South coast track – 12 DAYS | hard GRADE | 2695.00

South Coast Track & South West Cape expedition

Come and discover the beauty and remoteness of the South Coast Track. Early explorers once called this part of the world “Lands End”

This track is rich in cultural and historical significance. The aboriginal people used this same route for thousands of years, as did in later years, ship wrecked sailors.

You’ll trek along remote beaches, wade across rivers and streams and cross mountainous ranges.

These trips are expedition length and include an extra 3 days exploring the South West Cape region. A high level of fitness is required to complete this expedition. It is a rewarding and sometimes emotional challenge.

Please take the time to read our itinerary and frequently asked questions below, which will help you prepare for your amazing adventure.

How To Book

To make a booking, click on the BOOK NOW button opposite, select the departure date from the calendar, fill out your details and submit.

Our booking platform is 100% secure. You can choose to pay for your tour in full when you book, or pay a deposit. Deposits are $400 per guest.

Final payments are due 6 weeks before the departure date.

 

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Departure dates

Sat 13th Feb – 24th Feb, 7 spots left

Our Itinerary

Day 1: Hobart to Melaleuca

The day begins with a gear check and briefing before we head to Cambridge Airport for our scenic charter flight to Melaleuca. The flight departs at 2:30pm and takes approximately 40 minutes. We will spend our 1st night at Melaleuca and a few of the short walks on offer there.

Day 2: Melaleuca to New Harbour – 12km – 4 hours

From Melaleuca we follow the South Coast Track across button grass plains to the base of the New Harbour Range. At a track junction we leave the South Coast Track and head south west towards New Harbour Beach, crossing Georges Creek before arriving at our campsite. Smoke Signal Hill is dominant to the east. This hill was used by Deny King to announce his arrival to family in Melaleuca, as he sailed by from trips to Hobart on his yacht “Melaleuca”

Day 3: New Harbour to Wilson bight – 12.5km – 5-6 hours

The track winds inland for a while before heading south to Hidden Bay and later descending down to Ketchem Bay. The easy descent is very scenic, and gives you coastal views along the Amy Range. At Ketchem Bay we stop for lunch and a swim. Post lunch it is a easy climb over the Amy Range that offers amazing views of the southern coastline. After another small descent we reach our most westerly camp at Wilson Bight.

Day 4: Wilson bight to new harbour – 12.5km – 5-6 hours

Today we simply retrace our steps back to New Harbour.

Day 5: New Harbour to point Eric – 12.3km – 4-5 hours

We retrace our steps to the junction where we left the South Cast Track on day 2 and head south towards Freney Lagoon and the wide expanses of Cox Bight Beach. In earlier days light aircraft used to land here and drop off walkers [now not permitted]. From the beach you will make out some of the islands of the Maatsuyker Group, some of many islands that we will see along this southern coastline. A short and pleasant walk along Cox’s Beach brings us to our camp at Point Eric.

Day 6: Point Eric to Louisa River – 14.1km – 7 hours

From our campsite at Point Eric we walk along the beach of Cox Bight for a short while until we reach Buoy Creek. From here we head inland and steadily climb 210 metres to the top of the Red Point Hills. From this vantage point we have amazing views towards the Ironbound Range in the east and the New Harbour Range in the west. The track descends down to button grass plains crossing Faraway & Louisa Creeks before arriving at Louisa River and our camp. We cross Louisa River and camp on the southern side in the shelter of the forest. The forest is dominated by eucalypts with an understory of ferns. The older growth trees provide nesting sites for Yellow Tail Black Cockatoos and Wedge Tailed Eagles.

Day 7: Louisa River to Little Deadman’s Bay – 12km – 10 hours

Today is undoubtedly the hardest day of the expedition, but it is also the most rewarding. It is a steep climb up the Ironbound Range and we pass many false summits on the way. Lunch is near the top, on a crest of a ridge and the only true alpine vegetation on our walk grows here. These plants have to hold on tight as they have to contend with the fierce southerly winds. From here Federation Peak can be viewed to the north. Post lunch, it is a long and careful descent through dense rainforest to our campsite at Little Deadman’s Bay.

Day 8: Little Deadman’s Bay to New River Lagoon – 8.9km – 5 hours

We follow the coast for much of the day and we walk along the hikes longest beach, Prion Beach which is 5 km long. At he end of the beach lies New River Lagoon. We have to row across the lagoon in rowboats that Parks and Wildlife have provided. Our camp is located on the Eastern side of the lagoon.

Day 9: New River Lagoon to Surprise Bay – 9.2km – 5 hours

From New River Lagoon the track continues through light forest; crosses Milford Creek then across button grass plains to Osmiridium Beach. We lunch at Osmiridium Beach before continuing on to Surprise Bay. Before entering eucalypt forest, we get our first glimpses of the magnificent fluted cliffs of the South Cape. At Surprise Bay our camp is perched on a headland boasting amazing veiws of the Southern Ocean and the islands of the Maatsuyker group.

Day 10: Surprise Bay to Granite Beach – 3.2 km – 2 hours

A short walk today. After lunch we head up and over a headland to Granite Beach. The beaches shoreline is dominated by large granite stones, and a waterfall at its eastern end.

Day 11: Granite Beach to South Cape Rivulet – 8.4km – 8 hours

Today we climb up and over the South Cape Range [500m] and take in the views of Pindars Peak [on the Moonlight Ridge Track], and the Great Southern Ocean to our south. From here we gradually descend through spectacular forest to South Cape Bay. At South Cape Rivulet we wade across the river to our last nights camp.

Day 12: South Cape Rivulet to Cockle Creek – 11km – 4 Hours

Its easy but steady walking today over a series of beaches and headlands. We pass by Lion Rock that lies in South Cape Bay then pick up the boarded walking track through the open heathland of Blowhole Valley to Cockle Creek.

Frequently Asked Questions

What time and where do you pick up customers on day 1 and is there a gear check?

On the morning of the 1st day between 9am – 10am Tasmanian Hikes staff will come to your Hotel and conduct a gear check. Following the gear check, you will have time to visit any outdoor stores to purchase last minute items and to have lunch. Our flight to Melaleuca departs @ 2:30pm so we will collect all guests from their Hotels at 1pm

What is the average weight of our packs? Do we carry any food?

The weight of your packs on average will be between 17kg – 20kg. You will be required to carry a portion of the group food throughout the expedition. The group food may weigh up to 4kg. You should be able to get your personal gear down to 12kg, add 1.4kg for a share of a tent and 4kg for a food bag. Please note that you must have at least a 75 -80 litre backpack for this expedition to accommodate the food.

Can you cater for dietary requirements?

Yes, we can cater for most diets including, Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten Free, Coeliac. Other diets, for example: Keto may attract a surcharge. Please contact us about your dietary needs.

Does Tasmanian Hikes hire out any gear for this trip?

Yes, we hire out Sleeping Bags & Liners, Sleeping Mats & Raincoats. We do not hire out backpacks for this tour.

Where do I store my excess luggage?

If your Hotel cannot store it for you, we can. We will bring your luggage to the end of the track.

What is included in the tour price?

Included in the tour price is: 2 x Mountain Guides, transfers to the start and from the finish of the tour back to your Hotel in Hobart, all food, emergency communication equipment and 1st aid kits, group gear [pots and pans, cutlery, bowls, stove fuel and stoves], charter flight to Melaeuca, National Park passes

What time do we get back to Hobart?

On the last day we typically arrive at Cockle Creek at 12 midday. At Cockle Creek we have lunch, then it is a 3 hour drive to Hobart arriving at approximately 4pm

Are there single person tents available?

Single tents are available only if there is an odd number of guests in the group. You may request a single tent but this may not be guaranteed or we may be limited to availability.

What is the minimum number to guarantee a departure?

The minimum number of guests to guarantee a departure is 4 and the maximum is 9. Should we have a full group of 9 guests, we will conduct food drops along the track.