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

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Closed area: Toilet block at Lake Pedder Teds Beach boat ramp
From 8/11/2019, last reviewed 13/11/2019

​​The toilet block at the Lake Pedder Teds Beach boat ramp and campsite, near the Strathgordon, is temporarily out of service due to an equipment failure. PWS is undertaking repairs as quickly as possible. 

Visitors are advised to use the toilet facilities at Gordon Dam or Pedder Lodge at Strathgordon. 

Only self-contained campervans or caravans should use the campsite until the toilet block reopens.​​

Closed area: Cockle Creek short-term and long-term carparks for improvement works
From 4/11/2019, last reviewed 13/11/2019

After a week of minor site works to the entrance of the Cockle Creek precinct, the short term car park reopened on Friday 8 November. The long term car park will remain closed until Friday 22 November to complete the gravel works.

​PWS thanks all visitors for their understanding as we work on making these improvements.

​For further information, please contact the Huonville Field Centre on 6121 7028.

Track closure: Closed tracks due to 2019 fires
From 1/10/2019, last reviewed 21/10/2019

Post this year’s fires, a Recovery Team has been formed and they are developing a detailed works program to rebuild fire-affected infrastructure on the PWS road and walking track network. Visitor safety is our priority and fire affected areas will remain closed until they are safe for use. We ask for on-going patience from the community and our visitors while repair works are undertaken.

The team are working on prioritised tasks to re-instate the affected roads, walking tracks, bridges, shelters and signs. Repaired tracks and roads will be re-opened progressively as they are repaired. However some areas could take up to two years to restore to appropriate standard and re-open.

Assessment teams including local contractors and staff have worked their way through 980kms of the road network. 450 trees have been fallen and 80 trees blasted on PWS land to remove the risk of tree fall and to clear the roadway.

Road works proposed for 2019/20 and 20/21 will include repairs to damaged road surfaces, verges, drains, and culverts. A full assessment of the area will determine when it is safe for public access. As a result of the fires, over 110kms of walking tracks have been identified by assessment teams as needing repair. Walking track repair works proposed for 2019/20 and 20/21 will include stabilization and repairs to duck boarding and double planking, bridges, shelters, safety barriers and signs. Many tracks are in remote, high country where wintery winds, rain and snow melt will continue to influence the progress of recovery, as much of the work is dependent on drier conditions. Many tracks in these areas are likely to remain closed this summer.

Visitor safety is our priority and fire affected areas will remain closed until they are safe for use. We ask for on-going patience from the community and our visitors while repair works are undertaken. Walkers are reminded that, several walking tracks in the Southwest National Park, Franklin Gordon Wild Rivers National Park and Florentine River Regional Reserve remain closed until further notice.

For walker safety we ask people to adhere to the following closures:

Riveaux Road fire ground

  • Huon Track
  • Mount Picton Track
  • Farmhouse Creek Track
  • Eastern Arthur Range Traverse
  • McKays Track

Gell River fire ground

  • Rasselas Track
  • Lake Rhona Track
  • Adamsfield Track
  • Clearhill Track
  • Needles Track
  • Timbs Track

Anne Gorge and Celtic Hill fire ground

  • Mt Anne Circuit

Open tracks – please note the following tracks are open: The Mount Wedge Track, Mount Sprent Track, Western Arthur Range Traverse from Alpha Moraine to Kappa Moraine returning to Junction Creek via the western portion of MacKays Track, Port Davey Track, South Coast Track and the Hartz Mountains National Park are open.​.

​​The South Coast Track is one of Tasmania's most challenging multi-day walks. Walkers should be experienced and well-prepared. Take the time to go over our walk notes to ensure you are ready for all that the South Coast Track has to offer. Walk can be undertaken in either direction, however, walk notes are described commencing at Melaleuca.​

Melaleuca to Cox Bight

  • ​​Distance: 12km  of easy and medium walking conditions
  • Time: 3-4 hours

You will probably be feeling a mixture of excitement and nervousness as you finally set off after all the planning and preparation. Keep an eye out for ground parrots in the buttongrass plains before being greeted by the wide arc of Cox Bight. On warmer days, enjoy a refreshing swim in Freney Lagoon. 

Cox Bight to Louisa River 

  • Distance: 17km of medium walking conditions
  • Time: 6-8 hours

Your first full day on the track starts with a beach walk before turning inland to buttongrass plains and forested hills. There are many creek crossings today, take care especially after heavy rains. You may opt for a side trip Louisa Bay. 

Louisa River to Little Deadmans Bay

  • Distance:  13 km of hard walking and ascents
  • Time: 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.

Deadmans Bay to New River Lagoon 

  • Distance: 9 km of medium walking conditions
  • Time: 3-4 hours; add 1 hour for the boat crossing

Thankfully there are no big climbs today. Instead there is buttongrass, bush and the spectacular stretch of Prion Beach. Finish the day by rowing across New River Lagoon to the campsite, don’t forget to leave one boat on each side for the next walkers.

New River Lagoon to Granite Beach 

  • Distance: 12 km of medium walking
  • Time: 5-6.5 hours  

This stretch of the Track brings varied walking conditions, with some clambering and rock hopping. You may choose to do a side trip Osmiridium Beach where it is also possible to camp. 

Granite Beach to South Cape Rivulet 

  • Distance: 9 km of medium to hard walking and long ascents
  • Time: 7-10 hours  

You will start with a long ascent through forest to cross the South Cape Range. The track is often boggy and there are many tree roots. Descend though wet forest, then over hills to the campsite tucked in at the end of South Cape Bay.

South Cape Rivulet to Cockle Creek 

  • Distance: 11 km of easy walking
  • Time: 3.5-4 hours

The last day involves walking along two short beaches before heading inland across a long headland then descending to the western end of the last beach and the spectacular Lion Rock that juts into the sea.  The walk then proceeds along the beach, up the next headland and then inland through to Cockle Creek.​


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