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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Closed area: West Picton Road - status update
Applies from 23/5/2023​West Picton Road (prior to Riveaux Creek) is closed due to the deterioration of three structures along the road.

Both Farmhouse Creek and Mt Picton walking tracks remain open.

A vehicle turnaround and car parking bay have been provided at the West Picton Road closure.

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.  

Also, the pedestrian bridge over Farmhouse Creek has been closed, so walkers will need to ford Farmhouse Creek to continue their walk. 

Water levels fluctuate according to rainfall, so walkers need to make their own assessment of conditions before crossing.

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. 

Further information can be found at: https://sttas.com.au/access-permits/road-and-track-closures

Last reviewed 1/11/2023 09:18 AM

Safety alert: Farmhouse Creek walking track - changed access
Applies from 22/6/2022
​​​​The last 7.2 km of West Picton Road has been closed by Sustainable Timber Tasmania. 

This is the access road to both Farmhouse Creek walking track (also known as Eastern Arthur Range Traverse), and the Mount Picton Track, within Southwest National Park. 

For Farmhouse Creek Track, this will require an additional 7.2km one way walk (14.2km return) along West Picton Road. The pedestrian bridge over Farmhouse Creek has also been closed, and therefore walkers will need to ford the creek to reach the trailhead.

For Mt Picton Track, this will require an additional 7.2km return walk along West Picton Road and West Picton Road 1-2.

Visitors can park prior to the closure, which will fit approximately 3-4 vehicles.  

Last reviewed 27/9/2023 04:42 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