South Coast Track solo – by a VERY fit woman

Tweet The South Coast Track in Tasmania’s South West National Park can be a challenging bushwalk. It is generally undertaken over six nights with most people walking from Melaleuca to Cockle Creek, in Tasmania’s South East corner. We did the hike three years ago and struggled with the long days, mud and more mud. We […]

Starting off hiking? – John Chapman’s advice for beginners

Tweet Do I rush out and buy all the hiking gear I need? Flog the credit card buying something I don’t know enough about? John Chapman has a different view: join a Bushwalking or Hiking Club. John Chapman, Australian hiking guru and leading author has kindly agreed to be the second guest poster in response […]

South Coast Track – Tasmania – South Cape Rivulet – Cockle Creek – 3rd April

Tweet Following our night in the bush away from Colin and John we had another short climb and then a forest descent before we emerged at South Cape Rivulet. Colin had come to meet us and we learned he had sent out search parties until quite late in the evening. We never saw or heard […]

South Coast Track – Tasmania – Surprise Bay – South Cape Riverulet – 2nd April

Tweet The day began with a steep climb up over the ridge then down the through the forest to Granite Beach.(see picture left) It is necessary to boulder hop to the eastern end of the beach then climb, a small (but scary) cliff near the water fall. There is a campsite at the top of […]

South Coast Track – Tasmania – New River Lagoon – Surprise Bay

Tweet The track traverses the crest of the vegetated dunes of Milford Creek. The waters of this creek are particularly dark and the ford at this creek can appear much deeper than it actually is. For this reason we decided to take the alternate route and managed to get lost in the bush for several […]

South Coast Track – Tasmania – Deadmans Bay – New River Lagoon

Tweet We had been woken during the night not only by rain but a by a creature trying to steal food. The quoll returned in the morning and attempted to steal a zip lock bag containing Frank’s phone and a number of batteries. The rain continued as we packed up. The track crossed button grass […]

South Coast Track – Tasmania – Louisa River – Deadmans Bay

Tweet Ironbound Ranges? Steep climbing? Horrible descent? Mud, roots, trees and more mud? yes, this section certainly tested us…..   For the majority of walkers crossing the Ironbound Range is most physically and mentally demanding part of the South Coast Track. The 900 metres climb up the steep exposed western slope is largely without respite. […]

South Coast Track – Tasmania – Point Eric – Louisa River

Tweet The longest inland section of the walk began with a walk long the beach around a small headland (boots off) to the end of Cox Bight. At Buoy Creek the track leaves the beach and crosses button grass plains before the very sharp ascent of Red Point Hills. There are some campsites here that […]