem Experience. Today, we will be highlighting the South Coast Track.
Be Prepared for Bushwalking in Tasmania and Australia
Enjoy the walk along with us; but remember, that any walks in Australia, especially those in rugged and remote Tasmania require careful and meticulous planning to enjoy your travels. No matter the length of your walk, be sure to plan ahead, understand the fitness level requirements, have the right shoes and attire, plenty of drinking water, emergency supplies, and make sure that someone knows when you are expected back. Taking all the necessary safety precautions ensures that you will have the most enjoyable bushwalking holiday. It is also important to remember that you are a guest in nature. Bring a bag with you to take your own rubbish away. Leave nothing but footprints and take nothing but pictures. For further preparation, read the Essential Bushwalking Guide from the Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service with wilderness survival tips and more.
The South Coast Track Walk
The South Coast Track walk is one of 7 Great Walks of Tasmania. It is in Southwest National Park and takes walkers from Melaleuca to Cockle Creek. Itineraries can take anywhere from 6 to 8 days to complete the 85 km track through the remote wilderness of protected lands within the 600,000 hectares of the National Park. It is one of the most remote spots in Tasmania and most trekkers fly or sail into Melaleuca and walk out. The most popular time of year to walk the South Coast Track is during the warmer months from december to March. Remember that Tasmania gets pretty cold during the winter time since it is in close proximity to the South Pole.
Hiring a Car in Tasmania
South Coast Track Map Photo Credit: Google Maps
Tasmania Car Hire Map Photo Credit: Budget.com.au
There are three locations in Tasmania where you can hire a vehicle for your Tasmanian adventure holiday. Hobart (the capital city in Tasmania) is closest to the South Coast Track walk. You can hire a car in the city of Hobart or at the Hobart International Airport. Of course, you might have different plans and might fly into Launceston or Devonport, or even take a cruise to Tasmania from the Australian mainland and then rent a car when you disembark. Here are the other two options for hiring a car in Tasmania. Launceston is located in the north of Tasmania where you can rent a car at the Launceston Airport, or hire a vehicle in the city of Launceston location. The coastal city of Devonport is another location where you can hire a car in Tasmania at the Devonport Airport or rent a vehicle in the city of Devonport. You will want to hire a car so that you will be able to get around Tasmania. When you do hire a vehicle in Tasmania, be sure to consult with the car rental agent for guidelines about driving in Tasmania and about any specific restrictions. Much of the Tasmanian landscape is rugged terrain so be sure to let your agent know where you are going so that they can provide you with the correct vehicle (4WD), proper maps, and driving instructions. Click the links above a see our site to get a rate quote and see what great rates Budget has available for you.
While in Tasmania see things to do from our previous blogs:
South Coast Track Walking Itinerary
South Cape Bay Photo Credit: (Wikipedia) By JJ Harrison – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=8448368
New Harbour Photo Credit: Parks.tas.gov.au
New River Lagoon Photo Credit: Parks.tas.gov.au
The South Coast Track itinerary we will cover today is an 8 day trek through some of the most remote lands in all of Australia. This walk is for the adventurous type and will be a bushwalking holiday experience that you will never forget. When you start out at Melaleuca, you head east on the trail.
South Coast Track Day One: Melaleuca to Point Eric
Start of the South Coast Track Photo Credit: SouthCoastTrack.com.au
Freney Lagoon Photo Credit: SouthCoastTrack.com.au
Day one on the South Coast Track is about a 4 or 5 hour walk from Melaleuca to Point Eric. This section of the track is rated as easy and is about 18 km. Along the way, be sure to follow the track. Some of the sights on your first day will include the bridge at Moth Creek, New Harbour Range, Freney Lagoon and the sandy beach at Cox Bight. There are two campsites at Cox Bight to choose from. One campsite is right next to the outlet of the lagoon and the other is on the east side of Point Eric.
Day Two of the South Coast Track: Point Eric to Louisa River
On the way to Red Point Hills Photo Credit: SouthCoastTrack.com.au
Day two of the South Coast Track is a difficult level 5 to 7 hour walk from Point Eric to Louisa River. The walk includes differing landscapes and terrains. It starts out on the beach, crosses over Buoy Creek, then its traversing scrubby plains and mud. Then, there is the steep climb up Red Point Hills which affords beautiful views from the top and of the Spica Hills on the way down. Next is a walk through the plains and then crossing Faraway Creek and onto the Louisa Creek ending for day two. There is a campsite at Louisa Creek where you will spend the night.
Day Three of the South Coast Track: Louisa River to Little Deadman’s Bay
Leaving Louisa River for the Ironbound Ranges Photo Credit: SouthCoastTrack.com.au
Climbing the Ironbound Ranges Photo Credit: SouthCoastTrack.com.au
Day three of the South Coast Track in Tasmania is from Louisa River to Little Deadman’s Bay. This is a hard day’s walk that takes anywhere from 5 to 9 hours. The walk includes an ascent up the 905 metre tall Ironbound Ranges. It is a steep ascent too, over only about 5 kms. There is a boardwalk track that you follow right up and over the ranges. After the climb, take some time to rest for lunch on the way down the Ironbound Ranges at the Ironbound High Camp. After lunch, all that’s left for the day is a 7 km walk down to Little Deadmans Bay.
Day Four of the South Coast Track: Little Deadman’s Bay to Prion Beach
The forest of Deadman’s Bay Photo Credit: SouthCoastTrack.com.au
Day four of the South Coast Track is an easy 3 to 4 hour walk that covers 9.4 km from Little Deadman’s Bay to Prion Beach. This walk can be quite muddy even during dry weather, so be prepared to get dirty. Mud boots should be part of your gear for this trek. The day’s walk includes traversing yet another small creek, the forest of Menzies Bluff, and then finally, Prion Beach where there is a boat crossing to get you across the lagoon. The campsite at Prion Beach is very open.
Day Five of the South Coast Track: Prion Beach to Granite Beach
View from Rocky Plains Photo Credit: SouthCoastTrack.com.au
Waterfall at Granite Beach Photo Credit: SouthCoastTrack.com.au
Day five of the South Coast Track takes you from Prion Beach to Granite Beach. It is a moderate level of difficulty to traverse the 12 km. It takes about 4 to 6 hours to walk through the beaches and forest of this section. Follow the track south-east out of the campsite and along the New River Lagoon outlet. The walk today includes light forest, Milford Creek, Weirah Hill, and the Rocky Plains, and then you will end up at Granite Beach. The Granite Beach walk begins sandy and then gets rocky. The end of the beach walk is the beautiful waterfall at Granite Beach. The campsite is at Granite Beach.
Day 6 of the South Coast Track: Granite Beach to Lion Rock
South Cape Beach Photo Credit: SouthCoastTrack.com.au
Lion Rock Photo Credit: SouthCoastTrack.com.au
Day 6 of the South Coast Track is a moderate level walk that takes about 5 to 7 ½ hours to get from Granite Beach to Lion Rock. Many people end the day at South Cape Rivulet, but if you are up for it, you can choose to walk the extra 4 km to Lion Rock and make the last day that much easier. Day 6 is 13 kms and includes 400 metres in elevation, Flat Rock Plain, muddy track, and Coal Bluff with some amazing views along the way. There are two main campsites to choose from at Lion Rock.
Day 7 of the South Coast Track: Lion Rock to Cockle Creek
Blowhole Valley Forest Photo Credit: SouthCoastTrack.com.au
Last view of the South Coast Track Photo Credit: SouthCoastTrack.com.au
The 7th and final day of the South Coast Track is an easy day – even easier if you walked to Lion Rock on day 6. All that is left now is a 7 km walk that takes about 2 hours from Lion Rock to Cockle Creek. After strolling along the beach, walk through the light forest of Blowhole Valley and then to Cockle Creek where the track ends.