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

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Incident: Bushfire at Strathgordon
From 30/12/2019, last reviewed 7/1/2020

There is a bushfire at Strathgordon. This fire may put Strathgordon and the Gordon River Road at severe risk.

Fire under these conditions can be uncontrollable and fast moving. Burning embers, falling on Strathgordon may threaten before the main fire. Smoke and ash may make it difficult to see and breathe.

Track closure: Closed tracks due to 2018/19 fires
From 28/11/2019, last reviewed 3/1/2020

​​​The 2018/19 bushfires caused extensive damage to a number of walking tracks and the burnt track infrastructure poses a serious safety ​hazard. Fire damaged boardwalk and steps are also holding the soil in place in many locations, preventing erosion. Illegal access of burnt tracks will increase erosion and cause environmental degradation. 

Visitor safety and environmental protection are our priorities and fire affected areas will remain closed until they are safe for use.

The following tracks are closed. 

  • ​Mt Anne Circuit
  • Huon Track
  • Mount Picton Track
  • Farmhouse Creek Track
  • Eastern Arthur Range Traverse
  • Western Arthur Range Traverse - East of Moraine Kappa
  • McKays Track - East of Moraine Kappa
  • Rasselas Track
  • Lake Rhona Track
  • Adamsfield Track
  • Clearhill Track
  • Needles Track. 

Fire ban: Campfire restrictions are in place
From 21/10/2019, last reviewed 1/1/2020

​Campfire restrictions are now in place for this site.  This means you will not be able to use campfires, pot fires and other solid fuel stoves. Gas stoves and gas barbecues are still permitted.

Parts of Tasmania are experiencing the driest conditions for the past three years with traditionally wet or damp gullies now dry. An above average fire season has been forecast for the east and south eastern parts of Tasmania due to warmer and drier conditions.

These conditions have increased the risk of unattended or poorly constructed campfires escaping and becoming bushfires. We have a duty of care to our community and want to ensure everyone has a safe and enjoyable camping experience.

​​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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