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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Planned event: Franklin - Gordon Wild Rivers National Park and Southwest National Park
Applies from 28/3/2024

Weather permitting, three planned burns will take place within Franklin - Gordon Wild Rivers National Park and Southwest National Park on Thursday 28 March.

Burns are planned for Ray Range, Hamilton Range and Mount Bowes. 

Operations will take approximately one day to complete and smoke may persist some days afterwards depending on wind conditions.

During burning operations public access to these remote areas will be restricted.

The public is asked to remain well out of the burn sites while burns are taking place and for the following days until safety checks have been made.

Please comply with all signage and directions from staff if you are in the area.

These operations are part of the annual fuel reduction program aimed at reducing fire risk to visitors and protecting the outstanding universal values of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.

For further information, please call 6165 4059.

Last reviewed 25/3/2024 04:29 PM

Planned event: Franklin – Gordon Wild Rivers and Southwest National Park
Applies from 19/4/2024

Following consistent rainfall throughout April, PWS is planning to undertake a number of prescribed burns in Franklin – Gordon Wild Rivers and Southwest National Park. As these burns are conducted under specific conditions, these burns are scheduled for Friday 19th April but may be rescheduled if conditions are not optimum. 

These prescribed burns will only target buttongrass to maintain moorland health and diversity at Mount Bowes and Sandfly Creek.

PWS’ prescribed burn program in the TWWHA aims to introduce low intensity fire across the landscape with a mosaic of burnt and unburnt areas within each burn area to maximise diversity for flora and fauna. These moorland burns provide ongoing protection to adjacent fire sensitive vegetation communities such as endemic conifers, alpine herblands and rainforest species from wildfire. The burn maps are not indicative of the total area targeted for burning, with an objective burn target of less than 30% fire-dependent communities per stage for large, landscape burns.
Burning under these high moisture conditions can generate large amounts of smoke.

During burning operations public access to these areas will be restricted. Please comply with all signage and directions from staff if you are in the area.

Last reviewed 18/4/2024 08:29 AM

Closed area: Eastern Arthur range traverse – changes to access West Picton Road and Huon Track.
Applies from 21/12/2023

West Picton Road (prior to Riveaux Creek) is closed due to the deterioration of three structures along the road.  A 15-20 vehicle parking area has been created adjacent to the new closure.  

Farmhouse Creek walking track requires an extra 7.1km (one-way) walk along West Picton Road from its closure prior to Picton River Tributary.

Mt Picton walking track requires an extra 7.2km (return) walk along West Picton Road and then West Picton Road Spur 1-2 from its closure prior to Picton River Tributary. 

The Huon Track has been heavily impacted by a large number of tree falls that are making this difficult to traverse and we recommend that you commence your walk at either Farmhouse Creek or Huon Campground. 

Both Farmhouse Creek and Mt Picton walking tracks remain open.

Last reviewed 27/3/2024 12:26 PM

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​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.​


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.​


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 


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