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South Cape Bay

Southwest National Park, Tasmania 7116, Australia
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Great Walk

You have to drive down a long stony road to Cockle Creek but the walk is well worth it.Allow say... read more

Reviewed 23 March 2018
RowePCCA
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London, United Kingdom
Stunning views and huge waves

Great exercise (no big hills) rewarded by stunning coastal views. We are reasonably fit and walked... read more

Reviewed 17 March 2018
MelbourneTed
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Melbourne
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This one-day walk takes in part of the famous South Coast Track, beginning at the small town of Cockle Creek. Visitors observe native plants and birds as they cross coastal heathland, enjoy ocean views and gaze out over the expanse of the Southern Ocean imagining the distance between themselves and the nearest landmass of Antarctica.
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Southwest National Park, Tasmania 7116, Australia
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Reviewed 23 March 2018

You have to drive down a long stony road to Cockle Creek but the walk is well worth it.Allow say 5.0hrs there and back [inc hour at bay]. Do not be put off by the initial part of the track as it is largely in...More

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Reviewed 17 March 2018

Great exercise (no big hills) rewarded by stunning coastal views. We are reasonably fit and walked at a solid pace (1hr 40mins out and 1hr 25mins back). We continued up the track at the end of the beach and had lunch up at Coal Bluff...More

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Reviewed 7 February 2018

First bring good walking shoes, water and a bite to eat as this track is a walk not a stroll. Took us 2hrs to get the about an hour to enjoy and 2hrs to return. We walked along the beach to get as close as...More

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Reviewed 6 December 2017 via mobile

This 7km (each way) walk passes through a variety of very different habitats from rainforest to open marshlands to gum forest to granite cliffs. The path is clearly marked and well maintained but the surface is rocky or punctuated by tree roots on some sections....More

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Reviewed 29 May 2017 via mobile

I do a lot of walking around Tassie but this one has been my favourite by far. The drive from the Hastings Caves turn off to Cockle creek is not the best but once you get to Cockle creek you forget about the road as...More

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Reviewed 13 April 2017

Allow 5 hours. 2 to walk there, an hour to enjoy the view and 2 to get back! The sound of the crashing waves is unforgettable. The walk is easy and you pass through a variety of vegetation. There is no way to get lost....More

Thank Teresa C
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Reviewed 10 April 2017

This walk provides a good example of the varying ecosystems in this coastal environment. Extensive duck boarding makes it suitable for the whole family, but be aware that the estimated time to complete the walk is not an over-estimate. If you want a leisurely stroll...More

1  Thank Rollingstone3108
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Reviewed 15 February 2017 via mobile

The south cape bay walk is a 14 to 16km walk taking about 2-3hrs each way depending on speed and rest stops. The walk is quite easy and has very little elevation changes. There is a mix of vegetation from moorland to thick forest, rainforest...More

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Reviewed 29 December 2016 via mobile

We started around 11 am and walked steadily throughout returning by 3 pm. The walk is not for preschoolers or people with mobility issues. Weather would not be an issue except heavy rain or strong wind. The trail covers four very different landscapes and was...More

2  Thank MMartin90909
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Reviewed 8 March 2016

We parked our car at the rangers station across the bridge at Cockle Creek. The ladies who run the rangers station are very helpful and great for info. The walk to South Cape Bay is about 2 hours, half is on boardwalk, The first 40...More

Thank Dean H
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Des S
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Response from Beth R | Reviewed this property |
Approx 7.7 km each way
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Marcia and John R
11 June 2015|
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Response from Mark C | Reviewed this property |
Hi Marica and John We based ourselves in Geeveston and had a rental car and a just used the local Parks signage. (You can get a National Park Pass at the Parks and Wildlife Service search parks.tas.gov.au in... More
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