Charles King Memorial Hut, Melaleuca
Charles King Memorial Hut, Melaleuca

Melaleuca

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Closed area: Mueller Road Boom Gate
Applies from 21/11/2022

​The Mueller Road boom gate at the junction of Styx Road will be closed from 21 November 2022 to 23 December 2022. 

There will be no public access to the Mt Mueller walking track or Weld River and associated routes. 

For further enquiries please call: (03) 6288 1149

Last reviewed 14/11/2022 11:54 AM


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


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About

Tucked into the far south-west corner of Tasmania is the tiny settlement of Melaleuca. Originally established for tin-mining by the King family, it can only be reached by light plane, boat or by multi-day walks on the South Coast or Port Davey Tracks. Melaleuca was home to Deny King – a well-known miner, bushman, naturalist and artist – from 1936 until his death in 1991. You can explore his story and the other pioneers of the area, in the Deny King Heritage Museum located near the airstrip and try and imagine what life was like for him and his family in this remote location.

Today, Melaleuca attracts a variety of visitors. For bushwalkers undertaking the multi-day South Coast Track or Port Davey Tracks, Melaleuca is the start, finish or halfway point of their walk. The settlement is also popular with commercial and private boat-based visitors who are exploring the magnificent Port Davey-Bathurst Harbour area. Scenic flights bring day visitors in and bird watchers are attracted by the opportunity to glimpse the critically endangered orange-bellied parrot. These small, beautifully-coloured parrots are on the brink of extinction. The area around Melaleuca is the only place in the world that they breed, between October and late-March. Volunteers observe, monitor and record information about the parrots during their breeding phase. 

Visitors can also experience local Aboriginal culture on the Needwonnee Walk. Along this 1.2 km boardwalk visitors can view the living and changing sculptural installations, made from natural materials, and share the stories of the Needwonnee people.

Facilities at Melaleuca include a gravel airstrip, toilets, two walkers huts that sleep 20 people, a small campsite, the Deny King Heritage Museum, Needwonnee Walk and a bird hide.

Contact

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