Cockle Creek Southwest National Park
Cockle Creek looking at Recherche Bay, Southwest National Park (photograph: Stella Rodriguez)

Cockle Creek camping

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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

A valid parks pass is required for entry to Tasmania's national parks.
Caravan/Campervan    Tent   

Camping is free.


​No campsite bookings are taken. Campgrounds are allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Boltons Green campground is located in the Southwest National Park, across the bridge at Cockle Creek and a further 200 metres along the road.


​​Cockle Creek is a very popular destination for families, offering a variety of recreational activities such as bushwalking, swimming, snorkelling, kayaking, fishing and bird-watching.

The shady campground within the Southwest National Park is known as Boltons Green. Approximately 10 sites are available here for tent and caravan camping. Although caravans can access this campground, please be aware that the road is rough and flat campsites are limited.  

An additional 3-4  small tent sites can be found further along the road before you reach the No Camping sign.  Sites are not numbered so please try not to spread out too much, allowing for other groups to utilise the campground.

Basic facilities include pit toilets and a water tank at Boltons Green. Water is untreated and must be boiled before drinking. There is a public pay phone available at the visitor information booth, adjacent to the Rangers Quarters.

The Southwest National Park is a fuel stove only area​, no fires are permitted. 

Other campsites

If you prefer to have a campfire or are bringing your dog on a lead, you can choose a campsite north of the bridge within the Recherche Bay Nature Recreation Area.

There are a number of camping areas on the northern side of the Cockle Creek bridge and further north at Catamaran, Finns  Beach and Gillams Beach. See Recherche Bay camping for these sites. 

Walking Tracks

See Cockle Creek for information on the local walks, ranging from a short 5 minute stroll to the more adventurous day walk to South Cape Bay. ​