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Activities
  • 8 days trekking with a full pack
  • Scenic flight to Melaleuca
Accommodation
  • 8 nights camping
Meals
  • 8 Dinners
  • 9 Lunches
  • 8 Breakfasts

9 Days$3095AUD

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Trip Code: SCT

South Coast Track Trip highlights


  • Scenic flight to Melaleuca
  • Camping, swimming & trekking along isolated and pristine beaches
  • Traversing the impressive Ironbound Range
  • A full rest day at Little Deadman's Bay
  • Learn of the ancient Aboriginal history of the area
  • Discover the unique animals and plants that call this remote wilderness home

Why Book With Us

  • Most experienced operator on the trail
  • Flexible itinerary that allows for a rest day and exploration
  • Lightweight tent provided

Tasmania's South Coast Track is one of Australia's finest long-distance walks. On this guided South Coast Track trek you'll be carrying a full pack along the unspoiled wilderness of Australia's southernmost shores. The 85 kilometre walk offers a spectrum of Tasmanian scenes, from empty beaches to towering rainforests and the alpine heights of the Ironbound Range. The South Coast Track is a place of wild scenes and wildlife, with the chance to see wombats, quolls and possibly even the orange-bellied parrot, one of the world's rarest bird species. After a spectacular flight along the coast or mountains to the remote airstrip at Melaleuca in the World Heritage-listed Southwest National Park, you will walk 10 to 15 kilometres each day, carrying up to 20 kilograms and camping at night. The walk has a flexible itinerary that allows for a rest day and time for swims or exploration along the succession of south-coast beaches. Following in the footsteps of early indigenous Australians and ancient seafarers - the South Coast Track was built as an escape route for shipwreck survivors - our knowledgeable guides will lead you through a true wilderness experience and the challenge of a lifetime. If you have have a thirst for full pack hikes, have excellent fitness and an open, flexible approach to being in remote areas for multiple days then Tasmania's South Coast Track is the perfect hiking adventure for you.

Activities:

Itinerary

The trip starts with the briefing at 9/9:30am at the Find Your Feet store in Hobart. Following this briefing you will be driven to Cambridge Airport for your flight at 11:30am. The scenic flight by light aircraft into Melaleuca in the remote south west corner of Tasmania is a definite trip highlight. This afternoon we begin walking to the coastline and today’s destination, Point Eric. On arrival at our waterfront campsite we pitch our tents, collect drinking water and settle in with a hot drink and time for a game of beach cricket, a swim, or just a wander along the beach before dinner. Walking Distance 12km | Walking Time 3-4 hours **You will need to arrive into Hobart the day before the trip in case there are any last minute changes to the flight to Melaleuca.

Meals:  L,D

After breakfast and packing up camp we head out along the beach. Tides dictate this morning’s timing as we skirt around a rocky headland before climbing up onto Sedge and Melaleuca clad plains that draw us inland. There are a number of suitable lunch spots where the tannin stained fresh water trickles through the ancient quartzite hills. We have a short but steep climb and descent over Red Point Hills and enjoy wonderful panoramic views from the top – today’s high point. In the afternoon we make our muddy way toward the beautiful watercourse of Louisa Creek and our evening’s campsite. Walking Distance 11km | Walking Time 5-7 hours

Meals:  B,L,D

Today’s destination is Louisa River which flows close by the base of the impressive Ironbound Range. If timing and conditions are favourable we can enjoy a side trip to the stunning Louisa Bay. Here we can explore, swim and enjoy morning tea before continuing our journey towards the looming Ironbound Range. Our night’s camp is located in the wonderful eucalypt forest that lines the Louisa River. It is a stunning campsite that sets us up for the following day’s early start. The broad river is a favourite swimming spot if the afternoon is warm – and a major obstacle after rainfall! Walking Distance 6km | Walking Time 2 hours

Meals:  B,L,D

The mighty Ironbounds!!! Our high point is almost a thousand metres above where we start and finish today. Your guides will have breakfast ready in the predawn darkness and be busy getting the group on the track by sun-up. We climb up the exposed western slopes, over open ground and vegetation stunted by the prevailing westerlies. In fine weather there are plenty of great rest spots where the views are spectacular beneath us. From the top of the range we may be lucky enough to see the Eastern and Western Arthur Ranges including Federation Peak, through to Mount Anne and all the way to the formidable South West Cape and Maatsuyker Island. The broad top of the Ironbound Range commonly receives the harshest conditions known in Tasmania and snowfalls, gale force winds and pelting sleet are never unexpected. This is a long and demanding day and the top is not even half way, the slippery and muddy descent is through a tangle of lush rainforest which in turn becomes thick Tea Tree bush as the last few kilometres follow the coastline to a very welcome sight – our campsite at Little Deadman's Bay. Walking Distance 13km | Walking Time 7-10 hours

Meals:  B,L,D

Today is the only full rest day on the tour and is a well earned break after some big days. It’s a wonderful treat to read a book, play some cards and let your body relax and recover from the last few days’ activity. Your guides will spend some time today re-supplying from our nearby food-drop.

Meals:  B,L,D

Feeling refreshed, we look forward to tackling some of the track’s best mud holes, a challenging rowboat lagoon crossing and walking along the coast’s longest beach. We trek over broad sand dunes, wade across watercourses and climb over headlands letting no obstacles stand in our way! There are a few campsite choices for tonight and your guides will decide where to stay based on the availability of fresh water, the fitness of the group members and their own personal favourite spots where they may know special sights and hidden points of interest. Walking Distance 13.3km | Walking Time 4-5 hours

Meals:  B,L,D

This is a favourite day for many people as we wander through wet sclerophyll forest from beach to beach. Today’s short distance means a leisurely lunch with time to wriggle your toes in the sand, swim in the ocean, search for Devonian Fossils, or just sit back and relax. A favourite lunch spot is Surprise Beach, which is just a short distance, if not a little steep, to our afternoons destination Granite Beach. As we descend onto this bay our eyes are drawn out to the incredible fluted dolerite columns of South Cape. At the eastern end of the bay our campsite is perched above the cliffs beneath the Tea Tree and eucalypt canopy. Our water source here cascades off the cliffs onto the beach to make a wonderful, refreshing shower. Walking Distance 10km | Walking Time 4-5 hours

Meals:  B,L,D

A big day in the hills – we get an early start to make our way over the South Cape Range to our final night’s camp at South Cape Rivulet. We begin with a lengthy climb through moist forest to the day’s highpoint about 500m above sea level. If we are lucky there are beautiful views back along the coast as far as South West Cape to the mountains of Pindar’s Peak, Mount LaPerouse and Mount Lilateah. This is a deceptive day with our high point being the first of seven hills that we climb and descend before stepping into the sand of South Cape Rivulet where we cross the sometimes deep, outlet of the lagoon to our campsite. This is a wonderful day of wet and dry forests, buttongrass plains, Tea Tree swamps and dazzling coastal views. The beach at our camp is one of the best along the South Coast for a swim and not many people can resist taking an invigorating plunge! Walking Distance 9km | Walking Time 6-8 hours

Meals:  B,L,D

Today is a gentle end to an amazing trip. The morning has us strolling along a couple of picturesque beaches and then up over a headland. The top of the cliffs is a perfect place for a rest while the waves crash below. Our nine day trek concludes at Cockle Creek, Australia’s southernmost town. This quiet blissful bay has a couple of holiday homes and an information shelter, and is where you will be met by our friendly bus driver to be transferred to Hobart. We usually drop you at your accommodation in Hobart at approx 5pm. After a shower and some clean clothes it's common for the group to get together and enjoy a celebratory dinner at one of Hobart's many wonderful restaurants. This is a spectacular and wild trek that we believe will stay with you for a long time to come. Walking Distance 11km | Walking Time 3-4 hours

Meals:  B,L


Map

Elevation

The map and elevation chart are for illustrative purposes only and meant to provide general guidelines.


Inclusions

  • 2 professional wilderness guides
  • 8 nights camping
  • 8 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 8 dinners, snacks and hot drinks
  • Food drop provisions along the track
  • Scenic flight to Melaleuca
  • Return transport to Hobart by private minibus
  • National Park fees
  • Tent and inflatable sleeping mat
  • Group camping equipment including all cooking & eating equipment
  • Emergency communications & group first aid kit

  • Travel to and from Hobart
  • Accommodation before or after the trip
  • Items of a personal nature: alcoholic beverages, car parking etc
  • Travel insurance
  • Face masks and hand sanitiser

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Suitability

Challenging

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The South Coast Track is a very tough trip and you need to be fit and prepared. Our South Coast Track walking adventure involves trekking in remote areas for up to 8 to 10 hours a day, possibly more, over rugged and varied terrain. The tracks may be long, rough and very steep. There will be creek and river crossings, walking on sand and through mud. With remoteness comes potential to encounter variable weather conditions. You will need an excellent level of fitness, be prepared to carry a full pack weighing up to 20kgs and be completely comfortable in adverse weather conditions and remote locations where evacuation may be very difficult. Suggested preparation: We recommend one hour of strenuous exercise 4 times per week (this can be cycling, jogging or walking) interspersed with relatively demanding bushwalks carrying a full pack weight (up to 20kgs). At least once a week, you should walk with a weighted day pack (5–7kg) for several hours for leg strengthening and aerobic fitness. The best exercise for our challenging treks is multi day bushwalking involving relatively steep ascents and descents and in variable weather conditions.


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Notes

H
High Season
Note:
A high season supplement applies from 1 December to 15 February, and for any trip that overlaps a public holiday.

Total Priceper person from

$3095AUD

Options & Supplements*
    *Prices listed are per person

Essential Information

Ready to book? Make sure you download and read the detailed South Coast Track trip notes which contains all the essential information you need to know before booking. Once you’ve booked, we will supply you with a Pre-Departure document which contains a detailed gear list and other important information to help you prepare for your adventure ahead.


Frequently Asked Questions

The South Coast Track is one of our most challenging trips so you will need to have an excellent level of fitness. You will be carrying a full pack while trekking in remote areas for up to 8 to 10 hours a day. If you have any questions about your suitability please give us a call and speak with one of our staff members. We are more than happy to discuss additional information about what you can expect.

For your expedition you will need to carry all equipment in a full trekking backpack that is 75-90 litres in capacity. Depending on the quantity of personal gear and toiletries the average pack weight will be between 17-20 kg.

The South Coast Track is a challenging bushwalk with some long days, big, heavy packs and trying conditions. The terrain is very rugged and remote. Tracks may be long, rough and very steep (you climb from sea level to 1000m and back down again when crossing the Ironbound Ranges). You should be prepared for creek and river crossings that could be waist deep. while carrying your full pack. Over the trip you will walk along boardwalks, along beaches, up and down steps, through overgrown forests, through muddy sections that can stretch for kilometres (see below about how muddy it can be) and scramble over rocks. This is a true wilderness walk.

It is not advised. Previous multi day hiking experience is essential, as is previous experience on a full pack trek.

Tasmania’s south west is renowned for its wild, unpredictable weather. The trip runs between October and April when we have the best chance for warmer temperatures, but you are likely to experience all sorts of weather on the South Coast Track. This region often experiences extreme and rapidly changing weather. You’ll likely to encounter wild winds, heavy rain and sunshine (often all in one single day). You will need to be prepared to walk in all weather conditions as winds, steady rain, and even snow in elevated areas, can occur at any time of year.

Even after a week of sunshine sections of the track (up to a few km's long) can be very muddy. People have been known to fall into sections of mud waist deep. Due to poor soils and high rainfall this is unavoidable on most trips. Experienced walkers will come to accept this is all part of the adventure.

No. We will not have access to power along the track. We suggest you bring the required number of rechargeable packs you require for your devices.


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Positive Impact Travel

By joining this trip you are directly supporting positive impact projects in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

We’ve offset the carbon emitted by this trip by purchasing credits that support important projects that address the UN’s seventeen SDGs, like reducing poverty, affordable and clean energy, reducing hunger, clean water and climate action.

Proceeds from this adventure purchase carbon credits through the world’s largest and most awarded carbon project developer, South Pole, which are invested into projects accelerating the transition to renewable energy sources in developing countries.

Supported projects are based on internationally recognised standards and are third-party audited. They entail a series of positive impacts on the ground, which benefit local communities and ecosystems, that are aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

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