Walkers using a line to complete a river crossing, South Coast Track
River crossing, South Coast Track

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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

​​​​​​​​Please note, these walk notes are intended to aid in your decision to undertake the South Coast Track and do not give a complete breakdown of the walk. For information on trip planning, pack lists and safety information, please see our Know Before You Go pages​.

The South Coast Track allows walkers to experience a part of Tasmania that many locals never lay eyes on. This 6-8 day walk journeys between Melaleuca and Cockle Creek, and dips in and out of the rugged southern coastline. The remote location, river crossings and challenging geography make this a walk for experienced walkers, but the adventure is well worth it.

The major campsites along the track are well-sheltered and most have pit toilets.​

The walk can be completed from either end, but these walk notes start from Melaleuca​. Walkers will need to organise transportation into Melaleuca and out of Cockle Creek. More information can be found on the South Coast Track walk page.

Day 1 - ​Melal​​​euca to Cox Bight​

  • 13.4 km, 3.5-4.5 hours

The first day is an easy day of walking across buttongrass plains and sandy beaches. Walkers should expect sections of the walk to be very muddy, and some sections of the boardwalk can become submerged in wet conditions. 

Walkers can choose to stop at the campsite at Cox Bight, or continue a little further (1.4km) to the campsite at Point Eric. ​

Day 2 - Cox Bight to Louisa River 

  • 17 km, 6-8 hours

The walk starts on the beach at Cox Bight​​, before turning inland to buttongrass plains and forested hills. There are many creek crossings today, take care, especially after heavy rains. 

​Day 3 - Louisa River to ​​​Little Deadmans Bay

  • 13 km, 7-10 hours

A very challenging day sees you ascend 900 metres onto the Ironbound Range. After traversing the exposed top - where there are good views in fine weather but rain, wind and snow at other times - there is a long descent though rainforest to the campsite at Little Deadmans Bay.

Day 4 - Little ​Deadmans Bay to Prion Beach campsite

  • 9 km, 3 - 4 hours; allow an extra hour for the boat crossing

Walkers will have some respite from the hills, but not the mud. The day consists of buttongrass, bush, and the spectacular stretch of Prion Beach. Walkers will need to row across the marked river crossing at New River Lagoon to reach the campsite.

You will need to make the crossing three times in order to leave a boat on either side of the river for the next group.

Day 5 - Prion Beach campsite to Granite Beach 

  • 12 km, 5 - 6.5 hours  

This stretch of the track includes some short climbs, clambering and rock hopping. ​Once you reach Granite Beach, walkers should use careful footing to negotiate the mix of sand and large stones. The campsite is located at the far end of the beach.​

Side Trip - O​smiridium Beach

  • 1.2 kms, 30 minutes return

Many walkers choose to camp at Osmiridium Beach, a further 2 - 2.5 hours further along from the Prion Beach boat crossing, but a short detour from the main track.

​​​Day 6 - Gran​​​ite Beach to South Cape Rivulet ​​

  • 9 km, 7 - 10 hours  

Reputedly the hardest day of the South Coast Track, walkers will need to cover a long ascent through forest to cross the South Cape Range. The track is often boggy and there are many tree roots. The campsite is tucked in at the end of South Cape Bay.

Day 7 - ​​South Cape Rivulet to Cockle Creek 

  • 11 km, 3.5-4.5 hours

The last day involves beach walks and mud. After crossing the long headland and d​escending to the last beach, you see the spectacular Lion Rock jutting into the sea.  A set of stairs leading from the beach is your final climb as you head inland across the buttongrass plains of Blowhole Valley towards Cockle Creek.​


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