A Bronze Whale Statue at the end of the road - Cockle Creek
Bronze whale sculpture Adams Point, Cockle Creek (photograph: Stella Rodriguez)

Cockle Creek

End of the road and gateway to the Southwest National Park

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Alerts for Cockle Creek

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Planned event: Fuel Reduction Burns at Southwest National Park
Applies from 1/10/2022

​Parks and Wildlife Service are planning a series of planned burns within Southwest National Park on Saturday 1 October 2022. The planned burn is part of the annual fuel reduction program aimed at reducing fire risk to visitors and the outstanding universal value of the TWWHA. 


Burns are planned for Spiro Range and Mt Gaffney with expected fire operations and are expected to take a day to complete. Smoke may persist for days afterwards depending on weather conditions. 

During burning operations public access to this area will be restricted. 

The public are asked to remain well out of the burn site while the planned burn takes place and until safety checks are complete. 

Please comply with directions from staff or any signs in the area. 

This burn will occur under suitable predetermined conditions and will generate smoke, flames and ash. 

If you have any questions, please call 6165 4059.

Last reviewed 30/9/2022 03:32 PM


Safety alert: Farmhouse Creek walking track - changed access
Applies from 22/6/2022

​​​​​​​The last 3.2 km of the access road to Farmhouse Creek walking track at Southw​est National Park, West Picton Road, has been closed until further notice due to a washout.  

The washout is 3.2kms from the walking track trail-head. Visitors can park prior to the washout, which will fit approximately 3-4 vehicles.  ​

Last reviewed 1/9/2022 03:47 PM


A valid parks pass is required for entry to Tasmania's national parks.

About

​Cockle Creek is a place of tranquil coves and sandy beaches. Distant mountain peaks, sometimes capped with snow, make a spectacular backdrop to the calm waters of Recherche Bay. It is here that tannin-rich streams meet the ocean, ending their meandering journey through buttongrass plains. The sheltered coastline and forested hills are home to an abundance of wildlife including shorebirds. 

A rich cultural history exists, being the homeland of the Lyluequonny Aboriginal people, the location of a French expedition in 1792 and 1793 led by Bruni D'Entrecasteaux  and later British settlement and whaling, timber and coal industries.
More information on the history of Cockle Creek and Recherche Bay can be found at the entrance to each reserve.

All walks listed below, except to the cemetery, can be accessed from across the bridge at Cockle Creek.​

SHORT WALKS

Cockle Creek Cemetery
5 minutes return
Located near the Cockle Creek campground, this historic cemetery gives an insight into the hardships endured by the community that once lived here.

Whale Sculpture
5 minutes return
This impressive bronze sculpture of a southern right whale is located at Adams Point. You can walk or drive to the end of the road, past the Ranger Quarters and Boltons Green campground. 

Fishers Point
2 hours return, 4km return
From the whale sculpture carpark, it's an easy coastal walk through heathland and spectacular views to distant Adamsons Peak, Southern Ranges, Bruny Island and the Southern Ocean. At Fishers Point, explore the ruins of the 1843 pilot station and lighthouse. Consider tides and coastal conditions before undertaking this walk, as sections of beach may be restric​ted during high tides.​

LONGER WALKS

South Cape Bay
4 hours return, 18km return

South Coast Track
6-8 days one way, 82km one way

Camping Options

​At Cockle Creek there are two separate camping areas and each provide a number of campsite options. Dogs are permitted on lead in the nature recreation area, but not in the national park.

The Southwest National Park is a fuel stove only area, campfires or fire pots are not permitted.​

Camping in Southwest National Park 

Camping in Recherche Bay Nature Recreation Area 

Contact

Huonville Office
22 Main Street
Office usually staffed 10am - 4pm Monday to Friday
Huonville TAS 7109
Phone: 03 6121 7026
Email: Huonville@parks.tas.gov.au