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Safety alert: COVID-19 Update
Applies from 25/6/2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, visitors must continue to adhere to physical distancing standards and Public Health regulations .

If you are travelling to Tasmania please ensure you are aware of what you need to do before you enter the state. Visit Coming to Tasmania for more information.

Please also check our alerts page before planning your visit to ensure that you are aware of any access or restrictions that may be in place.  ​​​

Last reviewed 26/10/2020 03:20 PM


Cockle Creek -the end of the road!
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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Safety alert: COVID-19 Update
Applies from 25/6/2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, visitors must continue to adhere to physical distancing standards and Public Health regulations .

If you are travelling to Tasmania please ensure you are aware of what you need to do before you enter the state. Visit Coming to Tasmania for more information.

Please also check our alerts page before planning your visit to ensure that you are aware of any access or restrictions that may be in place.  ​​​

Last reviewed 26/10/2020 03:20 PM


Planned event: Cockle Creek- construction works
Applies from 29/8/2020

​​​Car park and building construction works are underway at Cockle Creek in the Southwest National Park. The car park behind the Rangers Quarters in the national park will be closed until the end of November.  Overflow parking is available before the Cockle Creek Bridge.

Toilet upgrade works will be undertaken on toilets in Boltons Green, Cockle Creek and Ramsgate campgrounds and near the Whale Sculpture.  During works these work sites and toilets will be fenced and closed. Alternate toilet facilities will be provided and signed.

For visitor safety around machinery operations, there will be intermittent closures of areas and roads. All walking tracks, camping sites and the Whale Sculpture car park remain open. 

Please adhere to all onsite signage.​​

Last reviewed 15/10/2020 01:35 PM


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