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The South Coast Track is unquestionably one of the worlds great wilderness walks. It covers a distance of 84 km walking track along the southern coastline of Tasmania. The track crosses the southern edge of the largest temperate wilderness areas in the world and is generally covered in between 5 and 9 days.

The South Coast track has repaired in recent years and is no longer considered to be muddy by experienced Tasmanian walkers. New walkers to this area do however need to be aware that they will encounter very difficult conditions and significnat amounts of mud. After heavy or prolonged rain, muddy sections can be several km's long with the mud often being deep enough to cover your knees.


Most people take approximately 5 - 9 days to complete the South Coast Track. The duration will depend upon time spent enjoying the many beautiful beaches along the way. Walkers should note that the track surface may be rough and muddy over extended sections of the South Coast Track; especially during winter months.

The track follows the wild southern coastline of Tasmania. It crosses two mountain ranges to avoid sections of impassable coastline and also crosses long sections of open plains behind the coastline. It only follows the coast itself where there are beaches.

Following the coastline or just inland means there are many streams to cross. There are no bridges over most streams and many of these are normally a knee deep wade. The streams do sometimes flood after heavy rain but normally drop quickly and if a flood happens it is advised to wait before crossing.

The South Coast Track at a glance:

  • 4 days minimum; 5-7 recommended
  • Harsh and challenging weather
  • Large sections of mud, especially after heavy rain
  • No accommodation; walkers must carry tents and suitable clothing
  • App. 1000 people walk the South Coast track each year
  • National Parks fees payablebefore entering the Park
  • Record your trip intentions in the registration book at start of walk

Approxiamte Walking Times:

  • Melaleuca to Cox Bight 4-5 hours
  • Cox Bight to Louisa River 6-8 hours
  • Louisa River to Deadmans Bay 10-12 hours
  • Deadmans Bay to New River Lagoon 4-5 hours
  • New River Lagoo to Granite Beach 5-6 hours
  • Granite Beach to South Cape Rivulet 7-8 hours
  • South Cape Rivulet to Cockle Creek 3-5 hours

Please note that there is no formal accomodation Cockle Creek, Melaleuca or Scotts Peak, meaning that walkers must be self sufficient and able to camp at both the start and end of the track. There are camp grounds at both Cockle Creek and at Scotts Peak - Huon Campground.

At Melaleuca there are two bushwalkers huts, a toilet and a rainwater tank with a small shelter also located at the airstrip at Melaleuca. From the airstrip, a short path leads to the Deny King Memorial Hide, which offers visitors the opportunity to see the rare, and highly endangered orange-bellied parrot during summer months. Click here for information on camping South Coast Track

There is no accommodation on either the Port Davey or South Coast tracks.

Bushwalk Details

Difficult, undulating terrain
duration of walk
5-9 days
Registration required
disabled access
Not Suitable
Nil; tents must be carried
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Food water, camera, tent
Recommeded to carry
do not bring
Pets, firearms, bikes
Limited Transport Available
food available
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The magnificent Southwest National Park covers in excesss of six hundred thousand hectares (600,000) of wild,wind swept, magnificent country forming part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.The park is the largest in Tasmania. Much of it is remote and a world away from the hustle and bustle of the modern city life. The region offers the challenge to explore areas that you would rarely get the chance to experience. In the park you will see rare and endangered plants and spectacular wildflowers.The park is also home to the famous Tasmanian Huon pine. You will also see challenging rapids, numerous rivers and spectacular waterfalls. To the north of the park you will also find beautiful Lake Pedder and Lake Gordon near the town of Strathgordon. The town offers various water activities as well as various places to visit in the surrounding regions.

South Coast Track

The South Coast track has no services along the walk apart from limited toilet facilities at major campsites. Please note there are no huts or shelters whatsoever on the walk, so you must carry your own good quality tent. There are also no roads or side tracks, no radios or ranger stations and basically no signs of civilisation apart from the opccasional track work to reduce mud. There are many campsites along the track and you will rarely have problem in finding a campsite overcrowded. Walks vary from 5 to 9 days in length, however it is recommended that you allow between 7 to 9 days.

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Most people walk during the warmer months between December and March. However, irrespective of when you walk, always be prepared for cold winds and heavy rain at any time of year. We recommend you check the latest weather forecast before starting your trip.

It’s possible (but not advisable) to walk the track in winter, or alone, as long as you are highly experienced and well prepared. However, walking in winter and alone is not recommended as it is possible to face extreme weather conditions.

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