A rainbow is seen from the shoreline of Cockle Creek.
Cockle Creek looking at Recherche Bay, Southwest National Park (photograph: Stella Rodriguez)

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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.
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 TENTS beyond this point' sign.  Beyond this point there are limited sites available which are only for self-contained RV campers. 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 shelter.

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

Dogs are not permitted once you cross the bridge at Cockle Creek and enter the Southwest National Park.​

The following map shows the zones outside the Southwest National Park where dogs are permitted, where dogs must be on lead and the off lead dog zones.

  Map of Designated Areas- Southern Section - Cockle Creek - Recherche Bay NRA   (4Mb)

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. ​